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- GTK: Text Neck, The Origin of the Button, Thomas Edison - October 11, 2016
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Do you feel that pressure in your neck, when you look down at your phone? That pressure is caused by the weight of your head on your cervical spine. This pressure on your neck can potentially handle up to a whole 60 pounds, and is linked to headaches, neck pain, and various spinal issues. It can happen when reading a book, working on a computer, and many more scenarios for an extended period of time. So next time you are looking down, think about how much of a pain in the neck it can be.
The Origin of The Button
If you have ever noticed, the buttons on a men’s shirt and a women’s shirt are on opposite sides. But why? When buttons were invented back in the 13th century, wealthy women were dressed by a maid. Since most people were right-handed, it made sense for that the buttons would be on the left side of the dress. However, for the maid who was standing across, it would be on the right. For men, one of most popular theories is that since most men used to handle weapons with their right hand back in the day, the buttons were on the right for them to take off with their left hand. Then somewhere along the way, this carried on through decades of fashion and became the standard for clothing.
Thomas Alva Edison is very often credited for “inventing” the first electric light bulb, but that has been proven to be false. Many people succeeded before him. Edison was the first to create and patent a commercially sustainable electric light bulb.