IP Number of the Day

Number of the Day: 1920

Human and Computers
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R.U.R. is a 1920 science-fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. "R.U.R." stands for Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum's Universal Robots,a phrase that has been used as a subtitle in English versions). The play had its world premiere on 2 January 1921 in Hradec Králové; it introduced the word "robot" to the English language and to science fiction as a whole. R.U.R. soon became influential after its publication. By 1923 it had been translated into thirty languages. R.U.R. was successful in its time in Europe and North America. Čapek later took a different approach to the same theme in his 1936 novel War with the Newts, in which non-humans become a servant-class in human society.

Number of the Day: 1898

Michelin building, London
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The Michelin tire company’s iconic logo is Bibendum, commonly known as the Michelin Man Logo is one of the world’s oldest trademarks, having been introduced by the Michelin brothers in 1898.

Number of the Day: 2007

Parkour
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The World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF) is an international federation or organization that was established in 2007. Its focus is to bring together patrons of Parkour and Freerunning and aims to bring the sport and philosophy to the mainstream audience.

Number of the Day: 1948

Retro robot
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Electronics evolved into the driving force of development with the advent of the first electronic autonomous robots created by William Grey Walter in Bristol, England in 1948, as well as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools in the late 1940s by John T. Parsons and Frank L. Stulen.

Number of the Day: 1849

Chess
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In 1849 designer N. Cooke registered an “Ornamental design for a set of Chess Men”. Named ‘Staunton’ in honour of an English top player, today this chess set is standard in official tournaments.

Number of the Day: 1877

Vintage doll
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The first talking doll, the phonograph doll, was created by Thomas Edison back in 1877.