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Kodak invented the first digital camera in 1975!


In 1975, Steve Sasson invented the digital camera using a mishmash of lenses, a variety of computer parts, and an old super 8 movie camera. The camera took 23 seconds in order to capture a picture, and then was able to display it onto a television!

When Sasson released his invention to the public, it was rejected. People were confused how you would store your digital pictures, and why people would want to see their pictures on television.

Sasson tried to argue with consumers, as well as Kodak, saying that digital technology was going to be the direction that photography will head in. Unfortunately, nobody listened, and his invention forgotten for decades.

It’s strange to think that the company that was responsible for inventing the digital camera, actually fell behind in the technological world because it didn’t crossover to digital technology and insisted on using film! It just goes to show you that you need to adapt to modern technology, or you will get left behind.

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A Soviet women-only bomber regiment was so dangerous, German soldiers called them the 'Night Witches'


The soldiers in WWII weren’t all men. Women contributed to the fight as well, particularly the women of the Russian 588th Night Bomber Regiment. These women flew their tiny aircrafts in the dead of night to fight the Germans.

They went up against a better-armed, better-trained and better-equipped German force. They held their own, though, in the Battle for Russia, which was one of the brutal campaigns of the War.

The women were so good and elusive that the German soldiers began calling them the Nachthexen or “Night Witches.” The women would fly a certain distance from their target and then turn off their engines to cut the sound. They would glide in and drop their bombs before their enemy even knew they were there.

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Bilinguals can be dyslexic in one language but not the other!


Being bilingual is an asset in today’s world. However, it can have its complications. Researchers have found that a person can be dyslexic in one language and not in another. One person who spoke English and Japanese was dyslexic in one and probably in the top 10% of readers in the other.

US and Chinese scientists have found that readers of English use a different part of their brain to read than readers of Chinese. The study may be able to tell us more about how dyslexia affects the brain.

So far, we know that it is much more prevalent in English (about 5-6%) then Chinese (about 1.5%). It seems that this has to do with the difference between the two languages.

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The ‘color bars’ TV test pattern won an Emmy in 2001-2002 (for engineering)!


The SMPTE colors bars is a television test pattern used where the NTSC video standard is utilized. Viewers knew it better as the random stripes of color that occasionally popped up on the television for seemingly no reason. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers calls this test pattern “Engineering Guideline EG 1-1990.”.

By comparing this pattern as received to the known standards, engineers are given an indication of how an NTSC video signal has been altered by recording or transmission and what adjustments need to be made to bring it back to specification. Al Goldberg of CBS Laboratories originally created the colors bars in the 1970s.

Over 30 years later in 2001, these bars received an Engineering Emmy. Between their creation and this award, television stations often broadcast the color bars during special “color check” segments. On occasion, viewers would need to adjust their television sets to make sure the colors were “well separated” and matched their descriptions.

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A member of the Cherokee tribe is the only illiterate person in recorded history to create a writing system!


Sequoyah was an illiterate Cherokee silversmith who lived from 1770 until 1840. However, through hard work, he independently completed his creation of the Cherokee syllabary in 1821, making reading and writing in Cherokee possible.

This is the only time in recorded history that a non-literate person ever created an effective writing system. The Cherokee nation quickly understood how important it was to have a functioning syllabary and began using it.

In 1825, the Cherokee Nation officially adopted it as their official syllabary. Sequoyah’s life is somewhat controversial as some of the tales are fact and fiction.

He was a Cherokee warrior. He married at least two women having four children with the first and three children with the second and it is speculated that he had three other wives.

He moved to northeast Alabama where he established himself as a silversmith by 1809. He often dealt with white people and it was through these interactions that he recognized the need for a syllabary for his people.

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