The fairest trade in sports

In 1962, American baseball player Harry Chiti was traded from the Indians to the New York Mets in exchange for a “player to be named later.”

When the Germans went to South America

In the early 1500s, the Spanish king Charles I of Spain owed a powerful German banking family money. To pay off his debt, he gave them a small territory in modern day Venezuela.

Prototype genius

The Hungarian-American John von Neumann (1903-1957) was an extremely brilliant polymath who excelled in mathematics, physics and other sciences. He was so smart that other mathematical geniuses would frequently be awestruck by his quick mind and his ability to calculate complicated operations in his head.

The alchemy of gunpowder

Many revolutionary scientific discoveries were made in the alchemical search for the philosopher’s stone. In addition to phosphorus, zinc, and metallic arsenic, alchemical experiments also led to the invention of gunpowder.