History of Beading by Tracy Stillman
... During Roman times, beads were traded across the Empire and even as far away as Indonesia. The Romans used beads to make one of the world’s first calculators, the abacus, and like their Egyptian counterparts, these patricians sought out the most precious beads, such as pearls, to decorate themselves, hoping the revered goddess Isis would watch over them. Even the fashion conscious marauders of the north, the Vikings, fancied themselves as bead artisans.
10 Small Things To Take On Your International Trip by Fred Tittle
... Rubber bands for holding wads of money together after the stop at the foreign currency exchange. 100 USD = 766 Yuan, which = 4000 Baht which = 400,000 Riel gets to be a lot of money to hold together, especially if it is big money like Thai 1000 baht notes, or 100 Yuan notes. Paper clips for holding tickets and receipts together in your note book, also for extra passport photos attached to your passport, where they are easy to find. Safety pins for broken zippers and for wounds if you run ...