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► On April 24, 1936, a group of firemen responding to an alarm in Camden, N.J., is televised. It was the first time an unplanned event was broadcast on television, anticipating the development of live TV news coverage.

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• Chester Carlson spent a good part of his life perfecting the copy machine, receiving a patent in 1937. However, the world didn’t share his vision of one-touch copying, and 20 companies, including IBM, rejected his presentation before it was finally marketed for the first time in 1959 under the name “Xerox 914.” By 1968, Fortune magazine ranked Carlson among the richest people in America. • The 1950s brought all kinds of innovations to the modern home. Velcro, power steering, pocket transistor radios and Legos all hit the scene during this decade. The world’s first credit card, the Diners Club card, was introduced in 1950. Issued in New York City, it offered credit at 27 restaurants. The American Express card came along eight years later. • When your eyes begin to age, you’ll be thankful for one of Benjamin Franklin’s innovations. Our founding father invented bifocal eyeglasses at the age of 79. • Travelers have had the convenience of pulling into a Holiday Inn along the road since the chain opened its first hotel in 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee. • Masking tape was developed by the 3M Company, a sandpaper-making firm, in 1925. One of the company’s young engineers, Richard Drew, was testing sandpaper at an automobile plant and noticed that painters were having difficulty painting the newly popular

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two-tone cars. Drew went back to 3M and immediately began work on a product to solve the painters’ dilemma. Waterproof transparent “Scotch” tape came along five years later, also the creation of Richard Drew. A 3M co-worker of Drew’s invented the tape dispenser with a builtin cutter blade in 1932. • Thanks to a Chicago inventor, Whitcomb Judson, you can zip up your pants! While experimenting in 1891 with a gadget that would make it easier to button and unbutton shoes, dubbed the “Clasp Locker and Unlocker for Shoes,” Judson came up with the zipper. • The fax machine has been around longer than you think. This device that transmits a facsimile of a document through the telephone system has been around since 1944. And how about another item you’d think has been around forever, the ballpoint pen? It came out the same year as that fax machine. Nine years later, Bic introduced their nowfamous brand of ballpoint pen. In 1973, Bic presented its next best-selling gadget, the disposable lighter. • Two unrelated items, the voting machine and waxed paper, were both invented by the same person, Thomas Edison. During the 1880s, this brilliant individual filed for a new patent on the average of every five days, equaling more than 1,300 items over the course of his creative life. The motion picture camera and

projector, incandescent light bulbs and the phonograph are well-known Edison inventions, with lesser-known innovations being the stock ticker, dictating machine and electric pen. • What would your life be like without computers? Although many would claim the honor of inventing the world’s first computer, a 1973 American court decision officially awarded this achievement to Dr. John V. Atanasoff, a physics professor at Iowa State University. Although Dr. Atanasoff had devised his digital computer with a memory drum back in 1939, he was not credited as the “father of American computing” until after years of patent litigation. President George Bush conferred the National Medal of Science and Technology to him in 1990. • The next time you strike a match, consider the fact that this little convenience has been around since 1816, when a Frenchman developed a friction match with a phosphorus tip, providing a simple means of access to fire. • Do you run faster in your Nikes? No one did, prior to 1972. That’s the year the company introduced its first running shoes, named after the Greek goddess of victory. The company was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports, and remained so until the name change to Nike in 1978. • Listerine wasn’t named after its inventor, Dr. Joseph Lawrence, but rather

after the acclaimed British surgeon, Dr. Joseph Lister, a pioneer in establishing sanitary operating room procedures. When Lawrence originated the formula in 1879 in his St. Louis laboratory, he intended the concoction to be used strictly in the medical profession as a surgical antiseptic. It wasn’t offered to the public until 1914 when it was marketed as the first over-the-counter mouthwash. • What would sports fans do without instant replays? There was no such thing until 1963, when this was introduced in that year’s Army vs. Navy football game. Fans became so confused, TV stations were flooded with telephone calls. • Housewives across the country were thrilled when the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago launched The Thor, the first electric-powered washing machine, in 1908. It was a drum-like machine with a galvanized tub and electric motor. • Due to the efforts of Lillian Gilbreth, we have shelves and butter and egg trays inside refrigerator doors, an electric food mixer, an improved electric can opener and a trash can with a foot pedal lid opener. The mother of 12 children, this industrial engineer was immortalized in the book “Cheaper by the Dozen.”

