How this family built life hack culture

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • They inspired “Cheaper by the Dozen.” But their story is far more interesting than a movie.

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    This famous family was fascinating, unique, and contributed to the way we live today.

    In this pilot episode of History Club, Vox’s Phil Edwards and Coleman Lowndes discuss the incredible Gilbreth story, with all its twists and turns.

    The Gilbreth family became famous in the film "Cheaper By The Dozen" but they were far more interesting than the most recent incarnation. Though the 1950 movie came closer to the truth, the real Gilbreths were pioneers in home life and the business world.

    Frank and Lillian Gilbreth were equal partners in their unique business of time efficiency. Frank Gilbreth brought a construction background, while Lillian was the psychological half. Together, their time and motion studies mixed analysis and psychology in a seamless fashion.

    Later on, Lillian led their business alone — and her pivot to home life has a clear connection to the life hack culture we live in today.

    Note: The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.
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  • Jody Hepperly

    Jody Hepperly

     3 days ago

    Dude on the left looks a lot like John Vanderslice!

  • Music Lover

    Music Lover

     1 months ago

    Howard Hughes would make a great episode because he was so outlandish, eccentric and weird.

  • heysyasya


     1 months ago

    Mona, let Phil and Coleman keep making this 🙌🏻

  • mary mary

    mary mary

     1 months ago +1

    I thought we'd be seeing something about the Gilbreath family. Only a blurb.

  • wander*wish


     1 months ago

    Is that book titled 'Beautiful Minecraft' behind him?

  • B bo

    B bo

     1 months ago

    Seems like her work would be very appealing to golf players looking to understand how a proper swing can improve accuracy including distance and direction.

  • Brandon Stennett

    Brandon Stennett

     1 months ago

    Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.

  • yonatan granot

    yonatan granot

     2 months ago

    Am I the only one who loves the content but hates them! Their dynamics is terrible

  • Petitio Principii

    Petitio Principii

     2 months ago

    They're certainly efficient procreators.

  • Ingrid Pinzón

    Ingrid Pinzón

     2 months ago

    I loved it, guys! Keep going with it.

  • Chelsea Laraman

    Chelsea Laraman

     2 months ago

    Please mona

  • German Flores

    German Flores

     2 months ago

    wtf is that hashtag

  • triskut


     2 months ago

    I LOVE that he loves Amelia Earhart

  • elira matira

    elira matira

     3 months ago +1

    Why you don't make similar video to Hong Kong but about Georgia

  • Hannah Chebeleu

    Hannah Chebeleu

     3 months ago

    Mona pls

  • prarthna bhaththiwala

    prarthna bhaththiwala

     3 months ago

    #pleasemona keep making this videos

  • Ikra Islam

    Ikra Islam

     3 months ago

    #pleasemona let Coleman continue making these films

  • L Mo

    L Mo

     3 months ago +1

    A big part of the book their kids wrote “cheaper by the dozen” discusses how they were the ones to invent the QWERTY typewriter layout

  • Luiz de França Afonso Ferreira Filho

    Luiz de França Afonso Ferreira Filho

     3 months ago


  • Zuzanka Baouardy

    Zuzanka Baouardy

     3 months ago