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If we think of WWI, it’s often in terms of the terrible destruction of the front lines. But the Great War left other legacies that are still with us today. It was a time of great social and technological change. The Guys reminded us WWI was the start of tenure for professors, for example. It popularized the wristwatch, the tea bag, and even gave veggie sausages and zippers their start.

What legacy – physical, technological, or social – of WWI fascinates you? Leave your answers here, on our website, or drop a line at backstory@virginia.edu. We’ll read our favorites on air.


Top row: Wikimedia Commons
Harlem Hellfighters: pbs.org
Posters: Library of Congress
Bottom Row: Creative Commons

todaysdocument
todaysdocument:

This Week in Universal News: A Hovercraft Crosses the English Channel, 1959:

HOVERCRAFT SKIMS CHANNEL: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first flight across the English Channel, Britain’s saucer-shaped “Hovercraft” skims from Calais to Dover, only inches above the surface.
Clip from Universal News, Volume 32, Release 61, Stories #1-4A, July 30, 1959


Via The Unwritten Record » This Week in Universal News: A Hovercraft Crosses the English Channel, 1959

todaysdocument:

This Week in Universal News: A Hovercraft Crosses the English Channel, 1959:

HOVERCRAFT SKIMS CHANNEL: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first flight across the English Channel, Britain’s saucer-shaped “Hovercraft” skims from Calais to Dover, only inches above the surface.

Clip from Universal News, Volume 32, Release 61, Stories #1-4A, July 30, 1959

Via The Unwritten Record » This Week in Universal News: A Hovercraft Crosses the English Channel, 1959

"In 1980, a member of the Flat Earth Society named Charles Johnson actually managed to get an article published in Science Digest in which he claimed that the Earth must be flat, because otherwise there would be curvature on bodies of water like Lake Tahoe, and to the best of his knowledge, there was no evidence that the water was anything other than flat. Never mind photographic evidence from space showing the Earth to be spherical, a flat surface on a lake is enough evidence for us!"
[Listverse]

"In 1980, a member of the Flat Earth Society named Charles Johnson actually managed to get an article published in Science Digest in which he claimed that the Earth must be flat, because otherwise there would be curvature on bodies of water like Lake Tahoe, and to the best of his knowledge, there was no evidence that the water was anything other than flat. Never mind photographic evidence from space showing the Earth to be spherical, a flat surface on a lake is enough evidence for us!"

[Listverse]