Here’s what Albert Einstein looked like when he was a kid

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Here’s a picture of Albert Einstein taken in 1882. He was a remarkably mature three-year old. My guess is he’s looking at the camera calculating the focal distance and running a table of apertures in his head in order to determine the correct shutter speed for the perfect shot.

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Infamous MIT Hacks (Pranks) and their influence on hacker ethic

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MIT pranks, or “hacks” as they are known in MIT lore, showcase MIT students’ scientific knowledge, mechanical engineering skills, anti-authoritarian whimsy, and geeky sense of humor. The tradition dates back to the 1870’s when students sprinkled iodide of nitrogen over the grounds of a military drill field causing mini explosions when fellow classmates conducted their…

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Donkey Kong video arcade game

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Donkey Kong was released by Nintendo in 1981. In the game, Jumpman (renamed Mario soon later) must rescue a damsel in distress, Lady (now named Pauline) from a giant ape named Donkey Kong. The hero and ape later became two of Nintendo’s most popular characters.

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Galaxian video arcade game

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Galaxian was developed by Namco in 1979 and was released in the United States in 1980. It was designed to be an improved version of the popular Space Invaders game and went on to become one of the most popular games during the golden age of arcade video games.

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Dig Dug video arcade game

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Dig Dug was a arcade video game produced by Namco in 1982. The objective of Dig Dug is to eliminate underground-dwelling monsters by inflating them until they pop, or by dropping rocks on them.

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Phoenix video arcade game

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Phoenix was a arcade video game developed by Amstar Electronics in 1980.  It featured the typical (for the day) top-down fixed shooter similar to Space Invaders.  It, along with Galaxian, was one of the first color games and was noted as being the first video game to feature a “boss” character presented in a separate game challenge.…

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Defender video arcade game

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Williams Defender came out in 1980 with over 60,000 game cabinets made When it came out people thought that it was no possible to pass 70k, later folks would be turning the game over and experiencing the “no die” mode.

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