Go and read the Wikipedia entry on Hetty
Green (because I don't
want to reproduce it all here, and she's a very interesting character).
Briefly, born in 1834 Hetty grew up to be arguably the world richest
woman, by essentially being the world's greatest miser. From Wikipedia ...
I'm nearing the end of
'Crime and Punishment' and
thoroughly entertaining it has been too. It is also thought provoking
and I've been tempted to post a lot more snippets but have resisted the
urge, since you should just go and read it. The main protagonist ...
The destruction of the Library of
one of the events in our species'
that sets me thinking about the ultimate futility of knowledge
acquisition and dissemination. Founded in the 3rd century BC, it quickly
grew into the greatest repository of
human thinking that had ever existed. Apparently ...
The story of the raft of the
Medusa, is a
horrible tale, that I found fascinating when I first heard it as a
child. The Medusa was a French ship that was wrecked off the coast of
Africa, on July 17th 1816. There were not enough life boats for the ...
Two noteworthy events happened on the 18th November 1978. Not only was it the day of my birth,
but it is also infamous for the events that surrounded the Jonestown Massacre.
I've included a youtube video which contains some graphic images and be warned, the story of the
I've been thinking more and more about why
civilisation occurs and
why it functions in the ways that it does. I recently found an
interesting article in the
which discusses some implications of the black
European civilisation, seven
hundred years ago. A little introduction to the ...