Up until 1902, every fastest car in the world was electric.
In World War II, New Zealand wanted a tank, but none of their allies had any to spare. So they made their own, with a tractor, corrugated iron, a mattress, and a postcard.
The first computer programme to replicate itself over the proto-Internet was made in 1971. And the second one was made to destroy it.
In 2016, Japanese scientists discovered a new and unique type of bacteria outside a recycling factory in Sakai. It can eat plastic.
The idea of the tractor beam first appeared in fiction in 1931. Since then, scientists have worked to make it a reality… and they’ve actually had some success.
The Areni-1 cave in southern Armenia is the site of the oldest shoe, and also the oldest winery, in the world.
In 1944 a graduate student wrote a parody of technical writing that has entered engineering folklore: the turboencabulator.
The portable vacuum cleaner Dustbuster was built on the back of technology for the moon landings.
What do you get when you cross three motorways, two railway lines, three canals, and two rivers? The first junction to be called spaghetti.
There’s a pill you can swallow with a little camera inside. It’s great for identifying gastrointestinal damage, and usually comes out the other end in a day or two. Usually.
The first tin cans of food were manufactured around 1813. The first can openers arrived more than thirty years later.
In 1925, staff from Osram, General Electric, Philips, and others met in Switzerland to artificially fix the life expectancy of light bulbs worldwide. For the next 14 years, the Phoebus cartel controlled the world supply of light.
In computer programming, how do you know when a program is going bad? First, it begins to smell.
The Mars Climate Orbiter space probe cost 327 million US dollars – and it crashed because of a mix-up between the metric and imperial systems.
The Peel P50, manufactured in the Isle of Man, is the smallest car ever to go into mass production. It’s really, really small.