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How Steven Spielberg’s Malfunctioning Sharks Transformed the Movie Business

Before Steven Spielberg became Hollywood royalty, he was just another young director with a giant shark problem. It was July 1974, and 27-year-old Steven Spielberg was sure his career was over. He’d been on location in Martha’s Vineyard for three months, waiting for the overdue star of his new movie Jaws. And now, as he watched [...]

Circuit Board Business Card

[YouTube clip] Engineer Cody Shaw wanted a business card that stands out, so he built one out of a tiny circuit board. Cody explains: I saw everyone [...]

Dog rescues owner after fall in shower

Louis the Yorkshire Terrier knew exactly what to do when his owner Victoria collapsed in the shower. 58-year-old Victoria Shaw suffers from arthritis …

World Clock Shows the Passage of Day and Night

(Video Link) Justin Shaw loves the GeoChron, a clock that shows night and day changing across the world. But it’s far too expensive for him to purchase, so he made his own. Read his instructions at the link if you’d like to build one, too. Link -via Geekosystem

Now You Can Dial Your Own Telephone! (1954)

In this instructional AT&T film from 1954, host Susann Shaw explains how to dial your own telephone. This was, of course, to ease the transition from operator-assisted calls to dial service. It’s bizarre to hear someone explain what a dial tone is, what a busy signal is, and how to dial a telephone — though [...]

The Origins of 12 Supermarket Chains

From the days of home delivery to streamlined self-service stores, here are the stories behind 12 supermarket chains. 1. Albertsons Following a 12-year career as a clerk and manager for Safeway stores, Joe Albertson decided to open his own business. Albertson formed a partnership with two other men, including fellow Safeway employee L.S. Skaggs, and used his [...]