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June 13, 2012
Overnight Open Thread (6-13-2012)
The earliest recording of a human voice dates from about 1860 and the first American President to be recorded was Benjamin Harrison in 1889 - which means that sadly we'll never know what Washington's or Lincoln's voices sounded like. But Michigan State University does have an archive of recordings of every president from Harrison up through Obama.
To modern ears their voices sound high-pitched and have an rather affected style. I suspect that the high-pitch is partially due to limitations of the microphones and recording methods of the period. And the speaking style likely reflects the fashion of the times as well as the fact that most of them had come from a background of speaking to large crowds without any amplification.
But to me William Taft's speaking sounds the most modern in style and pitch of all of them.
As explained by Craig Ferguson. Clearly we must build a time machine and send someone back to fix history before it all went wrong.
2. Play all the cards you can.
So if you have blue eyes and can drink milk without getting sick, then congrats - you're running a fairly recent version of H. Sapiens firmware.
Me - I'm old school and am sticking with the 0.98 (Cro-Magnon) release with its 50,000 years of proven reliability through ice ages and global warmening.
A 2006 study suggests this tolerance for lactose was still developing as early as 3,000 years ago in East Africa. That genetic mutation for digesting milk is now carried by more than 95 percent of Northern European descendants.
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So there's gonna be little morons after all.
It's the advice every man trying to become a father wants to hear - have a drink and relax.
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