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Body Language – 8 Ways to Read a Person Like a Book. Part 1

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

Part 1. – Confidence.

Your lips may say no, but your eyes say “yes ,yes”

No, this is not an article to help criminal defense attorneys  get their clients off the hook.  It’s an article to help people communicate better with their “after 5”  senses.

Only 7% of how we communicate comes from what we say. The other % comes from our body language and mannerisms.

Here is the breakdown:

  • 7 percent verbal (words)
  • 38 percent vocal (volume, pitch, rhythm, etc)
  • 55 percent body movements (mostly facial expressions)

Unknowingly, your body sends signals that your mind may be unaware of. Those who can pick up on this secret language can develop an almost psychic instinct, either consciously or unconsciously. When we pick up on things like body language unconsciously, we view it as intuition.

Needless to say, reading body language is a great skill for poker.

There are 3 main categories for body language.

  1. Dominant/Confident
  2. Submissive/Insecure
  3. Deceptive

We at Daft Gadgets will do our best to take you through the different faces, postures, and poses in each category that could make you the next Nostradamus or Gus Hanson.

1. The Pyramid.

Evil genius boy

Noting says Confidence more than than pyramiding your fingers. The Pyramid is typically thought to be reserved for sinister people like Mr. Burns (the Simpsons) and the Devil to do when they are scheming.

Pyramiding your finger tips is probably taken as an evil gesture simply because it casts out a message of power.  Power being something which has been known to corrupt even the most innocent of us all.

2. The Steeple

The Steeple

Steepling the fingers show a sign of authority. Like the pyramid, the steeple is used by the Don Corleone’s to contemplate your request. It is very common to steeple the fingers and then touch the lip as one contemplates.

If this is a poker player, contemplating to call an all in, you can bet the other player is getting a bit squeamish.

3. The Wookie.

The wookie

Known as “The Wookie” This stance shows pure confidence and superiority, and usually follows a decisive or “check mate” type move made by the person doing the wookie. It is not uncommon for someone to go into a deep steeple and then follow with wookie in victory.

It gets the name wookie from the movie starwars where Chewbaca is playing space chess with R2D2. Chewbaca gets mad when losing to R2 to which C3PO replies

Chewbacca: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrgh!

C-3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can’t help you.

Han Solo: Let him have it. It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee.

C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.

Han Solo: That’s ’cause droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.

Chewbacca: Grrf.

C-3PO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win.

Enter “The Wookie” Pose

4. The Crossed Leg Kicker

The Crossed Leg kicker

The Crossed Leg Kicker can be moved into smoothly right after doing a wookie. Here the message is “I’m secure, confident and slightly bored” The kicking, is sort of way for someone to subconsciously amuse themselves, similar to a finger roll or tap.

5. The Finger Tap

tapping hand

The finger tap shows impatience, and authority. Those who pick up on this language may unfortunately feel pressured in to working harder or acting quicker. This may cause them to make a mistake, to which the finger tapper will get even more tappy.

If you’re performing brain surgery or deactivating a bomb, you want to kick the finger tappers out of your private space, before you end up kicking them in their private place.

6. The Head Tilt

The head tilt

Unlike when someone leans away from you (showing disinterest), the side tilt of someone’s head, shows that someone might be interested in the message they believe you are conveying.  Some people may not pick up on this since the head tilt is commonly associated with zombies and that weird twitching girl from the well in the movie “The Ring”

7. The Chin Stroke

The Chin Stroke

Like the steeple, this move shows contemplation from a position of security. Contrary to belief, chin stroking is not just a way for baby faced bearding hipsters to appear more intellectual. Both Men and Women are guilty of stroking this part of their body (although its seen more often in men than women).

Sometimes it can mean the person isn’t buying what you’re selling/telling so to speak, but other times it can mean they are intrigued by the idea presented to them and they are just contemplating it deeper.

Alternatively they may be up to something.

7. The Hand Rub

the hand rub

The Hand Rub is a sign of anticipation. This means the person rubbing their hands is expecting something good to come their way. They have bought in to the offer hook line and sinker and now they’re just waiting for delivery.  However, sometimes, they’re just trying to warm up their hands to they can text while outside in the cold.

Every time you communicate with someone. You convey messages with your language, tone, and posture. The primary factor we use in judging others, is how they communicate with us. Learning to interpret and use proper body language can be just as important as learning vocabulary and may just give you a deeper look past the surface during your next human to human engagement.

Now we’re not  saying you can judge a book by its cover, that’s not what we believe in at all.

We’re just saying it helps if you read the dust jacket.

Don’t forget to check out our next article on Ways to read a person like a book part 2  – “Insecure” poses and postures.

Do you know anyone with confident body language?  Are they confident  enough to wear a “Mankini?” Not sure?

If you haven’t had the privilege of seeing a mankini you can get one in our Geek Toys and Gadgets section

The Truth Behind The 3 Real Halloween Monsters

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

1. Zombies

We know what you’re thinking….

Zombies don’t exist in real life. If you are what you eat, and Zombies eat brains, then zombies would be represented by the intellectuals of the world and not the simple minded sardonic cadence of an unrehearsed flash mob.

Einstein was most likely a Zombie

Einstein was most likely a Zombie

However, there has been real evidence to support the existence of Zombies. In fact, Zombies are even mentioned in the old testament as a creation of god (or recreation), so they actually predate the Hatian culture that many believe to be their origin.

Physical evidence of Zombies has been found recently by archaeologists during a survey of medieval churches in County Roscommon, Ireland. There, they discovered a number of 8 century skeletons that had large stones placed in their mouths during burial as a way to prevent the bodies from rising from the dead.

Unlike modern day Zombies who are brought to life by strange viruses created by corporations, Zombies from the 8th century were created by evil spirits entering into the mouth of the body after death. (although sometimes the spirit would reanimate the its own body after death as well). However, it was believed that a well placed rock would prevent such an occurrence.

Zombies in nature

Nature has been playing around with zombies for quite some time now. Once example is the zombie-ant fungus known as Ophiocordyceps unilateralis.

This malevolent fungus infects the brain of an unsuspecting ant, luring it away from its colony and family, only to have it bite down on the underside of a leaf where a long stalk spikes though its head shooting spores into the air in the hopes of infecting other ants with its zombie virus.

