Famous Break Free Moments in History
Throughout the annals of history, humankind has advanced itself – or not – by breaking free from the shackles that bound it to its past.
Over 300,000 years ago Homo Erectus discovered fire, breaking free from the darkness of night. (We’re pretty sure this event coincided with the invention of liquor)
In 1616, Galileo Galilee pointed his telescope to the heavens and proclaimed that the earth revolved around the sun, breaking free from the conventional wisdom. (Unfortunately, the authorities put him under house arrest.)
Circa 1687, an apple broke free from its tree, depositing itself on Sir Issac Newton’s forehead. He went on to discover gravity. (It still works)
In 1786, Daniel Shays led a militia of poor farmers on an attack of a stockpile of arms in Springfield, Massachusetts. Why? Because they wanted to break free from the heavy taxes imposed by the state. (Unfortunately, the state won and they still had to pay those high taxes.)
In 1773, a group of rebellious Bostonians threw cases of tea overboard from an unsuspecting merchant vessel, breaking free from mother England. (It changed the world.)
In 1971, a man referred to as D. B. Cooper hijacked an airplane collecting $200,000 in ransom. He broke free from the plane by parachute and hasn’t been seen since. (Hint: Search in Bali)
In 1983, Pioneer 10 broke free from the gravitational pull of the solar system, hurling itself into the universe, (Stay tuned for further results).
In 2007, two American Ex-pats broke free from their corporate shackles and journeyed to New Zealand. Sitting in a broken shed on the banks of Lake Wanaka, they dreamed of creating the world’s most unique vodka. And they did. (And the universe will never, ever be the same.)