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 …

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 …

Igor Sikorsky: Helicopter man

Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972) was a Russian-American, born in Kiev (Russian Empire then, today Ukraine).  At age 19, he was set to become a regular engineer, but when he heard about the Wright Brothers first mobilized flight, he became obsessed with building airplanes. Only 3 years later, aged 22, he became Chief Engineer of the aircraft division for the Russian Baltic Railroad Car Works and …

Silent Calvin Coolidge

US president Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) was a man who was easily underestimated. Despite being a very good public speaker, he was a very quiet man in his private life. In fact, he was so private that he had the nickname “Silent Cal”. At a dinner reception, he was once told by another guest that she made a bet with a …