Sucking on the Popsicles of the Future with Doctor Venus and Lady Penelope

In the 1960s, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson made a series of commercials for Britain's Lyons Maid ice cream treats featuring characters from their various puppetronic series. This one, circa 1963, is for a suggestively shaped three-stage "ice lolly" called Zoom and features Col. Steve Zodiac and Doctor Venus of Fireball… »4/04/08 4:40pm4/04/08 4:40pm

Is That a Magnetron Tube In Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

One day in the mid-1940s, Raytheon employee Percy Spencer was working with an active radar set when he noticed that a candy bar in his pocket had melted. Spencer got some popcorn, put it in proximity of the magnetron tube that generated the microwaves for the radar, and was soon enjoying a tasty snack. Raytheon… »2/06/08 4:10pm2/06/08 4:10pm