When considering whether to do something, do you ever consider the risks? If you knew that one activity would certainly bring an immediate end to your life, you probably would not be […]
The Disturbing and Decidedly-Unromantic Origin of the Honeymoon
Today, the concept of a honeymoon is completely wonderful. The newly-married couple gets away for a few days of romantic bliss, making sure that their life-long commitment begins on a happy note. […]
One Small Step for Man — One Tiny Adjustment to the Budget
The budget for mankind’s first manned mission to the moon was about $25.4 billion. Buried within the countless lines of expense details is the cost for one of the most memorable aspects […]
The Wedding Ring That Was Lost — And Found — in Outer Space
Many human-made objects have been placed in space, including this comprehensive list of items that remain on the moon. None of these items retain quite the drama or personal impact as the […]
Golf Balls, a Feather, and Bags of Poop: What Have We Left on the Moon?
If you imagine the moon as a barren landscape, completely untouched by man, you would be mistaken. Perhaps you realize that it does have a couple of manmade items, such as an […]
Cleopatra Lived Closer in Time to the Moon Landing than the Construction of the Great Pyramid
When you look at the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the life of Cleopatra, and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, which of those is the most out of […]
Meet the Man Who Proposed the First Mission to the Moon… in 1638!
Dr. John Wilkins was definitely a man ahead of his time. When he proposed the first manned mission to the moon, he knew he would have to wait for technology to catch […]
Who needs the Moon anyway- when the US wanted to nuke the Moon.
Originally posted on History of Sorts:
Project A119 was the designated name by the US Air Force to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon. The project was called “A Study of…
A Correction 49 Years in the Making
On July 17, 1969, as Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were en route to the Moon, a curious item appeared in the pages of the New York Times: […]
Meet the Moon Diamond Cat
The Siamese cat originated in Siam — modern day Thailand. In the Thai language, that most-easily recognizable breed is known by another name: Wichien Maat. It translates as “Moon Diamond.”
The Wright Brothers Fly to the Moon
The first airplane flight covered a mere 852 feet, but a part of that plane ultimately flew nearly half a million miles.
May the Heavens Smile Upon You
On May 16, 2010 the moon, Venus, and Jupiter aligned to create a smiley face. Thanks to monthlyrandom for this fun fact.
A Sheepishly Wooly Fact
Merino sheep are prized for their super-fine wool. In a skin area about the size of a postage stamp, these sheep will carry between 10,000 and 15,000 fibers. The fibers are less […]
Man in the Moon? Maybe… But Two-Legged Beavers?
New York City newspaper The Sun printed a series of six articles in 1835 about the discovery of civilization on the moon. The articles claimed that a British astronomer named John Herschel […]