Uranium – Despite having nothing to do with Uranus, in 1789, German chemist Martin Heinrich Klopuotn named this newly discovered element after the 7th planet, which had itself been discovered only 8 years before.
Varnish – The resin from ancient forests was first used to make varnish in Berenice, Libya, which eventually became Vernix in Latin, from which we get the modern word.
The Ebola Virus – This deadly disease was named in 1976 for the Ebola River in Zaire, which was near where the outbreak occured.
Turquoise – This semi-precious stone was originally mined in Persia, but it got it’s name from the French word for Turkish Merchants who first sold it in Europe.
Turkey’s (the bird) originated in America, but get their name for the same reason.
Lyme Disease – While this disease has been present for thousands of years, it wasn’t until a large outbreak of cases in the town’s of Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut, during the 1970’s that the full syndrome was recognized.
Blue – The common colors of Blue was produced by using a cheap dye used for Roman Clothing.
The cheaper colors of Yellow were produced from Woad. Woad was a European herb (Isatis Tinctoria) of the mustard family, grown for the Blue dye stuff yielded by its leaves – cultivated as a source of Blue dye.
The leaves were dried, crushed, and composted with manure. The dye was produced through fermentation over several weeks.
Reds, Pinkston, Browns, and Oranges – The common colors of Red were produced by using a cheap dye for Roman Clothing.
The cheaper colors of Red were produced from Madder. Madder was a European herb (Rubia Tinctorum) the root of which was used in dyeing, cultivated as a source of Red dye colors.
Used to produce cloth dyed in various shades of Red based colors including Orange, Russet, Pink, Coral, Light Red, Dark Red, and Brown