Roundhay Garden Scene

The world’s earliest known surviving motion-picture film, showing actual consecutive action is called Roundhay Garden Scene. It was directed by by French inventor Louis Le Prince in 1888 and although it is only 2.11 seconds long, it is technically a movie and you can watch all 2.11 seconds of it right here:

In 1895, a 50 second film, the Arrival of a Train (image depicted in the title section) showed a locomotive pulling a train into the station at the French  town of La Ciotat. Legend has it that when the film first aired, people were so scared by an image of a train heading right at them, there were screams from the audience most of whom ran to the back of the screening room.

The photograph shown this past Monday (The Oldest Movie) posing the question, is actually one of the earliest attempts at capturing consecutive pictures depicting motion. Though not a true movie, it is a series of photographs known as The Horse In Motion.  It was created in 1878 to try and answer the question: are all four of a galloping horse’s hooves are off the ground at the same time?  The individual photographs were assembled into one “motion” picture – one of the first attempts to visually capture movement in a single medium.


An Explosive With a Heart

In addition to being an explosive, nitroglycerine can and has been used to treat certain types of heart ailments? It dilates the blood vessels.

The Hottest of the Hot

The Scoville Heat Unit Scale measures the heat rating of the varieties of peppers and pepper extracts.

Hernando de Soto

Many attribute the introduction of pigs into America to Christopher Columbus who, at Queen Isabella’s insistence, is reported to have taken eight pigs on his voyage to Cuba in 1493. But Hernando de Soto is known as the true “father of the American pork industry.” In 1539 he brought America’s first 13 pigs to Tampa Bay, Florida.