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5 Unconventional Ways To Connect

(without using the internet)

Pigeon Carriers:

Comedian Bryan Callen once said: “Compare sending someone a text message and getting a love letter delivered by carrier pigeon. No contest.” Carrier pigeons were originally used by the Romans, but were popularized in WW1 to reliably send messages. 100,000 were used and 95% of messages were received.

There are still services today that will allow you to send messages through a carrier pigeon. Pigeongrams (like telegrams) are a unique form of communication. Simply write the message you wish to send and by using a PigeonGram service, your message will be sent via one Homing pigeon.

Carrier pigeons can also be used to deliver messages on naval ships. This means, if you send a love letter via carrier pigeon, you can reach him/her almost anywhere. Anywhere.

Morse Code:

Morse code can help in many emergency situations. It has recently inspired the work of a ‘smart shoe’ that uses sensors to send signals from a person’s toe to indicate danger. The shoes were invented so that workers on oil platforms or in other dangerous career fields, could receive help if anything happened to them. This type of shoe is especially important if their arm has been broken and they cannot signal for help.

Amateur Radio:

Amateur radio, also called Ham radio, is a two-way radio that uses either Morse code or voice to communicate. Before 1912, wireless communication mediums were, for the most part, unregulated. Today it is still used to broadcast emergencies such as floods and forest fires. No internet or cell phone tower is needed to talk to others from across town, different states or even other countries. When feeling especially misunderstood, ham radio also reaches outer space.

Paper Airplanes:

Paper airplanes, most popularized in elementary school, are flying objects made entirely of paper. When first trying to build a human-carrying airplane, the Wright brothers reportedly used paper airplanes to fly in wind tunnels. Now, people send secret messages inside of them. When flying as far as possible, the weight of the plane must be at a bare minimum. This way, the plane has less resistance to fight against when avoiding unwanted desks.

Party Lines:

Party lines were the original chatrooms with their lack of privacy and inclusion. Not only did original telephones look different (big brown boxes with a crank on the side), but phone lines themselves, were different too. In the early 1900s, house-to-house phone systems served anywhere from two to twenty parties on one single line, each with their own coded ring. Everybody using the ‘party line’ could talk to one another and listen to each other’s ‘private’ phone conversations. Should someone leave the phone off the hook, no phone calls for any party were able to get through.

In 1959, the movie Pillow Talk debuted. Doris Day and Rock Hudson starred in a romance involving a number of shared phone lines. While living in an apartment building in Manhattan, Doris Day shares a line with a song writer who sings the same love song to various women callers. The anonymity of both callers on the same line brings a refreshingly new, yet vintage take on dating through the use of technology.

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