WEIRD SCIENCE

Weird Science explores amazing ideas of the Victorian Era.  It delves into inventions, sciences, engineering, architecture and countless discoveries. It was a turning point in the history of human creativity.  It was a time of outrageous developments. Weird science led to daily inventions and discoveries. Some were major successes and some were disastrous flops!

The First Giant Ferris Wheel Had Steep Highs And Lows

The First Giant Ferris Wheel Had Steep Highs And Lows

He became known as “the man with wheels in his head.” They laughed at him. Engineers said his giant wheel Read More>...

Perseid Meteor Showers From Comet Swift-Tuttle

Perseid Meteor Showers From Comet Swift-Tuttle

When the Perseid Meteor Shower lights the August sky, you’ll see the spectacular result of debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, Read More>...

MAREA Follows First Transatlantic Cable By 150 Years

MAREA Follows First Transatlantic Cable By 150 Years

MAREA might be the biggest and baddest cable, but it follows the FIRST Transatlantic Cable by roughly 150 years.  MAREA (Spanish for tide) will Read More>...

Four Weird Victorian Inventions That Made Shade

Four Weird Victorian Inventions That Made Shade

Unfortunately, these four weird Victorian inventions that made shade never saw the light of day. Unless parasols stage a comeback Read More>...

Bartholdi’s Statue Of Liberty Slated For Suez Canal

Bartholdi’s Statue Of Liberty Slated For Suez Canal

The Statue of Liberty by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is a woman with a secret past. The Green Goddess as we Read More>...

Nancy Johnson Brought Ice Cream To The Masses

Nancy Johnson Brought Ice Cream To The Masses

Nancy Johnson brought ice cream to the masses when she filed her patent No. 3254 in September of 1846. With Read More>...

Joseph Faber’s Marvelous Talking Machine, Euphonia

Joseph Faber’s Marvelous Talking Machine, Euphonia

Joseph Faber’s Marvelous Talking Machine, later called Euphonia, was not just another pretty face of the Victorian Era. Yes, she Read More>...

Mutoscopes Become “What The Butler Saw” Machines

Mutoscopes Become “What The Butler Saw” Machines

Why did the Mutoscope, an early ancestor of motion pictures, come to be known as the “What The Butler Saw” Read More>...

Jan Zieba’s Panoramic Photography: Churches of Peace

Jan Zieba’s Panoramic Photography: Churches of Peace

Jan Zieba’s extraordinary panoramic photography lets you explore interiors of the Churches of Peace in Poland. Granted, they were built Read More>...

The Harem Effect On Female Scientists In The Victorian Era

The Harem Effect On Female Scientists In The Victorian Era

The “Harem Effect” on female scientists in the Victorian Era opened some doors and closed many others. In short, the Read More>...

Williamina Fleming: Maid To Victorian Era Astronomer

Williamina Fleming: Maid To Victorian Era Astronomer

  Williamina Fleming started her career as a maid to Edward Charles Pickering. He recognized Fleming’s talent and gave her Read More>...

Victorian Era Fashion: Green Gowns To Die For!

Victorian Era Fashion: Green Gowns To Die For!

Victorian Era Fashion loved the color green. It’s the color of springtime and good health–even Christmas. As The Industrial Revolution Read More>...

Nellie Bly Sent Victorian Era Tweets From Her Race

Nellie Bly Sent Victorian Era Tweets From Her Race

Granted, Nellie Bly’s telegrams were not moving at tweet speed. Still, transmission was vastly improved from the time of the Read More>...

Victorian Era Places: Then And Now

Victorian Era Places: Then And Now

In case you missed “Then and Now” photographic projects, they offer amazing portals to the past. You can see Victorian Read More>...

Aida de Acosta Was The First Female To Pilot A Powered Aircraft

Aida de Acosta Was The First Female To Pilot A Powered Aircraft

Aida de Acosta kept her secret for 29 years. She was the first woman to fly a powered air ship Read More>...

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