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Happy Birthday, WWW! Here are 25 things the Internet made obsolete.

Happy Birthday, WWW! Here are 25 things the Internet made obsolete The World Wide Web as we know it turns 25 today and has pervaded,…

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How the Flexible Straw Was Invented

The drinking straw was invented by 3000 B.C., as attested by Sumerian artifacts. Until very recently, these straws were tubes from plant stems, such as rye. Besides dissolving in water, these straws often added unwelcome plant flavors to drinks. In 1888, Marvin Chester Stone patented a waxed paper straw that didn’t add a grassy flavor to drinks, and these quickly replaced plant straws. But we would have to wait a few more decades before straws became flexible.

Flexible Straw Was Invented

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Proposed space shuttle missions that might have happened.

A look at some of the gutsier and goofier proposed space shuttle missions that might have happened.

But just imagine if they had.

 

Proposed space shuttle missions that might have happened.

 

The U.S. space shuttle fleet is set for retirement following the launch of Atlantis, scheduled for mid-July. In all, the fleet will have flown 135 missions, the first in 1981, but there were many more on the drawing board. With scrubbed missions that included daring rescues, in-orbit satellite snatches, and dangerous explosives, you can see why some of these didn’t make the cut. But just imagine if they had.

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