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Why didn't the creator of the hashtag patent the concept?

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Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The Trivial Pursuit wedge

* This weekend 35 years ago, Scott Abbott, a sports journalist for the Canadian Press, challenged his friend Chris Haney, a picture editor for the Montreal Gazette, to a game of Scrabble. Haney arrived at Abbott's house with a Scrabble set which, he calculated, was the sixth he'd bought, thanks to repeatedly losing tiles. An exasperated Haney suggested they invent their own game. "How about trivia?" suggested Abbott. One hour later, over a couple of beers, they'd designed the six-spoked wheel of Trivial Pursuit.

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Up, up and away on Google’s wi-fi balloon

Experts scoffed at the company’s plan to deliver internet via balloon to the world’s poorest regions. Now 75 are flying high

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A meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower at a wind farm near Bogdanci, south of Skopje, Macedonia, in the early hours of 13 August

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PlayStation Europe’s CEO, Jim Ryan, on PlayStation’s 20th birthday, and where it might go in its next 20 years

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