Eric Grundhauser

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2017/03/01 | Eric Grundhauser

When High-Class Ladies Wore Masks that Made It Impossible to Speak

In the 16th century, avoiding a sunburn meant being mute and looking super creepy.

2017/02/25 | Eric Grundhauser

Competitive Eating Was Even More Disgusting in the 17th Century

For the Great Eater of Kent, it was all ale-soaked bread and wheelbarrows of tripe.

2017/01/17 | Eric Grundhauser

The Voder, the First Machine to Create Human Speech

Electronic voices may be commonplace now, but the road to speech synthesis is littered with the remains of devices that promised to bring us the voice of the future — but didn’t last beyond their novelty value.