Victor Loux Bookmarks Tag: history

103 bookmarks tagged “history

Why Are (Most) Sofas So Bad?
The most important piece of furniture in your home is in need of assistance. How did we end up here? And how can we fix it?

Stolen formula for capacitors causing computers to burn out
A scientist steals a secret formula for an electrical product from his Japanese employer and takes it to China. Then it is stolen again and turns up in Taiwan. But something goes wrong - and thousands, perhaps millions, of computers and electrical goods in the West begin to burn out or explode. via absolument tout

Block Telethon 1992 — the day we ‘pissed on pity’ | by Georgia | Medium
The Telethon was a 24-hour charity broadcast which raised money for disabled people — and patronised them in the process. The campaign to rid TV screens of ITV’s Telethon began in early summer 1990…

Whole Earth Index
Here lies a nearly-complete archive of Whole Earth publications, a series of journals and magazines descended from the Whole Earth Catalog, published by Stewart Brand and the POINT Foundation between 1970 and 2002.

New Word Order : A Neologisms Quiz
Can you put the words and phrases into the order they first appeared?

Column: Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you | Reuters
Life for the medieval peasant was certainly no picnic. His life was shadowed by fear of famine, disease and bursts of warfare. His diet and personal hygiene left much to be desired. But despite his reputation as a miserable wretch, you might envy him one thing: his vacations...

Moonlight towers: light pollution in the 1800s - LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
At the end of the 19th century, many towns and cities were lit up by powerful electrical lamps placed on towers up to 300 feet (90 metres) high. The arc lamp - the first electric light and the predecessor of Edison’s incandescent light bulb - was extremely bright and much more energy efficient than other lighting technologies from those times. The lamps were too strong for indoor use, but they were regarded as the future of municipal lighting. Especially in the United States, many ci...

In 1973, I invented a ‘girly drink’ called Baileys
Being Christmas, I am reminded that Bailey’s Irish Cream was cooked up in the ‘70s by two English guys to take advantage of government export subsidies