Monday, July 05, 2010

The horse eats no cucumber salad.

In watching The History Detectives on PBS this evening, I learned that peculiar phrase was the first one communicated by telephone.

Actually, it was probably more like, "Das Pferd isst keinen Gurkensalat." That is, if my college German still serves.

At any rate, it was spoken by the fellow pictured here, one Johann Philipp Reis, NOT Alexander Graham Bell.

Until tonight, I thought it was Bell who deserved the credit for the more mundane command, "Watson, come here, I need you!"

Learn something new every day . . . or, at least relearn something you thought you knew!

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