The Walking under Ladder Superstition Has Its Origin in Ancient Egypt

When you see a black cat crossing your path, you panic? When it is Friday the 13th you rather choose not to go anywhere and just stay at home hidden under the blanket? Well, you are definitely superstitious! Sometimes I am just wondering whether there is a logic explanation and origin of the superstitions or it is just a plain common sense.

The walking under ladder superstition

Back in ancient Egypt, priests placed ladders in the tombs for dead people, so if they wanted they might have decided to ascend upward. The created area between the ladder and the wall was believed to be the space of spirits. Ladder leaned against the wall and formed the natural triangle that was believed to be sacred. It was also a space to be avoided as spirits rest there.

Those who somehow walked under the ladder could placate the disturbed spirits by placing their thumb between their index and middle finger. That is the method of warding off the bad luck. People who walked under the ladder in Middle Age in Christian Europe would cross their fingers on both hands, sign of a cross protected them from any evil lurking in the space between the ladder and wall. The interesting fact was that if you were forced to walk under the ladder against your will, you could receive something you wished for.

Although there are still people who are superstitious, nowadays ladders have become more a tool that can cause a lot of accidents. According to the study of American Journal of Preventative Medicine, there were 2.1 million of people sent to hospital because of ladders in years between 1990 and 2005.

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Credits: livescience.com, timelessmyths.co.uk, wisegeek.org, unexplainedstuff.com, popularmechanics.com, googleimages

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Stand under my Air-brella

Umbrellas in history

Umbrellas, probably a converted branch of tree,  first appeared in ancient Egypt more than 3 000 years ago and were used mostly for protecting royalty from sunlight. The first waterproof umbrellas were discovered in 11th century BC in China and they were made of leather. Nowadays majority of modern umbrellas are made in China. One Chinese city, Shangyu, has more than 1 000 factories for producing umbrellas! People at that time would be very surprised to see that the invisible air umbrella concept was created. Will it be more useful than the “normal” umbrellas?

This concept uses forced air to repel falling water. It was created by UK industrial design student Quentin DeBaene and a research team in China claims it could create this umbrella by 2015.

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How does it work?

The air umbrella uses high-powered jets to emit forced air to repel falling raindrops away from your body, before they can even hit your body. As this umbrella uses ultra high speed fan, the research team has found the way how to charge the batter only for 30 minutes, so this umbrella won’t be useful for a long walk. The retail price is expected to be around $200. I would maybe buy 20 umbrellas instead of this one, half an hour working umbrella. But who knows, it can be changed in the future. See the video here and judge the creation. (via inhabitat, core77)

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Vyliezť sa dá naozaj všade!

Radi leziete na vysoké či nezvyčajné miesta a máte pri tom šialený úsmev na tvári? Potom si zamilujete dvoch mladých Rusov, Vadim Makhorov a Vitaliy Raskalov, ktorí sa nudili asi na toľko, až sa rozhodli začať s lezením na najvyššie budovy sveta.

Celá táto myšlienka vznikla z vášne z fotenia. Pred niekoľkými rokmi urobili pár fotiek so svojimi mobilnými telefónmi, čo sa im zapáčilo a kúpili si kvalitné fotoaparáty, aby mohli zachytávať úžasné momenty. Len stále premýšľam, prečo si nefotili len kvety a prírodu, kde môžu stáť nohami pevne na zemi.

Keďže majú radi výzvy, za svoj ďalší cieľ si vybrali Shanghai Tower v Číne, ktorá meria 650 metrov a je stále v procese výstavby. Táto veža je druhá najvyššia na svete, hneď za Burj Khalifa v Dubaji. (source)

“Uvedomovali sme si prísne čínske zákony a tak sme sa na tento výstup pripravovali veľmi svedomite. Vybrali sme si vhodný dátum, čo bol prvý deň počas Čínskeho nového roku. Strážna služba bola menej ostražitá ako inokedy, na stavbe nikto nepracoval a stroje boli vypnuté” povedal Rascalov.

Na stavbu sa dostali okolo polnoci, najprv im trvalo 2 hodiny, kým sa pešo dostali na 120-te poschodie a potom čakali 18 hodín na lepšie počasie. Čudujem sa, že si to počas toho čakania nerozmysleli.

Pravdaže sa takéto pokusy vyliezť na rôzne budovy v meste nepáčia autoritám a títo mladíci mali problém so zákonom v niekoľkých krajinách. Napríklad keď liezli na pyramídy v Gize alebo na Katedrálu svätého Víta v Prahe.

St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

Počas lezenia nepoužívajú žiadne istenie, horolezecké nástroje či iné opatrenia pre ich bezpečnosť. Majú len svoje fotoaparáty, odvahu a zručnosť. Uvidíme, kam ich nohy zavedú nabudúce!

