History Schmistory: November 21. News from the Prince of Patents.

1877: Thomas Edison announces his latest invention, the phonograph, the first instrument able to reproduce a recorded sound, and one of the few inventions Edison might actually deserve a little credit for.

By Levin C. Handy (per http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cwpbh.04326) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Levin C. Handy (per http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cwpbh.04326) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Tachino (Turkey)

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Tachino. (ta KEE no) Turkey. ” Dude, haven’t you had enough tachino? You’ve got stuffing all over your shirt.”

History Schmistory: November 20. MS-DOS this get easier?

1985: Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released. Laypersons rejoice!

By Microsoft. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Microsoft. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

History Schmistory: November 19. Four Score and Seven=

1863: US President Abraham Lincoln delivers the most important and enduring 2 minute speech in American history… Need a hint?

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_Address#/media/File:Gettysburg_Address_(poster).jpg

By Published by M.T. Sheahan, Boston, Mass. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Subito (Right Away)

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Subito. (SUH bee to) Right away. “Hey, Marco, get off my foot subito !”

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Questo (This)

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Questo. (KWES tow) This. Questo sentence example is boring.”

History Schmistory: November 18. “How ya like them apples?”

1307: Brutal and outrageous meanie-head Hermann Gessler punishes William Tell for not bowing down to him. Williams’ bizarre sentence is to shoot an apple off of his own son’s head with a crossbow. After performing the task flawlessly, he sparks a rebellion against Gessler, leading ultimately to an independent Swiss Confederacy, and some sweet revenge for Mr. Tell… “How do you like them apples, Hermann?”

By Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (1525–1571) (Sebastian Münster, Cosmographia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (1525–1571) (Sebastian Münster, Cosmographia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: November 17. Not your ordinary cat toy…

1970: Douglas Engelbart successfully patents the computer mouse. His patent for computer cheese is still pending.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/SRI_Douglas_Engelbart_2008.jpg

By SRI International (SRI International) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsBy SRI International (SRI International) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

MarcoMonday: A New Video!

Just what is Team Marco Polo all about? Travel, history, and pies in the face!

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Adesso (Now)

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Adesso. (ah DAY so) Now. Adesso I’m going to watch that silly Marco Polo!”

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