Thanksgiving Is Ruined
March 20, 2006
the birth of radio
A recent spelunking tour of my "archives" (i.e., "countless stacks of crap") uncovered a December 2002 issue of New York Review of Books, which upon closer examination revealed a review by P.N. Furbank of this book, which in turn finally yielded the following astonishing fact about Erasmus Darwin:
He constucted a speaking-machine, with a wooden mouth, leather lips, and a valve at the back for nostrils; it was able to pronounce the sounds p, b, m, and the vowel a.
Isn't it time for someone to resurrect Darwin's invention?