Jack De Graaf

The Soviet Night Witches – Female Bomber Pilots of World War II

As a response to the high casualties suffered by male soldiers, Stalin started to incorporate females into defense roles. Some of these women became night bombers. They ended up becoming so deadly, that they earned a nickname from the Germans that stuck. They were called the Night Witches.

Concrete Ships of World War I & II

During any war, it’s natural for certain materials to become scarce. And this was exactly the case in both World War I and II with steel. As each war dragged on, steel became more and more scarce, and the military turned to a new resource: using cement to build their ships.

Freaky Facts About Friday The 13th

In the West, Friday the 13th is a notorious day where people will usher words of bad omens and ill luck to each other. A tradition that is deep rooted within our society; even the most happy-go-lucky person will keep an eye out for bad signs on Friday the 13th. But why?

The Nigerian Angel Who Secretly Pays Medical Bills

For every negative story we see in the media, there are multiple positive ones that get buried. Here we have one inspiring story of a Nigerian man who pays off peoples sky-high medical bills, but asks for nothing in return! Check out this feel good story of this guardian angel.

The Origins of Duct Tape and It’s Varied Uses

Everyone’s used duct tape for something at some point. It is, by far, one of the handiest everyday tools you could use in life. So you’ve got to have wondered at some point: where did it come from? And what practical uses was it originally invented for?

What Do Blind People Dream About?

Have you ever wondered how blind people dream? This brings up questions like do the blind actually dream visually or are their dreams rooted in the senses available to them; sounds, noises, tastes, feelings? We did a little bit of research into the results are fascinating!

A Japanese Soldier Took 29 Years to Surrender After WWII

Of all the wars, victories, and surrenders, this story of a Japanese Lieutenant who didn't know World War II ended may just take the prize! How does a soldier hold their ground for 29 years after the war ends without finding out? We have the full story, and it's a good one!

5 Common Phrases With Historical Origins

It’s no surprise that when you delve into the everyday things we say, you’ll find that many of them are steeped in some rather interesting historical origins. So where do some of these common phrases that we say come from? Here are 5 of the most used phrases with fascinating backgrounds!

How The Chernobyl Disaster Effected The UK

Most people have heard about the horrible disaster of the Chernobyl factory meltdown. We know it effected many surrounding Ukrainian cities, but did you know it's aftermath expanded across the world? Here we look at the Chernobyl ramifications on the UK.

Lizzie the Elephant, Sheffield’s WWI Industrial Mascot

During the First World War, the sheer number of steel produced in Sheffield was crucial to the military industrial machine. As such, scrap metal collecting was commonplace in Sheffield. One wartime icon of Sheffield would come from the steel industry named Lizzie the Indian Elephant!

The Historical Yet Bizarre London Beer Flood

On Monday the 17th of October, 1814, one of history’s strangest industrial tragedies struck the St. Giles borough of London. The event, which would later become known as the London Beer Flood, claimed the lives of 8 people, as well as injuring many more and causing damage to multiple houses and buildings in the area.

The Bizarre Salem Tomato Trials

We all know the Salem Witch Trials. But did you know they also held a trial for tomatoes? Back then, tomatoes were thought to be poisonous, so no one ate them! But one person set out to prove that they weren't so bad after all - read his success story!