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The History of the Disco Ball
Odd question, but who came up with the idea of the disco ball? You know, that multi-faceted mirrored thing that rotates from the ceiling at nightclubs.  Believe it or not, its history goes back to at least 1897 when an electricians union got together for a party and showed off a “mirrored ball” which reflected the light of a carbon arc lamp all over the room. They got drunk and loved it. The first patent was filed in 1924 for something inventor Louis B. Woeste called a “myriad reflector.”...

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