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Project Pigeon and Acoustic Kitty

Project Pigeon and Acoustic Kitty

HOME Of all the lives risked in WWII, were those of thousands of dogs, used for everything from guard duty to pulling sleds.  And they almost had a particularly awful purpose on the ironically named Cat Island, if one Swiss expat had gotten his way.  William A Prestre...
I Think That I Shall Never See

I Think That I Shall Never See

In 1999, Nicola Strickland went on a holiday to the Caribbean island of Tobago, and strolled the beaches looking for shells and corals in the white sand, when she came upon a tree dropping green fruit that looked much like small crabapples.  Strickland had a munch of...
Unsolved Poisonings

Unsolved Poisonings

Between April 1928 and March 1929 three people from the same wealthy London family died in mysterious circumstances.  The first to die was Edmund Duff, who complained of nausea and leg cramps after eating his dinner.  Ten months later, his sister-in-law, Vera Sidney,...
Name, Rank, and VIN Number

Name, Rank, and VIN Number

The phrase “e-car” these days is shorthand for electric car, but in 1955, it was the working name for a car that was going to shake up the mid-range luxury car market — fancier than most Fords, cheaper than a Mercury.  It had a unique vertical grill, teletouch...
The Game of Life (and Death)

The Game of Life (and Death)

Sports today are tame by history’s standards. Ancient societies didn’t seem to think twice about spending blood and lives in the pursuit of great athletic entertainment. People have been hacked, poked, drowned, punched, cut, smashed, and skied to death, all in some of...