(originally written & published on March 3, 2012)
Everybody's always RAVING about the Ipad and how it's the greatest invention for asd kids and it is GREAT. My 8 year old son with severe / classic / non-verbal autism has an Ipad and I wrote a post singing its praises (you can read that HERE), but lately every day it's the little things in life that I've been noticing.
Who invented Cheerios? General Mills employee Lester Borchadt has the credit for the creation of the breakfast cereal. The product was created in 1941 and it was introduced to the public as Cheeri Oats. General Mills received complaints from another firm that used the same brand name. To resolve the issue, the company decided to change the name of the merchandise to Cheerios in 1945.
At the time that the merchandise was offered to the public, many consumers became interested with the product because it is the original ready-to-eat oat breakfast. Cheerios was first offered to the consumers at Golden Valley in Minnesota. To improve the sales from the product, the firm introduced a mascot of a cartoon character named Cheeri O’Leary.
I salute you little Tivo man!The first device to record a video signal to a spinning disk (i.e., a hard drive) in real-time actually dates back to 1965 and an experiment done by CBS. This primitive predecessor to the DVR was released commercially by Ampex in 1967 and was called the HS-100. The Ampex device was large and held only 30 seconds of video, making it seem practically useless in comparison to the DVR units of today.
There is heated debate as to whether the Ampex HS-100 can truly be called the first DVR. Although the signal was recorded to a fixed, spinning disk in real-time, the signal being recorded was analog--like the signal recorded with a VCR. The idea of a digital video signal did not exist in the 60s.
The first Digital Video Recorder unit was we know it was made by TiVo in 1999. It had only a 14GB hard drive and could record about 14 hours of digital video. Although it was groundbreaking at the time, this first TiVo unit held barely one-tenth of what even the most modest DVR units would hold 10 years later.
In 1958, Dr. Aaron Lerner, an expert on skin pigmentation disorders who trained in both chemistry and medicine, led a Yale team that isolated a hormone from the pineal gland within the brain. In laboratory experiments on frogs, the researchers found that the compound could lighten skin color and theorized that it might have applications in treating human skin disorders. Dr. Lerner named the hormone melatonin, and the team’s findings were announced in The Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Subsequent investigations revealed that melatonin did not hold the key to treating disruptions in skin pigmentation like vitiligo. Research by others has since uncovered the hormone’s importance in maintaining the circadian rhythm of rest and wakefulness, and it is now used to treat sleeplessness and jet lag.
In 1946 Dr. Percy Spencer of the Raytheon Corporation was experimenting with a magnetron (a new type of vacuum tube) when he noticed that the chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. He was curious, so he placed some popcorn kernels next to the magnetron and turned it on - the popcorn popped. After experimenting with various other food items, he and Raytheon realized they were on to something and continued on to develop the first microwave oven.
Dr. Spencer holds that patent on microwave popcorn, while the patent on the microwave popping bag is held by Lawrence C. Brandberg and David W. Andreas, who filed for the patent in 1973 while working at Pillsbury.
Conagra Foods ACT I was an early microwave popcorn that had to be stored in the refrigerator. In 1984 ACT II, a shelf-stable microwave popcorn, hit the stage. It was the first mass-marketed microwave popcorn.
I guess we have the Egyptians and the Senna plant to thank... So thank you!What is senokot?1. What Is The Natural Vegetable Laxative Ingredient in Senokot® Products?
Senna has been grown for use as a laxative since ancient Egyptian times. After being ground to a fine powder, the senna undergoes a scientific “standardization process” to ensure consistent potency with every recommended dose.
2. How does Senokot work?
Senna contains sennosides (also known as "anthraquinone glycosides"), active ingredients also found in foods such as rhubarb, which in themselves have no activity in the upper gut. In the bowel, however, they are activated by bacteria present, and are able to gently stimulate the nerves which regulate bowel movement. This in turn leads to peristalsis (rhythmical muscular contractions) and the passage of stools.