Despite discovering photography late in life, Julia Margaret Cameron became the very first celebrity photographer and arguably also the first to treat photography as an art form rather than a science.
Cameron was born Julia Margaret Pattle in Calcutta in 1815 where her father was an official with the East India Company. Her mother was French and her early education took place in France. Read more ›››
Let them eat pets: Cake maker Hannah Edwards was branded ‘barbaric’ and ‘sick’ by internet trolls after she posted videos of her incredibly lifelike animal cakes. Haven’t these people seen Dogs in Food on Instagram?
Ninja whingers: The Japanese city of Iga, the birthplace of the ninja warrior, is facing a crisis as not enough people are training in the martial art even though it pays $85,000 a year. Read more ›››
Sarah Forbes Bonetta was the princess, born into the Egbado royal family of south-western Nigeria, who became a favourite of Queen Victoria and a regular visitor to Windsor Castle.
Bonetta was captured in 1848 during a slave-hunt war by the infamous King Ghezo of Dahomey when she was just eight years old. Her tribe was massacred and she was intended as a human sacrifice. Read more ›››
Survival of the fittest: The Madagascan moon moth has evolved elaborate decoy ‘tails’ that deflect the sonar of bats so that they often miss the moth’s body.
F*** Trump: Forget the inflatable Donald floating London for the orange one’s visit, when he flew to Chequers he saw a rather rude message in a large crop circle near Stoke Mandeville. Read more ›››
The name Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov may not mean much to you, but you have a lot to thank him for because he has also been called the man who saved the world.
Arkhipov was born to a peasant family near Moscow in 1926. He was educated at the Pacific Higher Naval School and served on board a minesweeper in the war with Japan in 1945. Read more ›››
And the winner is: Social media got itself in a tizzy this week thinking that a 1997 episode of The Simpsons had predicted a Portugal vs Mexico World Cup final. (See the video) A nonsense, of course, since they are both in the same half of the draw. Read more ›››
Wartime can throw up some strange heroes, but the strangest was Eddie Chapman, audacious safe-cracker, womaniser and conman who became the most extraordinary spy of Word War Two, better known as Agent Zigzag.
Born in County Durham in 1914, Chapman was a bright, but unruly child who often skipped school and by the time he was seventeen, he had become bored by life in the north east and took himself off to London. Read more ›››