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Bad time to be an inventor

Every month in Scientific American there's a column called 50, 100 and 150 Years Ago. They summarize some of the articles that appeared in Scientific American that month 50, 100 and 150 years ago. April 1906 seemed an especially bad time to be an inventor. Why? They summarised 4 stories in that issue
1) Wright Brothers claims of mechanical flight confirmed for the first time by outside source.
2) Mt. Vesuvius has most powerful explosion in modern times
3) Most terrible earthquake to hit a modern city levels San Francisco
4) Man invents motorized roller skates.

What a month to announce your motorized roller skates. A month earlier or later and he might have been a big story.
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