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The Not-So-Swiss Army Knife

In which we take a short break for some archeology

photo: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Whoa! Paradigm shift here! Usually archeology is rather, well, stuffy - just ultra-repetitive History Channel shows about mummies and flint spearheads, dressed up with flashier graphics year after year. Yeah, we get it. The ancients didn't have steel and they wanted to preserve dead bodies. Yawn. But occasionally these tidbits have relevancy to modern life - and in this case, backpacking.

You all know the Swiss Army Knife, that iconic piece of little red cutlery, precursor to the much vaunted multi-tool. It's been around since 1897. Genius before it's time, no doubt. But it turns out the Romans had the same idea at least 18 centuries earlier.
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Tuesday, February 02, 2010 in: Survival, Funny/humor
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