Boomerang

Did the Aborigines Really Invent the Boomerang?

According to available evidence, Australian aboriginal tribes weren’t the only ones in history to ever invent and use a boomerang. Boomerangs were already in use by ancient Egyptians about 4000 years ago, as a hunting weapon. In the same manner, they were also used by a number of indian tribes in North America(mainly Navajo).

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Painted boomerangs in Melbourne(Fir0002/Flagstaffotos)

Contrary to popular belief, primary advantage of the boomerang is actually not the well-known ability to return back to the thrower, but that the boomerangs usually fly much further when compared to straight, conventional pieces of wood. Most of the returning boomerangs were used just for practising, ”true” boomerangs used for hunting were never designed to return back to the thrower.

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Wall painting from ancient Egyptian tomb, depicting the usage of a boomerang-like weapon for bird hunting

Little Known Fact: If boomerangs always returned back, Australian army in the First World War would probably think twice before using boomerangs equipped with hand grenades in combat. You can still see some of these in the Australian Army Infantry Museum, Singleton.

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Einstein

Did Albert Einstein Really Fail Mathematics?

Bad students often comfort themselves by this myth; after all, Albert Einstein, greatest physicist to have ever lived, failed maths too!… Or did he?

In reality, young Einstein was everything else but stupid. Although he was generally less interested in sport and foreign languages than most of his peers, he had easily mastered differential and integral calculus before he even reached 15. In addition, he never failed school and easily managed to get into the university.

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Albert Einstein in year 1947

Although his teachers often considered Einstein a bad student, it was only because of his unacceptable opinions on some forms of education.”Elementary school teachers seemed to me as drill sergeants, and high school teachers as lieutenants”, he later wrote. Only for that and for his contempt for war and military service(Man who joyfully marches to music in rank and row has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, because for him just the spinal cord would fully suffice.”), he was not a good student in eyes of some people.

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