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Why every country has a different electrical plug

map of plugs around the world

Over at Gizmodo, John Herrman explains how it came to be that countries around the globe use at least a dozen different kinds of electrical outlets and plugs  --- without any hope for a world standard. You can blame Edison, Tesla, Germany, British colonialism, and the World War II, among other things. It's an entertaining and nicely illustrated read.

Tags: history, links, science

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