Ten Innovations That Changed the Summer Forever
|Happy birthday, air conditioning! Stay Cool!|
We've neglected the unsung heroes of summertime for far too long. So here's our ode to the inventions and innovations that make summer in Miami what it is today.
Next week marks the 110th anniversary of the air conditioning unit by Willis Haviland Carrier in Buffalo, New York. It makes perfect sense for air conditioning to come from New York, because once summer rolls around, New Yorkers become insufferable about how "hot" it is in the city. They're practically in Canada. If they are hot, it's their own damn fault for living on a slab of concrete that smells like piss.
Anyway, Carrier's invention eventually made it to Miami, where we'd use it to freeze office workers at their desks, requiring them to wear bulky sweaters indoors year-round.
Believe it or not, the term "double dutch" doesn't come from old timey antiquated racism, but actually from the Dutch jumping rope in New Amersterdam, later popularized in cities in the 1950s.
Remember playing Double Dutch in the streets for hours during a summer day? Of course you don't. It's impossible. You get one jump in and get smacked in the face and the crotch by a rubber rope. What did the Dutch even see in it?