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1947

Balsa raft completes 4,300 mile journey

On this day in 1947, Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completed a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti. Heyerdahl wanted to prove his theory that prehistoric South Americans could have colonised the Polynesian islands by drifting on ocean currents. Heyerdahl and his five-person crew set sail from... Read more >

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2016

It's Lighthouse Day

It’s Literally a House With a Light

If you like your structures long, thin, pointy and with a great big revolving light at the top, and really, really hate fog, then do I have a national day for you! Yes, today is Lighthouse Day, where we celebrate everything to do with these grand, illuminated buildings. The stairs. The boat avoidance. Erm… the salty lighthouse keep... Read more >