From flushable toilets, chewing gum and oldest written recipe, these are the world’s oldest examples of everyday things. Many of these things may have even existed earlier. Really amazing to still see these things today. Enjoy!
1- Oldest Globe (510 years old)
This old globe was painstakingly etched into the surface of an ostrich egg in Italy. Before its age and origin were verified, it had been sold to its current owner at a map fair in London in 2012.
2- Oldest Socks (1,500 years old)
These Egyptian wool socks, designed to go with sandals, were knitted between 300 and 499 AD and found in the 19th century.
3- Oldest Written Recipe (5,000 years old)
“A Sumerian Beer recipe dating back to 3000 BC. The result beer is very strong and would contain chunks of bread floating around in it.”
4- Oldest Sunglasses (800 years old)
The world’s oldest sunglasses were discovered on Baffin Island in Canada. They were snow goggles, designed to reduce the sun’s glare reflecting from the snow.
5- Oldest Sculpture Of A Human Form (35,000 – 40,000 years old)
At 35,000-40,000 years old, Venus of Hohle is the oldest statue depicting a human figure. This mammoth-ivory figurine was found in Germany.
6- Oldest Shoe (5,500 years old)
This 5,500-year-old cowhide moccasin was found in a cave in Armenia, preserved by grass and dry sheep dung. The left shoe was not found.
7- Oldest Musical Instruments (40,000 years old)
In 2012, researchers identified what now holds the title as the oldest-known musical instruments in the world. The two flutes, made from mammoth ivory and bird bone which carbon dating revealed to be approximately 43,000 years old, were found in a cave in southern Germany and are now regarded as early evidence for the occupation of Europe by modern humans.
It’s been suggested by some scientists that our ancestors, the Homo Sapiens, had a number of advantages over their Neanderthal competitors that gave them the edge and helped them survive to modern times. Music might have been one of the ways Homo Sapiens socialized and formed communities that fostered cooperation and the pooling of resources. According to professor Nick Conard — the Tuebingen University researcher who identified the previous record holder for the worlds oldest musical instrument — these findings are consistent with a hypothesis made several years ago that the Danube River was an important passageway for the movement of humans and technological innovations into central Europe 45,000 years ago.
8- Oldest Pants (3,300 years old)
The oldest pair of pants in the world is 3,300 years old, and it was found in Western China.
9- Oldest Cond0m (370 years old)
This sheepskin cond0m was used in 1640 in Sweden. The reusable cond0m came with instructions (in Latin) to clean it with warm milk to prevent users from catching STDs.
10- Oldest “Flush” Toilets (2,000 years old)
Ephesus, an ancient city in Turkey, had “flushing” toilets. Running water below the seats carried waste away into a nearby river.
11- Oldest Prosthetic (3,000 years old)
This 3,000-year-old prosthetic was used to help someone in Egypt walk again. Tests carried out with a replica proved that it was a working, practical prosthetic, not just a cosmetic one.