Can you believe it’s been a whopping 31 years since the first-ever text message hit the scene? Since that day, trillions of SMS have been unleashed, totally transforming how we vibe and share deets. Do you know that the message was just two words? Let’s dive into the epic evolution of communication!
The Launch of the Text Message
Flashback to the rad times of 1992 when Vodafone was cooking up their SMS service for that epic texting revolution! On December 3, engineer Neil Papworth dropped the very first text bomb, sending “Merry Christmas” to his buddy Richard Jarvis. Imagine, it all started from an Orbitel 901 handset, paving the way for texting, even if it was a bit of a slow tech dance at first!
Nokia’s Beep Revolution
Nokia quickly jumped on the texting bandwagon, adding the iconic ‘beep’ tone to notify people about messages just a year after Papworth’s groundbreaking text! Initially, texting faced a few hurdles – from mobiles lacking proper keypads to the early limitation of texting only within the same phone network until 1999. But, guys, fear not! Soon enough, the texting universe aligned, and a billion fingers danced across a billion phones. Reflecting on those wild times, Papworth mused, “In 1992, I had no idea just how popular texting would become.”
NFT Gold Rush
The first text message, once a pioneer in mobile history, took an unexpected journey into the realm of NFTs, the latest craze shaking the money tree. A couple of years back, Vodafone threw the iconic message into the NFT arena, auctioning it off for a noble cause – the United Nations Refugee Agency. In a rare moment where an NFT purchase made sense, an anonymous crypto-savvy bidder dropped a jaw-dropping $149,729 in Ether for the non-fungible token, snagging a cool 3D animation frame of the historic message being received.
Texting Through Time
In the thrilling journey through 31 years of text message evolution, we’ve witnessed the seismic shift from the groundbreaking two-word debut to the advent of Nokia’s iconic ‘beep’ tone and the overcoming of initial texting hurdles. From that iconic ‘Merry Christmas’ to the countless messages that followed, each text has become a digital footprint, marking the steps of an epic communication evolution.
Super Bowl Sunday may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’re done buzzing about the championship game, the halftime performance, and of course, some stunt-worthy commercials. Regardless of whether your football team made it to the big game or not, part of the excitement of the Super Bowl is arguing which player has the highest number of rings.
Tom Brady: 6 Super Bowl Rings
At the age of 41, Tom Brady was the oldest quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. He won all six rings he earned as quarterback for the New England Patriots. His rings were won in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Also, Brady has won four MVP rewards and three NFL MVP titles. He retired for the second time in February 2023, leaving an incredible legacy and a high bar for younger players to clear.
4 Super Bowl Rings: A Lot of Players
The following NFL players have won four rings: Marv Fleming, Ted Hendricks, Bill Romanowski, Matt Millen, Joe Montana, Adam Vinatieri, Keena Turner, Mike Wilson, Eric Wright, Ronnie Lott, Terry Bradshaw, Jesse Sapolu, Franco Harris, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, Mel Blount, Jack Ham, Donnie Shell, Mike Webb, L.C. Greenwood, Gerry Mullins, Rocky Bleier, Larry Brown, Mike Whew. Many of these players won their Super Bowl rings during the 49ers’ and Steelers’ championship streaks. Jesse Sapolu was one of the just two 49’ers to win a fourth ring in the 1990s, while Mel Blount was one of the three consecutive Steelers to win Defensive Player of the Year in the 1970s.
3 Rings: A Lot of Patriot Players
There are a lot of players for the Patriots who won three Super Bowl rings during the 2000s. The players include Troy Brown, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel, Ty Law, Kevin Faulk, Patrick Pass, Matt Light, Lonie Paxton, Ted Johnson, Stephen Neal, Joe Andruzzi, Roman Phifer, David Patten, Adrian Klemm, Tom Ashworth, Je’Rod Cherry, and Matt Chatham.
More players like Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen, Nate Ebner, Matthew Slater, Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty, Dont’a Hightower, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, James Develin, James White, and Marcus Cannon got their Super Bowl rings after winning the Super Bowl in the years 2015, 2017, and 2018.
The Super Bowl MVP Player award is given to the most valuable player in the National Football League’s championship game. The winner is chosen by a panel of 16 football writers and broadcasters. Since Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, fans can vote electronically. Since the game’s inception in 1967, the Super Bowl MVP award has been awarded on an annual basis. SPORT magazine presented the award until 1989, and the most recent Super Bowl MVP is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, winning it on February 12th, 2023.