Sunday, September 06, 2009

Factoids on DaVinci

A somewhat rollicking (and marginally NSFW) brief history of Leonardo.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the sniper rifle. Did you know that? No kidding, in the early 16th century Leonardo Effing Da Vinci was standing on the walls of his besieged hometown of Florence, Italy, firing down at enemy soldiers 300 yards away with a custom-built wheelock rifle he had fitted with a homemade telescopic sight designed to improve accuracy and range.

Lots more, but a very short read, at the link.

HT: Chesterton & Friends

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