Posts Tagged ‘history’

Out Of This World Priceless

From Scientific American: A Buddhist statue brought to Germany from Tibet by a Nazi-backed expedition has been confirmed as having an extraterrestrial origin. Just taking a guess here, I know very little about sculpture, but this might be a rare piece and difficult to insure/replace.

The History of OMG

Interestingly, OMG (the acronym for “Oh My God”) is much older than most people would think. While associated with chatrooms and most would date it to the 90’s, it actually goes back to at least 1917 when it was used in a letter to Winston Churchill. Sure enough the Oxford English Dictionary does list it: […]

Why Wear Pants?

The Atlantic answered the age old question: Why do we wear pants?: “Historically there is a very strong correlation between horse-riding and pants,” Turchin wrote in a blog post this week. “In Japan, for example, the traditional dress is kimono, but the warrior class (samurai) wore baggy pants (sometimes characterized as a divided skirt), hakama. […]

History Of The Mac Startup Chime

Interesting history of the Mac startup chime on Quora: The Apple II made short beep in its boot sequence [1], a courtesy signal that sound was working. (Funny that similar “triple beep” sequences mark issues on boot [2].) Charlie Kellner wrote an algorithm to average adjacent 8-bit square waves for the tone used on the […]

Did The Nazi’s Try To Attack NYC Via Submarine Based Missile?

An interesting story about Andy Rooney’s WWII reporting on USA Today : Amid the din, Rooney’s buddy, an intelligence officer, shared an astonishing story. The day before, which happened to be Election Day, Army Air Force radar had detected the Germans launching a missile aimed at New York City from a U-boat situated several hundred […]

DuMont Telecruiser

Here’s an interesting piece of history. Almost nobody knows that there was another broadcast network in the US other than the CBS, NBC, ABC, and more recently FOX (which launched in the last 80’s). DuMont was gone by 1956. It was the original home to The Honeymooners. It’s a slightly strange but fascinating time in […]

New York Songline

Want to kill an hour on a Friday evening? Check out A New York Songline. Walk down one of many NYC streets and learn a ton of trivia about each block. The history buff in me loves this stuff.

Did Thermal Inversion Lead To The Titanic Disaster?

Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting theory by historian Tim Maltin to explain the Titanic disaster’s mysteries including why it didn’t see an iceberg (yes it was dark, but still), and why the Californian didn’t see it. Atmospheric conditions in the area that night were ripe for super refraction, Maltin found. This extraordinary bending of light […]

300 Year Old Pocket Watch

What do you get when you put a 300-year-old pocket watch through an CT scan? Absolutely amazing pictures. The article in interesting but make sure to check out the slide show.

WWI Finally Ends

OK, combat ended years ago, but this is still pretty interesting. Germany today pays the last reparations payment for WWI. Apparently WWII and German reunification caused the payment schedule to change a little. Meanwhile there are 4 known surviving veterans left from WWI.