Mount Everest taken at an elevation of 5,300 meter from Gokyo Ri, Khumbu, Nepal. (Photo: Wikimedia/Rdevany)

George Everest: The Man-Mountain

George Everest was a British surveyor and geographer, he is most famous for having the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, named after him, despite the fact he never really had anything to do with the discovery.

Chinese Water Torture: Insanity or Illusion?

Like a dripping tap that becomes the mind’s only focus while attempting to sleep, water torture has gone down in history as something terrifying, made exhilarating by Harry Houdini’s later interpretation.

When was toothpaste invented?

From ashes of ox hooves, eggshells, pumice, and myrrh to fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate, the history of toothpaste has come a long way in 7000 years.

What Is A Deafening Silence?

A deafening silence is the absence of sound, but it’s the noise that comes before it that really makes it deafening. You can only appreciate the silence because of the noise beforehand.

James Jameson: The Infamous Un-Naturalist

James Jameson, grandson and heir of Jameson Irish whiskey magnate John Jameson, was an esteemed nineteenth-century naturalist. He would become infamous for his alleged role in the murder and cannibalization of a young African girl.

Why Are Clouds White?

The answer to the question “Why are clouds white?” lies in how different-sized particles scatter the light that passes through clouds.

Remember The Maine, To Hell With Spain!

Controversy still surrounds the explosion and sinking of the USS Maine in 1898, which signalled US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence with the rallying cry “Remember The Maine!”

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