Interesting world history facts.
The first cell phone was unveiled in 1973 by Motorola. It is now referred to as "the brick phone" because if it's large size.
In 1979 two couples with their children escaped East Germany in a home made hot air balloon. The balloon climbed to 6000 feet and landed in West Germany. It was their second attempt, their first landed 200 yards short of the border.
Lamborghini started out as a tractor builder. When the owner bought a Ferrari and kept having problems with it, Enzo Ferrari dismissed his complaints in a rude manner. It was at that point Lamborghini decided to make the perfect car. Ferrari never spoke with him again.
In 1940, the town of Gorky, Russia received a rain shower of more than 1,000 14th century silver coins. It's thought that a tornado picked up a treasure chest and rained it down the small town.
The first person to ride down Niagara falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 years old dance teacher from Pennsylvania named Annie Taylor. Before taking the plunge, she launched a test barrel with her cat inside. The cat survived.
Kites were invented more than 3000 years ago, in ancient China, and used in battles to frighten the enemy.
The Bluetooth telecommunication protocol is named after Harald Bluetooth, the king of Denmark and Norway in the year 958. He unified the two countries, much like Bluetooth unifies devices.
Fashion designer Mary Quant is credited for inventing the miniskirt. She named it "Mini" after her favorite car the Mini Cooper.
In 1981, the people of Naphlion, Greece were stunned at the sight of frogs falling from the sky. The tiny critters were carried by strong winds all the way from North Africa, more than 1,000 miles away.
1816 is known as "The Year Without Summer." Failed crops caused famines across the globe. The cold weather was caused by a massive eruption of mount Tambora in Indonesia.
Canned food was invented in 1810 in order to supply Napoleon's army. The modern version of the can opener was invented 60 years later.
The biggest animal ever known to live on Earth is the Titanosaurus. It measured 140ft (40m) long and 65ft (20m) tall.
Driving on the left side of the road originates from the middle ages, when people held a sword in their right hand. To defend yourself against a possible enemy, the opposite traffic was on your right.