Combined two months because this is late already, and I’ll be overseas in August – riding a bicycle in Moscow! My other blog www.stevethings.wordpress.com will continue to relate my travels and adventures. Meanwhile, not having done much lately, I have put all sorts of stupid stuff on it, including how to get rid of baboons from a field of corn, or how to divide a cake into 9 equal portions.
I’ve been saving these ones, because I think they are better than usual. Well, these are what you are getting. Have a go – post a comment!
- The Roman Army punished cowardly or mutinous legions by decimation – the killing of every tenth man. Other civilisations copied the practice – but why did the Byzantine Emperor Maurice (539-602 AD) forbid it?
- The Bering Strait separates Russia and America. Why did the Great Soviet Encyclopaedia carry a very long, excessively detailed entry about it?
- Tycho Brahe dabbled in astrology as a young man; this was an acceptable way of making money at the time. He predicted that the lunar eclipse of 28 October 1566 foretold the death of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Suleiman the Magnificent. What happened?
- What killed Descartes?
- James Lick, patron of what became the Lick Observatory with its 36-inch telescope (still the second largest refractor in the world) died during its construction; where was he buried?
For cut & paste fans:
(1) Decimation (2) Bering Strait (3) Brahe (4) Descartes (5) James Lick