Friday, May 24, 2024

The Old John Bull: The world’s oldest still functional self propelled vehicle

The John Bull is probably the most famous, and definitely the only one still operational, of the early steam locomotives. The John Bull was first...

The Steam Engine: A Revolutionary Power Source

Although various steam motion devices had been known since the time of Hero of Alexandria. This new invention would replace horses with horsepower. When James...

The TIGHAR Project – What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

TIGHAR (pronounced “tiger”) is the acronym for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. It is a non- profit foundation whose activities include all...

The Golden Age of Canals: Europe Embraced Canal Usage and Development

Europe may not have been the first area of the world to use canals, but they embraced the idea of canals and developed them...

A Short History of Opium

In recent years, the so-called Golden Triangle of parts of Laos, northern Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) has become well-known as a leading exporter of...

Who Invented the Elevator? American Inventor Elisha Graves Otis and before

Like is so often true, the answer depends upon your point of view. If looking for the first documented device that could do the...

The Origins of the Broken Mirror Myth: The Superstition Revealed

Why do many believe that breaking a mirror gives a person seven years bad luck? The myths regarding mirrors have been around since the ancient...

Who Discovered Australia?: Did The Dutch or Portuguese Arrive in Australia First?

The British explorer Captain James Cook is often mentioned as the person who discovered Australia. But this is not correct. Although Captain James Cook discovered...

The Wright Brothers’ First Flight – Some Little-Known Facts

Just about everyone with any interest at all in aviation has heard about Wilbur and Orville Wright, who on December 17th 1903 made history...

Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh: Journey to the Bottom of the Ocean

On January 23, 1960 Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh pulled off a feat so great people who have tried to break their record eventually...