The First Modern Gym Equipment


Dr Gustaf Zander, a fitness teacher in Sweden, invented the first modern gym equipment, with adjustable weights and levers, opening a training institute in 1865. He developed the idea of mechanically driven gymnastic apparatus, with which specific groups of muscles could be trained in exact dosages. After his machines had won prizes at various world exhibitions, Zander Institutes were set up all over the world, from Buenos Aires to Moscow.



The World’s Shortest War

The Anglo-Zanzibar War – The Worlds Shortest War

At 9:02 AM on August 27, 1896, The British gathered 5 modern warships in the harbor in front of the palace of the new Sultan of Zanzibar (Khalid bin Bargash) and landed two battalions of their army. 40 minutes later the war was over and about 500 people, mostly Bargash’s soliders, were dead.

The war came about because two days previously the former Sultan of Zanzibar, who had willingly cooperated with the British, died, and his nephew, Bargash, had taken over. The British didn’t agree with this choice of Sultan and offered an ultimatum for him to abdicate. Bargash refused and assembled his navy which consisted of one yacht and fortified his palace. By 9.40 AM, Bargash had fled, and the war was declared over. He was eventually found and granted asylum.



The Power of Music in Wartime

90 year old WWII veteran Jack Tuller retells his story about a rainy night in 1944.


The average woman’s face according to country. Interesting, but I wonder how many faces they used, and how they got them??

Pizza in 2015. We aren’t quite there yet, but who knows how long it will take?

Another quote by Chesterton: “The word good has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.” What a wicked sense of humor he had.

n. the worship of words

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When he moved from New York to Florida over 40 years ago, Howard Solomon took the saying “A man’s home is his castle” quite literally. The artist once known as “The DaVinci of Debris” spent a total of 12 years building a three-storey castle by hand, in the middle of a swamp.


Can being fat be healthy?

In recent years, the medical field has began to accept that BMI is not a reliable measure of health in individuals, and that some people who are obese do not have nor are they in any danger of developing obesity-related diseases.