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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Twain invented the Internet

  • No, not really, but it does turn out the author, who died in 1910, had a really massive imagination.


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  • No, not really, but it does turn out the author, who died in 1910, had a really massive imagination.
    Mark Twain, best known for the characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, actually dabbled in science fiction and had a love of science.
    Before the turn of the 20th century, he wrote the short story “From the London Times of 1904.” The story talks about a man, soon to be put to death for murder, who spends a lot of time on the telectroscope while in prison, passing the time.
    The telectroscope in this story — not to be confused with, but likely inspired by, the nonworking prototype for a television of the same name — functions basically just like the Internet today. People anywhere can talk to and witness other people anywhere, and see what they’re up to. The man in this story seems to obsess over the use of this device to pass his time, much like people use the Internet today.
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