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Who Invented the word Blog?

Who Invented the word Blog?...

Who invented the word “blog”? Introduction Blog is short for weblog. The term weblog was first coined in December 1997 by an American blogger named Jorn Barger. He used it to describe he would “log the web” as he surfed online. Later another blogger named Peter Merholz changed weblog to “we blog” in a 1999 post. Soon people were dropping the other word and just used “blog.” Jorn Barger Biography Jorn Barger was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio in the year 1953. He was the editor of “Robot Wisdom,” a widely read blog from the early days of blogging. Barger liked to blog about the Irish writer James Joyce and artificial intelligence. He participated heavily in Usenet newsgroups in the 1990s, writing about Joyce, Kate Bush and other topics. He came up with a newsgroups “law” stating that the more interesting one’s own life is, the less he or she posts in online discussions. Barger created the Robot Wisdom weblog posting links about politics, technology, internet culture, books, artificial intelligence and other subjects. It became an online journal recording his day to day intellectual and reading activities. Barger’s blog gained wide acclaim. The influential New York Times remarked that the Robot Wisdom made life easier for people. With the blog, one could gain quick access to quality information without having to search the web by oneself. The Register praised Barger as well, saying no one could read news better than he. However the blog pioneer is not without critics. He has come under fire several times for allegedly racist comments against the Jews and Judaism. Blog Basics Blogs have gone from being simple web journals to big business. There are several types of blogs, such as: Personal blogs –...
Who Invented American Idol?

Who Invented American Idol?...

Definitely one of the most highly anticipated shows in the world today, “American Idol” is a reality television show that offers viewers loads of surprises. This interactive talent show is currently on its way to start its ninth season. The show is known for featuring some of the best homegrown talents in the United States. It offers participants a once in a lifetime opportunity to shine and become popular worldwide. Despite its wondrous accomplishments, it is still good to look back and learn the colorful history of the show including who invented American Idol. The Invention of American Idol Who invented American Idol? Led by a group of directors that include Ken Warwick, Nigel Lythgoe and Bruce Gowers, the concept behind this highly interesting show was invented by Simon Fuller. Throughout the years, his name has been associated with some of the huge names in show business such as Annie Lennox, Spice Girls as well as past American Idol winners David Cook and Carrie Underwood. In 1998, he was able to create a format that revolutionized the world of television. Amongst the shows that he made by that time were Canadian Idol, Pop Idol and American Idol. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information After Fuller’s Pop Idol made some really serious noise in its first two installments in the United Kingdom, he decided to sell the show to the Fox Network in the United States. Upon its release, American Idol was an instant hit among various audiences. After that, the show has popularized show presenters Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. This particular type of television format that Fuller created has an estimated value of more than $2.5 billion, the revenues of which are comprised of advertising sources,...
Who Invented Christmas?

Who Invented Christmas?

Christmas did not originate in the Christian religion. It came from the ancient Romans. Every year in December they held a festival called “Saturnalia” in honor of their god Saturn. The festival ran for a week starting in December 17 up to December 23. Saturnalia was a time of freedom and pleasure without consequence. People could do what they wanted and the law wouldn’t punish them. In fact, all courts of law were closed during the week-long festivities. The Romans would take this opportunity to play games, get drunk, run about naked and commit sexual acts that would be unacceptable at other times. Even the slaves got a break: for once the roles were reversed and they could insult their masters. A special banquet was prepared just for the slaves in each household. More disturbing, the Romans would choose an innocent person to be a type of scapegoat during the festival. This person would be considered the enemy of the community. He or she would be forced to self-indulge in many ways for a week, before being killed. The Christians used a clever tactic to get people to convert to their religion. They took the popular Roman festivals and changed them to fit into Christianity. While the names changed, the customs and practices stayed the same. It reassured people that they could convert to the new religion and still keep the old practices. Since Saturnalia was the major feast of the year, the Christians made it the birthday of their savior. However the actual Christmas Day itself, December 25, was not the last day of Saturnalia. It was the day of Sol Invictus, the “Invincible Sun.” Sol Invictus was part of a Roman warrior cult – in which the...
Who Invented Aluminum Foil?

Who Invented Aluminum Foil?...

A study of the history of aluminum foil indicates that on April 2, 1889, Charles Martin Hall got a patent for producing the metal. The first rolling plant came out in 1910, called Dr. Lauber, Neher, Cie and Emmishofen. This was in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Early History and Origin Before aluminum foil came out, tin foil was used for packing foods and other products. The metal was stiff and could leave an adverse effect on the food. It was in 1825 that aluminum was discovered, courtesy of Hans Christian Oersted. The Danish chemist was the first to show actual samples of the foil. In 1845, the German scientist Friedrich Wohler was able to produce bigger samples. Through his work the basic characteristics of the metal could be discerned. This was a crucial point in the history of aluminum foil. It was in 1854 that the French chemist Henry Deville developed the means for mass producing it. Despite his efforts, foil was still too expensive to be of any practical use. It was not until Hall’s invention that the material became affordable. The patent number of the US inventor was #400,666. In 1888, Hall set up the Pittsburgh Reduction Company. It would become known as the Aluminum Company of America. From $1,200 a kilo in 1852, the cost of aluminum foil had gone down to 18 cents per pound in 1914. Another important inventor was Karl Joseph Bayer. In 1888, the Austrian chemist invented a process so aluminum oxide could be extracted from bauxite. This was another vital chapter in the history of aluminum foil. Today his methodology is still being used. The Lauber Aluminum Rolling Plant The Lauber plant in Switzerland was maintained by J.G. Neher and his sons. Their...
Who Invented DNA Fingerprinting?