So as you can see, zombies are quite “real,” in fact, “Zombiesm” is quickly becoming the number one religion on the planet. (see daft gadgets article “The 6 Most Ridiculously Rich Zombies in The World“)

Moving on we have…..

2.Vampires

Like Zombies, Vampires continue to live past their death by eating humans who have not converted to either Vampirism or Zombism. We’re pretty sure vampires don’t eat zombies, but we can’t say for sure if zombies eat vampires since our only reference of the two being together is the original fright night movie.

Why Remove the Zombie in the Remake?

Why Remove the Zombie in the Remake?

Over the centuries, Vampires have gone from being depicted as evil fanged monsters to post 1970 sexy mysterious seducers.

However, the idea of a species that lives off human blood-sucking pre-dates all written records and has been found on shards of ancient Persian pottery (although back then, blood drinking was attributed to demons and spirits.)

Evidence of Vampires

One of the first vampire reports came from a place called “Istria” which is modern day Croatia. There, according to local reports, a vampire named Giure Grando died and returned from the dead to drink peoples blood and sexual harass his widow. This was considered unacceptable behavior and the village leader ordered a stake driven through Giure’s heart. When this didn’t work, they cut off his head.

Vampires in Nature.

There is no shortage of parasites in nature, however vampires tend to exist more readily in tiny insects like mosquitoes, and ticks, rather than mammals.

However Latin America is the home of 3 species of Vampire Bats which have been known to swoop down and feast on humans from time to time.

photos compliments of wikipedia

"photos compliments of wikipedia"

Scientists call the act of sucking blood Hematophagy.

Now, we may all think of parasites and vampires as selfish creatures, but like Edwards family in twilight, vampire bats can be considered a thoughtful and caring bunch and have been known to puke up blood to feed those in their group who have gone hungry.

Ahh….Isn’t that sweet…

vampire bat video

3. Werewolves.

An 18th century engraving of a werewolf

An 18th century engraving of a werewolf

A few references to men changing into wolves can be found as far back as Ancient Greek literature and mythology. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus described places were an entire tribe of people were all transformed into wolves once every year for several days.

Since then, they have become very popular in both European and Western culture.

The scientific term for someone who turns into a wolf is a Lycanthrope or “werewolf” and is generally thought to occur through various methods.

Including:

  • Removing the skin of a wolf and wearing it (yes, this one is very original)
  • Rubbing your body with magic salve
  • Drinking rainwater out of the footprint of a wolf or werewolf
  • Sleeping outside on a summer night with a full moon on your face
  • Being bitten by a werewolf
  • Swearing allegiance to Satan. (although some viewed the curse of lycanthropy to be a divine punishment)

Evidence of Werewolves.

At Daft Gadgets we feel that a true werewolf is a combination of two separate diseases.

The first known formally as “Clinical Lycanthropy” it is a rare psychiatric syndrome/mental illness that causes the a patient to believe they are a werewolf and act like one accordingly. When this illness is mixed with Hypertrichosis (also called Ambras Syndrome), you have yourself a real werewolf.

Hypertrichosis

Hypertrichosis is informally known as “werewolf” syndrome due to the irregular hair growth it causes over a person’s entire body.

Now both Hypertrichosis and Clinical Lycanthropy are very rare, so there has not been an “official” case of someone with Hypertrichosis running through the woods to hunt vampires or doing any other werewolf type activities. All were saying is, that its possible it might happen.

And that’s as real as we want it to get.

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4 Scientific Cases Of Animals Who May Actually Be Astral Projecting

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

Astral Projection is thought by many to be a form of lucid dreaming. Its the ability to project your body or self image in the “astral plane” or as some would say; “The collective dream consciousness”

Most people, however agree that the astral plane is a place for sentient humans, and not a place for your everyday barn yard animals. After all, eating an astral projection is not likely to fill you up, so cows and chickens don’t really have a place with humans who are traveling the astral plane.

Science can only explain so much in the field of lucid dreaming, but we at Daft Gadgets feel that the evidence in the videos below, speaks for itself.

1. Biscuit the Dream Walker

sleep walking dog

Biscuit hasn’t quite learned how to dream walk without using her body yet. She’s known to rise up like a Zombie and wander around the house while dreaming. Sometimes Biscuit will chase and bark at squirrels or possibly aliens (were not really sure since we don’t go to the same astral plane as her) and on some occasions she will run directly into a wall and wake up (Although she does run much faster on her side than when on her feet)

What do the Experts Say?

Scientists believe that Biscuit suffers from Parasomnia, which may be classified as sleepwalking, night terrors, or Rem Behavior Disorder.

For those of you concerned with Biscuits well being you can rest assured that Biscuit is a professional astral projector and is just fine despite running into numerous walls and obstacles.

2. Skeeter the Spontaneous Dreamer

Nacoleptic dog

Skeeter was normal for the first 4 years of his life, until he found away to transcend to the astral plane. At any given moment Skeeter can drop into a full REM state joining his fellow lucid dreamers on a trip to the astral park.

If you’ve ever seen a comedy sketch where someone is so tired they pass out in a plate of spaghetti, you’ll have a better idea of what happens to Skeeter.

What do the experts say it is?

The Experts say that Skeeter suffers from Narcolepsy that comes from a malfunctioning gene responsible for wakefulness. This causes Skeeter to skip the light sleep and medium sleeping modes going straight from full wakefulness to deep REM sleep. Kind of like a hypnotist snapping his fingers, except this actually works.

Unfortunately, Skeeter is now on the astral plane full time, since he was hit by a car while falling asleep during a chase. However, his brain was donated to science in the hope that we can learn more about what causes narcolepsy in humans.

And no, we don’t subscribe to the point of view that the scientist who received Skeeters corpse were in fact “Mad Scientists” who conspired to run down skeeter on the road to gain a possible specimen.

3. Men Who Stare At Goats.

Okay to be fair this should actually be call “men who blow horns at goats” but you get the idea.

If you’ve seen the Jedi Master George Clooney kill a goat through concentration, then you are aware of the fact that goats can “drop dead” as a moments notice. Of course as we all know, Hollywood has a tendency to exaggerate things from time to time. Exaggerations being dodging bullets, high speed chases, and killing goats through power of thought. The video above however, is no exaggeration.

