Who Invented the Boom Box?

Who Invented the Boom Box?...

No one can say for certain who invented the boom box (also known as ghetto blaster). During the mid 1970s, the idea of a portable stereo became popular. A look at the history of the boom box reveals that Sanyo, Panasonic and Marantz were the pioneers. Cultural Impact The concept behind the boom box was that anyone could own a portable stereo system. While the idea first appeared in the 1970s, it really caught fire in the 1980s and early 1990s. During this period, young people could be seen carrying around boom boxes. Frequently one would see teenagers hanging around together with a boom box and dancing. This scenario would become even more widespread when breakdancing became popular. The emerging hip hp culture also contributed to the popularity of the boom box. There came a point when the boom box became a fashion statement as well. It wasn’t just the sound that mattered; it was the look, the buttons etc. But as an appraisal of the history of the boom box makes plain, the player would fade away in the 1990s. Technological innovations allowed for the invention of smaller audio players. The arrival of CD and mp3 players has greatly reduced the boom box’s popularity. Basic Features The boom box began its life as an extension for the radio cassette player. In the 1970s the cassette recorder became popular, but companies wanted to add AM/FM radio to it. Intense competition would lead to numerous innovations. The most basic features were a couple of speakers and an amplifier with radio tuner. The cassette player was also included. As the history of the boom box unfolded, the cassette player would be complemented (and replaced) by the CD component. The casing was...
Who Invented the Thermos?

Who Invented the Thermos?...

Thermos, also known as vacuum flask, is used primarily to store and preserve the hotness of liquid. With the help of this device, you can easily enjoy cups of coffee, tea or other hot beverages almost anytime and anywhere. For years, it has become one of the highly important appliances in many homes all over the world. Aside from these facts, it is also good to know its history including who invented the thermos. The Invention of the Thermos Who invented the thermos? In 1892, Scottish chemist and physicist James Dewar invented the vacuum flask, which is also known today as the thermos. At some point, it was also referred to as Dewar flask. In 1904, Thermos GmbH was founded. The company was credited as the first business to release vacuum flasks commercially. Because of its popularity, people started to refer to vacuum flask as thermos. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Details At the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, the thermos became the recipient of the Grand Prize Award, thanks to its revolutionary design. In 1911, the first ever machine-made glass filler was produced. In 1923, the company introduced the Thermos Jumbo Jug, which was a big insulated food jar. In 1928, the company came up with an innovative vacuum-insulated Pyrex glass vessel. In 1939, this product played a major role in World War II as the members of the British military forces used thermos as part of their combat gear. It was also used in atomic energy laboratories during that time. In 1957, the popularity of this product reached greater heights. Since then, it has been known commercially all over the world. At that point, it was also used to transport different kinds of important materials like insulin,...
Who Invented the Cheeseburger?

Who Invented the Cheeseburger?...

There seems to be numerous claimants on who invented the cheeseburger. Beginning with the late 18th and early 19th centuries, some forms of hamburgers had already been existing in different countries. It would be interesting to know who pioneered cheeseburgers in their respective places. And also, how they ended up with the kind of cheeseburger people enjoy today. Hamburg Steaks Hamburg steaks became famous in the ports of Hamburg in Germany in the late 18th century. Germany then had the biggest sea ports in Europe. Later on, these burger steaks found themselves sold in America. The earliest burger version, the Hamburg steaks, were not ground beef. They were salted and smoked beef chunks embellished with bread crumbs and onions. So some claim the first cheeseburger maker who invented the cheeseburger was a German. As to who in particular, nothing is mentioned. American Hamburgers European and German immigrants to the US brought with them Hamburg steaks. Later, instead of smoked steaks, they beef was ground and made into patties. They were cooked by frying on flat pans in cooking oil. In 1891 the burgers were put between slices of bread or Oscar Weber Bilby buns and inserted with slices of cheese, lettuce, and onions. American Contributors and Claimants In 1885 Charlie Nagreen sold meatballs in county fairs in Wisconsin. Later he flattened them, placed them between slices of bread and sold them as hamburgers. In Ohio in the same year, Frank and Charles Menches substituted their sausages with ground beef and put them in buns. They sold them in Hamburg, New York in circuses and called them hamburgers. In 1904, Fletch Davis of Texas introduced onions on top of his hamburgers and sold them in his café. However, in 1920...
Who Invented the Atomic Bomb?

Who Invented the Atomic Bomb?...

The history of the atomic bomb began with the Manhattan Project. It was tasked to create the bomb beginning in 1939. The scientists who invented the bomb included Robert Oppenheimer, Edward Teller, Rudolf Peierls and many others. The Origin of the Manhattan Project Its roots lay in a letter Albert Einstein sent to President Franklin Roosevelt. On August 2, 1939, Einstein sent a letter to the US President stating the Germans were trying to enrich uranium 235. This process would allow them to build an atomic bomb. This led to Roosevelt’s decision to create the Manhattan Project. To purify the uranium, a research center was set up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Some of the scientists that figured in this process were Harold Urey and Ernest Lawrence. Testing and the Aftermath Throughout the development and history of the atomic bomb, over $2 billion was spent on the project. Besides Oppenheimer, Peleris and Teller, other scientists participated. These included David Bohm, Leo Szilard, Neils Bohr and Eugene Wigner. Otto Frisch, Felix Bloch, Emilio Segre, James Franck, Klaus Fuchs and Enrico Fermi also took part in the Manhattan Project. The headquarters was in Los Alamos. The project spanned the whole of World War II. The testing day came on July 16, 1945. The gadget (as it was known) was detonated at exactly 5:29, July 16, 1945. The location was the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico. The bright light became orange and then turned into a reddish color. Moving upwards at 360 ft per second, the mushroom cloud appeared at 30,000 feet. Records on the history of the atomic bomb show radioactive glass was created on the ground were it exploded. The explosion was so bright a blind person saw the flash...
Who Invented the Segway?

Who Invented the Segway?...

The history of the Segway attests to Dean Kamen (USA) as its inventor. The two wheeled machine was created by Kamen in 2001 and marketed a year later. Background The Segway was also known as Ginger and IT during its development stage. Ginger was in fact a product of the IBOT wheelchair technology that Kamen was working on. The Ginger was developed while Kamen was at the University of Plymouth. The name was taken from Fred Astaire’s dancing partner, Ginger Rogers. The device was also called Fred Upstairs because it had the ability to move upstairs. A book called Code Named Ginger led to all sorts of speculation as to what the product actually was. The speculation would run rampant until the Segway was opened to the public in 2001. A look at the history of the Segway shows that from 2001 to 2006, over 23,000 units had been sold. An official from the company states that as of 2009, over 50,000 units had been sold. Uses The use of the Segway has been restricted to specialized groups and niches. The vehicle has found acceptance among the police and military which use it to carry various types of equipment. The vehicle has also been used to transport equipment and items to warehouses. It is also used in various industries, factories and other similar areas. The vehicle has not found acceptance from the general populace. There are two reasons for it. One is that the price is similar to other vehicles which they are more familiar with. A review of the history of the Segway will show that some people are still uncomfortable about riding a two wheeled self balancing vehicle. The second is that states have different rules concerning...
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