Johannes Gutenberg lost his printing press to a money lender because he couldn't pay back the loan to build the press. The money lender went on to publish the first printed book with his name as the printer. Only after an Archbishop sacked the city, Gutenberg was finally recognized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of the Wicked Bible. In 1631, the royal printers of London left out the important word 'not' from one of the Ten Commandments making it read "Thou shalt commit adultery." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic…
In 1579, war almost broke out between the Swiss cantons of Appenzell and Saint Gallen, because a calendar-printer forgot to draw on a bear's genitalia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Printers add secret tracking dots to documents without people ever knowing they're there... bbc.com/future/article/20…
The original Macintosh computers were sold with 9" screens that were 72 pixels per inch. This size was chosen because their printer would print at 144 ppi, exactly double the screen. This way the printed text and the screen text would end up being exactly the same size. photoshopessentials.com/e…
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" was first published in Japan because U.S. printers could not afford the holes and irregular pages. carlemuseum.org/artists/e…
US Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents in Order to Combat Counterfeiting Money pcworld.com/article/11866…
In 1860 French printer Γ‰douard-LΓ©on Scott de Martinville conducted the first experiments with sound recording. He recorded the first ever sound on his phonautograph. However, he was not able to play back the sound. In 2008, researchers were able to play back the sound using modern technologies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
From 1985-1987, the most powerful computing device Apple sold was the LaserWriter, one of the first generally-available laser printers. It had its own built-in CPU which was 50% faster than the Macs available at the time, which was needed to drive the printing engine lowendmac.com/1985/apple-…
'The Hobbit' famous cover or 'dust protector' illustrated by Tolkien himself was meant to have a red sun. But the publisher wrote "ignore red" to the printers as it would of been too expensive to print a 3rd colour. museoteca.com/r/en/work/7…
Your printer puts information in every sheet you print that will allow authorities to track any printed page back to your printer. This hidden information most likely survives scans and photos of your printed documents, allowing those to be tracked as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
World's largest printer of Bibles is in China, and is also the only company in China authorized to print Bibles. christianitytoday.com/new…
Charles Dickens' final novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", was only half-finished when Dickens died. 3 years later, an American printer published a completed version which he claimed had been literally "ghost-written" by channeling Dickens' spirit - and it was praised by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about the Wicked Bible, a 17th-century Bible that accidentally stated β€œthou shalt commit adultery” due to a printing error. The printers were summoned to the king's court and fined Β£300, the equivalent of $56,500 today. theguardian.com/books/201…
Today I learned of the Machine Identification Code. A series of secret dots that certain printers leave on every piece of paper they print, giving clues to the originator and identification of the device that printed it. It was developed in the 1980s by Canon and Xerox but wasn't discovered until 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
The first computers in the White House were installed by Jimmy Carter's administration. In 1978, the West Wing was equipped with a Hewlett Packard 3000. By the end of Carter's term, the White House had purchased its first laser printer whitehousehistory.org/com…
Printer companies implement programmed obsolescence by embedding chips into ink cartridges that force them to stop printing after a set expiration date, even if there is ink remaining. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ink…
When printers started to print books in the 15th century, they used scraps of ancient and medieval parchments to help bind the book. Examining the bindings, historians have reconstructed old texts. Some texts only survive in the modern day in this way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
A 1631 edition of the Bible published by the royal printers of London caused an uproar when it was found that the Ten Commandments included β€œthou shalt commit adultery.” Most copies of this Wicked Bible were found and ordered destroyed; the few that survived are highly sought by collectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic…
When Apple released the LaserWriter printer in 1985 it had a built-in programming language, its own RAM and used the same CPU as the original Macintosh, but running at a higher speed. Because of this, the LaserWriter printer had the most processing power in Apple's product line at that time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
Many color laser printers and copiers print secret dots on each printed sheet, known as a Machine Identification Code, that can be used to identify the device that made the printed sheet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
The last Blockbuster on earth, in Bend, OR uses floppy disks to boot their system, employees have to hand print cards because their printers broke, and transactions are backed up on a reel-to-reel tape that can't be replaced because Radio Shack went out of business. wfaa.com/article/news/las…
