“Spot Wobble” Unlines TV Picture (Jul, 1957)
This is one of those weird artifacts of imaging that is still true on computers today. Applying some sorts of a blur to an image can make it actually appear sharper.
“Spot Wobble” Unlines TV Picture
Vast improvement in TV pictures is predicted by Westinghouse if the “spot wobble” method of horizontal line scanning is introduced. TV viewers are all familiar with the black and white lines that make up the picture. A viewer too close to the receiver can see the lines (ten feet is optimum for a 24″ screen). This can be remedied by slightly wobbling the scanning spot in the picture tube so that a broader line is rendered for better quality at a closer viewing distance.
THESE HOAXES SHOCKED THE WORLD (Oct, 1949)
The Cardiff Giant currently resides at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, NY while Barnum’s copy is at Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Michigan.
Oh, and Barnum didn’t say “There’s a sucker born every minute”. That was actually a quote from a competitor after Barnum created his own Cardiff Giant.
If you’ve never actually listened to the Mercury Theater broadcast of War of the Worlds you can stream it or download it at the Internet Archive
The saga of the bogus John Wilkes Booth mummy (actually a chap named David George) is told in a story of 7 parts here.
THESE HOAXES SHOCKED THE WORLD
By West Peterson
THE awful calamity of ferocious beasts hunting human prey in the streets of New York after breaking out of the Central Park Zoo panicked the entire city one gloomy Monday morning back in November, 1874. The highly esteemed New York Herald revealed the grim details of the “catastrophe” in the full-page story you see reproduced here.
“Another Sunday of horror has been added to those already memorable in our city annals,” the Herald announced in a dramatic report on the Zoo break. “. . . We have a list of forty-nine killed, of which only twenty- seven bodies have been identified, and it is much to be feared that this large total of fatalities will be much increased with the return of daylight. The list of multilated, trampled and injured in various ways must reach nearly 200 persons . . . Twelve of the large carnivorous beasts are still at large, their lurking places not being known. . . .”