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 …

Whisky was once used as currency

During the American revolution in the 1760s, whisky was one of the most sought after consumer goods on the continent. Due to the politically unstable and uncertain environment, many people chose bottles of whisky as their currency. In fact, many farmers would make their own whisky out of their corn and then trade it for other goods. George Washington (1732-1799), …