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Jack P Taylor's Political and Historical Curiosities

Nov 19, 2017

The olympics as we know them today are a rather modern phenomenon, peculiarly mixing 'amateur' athletics with a very professionally run programme of events.

The 1904 St. Louis olympics were in every sense amateur. With very few participants generally, and barely any foreign competitors specifically. 

Yet one event, the...


Oct 29, 2017

Xi Jinping has been called many things. The Economist describes him as 'the most powerful man in the world', his own party call him 'the core of the Chinese Communist Party', others a 'closet Maoist'.

Whatever your opinions of him, compared to many world leaders comparatively little is known of his background. 

In this...


Oct 15, 2017

You may not have heard of Ignaz Semmelweis. 

Yet along with Louis Pasteur and Alexander Fleming he should be seen as one of the most important men in medical history. 

Semmelweis reduced maternal mortality in his clinic by 85%. It was no fluke however as he reproduced the results in another clinic.

Yet his ideas were...


Oct 2, 2017

A good domain can be key to any business and in the porn business they don't come much better than sex.com.

One man, Gary Kremen, realised this early on and registered the site for a bargain $100. It would eventually cost him millions in legal fees as an extraordinary conman named Stephen Cohen would blatantly steal the...


Sep 24, 2017

A good domain can be key to any business and in the porn business they don't come much better than sex.com.

One man, Gary Kremen, realised this early on and registered the site for a bargain $100. It would eventually cost him millions in legal fees as an extraordinary conman named Stephen Cohen would blatantly steal the...