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A woman, The Baroness de Beausoleil, of Nice in France, was the first person known to have used a dowsing rod for water-divining.

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TAXDAL-isms

Pearl 7TAXDAL-ism

The modern plastics industry began in the 1860s with a competition in America to find a better and less expensive billiard ball than those made of ivory. The winner of the $10,000 dollar prize was John Wesley Hyatt, an American inventor who made a ball from a substance he called Celluloid.

 

TAXDAL-isms

Pearl 7TAXDAL-ism

About half of the aluminum drink cans purchased each year in America are remelted after use and made into new tins. Within six weeks they are back on the supermarket shelves.

 

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Pearl 7TAXDAL-ism

Wool was probably the first fiber to be made successfully into fabric around 7000 years ago. In Egypt, mummies from 3400 BC have been found wrapped in linen shrouds a 1000 yards long (900m) made from flax. Cotton was used in India in 3000 BC.

 

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Before 105 AD, most documents had been written on parchment made from the skin of sheep or goats, or vellum, made from the skin of a calf. It has been estimated that a single book 200 pages long would have needed the skins of 12 sheep.

 

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The technique for making thin, flat window glass was perfected in Normandy, France, in the 14th century. Known as crown glass, each piece was blown by a craftsman. An accomplished glass-blower could make only about a dozen windows in a day, making medieval window glass an expensive luxury.