How railroads gave us time zones

Sir Sandford Fleming (1827-1915) was a Canadian civil engineer, who became responsible for creating a railway route in Canada which should eventually connect the Atlantic to the Pacific. Also unsatisfied with the time zone issues, he developed a worldwide plan for standard time. However, outside of North America no one cared to set their clocks differently, just yet.

The D-Day Harbours

In 1944, the Allies invaded German occupied France in the Normandy. Once the first troops secured the beach, they installed 2 harbours (Mulberry A and B), made out of 144’000 tons of concrete, 105’000 tons of steel, 85’000 tons of ballast and several miles of floating bridges.

Apollo 12: Porn on the moon

A few months after the first moon landing in 1969, Apollo 12 was the second successful mission to the moon. There are many interesting facts about this crew. They were famous for playing pranks on each other and living by the motto “Work hard, play hard”. Once he set foot on the moon, the first words by astronaut Pete Conrad …

Close call in 2014: Smallpox virus was forgotten in lab

The year is 2014 and the place is an open storage room somewhere on campus of NIH in Boston, USA.  Apparently smallpox vials were then found by accident. Smallpox is one of the most dangerous diseases ever. In fact, only 2 places worldwide are allowed to store the virus. Smallpox killed 200-500 million people in the 20th Century and has …