ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY.

ON THIS DAY in 1931, the first experimental big-screen television was demonstrated in Camden, New Jersey. Its 36-inch round screen required a Nipkow disk more than four storeys high, spun by a 200-horsepower stationary industrial steam engine. A similar Nipkow disk was required at the transmitting station approximately 50 yards east of the receiving set. The Radio Corporation of America determined that the prototype was not suitable for mass production.

 

From Dr. Boli’s Encyclopedia of Misinformation.

Termites. Much as bees communicate information by means of a specialized dance, termites communicate by means of a primitive form of opera.