Pete Schoening: A man, an ice pick and the will to survive

Pete Schoening (1927-2004) was an American mountaineer. In 1953, he wanted to accomplish the seemingly impossible with a team 6 others: They wanted to climb the K2, the second highest mountain on Earth with a height of 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) it. At that time, several unsuccessful tries had been made to conquer the K2. The team climbed for seven days without …

The woman with the lowest known body temperature and how she survived

Sweden, 1999: the 29-year old doctor Anna Bågenholm just wanted to go skiing with friends. In the late afternoon, she fell into a small river and was trapped below a thick layer of ice. She was  able to breathe due to a small air hole, but when the rescue came she had been in freezing water for 80 minutes. Once she arrived …

How the World’s largest Buddhist temple was forgotten for 400 years

Borobudur in Central Java, Indonesia is the largest Buddhist temple known. It features over 2,600 relief panels, 72 perforated stupas and over 500 Buddha statues over an area of 2,520 m2. Built in the 9th Century by the Shailendra dynasty and was abandoned in the 14th Century for unknown reasons. In 1814, the British were in control of Central Java and followed up …

The 4 Kilometer Tower

By Newsburst (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The X-Seed 4000 is a proposed structure which would be as high as a mountain (4km/2.5mi) and would be able to accommodate up to 1 million inhabitants. It was created by architect Peter Neville in 1995 in a bizarre, but effective publicity stunt for an architecture firm. The plans for this astounding building were actually completed.  It would need at least 3 million tons …