The other day I was half listening to the radio when I caught a sentence about a new $100 bill coming out with an image of Ben Franklin that winked. At least, that’s what I thought I heard. The idea of a winking photo reminded me of paintings in Harry Potter movies interacting with wizards. I thought it might make a good blog post. I didn’t catch anything else in the interview but I wasn’t worried because the magical Google always has my back.
Cut to this morning, I woke up and thought, “I’m going to write about that winking Benjamin today and I set straight to work trying on finding the interview I thought I had heard. Apparently, there was a new $100 bill released in 2013 and it had amazing new technology but Ben wasn’t winking. The UK found it quite gaudy, apparently, which is neither here nor there but struck me as funny coming from a country so fond of its crown jewels.
I got a little frustrated looking for the winking Benjamin. Google has never failed me. It caused me to think back to the times before Google (the dark ages). How did we learn to change our own headlights, paint a copy of the Mona Lisa or build a fairy house without YouTube? Where did we learn how solar panels work and who invented spoons? We had to rely on schools, the people around us or books to teach us what we wanted to know. If we didn’t have access to those things, we either had to figure it out ourselves through experimentation or just…not know. Can you imagine? Do you remember wondering about something and deciding the work it would take to find the answer wasn’t worth knowing the information? I’m pretty sure the ice blade mountains on Pluto fall into that category for me. But that’s a whole other blog post.