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Famous Landmarks of The World: Great Wall of China It should come as no surprise that the Great Wall of China is the world’s longest wall. So what are some things you don’t know about this work of ancient architecture? Here are some highlights. • Construction began on this edifice in the 7th century B.C. by feudal warlords. At that time, China was broken up into many small states, with each state having its own walls of defense, in essence, several short Great Walls. • During the Qin Dynasty in the 2nd century B.C., the northern part of China was in danger of attack by the Mongolian and Manchu empires, and the emperor of China ordered that all the northern sections be joined together to create one unified defensive wall. Once that was completed, the Wall stretched more than 3,100 miles (5,000 km) across the country. • The Han Dynasty followed the Qin, and the Wall was at its longest up to that point, more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km). • As the years wore on, the Wall suffered erosion, was rebuilt and added on to many times. The Ming Dynasty, 1368 – 1644, was the time of the most recent construction, bringing the Wall to what we know today. A 2009 investigation determined that the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty totals 5,500 miles (8,852 km). It includes 723 beacon towers, 7,062 lookout towers and 3,357 wall platforms. It’s difficult to estimate the actual length of the Wall, considering all the side branches that don’t actually contribute to its west-to-east length. It is believed that the fortifications extending in all directions throughout all of Northern China added together exceed 13,000 miles (50,000 km). • It is estimated that more than a million workers perished during the various states of construction of the Great Wall, earning it the nickname of “the longest cemetery on Earth.” Laborers included peasants, unemployed intellectuals, disgraced noblemen, guards and convicts. Family members of the dead workers traditionally carried a coffin with a caged white rooster on top. The rooster’s crowing was said to

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keep the spirit of the dead awake until he had crossed the Wall. If the rooster did not crow, it was thought that the spirit would escape and wander forever along the Great Wall. • Before the Ming expansion, rammed earth, adobe and stone comprised the Wall, mortared with a rice flour mixture. After the Ming, bricks were used in construction. In some places, the Wall’s height reaches 25 feet (7.6 m). Its average width is about 32 feet (10 m). • Portions of the Wall began admitting tourists in 1955, with the final section opening to the public in 1957. Both sightseers and erosion pose a serious threat to the Wall, and it is considered one of the world’s most endangered monuments. With millions of visitors annually and tourists helping themselves to souvenir bricks, the Wall actually becomes a little shorter each day. • The Wall’s primary purpose has always been to defend the Chinese Empire. The last battle fought along the edifice was in 1938 during the SinoJapanese War between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. Bullet marks from the battle can be seen along the Wall’s length.

Post Office Truths The United States Post Office delivers mail to every city and every town in every state, nearly 151 million homes, businesses and P.O. boxes. Here are some details about the origin and operation of this immense delivery system, one that receives none of its income from tax dollars. • During the early colonial days, mail was delivered by friends, traveling merchants or Native Americans. A service between England and its colonies was developed in 1639, and a Boston tavern became the first post office mail drop for overseas mail. The colonies instituted their own monthly post route between New York and Boston, known as the Old Boston Post Road, now part of U.S. Route 1. • Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn established that area’s first post office in 1683. In 1737, 31-year-old Benjamin Franklin, a local printer and publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazette, was appointed as postmaster of Philadelphia. Thirtyeight years later, Franklin became the nation’s first Postmaster General, and was paid $1,000 a year for the position. • America’s first postage stamps were issued in July of 1847, with two varieties available. The five-cent stamp featured the likeness of Benjamin Franklin, while the ten-cent denomination honored George Washington. The stamps were pre-gummed, but had to be cut from a sheet with scissors. Washington’s likeness has appeared on more U.S. postage stamps than any other person’s. • Every day, approximately 563 million pieces of mail are processed. That’s about 23 million pieces each hour, and 391,000 per minute. • The Post Office operates more than 215,000 vehicles, making it the largest civilian fleet in the world. These vehicles drive over 4 million miles each day. Each time the price of gas increases by just one penny, there is an increase of $1 million in costs to the Post Office. However, not every mail carrier drives a vehicle –— about 8,800 deliver the mail strictly on foot and have earned the nickname “The Fleet of Feet.” • In the early 1960s, with the

volume of mail increasing dramatically, the Post Office began working on a coding system to enable faster processing. It was dubbed the Zoning Improvement Plan, or ZIP, for short. A five-digit code was assigned to every address across the nation, with the first number designating the geographical area and the second two digits identifying a regional center. The last two signified the post office. The ZIP Code system went into effect in July 1963. Today there are more than 42,000 codes nationwide. • If a ZIP code begins with a zero, it indicates the northeastern part of the United States. The lowest ZIP code identifies Holtsville, New York. ZIP codes beginning with nine designate the far West, with the nation’s highest ZIP code of 99950 in Ketchikan, Alaska. General Electric in Schenectady, New York, has been assigned the easiest to remember, 12345. • Houston, Texas, is the leader in the number of dog attacks on mail carriers. Last year, nearly 5,700 postal employees were attacked, with medical expenses costing the Postal Service close to $1.2 million. • The nation’s smallest post office can be found in Ochopee, Florida, measuring just 61.3 square feet. New York City is home to the largest facility, with 393,000 square feet. Hinsdale, New Hampshire’s post office has been in its current location longer than any other — 195 years!

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