By: lynn | October 24, 2015 03:21 PM

birthplace of the internet

In the 1960’s you could have a computer if you had lots of square footage and a ton of money. We’re talking climate controlled rooms and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The ARPA stepped into the fray (Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense). 

Establishing ARPAnet to spread the giant computers in multiple locations as a safety measure against espionage and enemy seizure, the fledgling “net” was built between four sites. Three California sites were the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of California, Los Angeles, the SRI International in Menlo Park; and one site was the University of Utah.

The challenge was only met at the point to point level of work. In other words, there was no real “inter” in...

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By: lynn | October 23, 2015 11:49 PM

College Park Airfield, Maryland

You don’t have to travel beyond the US borders to visit the world’s oldest airport still in operation.


Obviously Wilbur and Orville Wright would be involved. It was a leased Wright brothers’ Wright Type A biplane that turned the pasture into an airfield.


You can actually fly right into the “cradle of aviation” airfield at College Park Airport, Maryland, US, and it continues to be a running airport primarily between Washington, DC and Prince George’s County in Maryland to this day.

1909 leased Wright Biplane

The first aerial operations at the world’s oldest airport was for Wilbur Wright to train two US Army military officers how to fly this wonderful flying machine.


It does remain a modest airfield with a single runway sixty feet wide and two thousand six hundred ...

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By: lynn | October 23, 2015 07:45 PM

Johnson-Darwin Ball of Twine

You wouldn’t think that such a question could start a fight, but in some places, you’d be wrong.

The 1993 Guinness Book of World Records recorded a ball of nylon twine measuring a circumference of forty-one and half feet as the world’s largest ball of twine. It is now housed in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in that fair city.

BUT… Not So Fast!

There are several claims to being the biggest ball of twine in the world and the US is not the only place that such silliness resides.

However, we’ll confine ourselves to the good old US of A for our short treatment of this significant inquiry.

You see, in March of 1950 a Minnesota farmer by the name of Francis Johnson decided he’d put the twine he used for baling hay to some amusing use and ...

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By: lynn | October 23, 2015 03:10 PM

Dr Pepper ad circa 1890s

A little of a soda jerk and a little of pharmacist was the best description given to Charles Alderton, the inventor of Dr. Pepper.

The setting was the Morrison Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. Having always enjoyed the challenge of creating fountain drinks for the patrons, Alderton worked for weeks to get the taste of a particular aroma he had noticed earlier. 

Dr Pepper (originally with a period following the Dr., but dropped in the early fifties) is a truly Texas original fountain drink and oddly enough is the oldest among the major brands of soft drinks made in America.

Through much trial and error and the frequent notations in Alderton's notebook, it was in about 1886 that he perfected a fountain syrup that has now made history.

A little o...

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By: lynn | October 23, 2015 02:55 PM

Coach Naismith - Basketball

 It was a blustery December day in 1891 when a peach 

basket was put at each end of a gymnasium, hung about ten feet off the floor.


The ball was from the soccer bag. The group of young men numbered nine on each of the two teams. 


They'd never heard of this form of play before and James Naismith with his Canadian accent found it much easier to display the thirteen rules in written form just behind the athletic instructor's stand on the bulletin board. 

1.  The player may put the ball into play with a throw by one or two hands.

2.  Players may bat the ball with one or two hands and in any direction.

3.  When a player handles the ball he may not advance the ball by running. Remaining stationary the player receiving the ball must throw the ...

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