www.whyville.net Sep 7, 2008 Weekly Issue

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Taking Out the Trash

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Folks, we've got a special treat for you! That's right, he took his time machine all the way to 2008 to be with us today. So, you kinda know him . . . you kinda love him . . . you kind of are wondering who in the world I'm talking about . . . let's get a round of applause for Mr. Thomas Alva Edison!

Wicked777: It's great to have you here, Tom!
Tom: Wait, where am I?! How'd I get here?! Who are you?! Wicked777: Let's get straight to the questions here. Now, my sources tell me that in 1879, you successfully tested the incandescent light. What did you use for a filament?
Tom: I used burned sewing thread, but that's beside the point. Who are you?!
Wicked777: Of all your inventions, which is your favorite?
Tom: Well . . . uh . . . I'd say the phonograph. I call it my baby.
Wicked777: You're sometimes known as the "Wizard of Menlo Park." Why is that?
Tom: I set up a laboratory to invent things in, and it was in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
Wicked777: Your oldest children have nicknames, as I understand it. What are they?
Tom: My daughter's nickname is Dot, and my son's is Dash. They're named after the two symbols used in Morse Code.
Wicked777: Thanks for sharing with us, Tom. It's back to the 1800s for you!
Tom: Isn't it the 1800s now? What kind of place is this? I don't think I -

Moving on, folks!

Thomas Edison is known for inventing, among other things, the incandescent lightbulb. Nowadays, we use lampshades to cover them, so that the light isn't too strong. But when the bulb runs out, the lampshade doesn't just disappear. So, it needs a new use!

If you want to see your idea in next week's article, y-mail me!

"There is no substitute for hard work."


Author's Note: Quote by Thomas Edison

Interview source: http://www.funtrivia.com/en/People/Thomas-Edison-12703.html

Please note that the interview was not real, though the information given throughout it is true.

Sources for Pictures: http://www.dkimages.com/discover/Home/Performing-Arts/Music/Instruments/Percussion/Drums/Drums-28.html


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