John Damian, Robin Hood, King James discussed on Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities
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So you never miss the right moment to invest Robin Hood is giving listeners of cabinet of curiosities of free stock like apple for or sprints to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at curious. Cities dot Robin, Hood dot com. desperation can be quite a motivator in the original thousand and one nights. A king finds out his wife has been unfaithful and has her killed then Mary's a series of women and orders the same fate the morning after their wedding night. So that they never get a chance to commit the same infidelity. Once there are no more women left in the kingdom. His advisors daughter Sheherazade volunteers to become his next bride. The adviser is hesitant but allows her to sacrifice herself on their wedding night. She begins to tell the story to the king. But she doesn't finish it. He refuses to kill Sheherazade until she can complete the story, which she does the following night as soon as she's done. However, she begins another tale and the cycle starts over. And it's her desperation to stay alive that gives birth to a collection of stories that have influenced cultures and literature. All over the world. Her desperation didn't just allow her to keep her head it gave her security. She became too important to discard much like a young Italian. Scientists in Scotland around fifteen hundred. His name was John Damian. And he arrived promising great big things to King James the fourth King James allow Damian to set up a laboratory inside Stirling castle in order to carry out his experiments under a watchful eye. The king was in search of something important something that had alluded rulers explorers for thousands of years. Every culture had a different name for it. The elixir of life, the elixir of immortality and occasionally the philosopher's stone then yes for fans of a certain boy wizard. It's that philosopher's stone. The king gave Damian everything he needed money time resources all in the pursuit of a substance that would not only bring attornal life, but turn any other material into gold and Damian certainly took advantage of his benefactors generosity records from the time to note, the purchases of all sorts of scientific equipment, including Cullens glass, flasks and other materials, he spared, no expense and bought whatever he needed whenever he needed it, including copious amounts of whiskey. Like many rulers thrown history. King James sought to control and maintain his wealth by any means necessary. This often involved research into the supernatural when realistic solutions proved too time consuming or unsuccessful, unfortunately after about seven years, it didn't look like Damian was any closer to turn will youth. Then when he'd started. Instead, he turned his eyes toward the heavens. Specifically he wanted to get as close to them as possible dreams of wealth and immortality were set aside as the outcome. I became obsessed with making man fly. You watched birds how their wings caught the wind and propelled themselves up higher and higher. How they could glide on a current of air for seconds before needing the flap again, Damian studied the mechanics until he thought he'd figured it out. He began designing wings for himself based on his observations even going so far as to include feathers in the final product to that end. He ordered eagle feathers. But could only get hen feathers at the time. No matter feathers were feathers. Right. And these would have to do there was only one problem Damian worked alone. He had no one to test his theory or his newfangled contraption which left only one other possibility in after test it himself so at the end of September in fifteen o seven. He strapped his feathered wings to his back and climb to the top of Stirling castle. And then he jumped. Onlookers applauded as Damian took to the skies. He was a man of conviction who bravely tested his scientific advancements on himself. When no one else would if only his conviction was enough to keep him airborne, you see gluing feathers together and flapping his arms didn't have the intended effect. He felt like a stone. Just after takeoff he managed to survive though. Thanks to a well placed pile of dung waiting below a bruised and smelly Damian blamed his failure on his choice of feathers, claiming hen's feathers were more attracted to the ground than eagles feathers would have been that didn't sound very scientific though, perhaps he should have sought some advice from a good friend of his back in Italy. Who had also been sketching plans for his own flying machines together, they might have had more success, or at least brought more of their drawings to life that friend, by the way was none other than Leonardo Davinci. I hope you've enjoyed today's guided tour of the cabinet of curiosities subscribe for free on apple podcasts or learn more about the show by visiting curiosities podcast dot com. The show was created by me, Erin minke in partnership with how stuff works I make another award winning show called Lor which is a podcast book series and television show, and you can learn all about it over at the world of Lor dot com. Until next time. Stay curious.