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Scenes where a couple share a bed and showing a toilet are no big deal now, but back in the day, these could’ve caused controversy. Everything from an on-screen interracial kiss to a televised royal wedding has had its firsts.

Bright Side took a look at some of the earliest scenes to appear on television and is marveling at how far the TV industry has come.

1. First interracial kiss — Star Trek

There are a lot of debates on which scene was the very first interracial kiss on television. In the UK, Hot Summer Night (1959) and You in Your Small Corner (1962) were claimed to be the first. However, the kiss between Captain Kirk and Uhura in 1968 is still considered to be one of the first on-screen interracial kisses in the US.

2. First birth — I Love Lucy

It is believed that I Love Lucy’s episode “Lucy Goes to the Hospital” that aired in 1953 was the first birth on television. About 71.8% of all American homes with television sets (around 44 million viewers) tuned in, making a TV record. On the screen, Little Ricky was born, while in real life, the actress gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr.

3. First toilet — Leave It to Beaver

Back then, showing a toilet on TV was frowned upon. After much compromise, the “Captain Jack” episode of Leave It to Beaver in 1957 showed just the toilet tank, but it was still the first to do so.

4. First ad — Bulova

The Bulova watches ad was the first official, paid television advertisement that came out in the United States in 1941.

5. First TV show warning — All In The Family

The first 2 versions of the pilot came with the disclaimer, “Suggested for a mature audience.” But the third version that actually aired in 1971 came with a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer, “The program you are about to see is All In The Family. It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show — in a mature fashion — just how absurd they are.”

6. First color TV broadcast — Premiere

Premiere was a variety show and was the first color program on TV when it aired in 1951. Though the colors were not totally true to life, it was considered a success.

7. First to use a laugh track — The Hank McCune Show

The canned laughter that you often hear in the background of sitcoms can be traced back to 1950. The Hank McCune Show was the first to introduce a laugh track on TV.

8. First music video on TV — “Stranger in Paradise”

In Tony Bennett’s autobiography, he claimed to have created the first music video that was aired on TV. It was of him walking along the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London in 1956, set to his recording of “Stranger in Paradise.”

9. First national morning news — The Today Show

The Today Show was the first and the longest running national breakfast/morning show on television. It premiered in 1952 on NBC.

10. First evening news show — The Walter Compton News

Although it was short-lived, The Walter Compton News is believed to have been the earliest evening news shown on TV. It was a 15-minute newscast in 1947 with minimal production, where Compton read from a script, and the occasional slide was shown.

11. First TV drama — The Man With the Flower in His Mouth

The Man With the Flower in His Mouth was the first ever piece of drama shown on television. It was watched by British Prime Minister Ramsay McDonald. However, no record of the original 1930 version on BBC survived. In 1967, a technician from Granada Television reproduced it.

12. First live sports broadcast — 1936 Summer Olympics

The 1936 Summer Olympics hosted by Germany in Berlin was the earliest live television coverage of a sporting event in world history.

13. First couple to share a bed — “Mary Kay and Johnny”

In the 60s, married couples were shown to sleep in separate beds. Until Bewitched came out and portrayed a husband and wife sharing a bed. Interestingly, 20 years earlier, Mary Kay and Johnny, who were also married in real life, were shown to have a single bed in their apartment in the show.

14. First reality TV show — Queen for a Day

Queen for a Day was an early example of reality-based television where people were put in unscripted situations. Aired in 1948, contestants on the show shared stories of hard times and though there were winners, the losing contestants also received prizes.

15. First scripted curse word — Chicago Hope

An episode of Chicago Hope in 1999 featured a curse word that was uncensored for the first time in network television history. Swear words are now normalized on television even though in 1961, a comedian was charged for obscenity for swearing during a stand-up comedy set.

16. First talk show — The Joe Franklin Show

The Joe Franklin Show, the earliest television talk show in history, ran from 1951 to 1993.

17. First cartoon on TV — Crusader Rabbit

Crusader Rabbit, released in 1950, was the first animated series and cartoon created for television.

18. First major death — The Danny Thomas Show

Initially titled Make Room For Daddy for its first 3 seasons, The Danny Thomas Show did what had never been done before — it dealt with the main actress leaving the show by killing off her character. It was risky move, but it was thought to be better than to say that the character left because she was getting a divorce, which was more unacceptable at the time.

19. First cooking show — Cook’s Night Out

In 1937, Marcel Boulestin became the first TV chef on the world’s first cooking show on TV.

20. First musical — The Boys From Boise

Being the earliest full-length musical to be written for television, the show went on the New York DuMont station, WABD in 1944.

21. First royal wedding — Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones

The only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones in the spring of 1960. Theirs was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on television where more than 20 million viewers tuned in to watch.

Which of these answer any of the nagging questions in the back of your mind that you’ve had when you watch television? Do you know of any other “firsts” that were shown on TV?

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People From Different Professions Showed How Special Their Workdays Can Be

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Everyone knows that we spend half of our lives at work, where we are surrounded by a special world that has room for pleasant surprises, funny situations, and outside-the-box solutions for difficult tasks. For these reasons, people really like learning interesting things about different professions.

We at Bright Side love doing everything we can to broaden our outlook and we love seeing someone else’s photos that show an interesting fact or a funny situation that happened at the workplace.

