During World War II, weapons research led to some strange places (bouncing bombs anyone?). In addition to creating to new weapons, teams were attempting to find ways to attack without tipping off the enemy that bombs were en route. Enter: animal-borne bombs.
Built in 1046, Colditz Castle was used as a lookout post, a home for royalty, a zoo, and in World War II… a POW camp. During its use as a prison, the castle (known then as Oflag IV-C) saw thousands of prisoners, but beyond that it saw dozens of escape attempts. Around 30 of these attempts […]
Read/hear part one here. Listen to this article: In the late 1930s, a salesman for the Tenderoni Macaroni company began selling boxes of macaroni with packets of processed, grated cheese from Kraft. Kraft heard about it and began selling boxes of macaroni and cheese in 1937. Using chemistry, Kraft had created shelf-stable cheese that was also […]
Listen to this article: While researching the Cold War for the latest episode of Rarities, a question came to mind… With nuclear weapons being so cataclysmic, were early tests noticed by civilians? The answer is not only yes, but also that the radiation was measured and recorded by some. Such was the case with the […]
The Sumerians are the earliest known culture to use a tube for drinking. A seal found within a 5,000 year old tomb shows two men drinking beer using a long stalk of some sort. But it was not until the 1930s that bendy straws would make their debut.