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Friday, February 9, 2018

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Congratulations to Greg Mani who won this week's "Mind Scrambler". Here was the scrambler:

A girl has as many brothers as sisters, but each brother has only half as many brothers as sisters. How many brothers and sisters are there in the family?

Answer: Four sisters and three brothers.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Television: A medium - so called because it is neither rare nor well done."

HINT: (1919-1962), was an American comedian, actor, and writer.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Philo Farsworth was a 14-year-old Idaho farm boy when he came up with a brainstorm that eventually led to the first practical electronic television. Working with a horse-drawn harrow to harvest potatoes one row after another, it occurred to him that an electronic image could be scanned and reproduced line by line - one row after another.

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Why is there no channel 1 on American TV? Because in the 1940s, TV and radio shared some frequencies, raising the prospect of interference. Channel 1 was only used by low-watt TV stations, so the industry was willing to surrender the frequency to radio.

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We think of cable as a means to deliver 200-plus channels, but its first customers had no choices at all - people in remote areas whose TV reception was terrible. "Community antennas" were built on high ground in Arkansas, Oregon and Pennsylvania in 1948. Then cables carried the signals to individual homes.

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Japanese manufacturer Ikegami Tsushinki invented a hand-held TV camera that it called a "handy-looky," mimicking the slang term "walkie-talkie." Tne product caught on. The nickname did not.

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Early TV cameras sometimes were thrown off by certain colors. After Soviet broadcaster Olga Vysotskaya gave a gymnastics demonstration while wearing a certain hue in 1938, she got letters from viewers asking her why she had appeared in the nude.

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The wireless TV remote control was born in the Chicago area in 1955. Zenith engineer Eugene Polley created the Flash-Matic, which sent a light signal to the television. However, sunlight could cause confusion. A year later, Zenith's Robert Adler devised a remote called the Space Command that used ultrasound and was state of the art for decades. Eventually, infra-red signaling took over.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Television: A medium - so called because it is neither rare nor well done."

ANSWER: Ernie Kovacs.

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