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Fun Fact Friday: Toilet Paper Orientation

Fun Fact Friday: Toilet Paper Orientation

Did you know that there’s finally a definitive answer to the long debated question of toilet paper orientation, as to whether it should go over or under? It’s true! Recently rediscovered, the 1891 patent tells the tale. In the patent drawing, sketched by toilet paper roll inventor Seth Wheeler, it is illustrated that the answer

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

On this day… Zooming Camera Lenses!

On this day in 1947, Dr. Frank Gerard Back demonstrated the first camera with a zoom feature. This feature was made possible by the invention of the “varifocal lens.”  Prior to this invention, photographers were required to move their cameras closer to their object to simulate “zoom.” Dr. Back first showed off his invention at

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