The Way we see it is that the goats aren’t actually “dropping dead” as much as they are “astral projecting.” Unfortunately for the goats, taking off to the astral plane at the first sign of Danger, isn’t exactly a great way to ensure the survival of your species, which is probably why there are less than 20,000 of these goats left in existence (out of around 450 million goats in total).

What do the Experts Say?

Men who stare at goats

Scientists believe that these goats are “fainting” due to over excitement, kind of like they just saw Elvis in concert. The scientific smart person term for this is called myotonia congenita which causes the goats brain signals to force their muscles to continuously expand and contract, kind of like they were getting tasered.

Needless to say, without human intervention, these goats would most likely be extinct.

4. Half Brained Dolphins.

drawing compliments of wikipedia

drawing compliments of wikipedia

All Mammals need sleep, and all mammals need air. So how do dolphins sleep without drowning?

Believe it or not, Dolphins don’t breath unless they choose to. Unlike humans who breath naturally without thinking about it, dolphins actually have to make a conscious effort to breathe.

Known as “conscious breathers” dolphins can’t afford to sleep in and be late for breathing, and as we all know electricity and water don’t mix, so alarm clocks are pretty much out of the question. So what does a dolphin do?

The answer. It only turns half its brain off. This means that dolphins are the ultimate lucid dreamers in that they exist both here and on the astral plane simultaneously! Scientists have studied this phenomenon in dolphins, using electroencephalography, which is a method of attaching Frankenstein electrodes to the heads of dolphins in order to measure the electrical impulses during shut down.

We suspect that they found that Dolphins are a pretty “chilled out” and relaxed species.

If you want to chill like a dolphin you can check out the animatronic dolphin in our Daft Gadgets Shop.

The 5 Greatest Teachers in the Science Fiction Universe.

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

For those of us who grew up in a world where cinematic technology brought science fiction to life there have been many great lessons from the universe of fantasy and science fiction. These lessons were usually passed down from a teacher to a hero, or if you were an evil child from Sith Lord to apprentice.

Because we at Daft Gadgets prefer to walk the path of the Jedi, we have not included Darth Plagueis, (the teacher of Darth Sidious) in our list of great teachers from the world of Science Fiction and instead are beginning our list with…..

Yoda

A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge. Never for attack.

"A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge. Never for attack."

Yoda trained only the most loyal and committed students in the Jedi Ways of the force. Before joining the Jedi council his lived life aboard the Jedi training ship known as “Chunthor” not to be confused with “Gunther” from the show friends

Not a Jedi training ship.

Not a Jedi training ship.

The focus of Yoda’s teaching was based upon the understanding that as you become closer to nature you become closer to the force, becoming most powerful in death when you become one with the force entirely.

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.” Yoda would say, So in some ways he can be viewed as a crazy religious suicide cult leader.

However to his students, he was much more than that.

As nice and peaceful as Yoda was, he was not easy on his students. he exposed them to tests of endurance, strength and skill and well as potentially traumatizing psychological battles. He was known for sending his students into evil trees that would create a dark side based version of victims who entered. This taught students that they were their own greatest enemies and that potentially all fear is fear of oneself.

When Yoda was asked what was in the tree he would respond “Only what you take with you.”

Words of Wisdom from Yoda:

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.”

“Careful you must be when sensing the future, Anakin. The fear of loss is a path to the dark side.”

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”

“No! No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.”

Luke: “I don’t believe it…”
Yoda: “That is why you fail.”
―Yoda to Luke[src]

“When all choices seem wrong, choose restraint.

“If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play.”

“On many long journeys have I gone. And waited, too, for others to return from journeys of their own. Some return; some are broken; some come back so different only their names remain.”

“When you fall, apprentice, catch you I will.”
―Yoda to Dooku

“Honor life by living, Padawan. Killing honors only death: only the dark side.”
―Yoda

“To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night, Padawan: but choose!”

“When you look at the dark side, careful you must be … for the dark side looks back.”
―Yoda

The Next Great Teacher from the Sci Fi Universe to break the list is…

Jor-El

Now we know what you are thinking, how Smart can someone be whose family is from the house of “L” and has a giant “S” as their family logo? Well, it turns out pretty damn smart!

Jor-El was a brilliant scientist who served on Krypton’s ruling council loyally for many years. He later married a girl named Lara (not be be confused with “Lara Croft” who later gave birth to the boy who would become superman (partially due to Jor-Els teaching and training)

Not a Jedi training ship

Not Superman's Mom

Jor-El is also known for being a bit of a cold hearted bastard, but in his defense, he purposely withheld his emotions from the crystals he transferred his brainwaves to so that he would not be too easy on his son. This way Superman would learn to survive on earth without becoming an evil threat to humanity.

Some of Jor-El’s best teaching quotes are:

The evil is you, Kal-El. The greatest threat Earth will face is coming. It preys on wavering souls like yours. Once this darkness consumes you, you will be Earth’s greatest enemy.

“Each time you let your emotions guide you, the fate of the entire planet is at risk. That is your weakness, Kal-El.”

“The tide of fate is impossible to stop. Even if you are able to alter one course of events, the universe will find others.”

“Your determination is strong, Son, but just as your passion will be your greatest strength, so, too, will it be your greatest obstacle.”

“You cannot be a beacon of hope when you have darkness in your heart.”

“You are mistaken to think that we are so different from humans. Our sacred book of Rao teaches that wherever there is light, there is darknes”

Albus Dumbledore

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

Albus Percival Wulfic Brian Dumbledore is known for both his prowess as a wizard and profoundly wise teacher to some and probably mistaken for Santa Clause by others.  However, unlike Santa Clause, Dumbledore is merely fictional.

According to his creator Dumbledore is the “Epitome of goodness.” He has a deep understanding of the magic of love which allows him  extraordinary powers like turning invisible without an invisibility cloak.

As a teacher, Dumbledore gives off an aura of serenity and composure even though he is extremely eccentric and slightly effeminate. The use of humor puts his students at ease making him very well liked by his students, but his best quality of teaching is probably his overwhelming faith in his students.

