Monday, March 05, 2007

Ahead of the Tymes

Becky G. sent me this bit of fascinating history:

After having dug to a depth of 10 meters last year, Scottish scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Scots, in the weeks that followed, British scientists dug to a depth of 20 meters, and shortly after headlines in the UK newspapers read: "British archaeologists have found traces of 200 year old copper wire and have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the Scots."

One week later, "The Advertiser", a Lafayette, Louisiana, newspaper, reported the following: "After digging as deep as 30 meters in cane fields near New Iberia , Gaston Boudreaux, a self taught archeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Gaston has, therefore, concluded that ...
300 years ago Cajuns were already using wireless."

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