The 1937 Soviet Census

The 1937 Soviet Census

Transcript In 1936, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin determined it was time for the Soviet Union to have another census. They hadn’t conducted one since 1926 and he wanted some actual numbers to show the world the success of the Soviet system. Needless to say, the numbers were not what Stalin had expected….and promised.  Learn more …

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Extraterritoriality

Extraterritoriality

Transcript A common misconception that many people have is that embassies are part of the territory of the country that owns the embassy. For example, the American embassy in Canada is part of the United States.  This is not quite true.  The theory covering how an embassy or a diplomat works deals with the concept …

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The Dionne Quintuplets

The Dionne Quintuplets

Transcript Multiple births happen very infrequently. The odds decrease dramatically the more children are born at once. The odds of twins is 1 in 250 pregnancies. The odds of triplets are about 1 in 62,000. The odds of quadruplets are one in 15 million.  And the odds of quintuplets, five children, is an astonishing 1 …

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Operation Plumbbob

Operation Plumbbob

Transcript In 1957 the United States embarked on its most controversial series of nuclear tests. These tests took place on US soil in the state of Nevada.  They detonated 29 devices and tested a wide number of things, including how blasts would damage builds, pigs, and soldiers. They detonated bombs on towers, from balloons, and …

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QWERTY Keyboard

QWERTY Keyboard

Transcript 150 years ago, an American inventor by the name of Christopher Latham Sholes developed a machine to allow people to easily put text onto paper by pressing mechanical keys. He called his invention the “type writer”. After years of tinkering and adjusting, he finally came up with an arrangement of the keys that worked. …

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Cosmos 954

Cosmos 954

Transcript According to the old adage, what goes up must come down. Unless you are talking about a satellite, which can go up and never come down. However, sometimes satellites do come down. When they are not expected to. Where they are not wanted.  Such was the case in 1978 with a Soviet spy satellite …

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Milankovitch Cycles

Milankovitch Cycles

Transcript The Earth takes a year to go around the sun, and a day to turn on its axis.  It is tilted 23.5 degrees which is what causes the seasons.  All of these facts which you learned in school are true, but they are not permanent. They change, very slowly, over time.  One astrophysicist in …

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