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Strange Facts About America’s First Presidential Election

Not exactly fair or democratic, it seems they just went through the motions.

BuzzFeed presents 13 weird things about it.

 

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Why Pencils Are Yellow

According to Artsy.net –

Visitors to the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris entered the fairgrounds under the shadow of the newly-built Eiffel Tower—a gleaming marvel of wrought iron lattice that stretched almost a thousand feet into the air. Once inside, they could gawk at a massive reconstruction of the Bastille or gasp as Annie Oakley demonstrated her legendary marksmanship in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.
Amidst this myriad of spectacles was a rather less dramatic—but no less influential—innovation from a Czech manufacturing company named Hardtmuth Pencil. Its latest creation was formed, as all pencils are, of a graphite core housed in a protective wooden sheath. What stood out was its color—Hardtmuth’s “luxury pencil” was painted yellow.

The 1st. Auto – Cugnot’s 1769 fardier à vapeur

According to Jalopnik.com –

“Aha, I know the first car in the world,” you think, but you are wrong. You are thinking of the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, and while that was the first car to feature an internal combustion engine, it was not the first car ever made. The first car ever built was this hulking, steaming, smoking monster, and it’s from 1769.

Continue reading and view some videos HERE.

A Short History of Search Engines

According to Engadget –

In the late ’90s, dozens of online search engines were vying for attention, offering cute mascots, clever branding and technically distinct solutions for navigating the World Wide Web. Google the search engine went live in September 1997, one year before Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google the company, and it quickly took hold.

Continue reading HERE.

A Brief History of OK [video]

A Short History of The Commodore 64

According to MentalFloss –

Priced at $595 in September 1982, it quickly fell to $400, then $300, and eventually $190. Unlike most PCs of the era, the Commodore 64 could play games. Like the Model T, it didn’t have the sexiest aesthetic—the boxy keyboard housed its guts, while a separate monitor quickly crowded one’s workspace—but it was cheap enough to sell 500,000 units a month.

Continue reading HERE.

The First Underwater Film Is Stranger Than Fiction [video]


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