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1. Bell built and installed one of these devices to keep his own house cool in the summer. He never developed it further, and Willis Carrier ended up with the patent and credit for inventing it.
2. Shortly before his death, in his final interview, Alexander Graham Bell spoke of a way to power and heat homes with system that wouldn't come to light for many decades after his death. Even though it's more efficient and cost-effective, what is the device Bell imagined, and has been successfully opposed by traditional coal-powered electricity providers?
3. Only four years after inventing the telephone and 20 years before the radio, Bell and his assistant in 1880 successfully transmitted a voice message 700 feet over a beam of light. What invention, nearly 100 years after, made transmitting messages through visible light practicable?
4. In 1881, Alexander Graham Bell hastily threw together a device to try to locate the bullet in President Garfield's body after his assassination. The president's doctors refused to move the president off the metal frame bed, and Bell's device failed to detect the bullet. What is this invention that Bell never further improved or patented?
5. In the early 1900s, Bell became interested in ship designs that would become known as hydrofoils. In 1919, his prototype, called HD-4, set a world marine speed record for hydrofoils that stood for well over 10 years. What speed did Alexander Graham Bell's prototype achieve?
6. Alexander Graham Bell founded the "Aerial Experiment Association" in 1907, after 15 years of tinkering with heavier-than-air flight. Two inventions developed by the AEA are today basic parts of all aircraft. Which two aircraft parts were NOT present until a decade after the first successful flight?
7. After founding Volta Laboratory (today known as Bell Labs), Alexander Graham Bell experimented with, but didn't develop a prototype, using magnetic fields to imprint sound onto a storage device so it could later be accessed at any time. What device, very common these days, did the principles first discovered by Bell lead to?
8. Although his first experiments with sound were intended to help the deaf, some view Bell negatively because his early work was done with the goal of eliminating the teaching of sign language. However, Alexander Graham Bell received praise from a former student of his, known for overcoming both deafness and blindness. Who was it?
9. Bell's legacy of invention was carried on after his death by Bell Laboratories. While today Bell Labs may not have the prestige it once had, they have invented or refined countless devices that made our modern world possible. In 1947, what was invented at Bell Labs, that without, you would never reach FunTrivia?
10. It seems every great inventor has at least prophetic vision, and Alexander Graham Bell had many visions. In 1906, he predicted people using a telephone would be able to do which of these?
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