Monday, April 1, 2013

Bradlee Dean, antigay evangelical, now teaching kids that a 68-year-old was born before radar, frozen foods, TV, contact lenses, refrigeration, air conditioners and penicillin

A 68-year-old would have been born in 1945, or 1943, if you use the upload date for the video uploaded by Bradlee Dean, in which the narrator seems to be reading one of those dumb chain letters which bounce around AOL, sent by seniors longing for the good old days of WWII and the ensuing cold war. Nevertheless, a quick check of Wikipedia reveals:
  • Pennicillin was discovered in 1928 and by June 1945, over 646 billion units per year were being produced.
  • In the 1930s, theaters promoted depression-era films by giving away dishes and advertising the fact that they were air-conditioned. 
  • In 1930, Birdseye began sales experiments in 18 retail stores around Springfield, Massachusetts, to test consumer acceptance of quick-frozen foods. The initial product line featured 26 items, including 18 cuts of frozen meat, spinach and peas, a variety of fruits and berries, blue point oysters, and fish fillets. Consumers liked the new products and today this is considered the birth of retail frozen foods.
  • Plastic/glass contact lenses were introduced In 1936 by optometrist William Feinbloom.
  • In 1936, J. Ross Moore patented both an electric and a gas clothes dryer. The Hamilton Manufacturing Company purchased Moore's patent and sold six thousand machines between 1938 and 1941.
  • In 1944, Regular network television broadcasts began on NBC on a three-station network linking New York with the Capital District and Philadelphia. In 1942, there were 5,000 TV sets in operation in the U.S.
  • Radar was developed, independently, by eight nations between 1934 and 1939. During WWII, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, the USSR, and Japan had a wide diversity of land- and sea-based radars as well as small airborne systems.

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