The Story of Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great was a woman of contradictions. She was a great leader during a time when women were not allowed to rule. However, she held a couple of misconceptions about her sexual history. She was called “the Great” because she led Russia to victory in numerous wars. In addition, she had the longest reign…

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The Story Behind Banksy

When Time magazine chose Banksy, a British artist-filmmaker, activist, all-purpose provocateur, painter, and graffiti master—to feature in their list of the top 100 most influential individuals globally, Banksy found himself in the company of Lady Gaga, Steve Jobs, and Barack Obama.  He gave the magazine a picture of his head wrapped in a recyclable paper…

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When Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons, And Two Men Died

The charitable group United Way of Cleveland believed they had come up with an excellent idea in 1986 to gain some attention and provide a stunning spectacle simultaneously: a bid to break the previous record for the most balloons released simultaneously. For days, a massive group of volunteers inflated helium balloons, 1.5 million, and strung…

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The History of Flight Radar

Radar would not be conceivable without radio. Radar is now a standard piece of equipment used in many different ways. Before the Second World War, some countries thought it was a top-secret project. Flight Radar First Discovery Heinrich Hertz, a German physicist, made the first actual discovery of radar far back in the 19th century.…

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Sticky Has Reopened Its Doors – But Be Careful With the Zines

Your favourite institute recently reopened its CBD store in the Degraves Subway to its eagerly waiting customers. With their shelves fully stocked, you can be sure to find nothing but a variety of quality products.  Just be on the lookout for zines on your next visit. There have been reports of a rise in the…

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Homeless Piano Man Donald Gould Back in Sarasota

Donald Gould had been playing the piano on this rainy Thursday in the Twice’s Nice resale store in Sarasota. For whatever reason, Gould remarked, it felt nice to amuse and lighten the mood, making people forget about their lives and troubles. Image Source- Instagram Since becoming viral in 2015, the pianist with a classical education…

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This “Eternal Song” Has Played For 19 Yrs & Has Over 980 To Go

The world’s most listened-to song has been on repeat for 20 years in England at River Thames banks, which is situated in London.  The song is the darling of Jem Finer( a British composer ), who is mainly known as one of the founders of the famous punk band(Pogues). The idea was a revelation as…

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The ‘Marree Man’ The Mystery Behind A Modern Giant Geoglyph Figure

The Marree Man—also known as Stuart’s Giant—is a contemporary geoglyph located 37 miles west of Marree, South Australia, on a plateau near Finnis Springs. With a height of 1.7 miles and a circumference of 17 miles, it represents an indigenous Australian man hunting with a boomerang (28 km). Despite being one of the world’s biggest…

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A Short History Of Australia’s Milk Bars

Greek milk bars and cafés that began operating in almost every Australian city and town during the 1930s are responsible for a significant portion of cultures. They quickly changed the culinary culture by satisfying a burgeoning need for Hollywood glitz, flavour-infused milkshakes, ice cream, and attractively packaged chocolates. They were modelled after American drugstore soda…

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The History Of Creepy Victorian Christmas Cards

Despite the widespread use of mobile phones and electronic communications, more than two billion Christmas cards are expected to be sent this year. Believe it or not, the postmaster who created this custom did so to increase Christmas sales. The Card That Started It All Image Source- Instagram Sir Henry Cole made the first Christmas…

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Remembering the Great Emu War

Have you ever heard about the Great Emu War?  The great emu war, or simply the emu war, happened about 90 years ago in Australia. In November of 1932, the Australian government assigned a military operation to the Commonwealth military forces of Australia to eradicate a fearsome and ferocious enemy- emus. 2,500 rounds of ammunition,…

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Some of the Best Bruce Lee Quotes to Remember

Actor and philosopher Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown on November 27, 1940. He grew up in Hong Kong but would later move to the United States to attend the University of Washington, where he graduated with a degree in philosophy. Image Source- Instagram As a martial arts instructor, Lee started his school,…

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Meet the GPS Artists Running and Cycling One Creative Canvas at a Time

A “round chunk of anatomy” is how Belinda Smith often starts her runs. She speculated that it might be an eye or a butthole. She starts and finishes her run in the exact location on the map since most of her animals are shown as outlines. Smith, a journalist for ABC, is regarded as an…

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This Is What 18th-Century Paris Sounded Like

