Located in the Bay of Bengal, North Sentinel Island sounds as if it's straight out of a nineteenth century novel!
The island is one of the Andaman Islands and is located away from the main settlements. In fact, the island is so remote the indigenous Sentinelese people still live there and speak their own language!
While Indians have always known that the island was there, there was never much use in colonizing it. The British recorded it's existence in 1771, yet it was again ignored for the next century.
It was not until 1867 that an Indian merchant ship encountered a storm and wrecked on North Sentinel Island’s shores. Almost immediately the natives began attacking the 106 surviving passengers.
They were only saved when a navel vessel rescued them. The most recent excursion onto the island resulted in the same outcome.
In 2006 two fishermen drifted their boat near the island and were killed. The Indian government has stated that they have no desire to interfere in native affairs and most are warned to stay away!
When it comes to shattering critics’ and viewers’ expectation on television there are few that rival the recently concluded Breaking Bad.
Created by Vince Gilligan, the show followed the rise and fall of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher turned meth lord. Looking back it is hard to believe that the show almost didn’t get created and that Gilligan himself admits he didn’t think it would be popular!
When Gilligan pitched Breaking Bad he said he had no knowledge of the show Weeds, which follows a single mother who begins selling weed to make ends meet.
He said they told him while he proposed the idea and the blood drained from his face. Luckily, the studios told him his show was different enough to catch on.
The craziest part? Gilligan says that had he known before going into the interview that Weeds did exist he never would have bothered!
Dom Pedro II was the second and last ruler of the Empire of Brazil. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he was the seventh child of the previous emperor and a member of the esteemed House of Braganza. His father was forced to abdicate on short notice and left his five-year-old son as the person in charge!
If you haven’t studied political history, children as monarchs are usually killed or ousted from power. By the time Pedro II reached his maturity he resented the fact that he was in control and wanted nothing more than to be rid of his responsibilities.
Instead of shirking his duties, Pedro dedicated his life to it. Although the empire was on the verge of disintegration, Pedro was able to turn Brazil into an up and coming power.
Interestingly, Pedro ruled for 58 years and was wildly popular. A group of military leaders exacted a coup and removed him from power.
Most agree that the people did not wish for change and that the coup had little support. What facilitated their attempts was Pedro. He had become so tired of being a monarch he virtually stepped aside!
The Pentagon is the headquarters of the US Department of Defense and is one of the most mysterious buildings in the country. Construction began for the building in 1941 and finished in 1943.
The building spans 28.7 acres and has an additional 5.1 acres of courtyard in the center. The design is highly intricate with concentric rings moving out from the center.
Each ring has a specific function and the rooms closer to the outside are generally saved for higher officials so they have an outside view.
The building was specifically designed for information to travel quickly from point to point. Should electricity or phone service go out, the building was purposely planned to allow a person to get to any point within seven minutes!
The title of the most athletic person in the world is one that will probably never be given out, yet ways to settle the debate have been put forward since ancient times. Perhaps one of the most famous recent ones is the Ironman Triathlon!
Created in the late 1970’s, the original idea arose from an argument during the awards ceremony for the O’ahu Permiter Relay where many different runners and swimmers were present.
While the two groups argued over which took more athletic skill, someone reminded the group that Sports Illustrated had recently declared the Belgian Cyclist Eddy Merckx held the record for highest oxygen uptake, making him the most fit man in the world.
One thing turned in to another and eventually a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bicycle race, and a 26.2 mile marathon were the result to settle the matter!