Sigurd the Mighty, Earl of Orkney, died in 892 CE when he was bitten by the severed head of his foe, Máelbrigte the Bucktoothed.
The Pentagon is the largest office building in the world, but what lies at its centre? Until 2006, it was a hot dog stand.
If you want to decipher an encrypted message, it’s helpful to plant some plaintext seeds.
If you want to build a Geiger counter you need to first find a shipwreck from before 1945.
As part of a secret government project begun in 1967, the Chinese scientist Tu Youyou discovered an ancient herbal remedy that would end up saving millions of lives.
Île des Faisans is part of France from February to July only. Isla de los Faisanes is part of Spain from August to January only. They’re the same island.
In 2004, a United States Air Force F-16 jet fighter accidentally shot at an intermediate school in New Jersey. Fortunately, no-one was harmed.
Between 1941 and 1943 Germany broadcast propaganda jazz music with altered lyrics into Britain.
The Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896 lasted around forty-five minutes, making it the shortest war in history.
The sci-fi author and pacifist H. G. Wells invented one of the first miniature war games.
The kilt was banned in 1746, forcing the Scots to wear “the unmanly dress of the Lowlander.”
Zeppelins, U-boats, the Titanic, Dunkirk, the Klondike Gold Rush, the Great Smog, castaways, cowboys, and hobos all had one thing in common: Charles Lightoller.
The 1960 Oakeshott typology is a military historian’s attempt to classify the full range of European medieval swords.
In nuclear physics terminology, first you need to hit the barn, and next you need to wait for 50 to 100 shakes. And then the bomb blows up.
What do you do when a plane cannot land because of heavy fog? In WWII Britain, you set the runway on fire.