Up Before Sunrise, Gone Before Sunset

It takes light from the sun a little over 8 minutes to reach the earth. That means the sun has actually risen at least 8 minutes before we can see it and has set 8 minutes before we no longer can see the sunlight.
Aside from the sun, the closest stars to Earth are three stars in the Alpha Centauri system. Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B are the main stars, but the third and closest to Earth is Proxima Centauri. It takes light from Proxima Centauri a little over 4.2 years to reach the Earth (Light from the other two main stars take about 4.3 years).

Like Father, Like Son . . Sadly

The first person killed during the course of building Hoover Dam was J.G. Tierney. Mr. Tierney drowned on December 20, 1922, while surveying in the waters of the Colorado River. Exactly 13 years later, on December 20, 1935, the last man who died was Patrick Tierney, his son. The younger Tierney fell off an intake tower shortly before construction of the dam was completed.

Building the Hoover Dam

112 souls lost their lives in the process of building Hoover Dam. An eerie and sad family tragedy surrounds the story of this monumental construction project. What is it?

Struck By Tornadoes, Not Lightning

On May 20, 1916, the town of Codell, Kansas, was struck for the first time by a tornado. It was struck again on May 20, 1917 one year later and yet again the next year on May 20, 1918. To this day it has never again been hit by a tornado.

Through the Looking Glass

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, using the pen name Lewis Carroll, wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” which was banned in China.

Banning Books

In China, animals are forbidden to use human language. This belief led China to ban which book written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Straits of Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan was trying to find a way to sail through the land mass of the new world (the Americas) to reach the Spice Islands and ultimately circle the earth with his ships.
The search proved difficult, but finally in October of 1520, after almost a year and the loss of one of his five ships, he found what would come to be known as the “”Straits of Magellan.” It took him 38 days to sail through the straits, but he eventually reached the Pacific at the end of November 1520.
Not realizing how large the Pacific was, they thought a crossing would only take a few days. Exhausted and almost out of supplies, four months later the ships reached Guam (March 1521). The explorers were now able to find fresh supplies and continue their quest to reach the Spice Islands.
Unfortunately Magellan was killed by Philippine natives only a month later, although his crew eventually completed their journey – having lost 4 of their original 5 ships! The surviving ship finally returned to Spain in the fall of 1522 proving Magellan’s belief in circumnavigation true. Sadly he never lived to see it.

Finding the Spice Islands

Of Portuguese birth, but sailing under the Spanish flag, Ferdinand Magellan set sail in September of 1519, trying to reach the Spice Islands. He believed he could get there sailing West and circumnavigating the globe, but he needed to find something to convince skeptics he was right. What?