invention of telephone


March 10th 1876: First telephone conversation

On this day in 1876, the first telephone conversation took place between Alexander Graham Bell and his lab assistant Thomas Watson. Bell had recently secured the patent for his new invention - the telephone - and three days later succeeded in making a call. He summoned Watson from the next room thus making the first, albeit very brief, telephone call. Controversy surrounds the invention of the telephone, as there have been claims that the credit for the invention in fact rests with another inventor: Elisha Gray. Gray had also been working on a device for transmitting voice messages and both filed the patent the same day, leading to speculations about who got there first. However, whether erroneously or not, Bell is the one credited for the invention of the telephone, and he and Watson share the fame as the people who made the first telephone call.

“I then shouted into M [the mouthpiece] the following sentence: “Mr. Watson, come here — I want to see you.” To my delight he came and declared that he had heard and understood what I said”
- Bell’s diary entry from March 10th 1876

anonymous asked:

hello, any chance for prompts about a character who's basically a walking encyclopedia of things they're passionate about but they don't know anything about normal things like who's dating who in their class or who invented telephones? awesome blog btw, my daily source of inspiration! :D

  • Character A’s nightly Wikipedia binges seem to have paid off when they get onto a trivia game show for teenagers with a hefty prize. However, when given a question about a specific sport, Character A is at a loss. Luckily, their partner, Character B and a jock, swoops in and saves the day.
  • “I was asked by our history teacher to tutor you because you’re failing, but in the two hours we’ve been talking I’ve learned more facts than two years of history class” AU
  • Character A has spent their whole life being treated like an idiot, just because they’ve failed a few classes.  That all changes when a string of crimes start up around town- crimes that follow Character A’s favorite criminal’s pattern perfectly. Only they can correctly predict what’s going to happen next
  • Everything thinks Character A is a genius, and they might be. However, Character A can be the most socially oblivious person at school, but no one knows that.  Due to Character A’s brushing off of flirtations and school drama, they’re believed to be an incredibly rude person.  This couldn’t be further from the truth
  • “So when I first heard you, I thought you were an idiot, but you used four completely outlandish yet fitting analogies during class today. And as it turns out, I’m the only to understand any of them because no one else in our class is into both mythology and astrology” AU
  • Character A runs a blog with daily trivia that has gotten quite popular. Sadly, they’re not so popular at school. But then, one day, Character A hears a group of kids talking about their blog. Soon, almost everyone at school knows about it, but no one knows Character A is behind it.

hello–the most common use is used as a telephone greeting (hello?), but used for expressing surprise or interest (hello!) before the telephone.  Remember the telephone?

1827 is the date the Oxford English Dictionary cites as the the first published use of “hello” as an expression of surprise.  At the same time (early 1800′s) a similar expression, “halloo” was used as in fox hunting.  “View Halloo” is the stage of the hunt when the hunters sight the fox in the open.  

1876 Alexander Graham Bell is generally credited with inventing the telephone.  Bell used a primitive microphone made up of a needle poked into a fluid.  

1877 April, Thomas Edison filed his patent on the carbon microphone.  He is also credited with using “hello” as a telephone greeting.  Edison’s carbon microphone made the telephone commercially practical .  

1877, July, Edison was experimenting with recorded sound and shouted the fox hunting “Halloo!” into the mouthpiece of the strip phonograph.

1877, August, A letter of this date has been found suggesting that “hello” had become his choice of greetings.  

1888, January, The first public telephone exchange opened and it has been “Hello” ever since.

The use of the telephone in the 1800′s violated the Victorian ettiquite rule that one didn’t address a person unless you had been introduced.  “Hello” was used because you didn’t know who was at the other end of the line.  So in a way the telephone contributed to the leveling of class distinctions at the turn of the century. 


The Great ‘Hello’ Mystery Is Solved

Invention of the telephone

What have the Scots ever done for us?

Having eaten a breakfast with marmalade invented by Janet Keiller and her son James in Dundee, 

 travelled by a train whose steam engine was invented by James Watt of Greenock 

and arrived at his place of work in the Bank of England, founded by William Paterson of Dumfries, 

he rings his wife on the telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell of Edinburgh

 Later, he returns home to find his son reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson,

 also from the Capital, and his daughter watching television invented by John Logie Baird of Helensburgh.

Unable to escape the superiority of the Scots, he is offered the chance of shooting himself with a breech-loading rifle designed by Captain Pat Ferguson – another native of Edinburgh, 

or being given an anaesthetic discovered by Sir James Young Simpson of Bathgate 

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  • Sorachi Hideaki counted to infinity - twice.
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  • Sorachi Hideaki won the World Series of Poker using Pokemon cards.
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  • When Alexander Bell invented the telephone, he saw that he had four missed calls from Sorachi Hideaki.
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March 7th 1876: Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone

On this day in 1876, Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell received the patent for his invention of the ‘telephone’. In 1875, Bell had developed an acoustic telegraph, which laid the foundations for the invention of the telephone communication device. Once he developed the device, Bell tried to receive a patent. However, controversy surrounds the invention of the telephone, as there have been claims that the credit for the invention in fact rests with another inventor: Elisha Gray. Gray had also been working on a device for transmitting voice messages using a water transmitter and both filed the patent the same day - February 14th 1876 - leading to speculations about who got there first; some have even suggested that Bell stole the invention from Gray. However, whether erroneously or not, Bell is the one credited for the invention of the telephone. Bell was issued patent 174,465 on March 7th for “the method of, and apparatus for, transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically…by causing electrical undulations, similar in form to the vibrations of the air accompanying the said vocal or other sound.” Three days later, on March 10th, Bell succeeded in getting his telephone to work when he summoned his lab assistant Thomas Watson from the next room, thus making the first, albeit very brief, telephone call. Bell said “Mr Watson - come here - I want to see you”, which was clearly transmitted to his assistant at the other end of the line.

Phone drama:  This is a situation played out countless times every day, every where, ever since the invention of the telephone.   ‘OMG – he/she said what?!!!’  

(These were actually the first words Alexander Graham Bell spoke when testing out his invention in 1876).  

The Record-Union, Sacramento, California, June 23, 1890

“It would be ridiculous to dream of seeing any one between New York and Paris. The round form of the earth, if there were no other difficulty in the way, would make the thing impossible.”

Evie: So, Mr. Bell, what inventions are you concocting?

Bell: I intend to develop a phonetic telegraph that does not just convey dots and dashes, Ms. Frye, but the human voice!

Evie: Phonetic telegraph? Hmmm, sounds a bit of a mouthful. You could just call it a telephone.

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The signs as things my roommate’s drunk boyfriend has said

Aries: “Jesus walks on water, I swim on land.”

Taurus: [All of this with a lisp] “Ow baby! Don’t slap my ass. Okay—give it a little rub.”

Gemini: “When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, he already had three missed calls from ME.”

Cancer: “I once punched a horse and it became what we now call the giraffe.”

Leo: “I have a grizzly bear carpet in my room. The grizzly isn’t dead; he’s just afraid to move.”

Virgo: “Post that shit on Facebook and quote me. With a heart. No, wait, a smiley face; I have no heart. The Grinch learned everything from me.”

Libra: “I’ve already been to Mars; that’s why there are no signs of life.

Scorpio: "Dragons breathe fire; I breathe dragons.”

Sagittarius: [sucks loudly on a Tim Horton’s cup for like thirty seconds straight]

Capricorn: “I once pissed in a gas tank and it became a transformer.”

Aquarius: “I appeared in all six Star Wars movies as the Force.”

Pisces: “I’ve been known to slam a revolving door.”