Research Help

June 01st, 2009 | Category: Marginalia

I often hear or overhear interesting anecdotes that, if they stick with me, I later attempt to locate sources for. Well, I am currently in need of two citations, and for the life of me, I can’t find them. I need proper accounts of and sources for these stories:

  • When Thomas Edison demonstrated his original recording of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” a prominent figure heard it and was absolutely appalled. He couldn’t sleep that night for fear that Edison was conjuring the dead with his invention (or some such nonsense).
  • It has been said (somewhere) that good architectural engineers put sidewalks in last because then you know where they belong from the trails left by the traffic of feet.

If you have any idea where I can find the original (or secondary) accounts of these stories, let me know. I’d greatly appreciate it.