Predecessor of Zoom and Skype: Nazi Germany had first public video calling system

„If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants“, those are the words Isaac Newton used in 1675 to pay respect to all of the major thinkers who have come before him, enabling him to use their accumulated knowledge to make groundbreaking new discoveries of his own. It is symbolic … Read morePredecessor of Zoom and Skype: Nazi Germany had first public video calling system

Jesus, James Bond and Sherlock Holmes of the Russian Revolution

Mark Twain once said, “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” In early 20-th century history once again went on a familiar path – path of revolution with all its mayhem, chaos, betrayal, and bloodshed. Some of the most interesting characters were preparing to play their role in the fall of the Russian … Read moreJesus, James Bond and Sherlock Holmes of the Russian Revolution

Why do Russians sit down for a few moments before going on a trip?

As Benjamin Davis once wrote in a blog post, his Russian girlfriend makes him sit down for a moment before they leave the house on trips. Most of his Russian companions do the same. They will close their eyes and just take a moment to relax before the trip. „When I asked my girlfriend before … Read moreWhy do Russians sit down for a few moments before going on a trip?

Kenny Rogers once outplayed Michael Jordan

Not only Kenny Rogers was a gifted musician, but he was also good at basketball. So good that he once made Michael Jordan look like the rookie. After the news broke that Rogers, whose legendary music career spanned nearly six decades, has died on Friday night from natural causes, some remembered that time when Rogers … Read moreKenny Rogers once outplayed Michael Jordan

First ever words spoken to the English colonists by Aboriginal people were „Warra warra wai“ (Go away)

„Warra warra wai“ is written on the footpath in Botany Bay harbour in Australia, just south of the spot where Captain Cook first set foot on Aboriginal soil in 1770. This inscription honors two Aboriginal warriors who stood their ground to defend their land when they first saw white men. 250 years ago, on the … Read moreFirst ever words spoken to the English colonists by Aboriginal people were „Warra warra wai“ (Go away)

Was circumcision invented because primitive men loved to practice bestiality?

Cave paintings found across the world showing men having sex with animals suggest that our ancestors were rather promiscuous. It seems that hunter-gatherers, after roaming all day long through large areas of land to find animals they could kill, would sometimes f..ck their freshly killed prey. This practice survived for thousand of years in some … Read moreWas circumcision invented because primitive men loved to practice bestiality?

Our ancestors had sex with buffalos, elephants, rhinoceroses, giraffes…

In caves across the world there are multiple depictions of primitive men copulating with various animals. Seeing these cave paintings, one might think that our ancestors were, colloquially put, horny as f*ck. It seems that people who lived thousands of years ago were  f*cking pigs, donkeys and even large animals like buffalos, elephants, rhinoceroses or … Read moreOur ancestors had sex with buffalos, elephants, rhinoceroses, giraffes…

The time when people participated in mass street fights just for fun

Before the digital era, transistor radios, Walkmans, cell phones, the internet, personal computers and laptops, people were wasting time in different ways and some of them were violent.   Movie „Gangs of New York“ painted a picture of 19th-century Manhattan’s Five Points neighborhood as a place where it was common to see mass fight scenes … Read moreThe time when people participated in mass street fights just for fun