David Threlfall in 1966, reading the latest lunar news. His 1964 bet was the first of the space race, and shortly after the lunar module landed, he was awarded his winnings on live TV.

Betting on the Moon

The odds of Neil Armstrong putting a boot on the moon were not good. One man put money on it anyway.

The Albert Michelson pipeline in California carried light, not fuel. After the experiments, the tube was sold to the city of Irvine for reuse in more mundane purposes.

The Pipeline That Measured the Speed of Light

In 1931, a corrugated steel tunnel figured in one of history’s greatest science experiments.

A Fokker D.VII sports a lozenge pattern that makes it blend into the sky when viewed from a distance.

Inventing the Invisible Airplane

When camouflage was fine art.

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