On this day…in 1797

The first parachute jump of note is made by André-Jacques Garnerin from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris. Leonardo da Vinci conceived the idea of the parachute in his writings, and the Frenchman Louis-Sebastien Lenorm and fashioned a kind of parachute out of two umbrellas and jumped from a tree in 1783, but André-Jacques … [Read the full story]

Pete Doherty isn’t injecting drugs anymore…

Pete Doherty has claimed that he has stopped injecting drugs. The former Libertines rocker said that he had been inspired to clean up his act by his new girlfriend. He said: “I’ve stopped injecting. The only way I can see myself in a serious relationship is if I am toning it down a bit. When you’re … [Read the full story]

Will jeans smell if you keep ’em on for 3 months?

Did you ever wonder what would happen if you wear the same pair of jeans five days a week for three months straight without washing them? Melbourne researcher Tullia Jack recruited 30 volunteers to do just that – and will soon exhibit the grimy garments at the National Gallery of Victoria so the public can put them to … [Read the full story]