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How did the phrase “Roger that” originate?

How did the phrase “Roger that” originate? | eklectica | Scoop.it
In the 1940s, the American military and British RAF used a spelling alphabet different from the current well-known Alfa, Bravo, Charlie. The letter “R” was used as an abbreviation for “received” back in the times when messages were send via telegraphy (in Morse code), and the practice of confirming that a transmission was received by sending an “R” back was extended to spoken radio communication at the advent of two-way radio during World War II. The phonetic alphabet used by the British and American military during the World War II was: Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog, Easy, Fox, George, How, Item, Jig, King, Love, Mike, Nan, Oboe, Peter, Queen, Roger, Sugar, Tare, Uncle, Victor, William, X-ray, Yoke, Zebra When a soldier or a radio operator said “Roger” after receiving a transmission, he was simply saying “R” for “received”.
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How Much Do Expiry Dates On Packaged Goods Matter?

How Much Do Expiry Dates On Packaged Goods Matter? | eklectica | Scoop.it
Although almost everybody throws out their food once its “sell by” or expiration date arrives, not all of that food is actually bad. Those dates are just guidelines set to help give you an idea of when to use foods—not toss them away. But more interesting is the story about how these expiry dates came into being! In the early 1930s, famed gangster Al Capone began “regulating” freshness dates after a family member got ill from some expired milk.
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How GPS Came to Be—and How It May Be Altering Our Brains

How GPS Came to Be—and How It May Be Altering Our Brains | eklectica | Scoop.it
We use GPS today to guide airplanes, ships, and tractors. It keeps tabs on sex offenders and helps find oil deposits. “GPS surveys land, and builds bridges and tunnels,” Milner writes.
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The denim dictionary: Every jean style you need to know

The denim dictionary: Every jean style you need to know | eklectica | Scoop.it
The denim world is no longer a dictatorship but a democracy. Each day you can cast your vote for whatever jean you see fit, trends be damned. With so many varieties available, shopping for denim can be overwhelming
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The Hidden Stories In Your Kitchen

The Hidden Stories In Your Kitchen | eklectica | Scoop.it
Look around your kitchen. Big or small, it’s probably full of gadgets and tools. We use these things daily, but we never think that hard about where they came from in the first place. Look closer, though: There are hidden stories in your kitchen. | www.eklectica.xyz #eklectica See the h...
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History of Solitaire, Patience, and other single-playercard games

History of Solitaire, Patience, and other single-playercard games | eklectica | Scoop.it
Solitaire the card game most likely came about toward the end of the 18th century, perhaps “in the Baltic region of Europe and possibly as a form of fortune-telling.” The theory is that the popularity of the game rose with the popularity of cartomancy, or divination by cards, as well as tarot card reading. Moreover, in Scandinavian countries, the game is apparently known as cabale, which is related to cabal, a “mystical interpretation of the Old Testament.” Cabal gives us Kabbalah, that mystical (and trendy) form of Judaism
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How People Photoshopped before Photoshop

How People Photoshopped before Photoshop | eklectica | Scoop.it
1850s-1950s: 100 years of manipulating images without computers Prior to 1985 photographs were retouched by hand using paint or ink, pieced together in the darkroom from separate photographs. Airbrushing as a term is still in use today, though the technique originated much earlier. All these...
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A Brief History of the Rubber Band

A Brief History of the Rubber Band | eklectica | Scoop.it
Cheap, reliable, and strong, the rubber band is one of the world’s most ubiquitous products. It holds papers together, prevents long hair from falling in a face, acts as a reminder around a wrist, is a playful weapon in a pinch, and provides a way to easily castrating baby male livestock… While rubber itself has been around for centuries, rubber bands were only officially patented less than two centuries ago. Here now is a brief history of the humble, yet incredibly useful, rubber band.
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The real meanings behind puzzling expressions we still use today

The real meanings behind puzzling expressions we still use today | eklectica | Scoop.it
The phrase “cut to the chase” doesn’t mean what you think it means.
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The Stimulating History of Coffee

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You don’t speak Turkish. You don’t speak Finnish. You don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese
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How 10 Classic Foods Made Their Way to America

How 10 Classic Foods Made Their Way to America | eklectica | Scoop.it
Where did that popcorn that you cannot do without while watching the movie come from?
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The History of the Humble Pencil

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The pencil’s journey into your hand has been a 500-year process of discovery and invention. It began in the countryside of northern England, but a one-eyed balloonist from Napoleon Bonaparte’s army, one of America’s most famous philosophers, and some of the world’s most successful scientists and industrialists all have had a hand in the creation and refinement of this humble writing implement. Sharpen your trusty no
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A Brief History of Yogurt

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The word yogurt is comes from the Turkish verb “yogurmak” (to thicken). It is believed that yogurt was being made in Turkey as early as the 6th century BCE. Central Asian herdsmen, who stored their extra goat’s milk in containers made out of animal stomachs to preserve it...
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What does the 'i' in iPhone really mean?

What does the 'i' in iPhone really mean? | eklectica | Scoop.it
At an Apple event in 1998, Steve Jobs introduced the iMac, explaining the link between “i” and “Mac.” Jobs followed these statements with a slide that expanded upon what else the “i” means to Apple: internet  individual  instruct  inform  inspire  Since then, the “i” has moved beyond its Internet-centric meaning; Apple probably didn’t have the Internet in mind when naming the original iPod.
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The Invention of Pad Thai

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Phibunsongkhram, better known as Phibun in Western historical accounts, had played a prominent role as a military officer in a coup that stripped Thailand’s monarchy of its absolute powers, and in 1938, he became prime minister. Thailand, which was then known as Siam, had never been colonized, but it was surrounded by French and British colonies. Siam was also an ethnically diverse country with strong regional identities.
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A Gentleman’s Guide to Linen

A Gentleman’s Guide to Linen | eklectica | Scoop.it
Linen shirts have long been a summer staple. Not to be confused with its denser, denim-like cousin chambray (so 2014), linen is made solely from the fibers of the flax plant.
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The Fascinating History Of Quotation Marks

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> The punctuation mark is a storied character. Its family tree extends all the way back to the second century BC, when its earliest ancestor sprang into being at the ancient Library of Alexandria.
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The Weird Science of Naming New Products

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For decades, corporations have turned to creative people for their naming needs, with varying results. In 1955, a Ford Motor marketing executive recruited the modernist poet Marianne Moore to name the company’s new car. The marketing department had already created a list of 300 candidates, all of which, the executive confessed, were “characterized by an embarrassing pedestrianism.” Could the poet help
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The Extraordinary Evolution of Scissors

The Extraordinary Evolution of Scissors | eklectica | Scoop.it
Since the ancient Egyptians who supposedly invented them, scissors have been a constant in human civilization. The following collection of images shows how many forms and surprising types of scissors have emerged since two blades were connected at the handles by a flexible strip of curved metal,...
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