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What were some of the best items that were invented during World War II?

John Eilermann. The Second World War brought a lot of damage and change to people’s lives. Despite the terror people experienced during this time, this period also pushed great minds to find ways to make life easier.

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Photocopying and Xerography

John Eilermann. At the start of the 1940s, physicist Chester Floyd Carlson started developing his electrophotography invention, the technology used for photocopying. Despite facing the last years of the ’30s and beginning of the ’40s in perfecting the technology, the experiments that started in his kitchen became a process that is necessary for many processes up to this day.

Ballpoint pen

John Eilermann. Having ballpoint pens is more convenient than the fountain pens, which smudged and needed time to dry. These new pens were light, easy to use, and dried quickly. While an initial idea for the ballpoint pen started in the 19th century, it was only during the 1930s when Hungarian-Argentine László Bíró built upon the idea. After several tweaks and exhibitions, his invention was patented in 1943 and soon became a commercial success.

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Microwave oven

John Eilermann. American engineer Percy Spencer was the one who developed radar technology for combat. However, he wanted to use the technology for purposes other than for warfare. He saw the potential for creating a microwave oven when he noticed a candy bar melting in front of an active radar set. After seeing this, he continued to develop the idea and used other food items like popcorn kernels. Many experiments later, he came up with a model that used a high-density electromagnetic field generator to an enclosed metal box.

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Useful tips in journal writing

Writing a journal can be a liberating activity, whether you choose to write it in the morning, or wait until the day ends, and write every thing before bedtime. The act of writing alone frees the mind of some needless rigidity. Sometimes our best ideas are slow to come, until we decide to write things down in a journal. John Eilerman St. Louis

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Today’s blog explores some ideas and useful tips about journal writing. John Eilerman St. Louis

Morning pages

Some suggest, as the day starts, to free-write, as much as possible, using a system called “morning pages.” These are (at the very least) three longhand pages of stream-of-consciousness writing – no rules, no filters, no structure. The purpose is to free the mind, and put every thing down on paper. John Eilerman St. Louis

Best time to write

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Writing in the morning is like a warm-up before an exercise, allowing blood to flow easily inside the veins. In a similar way, a morning journal affects the mind, throughout the day, to think clearly. Some advise, that morning journal should always come first, allowing no distractions from gadgets. On the other hand, journaling at night has relative peace and quiet, which makes writing more reflective in nature. John Eilerman St. Louis

Pen versus keys

Booklovers often argue about the touch and the smell of paper. On the other hand, several writing applications – with advance features – are showing signs of replacing the good old-fashioned notebook. This doesn’t have to be the case, always. Handwriting allows for a better grasp at the information we need to write. And it sharpens the writer’s thinking as well. John Eilerman St. Louis

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Here are some of the most iconic weapons of WWII

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So many sayings have been used during the Second World War but one tops out amongst them all. Weapons of war. Maybe it’s because wars cannot be fought without the use of weapons and without weapons, there are no looming threats. However, with the war came advances in technology and, with it, weaponry. John F Eilermann now shares some of the most iconic weapons used in WWII and their non-replaceable roles during the war.

M1 Garand
This semi-automatic rifle, mass produced by the US for the G.I.s, had fast fire-rate, high accuracy, and was reliable overall. After noticing that the Axis Powers had given out bolt-action rifles and some with bayonets, the US answered with a better version which cleaved through the battlefield with its high cyclic rate, John F Eilermann notes. It not only saw use during the Second World War but carried on to the Korean War and some parts of the Vietnam War.

Colt 1911

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Known as one of the most reliable pistols ever made, the Colt 1911 or the 1911 for short saw use starting from 1911 until the present day. Named after its creator, the Browning was used crucially during the PhilAm War against the Japanese. Its 7-round mag carried enough power mainly because it was chambered in .45 hollow points which can stop a man dead in his tracks. Overall, the Colt was reliable, no more, no less, John F Eilermann notes.

MG34
One of the weapons used by the Nazis, the Maschinengewehr 34, or MG34 for short, saw use during the Second World War until it was replaced by the MG42. This iconic light machine gun gave the Nazis a huge hold on checkpoints and gave the Allies a huge punch in the gut. With its flexibility from being belt-fed or carried with a drum mag, it was no mystery that a single man could gun down a whole platoon with its devastating .303 rounds, which are usually reserved for high caliber snipers. John F Eilermann also records that this gun was unmatched in rate of fire, reaching a maximum of 900 rpm.

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Essay writing: A beginner’s guide

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Essay writing is a part of everyone’s life, especially in school. Essays are essentially one of the very first literary pieces students will ever make. That said, everyone should know how to write a proper essay as soon as possible.

Today’s blog explores a few basic but important points in essay writing. John Eilermann St. Louis.

The importance of an outline

Outlines make writing essays easier because they provide a framework for one’s thoughts. They arrange thoughts and ideas and allow for a better flow of words from one paragraph to another. Without outlines, the writing itself may seem abrupt or, worse, jumbled. John Eilermann St. Louis.

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The separation of the thesis statement

Separating the thesis statement or main thought from the essay will guide the essay’s writing. A clear thesis statement keeps the writer on track with what he or she wants to write about. John Eilermann St. Louis.

The significance of the conclusion

The essay’s conclusion is just as important as any part of the essay, including the thesis statement. Knowing the conclusion ahead of time allows writers to make their entire essay lead up to it. In fact, the best writers know just how the conclusion rewards readers by informing or evoking emotions. John Eilermann St. Louis.

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Remembering Diego Maradona, a legend among champions

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Last month, the world lost one of the greatest sportsmen it has ever seen in Diego Maradona. Perhaps the most skilled footballer ever, nobody could quite emulate what Maradona did on the pitch in the biggest football games at the time.

Today, as a tribute, here are some jaw-dropping facts on the great Maradona. John Eilermann.

• Maradona was eight years old when he was scouted and recruited by a youth coach to join the Argentinos Juniors team.

• At the age of 12, Maradona started displaying his brilliance on the football pitch, which led a lot of observers to consider him a prodigy. John Eilermann.

• When Maradona was 15, he played in his first official game for the Argentinos Junior. He scored his first goal a month after his debut.

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• Maradona 115 goals for Argentinos Junior during his five years with them. Twenty-five years later, stadium management named the stadium after him.

• Maradona was 16 when he played his first national game for Argentina. John Eilermann.

• In 1981, Maradona joined popular Argentinian club Boca Juniors and helped the team win the title the year.

• In 1982, Maradona received $7.8 million for his transfer to F.C. Barcelona in Spain. It was his first of two record transfers. He is the only person in football history with two record transfers.

• Maradona helped F.C. Barcelona win the Spanish National Cup, the Copa del Rey, and the Spanish Super Cup in his second year with the club.

• Maradona is one of three F.C. Barcelona players in history to receive a standing ovation by the fans of their bitter rivals, Real Madrid. John Eilermann.