#14: They Called Dibs
History paints Britain as this mass conqueror of the world, and while that’s true, they’ve certainly chilled out on the whole conquest gig. Now, if they’d managed to get to the moon in the 1800s, it would be a different story. They’d have probably renamed it, too, and we’d all be calling it something posh.
Fun fact: the name of the moon comes from the fact that it was used to measure months. Its roots can be traced to the old English term “Mōna,” which drew from the Latin term for metri. That’s right. It was a “metric” for time, and that is how the name came about. The Italians used the term Luna, which is why we use “lunar” when referring to it.