Calendar changes are pretty common through history. Since people have been trying to merge standards throughout the wrold, and there is definitely a long way to go, some countries had to pay the price. In this context, the United States had a pretty rough September in 1752, when they decided to adopt the Gregorian over the Julian calendar.
Nikola Tesla was by most accounts the greatest inventor of his era, and maybe of modern history. He was Although you probably have heard about him, you might not know the kinds of inventions he pioneered but are misattributed to other inventors most of the times. [Read more…]
Having been the deadliest conflict in human history, with at least 50.000.000 deaths and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare ever, World War II is probably the darkest event to read about in a history book. But how much of it is true?
You might have already heard the story of the legendary city of Atlantis which vanished by getting sucked into the deep sea one day, all of a sudden.
Archaeologists have indeed found a city in Egypt, deep into the sea that seems to make the legend true.
The vegetable most people love and eat largely every week, has a long history. Potatoes were domesticated about 7.000 years ago, although its introduction to Europe, that was the prevailing civilization then, only came in the 1600 since the plant was not endemic in Europe, by the Spanish conquistadors.
Amongst every teacher, every child and every grown up that still thinks some stuff is funny, the name Uranus doesn’t really look to good for a planet. Especially since the original pronunciation sounds like “Your Anus” and even the alternative one like “Urine Us”. So why was it stuck with a name that we should avoid using?
Although the planet was discovered by William Herschel, who named the planet “The Georgium Sidis”, translating to “The Georgian Star”. This was the case because the king of england was king George III. Since people living outside England didn’t quite like this annotation, and since it wasn’t a star or an asteroid there was no law saying that Herschel would get to name it, there was a debate for a name. George was also suggested but this would be disrespectful to the King. Johann Bode suggested the name Uranus after the Greek name for “god of the sky”.
Nobody really knows if Bode really knew how it would be pronounced in english, if he did, it is a very long lasting joke.
We commonly think that kings and leaders have no idea what is going on with the commoners. The royals in France, just before the French Revolution in 1789 were also thought to be living in luxury, having no contact with the miserable reality. This is where the story of the phrase “Let them it cake”, or “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” starts.