Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Hotel California Played Backwards

Album cover

It used to be relatively easy to play reel-to-reel tapes and records backwards. Alas, the digital revolution (ouch, bad pun coming) made it next to impossible to spin the latest Britney Spears album in reverse -- CD and DVD players typically play short "forward" snippets in reverse order when you hit the rewind button.

This is an incredible pity, because there was serious fun to be had searching through songs like Stairway to Heaven and Hotel California, sniffing our strange backward-masked messages that may or may not have been there. Luckily, Jeff Milner has taken a handful of well-known songs and reversed bits and pieces of them so we can hunt for scary Satanic messages and other such silliness. He reports "Years ago someone told me that if you played Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven song backwards that you could make out 'satanic messages'." The one that surprises me most in this collection is Britney Spear's Hit Me Baby One More Time. C'mon. Everyone, like, knows she's evil.

Jeff Milner's Backmasking Site


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