During a junior tennis match at the 1983 US Open Junior Championship, Stefan Edberg unintentionally caused the death of a linesman. While returning a served ball, he accidently hit the linesman, causing him to fall to the ground where he hit his head. He died a few days later as a result of the fall. Edberg was deeply affected by this tragedy and considered quitting the game.
In your travels around the world, you are sure to encounter roundabouts. US drivers might know them as traffic circles, road circles, or rotaries. Half of the world’s 60, 000 roundabouts are found in France. The construction cost of a roundabout varies from 100,000 to a million USD.
The flag of the United Kingdom, also known as the Union Jack, symbolizes 3 of the 4 countries of which it is composed: Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In fact, it is composed of a juxtaposition of the flags of Scotland, England, and St Patrick’s Cross, the patron saint of Ireland.
During the Gulf War, the Iraqi army torched more than 700 oil wells. To extinguish these massive simultaneous fires, Hungarian engineers developed a radical new approach. They modified tanks by removing the turret and retrofitted two Mig 21 aircraft reactors to the vehicle body. The jet blasts were used to propulse massive amounts of water at the well thus extinguishing the fire very quickly.
You have probably seem one of the most famous paintings created by Dali, "The Persistence of Memory", also known as ''Soft Watches'', representing watches that are melting. When you see its presentation, you have no idea that it's only the size of a large envelope (10'' by 33'' or 24 by 33 cm) despite the impressive precision of detail.