These earliest headphones (which made their debut in the 1880's) weighed over ten pounds, had only one earpiece, and rested on your shoulders (presumably to distribute the weight). Their next evolution came in the mid-1890's when very rich people began to use the Electrophone system to listen to opera music in the comfort of their homes, using a headset. The first iteration of more modern looking headphones didn't come until 1910, when Nathaniel Baldwin started making them in his kitchen and selling them all to the US Navy. Additional progress was made by AKG when they released the first style-driven headphones in the late 1950's and when stereo headphones were introduced just after that by John C. Koss. Some of the more popular brands today include Beats and Apple.
August 1, 2013
Because babies haven’t quite figured out how to use their fingers they use their mouths and tongues to explore. Their tongues and mouths are very well advanced because they use them so often to eat. Their fingers are not yet able to stroke and feel objects making it difficult to explore and understand what different objects are. This is why everything a baby gets his hands on goes straight into his mouth—to learn and figure out new things. Which means you may find your baby licking the hardwood floor or chewing on the crib, or your fingers, clothes, and everything else.
*Snippet by: Tiffany
August 23, 2013
For most people, the difference between playing White or Black is hardly noticeable (remember, White always gets the first move). However, for chess professionals, playing as White gives a player a slight advantage. The white player is said to be on offense, while the black player on defense. This idea is also conveyed in the names given the various strategies undergone by the players. For instance, opening maneuvers for the black player include the Sicilian Defense, Semi-Slav Defense, or the Caro-Kann Defense, while the white player strategies include the King's Indian Attack, Mieses Opening, and Alapin Variation. In a statistic produced by examining over two hundred thousands games of chess, Jeff Sonas, discovered that White won 54.17% of the time. This slight advantage means for chess masters the black player is playing to produce a draw, while the white player is playing for checkmate.
July 6, 2013
Rudolph and Adolf Dassler grew up in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Their father worked at a shoe factory, and when the brothers returned from fighting in the First World War they started a shoe factory of their own. They created the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory in 1924, and began producing hand sewn athletic shoes. Their shoes were a complete success, and were sported by olympic athletes including Jesse Owens, who wore them to four gold medal victories in the 1936 olympics. The brothers could not agree on the direction their business should take, however, and parted ways. Adolf Dassler created Adidas, and Rudolph started Puma. The fate of the companies though, was decided by Rudolph, whose disagreement with the coach of the German National Team led the entire German team to wear Adidas to their 1954 World Cup victory, making Adidas the premier supplier of athletic footwear for years to come.
*Snippet by: Sadie Cutler
July 27, 2013
Pictured as tough, heroic conquers running around accomplishing manly feats all the while wearing fearsome horned helmets, it is safe to say that Vikings are a little misunderstood in current world culture. For one, no evidence shows that they went around wearing horned helmets (although it is known that Norse and Germanic priests wore them). A second misconception is that of their personal hygiene, which was actually quite good. Tweezers, razors, combs and ear cleaners have all been uncovered in excavated Viking sites, and in a chronicle attributed John of Wallingford he stated, "thanks to their habit of combing their hair every day, of bathing every Saturday and regularly changing their clothes, [Vikings] were able to undermine the virtue of married women and even seduce the daughters of nobles to be their mistresses"
July 1, 2013