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The Dry Years and Skyscraper Acrobatics

Got a mild case of post-weekend lethargy? Then (continue to) sit back and enjoy these fun little facts, brought to you by momma History.

On this day

A country out of booze

On this date in 1920 Prohibition in the US took effect - a nationwide constitutional ban stopping the sale and consumption of alcohol. How did 'Dry Law defiers' react? With bootlegging and Moonshine, of course.

Photo source: US Library of Congress

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Don't look down

Practice makes perfect? It did in this case, where acrobats perfectly balanced in formation on top of the Empire State Building in 1934. How queasy was the photogrtapher, on a scale of 1 to 10?

Photo source: Flickr

Vintage gadget of the day

Let the good tapes roll

Last summer Sony's iconic Walkman turned 40. It was the very first portable cassette player, and truly revolutionized how we listen to music. It also gave rise to the 'Walkman Effect' - the way listening to music with headphones allows people to do something else at the same time.

Photo source: Magazine ad by Sony Corporation

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