For German engineers, elevators did not represent the novelty they did in the USA at the end of the 19th century. In this country, the touted elevators were seen more as “children’s toys” than as an engineering challenge. After all, … Continue reading The Wedding Night in a Moving Space OR Why the Tsar Doesn’t Ride an Elevator
The shipping industry was well aware of the advantages that containers offered. Just in the years when McLean and Matson began shipping the first containers, American shipping companies found themselves in constant labor disputes with striking dock workers. Several times, … Continue reading Scottish Whiskey in Metal – Part 3
The first containers were used as early as the beginning of 1920. These consisted of metal frames covered with wood, and some even remained open at the top. The sizes were not standardized, were between two and three meters and … Continue reading Scottish Whiskey in Metal – Part 2
To pass the time while ironing, I often browse YouTube to find suitable videos. The question is not whether I also iron underpants (no, I don’t), but which videos are entertaining or engaging enough to distract me from monotonous shirt … Continue reading Scottish Whiskey in Metal – Part 1
Many visitors were skeptical. Instead of going inside, they stopped at the entrance and took a timid look into the shaft lit up with torches. Even the band playing inside could not entice them further. Only a few dared to … Continue reading The Opposite Of Expectations
Imagine the sight of the merchant and travel writer Jonas Hanway, who amused Londoners. After many years in Lisbon, Russia and Persia, he had brought back a novel piece of equipment after a stay in France. A ‘Parapluie’, which, in … Continue reading When It Rains Trash On The Umbrella
Which invention in human history has had the greatest impact on our well-being? The computer? The plough? The letterpress? Nutella? All of these are undoubtedly worthy candidates who deserve a regular place in the ancestral gallery of the most important … Continue reading Past Chances – We Once Could Do It!
Do we still remember this pandemic which, for the better part of 2020, paralyzed life and the economy worldwide for several months? This is what happens when you don’t have a vaccine for an infectious disease. What COVID-19 is to … Continue reading Of Vaccination Opponents And Men Of Honour