February 27th 1890…..

The European starling is a major pest in North America today thanks to Eugene Schieffelin, a well-intentioned but misguided Shakespeare fan from Germany. On this day in 1890, Schieffelin let loose 60 starlings into New York’s Central Park in an attempt to introduce all of the birds mentioned in the …

February 26th 1535

To protest the corruption of the Catholic Church, twelve Anabaptists ran naked through the streets of Amsterdam on February 26, 1535, in the first recorded instance of streaking as political protest. The seven men and five women stripped off and burned their clothing under order of Hendrik Hendriksz, a self-styled …

A very short history of Ink…..

The Greek verb egkaiein literally meant ‘to burn in’, being a compound of en-, ‘in’, and kaiein,‘to burn’. In fact the term denoted a particular method of painting which was practised by the ancients. According to a first-century account in the writings of Pliny the Elder, the process involved mixing …

February 25th 1915

On this day, Bassett Digby, an esteemed British scientist, published the following Letter to the Editor in the Times newspaper: Sir, A little light might be shed, with advantage, upon the highhanded methods of the Passport Department at the Foreign Office. On the form provided for the purpose, I described …

Louis Armstrong and Scat….

According to his own self-proclaimed legend, Louis Armstrong invented scat singing on this day February 24, 1926, when, midway through the recording of “Heebie Jeebies,” he accidentally dropped his sheet music on the floor and began improvising nonsense words. Expecting the take to be thrown out, Louis threw inhibition to …