By 1964 there were 1.5 million mobile phone users in the US.
No, really. That's not a joke. It comes directly from a report by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. (And got to me via Atlantic magazine technology guru Alexis Madrigal.) In fact, the first landline-to-mobile service was offered in St. Louis in 1946! Now, granted, we're talking about a radio-based system of car phones which were such energy hogs that headlights noticeably dimmed when people used them. But still. Mobile phones.
That bit of history seemed like a nice way to lead into this equally mind-blowing collection of astounding facts from Reddit—in which we learn that Cleopatra lived closer in time to the moon landing than to the construction of the Great Pyramid, and other tidbits certain to be a hit at your next stoner gathering (or just make you feel a bit like you're already there).
Fair warning: Not all these facts come with sources. One I really, really want verified: "Duck Hunt is two player. A controller in port 2 controls the ducks." (!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!)
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Apparently YouTube has been removing videos of battlebots, after their system flagged the videos for containing “animal suffering”.
On Sunday morning in Henrico County, Virginia, dozens of residents woke to find old TV sets dumped on their lawns. One person reviewed their home security footage and reported the following: “It was a guy dressed in a jumpsuit with a TV for a head,” said Adrian Garner. “It’s the weirdest thing. He squats down, […]
“A Busy Day in the Yard,” superimposed security footage showing an entire day in two minutes. (via Geekologie)
If you’re part of the maker community, you know Make:. Though Make: magazine is off the shelves as of this year, the eBooks and resources put out by Maker Media are still a fantastic resource for the new generation of tinkerers, hackers, and robotics geeks. If you’re in that tribe, listen up: they’ve released a […]
Life isn’t getting any less hectic, and pressure cookers are a quick, healthy solution for a growing number of kitchens. But if you thought your Instant Pot was versatile, there’s a major upgrade on the market: The Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker. If you’ve somehow never used a pressure cooker before, try […]
When it comes to data analytics or deep learning, there’s one language behind the apps and algorithms that power the biggest companies of today: Python. The best part about this tool is that as versatile as it is, it’s actually fairly easy to learn. But mastery? For that, you need more than just a beginners’ […]