Nicholas Underhill mines Robert Lehrman, speechwriter for former US Vice President Al Gore, for rhetorical gold.
In 2004, the European Space Agency launched a tiny probe into space. Its objective: chase down, orbit, and land on an ancient space rock travelling at 38km/second.
Google’s offices are legendary: multicoloured bikes and Segways, endless gourmet food, breakout zones with ping-pong and pinball, massages, yoga and free laundry. They are considered the best working conditions in the world. But not everyone working for Google has quite the same experience.
Australian journalist Peter Greste was imprisoned in Egypt for supporting a terrorist organisation and producing “fake news”. His trial would have made Kafka blush.
When the great Jewish-Italian writer, Primo Levi, wrote in his memoir If This is a Man that Germans “love order, systems, bureaucracy; even more, although rough and irascible blockheads, they cherish an infantile delight in glittering, many-coloured objects”, he wasn’t simply roasting his captors.
In the early 19th century, during his second term as Governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry approved a new set of senate districts. But something was fishy. The shape of one of the districts, Essex County, closely resembled a humble salamander.