Monthly Archive: August 2013

The 639-Year-Long Concert

In 2001, an automatic organ in Sankt Burchardi Church started playing a piece titled “As Slow As Possible,” written by John Cage. It is scheduled to finish playing the song in the year 2640, making this the longest concert in the world.

The World’s Worst Opera Singer

Florence Foster Jenkins was an amateur operatic soprano, who was widely recognized as the world’s worst opera singer. After she inherited a large amount of money, Jenkins performed at numerous venues, including Carnegie Hall. Surprisingly, she was immensely popular throughout the first half of the 20th century and recorded a number of records.

The Difference Between Rabbits And Hares

Most people probably don’t know what differentiates a hare and a rabbit, and they are so remarkably similar that it’s understandable. Among other differences, hares are born with hair and open eyes, while rabbits are born naked and blind. Hares usually go it alone in life, but rabbits will form colonies with a dominant male.

The Soldier Who Refused To Die

Adrian Carton de Wiart was a bit of a badass. While serving with the British Army, he was shot more times than 50 Cent, losing his left eye and left hand in the process. He took bullets to the stomach, face, and skull among other places, survived a plane crash, and (as a senior citizen, mind you) tunneled out of a German POW camp with only one hand.