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To err is human

 

On February 4th 1912 Franz Reichelt threw himself from the Eiffel tower in a suit designed to make him soar. It did not. His attempt failed and he died on impact. But the dreams lived on: Clem Sohn invented a suit and he proudly soared under the name The Bird Man until his untimely death in 1937 (where his suit actually did fail). Today The Bird Man suit exists as gear you can actually buy to make you flying dreams come true (and it kills about 20 lives each year).

 

In 1972 Nixon practically disbanded the Bretton Woods system which determined that currencies where tied to gold, with the result that currencies became unbound and not linked to anything of a specific value. This lead to increased financial speculation and laid the ground work for the economic crisis in 2008. A mistake? Probably not. A f*ck-up? Most certainly.

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