Apollo 12: Porn on the moon

A few months after the first moon landing in 1969, Apollo 12 was the second successful mission to the moon. There are many interesting facts about this crew. They were famous for playing pranks on each other and living by the motto “Work hard, play hard”. Once he set foot on the moon, the first words by astronaut Pete Conrad …

Helmut Schmidt – Straight talker, German chancellor, hostage negotiator and more

Somewhere in Germany, some time in the 1930s a young soldier runs over several people while rushing to the toilet. “Excuse me, but I need to take a dump!” said the young Helmut Schmidt and apparently this didn’t sit too well with a superior marine officer, who was in his way. Schmidt had a way with getting straight to the point in …

Ethiopias Castle

In the 1600s an Ethiopian emperor by the name of Fasilides (1603-1667) built a large castle and established its location (Gondar) as Ethiopias capital. The castle is known as Fasil Ghebbi and covers abour 70,000 square meters (17 acres). Although it has a very unique architecture, it also resembles European castles of the same time period. Most likely that is …

Close call in 2014: Smallpox virus was forgotten in lab

The year is 2014 and the place is an open storage room somewhere on campus of NIH in Boston, USA.  Apparently smallpox vials were then found by accident. Smallpox is one of the most dangerous diseases ever. In fact, only 2 places worldwide are allowed to store the virus. Smallpox killed 200-500 million people in the 20th Century and has …