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While newspapers in the modern sense are thus less than four centuries old, something corresponding to the newspaper was found in the ancient world. Accounts of the doings of the imperial armies of Rome were sent to generals in command in all parts of the empire. These Acta Diurna, or Daily Doings as they were called, were communicated by the generals to their officers. Farther back still, items of news, generally about kings or battles, were carved in stone in prominent places in Babylonian and Assyrian cities. These may almost be regarded as the origin of the news paper as a record of events. Probably the oldest newspaper in this sense is the Siloam Inscription, discovered in 1880 in the rocky aqueduct of the Pool of Siloam at the southeast end of Jerusalem. The characters are those of an early form of the alphabet used by the Phoenicians, Hebrews and Moabites. The language is Biblical Hebrew. The inscription is of the period of the Hebrew monarchy. It dates back to at least 700 B.C., and is one of the oldest Hebrew inscriptions known. It may be called the Jewish newspaper of Isaiah’s time, and perhaps even of Solomon’s time.
Today a French multinational company sells mineral bottled water under the brand name Evian, in many countries of Europe. Evian is also exported worldwide on a large scale. There’s one peculiarity that makes Evian different from other conventional bottled water brands. Evian directly bottles the water from a natural spring of the Alps Mountain. Considering the purity of water, there is no need to either distill it or add any other minerals. The only process done is to fill the water in bottles, seal it, label it and sell it directly in the market.
The final calculation was still incorrect since a year is the time taken by the Earth to complete one circle round the Sun and that is equal to 365.25 days, and not exact 365 days. They had not taken into account the 1/4th day that remained. The Egyptians perhaps did not realize this fact. As a result, as the years succeeded one another, their calendar started going wrong. The mistake was only of 1/4th day. Nevertheless, after a lapse of many years this small mistake snowballed into a huge one.
The usage of such currency became quite widespread during the Sung Dynasty. (See photo.) It seems that the invention came about to prevent theft. When members of the Imperial Court were regularly bringing bags of money to the emperor’s treasury their horses were weighed down with all the coins, so they were easy targets for bandits lying in wait. They couldn’t gallop away from an ambush. Introduction of paper money solved that problem. It was as light as the paper it was printed on. The emperor’s horsemen carrying paper money could easily gallop away at high speed at the first sign of trouble. Later, the Chinese began the printing of multicolor currency notes with a blue background, a circle design in vermilion and notations in black. This complexity of printing, together with specially manufactured paper, made forgery difficult.
At the end of the Second World War a large stock of two-stroke engines made for the use in various naval craft and submarines was laying idle unused. Soichiro Honda purchased these engines for the price of scrap. Thereafter making bicycles on stronger frames in his workshop and fitting two-stroke engines he converted them into motorcycles. From such a small beginning Honda Motor Company’s multi-national business commenced.