The Comeback of the Dardanelles Gun

In 1464, an Ottoman emperor asked his engineers to create a huge cannon. The Dardanelles Gun, as it would become known, was cast in bronze and weighted almost 17 tons (37,000 lbs). It had a length of 5.18m (17ft) and a diameter of 1m (3.2ft).

The Caesar Cipher

Rome’s legendary dictator Julius Caesar (100BC-44BC) had many enemies. To protect himself and his plans, Caesar started using a cipher. By coding each of his personal letters with a simple system: With help of the alphabet, he would write a letter and then shift it 3 times to the right.

The doomed airship, the rope and a survivor

In the early 1930s, airships were one of the coolest ways to travel. Nevertheless, it was not meant to become a longlasting trend. Accidents showed the public that this type of travelling was not yet as safe as it should be.

How Scotland lost half its money

The Darien Chest which held all the documents and money for this fiasco

The late part of the 17th century was tough for Scotland. It had been through civil wars and many years of famine. It’s powerful neighbor England was doing much better, just like other countries such as Spain or Portugal. All of these other countries were profiting from establishing and maintaining trade routes in other parts of the World. Scotland thought it would …