Happy New Year everybody ! (about 23 hours and 29 minutes early)
While doing some research on early 20th Century electronics, I hitched onto the above blurb. I explored a bit further and became even more convinced that every day is Groundhog Day. The articles were all sensational both then and now. Some were based on fact, and some on fantasy – according to more recent scientific findings. What is amazing is how often they were right.
To take a few examples from back then, these (plus the one above) offer a few examples of the absurd:
- Electric Spark to Ignite Aviator’s Cigarette (Can’t do this, even in the lavatory!)
- New Phonograph Built Like Human Ear (Hearing aid?)
- Voting Machine Arrests “Repeater” (Don’t voter ID laws solve this?)
- Will This “Whirling Leaf” Flying Machine Solve Greatest Problem in Aviation? (Pilot error?)
- Typewriter Prints Whole Word at a Touch (Can it discern between “everybody” and “every body”?)
There is even a blurb on shale being the elixir for the nation’s energy problems!
Others can be harbingers of practically when adjusted to a practical design. For one:
- Mirror at Blind Crossing Warns Motorists
Now convex mirrors are prevalent examples of how this can be made practical.
Still all-in-all, ideas then were only limited by the science of the time. There were still some interesting thoughts on weaving together the fabric of the Universe around us. They even speculated on the existence of multiple universes. What makes human curiosity today differ from what it was then, from the Greek philosophers or the individual who first fashioned a stone ax? Leaves a bit for thought!
This is your Open Thread. Now it’s your time to think! Or opine.