Phoning It In

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If you are currently glued to your smartphone, simultaneously reading this while playing a rousing game of Crushed Candy or whatever its called, you can thank Alexander Graham Bell. On this day in 1876, Bell conducted the first successful telephone conversation, telling his assistant, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you.” It is not known, though I’m happy to assume, that Bell then hid when his assistant entered the room, giggling quietly to himself, thus making the first ever phone call and the first ever crank phone call simultaneously.