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Dinner Party Download: Youth reading, cutlery, first typewriter

Anthony Garcia lays back and reads a book at the Junipero Serra Library.
Anthony Garcia lays back and reads a book at the Junipero Serra Library.
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This edition of the Dinner Party Download looks into how the food we eat is affected by the tools we use to eat it, how younger Americans are more likely to read a book than their elders, the first modern prototype for the typewriter, and an update over whether Captain Crunch is an actual captain or not.

Cutlery's Effect On How We Taste

"Cheese tastes saltier, the study found, when eaten from a knife rather than a fork. Yogurt was perceived as denser and more expensive when tasted from a lighter plastic spoon."

Young Americans Actually More Likely To Read A Book

"It turns out that younger Americans, people under 30, are more likely than older Americans to have read a book in print last year. Seventy-five percent of people under 30 surveyed have read a book in the past year, compared with 64 percent of people over 30."

The Trials And Tribulations Of The Typewriter

"It's primary inventor, Christopher Latham Sholes, was inspired by a machine called a 'pterotype,' which typed on the underside of the paper so you couldn’t see what you were typing. At first, the keys jammed a lot because they were right next to each other and would get caught up in each other. He (Sholes) split the keys, so that common letter pairings were at different parts of the keyboard, resulting in the 'QWERTY' keyboard."