Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.



At the start of the American Revolutionary War, the British Army seemed like an unbeatable enemy. The rebellious colonists could not hope to match the naval superiority of the British ... at least, not by traditional means. But an out-of-the-box inventor ... a Connecticut farm boy named David Bushnell turned out to be a Yale student ... had an audacious idea. If he could build a ship that could carry a person underwater, an explosive could be attached to unsuspecting warships. Although the Bushnell Turtle, the world's first submarine, did not complete its task of blowing up British ships, it marked the beginning of a new aspect of warfare… submarine warfare.