Replace the numbers with words please

1. The word “fork” is derived from the Latin furca, which means [1]. The first dining forks were used by the ruling class in the Middle East and the Byzantine Empire.

In 1004, Maria Argyropoulina, niece of the Byzantine emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII, was married to the son of the [2] of Venice. She brought with her a little case of two-pronged golden forks, which she used at her wedding feast. The Venetians were shocked, and when Maria died three years later of the [3], Saint Peter Damian proclaimed it was God’s punishment. And with that, Saint Peter Damian closed the book on the fork in Europe for the next [4] hundred years.

2. The first known cards, developed in the [5] century A.D. were the size of dominoes. In China, card games became popular as an activity that was good for the mind—meditative, yet challenging, as well as social.

3.  For many living in ancient Africa, Asia and Oceania, pillows were stiffer than the stuffed cushions we have come to rely on for a good night’s sleep. These early pillows, some dating as far back as the [6] Dynasty (around 2707-2369 BC) look a bit like child-sized stools with a curved piece resting upon a pillar. These stands supported the [7], not the [7], perhaps to safeguard the elaborate hairdos that were en vogue.

[H/T The Smithsonian]

14 comments for “Replace the numbers with words please

  1. Distant Relative
    June 15, 2020 at 17:33

    1. poke
    3. collywobbles
    4. 4?
    6. Dunno but it was Egypt.
    7. Beehive?

  2. June 15, 2020 at 17:53

    2, 4 and half of 7 were wonderfully done.

  3. Ed P
    June 15, 2020 at 18:10

    1 Pitchfork
    2 Doge
    3 Plague
    4 Four
    5 Tang?
    6 11th
    7 Neck

  4. June 15, 2020 at 18:58

    1 to 4 and 7 good.

    Third dynasty.
    Ninth century.

  5. June 15, 2020 at 20:11

    3 is most definitely plague.

    • June 15, 2020 at 20:14


      This is not you by any chance?

      • June 16, 2020 at 04:34

        No. When I go missing it’s usually hookers and blow.

    • Doonhamer
      June 15, 2020 at 21:04

      #1. Something to do with bifurcated, so probably forked.
      #7. Neck. And for a bed they had a long tray of gravel. The cure for insomnia was a mallet. Sex was only for the most hardy and sado- masochists. As usual Darwin rules applied.

  6. dearieme
    June 15, 2020 at 22:02

    There’s a tale of a Highland chieftain’s son going off with the clansmen on his first raid. To prove how tough he is the lad uses a stone as a pillow. The clansmen laugh: real men don’t use pillows.

    • June 15, 2020 at 22:04

      Or underwear.

      • Andy5759
        June 16, 2020 at 03:06

        Have you seen the tracks left in deep snow by a short legged dog? Scots soon learned to gird up their loins. The rest is just for show.

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