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The Man Who Let an Explosion be his Punchline, Stephen Beattie

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Captain Stephen Beattie may not have the longest Wikipedia page in naval history, or even the coolest name, but he sure as hell has one of the coolest stories from WW2. We are of course talking about the time he led what has gone down in history as “the greatest raid of all “. 

Zippo Lighters are Literally Guaranteed for Life

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When it comes to reliable products, they don’t come more hardy than Zippo lighters, a device so insanely well made that the company that makes them guarantee to repair it for free, forever.

The Man Who Convinced Everyone Potatoes Were Valuable

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Antoine-Augustin Parmentier is remember by history for one thing and one thing only, the man loved him some potatoes. To convince the public that they were as awesome as he thought they were, Parmentier embarked on a series of schemes so crazy they’d make the Scooby Doo Gang pause for thought and then all stand with their arms crossed while nodding in understanding.

That One Time Darth Vader Was Mistaken For a Robot

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Given his appearance and the fact he exists in a universe where sentient kick-ass robots are as commonplace as cracked iPhones are in our reality, it’s probably inevitable that at least one person in the Star Wars Expanded Universe mistook the Dark Lord of the Sith for an automated toilet attendent or something. What we could never expect though is how Darth Vader would react to someone actually making this mistake.

Stradivarius Violins Sound No Different to Other Violins

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Even if you’re not a fan of classical music and bitchin’ violin solos, you’re probably aware that there’s something about Stradivarius violins that makes them special, since why else would they be worth millions of dollars each? It can’t be all because of the name, right? Well as it turns out, it might be.