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

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

Final Call- Last Public Payphone Removed in NYC

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Advertisements It’s the end of an era. On Monday, May 23, the last public payphone was removed from its home in Times Square. The removal was in the works for quite a while now. In 2015, New York City began removing public payphone booths. They’re being replaced with LinkNYC kiosks, which offer free public Wi-Fi,… Continue reading Final Call- Last Public Payphone Removed in NYC

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

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!

Infographic! A Timeline of Wall Street

Advertisements Wall Street tends to be a popular topic in the news. ‘Wall Street’ tends to be used as a general way to refer to the economy. People tend to forget that Wall Street is an actual road in New York City, one with a rather long and somewhat sketchy history. Wall Street started off… Continue reading Infographic! A Timeline of Wall Street

The Last Public Execution in the US

Advertisements Trigger Warning for Violence, Sexual Assault, and Death. In 2022, the idea of public executions is rather appalling. In a time when there is a massive push to abolish the death penalty, watching a convicted criminal be killed is generally not most people’s idea of a good time. This was not always the case.… Continue reading The Last Public Execution in the US

The First Canned Beer

Advertisements Beer. One of humanity’s most popular drinks, although falling in popularity in recent years. A whopping 6.3 billion gallons of beer are consumed each year… just by Americans. It’s actually credited with helping save humanity and helping us advance as a species. So it’s really no surprise that many people reach for an ice-cold… Continue reading The First Canned Beer

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