The earliest organized sports were most likely sprinting and wrestling. Both of these sports are depicted in cave paintings that date back more than 17,000 years. There is also evidence that competitive swimming, archery and horse racing were practiced more than 10,000 years ago.
The earliest team sport with a complex system of rules is most likely the game Tsu Chu, which was played in China as early as 3000 B.C. Tsu Chu was similar to soccer. It was played by maneuvering a lightweight leather ball into a hole. As in soccer, players were not allowed to use their hands.Learn More
The oldest musical instrument is the bone flute and this instrument dates back 40,000 years. The assembly of bird bones are responsible for this ancient instrument.Full Answer >
The first robot was a mechanical bird made in 350 B.C. by Archytas of Tarentum. It was called "The Pigeon" and was powered by steam.Full Answer >
The first flush toilet was invented by an English amateur poet named Sir John Harrington. Harrington was close to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, but he found himself banished from her presence for his habit of telling dirty jokes in 1584.Full Answer >
The modern bullet is based on a version invented in 1826 by Henri-Gustave Delvigne, a French infantry officer. Delvigne's bullet had a spherical shape and was rammed into a breech's rifling grooves.Full Answer >