Saturday, December 14, 2013

Fact of the Day: Compass Origin

The compass was originally invented in China during the Han dynasty between the 1st and 2nd century. The first ones were made of lodestone, which is a naturally magnetic stone. 

25 comments:

Kay said...

This is so cool! I had no idea!

Cloudia said...

Yeah!

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

Chinese?? They've invented everything....
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Joke (Joke's Camera) said...

Interesting, Adam. I didn't know that. Greetings, Joke

Pilar Domínguez said...

Chinese invented so many things!! very interesting, Adam.Kisses:)

Bob Bushell said...

Long live Chinese.

Unknown said...

Awesomeness! Also the first Seismometer was invented in China. I think that Chinese are prone to be Geologists/Geographers.

Anna-Alina said...

Intersting fact, Adam!!!

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Lovely information!
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Dana said...

Interesting! Have a great Saturday.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Cool. I use the one on my iPhone a lot whilst hiking.

Emmylou said...

I need a compass just to find my phone....just saying....

DEZMOND said...

So many things were invented in China

Margaret D said...

Very clever.

Christine said...

Love the photo, neat fact!

Pat Hatt said...

Never knew that one

Elisabeth said...

Cool detail! I wonder what they were used for...maybe at sea? Thanks Adam for stopping by my blog!

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Linda said...

Great fact, Adam, thank you so much for sharing.

Joy said...

Good to know. The chinese people are actually wise people:)

Dascha said...

That's an interesting fact ^^

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stephen Hayes said...

Fascinating. The Chinese were an incredibly inventive people.

Ric said...

Good to know, Adam.
Thanks!
Have a great weekend!

DeniseinVA said...

Very interesting fact and the explorers of the world thank them.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Chinese people make everything!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Quite a long time ago!