Breaking ribs and the sound barrier

In 1947, 2 years after World War 2 had ended, technology had advanced so rapidly that breaking the sound barrier with a jet seemed within reach. Many American test pilots were highly motivated to be the first.

The invention of the balloon

The rubber party balloon was first invented by the English scientist Michael Faraday. In his experiments with gases in 1824, Faraday affixed two pieces of rubber together and inflated it.

Rasputin: Hard to kill

Rasputin (1869-1916) was a rather mysterious faith healer with very close relations to the ruling tsar family of Russia. He gained even more infamy leading up to his death.

The mystery of the Mary Celeste

Found adrift off the coast of Portugal in 1872, the Mary Celeste contained all her cargo and supplies, but no crew.