The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Juliane Koepcke was just 17 years old at the time of her near-death experience. Juliane was born and raised in Lima, Peru, where she lived the life of a typical high school girl while being a German citizen. Juliane and her family were no strangers to travel since both of her parents were scientists who had built a research station in the Peruvian jungle. Her father, Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke, was a scientist who worked in the city of Pucallpa at the time. With Christmas just around the corner, Juliane and her mother decided to fly from Lima to spend the holidays with him in the middle of the Amazon jungle.
6 Extraordinary Facts about the Universe
It's impossible to comprehend the whole scope of the universe's complexity since it's so enormous. Humans can barely scratch the surface of its vastness, yet we get incredible data and photos that are both awe-inspiring and perplexing every time we do. Because the leading space exploration organisations have made what we do know easily available to the public, here are some of the most fascinating facts for your enjoyment.
Why Does the Leaning Tower of Pisa Lean?
I remember when I visited Pisa. When my friends and I decided to backpack through Europe, it is hard not to visit Pisa when you travel through Italy. This tranquil little city holds one of the most fascinating monuments in Europe – the leaning tower of Pisa. The structure does precisely what it says on the package; it stands on an angle that seems to be on the verge of falling. It's a fantastic building. But what is it about the tower that makes it lean this way?
The Secret Society of 'The Order of the Pug'
All across the globe, we have secretive societies that only a select few will ever get to step foot in. From university societies and frats to clubs that only wealth can get, there is something out there for everyone. History has its fair share of secretive organisations; the Illuminati is a prime example of this. Some of these societies have strange rituals and criteria to be achieved, leading to some peculiar gatherings. One of these secret societies is the Mopsorde or The Order of the Pug.
Bubble Wrap was Invented to be Wallpaper
"A patent provides a creative person with the opportunity to reap the rewards of his ideas," – Barbara Hampton We all love bubble wrap. The squishy ball of air surrounded by plastic is one of the simplest joys one can have in life. So it comes as no surprise that their inventor must rake in some serious profits, especially when they hold multiple patents for the product. But, of course, all of this could have never happened as the company nearly decided to market the product as wallpaper before realising its true potential.
The Story of King Henry VIII
In England, there is a famous rhyming song that we learn at school that reminds us of the story of King Henry VIII. It goes: Divorced, Beheaded Alive, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived – referencing the six wives that the king had during his life. This is an integral part of British history and always comes up in tests while at school. It's just something you need to know here in England. If this is the first you are hearing of the infamous British king, then look no further. Here is an account of Henry VIII, king of Britain.
Russia Ran Out of Vodka
Russians are well-known for their love of drinking. Their long-standing love with vodka may be traced back to the country's founding. A bottle of the sacred liquid is a necessary item for most households, and no celebration is complete without one. No event in Russian history compares to the Red Army's victory against the German Wehrmacht, the liberation of Berlin, and the Third Reich's eventual surrender to the Allies on May 8th, 1945, a date that is still commemorated in Russia as a holiday known as "Victory Day." On May 8th, 1945, the celebrations of Victory Day were born out of the need to commemorate such an occasion – and the Russians celebrated hard.
The History of Nyan Cat
Do you remember the glorious days early 00s internet? When YouTube was not run by google and MySpace was the number one hit social site, times seemed more straightforward. The Internet was young, and it did not take much to entertain us for hours on end. This was the prime time for us to take the first step into the emerging meme culture, and cats were already established as the prime candidate for kings of the internet. Nobody knows why but it seems that cats have always been on the web, and people always loved them. Maybe it's because they're cute. Therefore, I want to share an actual part of internet history with you that some of the younger viewers may be witnessing for the first time – Nyan Cat.