Monday, December 30, 2013

10 Interesting Facts About Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell left a long legacy. The name Bell at one point was synonymous with the telephone. Here a few facts about him that you may not know:
  • Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • He was an influential scientist, engineer and inventor.
  • His close friends and family called him Aleck.
  • He is widely credited with the invention of the first practical telephone.
  • Bell’s mother and wife were both deaf, which had a major impact on his work.
  • When he was 11 years old, his father gave him the middle name Graham as a birthday present since he didn't have one like his older brothers.
  • Bell’s first words spoken on the first functioning telephone to his assistant Watson were somewhere along the lines of “Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you.”
  • Bell was one of the co-founders of the National Geographic Society, and was its serving president from 1896 to 1904.
  • Bell also had very strong interest in other scientific fields such as, conducting medical research, searching for alternative fuel sources, experimenting with metal detectors, developing hydrofoil watercraft and much more.
  • Alexander Graham Bell died on August 2, 1922, at Baddeck, Cape Breton Island and as a tribute to his life the entire phone system was shut down for one minute.
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Friday, December 20, 2013

9 Great Quotes About Winter Time

When winter comes it gets cold and you have to bundle up and keep warm. It's a time for family and holiday. Here a few quotes to get you through it...
Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless. ~Terri Guillemets
I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show. ~Andrew Wyeth
Winter is a time of promise because there is so little to do — or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so. ~Stanley Crawford
One kind word can warm three winter months. ~Japanese Proverb

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again. ~Bill Morgan, Jr.

Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat. ~Author Unknown
In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold. ~Ben Aaronovitch
What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ~Author Unknown
June suns, you cannot store them To warm the winter's cold... ~A.E. Housman
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