Some quotes from the Legendary teacher of Hogwarts are:

I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me. Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.

“After all to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

“Do not pity the dead Harry.  Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

“It is a curious thing, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. “

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

“It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.”

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

“It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

Professor Xavier

“Oppression is no excuse for vengeance”

“Oppression is no excuse for vengeance”

With the X-men hitting movies in the 21st century, more people are becoming aware of the comic book universe and the vast collection of great teachers and lessons found within their stories. The stories are becoming so popular that characters like professor X have reached mainstream media print like Business Week. According to BusinessWeek, Charles Xavier is listed as one of the top ten most intelligent fictional characters in American comics. Now we’re not sure why BusinessWeek would stoop down to list writing with the like of us, but we welcome the company.

Professor Xavier (Professor X) is known for teaching minorities (mutants) to live in peace with members of the majority (humans) He teaches his students to act responsible with their abilities so that there is no need for others to fear their power and create war. However, living in a fictional universe allows him many teaching abilities that other may not have. For example, Professor X can read one persons mind, learn the material, and then transfer that material to another persons mind.

This power would also be a good way to create and rule a totalitarian society if Professor X was evil, but superheroes like him rarely use their powers for personal gain. Like other great teachers on this list, Professor X is all about peace, unity, teamwork, freedom and love, and according to his creators, was clearly inspired by the civil rights rhetoric of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some quotations of Professor Xavier’s wisdom are:

“Oppression is no excuse for vengeance”

“True focus lies somewhere between rage and serenity”


The Oracle

Lifes too short. Thats not a prediction.

Life's too short. That's not a prediction.

The Oracle is known as “The Mother” of the Matrix. She possesses an emotional intelligence that opposes the misguided logic of the Architect of the matrix and she uses this power to guide the organic beings who are living oppressed in a world dominated by machines.

She possesses the power of foresight, which allows her to not only mess with the heads of her students but also order them around like puppets if she chooses. However, she also chooses to use her powers for good and doesn’t use her powers of foresight to play the lottery or make money in the stock market.

The Oracle is unlike any other teacher in that she has almost a Socratic way of asking her students questions that they already know the answersto, while providing them with faith in her predictions on their path to find faith within themselves.

Some words of wisdom from the Oracle are:

It means know thy self. I wanna tell you a little secret, being the one is just like being in love. No one needs to tell you you are in love, you just know it, through and through.

Everything that has a beginning has an end

Cookies need love like everything does.

Life’s too short. That’s not a prediction.

If you think you would make a great teacher in the Science Fiction universe, check out our Jedi Space Rug in our Daft Gadgets shop.

The 4 Greatest Teachers of All Time

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

What makes a great teacher?

At Daft Gadgets we think the mark of a great teacher is  the creation of a great student who not only expands their knowledge beyond their teachings, but also becomes a great teacher themselves.

In short, great teachers create great teachers.

#4. Socrates

“The only thing I know is that I know nothing” – Socrates


Most of what is known of Socrates comes from his pupils. He had the type of mind that could bring back everything on his wife’s grocery list without ever writing anything down. When Socrates taught his students, he engaged their minds through questioning and analogy.


Unlike George Orwell’s 1984 where thinking certain thoughts was a crime in itself, thought crime in Socrates City of Athens was about making students think for themselves and not blindly accepting what they were told.  However, just like in Orwell’s dystopian society, thought crime = Death.
Yes, the greatest teacher of all time was put to death for perverting the minds of youth with their own ideas and imagination, which the Athens city elders believed was “Iconoclastic”


Of course, some may argue that Socrates was a disingenuous ego maniac who liked to look down upon those of inferior intelligence. He gained this reputation by asking questions that he already knew the answers to as a way to get others to follow the same path of reasoning, or take him on a path of reasoning he had never been.


Some people got angry at this because it seemed like he was making fun of them, pointing out their ignorance when in fact, he was kind of saying “Now you see how screwed up I am with all this reasoning stuff”


So Who Did Socrates Teach that was So Important?

Well, there was this guy

Plato

Not to be confused with “Play Doh”

h3Not Plato/h3

(Not Plato)

Some of our favorite Plato Quotations on teaching are:

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”


“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.”


Plato was the price student of Socrates and founder of “The Academy,” the very first higher learning institution.


In his work called “The Republic” Plato envisioned a utopian society led by philosophers who were trained from birth to be rulers. However some critics considered Platos republic to be an elitist totalitarian regime masked under the guise of community and moral principals.


Although the Republic is Plato’s most famous work, it is most likely a branch off of his “theory of Forms” in that he is trying to find the true and perfect from of a “society.”


So who did Plato teach that made him such a good teacher?

Aristotle

Aristotle (Right) with Plato (Left)

Aristotle (Right) with Plato (Left)


“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.”

“All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”



Aristotle was Plato’s student for 20 years. He would later start his own higher learning institution known as the “Lycium” where he would expound a philosophy entirely different from his teacher Plato.


Aristotle the Student of the Student of Socrates would become considered by some as the father of empirical science and scientific method and go on to teach students like Alexander the Great, who as we know, was pretty great himself.

Haydn

Haydn was not only one of the most prolific composers of the Classical period, but he was also known as the “Father of Symphony.”
So who did Haydn teach that was so impressive?

Well for one…

Beethoven

Here the teacher and student relationship did not work well, at least according to Beethoven. Beethoven felt that the composition lessons from Haydn offered him no value, but others have noticed a much stronger influence that Beethoven cared to admit. For example, Beethoven’s symphonies 1 and 2 have been described as “Hayden on Steroids.”

However Hayden “did” get along with another great composer who went by the name of Mozart.

Mozart

Although not formally a teacher student duo, Mozart valued Hayden’s opinions and became highly influenced by him.

Hayden may have been overshadowed by his contemporaries, but it has been said that “his music often contained both the sublime lyricism of Mozart and the dramatic profundity of Beethoven.”

Sometimes the best teachers are those who share their experiences with others takings a similar path in life

Angelo Dundee

“I just put the reflexes in the proper direction.”

If you are ever in a fight, this is the guy you want in your corner.


Angelo Dundee is considered the greatest corner-man of all time. His fame began when coached Carmen Basilio in the defeat of world welterweight champion Tony DeMarco Followed by Sugar Ray Robinson.


