Ben Franklins’ Glass Armonica

Glass Harmonica (glass harmonica; musical instrument) by E Pohl is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

Advertisements Benjamin Franklin was a man of many inventions. He invented the bifocal glasses, his famous wood-burning stove, is credited with the creation of the modern library and fire department, and many others. Most of his inventions were useful and welcomed by the public. All but one. The Glass Armonica The Glass Armonica is a… Continue reading Ben Franklins’ Glass Armonica

Atoms and Ashes: A Global History of Nuclear Disasters

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Advertisements I have a truly ridiculous amount of history books on my shelf that I haven’t managed to get around to reading yet. To be fair, I also have a ridiculous amount of books. I’m told this is a common affliction and that I don’t need to worry about it being serious. However, I want… Continue reading Atoms and Ashes: A Global History of Nuclear Disasters

Mansfield Bars

Advertisements Mansfield Bars are an incredible, yet simple safety device added to tractor-trailers. I can guarantee you’ve seen them. If you’ve seen a tractor-trailer, then you’ve seen one of the most important safety innovations made to trailers. So, what is a Mansfield Bar, and what exactly makes them historical? What is a Mansfield Bar? Attribution:… Continue reading Mansfield Bars

Horrifying History: The Birthing Spinner

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Advertisements Throughout history, there have been some inventions that are just plain horrifying. Some of these made it to production and were actually sold and used. Others, thankfully, never really saw the light of day. The “Birthing Spinner” is one that never went into production, and I’m sure that every woman will thank god for… Continue reading Horrifying History: The Birthing Spinner

Popcorn History

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Advertisements Freshly popped and buttered popcorn is practically synonymous with movies. When you think of going to the movies, one of the first things that pops into your head is popcorn. If you’re like me, you may consider going to the movies just to get that authentic movie theatre popcorn. While the marriage of popcorn… Continue reading Popcorn History

US Patent Number 1

Advertisements Every year, the US Patent and Trademark Office issues thousands of patents. In fact, just last year they issued patent 11 million. Patents are an incredibly important part of the economy. They prevent anyone else from making, distributing, or selling an invention without permission for a set period of time. Inventors and innovators race… Continue reading US Patent Number 1

A Short History of Egg Painting

Decorated Eggs, prepared for Easter

Advertisements Decorating Easter eggs is an extremely popular Easter tradition. Every year, millions of families will dye, paint, or otherwise decorate eggs for Easter. Some families who don’t decorate eggs themselves will purchase pre-painted eggs, brightly colored plastics eggs, or help their kids hunt for eggs if the weather is nice enough. Little do most… Continue reading A Short History of Egg Painting

5 Historic Lighthouses in New Jersey You Can Actually Visit!

A Photo of Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Lighthouses are steeped in history. Of the hundreds of lighthouses once on the Jersey Shore, only 18 remain. Here are 5 you can visit!

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