Worst British Military Disaster of Each Decade, 1700s-1950s (pt.2)

Click for Part 1 Retreat from Kabul, 1842 In the 19th Century, Great Britain greatly feared that the Russian Empire's expansionism could spill into the Asian subcontinent. To counter this threat, they moved to establish a presence in Afghanistan (sandwiched between the two empires) and install a pro-British regime. In 1839 a 20,000 strong army... Continue Reading →

Ancient Law Causes Queen to Drown, 1880

When a pregnant young queen started to drown, her attendants wouldn't help. Find out why. The protocol around royalty which governs how they interact with commoners is usually ancient, rigid and ensures royal family members’ inviolability. On one occasion however it caused an entirely avoidable tragedy for the Chakri royal dynasty of Siam, modern-day Thailand.... Continue Reading →

Phineas Gage, the Man Who Survived an Iron Bar through His Brain

To survive was one-in-a-million, but to almost completely recover is incomprehensible. The side-effects, however, made him shunned by decent society A moral man, Phineas Gage, Tamping powder down holes for his wage, Blew his special-made probe, Through his left frontal lobe, Now he drinks, swears, and flies in a rage. (Anonymous limerick) On September 13,... Continue Reading →

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