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 …

The World’s deepest hole

In the early 1970s, the Soviet Union had quite an unusual project in the Pechensky District, approximately 1000 kilometers / 670 miles North of St. Petersburg. They wanted to find out more about the Earth and decided to start a borehole which was supposed to be 15 kilometers (9.3mi) deep.

Death of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Known as the composer of “The Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker,” the true cause of the death of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is still unknown.

The worst warship ever built?

Legend has it that there was a warship with a circular hull built by incompetent engineers. When its cannons fired, it would start to turn around itself uncontrollably and the crew would get dizzy in seconds.  So is this really true?