Today in 1858 Queen Victoria and President James Buchanan exchanged messages via the new Transatlantic Telegraph Line. It consisted of 7 copper wires. (Orthodontists use copper wires often). We love Wired (the magazine), obviously. In this article Wired author Duncan Geere tells us, “The first message took 17 hours and 40 minutes to transmit.” Now that’s a long time to be on hold!