Monday, January 18, 2016

Memorandum Monday - Tidbits of Genius

We had a quiet weekend around here after a rather full week (doctor's appointment for a check-up, fingerprinting to comply with a new law to maintain educator certification, teaching a class at the library, spending a day with Mama at the hospital as she has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure in the early stages, and a two-day trip to Austin to scrapbook with friends).

As we relaxed this weekend, I spent some time on one of my favorite hobbies - reading! I'm currently reading several books and finishing up a few magazines that have been in my to-read pile for a while. I learned several new things that I didn't know before from this Time special edition.


Here are a few tidbits of knowledge I garnered from TIME Secrets of Genius: Discovering the nature of brilliance:

*The most accepted definition of a "prodigy" is "a child between the ages of 10 & 13 already performing at an adult professional level in a highly demanding and valued field."
*The word "prodigy" is derived from the Latin word Prodigium, which means something unnatural or a monster. Until recently, many child prodigies were considered to be possessed rather than blessed with a particular talent.

*The Slinky debuted at Gimbel's department store in Philadelphia in 1943 and the original stock of 400 sold out in 90 minutes.

*There are people who believe in Singularity (the moment artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence and ends civilization as we know it) and believe that it's almost here.

*Liquid paper was developed in 1951 by a single mom supporting her young son, and she created it at home until she was able to open a factory years later. The product was originally called "Mistake Out," but the name was later changed to "Liquid Paper."

Have you learned any interesting tidbits from magazines lately?


Joining in today with Sian's Memorandum Monday meme sharing something NEW (Something you did over the weekend FOR THE FIRST TIME or something you learned and DIDN'T KNOW BEFORE).

10 comments:

Cheri said...

My post for today was inspired by magazine reading! Very interesting factoids you've provided.

Karen said...

All interesting tidbits! I hope your mother is doing better.

Barbara Eads said...

I think it's scary to think that we might soon be outdone by technology. I'm pretty sure that I already am! I just wonder what will be next. I'm really interested in that TIME magazine. I don't get many magazines these days and the ones I do get are so thin. They are mostly ads with a few articles.

Sian said...

We have a magazine here called "The Week" which is a sort of round up of all the most interesting stuff from lots of newspapers and periodicals. That's the one I get my useful information from! You've got some great stuff there.

I'll be thinking about you and your mum this week

Sandra said...

Another interesting post ... I love that you have a reading pile that includes magazines.

Hope your mum is doing better and sending good vibes her way (and yours X)

Alison said...

Sending good wishes for your mom...and some interesting titbits there! xx

Jane said...

sending good wishes to your mum xx

alexa said...

I am sorry to read the news about your Mum, Melissa, and hope there will be good support for you all. And I was a little horrified that you had to be fingerprinted, just to be able to continue working. I think there'd be a huge protests here. Interesting to read all the snippets of information :).

Susanne said...

Said a little prayer for your Mom. Interesting tidbits you've shared.

Missus Wookie said...

Sorry to hear about your Mom - holding her in the light. Interesting snippets in the magazine, I'm reading bits collected by the 'news' app on my ipad and enjoying that.