The word ‘OK’ was first used in the 1830s when Boston’s young intellectuals started the fad of intentionally abbreviating certain expressions incorrectly as a joke to entertain people. Some of the abbreviated words were KC for “knuff ced” (enough said), KY for “know yuse” (no use), OW for “oll wright” (all right), and the OK “oll korrect” (all correct).
Somehow, OK is the only one that survived the passage of time and here’s how:
During the early 1800s, “all right” means everything was in order.
On March 23, 1839, OK was seen in an article on the Boston Morning Post. Soon, other publications picked up the joke and OK became a popular term that spread beyond the country.
In fact, even Martin Van Buren, the 8th President of the United States, used OK during his reelection campaign.
In his 1840 presidential campaign, Buren used Old Kinderhook as his new nickname.
To create buzz, OK clubs and OK campaign materials were highly-publicized.
It didn’t turn out well and he lost his presidential bid. Yet, it was a winning moment for the word OK because it became a part of the American vernacular.
When the telegraph was invented in 1844, the word OK became highly- functional.
O and K were the easiest letters to punch in the machine that transmitted messages with the use of electronic dots and dashes. It was soon adopted as the fastest way to acknowledge the transmission between the operators of the US railways project.
In 1865, the role that OK played in telegraph communication was firmly established. An excerpt from the Telegraphy Manual said- “…and no message is ever regarded as transmitted until the office receiving it gives OK…”
Despite its corny origin, OK has become the most recognized word across the world.
On July 20, 1969, OK was heard over the radios and televisions to confirm the successful landing of Apollo 11 in the moon.
At present, it is used to signify “neutral affirmative.” People say OK to show acceptance, approval, acknowledgment, agreement, and sometimes a sign to show indifference.
If you want to know someone’s condition, you also use it by asking “Are you okay?”
Meet Mona Lisa Of The Seine, The World’s Most-Kissed Girl
Have you kissed her?
One of the most viewed displays at the International Life Cast Museum of Boston is the “Inconnue de la Seine" (the unknown woman of the Seine). She wears an enigmatic smile that inspired a lot of poets, novelists, and artists for many decades.
Her smile is enthralling but her backstory is more fascinating. In the 19th century, a lifeless body of a young woman was pulled out from the Seine River in Paris. During that period, every unidentified body was placed on a marble slab then put up against the morgue’s window for public viewing. This morbid and eccentric method was once a form of entertainment for Europeans.
Her beautiful face and Mona Lisa smile inspired the pathologist to have her face molded on a plaster cast.
Rare 17th Century Coin That Stopped Police From Shaving Your Beard Found In Russia
The ‘beard tax’ token is said to be “priceless”!
If you think maintaining a beard is expensive these days, you might consider yourself lucky compared to 17th century Russians. Archaeologists have discovered a rare 300-year-old coin that was once used to prove the holder had paid for beard tax. The "beard kopek" is only the second known example of the coin and is considered priceless.
The coin was discovered in the remains of a 17th-century building in the western Russian city of Pskov. It was one of over 5,000 coins recovered from the site. The kopek is made of copper and features the image of a beard and a mustache. The words "Money Paid" is written above the mustache.
The copper token was reportedly minted in 1699.
7 Astounding New Discoveries Involving Ancient Horses
#7 is definitely mind-blowing!
Horses have always played an important role in our history. Our ancestors spent centuries trying to domesticate the animals before horses became a part of human civilization. Without horses, great empires would never exist. Yet, we continue to learn astounding things about these magnificent creatures every day.
Our ancestors have been riding horses for thousands of years. However, saddles may have been invented for a different animal. Scientists recently found the remains of a donkey with molars that had the same damage as horses that have to wear bits. The skeleton was dated back to around 2700 BC, which is at least 1,000 years before horses were brought to the Near East. Here are seven astounding archaeological discoveries that involved ancient horses.
1. The First Horse Tamers