The Nazi Titanic

The forgotten tragedy of the Cap Arcona, the last major indignity of the Holocaust and one of history’s worst maritime disasters.

The Nazi Titanic Germany’s Cap Arcona was mistakenly bombed by the Royal Air Force during the last days of World War II, killing nearly all of the concentration camp prisoners aboard. In “The Nazi Titanic” author Robert Watson tells the story of this largely forgotten Holocaust disaster. Read More



Susan Southard on the neglected story of life after nuclear war.

Nagasaki In the award-winning “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War,” author Susan Southard tells the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and the “neglected story of the enduring impact of nuclear war.” Read More




Jon Wilkman on the failure of the St. Francis Dam and the making of modern Los Angeles.

Failing infrastructure is a hot topic these days; this catastrophic failure from 1928 has largely been forgotten. Read More

The St. Francis Dam Failure

The St. Francis Dam Failure

J. David Rogers on the deadliest civil engineering disaster of the twentieth century.

Lessons learned from the St. Francis Dam failure—and its impact on the civil engineering profession at-large. Read More

This Day in Failure

August 28th

2008: Air Canada’s regional carrier Jazz Airlines announces it is removing life vests from all of its planes to save weight and fuel, and begins instructing passengers to use seat cushions as flotation devices.

2008: Swedish food magazine Matmagasinet recalls ten thousand copies of its latest issue after one of its recipes (for apple cake) leaves four readers...

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Kalan Reed became Mr. Irrelevant 2016 when he was selected 253rd overall in the NFL draft, making the leap from Southern Miss to the Tennessee Titans. More

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