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Cell phones have revolutionized the way we communicate, so now it is time for Tidbits to delve into the history of this device, one that’s in the hands of 95% of Americans. • While standing on Sixth Avenue in New York City in April of 1973, Motorola employee Martin Cooper made the world’s first mobile phone call. The recipient of the call was his counterpart at AT&T, Motorola’s competitor and biggest company in the world. Cooper, who has become known as “the father of the cellphone,” was an inventor and general manager of Motorola’s Communications Systems Division. Cooper’s phone weighed 2 lbs. (0.91 kg) and required 10 hours to charge for a talk time of 30 minutes.


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• It took 10 years to bring the portable cell phone to market. In 1983, Motorola introduced its 1.1-lb. (0.5 kg) DynaTAC 8000X phone for consumer use with a hefty price tag of $3,995 (about $9,300 in today’s dollars). It took seven years to reach one million cell phone subscribers.


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• The first text message was transmitted in December of 1992. A 22-year-old software programmer named Neil Papworth sent the message “Merry Christmas” to his friend. Because mobile phones did not yet have keyboards, Papworth sent the message from his personal computer. It would be another year before texts could be sent phone to phone. It’s estimated that about 350 billion text messages are sent each month. • The Guinness Book of World Records cites Sonja Kristiansen of Norway as the world’s fastest texter to date. She sent a very unusual message in 37.28 seconds: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the general Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality, they seldom attack a human.”

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• IBM released the world’s first smartphone to consumers in 1994, a device known as the Simon Person Communicator. Simon featured e-mail capabilities, a pager, calendar, address book, NotePad, a sketchpad, and a calculator, operated with a stylus or fingertip, all for a retail of $899. • There are nearly 7 billion cell phone subscriptions on the Earth today. In many countries, there are more subscriptions than people because of people having multiple phones. However, even in poor countries, the subscription rate is 89 per 100 inhabitants. • About 95% of Americans own some kind of cell phone, and 77% have smartphones. About half of American smartphone owners have had to cancel or shut off their service for a time due to the high cost of maintaining it.

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• A recent survey shows that users in the age group 18 to 29 report they do about 5 surveys a week on their phone. Nearly half of that study group admitted to using their phone to avoid interacting with people around them. • A whole new group of phobias has developed since mobile phones have been introduced. Telephonobia is the fear of making or receiving phone calls, while nomophobia is the fear of being out of contact with others because of a lost phone, dead battery, or lack of signal. Frigensophobics fear that their cell phone will damage their brain. There’s even a name for that feeling you get when hear or feel your cell ringing when it really isn’t – ringxity or fauxcellarm. • Cell phones are an expensive commodity, but what claims fame as the world’s most expensive? A British jeweler named Stuart Hughes has created the iPhone 4 Diamond Rose with a price tag of nearly $8.2 million. The cell features 500 individual diamonds adding up to 100 carats, a single 7.4-carat pink diamond on the home button, and the Apple logo is rose gold with 53 diamonds. • Cell phones certainly aren’t without their dangers. More than 60% of Americans admit they text while driving, an action that renders their reactions one-


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tion had more than doubled, America still ranked 16th in the list of most-populous nations. Today, though, with a population of over 325 million, the United States has more people than any country except China and India. * Those who study such things say that as we get older, we breathe more slowly. * Sure, a group of swans can be referred to as a flock or a flight, but why not show some creativity? You can refer to a grounded group as a bank or a drift (presumably due its resemblance to a drift of snow); in the air, they can, collectively, be called a wedge. The best choice, however, might be the fanciful term "a lamentation of swans." *** Thought for the Day: "It has been said that a pretty face is a passport, but it's not. It's a visa, and it runs out fast." -- Julie Burchill (c) 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.

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*** British actor Douglas Booth shaved his eyebrows and wore heavy make-up when he played Boy George in the 2010 BBC TV ďŹ lm "Worried About the Boy." An enthusiastic Boy George remarked, "He gets it, he reminds me of me when I was 17" (he wishes!). When he played Pip in a BBC ďŹ lm of "Great Expectations" (2011), critics went crazy over his looks. One female critic gushed "He gave a mesmerizing performance and was distractingly lovely; one can't expect Dickens ever intended Pip to be more beautiful than Estella!" Who gets reviews like that? Booth then starred as Romeo in "Romeo & Juliet" (2013) to Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld's Juliet; and Emma Watson's husband in "Noah" (2014), causing her to observe, "He's a 90-year-old man in a young body." He also starred in "Jupiter Ascending" (2015) with Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne. His next ďŹ lm is "Mary Shelley," in which, as Percy Shelley, he inspires her to write "Frankenstein" (The Doctor or the Monster? Is that a compliment either way?) From Boy George to "distractively lovely" and inspiring Frankenstein, now that's a stretch, even for "an old man in a young body"! (c) 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.

