Author Archive | Tamim Ansary

Ask Tamim

  Betty H. asks: Why is New York City called The Big Apple?    New York City is called The Big Apple because it sounds so much cooler than Fun City, the dorky nickname used in all the promotional literature put out by the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau prior to the 1970s. In that decade […]

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Nine Underrated Inventions

The Nine Most Underrated Inventions   “Great inventions.” Typically that phrase refers to big ticket items. One thinks of dazzling intellectual breakthroughs:  the telescope, the steam engine, the airplane, the wheel… And those were all tremendous, of course. But often, it’s some mundane little device that changes history. It might be no more than a […]

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