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National Mario Day!

Today we celebrate National Mario Day.  This day is observed annually on March 10th.

If your name is Mario, start celebrating.   Mario is a popular name and most famous characters and celebrities are named Mario.  The most famous character name Mario is a fictional character in a Japanese game for Nintendo.  If you grow up playing video games, you will know what and who I am talking about.

Mario is the brother of Luigi in the Super Mario video game franchise owned by Nintendo created by video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. The short pudgy, Italian plumber who resides in the Mushroom Kingdom has appeared in 200 video games since his creation.  His adventures involve saving Princess Peach from the Koopa villain named Bowser and his sidekick is his brother named Luigi.

Did you know that the popular game ‘Super Mario’ has over 500 million units sold worldwide, and the Mario game franchise is the best-selling video game of all time?  In the real world, many other celebrities named Mario had been famous also like Mario Lemieux, the famous Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey player, Mario Lopez, an actor, Mario Andretti, the race car driver, Mario Batali, a famous celebrity chef, and many more.

So, if your name is Mario, be thankful because who knows that you will be on the Hall of Fame one day.  So, today, celebrate this day by playing the classic game Super Mario with friends and family.  Share on social media some photos and fun experience using #MarioDay.

1876 Speech transmitted by telephone

On this day, the first discernible speech is transmitted over a telephone system when inventor Alexander Graham Bell summons his assistant in another room by saying, “Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.” Bell had received a comprehensive telephone patent just three days before.

Alexander Graham Bell, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1847, was the son of Alexander Melville Bell, a leading authority in public speaking and speech correction. The young Bell was trained to take over the family business, and while still a teenager he became a voice teacher and began to experiment in sound. In 1870, his family moved to Ontario, Canada, and in 1871 Bell went to Boston to demonstrate his father’s method of teaching speech to the deaf. The next year, he opened his own school in Boston for training teachers of the deaf and in 1873 became a professor of vocal physiology at Boston University.

In his free time, Bell experimented with sound waves and became convinced that it would be possible to transmit speech over a telegraph-like system. He enlisted the aid of a gifted mechanic, Thomas Watson, and together the two spent countless nights trying to convert Bell’s ideas into practical form. In 1875, while working on his multiple harmonic telegraphs, Bell developed the basic ideas for the telephone. He designed a device to transmit speech vibrations electrically between two receivers and in June 1875 tested his invention. No intelligible words were transmitted, but sounds resembling human speech were heard at the receiving end.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/speech-transmitted-by-telephone)