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Episode 10 — “The Pickup Artists”

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Did you know that a cockfighting rooster killed a man? Neither did Dave. He also didn’t know about Thomas Edison’s 2011 predictions, the Catholic Church’s policy on organ donation for saints and non-saints, or the suicide bomber’s unfortunate text message. The fellas also dispense some advice on romance.

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Edison predicts the 21st century: everything will be metal

Thomas Edison in 1911, predicting 2011:

Books of the coming century will all be printed leaves of nickel, so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume. A book two inches thick will contain forty thousand pages, the equivalent of a hundred volumes; six inches in aggregate thickness, it would suffice for all the contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica. And each volume would weigh less than a pound.

In his defense, he totally predicted air travel replacing train travel. Then again, he also thought that at his time, they were “already on the verge of discovering the secret of transmuting metals, which are all substantially the same in matter, though combined in different proportions.”

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Thomas Edison, Jackass

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Do magnets hurt innocent children? Thomas Edison knows the answer!

From Boing Boing comes an excellent story about Thomas Edison. He wanted to see what heavy magnetism would do to the human brain, so found a boy who was willing to stick his head between two magnetic poles. Luckily, the boy was unharmed. In fact, he had this to say:

“The experiment is bully. I am all right in the magnet. I like to be here for I do not have to work while the experiment is going on and I can take a nap occasionally. But don’t tell Mr. Edison. I hope he will keep me here for a long time.”

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