A bride price is the money paid to the father by the groom to compensate for the loss of work his daughter does for the family. This money was usually paid before the contract could be concluded.
A dowry was provided by the bride’s father to compensate the future husband for the upkeep of his daughter. Eventually this became the bride’s inheritance and was paid to the groom or his family. It was usually returned if the groom was not satisfied with the bride.
Italians were the first Europeans to use Chinese black powder to manufacture fireworks.
The light inside a modern refrigerator gives off more illumination than was enjoyed by most households in the 18th century.
A good candle provides barely a hundredth of the illumination of a single 100-watt light bulb.
Smallpox was so-called to distinguish it from the great pox, or syphilis.
It wasn’t until 2016 that a widow in England could in her own right inherit her husband’s life insurance policy.