Category: Odd History

The Strange Gadgets Supplied to Resistance groups in World War Two (Part 2) 0

The Strange Gadgets Supplied to Resistance groups in World War Two (Part 2)

The SOE had a big section devoted to forgery. Its staff, some of them recruited directly from prison cells, produced over a quarter of a million fake documents. Most of these were individually produced...

The Strange Gadgets Supplied to Resistance groups in World War Two (Part 1) 0

The Strange Gadgets Supplied to Resistance groups in World War Two (Part 1)

In July 1940 many countries in mainland Europe were occupied by Nazi forces. Britain was expecting to be invaded within months. Against this background, Winston Churchill authorised the formation of a new secret service....

Why are there so many Georgetowns? 0

Why are there so many Georgetowns?

Whilst working on a different project, I kept coming across places called Georgetown. This led me to wonder how many different Georgetowns (or George Towns) there are. Despite the best efforts of Google and...

9th May 1671 – Colonel Thomas Blood Steals the English Crown Jewels 0

9th May 1671 – Colonel Thomas Blood Steals the English Crown Jewels

Born in Ireland in 1618, by 1671 Thomas Blood had already had a colourful life. He initially fought for King Charles I in the English Civil War, but then switched sides and joined the...

Warning to ET – Contains Scenes of Nudity 0

Warning to ET – Contains Scenes of Nudity

In November 1971, journalist Eric Burgess was visiting the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to see the initial pictures from Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit Mars. The pictures were disappointing as a...