Dundee worked with 15 world boxing champions over his career including Sugar Ray Leonard, Willie Pastrano , Jimmy Ellis, Carmen Basilio, José Nápoles, Luis Rodriguez and George Foreman. However his prize student is most likely none other than……

Muhammed Ali

Dundee trained Cassius Clay (Ali’s name back then) in fights against Archie Moore and Sonny Liston (Ali’s first famous heavyweight title match)


Other notable matches Dundee trained and coached Ali for include: Jerry Quarry, Oscar Bonavena, Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson, George Foreman, Ken Norton and, later, Leon Spinks (no this isn’t the Spinks that Tyson knocked out of boxing in 91 seconds although that fight was pretty memorable too if you weren’t out getting popcorn at the time)


The Way we see it, there’s teaching on and off the field and Dundee takes the top spot because not only did he prepare his students, he also helped them adapt to anything they faced in “Real Time,” and that’s something students usually have to learn painfully for themselves.

Andrea del Verrocchio


Andrea del Verrocchio was an Italian sculptor, goldsmith and painter in Florence during the early renaissance.
Like Socrates, he didn’t leave a lot of works behind. Little is known about his life, but his advancement is said to be owed much to the patronage of Piero de’ Medici and his son Lorenzo.


However, there have also been accounts that he was apprenticed to Donatello (not the Ninja Turtle) early on in his career.

Not the early Renaissance Italian artist and sculptor
Not the early Renaissance Italian artist and sculptor

So who did this guy teach that makes him so well known?

Well this guy for one.

Leonardo Davinci

Davinci may be one of the most well know geniuses of all time.


Not just a painter, and sculptor, Davinci surpassed his mentor with his “unquenchable curiosity” by reaching into the realms of music, architecture, science, mathematics, engineering, invention, anatomy, geology, cartography, botany, and writing.


In 1466 Leonardo was apprenticed to Verrocchio who was associated with teaching other famous painters like Domenico Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Botticelli, and Lorenzo di Credi. At the early age of 14, Leonardo was exposed to theoretical concepts as well as technical training in skills like drafting, chemistry, metallurgy, metal working, plaster casting, leather working, mechanics and carpentry as well as the artistic skills of drawing, painting, sculpting and modeling.


At 20 years of age, Leonardo qualified as a master in the Guild of St Luke, the guild of artists and doctors of medicine, but his bond with his teacher kept him working with Verrocchio even though Leonardo had his own workshop and artistic recognition,

Davinci was an obviously good student, but some make forget that the teacher who inspired him may deserve some of the credit.

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6 Cool Substitute Teachers Who Could Walk into Your Class.

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

Sting

Photo Compliments of Wikipedia

"I just was in hell when I was teaching. I inspired the kids only by teaching them what I liked and what I was inspired by and enjoyed - that was basically soccer and poetry. "The rest of it I couldn't teach." - Sting (photo compliments of wikipedia)

We can’t help but think it would be really cool to have a rock star teacher for English class. Imagine the enthusiasm kids would have for poetry and song writing when engaged by a professional and famous musician like sting.

Yes, thats right, band camp would suddenly become the next cool thing to do.   Students would be rushing home to work all night on homework that just may become a hit song someday. Yep every kids dream: to get paid for going to school.

A rock star teacher would have most students thinking they’re in bizarro world.

STING has confessed he was an awful teacher before he became a rock star – because he only taught kids subjects he found interesting. We at Daft Gadgets think that this probably makes him one of the best teachers out there.
Sting was a certified primary school teacher in England and also taught English in a secondary school in Cramlington near Newcastle. So technically, it is possible that he could show up in your class as a substitute teacher.

“I just was in hell when I was teaching. I inspired the kids only by teaching them what I liked and what I was inspired by and enjoyed – that was basically soccer and poetry. “The rest of it I couldn’t teach.” – Sting

George “The Animal” Steel


Some of you may remember WWF (now WWE) wrestler George the Animal Steel.

George was known for antics like Eating the stuffing from turnbuckles and for his famous finishing move the flying hammerlock.

What type of wrestler eats foam from a turnbuckle? Well, Steel was a simpleton with low intelligence but cunning animal instincts, and believe it or not, before he was a wrestler, George the Animal Steel was a school teacher.

In fact, the simple minded animal taught school for 25 years, coaching football for 17 years and starting a wrestling program. One night he may be giving a “Beat Down” on Hulk Hogan at Madison Square Garden on a Saturday, only to be back there coaching Monday Night Football two days later.  As well, with the Animal teaching class, excuses like “The teacher ate my homework mom” might actually fly.

Now sure, MMA and martial arts are pretty badass, but you step outside with someone and tell them that you were trained by George the Animal Steel and you bet their face will turn a little scared.

Just that alone would make having George as one of our substitute teachers would be a dream come true.

Sheryl Crow


It may have been Van Halen who wrote “hot for teacher” but having this rock star in class would definitely have students paying attention.

Sherly Crow was a music teacher at Kellison Elementary teacher for two years before becoming a back up singer for Michael Jackson. So it is possible that she could return to the profession as a substitute in your class.

Here’s to hoping.

Gene Simmons

"I did it for six months, and I wanted to kill every single kid," - Gene Simmons

Although only teaching for 6 months, we think this long tongued, leather and chains, sex craved musician turned businessman turned reality tv star would make one hell of a substitute teacher.

Assuming he left us alive.

Stephen King


Working his way up, Stephen King began his career in a laundromat, to them become a janitor, and then finally an English teacher at Harned Publish School.

The way we see it, students would always be a little on edge if they had King as a teacher, and as such, paying better attention in class.

It could be argued that being a teacher launched his career since “Carrie” (based upon an ostracized girl in high school) was Kings first success, and as such he could be talked into making a cameo appearance as a substitute teacher, which would be a much better choice than the late “Running Man” author Richard Bachman, who was, as King said: “A Nasty Man… I’m glad he’s dead”

Richard Bachman

Richard Bachman

Other possible substitute teachers include:
Sir William Golding
JK Rowling
Barack Obama
Art Garfunkel
Billy Crystal
Greg Graffin (bad Religon)
Andy Griffith (Matlock)

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The 4 Worst Teachers to Get When Going Back To School

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

If you think school sucks now, just remember it could be a lot worse.

