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Was King his real first name? Gillette USA
 
Seeking permission to use picture Edison USA
 
Great grandfather helped Churchill in Boer War Churchill Canada
 
What schooling did Gillete have? Gillette USA
 
Need more info on Edison Edison New Zealand
 
How did Aristotle die? Aristotle New Zealand
 
Questions about Thomas Alva Edison Edison Canada
 
How come Franklin didn't die when shocked? Ben Franklin USA
 
Did King Gillette kill himself? Gillette USA
 
Who were Winston Churchill's mentors? Churchill Australia
 
How did Franklin make his bifocals? Ben Franklin Nigeria
 
Where did Edison get his ideas? Edison USA
 
Did George Westinghouse have a will? Westinghouse USA
 
Why did Ben Franklin decide to invent bifocals? Ben Franklin USA
 
How did Archimedes change the way people thought? Archimedes Australia
 

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Gillette

Was King his real first name?

January 30, 2008

Question

Was His real first name King? or was that givin to him on the way, if so what is his first real name

- USA (15243)

Answer

Yes, King is really his first name. Some parents give their children actual names such as King, Prince, Princess or such.

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Edison

Seeking permission to use picture

November 21, 2007

Question

I'm writing from TV production company, currently working with Fuji TV of Japan for their weekly program 'Unbelievable'. The program features amazing stories from all around the world, they would like to feature Mr. Edison's inventions for upcoming episode.
For this, Fuji TV would like to present a photo of Mr. Edison as a young boy (teenager), and during my research I came across your website. Please let me know how I can get permission to use the photo of him (when he was selling newspapers) on your website.

Program information:
TV station-Fuji Television Network
Title: Unbelievable
Air date-December 2007, one time only, only in Japan

thank you for your time reading this, looking forward to hearing from you.
Best,

Keiko - USA (14823)

Answer

You have permission from us to use the picture. This picture is in the Public Domain in the U.S. and it not copyrighted.

Best wishes in the success of your television show. Edison was a fascinating person.

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Churchill

Great grandfather helped Churchill in Boer War

October 14, 2007

Question

My great grandfather Charles Henry Wagner, a civillian train driver during the South African Boer War was driving Winston Churchill and British troops and they were ambushed by the boers at Chieveley, near Estcourt. Three carriages were thrown off the line. Even though severely wounded in the head Charles drove Winston Churchill, together with 50 or 60 persons on the engine and its tender, to safety. For this act of bravery 10 years later Charles Henry Wagner was awarded the First Class Albert Medal from King George V. Churchill left the train before they reached Estcourt and was captured at that point but later escaped via Mozambique.

According to a newspaper report (Natal Witness January 18, 1965) Sir Winston Churchill continued to correspond with Charles Henry Wagner for many years until his death in old age. In one letter he said he hoped to visit Charles Henry Wagner in Pietermaritzburg but alas this never took place.
I am wondering if any of these letters are still around. I live in Canada now so am unable to do any more searching in South Africa.

Shirley - Canada (14538)

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That certainly is an interesting story. The letters your great-grandfather sent to Churchill may be in some historical archive in the UK, provided he kept the letters. But the letters he sent to your great-grandfather should still be with someone in your family. Perhaps they were handed down to his children (your grandparents). Hopefully no one threw them away. If you haven't already, it would be good to do some detective work among your relatives.

Best wishes in finding more about your great-grandfather.

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Gillette

What schooling did Gillete have?

October 1, 2007

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Just wondering, do you possibly know anything about Gillette's schooling, such as where he went to elementary school, junior high, or high school? I'm guessing he never made it to college if he began working as a salesman at the age of 17, but I'm interested to know more about his education.

Zac - USA (14451)

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There isn't much information on Gillette's education. Since he started living in Chicago after he was 4, he gained his education there. When he was 16, the great Chicago fire destroyed many schools. He probably was in high school at the time but then quit to start working. His parents moved to New York, but Gillette stayed in Chicago to work as a salesman at age 17.

Much of his knowledge and ambition was picked up from observing his father trying to invent things and to run various businesses.

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Edison

Need more info on Edison

July 23, 2007

Question

I'm doing a Oral topic study on Thomas Edison and i need more information on these questions below.

Where were his inventions made from and who helped him when things got tricky?
What are the bad effects people had when the light bulb was invented?
How is Thomas Edison remembered today?
How has the light bulb evolved from when it was first invented to now?

If possible please answer these questions in detail

I appreciate your help
:)

Katie - New Zealand (14108)

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Edison had a laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. He had a staff of technicians and engineers to help on his experiments and to take care of tedious tasks.

The first light bulbs were not frosted and hard on the eyes. They also did not last long. Many people did not have electricity at that time, and it was expensive to install. Once there were lights, people started staying up later. The new incandescent bulbs last longer and are comfortable to use. They are being replaced by more energy efficient bulbs.

