Who Invented the Microwave?

Who Invented the Microwave?...

One of the fastest, most convenient and easiest ways to cook, the microwave or microwave oven is widely used in many households today. Through dielectric heating, this kitchen appliance can efficiently cook or heat various kinds of food. With the aid of radiation, it is possible to heat polarized molecules as well as water. Aside from its important principles and aspects, it is also good to know the history of this cooking equipment including who invented the microwave. The Invention of the Microwave Who invented the microwave? An engineer named Percy Spencer accidentally discovered the use of microwaves to cook food. In happened some time in the 1940s, when he was trying to build radar sets for the commercial electronics manufacturer Raytheon. He noticed that the chocolate bar situated right inside his pocket melted because of the microwaves that were present in the area where he was working. Thereafter, he went on to experiment and tried to cook popcorn. Next, he and his associates tried to cook an egg, which eventually exploded right in the face of one of them. After that, he and his crew experimented on a metal box, which they fed with microwave power. It became a high-density electromagnetic field, which allowed the food temperature to rise quickly. Raytheon decided to file a patent for Spencer’s invention on October 8, 1945. The kitchen appliance was tested for some time in a restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts. After that, Raytheon decided to build the very first microwave oven called the Radarange. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information The earlier models of the microwave were big and quite expensive. A basic unit usually measured 1.8 meters or 6 feet tall. Meanwhile, the approximate weight of every product was 340...
Who Invented the Hot Dog?

Who Invented the Hot Dog?...

A hot dog is a soft moist sausage known for its even flavor and texture. Common types of hot dogs are smoked, cured, and fully cooked. People often enjoy it with onion, ketchup, mustard, on a hot dog bun. Hot dogs are sold just about anywhere where there are people around. You can find food stands that sell them even in ball parks. Such a common thing to see can induce the question of who invented the hot dog. Various Claims There are many claims as to who invented the hot dog. Unfortunately, it is quite a difficult process to assess which claim is the real source of today’s hot dog. Various stories tell of the creation of a sausage in a bun. Another common element you’ll find among the various claims include the how the name hot dog came about. This just makes figuring out who invented the hot dog a lot more difficult. The Name Frankfurter It can be easily deduced that the name frankfurter comes from name Frankfurt, Germany. It is here where sausages served in a bun originated. This is quite similar to how hot dogs are served. Another common name for hot dogs is wieners, which points us to Vienna, Austria. It is interesting that the German name for Vienna is Wien. German speaking countries often call hot dogs as Wiener Wurstchen, which literally translates to ‘little sausage’. Analyzing the names used for it would give light to the question on who invented the hot dog. Other Claims Antonoine Feuchtwanger’s wife, both him and his wife originally Germans, is the one to whom the idea of a hot dog sold on a bun is ascribed to. They sold hot dogs in St. Louis, Missouri...
Who Invented Google?

Who Invented Google?

Google is one of the most popular and widely used search engines today. The company that developed the website is earning big profits from online mapping, e-mail messaging, social networking, video sharing, Internet search as well as office productivity. To help people from the different parts of the world have access to world’s information, Google Inc. also created a reliable mobile operating system and an efficient open source web browser. To know more about the success attained by the company, it is best to identify the people who contributed to the invention of the famous search engine. History of Google Who invented Google? Sergey Brin and Larry Page invented Google as a special project when they were students of Ph. D. at Stanford University in January 1996. The primary function of the search engine was to develop an efficient digital library for the students of the university. The project was funded and supported by the Graduate Fellowship of the National Science Foundation. To create the search engine, Page and Brin developed a very useful computer language known as the PageRank algorithm. The original domain name of the program created by the inventors is google.stanford.edu. It was only changed to google.com when they register the website on September 15, 1997. The inventors of the search engine established the company Google Inc. on September 4, 1998. After a year, the company relocated its offices to 165 University Avenue at Palo Alto. At first, the company only leased several buildings for the business operations. In 2006, the company purchased the properties for $319 million. Additional Information and Other Important Details To enhance the revenues of the company, Google Inc. started offering different advertisements related to search keywords in 2000. To keep the...
Who Invented Atari?

Who Invented Atari?

The history of Atari began in 1972 when the company was founded by Nolan Bushnell and his associate Ted Dabney. Originally the firm was called Syzygy but Bushnell later changed it to Atari. Beginnings and Early Success A year before the company was founded Bushnell hired Al Alcorn to recreate the Odyssey game Tennis for Two. The result was Pong. When the game was released in 1972, it became a huge hit. The Atari Company was founded that same year (the word Atari means go in Japanese. Sometimes it is also translated as to hit the target). The success of Pong (150,000 copies sold) marked a significant turning point in the history of Atari. In 1975, Bushnell sold the company to Warner Communications. It was under Warner that the gaming platform attained success. The Atari 2600 was so popular the sales made up a third of Warner’s profit for the first few years. In 1980 the Atari home video system made nearly half a billion dollars in sales. The 1983 Crash In 1983 sales of video games plummeted in the United States. Atari losses amounted to over $550 million. The following year Warner handed over Atari to Jack Tramiel (former head of Commodore). The Atari St came out and sales peaked at $25 million in 1986. Struggles The next stage in the history of Atari involved its struggles with rival Nintendo. Their rival was winning market share so Atari worked on the Lynx system. It was a handheld console complete with color. The Lynx sold poorly for two reasons. Number one, shortage of components prevented it from being released during the 1989 holiday season. Second it cost twice as much as the Nintendo Game Boy. Tramiel had also stressed...
Who Invented Gymnastics?

Who Invented Gymnastics?...

The history of gymnastics began in ancient Greece. Its actual inventor is a mystery, but it was very prevalent among Greeks. But it was the work of Friedrich Jahn in the early 1800s that led to the modern sport. Gymnastics in Greece and Rome In ancient Greece gymnastics encompassed many forms of athletic activity. This included running, wrestling and physical fitness routines. Each city had a gymnasium where these exercises took place. Gymnastics also included discus throwing and hand to hand fighting. It wasn’t so much a sport as it was a fitness training program. Eventually some forms of gymnastics were incorporated in the Olympics. The practice was continued by the Romans. The routines became more oriented towards preparing the individual for training as a soldier. The history of gymnastics shows that it was banned in 393 AD. This order was issued by Emperor Theodosius. By this time it had become a sport but getting corrupted and deteriorating. This trend continued in the Medieval Ages. The church held the view that the body was corrupt and not as vital as the spirit. This led to its decline. The 18th Century Resurgence Its resurgence took place in the 18th century. It came courtesy of Johann Gutsmuth (1759-1839) and Friedrich Jahn (1778-1852) who started making devices for which young people could use for gymnastics. Jahn invented several of the apparatuses that would be the basis of modern equipment. Thus in the history of gymnastics, he is considered as its father. Among these inventions were the ring, pommel horse, and the vault. The balance beam, the parallel bars and the horizontal bar were also developed along this period. During the 18th and 19th centuries it was still looked upon as a training...
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