Posts Tagged ‘history’

Who Invented the iPhone?

December 4, 2018

Who Invented the iPhone?

Steve Jobs invented the iPhone in 2007, right?

Well … it’s complicated. Eric Arthur Johnson invented the touchscreen in the 1960s.  Stanley Whittingham invented the lithium battery in the 1970s. And a whole bunch of people gave us the Internet.

But surely Steve Jobs saw all this stuff and went “Eureka!”

Nope.

“When Apple engineer Andy Grignon first added internet functionality to an iPod in 2004, Steve Jobs was far from enthusiastic: ‘This is bullshit. I don’t want this. I know it works, I got it, great, thanks, but this is a shitty experience.’”

— “Who Invented the iPhone?” Matthew Hayes, Scientific American

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The Birth of the Price Tag

November 20, 2018

For centuries buying something meant haggling, negotiating with shopkeepers to get a lower price. As a result, the same goods cost different people different prices. In the mid-19th century, U.S. Quakers came to believe that charging people different amounts for the same item was immoral, so they started using price tags which, if not more moral, are more efficient.

An NPR Planet Money video.

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Labor Day

September 3, 2018

Labor Day“Every dollar that the boss did not work for, one of us worked for a dollar and didn’t get it.”

William “Big Bill” Haywood

Related:

“What Is Labor Day? A History of the Workers’ Holiday,” Karen Zraick, New York Times

“Most Americans view unions favorably, though few workers belong to one,” Drew DeSilver, Pew Research Center

“Unions struggle in the courts, but they have a fighting chance in the streets,” Barry Eidlin, Washington Post

“Trump Celebrates Labor Day by Attacking Labor Leader,” Benjamin Hart, New York Magazine

“Trump rolls back worker safety rules,” Ian Kullgren, Politico

“Donald Trump’s war on workers,” Paul Waldman, Washington Post

“A Labor Day Reflection on Unions, Race, and Division,” Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker

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The History of Chocolate

August 27, 2018

“The History of Chocolate,” a TED-Ed video by Deanna Pucciarelli. Directed and animated by Lisa LaBracio.

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How World War I Changed Europe’s Borders

May 28, 2018

World War I, the “Great War,” involved 32 nations and lasted 5 years. When it ended in 1919, it redrew the world map, and  many borders in Europe, The collapse of the Russian Empire created Poland, the Baltics, and Finland. The Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved into Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia. When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, Turkey was established. The German Empire became Germany, and Germany lost substantial territory outside Europe.

Video by Business Insider
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Birth Of The Bike

May 18, 2018

“Birth Of The Bike,” 1937. A short film by British Pathé.

Note: Today is “Bike to Work Day” in Washington DC.

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Tap: Made in America

March 12, 2018

Tap dancing, like many things in the US, was manufactured here from imported components. Vox explains.
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Getting Dressed

March 6, 2018

How wealthy women were dressed — by others — in the 18th century: Shift, stays, petticoats, pockets, roll, stockings and garters, gown and stomacher, apron and shoes. That’s right, no knickers.

From the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool. More here.

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Human Population Through Time

March 2, 2018

It took 200,000 years for the human population to reach 1 billion—and only another 200 years to reach 7 billion. When will global population peak? And what will be the impact on Earth’s resources as we approach 11 billion?

See the map here.

Video by the American Museum of Natural History
Writer/Producer: Laura Moustakerski
Animator: Shay Krasinski
Sound Design: J. Morfoot

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Health Care

January 15, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Health Care

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressing the Medical Committee for Human Rights, 1966

Image source: Library of Congress.

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