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.

 

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TAXDAL-isms

Pearl 7TAXDAL-ism

If you stood 30 feet (9m) away from a small amount of fresh waste water from a nuclear reactor for ten minutes, you would have only a 50 per cent chance of living.

 

TAXDAL-isms

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.

 

TAXDAL-isms

Pearl 7TAXDAL-ism

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.