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Pick a Lock

Leeba Leichtman

Have you ever gotten locked out of your house or car, or had a little sibling accidentally lock himself inside a room? If so, whomever you were with most likely had to call Chaverim, AAA, or the local locksmith to come get you out or in. Chances are that as you watched the professionals pick that lock, you were spellbound. Come along as we key in to some fascinating facts you probably didn’t know the last time you unlocked the front door.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The earliest known lock operated by a key was discovered in the ruins of thepalaceofKhorsabad, near the ancient Assyrian capital ofNineveh. It’s thought to be around 4,000 years old. As for keys, excavations in thepalaceofAssyrianemperorSargonIIyielded the earliest model of the basic lock-and-key combo. Apparently, thievery has been around for almost as long as the world itself (not surprising when you recall that the Mabul came upon the earth as a result of stealing).In the days of theRoman Empire, it seems, keys represented prosperity. Therefore, wealthy Romans often wore keys around their fingers as a sign of wealth. This may have been because only well-off individuals would have owned goods worth locking up, but it also served a practical purpose, since it ensured that the wearer could locate the key at all times. Maybe the custom should have been continued; if I wore my keys around my fingers, I probably wouldn’t lose them half as often!

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