What makes you feel closer to your loved ones? Is it a mobile phone buzz or keyboard? It doesn’t matter what soundscape is; it’s fleeting if you opt to capture the sound and keep it permanently.  However, it was challenging to record familiar sounds before current technology development. Laure Cailloce of CNRS News reports on…

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Forget Google; Ask a Librarian

You may not have known that a skilled librarian is “the first search engine.” In other words, you can always seek assistance and guidance from library personnel while conducting research. We are delighted to demonstrate how to take advantage of the library’s resources and services. What is a Call Number? Image Source- Instagram A call…

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Writing Sheds of Famous Writers

Writers usually have favourite writing spots. These are generally distraction-free places like libraries, hotel rooms, cars, or prison cells. Many famous novels were written in prisons, and many inmates have noted that being locked up with just a typewriter helped them focus on their writing. It is good to take every measure possible to avoid…

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Abandoned Victorian Public Toilets of London

Of all the great things to shoot in London, Agnese Sanvito chose one that most Londoners avoid unless they have to — public restrooms. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, the regular construction of public toilets in big European cities was largely forgotten until they reappeared in their modern form in Paris, Berlin, and…

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The Literature Heavyweights Series Recalls a Nostalgic Past

The Literature Heavyweights series isn’t composed of vintage books. Instead, they’re comprised of rescued brickwork that has been painted, giving the term “tome” a whole different twist. They are huge, emphasising how cumbersome it feels to handle many printed books. Furthermore, they demonstrate how ridiculous the presence of physical books is; in a world where…

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This Crazy Anti-Distraction Helmet From 1925 Is Still Relevant Today

Do you have trouble focusing at your workplace? Does something frequently get in the way whenever you strive to be active? Then The Isolator helmet, designed in 1925 by Hugo Gernsback, a Luxembourgish-American inventor, editor, writer, and magazine publisher, could be what you need. Image Source- Instagram If you looked at Gernsback’s anti-distraction device, you…

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Did You Know The Story Of This Australian Floating Hotel Now Decaying Off The Coast Of North Korea

The Four Seasons Barrier Reef Resort—a top-rated vacation destination in the 1980s—was once a floating hotel in Australia in North Korea. The hotel was originally intended to float over the John Brewer Reef, 70 km off Townsville, Queensland, Australia. It was a seven-story five-star facility.  The hotel featured two hundred rooms, bars, two top restaurants,…

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Playing Pinball’s Big Comeback

According to the International Flipper Pinball Association, there’s been renewed interest in Pinball over the last decade, with the player and competition numbers growing globally. In 2006, there were 500 players in 50 competitions worldwide. By 2017, the number had grown to over 55,000 players in almost 4,500 matches.  In 2016, NBC News reported on…

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A Brief History of Sea-Monkeys

Not to be confused by the British new wave/sophisti-pop band, The Blow Monkeys, who had a string of hits in the 1980s, Sea Monkeys is the brand name of a popular children’s product that sold brine shrimp in the form of a novelty pet aquarium. The brainchild of one Harold von Braunhut, who launched the…

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14 Regions that could have become Australian States

Australia officially became a Federation on the 1st January 1901 when the six separate colonies of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia – who were all previously self-governed under British rule – combined to form the Commonwealth of Australia. A decade later the Northern Territories was also included. Since becoming…

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All You Need To Know About The Chiko Roll

The Italians have pizza. The Americans have burgers. The Mexicans have chilli con carne and the Indians, of course, have curry. While Australia doesn’t necessarily have a national dish as such, it could be argued that the Chiko Roll is the closest they come to it. Invented by Frank McEncroe, a boilermaker from Bendigo in…

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It Takes All Types

A Brief History of Typewriters The idea of a typewriter dates back to 1714. However, it was not until 1808 that Pellegrino Turri, an Italian inventor, invented the first working typewriter. He built the typewriter to aid his friend Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano. Unfortunately, there are no records of the typewriter’s image, but there…

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The History of Vans Shoes

Need great shoes for skateboarding? Vans shoes are the world’s No.1 for the activity. However, since their founding in 1966, their journey to become a top-rated brand has been anything but easy.  You may not be aware of some interesting historical facts about the celebrated Vans Shoes. So, let’s take a quick look into 14…

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