Warning: the following post contains descriptions of attacks on women and may be disturbing for some. In late 17th century London, from dark alleyways and corners of Fleetstreet, Holborn, and Strand an attacker emerged. He was not a barber and he never killed. No, instead he preyed on women. Grabbing them and lifting their skirts […]
Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902) is a world-renown film adaptation of both From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells. The writer, producer, and star of the film, Georges Méliès, had a large success with its release in France. However, it is only known in black […]
Theodore Hook (1788-1841) was a composer, author, and playboy in London. He went to school at Oxford and published many books. But above all else, he was well known for his practical jokes and hooliganism. One story tells of how Hook managed to skip payment for his coach ride. Upon seeing a friend outside the […]
There are a few origin stories for the hand gesture known as the “high five”. But today just happens to be the anniversary of one particular story in 1977: the story of Glenn Burke and Dusty Baker.
The signing of the Declaration of Independence marked a call for freedom and liberty. They hoped to free the colonial peoples from the ruling of those far away. However, many of these Founding Fathers, certainly hypocritically, owned slaves! One such signatory was William Whipple, a representative of New Hampshire, who owned a slave by the name of […]
Before anesthetics and antibiotics, amputation of a limb was a life-threatening procedure. Time was an essential factor for both of these issues, infection and pain being reduced if the amputation was performed faster. One 19th century surgeon by the name of Robert Liston was particularly adept at speedy amputations, earning the name “The Fastest Knife […]
Louis Boutan, the first underwater photographer began his work in 1893. Read about him in my new Faded & Blurred article here!
Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson (14th Baron Berners) was a composer of classical music who lived from 1883 to 1950. However, while his music was beautiful, his eccentricities are almost more fascinating to read about. As an example: to aid in his music writing while out on the town, Tyrwhitt-Wilson installed a small clavichord keyboard which could be stored […]
His name was Stanislav Petrov, and he was to be the second person to save the Earth from the nuclear apocalypse. And much controversy was created because of his decision that may have saved us a thousand times more. The Beginning The year was 1983 and relationships between the USA and the Soviet Union were […]
Around 1915, during the First World War, a small bear cub was smuggled into Britain. Lt. Harry Colebourn, of The Fort Garry Horse Canadian cavalry regiment and aforementioned smuggler, named her after the town he grew up in: Winnipeg.