In honor of September being “Back to School” month, we at Daft Gadgets have compiled a list of the top worst school teachers out there to remind you just how good today’s students really have it.

The first being…..

#1 George Orwell

Photo thanks to wikipedia

Photo thanks to wikipedia

George Orwell was the pen name of author, journalist and teacher “Eric Blair”. With his mental acuity equal only to his wit, Eric Blair also had a profound awareness of social injustice as well as a strong belief in democratic socialism.

So what did he do that’s such a big deal?

Well he wrote the dystopian novel 1984

As well as the satirical novella “Animal Farm”


(not to be confused with animal house)


Together these two books have sold more than any other twentieth century author.

Where and When did George Orwell Teach?

In April 1932 Eric Blair taught at the Hawthorns High School in West London. This was around the time he publish his essay called “Clink” which was about his failed attempt to get sent to prison (he gets liquored up and tries to get arrested so that he can document police brutality, but unfortunately they were too nice).

He then later taught at Frays College in a class of 200 students.

Frays river

Frays river

What would be so bad about having him as your teacher.

A tantō knife prepared for seppuku.

A tantō knife prepared for seppuku.

Well, as witty as he may be, his outlook on society might be taken to be that life is nothing more that a desultory journey to a final dirt nap caused by a bullet to the back of your head. When we study, we open our minds to our teachers, and it is likely that anyone in his class would probably take an overdose of depression.

On the lighter side, truly depressed suicidal people can experience great carriers as “Adrenaline Junkies”

#2. Benito Mussolini

Il Duce

Il Duce

Mussolini was known for being an intelligent child with a violent temper and large ego. After being expelled from school due to poor grades and misbehavior, he was sent to a boarding school as an attempt to set him straight.

The Boarding School was in Faenza Italy, but Mussolini found it to be a little too strict and began once again breaking rules by being late, mouthing off in class, and stabbing students (no were not kidding, he was expelled from the boarding school for stabbing a fellow student)

Not Il Duce, but you get the point

Not Il Duce, but you get the point

As the saying goes, “those who can’t do, teach.” Benito Mussolini would get his diploma and go on to have a brief career as a secondary school teacher.

You might want to remember that next time you take advantage of a new or substitute teacher.

#3. John Wesley Hardin

"I Shot a Sun Tanning Mexican to win a $5 Bet"

Hardin became a school teacher somewhere around 1868, just after killing 3 people. However, because being a school teacher in Navarro paid really crappy, Hardin attempted to make money on the side paying poker, where his failure at the game caused him to kill another player.

After leaving his career as a school teacher to become a fugitive gambler.  Hardin was known for things like “shooting the person snoring in the next room through the hotel wall, and killing a deputy sheriff.

These types of acts would land him in jail for 17 years. After that he was pardoned and immediately passed the bar examination to become a lawyer. A changed man, fully pardoned and now capable of practicing and teaching law, he is said to have then killed a suntanning Mexican to win a $5 dollar bet.

The Moral of the story here is probably to never gamble with your teacher or professor.

#4. Havelock Ellis

Havelock Ellis was a British Physician, psychologist, and Master at a private school who studied human sexuality with regards to transgender sexuality, narcissism and eroticism.

“What so bad about that? It sounds like he was ahead of his time and a great liberal thinker?”

Well, uhhhh……

The thing is, having a teacher like this would be very stressful. Now forget the fact that this sex aficionado was in charge of two elementary schools for a second and focus on what getting a bad grade would mean if you were one of his students.

You see, Havelock was a proponent of the wonderful world of Eugenics which had the great idea of progressing human evolution manually.

How you ask?

Well, because everyone knows that people who fail is school offer no use or value to society, it is was deemed by the supporters of Eugenics that it would be a good idea to forcefully sterilize children who did poorly in school.  This way, only the smartest people could have children, in turn making a more intelligent population.

This meant that they could remove idiots like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein from our gene pool and replace them with high school graduates.

Remember that the next time you get a bad grade

Here’s a look into the wonderful world of eugenics

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4 Jobs That Are Strictly for The Birds

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

#1. Falconry

Falconry was once the sport of kings, and no wonder, who wouldn’t look super cool wearing a Falcon?

Anyone can put on some stupid top hat or add an accessory like a walking cane, umbrella, or Mr Peanut monocle, but nothing quite says “this guy is bad-ass”
like having one of nature’s fastest most efficient killers keeping looking out from your shoulder.

Now we know what you’re thinking. Pirates have been wearing birds for years, and they look pretty bad-ass, why don’t I just get a parrot?

The way we see it is this. Pirates are ugly and most likely use these brightly colored birds to take people’s focus of their ugly faces. As well, the parrot is more of a pet than an ally, and at best will make a nice meal for our Falcon.

A Falcon on the other hand, is more than just a pet that sits around mooching off your scraps and pooping down the back of your shirt.  Its is also a really cool hunting buddy who just may help you catch a rabbit ducks or pheasant.

Essentially if you are starving, a parrot can only feed you once, whereas a falcon can feed you for a lifetime.

So what does a Falcon do that makes them so badass?

Well, if you think that you can create a loving bond with a Falcon, Eagle or Hawk, you couldn’t be more wrong. The bond between falcon and falconer is one of opportunity.

The Falcon sticks around because you feed it the best parts of any kill. It will gladly take down 3 or 4 rabbits for you in exchange for the prime cuts. Of course in the hunting relationship, you are the dog and the falcon is the master, so you have to go scare the rabbits and prey out of the bush so the falcon can swoop down and take care of business.

If you get real serious about hunting with falcons, you can upgrade to a golden eagle.  Just remember the following rule.

The bigger the bird, the bigger the bastard they are.

2. Cormorants

Cormorants are also known as shags and their is no Austin Powers pun intended.

People have been using these birds to catch fish since long before the invention of the fishing rod.  In the early days, a human on a raft would attach a snare around the birds throat so that it couldn’t swallow any fish and send it out fishing. When the bird returned to the raft, the human would remove the fish from the bird’s throat.

