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Friday, March 15, 2013

Janet was talking to her friend Kathleen. “My son,” said Janet boastfully, “has master’s degrees in psychology, sociology, and economics.”
“You must be so proud of him,” Kathleen said.
“Yes, I am,” replied Janet. “He can’t get a job—but at least he knows why.”
The national anthems of which two countries were composed by Nobel Prize–winning writer Rabindranath Tagore?

India and Bangladesh. The first verse of “Jana Gana Mana,” a hymn written and scored by Tagore in 1911, was adopted as India’s national anthem in 1950; the first 10 lines of his poem “Amar Shonar Bangla,” written and scored in 1906, became the Bangladesh national anthem in 1972.

Winky Dink and You was the first attempt at an interactive television show. It aired on CBS on Saturday mornings beginning in 1953 and was hosted by Jack Barry (later the host of The Joker’s Wild). Barry instructed kids watching the show to get out their Winky Dink kits (available via mail order for 50 cents), which included crayons and a “Magic Window.” Kids were told to put these clear plastic sheets on their TV screens (they stuck via static electricity). Barry would then introduce a wild-haired cartoon boy named Winky Dink and his dog, Woofer, who would go on an adventure. At some point, the TV audience would be encouraged to draw something on the Magic Window to help Winky and Woofer get out of trouble—a bridge over a river, a cage to trap a lion, or an ax to cut down a tree. Whatever the kids drew on the sheet would seem like it was part of the show—making the kids feel involved. The show was a hit, and more than two million kits sold over a four-year run. Concerns about the effects of “television radiation”—and parents’ complaints about kids drawing directly on TV screens—led to the show’s demise in 1957.
Laws against installing TVs in cars were first enacted in 1949 (and later repealed).
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