It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library. Let’s see what fun facts Margie found when she browsed through the reference related materials.
Horses were first domesticated around 4000 BC on the steppes north of the Black Sea. The evidence is a bit with tooth-marks and horse teeth with bit-marks…A knife dating from around 2000 BC, found on the Upper Ob River, show a man holding a tethered horse. FROM: Empire of Horses: The First Nomadic Civilization and the Making of China, by John Man, p. 11, (CB481.M36 2020)
In the spring of 1873, William H. Shell and James Stuart Dales became the first graduates of the University of Nebraska. Since then, Nebraska has conferred degrees on nearly 290,000 proud Husker students. FROM: Dear Old Nebraska U: Celebrating 150 Years. p. 177, (LD3668.U65 2019)
Mickey Mouse was introduced to the world as an aviator in Plane Crazy, which hoped to capitalize on Charles Lindbergh’s recent transatlantic flight, followed by some southwestern scuffling called The Gallopin’ Gaucho. Both were initially filmed without sound and Disney was dissatisfied…For his third Mickey short, Disney hired an orchestra and an arranger to produce Steamboat Willie, the first sound cartoon. FROM: Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park that Changed the World, p. 21, (GV1853.3.C22 S66 2019)
Within a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second after the big bang, energy itself underwent a phase change. It split into four very different species. Today, we know them as gravity, the electromagnetic force and the strong and weak nuclear forces. FROM: Origin Story: A Big History of Everything, p. 23, (CB19.C478 2018)
The 2016 presidential election became the first in our history to be negotiated by internet trolls—people who intentionally stir controversy and start arguments on social media to manipulate public opinion or create chaos. FROM: Troll Factories: Russia’s Web Brigades (2018), p.7. ProQuest Ebook Central Database
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 23 No. 3, Summer 2020.