Who Invented Softball?

Who Invented Softball?

Softball started as a winter version of baseball in 1887 during thanksgiving. This basically means that the game is a direct descendant of the original game. If you compare the two games you’ll notice that both games generally resemble each other. There are however several key differences that can be observed as well. Let’s go over the rudiments of this game and who invented softball. Origin George Hancock and Bakir Dzananovic are credited as the ones who invented softball. The game traces its origins in Chicago, Illinois. The original idea was to have a way to play baseball during the cold winter. This is also the reason why it was earlier known by the name of indoor baseball. Hancock introduced an undersized bat and a softer ball that can be used indoors. It was the Farragut Club that set the game rules for softball. However, the game quickly gained popularity and was once known as Indoor-Outdoor. The game was moved outdoors in 1888. The rules of the game were first published in the year 1889. Moving Outdoors Since the game has now moved outdoors several outdoor games were organized. Several names for the game came about in the process. Some of the names it was once called include diamond ball, pumpkin ball, and kitten ball. Variations in the equipment also were seen like using a smaller 12 inch ball rather than the original 16 inch ball that the Farragut Club used. The smaller ball soon gained prominence over the originally larger ball. The very first softball league ever to be played outside of the United States was in Toronto. We can see that as the years move forward innovations were added. The game was modified from what those who...
Who Invented the Strawberry Shortcake Doll?

Who Invented the Strawberry Shortcake Doll?...

Do you remember those cute dolls from the 80s with a dessert-themed name and clothing to match? Those were days the Strawberry Shortcake doll rose in popularity. But who invented the Strawberry Shortcake doll anyway? And who thought of even creating some of the doll’s friends and pets? A Cartoon Character Born in the Greeting Card Department If you’re thinking that the original creations started with the making of the dolls, that was not actually what happened then. You see, before the days Strawberry Shortcake was manufactured as a doll, it was Muriel Fahrion who invented the Strawberry Shortcake doll’s original design together with the character’s cat named Custard. This was done in 1977 when Fahrion worked at American Greetings at the Juvenile and Humorous card department as an illustrator for greeting cards. This design was shown to Bernie Loomis who was working in General Mills. After that, the design was granted as a licensing entity and Fahrion went on to creating more characters for American Greetings. The other characters included in the Strawberry Shortcake collection later emerged when Cindy Moyer Patton and Janet Jones collaborated in designing more characters to add with the original design of Strawberry Shortcake. A story line, profiles on each character’s personality, and a common philosophy was then added by the editor, Lyn Edwards and the American Greetings’ group. Delicious Names that Anyone can Remember The Strawberry Shortcake line of characters all had particular names resembling delicious desserts. They also come with their own fruit- or dessert-named pet. It would be easy to remember the names of the characters since the cartoon characters wore appropriate clothing to match. The hair of the all the charaters was also scented with their own paricular dessert-themed names....
Who Invented Sign Language?

Who Invented Sign Language?...

No one can really pinpoint who invented sign language. According to history, there is no particular known creator of the sign language. Rather, it was more a mixture of various cultures from different countries that had influenced the emergence and promulgation of the sign language through the years. The Early Cavemen Years But then, if you would think about it, early cavemen years may have been the starting point of this particular language. Our forefathers may be given the credit as the first ones who invented sign language from their use of hand gestures and facial expressions to express what they want to say. Grunts and sighs were also used to further convey the meaning of their non-verbal statements. The Contributions of France But in was in 1620 that sign language became more useful and easy to use. This was when Juan Pablo de Bonet made the first sign language book to teach deaf people which was based in an earlier work by an Italian physician named Girolamo Cardano who was known to have created a particular code for teaching deaf people. In the pages of this book , you would see a manual alphabet system which anyone can use easily. There were photos of hands forming shapes to represent the different speech sounds to be learned. In the year 1755, the first free public school was built for teaching the deaf. This was founded by Abbe Charles Michel de L’Epee in Paris. The school used a particular system for its sign language that was actually a mixture of variations from L’Epee’s observations of the deaf children who attended the school. From this, the founder was able to create a certain standard for the language which included hand signs,...
Who Invented the Trash Compactor?

Who Invented the Trash Compactor?...

There is no single inventor of the trash compactor. An assessment of the history of the trash compactor shows there are actually several inventions that led to the compactors as we know them today. The Earliest Trash Compactors Most machines use hydraulics to crush compress garbage. Using this definition of a trash compactor, the earliest patent would belong to M. S. Wells. In 1941 he patented an invention to compact oil cans. The mechanisms of his device are similar to the ones used by other trash compactors. This was followed by other inventions. The succeeding ones would improve or add features to the basic compactor. One well known patent is for the Kitchen Compactor. This apparatus was designed by one Mr. Boyd. A study of the history of the trash compactor will reveal that it adheres to the basic principles of trash compactors. In his application, Mr. Boyd declared the machine would use hydraulic pressure to compact trash. This apparatus had to be linked to the water line before it could be used. Boyd’s invention was for houses. That same year Stephen Hopkins came out with a trash compactor for apartments and offices. It did not need a water line to work. Instead it relied on electricity and an internal hydraulic unit. Both Boyd and Hopkins worked for the same company, Compackager Corporation. The Modern Trash Compactors The history of the trash compactor since the 1970s is noted for numerous improvements and innovations. The kitchen compactors today have noise reduction features built in. The pistons used in these devices have also become more powerful and more efficient. In addition, specially designed trash bags have been made for these compactors. Elements like sensors, pre determined pressures and load relievers have...
Who Invented the Chinese Egg Roll?

Who Invented the Chinese Egg Roll?...

Chinese egg rolls have long been enjoyed on family dinner tables the world over and a favorite recipe in Asia. Despite being called Chinese, many still wonder where this dish originally came from and who invented the Chinese egg roll. Asian Origin Countless varieties of egg roll recipes are well known in Asian home kitchens and restaurants. They are stuffed with different fillings from ground pork or beef to assorted chopped veggies and seafood. But most of them are called Chinese rolls no matter if they originated someplace else in Asia. Thus, some culinary people are sure, it was an Asian who invented the Chinese egg roll. And probably the Chinese egg roll inventor was a Chinese. Like most Asian and Chinese cuisines, the original creator of the egg roll is unknown. No specific name has been mentioned. And anyway, it’s possible that is was not originated from China. Similarly, a lot of so-called Chinese noodle recipes are unheard of anywhere in China. So, just because a dish has “Chinese” included in its name doesn’t always follow that it was first cooked by a Chinese. Many cuisine experts are reluctant to say that a Chinese was who invented the Chinese egg roll. Who knows, the Chinese egg roll inventor may have been a German? Cantonese Origin Being often deep fried, most people, especially gourmet people, claim that the dish is Cantonese. Southern Chinese cooking, like Cantonese recipes, are mostly deep fried. Hence, there’s a strong possibility that a Cantonese or a Southern Chinese was who invented the Chinese egg roll. However, there are some Chinese egg roll recipes in Asia that use raw veggies and roll wrappers. So there are variants that are not deep-fried. Other Possible Origins Egg...
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