The Eiffel Tower

Horolezecké nástroje sa vyrábajú z nerezovej ocele a využívajú ich tí, ktorí narozdiel od týchto chlapcov, chcú mať pocit istoty a bezpečnosti. V Shanghai Metal Corporation ponúkame vysoko-kvalitnú nerezovú oceľ alebo iné oceľové a kovové produkty. Pre viac informácií navštívte wenové stránky alebo nám zašlite dopyt. Anglicky hovoriaci personál vám ochotne pomôže vybrať produkt podľa vašich predstáv. Stiahnite si aplikáciu oskenovaním QR kódu alebo nás nasledujte na sociálnych sieťach.

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Copper Was a Symbol of Eternal Life for the Egyptians; Nowadays it is a Symbol of Eternal Freedom When Cooper is on a Chopper!

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Copper was once believed by the Egyptians to be a symbol of eternal life; however copper on the hands of a biker builder such as Paul Yaffe becomes a symbol of eternal freedom. This freedom is only earned by those who ride without a destination; and only when you are on the saddle of your chopper, cruiser or bobber, opening the throttle towards the sunset will understand what FREEDOM is all about!

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Americans and all motorbike enthusiasts around the globe love the open road because it symbolizes the freedoms that it provides. This sense of exploration has helped build America’s nation; and the vast interstate network of asphalt and pavement for decades has facilitated people’s travel to places near and far for commerce or just a ride to nowhere!

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The “Copper Chopper” built by Arizona native Paul Yaffe to mark Arizona’s 100th anniversary was unveiled by Governor Jan Brewer on Saturday, Oct. 23rd 2010 during the  Arizona State Fair. The unveiling of the Arizona Centennial Chopper was part of a Safety Day that included a bike show and a Bret Michael’s Concert at the fairgrounds in Phoenix, AZ. The Arizona Centennial Chopper traveled the open road for 17 months, promoting events and projects celebrating Arizona’s 100th anniversary.

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Motorcycle riding gives you a sense of freedom which you don’t get in a car. Your senses take on a different significant.

As an international manufacturer and supplier for copper sheet and bronze sheet, Shanghai Metal Corporation produces slitting, edging, and oscillates winding to fit your specific copper requirements.To find out more, please visit our Website or send your inquiry here. Our English speaking personnel will be more than pleased to help you. Follow us on  LinkedInTwitter, FacebookInstagram and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

Source and photo credit: bikeweeknews.blogspot.com, pinterest.com, yakman*9

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How Much Do You Know About Copper?

1.Pyramid of Cheops

The first point of facts about copper is related to pyramids of Cheops. There were water pumping construction found by the archaeologists in this pyramid which was made partly from copper dated more than 5000 years ago.

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2.Dead Sea Scrolls

When people Sea Scrolls, they will think that the classic items are made from animal skin. This principle does not apply in one of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Israel. It is created by using copper. In the scroll, you will see the clues to find the hidden treasure.

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3.New York’s Statue of Liberty

One of the materials used to construct the statue of Liberty is copper. It features 80 tons of copper from Norway. The craftsmanship was done in France.

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4.Gold

When people want to get firm and tough gold, the manufacturer will add small amount copper. The train of gold is soft so that you can mould this material using your hands. Even though your jewelry is made from 24 k of gold, it still contains some copper.

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5.Hieroglyphs

Copper was believed as the symbol of the eternal life. In the hieroglyph system, the ancient Egyptian people utilized the ankh symbol to represent copper.

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6.Columbus

Columbus is one of the greatest sailors and explorers in the world. When he made a voyage to America, his ship was protected by using copper skin which eliminate the bio-fouling or even barnacles.

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7.Copper cookware

Copper is the best material recommended by most high class chefs in the world. The material can transfer the heat better than any other material.

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8.Copper products

Copper is widely used as the construction and frame in water piping and distribution since it can resist from any bacteria. Some products made from copper include handrail, door knobs and finger-plates.

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9.Copper tools

Copper is also helpful to lower the risk of explosion. The tools or products made from copper will never cause any fire or even spark. That’s why the electronic tools are made by using this material to prevent the explosion to occur.

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10.Anti corrosion

Copper can last longer and it prevents corrosion to form. The nuclear authority in Sweden and deep sea exploration uses copper as the protection for their equipment and pipework.

As an international manufacturer and supplier for copper sheet and bronze sheet, Shanghai Metal Corporation produces slitting, edging, and oscillates winding to fit your specific copper requirements. To find out more, please visit our Website or send your inquiry here. Our English speaking personnel will be more than pleased to help you. Follow us on  LinkedInTwitter, FacebookInstagram and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

Source and photo credit: findfast.org, periodictable.com

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Humor Through The Ages And Why It Changes Over Time

Why does our sense of humor change over time? At one point in our lives, armpit farting noises were the pinnacle of hilarity. At age five, nothing else could possibly top it. For some of us, nothing ever will. But for most people, what strikes us as funny changes drastically over time. There are also great spatial variations. What’s funny in one country will silence a room in another. Let’s have a look at what our ancient ancestors found funny:

Egyptians

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“How do you entertain a bored pharaoh?”

