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Week of January 26, 2020

That’s An Acronym? (pt. I)

Sun – LASER = Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation


Mon – TASER = Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle. This was the title of a 1911 young adult adventure novel starring Tom Swift, childhood hero of Jack Cover, the NASA researcher and inventor who completed the first taser in 1974.


Tue – RADAR = RAdio Detection And Ranging


Wed – SCUBA = Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus


Thu – ZIP Code = Zone Improvement Plan

Fri – CAPTCHA = Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (also see: Alan Turing’s test for evaluating machine intelligence).


Sat – CARE Package® = Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe