I'll bet you didn't know that the development of the wheel was in dispute. Oh, yeah. It seems there's evidence to support the creation of it simultaneously in both Mesopotamia and Central Europe in the mid-fouth millennium BC. Imagine that.
And I thought the wheel was discovered here in Canada. After all, we were the first to create a Tim Horton's drive-thru. I thought it only natural that the wheel would come after that.
Can't you just imagine how it happened?
The time: 1600 BC
The Scene: It's snowing in the Canadian Rockies. A couple of Canadian caveman neanderthals are sitting around a fire - that they recently invented - wondering what to do next. We come upon the scene in mid-discussion...
"...and so I'm thinking of either becoming a lumberjack or a Mountie. How about you?
"I'd love to be a hockey player."
"Hey, Bob, you wanna head over to Tim Horton's for a French Cruller and a double-double?"
"Sure, Dick, but the nearest one'll take us three days to walk there. I'm kinda hungry now."
"Well, Bob, we could always take my wife Felicity's wheel."
"Your wife's what?"
"Wheel, she invented a wheel. You know, a round thing that rolls?"
"Wow, your wife invented the Tootsie Roll?"
"Um, no, Bob, she hasn't worked out the horn yet."
"Ha, ha, Dick, funny one.
"Seriously, Bob, let's take her wheel. I'll ask her if she wants to come along."
"I'm impressed. I guess you could say Felicity is the mother of this here invention."
"I don't know if you necessarily have that right, Bob."
"So who get's to drive?"
"Oh, Felicity talks too much. I don't want her to be distracted. I'd better drive."
And, folks, because Dick drove, not only did Canadians invent the wheel but the passenger seat air bag, too!
And now you know the story behind the wheel.
There are no rules to this little exercise. Participants are in for the long haul, a half haul or a day here and there. I tried my best to keep track of who's in on this little exercise but after a couple of days gave up. Our loquacious leader Nicky has taken a very lackadaisical approach to all this. Well, she's French, eh, and we all know how laissez-faire the French can be. So what I suggest you do is visit her at We Work For Cheese and check out her linky-dinky thingy to see who's in from day to day. And if you're in, leave your link with her so the rest of us can drop by and leave smart-ass comments on your post.