In 1931 fourteen members of writers’ collective the Detection Club – including Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, and Ronald Knox – wrote a mystery novel together… one chapter each.
On December 29, 2010, Eddie Tipton won US$14.3 million from Hot Lotto. In 2015 he went to jail for it. Tipton had hacked the lottery’s random number generator.
If you’re playing underwater rugby or football, how do you keep the ball from floating or sinking?
In 1946 a modified V-2 rocket took the first picture of our planet from outer space.
19th century glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka provided natural history museums around the world with lifelike glass replicas of marine life.
In the Roman Empire someone who killed their parent would be sewn into a sack with a live rooster, dog, monkey, and snake, and then thrown into the water. In medieval Germany, they used a cat, a dog, and a picture of a snake.
In 1978 the structural engineer of the Citigroup Center skyscraper learned of a fatal flaw in the design that could cause the tower to topple in high winds. Over the next three months a team raced to secretly repair it at night.
Around 1508 the Italian Renaissance artist Giorgione painted The Tempest. No-one knows what it means.
A billionth of a century is approximately pi seconds. The diameter of the Earth is roughly half a billion inches.
In 1950 Leo Szilard warned the world that a single device capable of annihilating all life on Earth was theoretically possible.
Antarctica has eight churches: four Catholic, one non-denominational, and three Eastern orthodox.
The inventor of the diesel engine died at sea under mysterious and still unexplained circumstances.
The Central African hairy frog can break its own bones and stick them through its skin as impromptu claws.
In 1929 Ronald Knox codified the ten rules that all detective fiction should follow.
Vidal Sassoon was an icon of 20th century fashion – and also beat up fascists in post-WWII London.