Sliced Bread and the Second World War

There seems to be no agreement as to what was the greatest thing before sliced bread, we just know that many now compete over what is the greatest thing since. But, in 1943, sliced bread was about to encounter the largest war in human history. The US government ban on sliced bread in January, 1943, deserves to be remembered.

Horsepower: James Watt and the Transition from Horse to Steam

How much power is there in a horsepower, where does the term come from, and how did it become the most common way of talking about the power of a car engine? In fact the history of horsepower begins in the 18th century, and with a man whose name has become synonymous with a measurement of power – James Watt. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

The Great Paris Moustache Strike of 1907

In 1907, class friction in France was coming to a boil. In defiance of the strict rules being placed on them from their employers and high-class Parisians, men across Paris were walking off the job, determined not to be humiliated any longer. A great strike had begun, and the working class men who embodied it weren’t going to go back to work until they got what they deserved – moustaches.