Vikings, primordial life, exploring Mars, and fixing the worst thing about an iconic board game: It must Inverse Daily on a Friday, y’all. Let’s go down the rabbit hole.
I’m Nick Lucchesi, an editor here at Inverse. Hi, hello.
[By Elana Spivack]
Leif Erikson, son of Viking explorer Erik the Red, was many things — an explorer in his own right, he played a starring role in 10th century Norse geopolitics. But he was also a profoundly religious man. And like so many explorers with designs on settling new lands, he wanted to bring his religion, Christianity, along for the ride.
Specifically, he wanted to bring Christianity to Greenland — but ended up being the first European to set foot on American soil instead. At least that’s how the story goes... and now the science goes that way, too.
[By Passant Rabie]
“There’s a little bit of sunshine in that glass of water,” Daly tells Inverse.
Daly, a professor at the University of Glasgow’s School of Geographical and Earth Science, and an international team of researchers recently suggested that it wasn’t just space rocks that seeded the Earth with water. Still, solar winds played a significant role as well.
[By Zeb Larson]
In 1803, Toussaint Louverture, a free Black man from the Caribbean, defeated one of the most influential world leaders ever known: Napoleon Bonaparte.
Outmaneouvering the great general, Louverture forced Napoleon’s army out of the French colony of Saint-Domingue and established himself as the de facto ruler of Haiti's new, free state.
Some 200 years later, game creator Damon Stone is facing an almost equally formidable challenge. His goal? Translate Louverture’s incredible victory over the French into Liberation-Haiti, the anti-colonialist answer to dominant board games like Risk and Settlers of Catan.
[By Jon Kelvey]
There’s really no dressing it up: 1971 was a crummy year for the Soviet Mars program. Of the four robotic spacecraft the USSR sent toward the Red Planet that year, one never made it out of Earth orbit, Martian dust storms hampered two, and another crashed into Mars like a speeding bullet.
But the Mars 3 lander had better luck. Somewhat.
That’s it for this Friday edition of Inverse Daily! Facetime an old friend this weekend.
- About the newsletter: Do you think it can be improved? Have a story idea? Want to share a story about the time you met an astronaut? Send those thoughts and more to email@example.com.
- Song of the day: “Freya” by The Sword