Tag Archives: Inventions


Fun Fact Friday: Betamax

Fun Fact Friday: Betamax

Did you know that Sony still manufactures Betamax video tapes? It’s true! Sony recently made an announcement that in March of 2016, that they’re finally discontinuing the format. This came as a great surprise to those of us who thought that it had been discontinued 20 or 30 years ago! For those of you who


Fun Fact Friday: ISSelfie, Star Trek Style!

If you read last week’s Fun Fact Friday, you already know that the ISSpresso coffee maker was launched into space, and due to dock with the International Space Station. What you might not know is what the machine’s intended recipient, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, wore to greet its arrival! Cristoforetti donned a uniform from the television


Fun Fact Friday: Coffee In Space

Did you know that a coffee maker was recently launched into space? It’s true! Bound for the International Space Station (ISS), the SpaceX supply ship carries a variety of necessities for the orbiting astronauts. One of those items is the ISSpresso, a coffee maker specially made to operate in space. According to a NASA document,


Fun Fact Friday: Bubble Wrap

Would you believe that bubble wrap, everyone’s favorite popping packing material, was originally marketed as wallpaper? It’s true! While bubble wrapping is now equally famous both for being fun to pop, and for having excellent cushioning qualities, its inventors had something very different in mind. According to Wikipedia:  “Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 by


Fun Fact Friday: The Fax Machine

Did you know that the fax machine was originally invented in 1843? It’s true! Scottish inventor Alexander Bain received a patent for the concept in 1843. Only three short years later, he turned that concept into reality, when his Electric Printing Telegraph successfully reproduced graphics in laboratory experiments. According to Wikipedia: “He used a clock