Q: I saw an article about a new show with Keanu Reeves and Peter Stormare called "Swedish Dicks," and I really need to know what that show is about. -- Paul T., via email A: "Swedish Dicks" -- which premieres Wednesday, Aug. 9, on Pop TV -- centers on Ingmar (Peter Stormare), a washed-up ex-stuntman-turned-private investigator who pairs up with a Swedish DJ named Axel (played by Johan Glans). Together they set out to solve some of LA's weirdest crimes. Keanu plays Tex, a fellow stuntman whose mysterious death has haunted Ingmar for decades. I spoke with series co-star Felisha Cooper, who plays Sarah, Ingmar's daughter, and she gave me the scoop on this quirky new comedy. Felisha revealed: "Sarah is a hot-shot lawyer, takes nothing from nobody, she's beautiful, she dresses well, she makes good money, and she's just doing her damn thing. "She has a soft spot for her dad, so he's gotten her to go on cases with him, and she gets him out of the scrapes he gets into. She does it pro bono because he's her father. She hates it, but the reason she does it is because she loves him. Even if she won't admit it, she loves him." As far as working with Keanu goes: "Keanu is such a delight. He is reserved and calm, with a very strong demeanor. He's so kind, he's so engaged, and his eye contact is so perfect, you can tell he cares about people when they speak to him. I think he's wonderful." *** Q: Can you tell me when my TGIT shows will return on ABC? I am dying to know what's going to happen! -- Sandi S., via Facebook

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People like to talk about the "death of boxing" and always compare the "sweet science" to mixed martial arts, but it doesn't have to be so. They can co-exist, and to say that McGregor isn't a fighter is absolutely absurd. But as we saw from watching Ronda Rousey try to outbox a boxer and lose badly, and knowing enough about Floyd Mayweather's world-class defense, McGregor is still a massive underdog with a puncher's chance. Even if he wins, it doesn't mean that boxing is a lesser sport, it just means that Mayweather lost a fight. We're getting closer to finding out the answers, but boxing will, no matter the outcome, still have plenty to answer for. It's time to fix the scoring system or else these pay-perview spectacles are going to be a thing of the past, and that's something we'd all regret. As McGregor said, "We're all getting fed here." At the end of the day it's a job, and boxing still has more work to do. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in New Jersey. (c) 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Q: I bought an old radio at a church sale and wonder how much it is worth. I paid $150 for a 1935 "tombstone" General Electric table radio in walnut finish. It has five tubes, three knobs and its original grille cloth. -- Bill, Arkansas

A: I found both of your dispensers referenced in Warman's "Pez," by Shawn Peterson. According to this reference, Casper is valued in the $150 to $175 range. A die-cut base would add about $50 to its value. Bambi is valued in the $59 to $75 range. With copyright, add $100.

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* On Aug. 12, 30 B.C., Cleopatra, queen of Egypt and lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, takes her life following the defeat of her forces against Octavian, the future first emperor of Rome. * On Aug. 13, 1878, a restaurant owner dies of yellow fever in Memphis, Tennessee, after a man who had escaped a quarantined steamboat visited her restaurant. In the 19th century, it was not known that mosquitoes carried yellow fever, and victims were quarantined in an attempt to prevent its spread. * On Aug. 14, 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion, an international force featuring British, Russian, American, Japanese, French and German troops relieves the Chinese capital of Peking. The Chinese nationalists besieging Peking's diplomatic quarter were crushed. * On Aug. 7, 1912, former president Theodore Roosevelt is nominated for the presidency by the Progressive Party. Also known as the Bull Moose Party, its platform called for the direct election of U.S. senators, women's suffrage and reduction of tariffs.

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* On Aug. 20, 1932, in Flanders, Belgium, German artist Kathe Kollwitz unveils the monument she created to memorialize her son, Peter, who was killed during World War I. Entitled "The Parents," the statue depicts an elderly couple kneeling before the grave of their son.

* On Aug. 16, 1977, popular-music icon Elvis Presley dies in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42. The death of the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" brought legions of mourning fans to Graceland, his mansion in Memphis.

* On Aug. 15, 1947, The Indian Independence Bill, which carves the independent nations of India and Pakistan out of the former Mogul Empire, comes into force at the stroke of midnight. The long-awaited agreement ended 200 years of British rule. * On Aug. 8, 1963, the 15 men involved in the Britain's Great Train Robbery use an ex-British Army truck and two stolen Land Rover all-terrain vehicles to escape with some $7 million in stolen loot.

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