Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 March, 2000, 12:00am

Did people really use flint to start fires? They have indeed done so in many places.

Flint is not a specific mineral name but a jargon term for several glassy minerals, such as chalcedony. Striking flint against flint will occasionally yield a spark, but it is better to strike it against a piece of metal.

The earliest likely evidence that flint was used for fire-making comes from France. In caves that were occupied between 15,000 and 20,000 years ago, caches that look like a little pouch where somebody had flint and some pieces of natural iron had been found.

It looked like the person had been striking the flint.

Who was the first famous dancer? Dance is considered to be one of the earliest art forms. Prehistoric people are thought to have danced before they hunt, or to get rid of evil spirits.

Hindus believe that the world is destroyed and re-created by a danc ing god, Lord Shiva. During the Middle Ages in Europe, there were street dances and even cases of dance mania.

Later in France, in 1581, a man named Beaujoyeulx was famous as a dancing master and created what some regard as a rough ballet. Louis XIV of France had a famous ballet teacher, Pierre Beauchamps.