Tag Archive for History

To Be A “Lifelong Pigeon Fancier”

Fascinating, and fun, story. (pic via WSJ) But I do hope never to be known as a “lifelong pigeon fancier.” Pigeon Defeats U.K. Code Breakers – WSJ.com: LONDON—Britain’s world-renowned code-cracking intelligence experts have admitted they’ve met their match—in a dead…

Two Inside Looks At NASA …

These are fun. Going boldly: Behind the scenes at NASA’s hallowed Mission Control Center – Ars Technica: HOUSTON, TEXAS—Astronauts have been saying “Houston” into their radios since 1965. The callsign refers in general to the Johnson Space Center in Texas,…

Book Review: Tigers in the Mud by Otto Carius

Picked this one (Tigers in the Mud: The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius) up on a whim a couple months ago. Otto Carius is one of the most famous/decorated tank commanders in history. In WWII he led…

A Real Life Hogan’s Heroes

I can’t imagine the stones this guy had. “POW Greasley confronting Heinrich Himmler (in glasses) in the POW camp, demonstrating (with his shirt off) how they need more rations. He was not aware that hthis superior officer was Himmler himself.”…

Washing Machines for Me but Not for Thee

Wonderful TED video and points. Enjoy. Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine – Video on TED.com: What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from…