When British writer William Crackanthorpe visited the Mediterranean island of Elba in 1814, he was wildly curious about its most famous resident: the disgraced emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Months earlier, Napoleon had been exiled to Elba in one of history’s greatest humiliations—and Crackanthorpe wanted to know how the disgraced emperor was spending his time. He was received with the emperor’s usual flair. But during his visit, the writer noticed something odd about Napoleon.
“Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go,” 21-year-old Sophie Scholl lamented, before she was guillotined by the Nazis. “But what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?” Scholl was a member of the White Rose, a small, anonymous group of mostly university students who hoped that by distributing leaflets and graffitiing public spaces, they could awaken complacent German intellectuals. Seven months earlier in June of 1942, So
James Francis Hurley, known as Frank, was born in the Glebe district of Sydney, Australia in October 1885. His father Edward was a typesetter and trade unionist who migrated from Lancashire and his mother Margaret came from a family of vintners in the Alsace Lorraine region. His adventures began at 13, when he ran away from home to work as a steel fitter’s apprentice. He later studied engineering but also discovered photography and sacrificed a large chunk of his wages on a K
All year, the ship had been trapped, the ice pushing and pinching the hull, the wood howling in protest. Finally, on October 27, 1915, a new wave of pressure rippled across the ice, lifting the ship’s stern and tearing off its rudder and its keel. Freezing water began to rush in. “She’s going, boys,” came the cry. “It’s time to get off.” From the moment Ernest Shackleton and his crew aboard the British expedition ship, HMS Endurance had become immobilised 10 months earlier, t
Even in his time, William Hogarth was much loved for his satirical, ‘conversation’ paintings. He was a man with strong social views and despite their light-hearted façade, most of his works exhibit a firm, political message. Many references also suggest that his character tended towards egotism and self-importance.1 It is this personality mix that would have prompted him to make an open attempt to influence the general public through a pair of prints he created in 1750, ‘Gin
It's been well documented that AC/DC are the greatest band in the history of the galaxy, I've seen them a fair few times live and I can attest to their god-like status. (I even named my firstborn son after their lead guitarist) This is Bon's story though, the hellraising singer that was with the band until his tragic death. On the night of February 19, 1980, Bon climbed into the backseat of a car in London to be driven over to Dulwich so he could crash at a friends place. Sco
In 1820, a whale rammed into an American whale-hunting ship in the South Pacific. It was the first time in American history that a whaling ship was assaulted by its prey in what seemed like a calculated attack. As the boat sank, the crew had a harrowing decision to make: to either head for the nearest dry land or try to cross the Pacific in rowboats. What followed for the crew of the Essex was a terrifying ordeal of survival — and one that later inspired Herman Melville to wr
@burpzine is an Instagram series created by pastry chef Erik Vernieuwe in his spare time. The series is exactly what you think it is – sausages dressed as celebrities, art pieces, and cartoon characters. Scroll down and enjoy this mouth-watering experience!
In 2007 John Maloof paid $400 for a box in a blind auction in Chicago. An estate agent and flea market frequenter, Maloof was hoping to find historically interesting photographs of Chicago for a book he was writing about the city’s architecture. He was president of the historical society on Chicago’s Northwest Side that was dedicated to promoting awareness of the area’s underappreciated charm. He needed over 200 photographs of the area for the book so had been scouring local