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Why are buttons on men and women’s shirts placed on different sides?

The reason why men’s shirts have their buttons on the right side while women’s garments have theirs on the left stems from opulence and convenience. In the 19th century, only affluent women can afford clothes with buttons. And if you are a well-off lady during those days, you don’t dress up by yourself, you have chambermaids to dress you up so their buttons were placed on the side most convenient for right-handed servants. The idea must have came from dressmakers who assist clients during fittings.

In the case of men’s buttons, even the wealthiest bloke of the olden times generally dressed themselves up, even if they have servants who can very well assist them.  Thus, the buttons are on the right side to make fastening or unfastening a piece of garment quicker and easier for the right-handed man. This proved to be useful during unexpected duels where gentlemen can easily unbutton their coats with their left hand while drawing their swords with their right.

 

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Who invented ice cream?

I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like ice cream. This frozen sweet and creamy treat is said be enjoyed by folks since time immemorial and many have been claiming that they started it all.

During the time of Roman Emperor Nero, frozen desserts were luxury items.  To get his fix for the chilled treat, Nero sends his slaves into bitter cold mountains to get the freshest snow which was then mixed with nectar, fruit pulp, and honey for flavor.

In China, the history of ice cream dates back to the T’ang period, as a specialty only the country’s rulers can enjoy. King T’ang of Shang is said to keep ninety-four “ice men” under his employ to carry huge ice blocks from frozen lakes to the palace.  The ice is used to make a concoction of koumiss (heated, fermented milk), flour, and camphor.

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Is it true that everything weighs less at the equator?

Yes, anything will technically weigh less at the Earth’s equator compared to other parts of the world, say the North or South pole. Any object weighs lighter in the equator, because it is farther from the earth’s center of gravity as compared when it is weighed in the Northern or Southern Poles. You see, the earth is not a perfect sphere and it is “flattened” at the poles because of the rotation of the earth. Thus, the earth’s gravitational pull on an object is greater in the either poles than at the equator.

Furthermore, the acceleration due to the rotation of the earth also affects the weight of an object in the equator. The centrifugal force tend to “throw it off” away from the planet. There is no extreme rotation at the poles so weights of objects are not affected.

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