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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.

The famous Delmonico's restaurant in New York hosted the first public meeting of the Sorosis women's club in April 1868. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Sorosis: The First Women’s Club in America

It was an incident involving Charles Dickens that led to a step forward in female emancipation and the formation of Sorosis, the first women’s club, at the famous Delmonico’s restaurant in New York.

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. (Image: Shutterstock)

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.

The USS Maine was a United States battleship that sank in Havana Harbor in February 1898, resulting in a US offensive that led to the Spanish–American War. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/National Museum of the US Navy)

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!”

For thousands of years, Europeans had no clue about where birds went during Winter. Until 1822, when a German hunter shot a stork and discovered an 80cm long African spear protruding from its neck. This provided the first evidence of bird migration to Africa.

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