Today I learned about the only woman name to appear on the Declaration of Independence, Mary Katherine Goddard. She was the second printer of the Declaration of Independence and was the first to include the names of the signatories. She was also removed from her Postmaster position because she was a woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Upper case and lower case letters are named after the specific cases that printers would keep the letters in, with the lower case being easier for them to access. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
A college student aligned his teeth successfully by 3D printing his own clear braces for less than $60; he'd built his own 3D home printer but fixed his teeth over months with 12 trays he made on his college's more precise 3D printer. money.cnn.com/2016/03/16/…
Today i learned that the first 3d printer was created 40 years ago in 1980 pcmag.com/news/3d-printin…
At the request of the police Currys PC World withdrew a Β£750 printer from sale after detectives revealed it could produce replica EU driving licences. standard.co.uk/news/polic…
The phrase "out of sorts" is most often attributed to typesetting and refers to running out of an individual metal type called "sorts" that printers used during Tudor times in England, though the phrase itself predates that. grammarist.com/phrase/out…
The line of descending numbers on the copyright page of a book is called the Printer's Key, and it indicates which printing of the book it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Printers print an invisible secret code called Machine Identification Code on every single page you print for the lawmakers to track date, time and serial number of the printer that prints it. worldofsecrets.org/en/201…
In June, 2016 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police seized one kilogram of carfentanil shipped from China in a box labelled "printer accessories". The shipment contained 50 million lethal doses of the drug, more than enough to wipe out the entire population of the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A 13 yr old who made a Braille printer out of Legos after discovering that millions of blind people in developing countries buy Braille devices that cost $2K and weigh 20 lbs. His prints Braille from computers to paper using raised dots instead of ink, weighs a few lbs, and costs only $350. theguardian.com/technolog…
Today I learned of the First Ever Middle Ear Transplant with 3D Printer, Curing Deafness was done in South Africa the-open-mind.com/first-e…
Today I learned about an engineer named Matt Bowtell - who makes prosthetic limbs for people for free using his 3D printer. abc.net.au/news/2018-10-2…
Gatorade created a β€œliquid printer” to animate water droplets. This took 5000 man hours To create and was for a commercial. petapixel.com/2017/06/09/…
In 2014 a 14 year old Suvir Mirchandani suggested that US government could save $400m on printer ink by switching their font from Times Roman to Garamond. Unfortunately the calculations didn't quite add up. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Most color laser printers sold today create an invisible code that records where and when a page was printed. seeingyellow.com
A Saskatchewan man didn't have enough money for the 3D printer he wanted, so he crafted his own. Then he got backing for it on Kickstarter to make more and is selling a DIY kit for his 3D printer called "The Peachy Printer" for $100. cbc.ca/news/canada/saskat…
A sideways chevron punctuation mark is called a guillemet, named after the French printer Guillaume Le Be. In English it means, "Little William". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
The name "Imogen" may well be a typo. Its first recorded use is in Shakespeare's Cymbeline. It is thought that he wrote "Innogen", a common Celtic name at the time. The printers misread the "nn" as "m" and thus a new name was born! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imo…
There is paper made out of stone which is water proof, recyclable and works with inkjet printers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
In 1997, four years before being arrested for spying for the KGB, Robert Hanssen was caught using a password cracker on a federal computer. When asked about this, he said that he was simply trying to install a color printer, and so he needed the administrator password. They believed him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The cast of Office Space reunited in 2009 for the 10th anniversary of the film and destroyed a printer on the sidewalk of the Paramount Theatre en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
Welsh uses the letter C for the K sound because when the first Welsh bible was printed, the printers did not have enough letter Ks for the job. sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/…
Originally the hulk was supposed to be gray but an issue at the printer turned him green. io9.gizmodo.com/the-many-…
In 1997, four years before being arrested for spying for the KGB, Robert Hanssen was caught using a password cracker on a federal computer. When asked about this, he said that he was simply trying to install a color printer, and so he needed the administrator password. They believed him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The Cincinnati Library has 3D printers, audio and visual equipment, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras and other hardware and software tools that patrons can use for free. cincinnatilibrary.org/mai…
When Apple's LaserWriter printer was introduced in 1985 it had more processing power than any other Apple product including the Macintosh computer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
Books have blank pages in the backs and/or front due to "signatures" (groups of pages) that printers fold & cut to assemble a book. A signature can be as few as 4 pages or as many as 64; all divisible by at least 4. The appearance of wasting paper isn’t actually costing publishers money. mentalfloss.com/article/7…

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