An elephant named Osama Bin Laden

In 2006, the state of Assam in northeastern India was being terrorized by an elephant. The 10ft (3m) tall animal would frequently appear out of nowhere, and attack anything in its path. What made the problem even worse is that it was not scared of noise, firecrackers or even fire itself. 

The hunter who almost destroyed Australia

English settler Thomas Austin (1815-1871) chose to go to Australia. He was an avid hunter and imported a few rabbits from England. Then, one fateful day in 1859, he released 24 of them into the wild. He reportedly stated that “The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a …

The Great Manure Crisis of 1894

There is a panic for every generation. In the many centuries before cars would clog up the streets of New York and other cities, there were horses and horse carriages. Naturally, all of these horses had to “go” and therefore left small messy piles of manure.

The Famous Clara

Born in 1738, Clara was destined for success. Before her death at the age of 20 she would tour Europe and be featured in paintings and on posters and medallions.