History -
what happened so far



    the way of getting food

In the early days, people had to hunt.As these were hard times, it was very important, that any member of a tribe contributed to the alimentation of the community. Every time a child became old enough for joining the hunting activities, a big celebration took place.
This picture shows a young girl in its magnificent hunting inauguration dress, performing the ceremonial starting shot (through the shoulder to the heart). In the foreground of the picture, you can see a younger member of the tribe, who is already allowed to aim but not yet to shoot.

hunting (35 kB)

    the way of getting through the winter

In the early days, people didn't live that long. This was because of the hard winters. By the time, the habitants developed elaborated techniques to defy nature. The invention of science led to the discovery that you don't freeze so much if you keep yourself warm. No sooner said than done ...
In this picture you can see one of the first successful experiments in the novel field of getting-through-winter. In the background on the right you can see the so called winter-herb-switch, which was meant for keeping away the mean spirits of coldness. This indicates that in the beginning, people didn't trust science too much. But now they trust. The trust operates international with countless branches on every continent, but preferably in Alaska, Northern Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Northern Russia and Antarctica. Now the work on a plan to take over Greenland.

against the cold (31 kB)

    the way of keeping yourself clean

In the early days, people over here didn't live that long. This was because of the bad hygienic conditions. But resourceful as we are it didn't take us very long to find certain ways to eliminate the worst focus of diseases.
On the pictures on the side you can see the development of the so called privy equipping. With no doubt this can be called the prime loo as it shows all essential features which still today characterize a relief obtaining device. Some weak points of the original version could be erased thanks to new techniques and materials, but first signs of all the essential comfort features were present. Only the holder for the toilet paper is missing, but you have to know that at that time, paper wasn't invented yet.
Due to safety reasons, the first experiments were carried out in a big box of cat litter. Cat litter in these times looked quite similar to the sand you can still find today on the beaches of the Côte d'Argent (south-western France).

prime loo 1 (34 kB)
prime loo 2 (29 kB)

    the way of changing the world

We all know and love the game of football - well, we don't have a big choice, as we all know that football rules the world. In the early days, nobody felt too comfortable exercising this kind of pastime, especially as pitchforks and tamed bears seemed much more appropriate to keep away any kind of unpleasant occurrences.
But this changed very abruptly in 1638, as in the city of Kronach the goalkeeper was invented. That very moment, football started its triumphal march, which should result in its nowadays evident popularity.

goalkeeper (33 kB)

    the way of creating figures of speech

The interested layman may always have wondered about the origin of these strange and sometimes incomprehensible expressions you can hear if somebody tries to wriggle out of a sticky situation or to add one's two cents. Look, there are another two!
You may assume that these idiomatic expressions describe a situation or action, which was quite common in the earlier days but does not exist anymore nowadays. Only the metaphorical comparison survived the changes of time. One example will prove that this is clearly different.
Idiomatic expressions are developed in costly processes by especially trained and qualified linguistic scientists. The photo on the right demonstrates the enormous efforts, that had to be made in order to give us the possibility to say to somebody in a malicious and precocious manner:

You can easily fall into your own trap ...


pit (32 kB)