In the Jewish text Pirkei Avot it is said that God created the first pair of tongs on the sixth day of creation as a blacksmith would have to use a pair of tongs to make tongs jweekly.com/2017/04/13/fi…
That, in 1919, EugΓ¨ne Christophe was the first Tour de France rider to wear the Yellow Jersey. Later in the race, while still in the lead, his front fork broke. He repaired the fork himself at a blacksmiths forge but lost too much time. He finished 3rd in 1919, never to win the Tour de France. crankpunk.com/2020/07/10/…
When future US President Herbert Hoover was born in 1874, his father announced the news by saying, "We have another General Grant at our house!", referencing the incumbent chief executive. This rural Iowan blacksmith would die nearly fifty years before his son fulfilled the prediction. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned of Theophilus, a German Monk who wrote the first significant work in Medieval Europe on the quenching process used by blacksmiths. He recommended tempering tools in the urine of a small, red-headed boy. researchgate.net/publicat…
Along with blacksmiths, there are "whitesmiths" who work with tin or other light metals and "brownsmiths" who work with brass or copper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Today I learned of Walt Whitman's friend, Silas Soule. At 17, he was escorting slaves on the Underground Railroad. By 22, he'd staged two prison heists & become a blacksmith. At 26, he defied orders to participate in a massacre of Native Americans, testified against its architect, and was murdered for it. nps.gov/sand/learn/histor…
Today I learned about the wicked blacksmith Procrustes, who would rent his spare bed to travelers. When the guest inevitably complained the bed was too short, Procrustes would get his tools and cut his guest down to size. Today, "Procrustean" is used to describe when an item is resized to an arbitrary standard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
After he was knighted, Terry Pratchett made a sword for himself, partially out of meteorites. He wanted to equip himself for his new status. With the help of a friend, He gathered the ore from a field near his home and smelted it in a makeshift kiln. He then took the bars to a blacksmith. news.com.au/technology/te…
On Kinmen (a small group of islands off the coast of mainland China controlled by Taiwan) knives are made from spent artillery shells. "Kinmen knives" were originally made from Allied artillery during WWII; blacksmiths now use shells fired from mainland China during the 1950s-1970s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
There's a festival in Japan called 'Kanamara Matsuri' or 'festival of the steel phallus'. Legend has it a woman with a demonic vagina destroyed all this towns penis's until a blacksmith made a steel penis that destroyed the vaginas teeth. Now once a year they celebrate everything penis like. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/K…
The Royal Navy tried defending against submarines by putting 2 blacksmiths in a boat with hammers: "On a periscope being sighted the boat was to steal quietly up alongside it, and the nearest blacksmith was to give it a dint with his hammer." cnrs-scrn.org/northern_ma…
Today I learned about the NYPD's elite mobile blacksmith unit. They are responsible for the NYPD's horseshoes. journalstar.com/news/nati…
The House of Amberg, of which the present King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander is a member, became nobility when a pastor began calling himself "von Amsberg" and no one objected. His father had been a baker and his grandfather a blacksmith. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ams…
Alongside blacksmiths, WHITEsmiths also exist. Instead of Iron, they work mostly with tin or pewter. wikidiff.com/whitesmith/b…
A blacksmith can use his hammer and anvil to light his forge. youtube.com/watch?v=KMVs1…
In the 1913 Tour de France, EugΓ¨ne Christophe's front fork on his bike broke. He carried it 10 km to the nearest blacksmith, where he used the forge to weld it back together. He was penalized 3 minutes because he had a local kid pump the bellows for him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…
During the 1913 Tour de France, riders could have no outside help repairing their bicycles. The race leader at one point had his front fork break, so he trekked 10 km to a blacksmith where he repaired them himself. He was penalized 3 minutes for allowing a child to work the bellows. guardian.co.uk/sport/2007…
The 'black' in 'blacksmith' distinquishes them from 'whitesmiths', who work with the lighter coloured metals such as tin and pewter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
The opposite of a blacksmith is a whitesmith, a smith who works with lighter-colored metals, particularly tin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
For those of you with the fairly standard English surname "Smith", your Italian equivalent surname is "Ferrari". They both mean blacksmith. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
17th century Dutch blacksmith Jan de Doot allegedly removed an egg-sized bladder stone from himself using a procedure called lithotomy in which one makes an incision between the scrotum and the anus and removes the offending stone. He then set it in gold. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/J…
When deciding which Spaniards to spare before battle, The Inca decided to spare the Horse Tamer, The Blacksmith, and the Barber. They believed the Barber had powers of rejuvenation and healing. youtu.be/KQ40mnhoTCc?t=70…
A of man named Jan de Doot, a Dutch blacksmith of the 17th century that performed surgery on himself to remove a kidney stone the size of a large egg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
There is an Israeli blacksmith who collects Palestinian rockets fired on his area and turns them into roses nytimes.com/video/world/m…
'Da Shu Hua' is a traditional Molten Iron Throwing Festival in China originating around 500 years ago in-which blacksmiths throw heated iron into the air for fireworks like effect (pictures included) amusingplanet.com/2016/06…
A Whitesmith works with tin instead of wrought iron like a blacksmith would. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
Wilford Brimley was a blacksmith and a bodyguard to Howard Hughes. imdb.com/name/nm0000979/
The founder of the company Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, began as a self-taught blacksmith making reusable pitons for his climbing friends in 1957. The company didn't start selling apparel until the early 1970's. patagonia.com/company-his…
In 1700's a Scottish blacksmith's daughter became Empress of Morocco en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Wilford Brimley (diabeetus commercials) is not only a notable actor, but was also a farmer, rodeo rider, blacksmith, and bodyguard to Howard Huges imdb.com/name/nm0000979/b…
Today I learned of Richard Rennison, a Scottish blacksmith who performed 5,147 marriages under Scotland's "irregular marriage" law, which allowed for almost anyone to preside over the ceremony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
According to a legend, Pythagoras discovered the foundations of musical tuning (Do Re Mi...) by listening to the sounds of four blacksmith's hammers, which produced consonance and dissonance when they were struck simultaneously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyt…
The plain orange basketball rims with the unforgiving CLANG used at over 700 public parks in New York City are made by hand by blacksmiths. nytimes.com/2010/05/30/ny…
There is a college where illiterate people are trained to be teachers, doctors, dentists, health workers, solar engineers, hand pump mechanics, architects, designers, masons, water testers, phone operators, blacksmiths, carpenters, computer instructors, accountants barefootcollege.org/baref…
The new tower cross of the Dresden Frauenkirche was funded by "the British People and the Royal House of Great Britain" and made by a British blacksmith whose father was one of the bomber pilots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dre…
The 1600 year old Iron Pillar of Delhi has attracted the attention of archaeologists and materials scientists and has been called "a testament to the skill of ancient Indian blacksmiths" because of its high resistance to corrosion. It also survived a cannonball strike with very minimal damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
The largest floating town in the world was off the coast of BC in Canada. The camp was over a quarter of a mile long with 50 detached buildings with electricity, hot water, fire hall, pool hall, store, blacksmith, carpenter, warehouse and a large community hall with seating for 260 monsterpin.com/index.php?…
Boston's MBTA still has a blacksmith boilermakers.org/resource…
There is a "World Championship Blacksmiths" competition in the United States youtube.com/watch?v=cQjq9…
Only Blacksmiths Can Really "Sweat Like A Pig" Since It Refers To A Smelting Process en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
In the 1800's before dentistry was a profession, dental work were done by Blacksmiths and Barbers. Today you will only see unlicensed street dentistry preformed in India, even though it is illegal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…

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