2.Ascending South Korea’s Most Respected Mountain
3.Nigeria’s First Female Car Mechanic Is Changing the World
4.Drinking Chai in Clay Cups Is Kolkata’s Ancient Tea-Drinking Tradition
5.Kimchi: A Story of Love and Patience
6.Why Is the ‘Mona Lisa’ So Famous?
7.Candy Craftsmanship: Korea's First Family of a Classic Confection
8.The Car Stunt Craze Taking Over South Africa
9.The Racing Helmet That Can Read Your Mind
10.Building the Ultra-Efficient Drive
11.Where The Bows In Holiday Car Commercials Come From
12.Creating a Supercar from Scratch
13.This Thanksgiving, Pass the Tofurky!
14.Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Doughnuts and the American Dream
15.Searching for Sacred Fruit in Italy
16.France’s Age-Old Tradition of Hand Making Paper
17.The Oldest Tattooing Family in the World
18.The World’s Rarest Pasta Is Made Entirely by Hand
19.Calling Turns in the High-Stakes World of Rally Racing
20.France’s Long Tradition of Water Jousting
21.Preserving the Ancient Art of Shadow Puppetry
22.The Swiss Art of Papercutting
23.The Last of Switzerland’s Cowbell Makers
24.In the Age of Tinder, Ireland’s Matchmaker Still Makes Love Connections
25.The Handmade Art of Tarot Cards
In the early 1900s, Florence Lawrence was one of the most recognizable women in America. She starred in over 300 silent films and is credited as being the world’s first film star. But in addition to her Hollywood hustle, Florence was also a bit of an inventor. In 1914, she created a mechanical signaling arm for cars, a precursor for the modern-day turn signal. At the push of a button, a flag would rise on the back bumper indicating if the driver wanted to turn left or right. Sadly, Lawrence never registered her design and she was never credited for her invention—nevertheless, her contributions to the automobile industry will live on forever.
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