Young Stephen Hawking Lets Loose With University Rowing Team

University College Boat Club

Before ALS and his ample scientific offerings, Stephen Hawking was a university student who did his fair share of cutting up. Seen above holding the white handkerchief, Hawking joined the Oxford University boat club where he served as a rather daring coxswain whose strategies would result in a number of damaged boats.

Interestingly enough, it was while rowing that Hawking exhibited some early signs of his illness. At age 21, Hawking would be diagnosed with ALS and a life expectancy of two years. Today, Hawking is 73.

The Violent Ways Humans Have Used Animals As Weapons

War Elephants

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Humans have used animals as weapons for thousands of years. 2,000 years ago, Hannibal led the Carthaginian army riding war elephants to fight Rome. In reply, the Romans set pigs on fire and let them run free through enemy ranks to frighten the elephants.

In World War II, British Special Ops thought of stuffing dead rats with explosives and spreading them throughout Germany. They hoped that the Germans would gather the rats and dispose of them in industrial furnaces, causing explosions powerful enough to trigger catastrophic boiler failures. However, the Brits dropped the plan after their first shipment of explosive rats was intercepted by Nazi forces in 1941.


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7 War-Time Inventions That You Use Every Day

War Inventions Canned Food

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Sorry, Edwin Starr. It turns out that war is good for absolutely…something. The life-or-death havoc of war electrifies human creativity in a powerful way. A number of the world’s most useful inventions have come from the military. Some appeared by accident, others as solutions to particular problems that seem much more urgent when the enemy’s tanks are rolling in.

Ever had green beans from a can? You can thank Napoleon. Snapchat is really the spawn of the Cold War’s overhanging possibility of nuclear holocaust. The war-time origins of these and other everyday products are explored below.

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The Face Churchill Made Upon Winning World War Two

Churchill German Surrender

Winston Churchill with his Chiefs of Staff in the garden of 10 Downing Street, 7 May 1945. Seated, left to right: Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal; Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke; Winston Churchill; Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham. Standing, left to right: Major General L C Hollis; General Sir Hastings Ismay

On May 7, 1945 Germany issued an unconditional surrender at Allied Headquarters in Reims, France, one week after Adolf Hitler committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin.

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