That’s right, before the invention of “choking the chicken”, there was “choking the cormorant”, which was a code word for “fishing” by yourself. (okay we made this last part up, cormorant fishing masters ride with a helper or “nakanori” and a champion rider or “Tomonori”)

Of course, choking a deep throated cormorant isn’t easy. In fact, they are known for the ability to hold up to 6 big fish in their throat at a time (they can still swallow the small ones).

In Japan, cormorant fishing is called ukai and has continued on the Nagara River uninterrupted for 1300 years.

3. Homing Pigeons

Years ago, homing pigeons weren’t just a way to send someone a delicious meal, they were also used to carry messages back and forth.

The Egyptians and the Persians first used carrier pigeons 3,000 years ago, while In 1860, Paul Reuter, (the founder of Reuters press agency), used a fleet of over 45 pigeons to deliver news and stock prices.

The world’s first ‘airmail’ stamps were issued for the Great Barrier Pigeon-Gram Service from 1898 to 1908.

And Homing pigeons are still employed in the 21st century by certain remote police departments in Orissa state in eastern India to provide emergency communication services following natural disasters.

Oh yeah, and have you heard of “VOIP” (voice over internet protocol)? Well there is now a proposal (although a humorous one) in computer networking and communications called “IPOAC” which stands for: Internet Protocol Over Avian Carriers.

In September 2009, a South African IT company, based in Durban, took an 11-month-old pigeon named “Winston” who was equipped with a secret 4GB memory stick and put him up against the ADSL service from the country’s biggest internet service provider, Telkom.

Winston took an hour and eight minutes to carry the data 80 km (50 miles). Including downloading, it took two hours, six minutes, and 57 seconds for the data to arrive, the same amount of time it took to transfer 4% of the data over the ADS.

4. Honeyguide

Honeyguides are known for deliberately leading humans to bee hives in a mutualistic relationship where the humans get the honey and the honey bees get the grubs and bees wax.

According to scientists, The Boran tribes of east Africa use a specific loud whistle, known as the “Fuulido”, right before they begin a honey search. This “Fuulido” whistle doubles the encounter rate with honeyguides.

Like the Cuckoo Bird, the honeyguides are bastards. They are born into a nest of other birds and hatch as a sort of “orphaned ugly duckling” Naturally being pissed off, they are known to kill the other baby birds in the nest from time to time as a way of getting all the food from their new adopted “host parent”

4 Hidden Messages in Songs that Aren’t Really There and 2 That Really Are.

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

Sometime in history after the invention of the phonograph, people got stoned and started turning records backwards to hear what they thought were hidden satanic messages.

Although probably self prophetic in nature, there have been a few messages that still have us scratching our heads thinking “Was that put in there on purpose?” “is this whole rock and roll fiasco really the music of the devil?”

The Good news is that most of these messages are probably just coincidence, and if not, you probably don’t have anything to worry about unless your Benjamin Button  (in which case you are probably going straight to hell.)

Now we know what you’re thinking.

You’re thinking of what a cool movie it would be to watch Benjamin Button go to hell. First he would live his life forwards making all his mistakes, and then he would have to fix them as he aged backwards so that he could get into heaven instead of hell.

In fact, maybe that’s what Benjamin Button was actually about. We don’t know because nobody here watched it.

Anyway, this article is about back masking and hidden satanic messages in songs that probably aren’t really there.

The first being…..

1. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven,

One of the most famous of all backmasking tracks, Stairway to Heaven emits what appears to be a “possessed” Robert Plant speaking demonic incantations with the repeating words “My Sweet Satan” There is then some more specific phrases about suffering in a tool shed which may or may not have references to Old Yeller’s final days of madness.

Lets go to the tool shed Yeller -Travis brWhats that shot gun for Travis? - Old Yeller

"Let's go to the tool shed Yeller" -Travis "What's that shot gun for Travis?" - Old Yeller


Either way, the official story is that any message heard while playing Stairway to Heaven backwards is just in your mind.

2. Slayer “Hell Awaits “Join us, Join us, Join us”

According to the Leprechaun who tells people to burn things, if you play the song “Hell Awaits” backwards it says “Yvan Eht Nioj”

yvan eht nioj

Oops wrong video, (we should know not to trust that leprechaun by now)

It actually says “Join Us” in Demon Talk.

Now one might think that this was a hidden satanic message, untill of course they heard the song play forwards, which has lyrics like:

“Priests of Hades seek the sacred star
Satan sees the answer lays not far
Zombies Screaming souls cry out to you
Satanic Laws prevail your life is through.”

With lyrics like these, its unlikely that they are trying to “hide” satanic messages and in fact, lends to the possibility that this is a satanic song played backwards with “Angel” messages in it.


3. Queen another one bites the dust – its fun to smoke marijuana

In the early 1980s, a bunch of Christian evangelists got together in an uproar about the Rock song by Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” .  No they weren’t upset about how the term “bites the dust” could relate to death and may warp the mind of a child.  They were much more concerned that there was a message in the chorus that could be heard when played backwards.

This message apparently said: “It’s fun to smoke marijuana”

A spokeswoman for Hollywood Records  denied that the song contained any back masking or satanic ideology, and the way we see it, it is much more likely that this group of Christians got caught smoking marijuana and attempted to pass blame on a gay rock n’ roll star.

4. Nirvana at end of teen spirit

According to Urban legend, Curt Cobain didn’t like the smell of teenage girl’s armpits and attempted to create a hidden satanic message describing how he he felt that society viewed him as a child who is no longer cute because they have reached puberty, and now produce a smelly sweat that society doesn’t want to smell.

Yes, Curt was a very deep individual.

His message, when played backwards is heard as:

“I am you, I am you, I am you, I hate you for that, why do you hate so much, what ya have for me? What do you want Say yes to me, what are you doing, say yes to me I am bruised too much, say yes to me. “

Because these lyrics are so similar in grammar to Curt’s regular writing style, most fans believe he is either speaking from beyond the grave.    Unfortunately his zombie was unavailable for comment.

Now for the 2 hidden messages that were meant for your ears:

5.  The B52s detour through your mind.

When you play this song backwards you hear the words:

“I buried my Parakeet in the backyard. Oh, No, your playing the record backwards, watch out you might ruin your needle.”

