In today’s technology age, it’s easy to identify the history of certain things.
The first phonebook? Hard to know. The first wristwatch? Questionable.
The origin of the sandwich? We know the (supposed) story, but we aren’t able to pinpoint the exact ingredients or date that the sandwich was invented.
Photoshop Continue reading THIS WAS THE VERY FIRST PHOTOSHOPPED IMAGE
Kids – no matter how much you’ll hate it now, you should take the time to learn a musical instrument.
Web Watch doesn’t care if it’s the piano, accordion, guitar, or marimba (heck, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots play music using plastic instruments, and that stuff sounds GOOD). The key here is that you should be able to play something – anything.
Solo Guitar Playing Volume 1
Continue reading THE HISTORY OF THE GUITAR SOLO
Most people have a fairly good idea of who they are and where they come from.
The traditional family structure is typically in place, with family members across the board getting together at some point in their lives: parents, brothers, sisters naturally. Grandparents, usually. Great-grandparents becoming a bit more rare, but still often seen. Cousins, uncles abound. Great-great-grandparents can be a bit tougher to gather for a party – but it certainly could happen. Going back in time further than that generation, you’ll rely on geneology records and stories handed down throw family’s joint recollections.
Continue reading 10% OF ALL AFRICAN-AMERICANS MAY BE SURPRISED BY THIS ONE FACT
Who doesn’t enjoy a good beer?
Okay – we see a few of you out there who are claiming to be more of a wine enthusiast. And that’s okay – you can skip over this posting since there won’t be anything of interest to you here, unless you’re wanting to impress the beer lover in your life with your sudden knowledge of the Greatest Beers In The World.
Continue reading WHICH IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BEER OF ALL TIME?
If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Old Country (Germany, Italy, France, etc), you’ll be amazed at how history surrounds you at every turn when you do finally make it over there.
Everywhere you look will be some ancient building or piece of art, forever preserved for the never-ending crowds of ooh-ing and aahh-ing tourists. Even just stepping out of the high-speed, modern train station in Venice is like stepping immediately into the 14th century (get to Venice while you can, before it sinks away into the sea forever – it’s worth the trip).
Continue reading THE 1800’S WERE A VULGAR, OBSCENE TIME IN HISTORY
Back in the day, Web Watch took a college course in Human Sexuality.
It was supposed to be one of those “easy A”-type classes, but sometimes when word gets around about the alleged “underwater basketweaving” reputation of a college course — even one seemingly as trivial as Human Sexuality — the Powers That Be decide to makde some dramatic changes by firing the teaching staff and hiring new professors to turn the class into something a bit more… challenging.
So now we were stuck with writing essays about the Human Condition, and discussing “feelings”.
It ended up being a much more difficult course than those who took previous semesters had experienced.
Continue reading POP QUIZ: HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR VICTORIAN SEX TERMS?
You’re one of those old people, aren’t you?
Always living in the past, telling those young punks of today how easy they have it now. You begin every sentence with, “oh yeah, well back in MY day, we didn’t have the Internet. And we LIKED it!”
So time marches on – it happens.
We can all agree that all sorts of things have changed over the past 50 years for sure, but even more so in the last 5-10 years.
Continue reading THE MUSEUM OF ENDANGERED SOUNDS
The more things change, the more things change.
Some places are known for blowing the existing up and rebuilding from the ashes, history be damned. Other places embrace their history, making it difficult for any new development to take place lest it disturb the historical (in)significance of what’s present.
That’s why Web Watch loves websites like WHAT WAS THERE, as it tries to capture the glory of history, without worrying about keeping the march of progress down.
Continue reading WHAT WAS THERE? A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY
Ken Burns’ EMPIRE OF THE AIR: The Men who Made Radio
Growing up, Web Watch remembers tuning in the local radio station that would air a Sunday evening block of old-time radio programs.
We’d listen to replays of The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, Ozzie & Harriett, and other programs, always entranced by the storytelling. Hey, what did we know? We didn’t even get any Ovaltine to drink. Continue reading DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL: PUBLIC DOMAIN ARCHIVE OF RADIO AUDIO
Green Bean Casserole
Every year at Thanksgiving, families across the country descend upon their local grocery store and clear the shelves of French’s Fried Onions, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, and cans of green beans – all in the name of recreating that traditional holiday side dish of GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE.
But did you know that this fabulous holiday treat isn’t necessarily as traditional as you might think? It was created by the Campbell’s Soup Company as a way to sell more soup. Continue reading THE HISTORY OF THE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
Who We Were: A Snapshot Picture of America
As you go about cleaning out your house, Web Watch is sure that the question of “What shoul I do with all these old photos that we have lying around?” comes up on occasion.
Some photos, you naturally would keep. Perhaps in a frame, perhaps in a shoebox tucked under the bed.
But there are also novelty photos that really aren’t meaningful enough to keep, but aren’t so bad that you want to throw them away.
That’s where MOVING PICTURES comes in, as they’ve taken dozens of photobooth film strips and other photos that they’ve found scattered around across America and digitized them. Continue reading OLD PHOTOBOOTH PHOTOS, ANIMATED
According to a new Nixon biography, a named Kennedy aide is quoted about the following event during the John F Kennedy/ Richard Nixon debates:
When JFK arrived at the hotel, he went to his hotel suite. In order to prepare for his upcoming televised debate with Nixon, he requested a prostitute to be sent up to his room. One of his aides set up the meeting in JFK’s hotel room. JFK came out 15 minutes later, looking flushed and relaxed. This was how he prepared for the debates, and supposedly all of his televised appearances. This is how the book explains that JFK looked so calm and relaxed on television.