Breaking ribs and the sound barrier

In 1947, 2 years after World War 2 had ended, technology had advanced so rapidly that breaking the sound barrier with a jet seemed within reach. Many American test pilots were highly motivated to be the first.

The 61 year old farmer who ran a 544 mile race

Albert Ernest Clifford “Cliff” Young (1922-2003) was an Australian potato farmer. On his 2000 acre farm, there were also hundreds of sheep, which he would catch and round up on foot, sometimes running for many hours in the process.

Cincinnatus: Reluctant dictator and honorable statesman

Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (519–430 BC) was a Roman aristocrat and extremely able leader who lost almost all of his possessions due to his son’s serious crimes. He became a poor peasant farmer.