From here to Timbuktu.....
Atlantic City, New Jersey
May 26, 2008 3:29pm CST
Ever wonder where the above saying originated from? Well I have, so I decided to look into it and anlighten my mylot fam with this little bit of trivia: Timbuktu means a place that is far away- many think it is an imaginary place- just a word some made up to make the saying. In actuality- it is a real city on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert in Africa. They are mainly involved in trading because Timbuktu is on a large river, the Niger. This river carries goods to the desert dwellers. At the same time, it carries south their main trade item: salt. Just a little triva I thought I would share. ***I found this information in a book collection I have lying around from my sisters childhood days "Questions kids ask written by various contributors. To those who have small children who are at the curious age- I highly recommend this series :)
• United States
28 May 08
Aside from being a trading post Timbuktu was a city of learning. Scholars learned and taught at schools there in ancient times. I believe this is where Imhotep was taught and opened a hospital there (Imhotep was a reknowned scientist during the times of the great Egyptian Empires. He Was in the service of Pharoah Zoser). Just a little more history for you...
26 May 08
Thank you very much for sharing the results of your research. I know this name Timbuktu, but didn't quite know exactly where it is. Even the name is not heard too often. Ok, I will pass on your recommendation to parents with small children.
• Atlantic City, New Jersey
29 May 08
your very welcome green! I love sharing bits of info as I find them out. Which is probably why I LOVE mylot so much- because it gives me a place to do just that. The books are awesome. It is a series and there are many of them. Even at my age now- I am finding out new things in them- such as the topic of this very discussion...lol
26 May 08
And I thought Timbuktu was in Myanmar..lol.. I know that its a very far place and is used as a figure of speech to express a far away distance that's impossible to travel, but I never knew it was in Africa.. bourne