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MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Merry Christmas To All Of My EN Friends.

Rafael Avila
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Kristina Poindexter
Jacob Downey
Michelle Sartori
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Merry Christmas to you as well Joe. 

And Merry Christmas To All

Jacob Downey
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Mer Krimiss!!!

I expect everyone to be wearing their "idea generating attire".

Seriously folks, watch people open their gifts with a mind for why they like it. Or don't like it.

Listen to them talk about their new gifts. Then let what they told you sink in.

Robert Pontius
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Merry Christmas!

My family will be celebrating by watching "Murdoch Mysteries" Season 11, which premiers on the Anglophile streaming channel "Acorn" on Dec. 25.

William Murdoch is a brilliant detective in Victorian Toronto who is also an inventor. Inventing is a consistent theme and along the way we meet Tesla, Edison, and many other historical characters (William Shatner as Mark Twain for example).

My kids would be okay with watching Murdoch before opening presents if that tells you anything about how good this show is!

https://acorn.tv/murdoch

Jacob Downey
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Robert, I love Murdoch Mysteries (after discovering them this year) for the reasons you mentioned. And as tame as the show is, the undercurrent of a Detective dating a Doctor separated from her husband adds a strange edge to Victorian prudence.

Wishing all my friends, inventors and EN Staff a Merry Christmas and Happiest of Holidays.

Jacob Downey
Kristina Poindexter
Robert Pontius
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Merry Christmas everyone! 

Jacob Downey
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Merry Christmas to all and Best in the New Year "2018!"

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Merry Christmas all... May 2018 bring all the blessings and good things of your 2017 dreams!

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Merry Christmas, all.

Here's a link to silly Christmas inventions. 

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2015/12/23/...

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Thomas Edison, The Father of Modern Christmas Light

http://www.edisonawards.com/news/thomas-edison-fat...

Posted onDecember 19, 2016

Thomas Edison, “the father of innovation” as many have called him, plays an important part in this and every holiday season. As we watch the glittering holiday displays, we can hark back to the awe that the country felt with Edison unveiled the first sparkling Christmas lamps in 1879. This invention came just weeks after he invented the first practical incandescent light and the world’s first electric circuit. Edison, the showman that he was, decided to demonstrate his new technology at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

Edison, who had recently demonstrated his phonograph to US President Rutherford B. Hayes, sought to gain public interest for his lighting innovations. His plan was to light up the night with a public display of incandescent lamps that had been strung together and placed strategically around his laboratory.

With the ink barely dry on the October 1879 patent, Edison reached out to on of his many newspaper connections, in hopes of spreading the word about his light display. Still working out the kinks with large electrical generators which were going to power the demonstration, Edison planned to stage his event in early January 1880.

Edison met with a New York journalist, to boast about his project and to speculate on the visitor turnout. Edison made the journalist promise not to publish the story before the January date, but the journalist knew he had the scoop of a lifetime, and leaked word of Edison’s incandescent light display for a handsome fee, which forced Edison to change the date of his display and dramatically accelerate his schedule.

Edison and his team worked with vigor for the next two weeks to meet public demand. However, all of the preparation was not in vain as onlookers rolled in day after day to view Edison’s incandescent display.

A few years later a member of Edison’s marketing staff, Edward H. Johnson, added a twist to the light display by placing a string of 80 lights around a Christmas tree in his home. The tree caused many people to visit his home, as their attention was peaked by this new use of electricity.

Even with the massive display outside Menlo Park, or inside Johnson’s home, Christmas lights were not mass-produced until 1902, when General Electric, a company founded by Edison in the 1880’s, brought the holiday lights to select consumers, and the lights were quite expensive and not available to the mass market until a few decades later.

While it’s been many years since crowds first flocked to Menlo Park, to view Edison’s electrical masterpiece, we are reminded each year of the innovation and beauty that was displayed on that cold, December night and how Edison bridged the gap between wonderment and reality.

Who Knew! Merry Christmas, Jim

Mark Bartlett
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Where is Santa Claus?

Charleston, South Carolina

 (9:21pm)

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Merry Christmas .....

remember the reason for the season!

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You serious Mark!

Gonna check that out as soon as I get a little more jello salad ....

it is goooood!

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OMG That is too funny.  Hope everyone had a nice Christmas. I am sitting watching my Jellyfish Farm.  Its just too cool!  The New Lava Lamp for old people. Google Jelly Fish Aquarium from Hammacher Schlemmer - really.  Blessings everyone!

Robert Pontius
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