The legend of Isaac Newton's most foolish (and cat-friendly) invention

Isaac Newton accomplished some very important things in his life. He came up with a modern version of calculus (although not the modern notation). He described and explained a little thing called gravity. But he also is said to have invented a very useful thing for cats, in a very stupid way. » 6/07/13 4:20pm 6/07/13 4:20pm

19th-Century "Coffin Torpedos" shot at would-be grave robbers

If you wanted to be absolutely sure that your deceased body stayed inside your grave and didn't end up on an anatomy student's carving table, you could simply ask your heirs to arm your coffin. During the 19th Century, coffin guns and "grave torpedos" appeared on the market, ready to thwart potential body snatchers… » 8/11/12 7:30am 8/11/12 7:30am