- Blackbeard the Pirate was most active in the waters off Virginia and the Carolinas, and in the Caribbean Sea.
- Blackbeard took a French merchant vessel and turned it into a 40-gun warship.
- Archaeologists have found bronze thimbles at the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which dates them before 79 AD.
- In 2011, a cache of gold doubloons worth half a million dollars was allegedly uncovered in California.
- The Chinese sheng – a gourd and reed instrument – was invented as long as 5,000 years ago. It evolved into the harmonica.
- The deeper an artifact is buried, the older it tends to be.
- Thomas Jefferson's dentist patented the first coffee grinder in the U.S.
August 02, 2013