Instant Index: Inventor of the Bar Code, Norman Woodland, Dies

Dec 13, 2012 10:27pm

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Tonight’s Instant Index:

Discovered
Hans Christian Anderson brought us “The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling” — but it turns out that one of his first stories may be the last one the public gets to enjoy. A six-page manuscript was discovered in a box at Denmark’s National Archives and it’s believed to be one of the first of Anderson’s 160 fairy tales.

Coded
Every time you check in at an airport or check out at a grocery store you can thank Norman Woodland. Woodland, the c0-inventor of the bar code, died Sunday at the age of 91. Woodland came up with the idea after a grocer complained about the speed of checkout lines. Today, 5 billion bar codes are scanned daily.

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Image credit: Courtesy the Woodland Famly/AP Photo

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