Don’t drop the mic. Have a little respect for David Edward Hughes, the man who invented it. In a period of history crammed with inventors whose names you know — Edison, Morse, Bell — Hughes was every bit their peer. He devised the carbon microphone to amplify sound in telephone receivers and then realized pretty quickly that it had broader applications. He didn’t patent his design, deciding instead to make it a gift to the world.
What word stands for the letter M in the NATO phonetic alphabet?
Previous answer: The ancient Roman emperor Nero had a huge, circular banquet hall that rotated to mimic the movement of the Earth.
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