Heads-UP: From Archery to Wiretapping

Welcome all, to our latest edition of Heads-UP! A collection of underrated, useful and interesting facts. This week we had a think about the origins of things and found some somewhat surprising things…

  • After the release of The Hunger Games and Brave in 2012, participation in women’s archery rose by 105%! – Lynn
  • Apples originated in Kazakhstan – Cécile

  • Foil (ie: letterpress) can only be printed with a fairly old printing press, no longer sold. An interesting fact as demand for foil is booming on Etsy – Laurent
  • Patek Philippe (the watch manufacturer) once created a ‘wiretapping device’ device for the Swiss Police. It was recently sold at auction for CHF 11,250  – Bill
  • The first product to have a barcode was Wrigley’s gum and that was back in 1974. – Krish


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