DAILY BRIEFINGThe Moron's Daily Briefing
Mar. 10 - It was on this date in 1876 that Alexander Graham Bell conducted the first successful experiment on a radical new technology.
He put a "transmitter" in one room of his home and a "receiver" in another. He connected them with wire.
He then shouted into the moutpiece of the transmitter, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."
A moment later, his assistant, who had been waiting in the room with the receiver, came into Bell's room and said he had heard and understood everything.
The experiment was a success, and just a few days later Bell received the patent for the worlds first Long-Distance Watson Summonsing Device.
The invention didn't enjoy much commercial success because the market for persons with out-of-earshot assistants named Watson was not as large as Bell had hoped, but it did serve as a major stepping-stone to one of Bell's most significant inventions, the Watson Detonator.
Sharon Stone turns 45 today. It's also the birthday of Kim Campbell (1947), Canada's first female prime minister. They share their birthday with Chuck Norris (1940), James Earl Ray (1928), Pamela Mason (1918), and Bix Beiderbecke (1903).
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