September 17th, 2008

doctor - aladdin

Fans, Ills, and Subway thrills.

In the Victorian era, fans were the ultimate playful props that could communicate all sorts of messages. A fan placed near the heart meant, You have won my love. A half-opened fan pressed to the lips suggested, You may kiss me. Hiding the eyes behind an open fan meant, I love you, while opening and closing the fan several times warned, You are cruel.

ETA: ARGH! I totally DID post it before. I'm sorry guys. I'm SO scatterbrained. I usually delete my factoids out from my random fact document once they're posted.. but apparently I didn't. *bangs head against wall* Here. Have another one!

Introduced in 1971, the Kenbak-1 is generally considered to be the world's first personal computer. Designed by John V. Blankenbaker, the Kenbak-1 included 256 bytes of memory, ran at an operating speed of about 1MHz, and sold for $750. Unlike many earlier machines it was a true stored-program (Von Neumann) computer. Unfortunately for Blankenbaker, the world wasn't quite ready for the personal computer. After selling only 40 machines, the Kenbak Corp. was forced to go out of business in 1973.

And one for everyone... what was the most recent ailment you were diagnosed with.

Bronchitis for me.

And a subway prank. Fun.
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