One hundred years on and it would be nice if vastly more folks knew the answers to the questions in The Question Book and were familiar with the content of The Dictionary. History, language, literature, biography, and the other topics… . Everyone should know more.
The more I think of it, though, and in the retrospective context of the first part of the 20th century, why “cave man?” Why be so denigrating to those who have an untrained intellect– presumably the farmers, miners, factory workers, shopkeepers, soldiers? Why assume the choice is binary– cave man versus intellectual?
The man of the hour.
Consider the twenty-five years, 1889-1914.
Invented: dishwasher; electric oven; photographic film; cash register; reinforced concrete; escalator; the zipper, for crying out loud!; radio; diesel engine; the paper clip– the paper clip!; vacuum cleaner; lawnmower; aeroplane; the fax machine; helicopter; electric washing machine; neon lights; Geiger counter; stainless steel; the crossword puzzle.
All from The Wall Chart of World History from Earliest Times to the Present: A Facsimile Edition (1997)
Units of time do not demand. Men do.
Reminder: “The producers of necessities”
Link to the list of the five other posts in the series on The Standard Dictionary of Facts (& the accompanying Question Book) here.