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Latest Curiosities

How Two Families Escaped East Germany in a Homemade Hot Air Balloon

Oct 22, 2021

At 2:40 a.m. on the morning of 15 September 1979, constables Walter Hamann and Rudolf Golkel of the Bavarian State Police were patrolling ...

The First Photograph in History

Oct 20, 2021

It doesn’t look like much, but this is the world’s first photograph, or rather, the oldest surviving photograph, or both. It was taken by ...

Agent 355: The Mysterious Female Spy of The American Revolution

Oct 18, 2021

Agent 355 sounds like a comic book character or the protagonist of a television series, but in reality it is the nickname of a real figure: ...

Post Mortem Photography

Oct 8, 2021

In the olden days before photography, people used to hire painters to create portraits of those who had recently died as a way to keep the...

Itacolumite: The Flexible Rock

Oct 6, 2021

Ever seen a piece of rock bend? Itacolumite is unique kind of sandstone that does when cut into thin strips. If a foot-long piece, a few cen...

Tripitaka Koreana

Oct 6, 2021

The Tripiṭaka Koreana is the oldest surviving version of the Buddhist canon and the most complete collection of Buddhist texts, laws and tre...

The Chain Boats of Europe

Oct 4, 2021

In his travelogue, A Tramp Abroad , Mark Twain describes an encounter with a curious boat on the River Neckar in Germany.  We ra...

Otto von Guericke's Magdeburg Hemisphere Experiment

Oct 2, 2021

The Magdeburg Hemispheres is a classic physics experiment that demonstrates the incredible pressure the atmosphere around us exerts on our b...

Horatio Phillips’s Extreme Multiplanes

Sep 30, 2021

British engineer and aviator Sir George Cayley suggested, as early as 1843, that an airplane with multiple wings will generate more uplift a...

Hackney Borough Disinfection Station

Sep 28, 2021

When you came down with an infectious disease in the early 1900s in London, not only were you whisked away in a horse-drawn cart to the hosp...