Djenné’s Mosque: Made out of sand and earth

The Great Mosque of Djenné  is one of the most photographed buildings in all of Africa. Situated in the city of Djenné in Mali, it was most likely first built in the 1200s before it fell apart due to neglect.

The Tale of Genji: The World’s first novel

The Tale of Genji is a 54 chapter novel written by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the 11th century. Although there is no way to prove this, it sometimes has been referred as the World’s first novel.

The origins of the Piggy Bank

The term piggy bank does not come from the pig shaped form of the coin container. Rather, it’s the other way around. Pygg is the name of the clay which was used to make those containers in medieval England and other places. Eventually, the name changed from pygg jar to pig jar and then to piggy bank around the 18th century. …