November 21, 2006

Edison and Mary Had A Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day, which was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school.
And so the teacher turned it out, but still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about till Mary did appear.
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?" the eager children cry;
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know" the teacher did reply.
—Sarah Hale, of Boston, Massachusetts, USA 1830

It was on this day (Nov. 21st) in 1877 that Thomas Edison announced that he had invented a new device for recording and playing back sound, which he called the phonograph. He had been working on a device to record telephone communication when he stumbled upon the right design, using a stylus and a tinfoil cylinder. The first thing he recorded was himself reciting the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
—Garrison Keillor

Source:'s Mary Had a Little Lamb
Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006

Posted by niganit at November 21, 2006 7:55 AM
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