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Old 09-05-2010, 01:26 AM   #1
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Sept 5, 2010: Frozen Margarita Machine

August was National Inventors Month. Smithsonian.Com, in honor of the event, chose the top 10 inventions from their extensive National Museum of American History’s Collections.

Of course they've got the light bulb, telephone, blah blah blah, but coming in at #10... tah tah tah taaaaaah!

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In 2005, the museum acquired the first-ever frozen margarita machine, invented by Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez in 1971. Museum director Brent Glass called the invention a “classic example of the American entrepreneurial spirit.” With the advent of the machine, margaritas became as standard as chips and salsa at Tex-Mex restaurants.
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:45 AM   #2
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Electric motor
Light bulb
Radio
Telephone
Refrigerator
Automobile
Penicillin
Elevator
Centrifugal pump
Vaccine
Dynamite
Margarita Machine - FAIL

How insulting. They couldn't come up with something a little more important? I'm glad they aren't wasting my money buying dumb artifacts.

Oh wait.. They are aren't they!!
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Old 09-05-2010, 07:02 AM   #3
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Wow, you're complaining about funding a museum? Just because you don't find it important to history does not mean it isn't or will be. Thousands of years down the road something as unimportant as a margarita machine can give a lot of insight into our current world to the future inhabitants. Also, you have no idea if they bought or were donated the machine, you're just jumping the gun to complain.


Disclaimer: I think they are very important, thank you Senior Martinez
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:12 AM   #4
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Srsly. Especially as without that machine there'd probably be no such thing as slushies so Spuck would be unemployed because there'd be no 7/11s
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:31 AM   #5
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I had the idea that the transistor or integrated circuit board should be on the list.

But, if I'm drinking margaritas right then, . . .
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:35 AM   #6
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Spuck, what would you say about a museum buy an artist work of art ?

Said work consisting in shitting in a tin can, sealing it, sterilizing it and then selling it to the museum for a nice pile of money....
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:12 PM   #7
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Most of the stuff in the Smithsonian is donated by the owner, or bought from the owner by a private party and donated. Money provide to the Smithsonian by the feds is more than matched by private donations.
After all, Spuck, they've got your Archie Bunker's chair.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:18 PM   #8
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According to WikiP, machines to produce frozen beverages were invented in the late 1950s, and Slurpees were branded in 1967, so this isn't even an industry first. Lame.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slurpee
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:23 PM   #9
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Is it just me or does that machine look like a drunk, black, bonk-eyed UPS delivery man?
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:41 PM   #10
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On that list, the Frozen Margarita machine is teh lame.

Oh, and very few things on that list exist without transistors and/or ICs. Just saying.
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:44 PM   #11
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Is it just me or does that machine look like a drunk, black, bonk-eyed UPS delivery man?
I'm waiting for the shit to fly over this. If I'd said it, I'd be covered in shit right now.

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Old 09-05-2010, 06:10 PM   #12
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Oh, and very few things on that list exist without transistors and/or ICs. Just saying.
Only the radio, as far as I can tell.
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:13 PM   #13
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According to WikiP, machines to produce frozen beverages were invented in the late 1950s, and Slurpees were branded in 1967, so this isn't even an industry first. Lame.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slurpee
From the link at Smithsonian.com...
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In 1971, Martinez adapted a soft serve ice cream machine to create the world's first frozen margarita machine for his new Dallas restaurant, Mariano's Mexican Cuisine. With their blenders hard-pressed to produce a consistent mix for the newly popular drink they made from Mariano's father's recipe, his bartenders were in rebellion. Then came inspiration in the form of a Slurpee machine at a 7-Eleven, a machine invented in Dallas in 1960 to make carbonated beverages slushy enough to drink through a straw.
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Old 09-05-2010, 09:11 PM   #14
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so not only is it an imposter, it's a rip-off.
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so not only is it an imposter, it's a rip-off.
Well put!! ^^^ Exactly right.
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