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How Washing Machines Work
In ancient Rome, public laundry service involved large dudes stomping on wet clothes to get the dirt out. By medieval times, launderers used handheld bats or agitators (called, depending on where they were, beetles or battledores and possers, dollies, dashers, ponches, or punches, respectively) to beat the grime out. Purely mechanical machines came along in 1782, and electric machines in 1908. 
A  recent study out of the University of Montreal suggested that advances in household technology during the 20th century — including automated, electric washing machines — were partially responsible for a decrease in time spent on household chores from 58 hours per week circa 1900 to 18 hours per week circa 1975. (And a jump in the number of married women in the workforce from 5% to 51% during the same approximate period of time.) 
Curious about the history and inner workings of these labor-saving machines? Enjoy receiving information aurally? Here, have a podcast episode: How Washing Machines Work [mp3].

techstuffhsw:

How Washing Machines Work

In ancient Rome, public laundry service involved large dudes stomping on wet clothes to get the dirt out. By medieval times, launderers used handheld bats or agitators (called, depending on where they were, beetles or battledores and possers, dollies, dashers, ponches, or punches, respectively) to beat the grime out. Purely mechanical machines came along in 1782, and electric machines in 1908.

A recent study out of the University of Montreal suggested that advances in household technology during the 20th century — including automated, electric washing machines — were partially responsible for a decrease in time spent on household chores from 58 hours per week circa 1900 to 18 hours per week circa 1975. (And a jump in the number of married women in the workforce from 5% to 51% during the same approximate period of time.)

Curious about the history and inner workings of these labor-saving machines? Enjoy receiving information aurally? Here, have a podcast episode: How Washing Machines Work [mp3].

Apr 22

wired:


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of MST3K’s national debut, WIRED presents an oral history of the greatest talk-back show ever made. It all begins in the late ’60s in rural Wisconsin, where there was this guy named Joel, not too different from you or me …

MORE: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece

wired:

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of MST3K’s national debut, WIRED presents an oral history of the greatest talk-back show ever made. It all begins in the late ’60s in rural Wisconsin, where there was this guy named Joel, not too different from you or me …

MOREMystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece

(Source: Wired)

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