Edison is remember as the of the greatest inventors or modern times.

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Aristotle

How did Aristotle die?

June 19, 2007

Question

How di Aristotle actually die? I am not sure and I really need to know for my project.

Jess - New Zealand (13956)

Answer

Aristotle died in 322 BC of a disease of the digestive organs.

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Edison

Questions about Thomas Alva Edison

June 12, 2007

Question

Dear Writer,

Im doing a Oral Report on Thomas Edison. I have found a lot out of your website but.... Here is somethings that I would like to find out about Thomas Alva Edison.

~His sisters and brothers names and interest(all ready knowing that Thomas was the youngest of seven children)

~The most important invention that he ever invented.

~What connection he had with Alexander Graham Bell

~Some of his other interests other than poetry and reading.

Thanking You In Advanved

Leighton - Canada (13924)

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We have no information on Edison's brothers and sisters. He is most famous for developing the light bulb, so that probably is the most important. Our lesson explains the connection with Bell. They both were developing the telephone. We don't have information on his other interests.

Best wishes in your report.

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Ben Franklin

How come Franklin didn't die when shocked?

May 18, 2007

Question

how come ben franklin was still alive after he got seizures.PLus how come ben was so famous

jackel - USA (13813)

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If a person gets an electric shock where the electricity passes through the heart, the shock will kill the person. Apparently, Ben Franklin got an electric shock that caused his muscles to twitch violently as a seizure, but the current did not go through his heart. So he wasn't killed.

Franklin was very observant and curious. So he was always trying new things. His inventions made him famous, but he also started many other projects that made him popular.

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Gillette

Did King Gillette kill himself?

May 4, 2007

Question

Did King Gillette kill himself ?

- USA (13704)

Answer

Gillette died at age 77 in 1932. There is no mention of suicide in his obituary.

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Churchill

Who were Winston Churchill's mentors?

April 16, 2007

Question

who were Winston Churchill mentors

Nick - Australia (13583)

Answer

His family was well-connected in British politics. His father was Lord Randolph Churchill. Winston also went to the best schools, so he made many useful connections.

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Ben Franklin

How did Franklin make his bifocals?

April 11, 2007

Question

thanks for you answer so far, I am very happy about it.I want to ask one more question,the question is how did Fraklin benjamin constructed catheter and bifocal glass(ie what He used as raw in construction and process he under gone).
PLS can I ask qustion in other aspect like chemistry, biology and mathermatic.
thanks for you copration.

Attama - Nigeria (13532)

Answer

There really are no written descriptions of the methods Franklin used to build his inventions. It is assumed he used common methods in his workshop.

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Edison

Where did Edison get his ideas?

April 4, 2007

Question

I'm doing a report on Thomas Edison. I was wondering, do you know were Edison got his beliefs and ideas in inventing? Like where, when, how, and why Edison got them.

Anthony - USA (13491)

Answer

Edison was very curious and always thinking of a better way to do something. Like his "invention" of the electric lightbulb came when he heard someone else had made one, but it didn't really work well. So, Edison experimented to make a better lightbulb that people could use.

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Westinghouse

Did George Westinghouse have a will?

February 26, 2007

Question

Did George Westinghouse have a will? If so where can I obtain a copy?

Did Westinghouse hold a patent for a train car coupler? If so was this invented by someone in his employ or did he purchase the patent rights and if so from whom?

Is the name Heinrich Sommerfied of Canton Kansas connected in any way to any train car coupler manufactured by Westinghouse? Reference US Patent 468,311 dated Feb 2, 1892. Also reference US Patent 447,375 dated March 3, 1891.

- USA (13256)

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I'm sure that the Westinghouse did have a will, but I do not know where you can obtain a copy.

In 1868, Eli H. Janney patented the automatic rail car coupler, which began to replace the dangerous link-and-pin coupler. Westinghouse invented the air brake in 1869 at age 23.

Sorry I have no information on Heinrich Sommerfied.

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Ben Franklin

Why did Ben Franklin decide to invent bifocals?

December 20, 2006

Question

Why did Ben Franklin decide to invent bifocals?

Victoria - USA (12663)

Answer

He was having trouble reading with his regular glasses and had to have two pairs--one for seeing distance and one for seeing close. You see people today who are over 50 with the same problem.

So he thought of the clever idea of changing two sets of glasses into one, especially since you look down to read.

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Archimedes

How did Archimedes change the way people thought?

September 28, 2006

Question

wat would the world be without archimedes?
how did archimedes's discoveries change the way people of his time saw the world?

bhavz - Australia (12030)

Answer

Although Archimedes's inventions were clever, only the highly educated in the area knew about them. Some of them--like his water pump screw--helped people but in my opinion, they did not really change the common person's views

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