Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fiji again

Every Feb, it is the time to dive in southern island, and we were in Fiji exactly same place as last year. We, 7 members of elder diver's club, stayed for 10 days for only diving., not other fun, it is like training camp.
Feb. is a timing to change the season from winter(dry season) to summer(rainy season), and we experienced exactly the day when it changed.
In dry season, it blows south wind and sea surface is rough, but always the air is dry and cool, good to be in the house without air-conditioner.
But, one day, when we get back from the sea, we had sudden shower, wind came from north, and then it gets humid, hot, wet. It was like another place, nobody can be in the room without a cooler. However, for saultyboy, sea is getting calm and easy to cruise or dive.
How dramatic scenes we saw the change of the season.

This season is also the season of ripe, they have a lots of coconut trees, and coconuts become ripe, and fall, we should be careful when getting a shade under the tree.
You can easily find good coconuts anywhere, green fresh coconut which contain rich liquid, but for having this liquid, we need a tool to cut open, local people use a hatchet, but for travelers, it is tough to fight to open without hatchet., we challenged it with Swiss army knife.
You can not imagine how much labor is required and how long to be able to have coconut juice with swiss army knife..
It is really a hard work, but after all we could open it, thanks my Army knife.
Swiss army knife is convenient tools for traveler, recent strict airline security system made difficult to carry with us, it must be kept in check-in baggage but it still simple and useful tool.

Do you know the history of this kind of easy to carry multipurpose small tool ?
How impressive, it had been normally used in Roman era around 1800 years ago, following is the article.

The World's Oldest Swiss Army Knife

This could very well be the world's first Swiss Army Knife. Bearing a striking resemblance to modern multi-tools, it has at least six distinct functions and originates from the Roman Empire circa 200 A.D.
If our multi-tools today, with their screwdrivers, pliers, and the rest, center on fixing things, this Roman predecessor is more useful for enjoying the pleasures of food. The tool includes a spike which historians think was used to snag snails out of their shells. A hook-like spatula is thought to have helped coax sauce out of the bottle.
Of course, the device also includes a fork, spoon, and knife for mealtime, as well as a toothpick to clean up your grill afterward. Amazingly, all of these tools appear to fold into the handle to keep everything compact, just like Swiss Army Knives and Leatherman multi-tools we use today.
The tool was found in the Mediterranean area nearly twenty years ago, so technically it's not Swiss at all, and it predates the modern Swiss Army Knife, invented in 1897, by nearly 1,800 years.
This very old gadget is currently being exhibited as part of a collection of Greek and Roman artifacts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England. [Daily Mail]

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