A reader known as "Pat@firstname.lastname@example.org" recently wrote in with some good info on an old WU topic:
" I have been a fan of Buckminster Fuller's writings for many years and just recently found out that he actually didn't invent the geodesic dome. It was invented by Walther Bauersfeld, a German engineer, some 30 years earlier for use as the first projection planetarium. Fuller did, however, apply for and was granted the U.S. patents. He took it's design and construction further and is credited with popularizing it. We have one in Fairbanks built in 1966 at a site originally called "Alaskaland" which was built to commemorate the centenial of the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. It's called the Gold Dome and now houses an aviation museum. Also, there were many "golf balls" in the state during the Cold War which were used for radar."
When Patrick Rizzo built his "walking and dancing" robot back in 1948, he said it was the only robot in the world able to perform such feats without wires and cables trailing behind it. It could walk unaccompanied into a room and then dance a jig. He valued it at $100,000. [Telegraph-Herald - Oct 22 1948]
...And getting caught by your son! A woman decided to meet her online lover for their first face to face tryst. Unfortunately she and her cyber date were in for a couple of very big surprises. The two, who had both been using pseudonyms online, where shocked to find out they were father-in-law and daughter-in-law. Oh and the second surprise, her husband found the email about the meeting and followed her there. The family reunion that ensued was not pretty.
Posted By: patty - Mon Oct 28, 2013 -
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