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Spike
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Dubble Bubble?

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Nope. Guess again.

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Bazooka?  I thought that DB was a surer bet than Bazooka.  If that's wrong I've only got one more guess in me.  Somebody else...please start guessing!

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Not that, either.

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Major League Chew?  I think that's the name.  That shredded stuff in the pouches.

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Strike three, yer out! [Image Can Not Be Found] Just kidding, please keep guessing.

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Racked my brain...and Bubble Yum is the only other name I can think of.  I'll keep thinking.  Too bad I'm not a gum chewer.  I'd have better luck.

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I'm not a gum chewer, either, but one of my chilluns is. Bubble Yum is correct! [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Good thing because I didn't have another guess.  Thanks, Jen.

It was called Dyna-Tac or DynaTAC.  It weighed 2.5 pounds.  It was first used on April 3, 1973 by Martin Cooper in New York City on 6th Avenue just outside the New York Hilton. 

The Dyna-Tac wasn't made commercially available until about 10 years later.  The first ones to go on sale cost $3900 - about $10,000 in today's money.

Our lives haven't been the same since Cooper and his team invented the Dyna-Tac.

What was it?

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The first portable phone?

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You're right Jen.

ATT/Bell Labs had begun working on wireless technology, but they intended it to be used to improve car phones.  Cooper and his Motorola team believed that people would rather make phone calls untethered.

Cooper used that first handheld phone to make the world's first cellphone call.  From the street outside an ATT/Bell office Cooper called Joel S. Engel, head of the cellular program at ATT/Bell.

"I called and told him, Joel, I'm calling you from a cellular phone, a real cellular phone, a handheld, portable, real cellular phone.  I don't remember exactly what he said, but it was really quiet for a while.  My assumption was that he was grinding his teeth.  He was very polite and ended the call.  When  asked about it, he (Engel) says he has no recollection of this moment."

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Thankee, Spike.

 

Where does carmine, a pigment that gives lipstick its deep red color, come from?

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Beetles?  Crunch, crunch.    [Image Can Not Be Found]

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The answer I had was boiled insects, so I'm guessing beetles it is [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Thanks Jen.  On one of the Interesting TV Channels  I once saw a story about pigments made from ground beetles.  Didn't know about the boiled ones.  I can't imaging the stench.

 

In 1908 a stretch of Woodward Avenue between 6 Mile and 7 Mile Roads in Detroit Michigan earned the distinction of being first in the world for something.  What might that be?  Map linked to below probably won't give you a clue, but I like maps.  [Image Can Not Be Found]  My little red marker signifies nothing except the location of the stretch of road in question.

 

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=.....&z=15

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First to have electric street lights?

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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Good guess, Jarrod, but not the correct one.  [Image Can Not Be Found]

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First to use bitch-you-men (sp)?

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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First paved road!

Subtropical Southeastern Michigan FTW!

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Both Jarrod and Steerpike are very warm.  Well, ya know what I mean.  [Image Can Not Be Found]

@Jarrod:  you Aussies, you!  Took me a few sound-outs to get what you meant.  We use another term.  But that one would be wrong as well.

@Steerpike:  yeah, the Michigan bit got me too.  I'd have thought New York, Boston, maybe even London. 

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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