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Anecdote The EIRE Signs of World War 2

The recent heat wave in the UK has revealed more than ancient henges. Over at Bray Head, on the Irish coast, a short distance away from Dublin, a wildfire stoked by the hot weather has revealed a Wor……

Anecdote The Underground Rivers of London

Where London is situated today was once the floodplains of the river Thames, surrounded by gently rolling hills and valleys carved by the river itself and its innumerable tributaries. London originall……

Anecdote Canary Girls: The World War One Women Who Turned Yellow

Munition workers in a shell warehouse at National Shell Filling Factory No.6, Chilwell, Nottinghamshire in 1917. Photo credit: Imperial War Museum The role women played in the two World Wars is well k……

Anecdote The Great Texas Train Crash at Crush

Some publicity stunts can be complete train wrecks. Like that one time in 1613 when a real cannon was used to spice up the production of Shakespeare's Henry VIII causing the entire Globe Theatre to bu……

Anecdote Demonstration of a Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge is a bridge whose main elements are cantileversstructures that are anchored at only one end while the other end floats horizontally without any support. A simple cantilever bridge……

Anecdote Battle of Kohima: The Greatest World War Two Battle Everyone Forgot

Perched on top of a mountain ridge, some 5,000 feet up in the remote hilly terrain of northeast India, lies the town of Kohima, in what is now the state of Nagaland. During the Second World War, one o……

Anecdote The Story Behind Sydney’s ‘Eternity’ Graffiti

For over twenty five years, from 1930 to 1956, the people of Sydney woke up each day to a one-word sermonEternityhandwritten in yellow crayon on footpaths, train station platforms, and perimeter walls……

Anecdote Before The Internet, What People Asked New York Public Library's Librarians?

Before there was the Internet and Google, the only way to find answers to a pressing question was to visit the local library and ask the all-knowing librarian. A few years ago, the staff at the New Y……

Anecdote What Soldiers Carried To Battlefield Through The Ages

Societies have been warring with each other since ancient times. Weapons were probably the first tools humans built, first to hunt animals for food and later to kill enemies competing for the same res……

Anecdote Roger Babson: The Man Who Tried To Fight Gravity

Throughout history humans have learnt to live with gravity despite its innumerable inconveniences, accepting it as a physical fact of the universe. But not Roger Babson. A successful American business……

Culture Paricutin, The Volcano That Grew Out Of A Cornfield

Rarely do volcanologist get to watch the birth, growth, and death of a volcano. Paricutin provided such an opportunity. Paricutin is a cinder cone volcano located in the state of Michoacan, in Mexico,……

Anecdote The Jefferson Grid

The vast majority of Americas western land is divided into a lattice-work of farms, towns and forests. This grid pattern was first proposed by Thomas Jefferson shortly after the American Revolutionary……

Anecdote The Meteorite That Crashed Into A Car

The Peekskill meteorite car sitting at a collectors garage in Peekskill. Photo credit: Ryan Thompson/Flickr On October 9, 1992, a brilliant fireball flashed across the evening sky over eastern United……

Anecdote The Boneyard of Colon Cemetery

The Colon Cemetery in Havana, Cuba, named after Christopher Columbus, is well known for its many elaborately sculpted memorials and mausoleums, but it is also notorious for overcrowding. Since its op……

Anecdote Killed Negatives of The Great Depression

During Americas Great Depression, the Information Division of the U.S. Farm Security Administration sent out an army of photographers to document the hard years, the poor and their poverty, their shat……

Anecdote The Japanese Balloon Bombs of World War 2

On May 5, 1945, Reverend Archie Mitchell took his five-month pregnant wife and a group of five children from the church, where he was the pastor, for picnic and fishing up in the mountains near Bly in……

Anecdote Transnistria, The Country That Doesn’t Exist

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, a thin sliver of land on Moldovas eastern border with Ukraine broke apart from its parent country and declared independence from Moldova. A four-month w……

Anecdote Canaries As Poisonous Gas Detectors

This peculiar device, in the collection of the Science Museum in South Kensington, London, looks like a tiny gas chamber a movie villain would use. Throw in your enemyin this case, a small innocent ca……

Anecdote Exercise Tiger: The Disastrous D-Day Rehearsal That Cost 800 Lives

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied soldiers stormed into the beaches of northern France in what became the largest seaborne invasion in history. In the space of a single d……

Anecdote World War II’s Other Iconic Photo: Raising A Flag Over The Reichstag

When photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the picture of five US marines and a Navy sailor raising the American flag over the battle-scarred Japanese island of Iwo Jima, he could not have anticipated th……

Anecdote Strings And Knots: Inca’s Cryptic Writing System

While Geoffrey Chaucer was writing The Canterbury Tales in late 14th century, the Inca scholars high up in the Andes were struggling to put their thoughts on paper, because the Incaswho were the large……

Anecdote The Pigeons Who Took Photos

At the turn of the last century, when aviation was still in its infancy, a German named Julius Neubronner submitted a patent for a new inventiona miniature camera that could be strapped to the breast……

Anecdote Shanghaiing: How Trickery And Deception Turned Thousands of Unwilling Men Into Sailors

Underneath Portlands Old Town is a network of tunnel passages connecting the basements of many downtown bars and hotels to the Willamette River waterfront. In the 19th century, these tunnels were prim……

Anecdote The Theater That Shakespeare Stole

On a cold, snowy December night in 1598, about a dozen men armed with swords, daggers and axes quietly broke into a recently vacated theater in Shoreditch, located just outside the city of London. Wit……

Anecdote Why Do Many Historic Buildings in The UK Have Bricked Up Windows?

There was a time in Great Britain when having windows in homes and buildings were prohibitively expensive. That time began in 1696 with the introduction of the much-despised window tax, that levied t……