That’s An Acronym? (pt. I)
LASER = Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
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.
RADAR = RAdio Detection And Ranging
SCUBA = Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
ZIP Code = Zone Improvement Plan
CAPTCHA = Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (also see: Alan Turing’s test for evaluating machine intelligence).
CARE Package® = Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe