Monthly Archives: July 2011

The 27 Club and 9 Curzon Place

By dint of her age at the time of her death, Amy Winehouse joins an unusual group. The 27 Club refers to the large number of recent famous musicians who have died at the age of twenty-seven. The core group, … Continue reading

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Presidents, Curses and Resurrectionists

William Henry Harrison’s inaugural presidential address was, at nearly two hours, the longest in US history. March 4, 1861 was a cold, wet day but Harrison chose not to wear a coat or hat during the speech, perhaps to demonstrate … Continue reading

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Souvenirs of the Dead: Edison’s Last Breath

With only three months of formal education, Thomas Edison made a pretty good account of himself. He held over a thousand patents, invented or commercialised an array of world-changing devices, coined the word hello as a telephone greeting (displacing Alexander … Continue reading

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Fire and Light

Mount Wingen in New South Wales, also known as Burning Mountain, contains the world’s oldest known coal seam fire. Thought by early European settlers to be a volcano due to the constant emission of smoke through fissures in the ground, … Continue reading

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Souvenirs of the Dead: The Dauphin’s Heart

One of the problems with being famous is that there is a much higher likelihood that your corpse will be desecrated by relic hunters. As I’ve noted before, even highly respected public figures like Albert Einstein aren’t spared. It’s not … Continue reading

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Time Travel, Phosphenes and the Prisoner’s Cinema

Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev is the world’s most accomplished time traveller. Due to his 803 days in orbit aboard the Mir Space Station, he has travelled a total of 23 milliseconds into the future (compared to Earth-bound humans). According to … Continue reading

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