March 6th…….

On this date in 1999, the heavy rock band Metallica filed a lawsuit against Victoria’s Secret for trademark infringement, alleging that the women’s lingerie company branded a line of lipstick “Metallica” without the band’s authorisation. Metallica’s hardcore image took another hit the following year when the French perfume maker Guerlain …

William Burroughs and 23

William Burroughs (1914 – 97) was a colourful member of the Beat generation, best known for Naked Lunch (1959), notable for heroic consumption of drugs and cigarettes, and a preoccupation with the number 23, believing it to play an unusually significant role in human affairs. Readers may judge for themselves. There …

March 5th…….

Furby, the stuffed animatronic “it” toy of 1998, was the first plaything that actually became smarter as you played with it. Furby came out of its box speaking “Furbish,” a goo goo gaga baby talk, but over time would “learn” human language (in this case English)—a process resembling language development …

March 4th……

In the 1950s, as cinemas began losing customers to their home television sets, theater-owners came up with various gimmicks to put people in seats. This was the beginning of 3-D technology, as well as “Cinerama,” a forerunner of IMAX in which three 35 mm projectors were pointed at one large, …

March 3rd……..

On this day, Christopher Columbus spotted three aquatic creatures off the Dominican coast and mistook them for mermaids. He described them in his journal as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” Scientists believe that most of history’s mermaid sightings have actually been encounters with manatees, slow-moving mammals of …

March 2nd……

On the morning of March 2nd, 1887, a Rhode Island preacher awoke with no idea where or who he was. After some stumbling interactions, he gathered that he had spent the past two months running a confectioner’s shop outside of Philadelphia under the alias A. J. Brown. Psychologists diagnosed him …

March 1st…….

Before modern medicine, being buried alive was more than just an idle phobia. It actually happened. A lot. Common procedure for dealing with an unconscious person was to hold a glass pane to his or her mouth. If the mirror stayed dry, the soul had departed. If it fogged up, …