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Phil Collins has one of, if not the largest collection of Alamo artifacts. He started collecting artifacts in 1994, after getting a gift from his wife. In 2012 he published a book about the collection. He donated his collection to a new Texas museum in 2014, which debuted in public this year.

Come and Take a Look at Me Now On a Saturday morning last April, Phil Collins was looking out the window of his suite atop San Antonio’s Hyatt Regency on the River Walk. It’s not the biggest or the priciest room in the hotel, the one in which you’d expect to find a pop star …

Phil Collins has one of, if not the largest collection of Alamo artifacts. He started collecting artifacts in 1994, after getting a gift from his wife. In 2012 he published a book about the collection. He donated his collection to a new Texas museum in 2014, which debuted in public this year. Read More »

For several years, up until 2018, Sweden’s official Twitter account was given to a random citizen every week to manage.

Sweden’s official Twitter account will no longer be run by random Swedes Sweden is rightly famous for many things — its natural beauty, its health care, its wealth, Ikea — but one of the country’s most public achievements, its Twitter, doesn’t always come up in those conversations. Since 2011, the Swedish Institute has handed over …

For several years, up until 2018, Sweden’s official Twitter account was given to a random citizen every week to manage. Read More »

John D. Rockefeller was the world’s first Billionaire and it was his near-monopoly oil business in the USA that necessitated the federal and states governments to create Antitrust laws.

John D. Rockefeller Who Was John D. Rockefeller? American industrialist John D. Rockefeller built his first oil refinery near Cleveland and in 1870 incorporated the Standard Oil Company. By 1882 he had a near-monopoly of the oil business in the United States, but his business practices led to the passing of antitrust laws. Later in …

John D. Rockefeller was the world’s first Billionaire and it was his near-monopoly oil business in the USA that necessitated the federal and states governments to create Antitrust laws. Read More »

Judith Love Cohen, who helped create the Abort-Guidance System which rescued the Apollo 13 astronauts, went to work on the day she was in labor. She took a printout of a problem she was working on to the hospital. She called her boss and said she finished the problem and gave birth to Jack Black

Meet Aerospace Engineer Judith Love Cohen Judith Love Cohen was, at various times in her fascinating life, an engineer who worked on the Pioneer, Apollo, and Hubble missions, an author & publisher of books about women in STEM and environmentalism in the 90s, a ballet dancer with the New York Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, an …

Judith Love Cohen, who helped create the Abort-Guidance System which rescued the Apollo 13 astronauts, went to work on the day she was in labor. She took a printout of a problem she was working on to the hospital. She called her boss and said she finished the problem and gave birth to Jack Black Read More »

Walter Breuning stopped smoking cigars at age 103 because they became too expensive. At age 108, he began smoking cigars again after receiving a lot of gifts of cigars. He ultimately ended up living to age 114.5 and was the second-last verified surviving man born in the 1800s.

Walter Breuning Walter Breuning (September 21, 1896 – April 14, 2011) was an American supercentenarian who was the oldest recognized living man in the world between July 18, 2009 and his death. As of 2021, Breuning was the third-oldest verified American man ever, behind Danish-born Christian Mortensen and Mathew Beard, as well as the second-oldest …

Walter Breuning stopped smoking cigars at age 103 because they became too expensive. At age 108, he began smoking cigars again after receiving a lot of gifts of cigars. He ultimately ended up living to age 114.5 and was the second-last verified surviving man born in the 1800s. Read More »

Meet Veronica Seider who possessed a visual acuity 20 times better than average. She could identify people at a distance of more than a mile (1.6 km).

Smallest visible object The resolving power of the human eye is 0.0003 of a radian or an arc of one minute (1/60th of a degree), which corresponds to 100 microns at 25 cm (10 in). A micron is a thousandth of a millimetre, hence 100 microns is 0.003937, or less than four thousandths of an …

Meet Veronica Seider who possessed a visual acuity 20 times better than average. She could identify people at a distance of more than a mile (1.6 km). Read More »