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I kept telling Ryan about this and meant to post it up, well I saw it again, so here it is for those of you who haven't seen it. Good stuff, from the aperture science site:
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Here's the Aperture Science Corporation background history:

1953 - Aperture Science begins operations as a manufacturer of shower curtains
Early product line provides a very low-tech portal between the inside and outside of your shower. Very little science is actually involved. The name is chosen to make the curtains appear more hygienic

1956- Eisenhow administration awards Aperture a contract to provide shower curtains to all branches of the military except the Navy

1957- 1975 - Mostly shower curtains

1978 - Aperture Founder and CEO, Cave Johnson, is exposed to mercury while secretly developing a dangerous mercury-injected rubber sheeting from which he plans to manufacture seven deadly shower curtains to be given as gifts to each member of the House Naval Appropriations committee

1979- Both of Cave Johnson's kidneys fail. Brain damaged, dying, and incapable of being conviced that time is not now flowing backwards, Johnson lays out a three tiered R&D program. The results, he says, will 'guarantee the continued success of Aperture Science far into the fast-approaching distant past.'

Tier 1: The Heimlich Counter-Maneuver - A reliable technique for interrupting the life-saving Heimlich Maneuver.
Tier 2: The Take-A-Wish Foundation - A charitable organization that will purchases from the parents of terminally ill children and redistribute them to deprived but otherwise healthy adults
Tier3 : ' Some kind of rip in the fabric of space... That would...Well, it'd be like, I don't know, something that would help with the shower curtains I guess. I haven't worked this idea out as much the wish-taking one'

1981- Diligent Aperture engineers complete the Heimlich Counter-Maneuver and Take-A-Wish Foundation initiatives. The company announces products related to the research in a lavish, televised ceremony. These products become immediately wildly unpopular. After a string of very public choking and despondent sick child disasters, senior company officials are summoned before a Senate investigative commitee. During these proceedings, an engineer mentions that some progress has been made on Tier 3, the 'man-sized ad hoc quantum tunell trought physical space with possible applications as a shower curtain.' The committee is quickly permanently recessed, and Aperture is granted an open-ended contract to secretly continue research on the ' Portal ' and Heimlich Counter-Maneuver projects

1981-1985 - Work progresses on the ' Portal ' project. Seeral high ranking Fatah personnel chocke to death on lamb chuncks despite the intervention of their bodyguards

1986- Word reaches Aperture management that another defense contractor called Black Mesa is working on a similar portal technology. In response to this news, Aperture begins developing the Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System (GLaDOS), an artificially intelligent research assistant and disk operating system

1996- After a decade spent bringing the disk operationg parts of GLaDOS to state of more or less basic functinality, work begins on the Genetic Lifefrom component.

Several Years Later -The untested AI is activated for the first time as one of the planned activities on Aperture's first annual bring-your-daughter-to-work day.

In many ways, the initial test goes well.

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