Thursday, September 27, 2007

Today's History Lesson For Generation Z

I'm "hip" to your problems, young fellers. I'm groovy, and I know that you can't... wasting your time with long, totally boring history lessons while the X-box sits just feet away - gag me with a spoon (look up meaning). So FWIW, here are some quick facts for you - some history "bling" if you will (unless that is SO 2005). And please, DFTT.

- Like, why are cops called cops? Check this out, or whatever (CTOOW?) - it could be because of the copper badges they once wore, or it could be from the word "cop", which means "to sieze". As for which one it is, how should I know? LOL (eats Cheetos)

- What's with the electric guitar? Pretty much came around in the thirties so the audience could hear them over the the big band sound. But the audiences were totally lame...I mean, no moshing or nothing. First recording was in 1938 by some guy named George Barnes or something.

- Video long? N00b, you should know this. 1948, idea patented. 1958 "tennis for two" developed. The first home video game system was the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972, totally pwning Atari by a few years.

- Chewing gum? AAMOF, there are traces of birch bark tar as early as 5,000 years ago. People chewed all kinds of resins and stuff for centuries, (O RLY?) ...Native Americans chewed spruce resin, settlers dug it, picked up on the practice - some dude named John Curtis sold the first commercial gum in 1848 called "The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum." In the 1860's chicle was imported from Mexico, used as a gum base. Totally smooth texture, BTW. Kind of like the beginning of modern gum, I guess.

Meh, that is like, at least four facts now. Enough, bro, NTY! Quick, grab that Wii control before your brain goes Commodore 64.



d_Random said...

Jarod, you should check out the "Ultimate History of Video Games". The bible for video game history nerds.

Mary said...

I actually played the video game "tennis for two" on an old black and white TV! Am I old??

Anniina said...

Whoah, your lingo was way too hip for me, Dude. Cool facts though. My sister had a Commodore 64 and I was really envious. Then my first boyfriend got a Commodore 128 and he was way cooler :P

Not so little Woman said...

I must be from generation pre-Y2K, because I only understood ONE of those acronyms. Everything else, I'm clueless about.

I was glad, though, to see that I already knew where cops and gum come from. Then again, being half-Mexican makes me kind of a cheat, as we know everything about what we've given to this wide-world of us.

ChickyBabe said...

W00t!! W00t!! :P

I wonder what will come after Gen Z!

Jarod said...

D - Sounds interesting
Mary - That is pretty cool. I bet it was fun!
Anniina - I wonder if anyone still uses a Commodore 64. Now that would be cool.
NSLW - I had to look them up myself
CB - The Brain Floating in Jars Generation (?)

Sarah Moffett said...

I'm voting Lobotomies-R-Us is next up after Gen-Z.

LisaB said...

I'm not sure if someone handed me some birch bark tar I would think to put it in my mouth ;-)