Just the facts

CALVARY AND GOLGOTHA

GOLGOTA AND CALVARY

Calvary, also known as Golgotha, was, according to the Gospels, a site immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus was crucified. The word comes from the Greek transcription in the New Testament of an Aramaic term that’s traditionally been presumed to be Gûlgaltâ. The Bible translates the term to mean “Place of [the] skull,” which in Greek is pronounced KraníouTópos, and in Latin is pronounced Calvariæ Locus, from which the English word Calvary is derived.

Golgotha is referred to in early writings as a hill, resembling a skullcap located very near to a gate into Jerusalem. Since the 6th century, it has been referred to as the location of a mountain and as a small hill since 333 A.D. The Gospels describe it as a place near enough to the city that those coming in and out could read the inscription “Jesus of Nazareth - King of the Jews.”

BREAD

BREAD

Bread has been around for centuries? Experts believe the first grinding stone was invented by the Egyptians around 8000 B.C. Flat breads were first baked from the crushed grains, but later it was discovered that adding yeast made the bread rise. In ancient Egypt, bread was a form of currency used interchangeably with money. They even believed loaves of bread could take the dead to the afterlife.

It often earns a reputation as being boring, yet it’s a primary staple of most people’s diets. Whether you eat traditional bread, or opt for more unique choices like flatbread or pitas, it’s something that finds its way into so many meals and snacks.

Below are a few statistics relating to bread and wheat, the main staple used for making bread. Some of them sound farfetched, but they are true to the best of our knowledge!

THE HUMAN BODY

THE HUMAN BODY 1

1. If you could save all the times your eyes blink in one life time and use them all at once, you would see blackness for 1.2 years!

2. The life span of a taste bud is ten days.

3.The average red blood cell lives for 120 days and can circumnavigate your body in less than 20 seconds.

4. The nerve impulses of the body travel at over 400 km/hr.

CRUCIFIXION

CRUCIFIXION

Crucifixion is a form of execution in which a person is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross (or tree) and left to hang until dead. It was a common mode of punishment among pagan nations in ancient times, but remains in occasional use in some countries today. It is arguably the cruelest form of death ever devised by man: Cicero (3 January 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC), an ancient Roman philosopher and orator, described it as “a most cruel and disgusting punishment,” and in 2009, Amnesty International condemned it as “the ultimate form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.”

MICHAEL FARADAY

MICHAEL FARADAY

Michael Faraday was the brain behind the technology that led to the invention of the cooling machine known as the refrigerator. Born into a low-income family on 22 September, 1791 in South London, Faraday worked as an apprentice to a bookseller in his teenage years. It was during this period that he read many of the books that made him develop a keen interest in science. Years later, he would become the first and foremost Fullerian Professor of Chemistry, appointed at the Royal Institute of Great Britain.

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