Building Zeppelins Took a Lot of Guts

photo credit: Alexander Sovpel. Used by permission. During much of World War I, sausage consumption was illegal in Germany. The reason was to preserve the supply of cow intestines, which were needed to seal Zeppelins and prevent hydrogen from leaking from the vehicle. Ultimately, 140 Zeppelins were constructed. Each one required the intestines of 250,000 cows. The... Continue Reading →

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The Christmas Truce of 1914

  On Christmas Eve, 1914, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing. At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached... Continue Reading →

The Little Man from Nuremberg

Matthew Buchinger (1674-1740) was known as "The Little Man of Nuremberg." Buchinger was born without hands, legs, or thighs and was less than 29 inches tall. Despite his disabilities, Buchinger led a very accomplished life. He could play a half-dozen musical instruments including the bagpipes, dulcimer, hautboy, trumpet, and flute, some of which he invented... Continue Reading →

Additional Space Needed on iPod

The longest musical performance in history is currently taking place in the church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany. The performance of John Cage’s “Organ²/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible)” started on Sept. 5, 2001, and is set to finish in 2640. The last time the note changed was October 2013; the next change isn’t due... Continue Reading →

History’s Shortest War

The Anglo-Zanzibar War was fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar on 27 August 1896. With a duration of only 45 minutes, it holds the record of being the shortest war in recorded history. The war broke out after Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini, who had willingly co-operated with the British colonial administration, died on 25... Continue Reading →

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