Now some people might think that “Parakeet” is another term for “Pigeon” or “Rat” and that the b52s whacked someone and buried them in the backyard, while others may feel that they are poking fun at psychedelia and backmasking.

We’ll leave it up to you to decide

6. Pink Floyd. Empty Spaces.

The song “Empty Spaces” from the classic album “The Wall” is probably the most famous of all known backmasking messages.

When played backwards you will hear the following message:


“Hello, hunters. Congratulations. You’ve just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the funny farm, Chalfont.” (voice in background) “Roger! Carolyne is on the phone! Congratulations, you have found the hidden message.

Now we weren’t sure what type of prize we won, so we did like the record said and mailed away to Pink care of the funny farm. The Craziest thing was…..the mail we sent was delivered to us.

It was that moment that we realized that the hidden message was that we are all living in an insane asylum!

Now, others have tried to convince us that we don’t live on the funny farm and that the mail was just “Returned to Sender” because the Pink Floyd message wasn’t a contest, but a joke.  We think they missed the hidden message behind “The Wall”.

To help create a complete list of backmasking songs head over to wikipedia and help update their backmasking list.

3 Myths About Scientific Geniuses People Still Believe

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

Einstein

Einstein-cartoon1

Myth: Einstein was an incompetent mathematician who was also responsible for the creation of the nuclear bomb.

Well as most people already know, Einstein (which oddly seems to translate in German to the name “1 Beer Keg”) was a very accomplished mathematician. The myth about him failing at math has been encouraged by television works from the cartoon kids show “Animanics” to Sci Fi Shows like “Star Trek the Next Generation”.

The internet on the other hand, has done a pretty good job dispelling the myth that Einstein couldn’t add and subtract.

However, for some reason, anti war “do gooders” feel the need to blame Einstein for something Oppenheimer and Fermi made (the Nuclear Bomb).

The Truth is:

Einstein had almost nothing to do with the creation of the nuclear bombs Fat Man or Little Boy. He was given a piece of paper to sign that said he endorsed moving forward with the technology because other countries probably already were, but that was pretty much his entire contribution to the nuclear bomb.

Now some people will argue the the nuclear bomb was created by his E = MC2 theory of relativity.

This however, is also wrong.

Although E=MC2 (A “Thing’s“ Energy is Equal to its Mass times a Constant {speed of light) Squared) is an energy conversion ratio that can be used in the calculation of energy dispersion from a potential nuclear explosion or power plant, it is absolutely redonkulous to think that this makes Einstein responsible in anyway for killing 200,000 Japanese people with a nuclear bomb.

As well, the E=MC2 wasn’t even part of his theory of relativity, It was just an after thought (probably so he could sound smarter than other people)

in fact, if he told people in plain language what his theory of special relativity actually meant, most people would have probably thought “Yeah, so what?”

Here’s the theory of special relativity in one sentence:

“The Rules of Physics Apply to All Objects Traveling in a Straight Line at a Constant Speed”

As you can see, special relativity is much easier to understand than than his theory of “General Relativity” which probably requires the use of hallucinogenic drugs to understand fully.

The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Galileo

Myth: Gallileo Dropped Things from the Leaning Tower of Pisa

We’ve all heard the story about how Galileo dropped two balls from the leaning tower of Pisa and how this proved the weight of an object did not affect how quickly it fell to the earth.

Why did he do this?

Was it to dispell the myth that dropping pennies from tall buildings can kill someone by sinking into their skull?

Unfortunately not, that myth is still believed.

The truth is:

This famous experiment never actually happened.

What did happen was that Galileo thought to himself:

“If I throw a ball, it will land on the ground, but since the earth is curved, it will land in a lower and lower spot the farther I throw it. In fact at some point it won’t land at all because the ball will always be falling lower. This means the ball will be traveling due to the force from falling rather than me throwing it. Actually I better duck because its only a matter of time before it goes around the earth and comes back to hit me in the back of the head.”

Okay, this may not be an exact record of Galileo’s train of thought, but its close enough to point out why he began his experiments with gravity.

The Ball experiment was not done from the leaning tower of Pisa but actually accomplished using 20 foot planks with a straight smoothed out groove in the center.

galileo balls

By rolling different balls down a plank from various heights, he was able to discover that the length the ball rolled was directly proportional to the square of the time taken. This was contrary to Aristotle’s view that would have predicted the velocity to be constant.

Edison

photo thanks to Wikipedia

photo thanks to Wikipedia

Myth: Edison was a genius inventor

We at Daft Gadgets share a collective view that this was not a myth, and that Edison was a genius inventor who made the biggest invention in history.

However, what he actually invented remains up for debate.

When Edison wasn’t electrocuting cats in bath tubs to prove that DC current from Westinghouse was safer the Tesla’s AC current, Edison was known for inventing things.

His greatest known invention was probably the electric light.

Too bad he didn’t actually invent it.

The Truth is:

In 1809 Sir Humphry Davy invented the first electric light which allowed miners to see in the dark that wouldn’t ignite a methane explosion that would kill them them all. This was a pretty big deal back in the day.

So what did Edison invent?

Well, the exact same thing. He took the electric light and replaced it with a filament that would burn longer than 12 hours (days on end). So really, his innovated the electric light.

See, Edison realized that there was no such thing as invention or originality, only creativity.   He probably looked at Leibniz and Newton who both “Invented” Infinitesimal Calculus in two separate ways (Newton liked to play with waves and Leibniz liked to play with triangles) and thought to himself:

“Invention is just who gets the credit not how creative you are!”

He would then go on to subconsciously create the greatest invention of them all…..The Patent office.

Controlling the patent meant that the invention credit would all end up in one place, and coincidentally, so would the money.

The Patent office was the most profitable invention in human history.

Don’t believe us? Who got richer for the invention of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, or Elisha Gray?

When Gray applied for a patent for the variable resistance telephone transmitter, the Patent Office determined “while Gray was undoubtedly the first to conceive of and disclose the variable resistance invention, his failure to take any action amounting to completion deprives him of the right to have it considered.”

To be fair, Edison did come up with idea of saying “Ahoy Ahoy” when answering the phone, and we all know that caught on real well.

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