Who Invented DNA Fingerprinting?...

DNA fingerprinting (also known as DNA typing) is a special technique used to identify individuals based on their DNA profiles. One of the important uses of this technique is to provide reliable and credible evidence in courts. Other uses of the technique are for identifying one’s paternity and maternity as well as for personal identification. In several countries, the national government has DNA databases, which contain the DNA structures of citizens. To know more about this technique, let us take a look at the history of DNA fingerprinting. History of DNA Profiling Who invented DNA fingerprinting? DNA profiling was invented by scientist Sir Alec Jeffreys in his laboratory at the University of Leicester in Great Britain in 1985. The reason behind the invention of the technique is to identify which parts of the DNA sequences are different from an individual to another. However, at this time, the technologies that they can use to determine the sequences were limited. In this regard, Jeffreys only found small differences in the sequence when in fact; there are numerous variable sequences in the DNA. Jeffreys continued searching for techniques that can be used to identify all the varying sequences named as minisatellites. In order to succeed, he created a special probe that would be used to check if the minisatellites would react with a myoglobin gene. To do the experiment, he got DNA samples from his parents. On September 10, 1984, Jeffreys saw an inheritance pattern between the samples. He found out that DNA fingerprinting is a highly efficient technique that can be used to identify one’s paternity as well as maternity. He reported his findings in lectures and reports. He also published research at the Nature magazine about the technique. Two weeks...
Who Invented the Piano?

Who Invented the Piano?

One of the highly popular musical instruments, the piano is versatile enough to be used as an accompaniment, as part of chamber music as well as ensembles. Aside from these interesting qualities, there are much more to learn about it including its history. To understand the historical aspect of this important musical instrument further, it is good to know who invented the piano. The Invention of the Piano Who invented the Piano? Bartolomeo Cristofori , who was once a maker of musical instruments in Italy, was credited for the invention of the modern piano. He lived from 1655 to 1731. He developed the instrument some time in the 18th century, when he worked as the Keeper of Instruments for Prince Ferdinand Medici. Furthermore, he perfected the complicated mechanical aspects of the piano design. Aside from this, he was also credited for inventing other instruments, particularly the oval spinet and the spinettone. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Details Until now, three of the original pianos created by Cristofori are in existence, all of which dates back as far as the 1720s. The first one is dated 1720, which is currently found in New York, particularly at the Metropolitan Museum. The second one is dated 1722, which is in Rome, specifically at the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali. The third one dates back to 1726, which is situated at Leipzig University’s Musikinstrumenten-Museum in Germany. The different types of piano include the grand piano, the upright piano, the studio piano and the console piano. The grand piano is characterized by the horizontal arrangement of strings and frame. Meanwhile, the upright piano is also referred to as the vertical piano, which is more compact in terms of design. The studio piano is known...
Who Invented Pizza?

Who Invented Pizza?

No One Knows Who Created the Very First Pizza. Bread was said to have originated in prehistoric times, and was considered the first form of prepared food. But much can be inferred on the true historical beginnings of who invented pizza. There seems to be a question on whether the ancient Greeks or the Egyptians invented this delicious food. This is because during earlier times, some say that these people were seen to have eaten a pizza-like food. Still, the question on who invented pizza for the first time ever is still shrouded in mystery up to now. The City of Naples Became the Starting Point of Further Developments. Nevertheless, there are certain accounts that Naples is considered as the birthplace of a more modern-day pizza. Their earlier version was called focaccia and was a simple concoction of flat circles of dough with minimal ingredients. This flattened dough was baked to perfection and sprinkled with various herbs and spices. Their simple recipe, famous with peasants during that time, has been the focal point that brought about the other developments of pizza recipes. The First Pizza Parlors Worldwide Brought Pizza to More People. In 1738, still in the city of Naples, the first pizza parlor or pizzeria was born. This was named as Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba. How they prepare their pizza dishes is really interesting. They use an oven which uses lava from Mount Vesuvius to cook their pizzas. In 1889, another tavern in Naples, owned by by Don Raffaele Esposito, added more ingredients to the first recipe of pizza when they were visited by the Queen Margherita Teresa Giovanni and King Umberto I. To be specific, they made the dish more special by adding basil and mozzarella cheese. This...
Who Invented Cool Whip?

Who Invented Cool Whip?

Cool Whip is a famous trademark of a non-dairy whipped topping manufactured by Kraft Foods. In North America, this product is commonly used as topping for desserts like no bake cookies and no bake pies. The whipped topping does not contain lactose, cream as well as milk, which make it healthier than other whipped cream that are available in the commercial market. In order to know more about this merchandise, let us start with the history of the development of Cool Whip. History of the Product Who invented Cool Whip? The whipped topping was invented by General Foods Corp. food chemist William A. Mitchell in 1967. The product was introduced by the company’s Birds Eye division the same year and it easily became popular to consumers. After several years, the division was consolidated with Kraft Foods and the right to manufacture the merchandise was transferred to the latter. One of the unique features of the product that attracted consumers is that it was sold by grocery chains and supermarkets in a frozen state. At this year, the merchandise was available in the different regions of Canada and the United States. The whipped cream was offered in big plastic tubs as well as in 226 grams package. Additional Information and Other Important Details To promote the product and to attract more consumers, the company manufactured variations of the whipped cream. Some of the variants of the merchandise are the Extra Creamy, the French Vanilla, the Sugar Free and the Reduced Fat. Other popular variants of the product are Fat Free, Ultra Low and Chocolate. To compete with other products in available in the commercial market, Kraft Foods released Cool Whip packaged in an aerosol can in 2008. However, the downside...
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