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Monday, April 9, 2012

A-Z Blogging Challenge-H


H is for Hedy Lamarr in today's A-Z Blog Challenge.



She may have been famous for her beauty, but what I found out from her biography is that she was also schmart!  She came up with the idea for a radio-guided torpedo that was able to escape jamming by the enemy by using "frequency hopping." She and a friend, George Antheil--a composer-- patented that in 1942. It was that technology that was used in the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 60's.

Guess what this "frequency hopping" makes possible today? Cellphones,Wi-Fi and GPS all operate without interference. Depending on our POV, we have Hedy to thank or curse for these modern devices.

A lot of movie stars have other talents they're not recognized for. Any come to mind?

Be sure to HOP around and say hi to others who are in on this wildly wonderful A-Z Blogging Challenge.

20 comments:

  1. I knew something about Hedy being smart about other things, but I didn't know exactly what it was. Now I do. What a woman!

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  2. Wow! Didn't that about her. Very interesting.

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  3. That is so interesting! What an impressive woman.

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  4. Wow that's really cool. I had no idea!

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  5. That is very neat. I always thought it was interesting that Julia Child was a spy. She's not an actress, but one of the first celebrity chefs.

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  6. Wow. I had no clue. Thanks for sharing, Lee! :)

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  7. Have saw some of her movies. She was always a leading lady in them Interesting info about her. I never knew that thanks for sharing

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  8. All that and a beauty too. Interesting facts. Thanks.

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  9. What a bright lady - awesome! :)

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  10. All I know is that I want to look like her when I grow up.

    :)

    Teresa

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  11. Hi, I am hopping by from the A-Z challenge.
    She does sound like a smart lady.

    welcome to me

    yummy stuff

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  12. Okay, this is totally unrelated to your blog post, but I was just on your website and had to tell you how awesome it is. I love it! Nicely done.

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  13. What a neat thing to learn. Thanks, Lee. I like her name, too.

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  14. How cool is that! THere are many women inventors from times gone by that never got any credit for their inventions. Thanks for the highlight of this woman.
    ~Naila Moon

    http://yaknowstuff.blogspot.com/2012/04/h.html

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  15. WOW!! I did not know that. You lowered my ignorance quotient a bit today! :)

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  16. Wow, she sounds incredible! Thanks so much for sharing!

    My A-Z

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  17. Now that is way cool - the inventor of frequency hopping. I love discovering trivia like this - except it's not exactly trivial, is it?

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  18. Wow! I never knew this aboud Hedy. Quite a bit more than just a pretty face. Great post.

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