Monday, November 11

Shining Like A Beacon From Coast To Coast (Wayback Machine).

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(Originally published 2/25/13.)

A few months ago, the Missus and I went to a museum in the Fox Valley. The majority of the museum was a celebration of local manufacturing and transportation within the Fox Cities, particularly the modernization of such at the turn of the 20th Century.

The Fox Cities experienced a boom at the turn of the century with paper mills, floating logs down the Mississippi River and experiencing an overwhelming amount of prosperity and population growth. However, the widespread clearing of lumber, coupled with the stratospheric growth of the steam engine, allowed for commerce to expand away from waterways, essentially leaving the Fox Cities in a rebuilding period that lasted for decades.

Now, I'm almost positive that all of what I wrote was factually and historically incorrect, as I didn't take the time to look it up and forgot nearly everything I learned at the museum (as is my custom). None of that is important, however. What's important is the above photo.

Located at areas around the museum were these Question-and-Answer stations where a question was posed relevant to the exhibit, and you were encouraged to write your answer on a Post-It Note and stick it on the wall. Pretty ingenious way to get people (especially kids) involved in education, if you ask me. They were everywhere, and some of the things that visitors wrote were more interesting than a lot of the exhibits themselves.

The photo above illustrates one such question, and in tune, the answers were thoughtful and intelligent. The most important invention in transportation, depending on what sort of person you are, could be any number of things. Who could deny the automobile, the chief mode of transportation for normal human beings for over 100 years now? Or what about the airplane, allowing us to not only experience the miracle of flight, but also shrink the globe and make travel to nearly anywhere on the planet possible? Or what about the railways, allowing for goods and services to reach every corner of the nation, allowing for families and businesses to thrive regardless of where they were located?

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Or what about dishwasher?

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