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A Brief History On November 25, 1120, a ship sailing from Normandy, France, to England, hit a rock and capsized, quickly sinking and taking everyone aboard, save one, to their deaths.  Aboard the White Ship was the heir to the English throne, William Adelin, the only legitimate son of King Henry I.  The loss of William (also called William Ætheling) created chaos over the succession to the English throne, initiating a period known as “The Anarchy.”  While non-British people today may not be familiar with the sad tale of the White Ship, this particular wreck was a Big Deal back…

A Brief History On November 20, 1518, Sir Marmaduke Constable, a Tudor Era English courtier and soldier, died in a most unusual way.  One may even say, in an idiotic way.  This gentleman died when he drank a glass of water and swallowed the frog that was in the water!  We previously told you about “10 More Idiotic Ways to Die,” which itself was a sequel to our other articles, “10 Horrible Ways to Die,” “10 People Who Were the First to Die 10 Different Ways,” and “9 Innovative Ways to Die,” and today we continue to explore the many…

A Brief History In 1952, the .308 Winchester was introduced, just two years before the NATO adopted the 7.62x51mm NATO T65. Winchester branded the cartridge, introduced it to the commercial hunting market, and shortly after, it became the most popular short-action, big-game hunting cartridge worldwide. I delve more into that later, but for now, some of you might be thinking: what is the best scope for 308?  Ask the Swedish. We actually did not know the Swedes use a .308 scope until one American’s journey to Ikea’s homeland. Digging Deeper It all began when an American hunter journeyed to Sweden,…

A Brief History In the 1740s, the first electric motors were simple electrostatic devices described in experiments by Scottish monk Andrew Gordon and American experimenter Benjamin Franklin.  Do you know that electric motors are now everywhere around us?  In your day-to-day life, you will find the term motor associated with various devices. The one common electric engine that runs a wide range of electronic devices is the revolutionary electric motor. At home, you can find several items that have something in common with automobiles; some of them include mixers, washing machines, grinders, food processors, microwaves, moving toys, and the list…

A Brief History In 1872, German chemist Eugen Baumann accidentally synthesized polyvinyl chloride (PVC).  Today, you can use different types of vinyl for a variety of purposes. There is a type of vinyl which is heat transferable and suitable for t-shirt printing. Some have adhesive properties, which allows you to stick it on various materials, including walls or glass windows. There is also a type of vinyl used outdoors in the form of 651 Vinyl. Digging Deeper What is 651 Vinyl? 651 Vinyl from Oracal is known as a permanent vinyl; however, this is not precisely permanent because it can…

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