“Hey! I’m volunteering in a bear refuge in Croatia and I felt like sharing a photo of this chillaxing fellow with you guys.”

Summer in Yamal: a worker wears a special suit that protects him from mosquitoes.

“I made a garbage cover to hide stuff in my van.”

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A policeman’s partner that has finally passed all his exams and is ready to start work

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What a plumber sees when he needs to change the pipes that were used to supply a building with cold water

Locals were alarmed and called the police when a monster climbed out of Kamogawa River in Kyoto. It was actually a giant salamander.

A delivery guy talks about one of his orders

This fireman is proposing to his girlfriend in the most fireman way possible. And his colleagues are helping!

Here’s what a selfie at your workplace looks like if you are a sailor.

This is a lens for people with really bad eyesight.

The roads in this small town are being fixed, so some delivery people are using alternative modes of transportation.

When you love your work and it loves you back:

This real gold FedEx ring for being a safe driver

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Do any funny things happen at your work? Share your photos or just show us what your workplace looks like.

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7 Hidden Messages in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” That Weren’t Meant for Kids

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Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had an amazing influence on cinema, literature, and even psychology: movies and ballets were based on it, sequels and remakes were written. There is even a psychological disorder named after the main character: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). This seemingly innocent children’s story was the subject of heated discussions by scientists of the 20th century and even Freud talked about it. The point of the discussions was simple: was the tale written for children or for adults?

Bright Side has read the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” and tried to figure out which parts of the story can only be understood by adults.

1. Alice’s shrinking and growing is a sign of puberty.

When Alice ate a cake or drank a certain mixture, Alice would shrink or grow, and she was scared that she would disappear completely. While there were no actual reasons for the changes in her body in the text, scientists have 3 versions of what could have been the hidden meaning behind that episode:

  • Alice’s body changes in a similar way to how it would change as a teenager during puberty. Many people think that Carroll showed the puberty of the character. But why this idea may also be wrong is because Alice is only 7 years old and it is too young to be a teenager.
  • Astronomers link the character with the expanding Universe. According to one of the theories, the amount of matter in the Universe is constantly decreasing which will ultimately lead to its disappearance. Obviously, this is why the character was worried about shrinking so much that she would vanish.
  • Other people see an indication of hallucinogenic substances, which make people completely disoriented, just like Alice.

2. The pig the character has is an English King.

It is believed that the tale is an allusion to the War of the Roses that took place in England in the 15th century. This time period was full of scheming, betrayal, and there were a lot of chopped heads — just like in the tale.

Assuming the guess is correct, then baby that turned into the pig is a member of the White Rose. And more specifically, it was Richard III who had a sigil with a white boar. Shakespeare even wrote a play about it where he presented Richard in a very bad light.

3. The smell of pepper in the house of the Duchess hides the smell of bad food.

The tale casually mentions that the house of the Duchess smells a lot like pepper because the scullery was adding pepper to the soup. But it may have been a hint at the problem that the food at the time was peppered a lot, to kill the smell of rotten ingredients.

4. Alice is Eve, who becomes a sinner.

The adventures of Alice starts in a quiet garden. It was an idyllic place, green and quiet, and that’s why it reminds many people the Garden of Eden. But Alice doesn’t take an apple, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes into a world that gives rise to incredible changes in her. This theory seems to be pretty logical: children are innocent but when Alice went into the hole (took the apple), she entered the world of puberty, adult life, and became a sinner.

5. Keys, doors, and caterpillars are Freudian symbols.

When Freudian theories became very popular around the world, the tale of Alice turned out to be full of gynecological symbols. The fans of Freud managed to see the symbols in the doors that were hidden behind the curtains, and keys that open these doors. Of course, they couldn’t have missed Absolem — the giant caterpillar that looks like a you know what.

Even though this theory has life, it is not very believable, because people can see these symbols everywhere if they really want to.

6. Walrus and Carpenter are actually Buddha and Jesus.

This is the name of the poem that the twin brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum read to Alice. The poem tells the story about Walrus and Carpenter, that walk on the beach and call out for oysters to walk with them. The oysters go to the shore and Walrus and Carpenter eat them. Walrus then cries at the end.

There are several interpretations:

  • Walrus is a caricature of Buddha, and Carpenter is Jesus. For example, the character Loki from Dogma believes this. The logic is simple: Walrus is fat and happy, so he is Buddha or elephant Ganesha, and Carpenter is the direct reference to the profession of the father of Jesus.
  • J. Priestly is convinced that the poem is the story of England’s (Walrus) colonization of America (Carpenter).
  • There is a more violent interpretation. Some people believe that Walrus and Carpenter are politicians that kill the masses — the oysters.

7. The poem about the White Rabbit in chapter 12 uncovers the love mystery of Carroll himself.

Some researchers see the reference to the unusual connection between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell that was the prototype of the main character. Here are the lines we are talking about:

He sent them word I had not gone

(We know it to be true):

If she should push the matter on,

What would become of you?

This is one of the most sensitive moments in the interpretation of the tale. Some people think that when the girl was supposed to come of age, the writer was going to marry her, but for some reason he had an argument with Mrs. Liddell and he never saw the members of the family since.

Do you want to read the tale now that you have some new knowledge about it in order to find some new hidden meaning? If yes, you can read the original manuscript written by Carroll himself here.

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