Outstanding American inventor Thomas Alva Edison obtained a patent No.200521 for a machine for sound recording and playback. The most famous of his 1093 patents gave birth to plentiful folklore. The story telling about Edison pricking his finger while improving the telephone and the needle playing the role of Newton’s apple is known as widely today, as the song about sheep Mary, which was the first one recorded with the help of phonograph. People also tell anecdotes about an academician who would seize the inventor demonstrating his machine by the throat, as he took him for a ventriloquist, and about additional trains launched to travel to Menlo Park where Edison presented his talking machine to all those wishing. However, the inventor himself was modest enough to believe that the first talking machine was invented by God who created Eva out of Adam’s rib.
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