Giant Steampunk "Telescope" Connects London and New York


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In 1877, a French editor mistook the fake invention of "telectroscope" (an electronic telescope that projects images just like a modern TV) as real, and even attributed it to Alexander Graham Bell.

The hoax perpetuated itself through the century and became a reality (in form of an art exhibit) in New York and London, thanks to British artist Paul St. George:

As the first splinters of sunlight spread their warmth on the south bank of the River Thames this morning, it became clear that after more than a century, the vision of Victorian engineer Alexander Stanhope St. George had finally been realized.

In all its optical brilliance and brass and wood, there stood the Telectroscope -- an 11.2 meter (37 feet)long by 3.3 meter (11 feet) tall dream of a device allowing people on one side of the Atlantic to look into its person-size lens and, in real time, see those on the other side via a recently completed tunnel running under the ocean. (Think 19th century Webcam. Or maybe Victorian-age video phone.)

Links: CNN Article | Telectroscope website


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So it is real? What about the curvature of the earth? Wouldn't that make it impossible unless there's like some big mirror in the middle of the Atlantic?
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I'm sure I would be arrested but someone in London will be seeing my penis. Just saying. Perhaps if someone on the other side would be so kind to show me some breasts?
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