In recent times, everyone tries to explore something new. There are so many wonderful things in the world that we do not know about history. Here is some general knowledge of Q&A for our readers.
If it wasn’t for a last-minute change, the ubiquitous keyboard would be known by a different name, seeing that the top row almost read QWE.TY.
US inventor Christopher Latham Sholes had been developing typewriters for years, including one patented in 1867 with all the letters laid out alphabetically on two rows of black and white keys, much like a piano. The problem was that this jammed too easily. His solution was to separate common pairings of letters and throw punctuation into the mix too.
After much tinkering, his new layout was ready by the 1870s and was produced by the manufacturer, Remington. As well as the R and the full stop being swapped, the keyboard on sale also had no numbers 1 and 0, trusting users to make do with capital I and O.
Not everyone was happy with the QWERTY keyboard. In the 1930s, Sholes’s compatriot, the educational psychologist August Dvorak, designed his own format, viewed by many to be superior. But by then, QWERTY had already won the war of the keyboards.
Who was the longest-reigning monarch?
At 67 years and counting, Elizabeth II is the world’s longest still-reigning monarch, but she is a way off the all-time record.
That belongs to Sobhuza II of Swaziland, who came to the throne at four months old in 1899 and ruled for 82 years and 254 days. He saw Swaziland go from a British protectorate – when he was called Chief Paramount – to independence in 1968, after which the country thrived. As did Sobhuza’s family.
He had 70 wives, more than 200 children and, at the time of his death in 1982, in excess of 1,000 grandchildren.
Who was the richest roman?
There were many Romans who lined their pockets through privilege and power, but one was better off than the rest. Marcus Licinius Crassus, a third of the First Triumvirate with Julius Caesar and Pompey, the military commander who ended Spartacus’s uprising, and one of history’s richest individuals.
He built a fortune on slaves, silver mines and property that he confiscated from criminals and defeated enemies on behalf of the state. Crassus spotted holes in the market to exploit – and did so ruthlessly. With no firefighting service in Rome, he employed hundreds of men who would be sent out to douse house fires in the city, but only if the owners sold him the property at a knockdown rate. If they wouldn’t pay, Crassus and his brigade would watch the house burn.