(ORDO NEWS) — Our world is not without miracles: sometimes amazing things happen, moreover, sometimes they repeat themselves.
For example, did you know that the Mississippi turned back and for a while in the other direction? And what happened not once, but three times? But there are really unique phenomena that happen only once.
“Sink-u! Save someone! I’m dying in Zhiguli beer…” – the situation with the cunning mouse from the fable of Sergei Mikhalkov, who fell into a barrel of beer, was familiar to the inhabitants of London at the beginning of the 19th century.
In October 1814, a beer cistern exploded at a brewery on Tottenham Court Road, setting off a chain reaction in other tanks, sending 1.5 million liters of the excellent beer into the street. A beer wave demolished walls and destroyed buildings.
As a result of the beer flood, 9 people died – 8 of them choked, and one died as a result of alcohol poisoning. The incident was declared a natural disaster, and the victims were never able to recover money from the manufacturer.
Or the geomagnetic storm of 1859. On September 1, 1859, British astronomer Richard Carrington observed solar flares that led to the strongest geomagnetic storm in at least the last 500 years.
The result was spectacular: all telegraph networks in Europe and North America were down, and the northern lights were observed all over the world, even over the Caribbean. The glow was so bright that many woke up believing it was morning.
So, on the one hand, one can envy those who observed this beauty, on the other hand, weather-sensitive people can be glad that they did not have to go through this, because the type of weather was more than unfavorable.
Eradication of smallpox
In 1967, mankind set a goal: to permanently get rid of smallpox, which claimed 2 million lives a year, while leaving the surviving people disfigured.
It took more than 10 years – the last case of smallpox was recorded in 1978, and in 1979 the disease was officially declared eradicated. To date, this is the only disease from which people managed to get rid of completely, once and for all.
Approach two frost giants
In our solar system, only two planets from the class of ice giants – that is, consisting of water, ammonia, methane, hydrogen sulfide and rocks – Uranus and Neptune. In 1977, the Voyager 2 spacecraft was launched, which became the first and so far the only one to reach Uranus (in 1986) and Neptune (in 1989).
Thanks to Voyager 2, we know that the atmosphere of Uranus is 85% hydrogen and 15% helium, and that a boiling ocean boils under the clouds 800 km away. While traveling around Neptune, Voyager 2 detected active geysers on one of its moons.
Capture of warships by cavalry
Can you imagine that the cavalry, in company with the infantry, captured the fleet – 14 ships of the line with 850 guns and several merchant ships?
And it was! In January 1795, the Dutch fleet was anchored near Amsterdam. Winters were cold, the sea was covered with ice, and the ships literally froze. This helped the enterprising French to capture the enemy.
Dry Niagara Falls
Every second, 567,000 liters of water crash down from Niagara. But if you had arrived there in the summer of 1969, you would not have seen any grandiose cascades of water: as a result of erosion control work, the waterfall became dry for several months.
True, this did not reduce the tourist interest at all: in just the first dry weekend, almost 90 thousand people came to Niagara Falls. Some even managed to walk along the dry river bed.
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