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On this day: First Person to go over Niagara Falls in a Barrel

On October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. A cat used as a test subject a couple of days earlier survived with only a cut to the…

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Friday, 24th October 2014

On this day: USS Constitution Launched

On October 21, 1797, the USS Constitution was launched in Boston Harbor. Nicknamed ‘Old Ironsides’, the vessel has far outlived the 10-15 years that a wooden ship usually lasted in the era, and is in fact the oldest commissioned naval…

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Tuesday, 21st October 2014

On this day: Wayne Gretzky Sets Points Record

On this day 25 years ago Wayne Gretzky became the leading points scorer in NHL history. Not long after he was traded to the LA Kings, he played against his former club, the Edmonton Oilers when he scored his 1851st…

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Wednesday, 15th October 2014

On this day: World Egg Day

Scrambled? Fried? Poached? However you like them, today is World Egg Day. What better way to celebrate than with the self-proclaimed ‘World’s Largest Egg‘ in Winlock, WA? This 4m (12′) egg would make a lotta omelette if , you know,…

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Friday, 10th October 2014

On this day: US National Chess Day

Today is National Chess Day in the USA, an event based on a proclamation by President Gerald Ford in 1976. (Though it’s usually celebrated on the closest Saturday when people have more time to play!) Doubtless there will be much…

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Thursday, 9th October 2014

On this day: The Most Lopsided College Football Game Ever

On this day 98 years ago, the most lopsided college football game ever took place at Grant Field in Atlanta, now known as Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia Tech defeated an improvised team from Cumberland College by the remarkable score of…

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Tuesday, 7th October 2014
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Rock ‘n’ Roll R.I.P.s

The world has a certain reverential (or just morbid) fascination with the death sites of famous musicians. The pantheon of dead music legends is far too great (and depressing) to capture in just one article, but here’s a look at just some of the famous/infamous places where great talents have met untimely ends.

Google Boat View

A few years ago it was a common joke to suggest that Google would follow the success of Street View…

Google Sea View

Not content with covering almost every road in the world, Google have partnered with the University of Queensland to produce…

Recent Comments

  1. Jel: And that’s not to mention the Dutch 11-towns race, when and if it gets cold enough – nigh on 200km....
  2. Andrew Thielmann: Not longest skating anymore: the skating trail on the lake in Invermere (lat/lng:50.493583,...
  3. Allaiyah Weyn: Close to Santa Laura is what looks like a big bloody mess. I wonder what all the red stuff is. The van...
  4. Allaiyah Weyn: I wish I could visit all the ghost towns of the world on Google Earth. Sadly, the van usually passes...
  5. Tammo: This is so awesome. I’m sure this will warrant some more posts once you’ve had a chance to go over...

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