Mar 12, 2020

Random Thursday

Time for more random fun and learning with Leslie Gilbert Elman and Weird But True Facts! It really is amazing how these bizarre out there facts are actual FACTS! Lol.

(image borrowed from Medical Express)
In the US, someone runs a red light once every twenty minutes.

Wow. I would've thought it'd be higher! (isn't that sad?)

(image borrowed from EarthSky)
A nanosecond is a billionth of a second, but that's not the smallest measure of time! One second can be divided into a trillion picoseconds, a quadrillion femtoseconds, and a quintillion attoseconds.

FUN FACT: The fastest laser light pulses recorded measured 80 attoseconds--which equals 80 quintilionths of a second.

I mean what?! Lol.

"Laser" is acutally an acronym created by Gordon Gould. It stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation." Before the laser we had the maser which stood for "Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" and was developed by a team led by Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow. They both filed for patents for their laser tech processes within nine months of each other, which started the fiercest patent war in history. However, neither side can take credit for building the first working laser as that honor belongs to Theodore Maiman of Hughes Research Labs in May of 1960.

(image borrowed from Universe Today)
The U.S. military started the development of laser technology as they envisioned these lasers to be like "death ray" weapons. Though, that is one thing lasers have yet to achieve.

...yet, which is the scary part! Of course, this is my thinking. I mean they're called mad scientists for a reason!

(image borrowed from Amazon)
In addition to lasers, other great inventions of the 1960s included: Etch A Sketch, Downy Fabric Softener, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) technique, and Bubble Wrap!

Whoa! I guess I never thought of how old Bubble Wrap was! I guess I thought it was a little newer...say 70s-80s? Lol. And that will segue us into next week's topic! ;)

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