“You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish.”

Egyptians maintain their political satire to this day with the following quip:

“Nasser was killed by poison, Sadat by a bullet and Mubarak by Facebook,”

Greeks

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One ancient Greek idiot joke reads: “An idiot, wanting to go to sleep but not having a pillow, told his slave to set an earthen jar under his head. The slave said that the jug was hard. The idiot told him to fill it with feathers.”

There are also the comic insults, listed so as to be used in instant one-line put downs – “You don’t have a face, but a fireplace” reads one. But my particular favorites are the ‘doctor’ jokes: “A person went to a doctor and said “doctor, whenever I get up from sleeping, I’m groggy for a half an hour afterwards and only after that am I all right” To which the doctor replied: “Get up half an hour later.”

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Another of the jokes – said to be dated to 248AD when Rome held what was billed as the ‘Millennium Games’ – tells the story of a distraught athlete.’

Never mind,’ says a spectator. ‘You can always try again at the next Millennium Games.’

There is also an ancient version of the Monty Python dead parrot sketch.

It reads: ‘A man buys a slave, who dies soon after. When he complains, the slave seller replies, “Well, he didn’t die when I owned him”.’

So humor is a static concept, changing due to circumstance and audience. Or maybe its due to a maturing appreciation for humor. Ultimately, humor is subjective, and is up to the individual to form.

This particular Roman joke was found in a 1,700 year old book during a metal detecting excavation in the UK, along with clay pots and old coins. Amateur metal detecting is said to make up 90% of all archeological finds, as our article about The Law of Finders Keepers described. Metal detectors are relatively easy and cheap to get your hands on, and are made of hardwearing stainless steel so you can continue your hobby for years.

Shanghai Metal manufactures value added stainless steel products similar to those mentioned. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability. We guarantee the best prices, quality support, and fast delivery. To find out more, please visit our Website or send your inquiry here. Follow us on  LinkedInTwitter, FacebookInstagram and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

Sources: Daily Mail, Curiousity Discovery, History Extra, Smithsonian Magazine, Splitsider, BBC

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The Eden Project: Bringing The Ancient Copper Back To Life

Copper is known to be a major metal and an essential element used all around the globe. It is the oldest metal known to man and was first discovered and used about 10,000 years ago, however it was only alloyed in bronze circa 3000 BC, making it the first engineering material known to man. image

The first facts about copper relates to the pyramids of Cheops, located in Egypt. Archeologists have found water pipes partly made from copper. Piping network has been used in Egypt for more than 5000 years. Therefore, copper was believed as the symbol of the eternal life. In the hieroglyph system, the ancient Egyptian people utilized the ankh symbol to represent copper.

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Nowadays, copper is not only restricted to piping work, but it has expanded to include heating, cooling and refrigeration, electrical wiring, electronics, power generation and transmission, automotive applications, antimicrobial uses and many more. Moreover, copper can still be considered a symbol of eternal life for the Egyptians; however it can also be considered a sustainable material; when taking in consideration the processes of extraction, production and retail.

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Therefore, The Eden Project based in Cornwall, England is one of the most innovative and high profile of the Millennium Projects. It is the largest plant enclosure in the world built in the lightest and most ecological way possible. Eden’s aim was to build the Core (education center) with the highest sustainable specifications, challenging the conventions for sustainable design and construction, with targets above the national benchmarks and using carefully selected materials. The team considered the complex interaction between a range of criteria of sustainable issues, specifically waste neutrality, positive futures, recycled content, certification of materials and local sourcing implications.

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The key criteria affecting the choice of roofing material were:

• to make a bold architectural statement to complement Eden’s ground-breaking architecture and landscapes;

• to be durable, strong and relatively lightweight;

• to be malleable enough to cope with the complex structure of the roof;

• to have excellent sustainability credentials, and

• most importantly for a building dedicated to education at Eden, the roof should highlight a progressive message relating to sustainable development issues.

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While copper can be relatively expensive for a roof and is in strong competition with other roofing materials, it is robust, even when turned into sheets, malleable, completely waterproof and very long lasting: physical properties that made it ideal for the roof’s complex design. Aesthetically too, copper is the only common metal; other than gold,  that isn’t grey or silver, making it one of the most easily recognized metals, thus aiding engagement with visitors as a first step to relating the sustainability message.

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As an international manufacturer and supplier for copper sheet and bronze sheet, Shanghai Metal Corporation produces slitting, edging, and oscillates winding to fit your specific copper requirements. For more information on our copper products please visit our website here. Be sure to join the conversation in our Linkedln group, Facebook and Instagram.

You can also read more articles by our team at SMC:

Who To Blame (Or Thank) For Your Braces

Most Creative Statues

How To Do A Better Job Than Jack

Sources: The Eden project

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