After independence, the US was 13 states hugging the coast of America.
When I started in advertising, commercials were either 30 or 15 seconds long. Everyone liked writing 30s, but nobody liked doing 15s. You couldn't fit much in - 15s were a pain.
In 1973, David Rosenhan was professor of psychology at Stanford University. He worried about the low standards of diagnosis across America.
Philippa Foot lectured on philosophy at Oxford, UCLA, Berkeley and MIT. In 1964 she proposed a thought experiment in ethics.
In 2004 a film called Sideways won an Oscar and was nominated for four more.
In 1788, the Austrian Empire was at war with the Turkish Empire.
It's generally accepted that John F Kennedy was the hero of the Cuban Missile Crisis. But actually he wasn't.
Jack Horner is curator of palaeontology at the Museum of the Rockies. One thing always troubled him: how come you never see any baby dinosaurs?
David Slater is a wildlife photographer, so in 2011 he went to Indonesia.
Why would Harvard University ask Alex Ferguson to lecture on management? It became clear from his opening remarks...
In 1956, Malcom McLean was sitting at the docks waiting to unload his truck.
Mike Daube is professor of health policy at Curtin University in Australia.
In the 1980s, Darryl Gwynne and David Rentz were biologists on a field trip in the Australian bush.
In America in the 1960s, commercial television was considered a cultural wasteland and a bad influence.
There's a piece of thinking that young marketing trainees learn and it's ruining their ability to think.
Two hundred years ago, Jeremy Bentham advocated: equal rights for women, the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the abolition of slavery, the abolition of the death penalty, and animal rights.
UPS have computers working out routes for their trucks to take mainly right-hand turns, avoiding left turns where possible.
Alfred von Schlieffen was in charge of the entire German army.
Map-making was always a long, laborious process.
When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a blood donor.