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Dagen H

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Dagen H

The most massive overhaul in driving infrastructure the world has ever seen

“Dagen H” (H Day) happened on 3 September 1967, the day that Sweden switched from driving on the left hand side of the road to the right. The "H" stands for "Högertrafik", the Swedish word for right hand traffic. It was by far the largest logistical event in Sweden's history, and the most massive overhaul in driving infrastructure that the world had ever seen.

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Möbius Strip

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Möbius Strip

Single Continuous Surface

What do the Google Drive logo, old fashioned conveyor belts, and Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude all have in common? They each pay homage to the Möbius Strip, a single-sided, non-orientable surface.  

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Chopsticks

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Chopsticks

The World’s Most Played Piano Tune

As a piece of music played using two hands on the piano, it has come to represent all that is easy and basic. In its simplest form, “Chopsticks” is a one octave-spanning, C major ditty that every child learns to play on the piano.

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Gömböc

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Gömböc

The Shape that Shouldn’t Exist

Have you ever wondered how a dome-shelled tortoise turns itself back the right way up when placed upside down (a survival reflex known as “self-righting”)? It’s because its shell resembles a Gömböc (pronounced goemboets), the first-known three-dimensional homogenous object that has just one stable point and one unstable point of equilibrium when placed on a flat surface.

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Nosey Bob

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Nosey Bob

The Hangman of Ben Buckler

After an unfortunate accident involving a horse Robert “Nosey Bob” decided to move on from his floundering hansom cab business to accept the unwanted post of New South Wales State hangman. He lived at Bondi Beach.

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