In the age of bigger, better, faster, more, it’s easy to default to thinking that we invented everything, that the complex things that make up our lives couldn’t have existed in the times we view as primitive. Oh, how wrong we are.
We dip our toes into the deep water of “the first woman to…” with pilots, daredevils, doctors, and athletes.
There exists a small deserted town, which has been seized by eminent domain and condemned by the state. Why would an entire town that once housed over a thousand residents be shuttered? Because the ground under their feet was on fire.
Take, for example, George Washington’s youthful proclamation on the lumberjacking of his father’s cherry tree – “I cannot tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet.” It’s one of the first presidential facts American children learn in elementary school. The trouble is, that story is a complete fabrication.
Gutenberg may have gotten all the press, but he wasn’t the first to use movable type. Think you know the first video game or who was the first to fly across the Atlantic? Listen in and see!
You say potato, I say a dangerous tuber that people will only eat in the face of actual starvation. You say tomato, I say a poison apple from the mysterious new world that’s killing the aristocracy.