The Story of Wheat

Today's challenge - find the title and article with the greatest disparity of interestingness. You don't even need to play, though, because I win with The Story of Wheat.
Innovations came slowly in wheat farming. The horse collar arrived in the third century BC, in China. By not pressing on the animal's windpipe, it enabled the animal to drag greater weight—and faster than an ox. In 1701 AD the Berkshire farmer Jethro Tull devised a simple seed drill based on organ pipes, which resulted in eight times as many grains harvested for every grain sown. Like most agricultural innovators since, he was vilified. A century later the threshing machine was greeted by riots.

2 comments:

Burrito Eater said...

I think the orgins of the name Jethro Tull is much more interesting than the history of cement.

http://www.rumford.com/articlemortar.html

The secret of Roman success in making cement was traced to the mixing of slaked lime with pozzolana, a volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius. This process produced a cement capable of hardening under water. During the Middle Ages this art was lost and it was not until the scientific spirit of inquiry revived that we rediscovered the secret of hydraulic cement -- cement that will harden under water.

Mister Vertigo said...

Hmmm Jethro Tull...

Metallica was beat out for a grammy by a Berkshire farmer from 1701 AD? No wonder everyone was so upset! :)