In 1911, how fast did a telegram circle around the globe?
The telegram was sent on August 20th, 1911
In 1911, New York Times decided to conduct an interesting experiment and see how long it would take a telegram to travel around the world. The message had a simple phrase that notified the receiving dispatcher and asked to send this message further. The response time varied depending on the country it reached, but in the end, the message returned to the New York Times office 16 and a half minutes after it was sent. The message reached more than 15 different operators in different countries and traveled more than 26 000 miles in total.