“Guess what’s the fastest-adopted gadget of the last 50 years?” asks Alex Madrigal. Cell phone? CD player? Color television? Digital camera?

Nope. Boombox.

“Guess What’s the Fastest-Adopted Gadget of the Last 50 Years,” Alex Madrigal, The Atlantic.


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Image (“Etude de nu feminine avec boombox, after William Etty”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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