In 1927, two German gynecologists Zondek and Aschheim developed the rabbit test. They injected a woman’s urine into a female rabbit. The rabbit was then examined over the next couple days. (Read: killed and surgically examined.) If the rabbit’s ovaries responded to the female’s urine, then it was determined that hCG was present and the woman was pregnant. The test was a successful innovation, that for the first time accurately detected pregnancy. The rabbit test was widely used from the 1930s to 1950s. All rabbits that were used in the program had to be surgically operated on and were killed. It was possible to perform the procedure without killing the rabbits, but it was deemed not worth the trouble and expense. Today, modern science doesn’t need to kill rabbits, but the rabbit test was considered a stepping stone during the middle of the 20th century.
This is the Villa Jovis (House of Jupiter) on the island of Capri in Italy. Though only accessible by hiking, this palace is well worth the climb! It was built for emperor Tiberius, who lived there for 10 years of his reign. Legend has it that he would invite his political “frenemies” up for a vacation and, while they were admiring the view, push them off the cliff. Because he lived up there, people would just assume that the “frenemy” had taken up residence there as well.
The view is spectacular when you’re not worried about your Latin teacher pulling a Tiberius.
Sources: wikipedia, my Latin teacher
Pictures: most are mine, EXCEPT the one overlooking the entire palace and the drawing of how the palace looked during ancient times. Those two are from google images.
Ponte Vecchio (The Old Bridge) is one of the most famous landmarks of Florence. Also, it’s one of my favourite places (despite the crowds of tourists which flood it on every single day in a year). It is believed that the bridge is built in the times of ancient Rome, but it was often reconstructed because of Arno river floods. Originally, Ponte Vecchio was full of butchery shops, which, according to the legend, were the reason of Cosimo de Medici’s wife depression. She caused his husband to replace butchers with goldsmiths (they occupy the shops until today) and, to be honest, that was quite a good idea (bridge’s prestige increased meaningly).