Page 7 - History Facts

The way that Roman woman did their hair is pretty absurd! Learn more


In modern times we know surprisingly little about hair dressing in Ancient Roman society. It is not a subject that has received a large amount of scholarly attention. With that being said, there are some things that we can know, according to Janet Stephens.

Contrary to popular belief, hairstyles worn by many women in this place and time were not wigs, but were actually natural hair held in place by needles and thread, which came as a big surprise to historians.

Around the first century of the Common Era, Roman women would have servants or slaves dressing their hair. Using such a technique was an ingenious way to create intricate hairstyles.

So what evidence is there for this practice? By studying Roman busts of women, we can get a pretty accurate idea of fashion from that era, and hair styles from that period are actually quite easy to recreate using the needle and thread method. Furthermore, in Roman portraits of women, hair fasteners are absent despite elaborate hair styles.

One of the benefits of sewing hair is that it stays firmly in place because of the thread. Additionally, the thread can easily be hidden from sight within the hair. Apparently, it was not necessary to be rich and famous in order to afford a wig and have beautiful hair in Rome.

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Thomas Jefferson went ahead with the Louisiana Purchase despite the fact that his opposition said it was unconstitutional


The purchase of Louisiana from France for $11,250,000 was an important moment in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. He faced opposition from his countrymen because it was considered to be unconstitutional.

Thomas Jefferson did not help to write the U.S. Constitution and he believed a county’s constitution should be reviewed every 19 years.

Zachary Elkins, a professor of political science at Illinois, explain Jefferson’s view: “Jefferson thought the dead should not rule the living, thus constitutions should expire frequently, but the fact is that the U.S. Constitution quickly became enshrined by the public and is the oldest constitution in the world.”

Jefferson, however, felt that the U.S. Constitution did not contain any provisions regarding acquiring property. He decided to go ahead with the purchase despite the opposition because the idea of France and Spain having the power to potentially block America’s trade access to the port of New Orleans made him very uneasy,

After the agreement was completed, Napoleon Bonaparte said: "This accession of territory affirms forever the power of the United States, and I have given England a maritime rival who sooner or later will humble her pride."

Looking back it could be said that the purchase of the Louisiana territory is possibly the greatest contribution Thomas Jefferson made to the United States.

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Aoraki/Mount Cook Mackenzie, located in New Zealand, is representative of a famous legend involving four brothers who get turned to stone.


The first people to settle in the Aoraki/Mount Cook Mackenzie region of New Zealand’s south island arrived in the 1850’s.

Aoraki/Mount Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand towering at over 12,000 feet above sea level. The area was named after New Zealand’s most famous outlaw who escaped custody multiple times before finally being released, then disappeared forever.

The area has an interesting legend surrounding its creation.

The locals say that Aoraki and his three brothers were on a voyage around the world when they got stranded on a reef. The voyagers climbed on to the top side of the canoe and after a time the south wind froze them and turned them into stone.

Their canoe became the South Island and Aoraki, who stood tallest of the brothers, is now seen as the Aoraki/Mount Cook, while his brothers and other members of the crew became the Southern Alps.

This region is perfect for those who want to get away from the busyness of every day life. There aren’t many people living there, and it’s home to the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve. That, along with snowcapped mountains and turquoise lakes, make it perfect for those trying to enjoy nature.

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The town of Ixonia, Wisconsin, came about because people couldn't decide on a name, so six letters were randomly selected out of a hat and put together.


Naming is often a difficult task. Everyone wants to find the right name, regardless of whether they’re naming a baby, a book, a sports team or a town.

After a town in Wisconsin that lasted only five years was split into two, two new names were needed. The first was agreed upon easily as Concord, but the second wasn’t so easy.

The townspeople in the second town, called town 8, ran into the familiar problem of a dispute on what they should name it.

To solve this problem, they decided to take the naming out of their own hands and put it into the hands of fate.

They put all of the letters of the alphabet onto pieces of paper and then those pieces into a hat. They had a young woman pick out letters until a name could be formed. This finally resulted in the six letters that make up Ixonia. To this day it remains the only town in the country with this name.

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This has got to be the most epic battle ever fought on bicycles


During the Battle of Singapore in February 1942 the Japanese managed to invade Malaysia causing what Winston Churchill called the "worst disaster" and "largest capitulation" in British military history.

The Allied Forces imposed a trade ban on Japan, and in response, Japan invaded Malaysia to find alternative sources for needed materials to continue its war against the Allied Forces.

The Japanese army was superior to the British in close air support, armor, coordination, tactics and experience, even though they were outnumbered.

The British made a grave mistake in judgement in thinking that the Malaysian jungle was too dense and impassable. The Japanese had a plan to overcome that.

Thousands of bicycle riding soldiers were able to quietly and speedily navigate their way through the jungle and surprise the unsuspecting opposition.

They did not bring their bicycles with on the ships, but confiscated them from the citizens and retailers in Malaysia as they progressed through towns after coming ashore. This meant that there were no demands made on the Japanese war machine as they did not need trucks or ships to transport the bicycles.

These troops could quickly advance by travelling along plantation roads, foot paths and over improvised bridges. This caught Allied Forces defending the main roads and river crossings off guard.

The bicycles could travel faster than withdrawing Allied Forces and often cut off their escape, resulting in 50,000 troops becoming prisoners of war.

It can therefore be said that the bicycle troops were mostly to thank for the success of the Japanese invasion of Malaysia.

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