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Phones Tags: Telephones  Smartphones  Cellphone  technology 
Added: 21st November 2013
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Posted By: Cathy
Collyer Brothers - Famous NYC Recluses On March 21, 1947, New York City police received an anonymous telephone call reporting a dead body at the Collyer home in what was once a fashionable section of Harlem. The brownstone house was shared by Homer and Langley Collyer, two brothers who gained a measure of celebrity for living like hermits in New York City. The sons of a physician, the Collyer brothers were once prominent and productive citizens. Homer, the older sibling, was an admiralty lawyer. Langley was a concert pianist. Both were Sunday school instructors. Upon the deaths of their parents, though, the brothers shut off themselves from the outside world. They stopped paying taxes and lived without utilities for nearly 30 years. Homer went blind due to hemorrhages and later became paralyzed. Langley became Homer's caregiver. He cooked food on a portable kerosene stove and carried water in buckets from a public park four blocks away. Langley also became a notorious pack rat and scrounger. Venturing out of his house only in the dead of night, he'd shop for whatever food he needed for the day and pick up discarded items of all sorts. He retained newspapers for years so that Homer could catch up on his reading once he regained his sight. He occasionally befriended newspaper reporters who wrote stories about the reclusive Collyer brothers. Langley often fed Homer 100 oranges per week in the hope it would help him regain his eyesight. Fearful of burglars, Langley turned the Collyer house into a maze of pathways and crawl spaces amid the numerous junk and refuse that collected in the house. He built booby-traps to ensnare potential intruders. Based on the anonymous phone tip in March 1947, police broke into the Collyer home and found Homer, clad in a tattered robe, dead in a chair from malnutrition. Nearly a month went by before Langley was found amid the 140 tons of items that had been piled haphazardly throughout the house. Langley's body was found by sanitation workers under a mountain of debris only about 10 feet from where Homer's body had been found. Police theorized that Langley had accidentally tripped one of his own booby-traps and died of suffocation. Helpless and with no one to care for him, Homer slowly died of starvation about two weeks later. Among the wide variety of items found in the Collyer house were 14 pianos, most of a Model T Ford, tons of newspapers, thousands of law books, sexy pin-up posters circa 1910, dressmakers' dummies, unopened mail, 34 passbooks for various bank accounts, and unused tickets to a church function from 1905.
Tags: Collyer  brothers  pack  rats  hermits  NYC 
Added: 7th October 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Great Blizzard of 1888 Snowstorms have paralyzed major cites for as long as North America has had major cities. The most devastating storm was likely the Great Blizzard of 1888 that crippled most of America's major eastern seaboard cities north of Washington, DC and into Canada. What made this blizzard so bad was that it came as a total surprise. In the days leading up to March 12, 1888, there had been unseasonably mild weather. People on the streets of New York City were walking around without overcoats. The "Great White Hurricane," as some folks dubbed it, struck with a fury. Torrential rains began falling, and on March 12 the rain changed to heavy snow, temperatures plunged, and a ferocious wind began. The storm continued unabated for the next 36 hours. Sources vary, but the National Weather Service estimated that 50 inches of snow fell in Connecticut and Massachusetts and 40 inches covered New York and New Jersey. Winds blew up to 48 miles an hour, creating snowdrifts 40 to 50 feet high. The resulting transportation crisis led to the creation of the New York subway, approved in 1894 and begun in 1900. Telegraph and telephone wires snapped, isolating New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington for days. Two hundred ships were grounded, and at least 100 sailors died. Fire stations were immobilized, and property loss from fire alone was estimated at $25 million. Overall, more than 400 storm-related deaths were reported.
Tags: Blizzard  1888 
Added: 24th November 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
1980s Canadian Telemarketing Commercial This was one of a series of Canadian commercials, sponsored by a telephone company (of course) that introduced the new idea of 'telemarketing' as a way for businesses to expand their markets. I honestly think the original idea for telemarketing was for a legitimate business to keep in contact with its regular customers. It didn't yet have the negative connotations it has today (i.e. to call complete strangers at dinnertime from a phone bank in India to ask them if they want their ducts cleaned.)
Tags: telemarketing  commercial  Canada 
Added: 31st March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Caller ID Commerical Tags: 1989  Michael  Lucid  Caller  ID  Commercial  identification  telephone  phone  1989  AT&T 
Added: 18th May 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Reach Out And Touch Someone Commercial Tags: Reach  Out  And  Touch  Someone  Commercial  AT&T  phone  telephone  bell  system 
Added: 30th May 2015
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Posted By: Freckles
Cellphones Through The Years Tags: Cellphones  Through  The  Years  telephones  smartphones  computers 
Added: 7th August 2015
Views: 897
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Fonzie Demonstrates His Coolness From a 1975 episode of Happy Days, Fonzie demonstrates that his coolness can be displayed over the telephone too.
Tags: Fonzie  cool  Happy  Days 
Added: 30th October 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
ATT Call Collect with Carrot Top Hockey Tags: ATT  Call  Collect  with  Carrot  Top  Hockey  telephone  phone  collect  call  cheap  cheapskate  comedy  commercial  2002  2000's  00's 
Added: 13th December 2015
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Posted By: Cliffy
How Norad Began Tracking Santa It all started with a wrong number.
Tags: How  Norad  Began  Tracking  Santa  wrong  telephone  number  Sears  military  United  States  Air  Force  Secret  Hotline  President  of  the  United  States  POTUS  Four  Star  General 
Added: 24th December 2015
Views: 1394
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Posted By: Steve

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