Form at a Glance. WW1, H.M. Bateman cartoon
"Form at a Glance: THE VISITOR: What's his trouble? THE ASYLUM DOCTOR: Oh; he's trying to calculate how many times "Form fours!" has been ordered since the war broke out!" This cartoon by H.M. Bateman comments on the endless attritional warfare on the Western Front, as many had initially expected the War to be over by Christmas 1914. The mathematician in the foreground has seemingly been driven mad trying to work out how many times the soldiers have been ordered to "Form fours!" (a call made by officers for soldiers to join ranks) since the war started two years earlier. Unfortunately for Bateman, it would be another two and a half years before the fighting actually stopped! Date: 1916
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'Lord' George Sanger with his ponies
'Lord' George Sanger (1827-1911) was an English showman and circus proprietor who ran shows and circuses throughout much of the 19th century and early 20th with his brother John. He retired in 1905 and was murdered by an insane employee in November 1911. Photographed here shortly before his untimely death with his favourite team of ponies.
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Invention - Carron's Cone
Mr. Carron, an engineer from Grenoble, France, invented a contraption that allowed humans to experience the sensation of a free fall of 300m! To achieve this, he conceived a bullet-like capsule with a height of approximately 10m, that contained a round room, 4m high and with a diameter of 3m. In this room, 15 comfortable chairs were to be placed in a circle so that victorian daredevils would suffer no inconvience from the fall. The floor of the room would consist of a mattress of steel springs, about 50cm high, and the lower part of the capsule would be a series of concentric metal layers. The whole capsule should weigh about 10 tonnes. According to Mr. Carron, this device would be hauled up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, from which it then could be dropped. To break the shock of the impact, a superficial pond would be dug out in the form of a champagne glass, with a depth of 55m and a width of 50m. Mr. assured doubters that the water, in combination with the shockbreakers aboard the capsule, would guarantee that the impact will not be inconvenient at all!
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