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           TRIVIA TODAY - Monday, July 7, 2008 
       "Six Items a Day of Enduring Insignificance" 

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Whew - I am worn out after our busy weekend in St. Louis! 
I'll fill you in on the details tomorrow. For now, let's 
learn a little about something I used a lot of these past 
few days - the good old credit card!



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                    TODAY'S MYSTERY QUOTE 

QUOTE: “Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was 
father and mother rather than all major credit cards.”

HINT: (1927-), American magician and professional comedy 


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Credit was first used in Assyria, Babylon and Egypt 3000 
years ago. The bill of exchange - the forerunner of 
banknotes - was established in the 14th century. Debts 
were settled by one-third cash and two-thirds bill of 
exchange. Paper money followed only in the 17th century.


The first advertisement for credit was placed in 1730 by 
Christopher Thornton, who offered furniture that could be 
paid off weekly.


From the 18th century until the early part of the 20th, 
tallymen sold clothes in return for small weekly payments. 
They were called "tallymen" because they kept a record or 
tally of what people had bought on a wooden stick. One side 
of the stick was marked with notches to represent the 
amount of debt and the other side was a record of payments. 
In the 1920s, a shopper's plate - a "buy now, pay later" 
system - was introduced in the USA. It could only be used 
in the shops which issued it.



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In 1950, Diners Club and American Express launched their 
charge cards in the USA, the first "plastic money". In 
1951, Diners Club issued the first credit card  to 200 
customers who could use it at 27 restaurants in New York. 
But it was only until the establishment of standards for 
the magnetic strip in 1970 that the credit card became part 
of the information age.


The word credit comes from Latin, meaning "trust".


The first use of magnetic stripes on cards was in the early 
1960's, when the London Transit Authority installed a 
magnetic stripe system. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit 
installed a paper based ticket the same size as the credit 
cards in the late 1960's.


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QUOTE: “Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was 
father and mother rather than all major credit cards.”

ANSWER: Robert Orben

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