It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and not just because of Christmas. Are you aware of how many great inventions we celebrate during December? December 3 was Telescope Day, to commemorate Galileo’s 1621 invention. December 21 is Crossword Puzzle Day, since that’s when the first one appeared in the New York World in 1913. The transistor, texting, the clip-on tie, Chiclets…all invented during this month. But much of what we know about the world’s most important inventions is “patently” false. We’ve asked Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings to use 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration in tracking down the truth.
The Debunker: Did the Model T Ford Only Come in Black?
Henry Ford wasn’t the inventor of the modern automobile. That would be German engineer Karl Benz. But the Model T, which first rolled out of Ford’s Detroit factory in the late summer of 1908, revolutionized transportation. The “Tin Lizzie” was the first affordable horseless carriage, the one that middle-class families could save up for.
Woot.com awoke from a dream, and threw open the window. "You there! Boy! What day is it?" The boy shouted back, "Today? Today's the day that Woot.com lets customers log in and pay with their Amazon account!" Woot.com sank to the floor with a happy smile. "I'm not too late," Woot.com whispered to itself. "Thank you, Spirit. Thank you."
Of course, you may now wonder what in the Dickens we're talking about here, and it's simple: Woot.com now offers customers a secure, simple convenient way to pay for their Woot purchases by logging in with their Amazon credentials and selecting their shipping and payment methods from their Amazon account. We're pretty happy about that!
Old Customers will be able to sync their two accounts easily, and new customers can sync from day one, saving everybody lots of typing time. Who wants to do their own data entry when they could be playing with poor Tiny Tim? He's so adorable, isn't he?
Additionally, all purchases made via Amazon Payments are covered by Amazon’s A-to-z guarantee, so you guys know you're safe! Amazon and Woot have been working hard to improve the Woot customer experience ever since the ghost of Jacob Marley demanded we change our ways, so we're happy to have Login and Pay with Amazon added to our payment options. We've got a nice little Amazon Payments FAQ that sums up the whole process right over here, so check it out if you wanna.
Happy Music Monday! As most of us have heard, the legendary Nelson Mandela recently passed away. As the face of the anti-apartheid movement, Mandela was the man so many different pop stars sang to, and like all things 1980s, he eventually became a bit of a fad. Today Scott's saying goodbye to Mandela with a collection of songs about him, or about the times he lived in. He'll start with the big one. You might already be singing it yourself.
Without this Specials hit, would as many people have even heard of Nelson Mandela? Maybe, but probably not for a while. Nobody would call this a scholarly biography, but in the days before Wikipedia, this was about as efficient a recap as one could find. And a pretty good song to boot.
We've got four more, then it'll be your turn. See you after the jump.
You guys, I have an addiction. I'm addicted to puns. I need them. I can't get enough of them. I HUNGER FOR THEM. That's why I've set up this weekly blog feature: so you guys can feed my addiction. Every week, I'll name the topic, give you some examples, and then you'll pun away in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter. I'll choose the best ones and post them here next week. Sound good? Good! Let's do it!
THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: Birds of Cheese!
Birds are great! Cheese is great! Cheese birds are the best. Here are a few examples: