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June 13, 2013

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 2013 the US Supreme Court invalidated gene patents held by Myraid Genetics when it ruled that isolated human genes are not patentable. This did two things to protect the human race. First, it prevented … Continue reading

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April 20, 1961

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1961, American engineer Harold Graham made the first manned rocket backpack flight in Niagara Falls, New York. He rose to a height of feet and flew a distance of over 100 feet, proving that … Continue reading

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October 22, 1938

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1938 Chester Carlson was able to demonstrate and use successfully his dry copying paper method. Thus was the born the beginning of the Xerox copying machine. Alas, it would be twenty-four years before Enos … Continue reading

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February 5, 1861

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1861, Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine and the framework for modern porn was born.

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December 26, 1982

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1982, “Time” magazine’s Man of the Year award was presented to a non-human, the computer. Hal 9000, Deep Thought, Orac, and Master Control Program electronically sent their congratulations.

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November 28, 1922

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1922, Captain Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force performed the first public exhibition of skywriting over New York’s Times Square. He was going to spell out, “For an extraordinary social engagement, please contact … Continue reading

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November 22, 1906

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1906, the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin adopted the SOS distress signal. It wasn’t until 2004 that it also adopted OMG, WTF, SMH, LOL and ROFLMAO.

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November 15, 1901

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1901 – Miller Reese patented an electrical hearing aid so he could listen to what his wife, Delores was saying. Very soon afterwards, he patented the turn-off switch for said hearing aid.

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October 28, 1904

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1904, the St. Louis Police Department became the first one to use fingerprinting. Fingerprinting became an invaluable evidence gathering tool for the solving of cases involving murder, armed robbery, and burglary. Although when the … Continue reading

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October 27, 1927

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1927, the film director and inventor Fred Waller received his patent for water skis. Many years later when he was asked about how he came up with the idea, he mentioned that he was … Continue reading

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