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Watch a Teleprinter In Action From When It Was the Height of Technology

While unquestionably old-fashioned, a teleprinter in use may look somewhat familiar to the texters and instant messengers of today. The device allowed people to transmit printed messages to each other—think of computer-to-computer communication but with printers instead of monitors. Unlike Morse code, teleprinters and teletype machines featured keyboards that look somewhat similar to the ones used today.

The teletype machines in the 1932 British Pathé video above use a variant of Baudot code (named after its inventor, Émile Baudot), an early keyboard language that predates modern computing code. This particular model has shortcuts like “Who Are You?” and the ever-useful “FIGS” button (which stands for “figure shift,” not “more figs, please”).

For decades, newspapers got all the news that occurred outside the reach of their reporters from teleprinters. Starting in 1914, the Associated Press started using teleprinters to transmit stories to outlets around the world. Their staff of far-flung writers filed stories to their bureaus, and those stories would be uploaded into teletype machines and sent out to subscribing newspapers. (Wires were involved, hence "wire service.")  Unlike the device seen above, newsrooms’ AP wire machines (and the machines used by services like Reuters, UPI, and government agencies like the National Weather Service) did not have keyboards or ways to send messages out; they were intended to receive data only.

Though now abandoned by news organizations, the teleprinter lives on as a sound effect frequently used in movies and TV shows to convey “we’re in a newsroom." Just try to listen to this without thinking, "Get me pictures of Spider-Man!"

Banner images via YouTube, British Pathé.

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State


Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website HowMuch.net, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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