Jefferson’s Polygraph Machine

Almost every day, Thomas Jefferson wrote letters. “From sun-rise to one or two o’clock,” he noted, “I am drudging at the writing table.” Jefferson wrote almost 20,000 letters in his lifetime, and he needed to keep copies of his letters. Fortunately, John Isaac Hawkins (1772–1855) and Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827) invented this little gadget that …

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Strangest Job Interview Questions

Here are ten of the oddest interview questions of all time! “If you had $2,000, how would you double it in 24 hours?” — Uniqlo, Management Trainee “How many basketballs would fit in this room?” – Delta Airlines, Revenue Management Co-op “If you were a brand, what would be your motto?” – Boston Consulting Group, Consultant “What would …

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What Emailing Was Like in 1984

We’ve become so intertwined with technology that it feels like talking is turning into a secondary form of communication. Do you know how complicated it once was just to send an email or instant message? Check out this little time capsule from 1984.