The first jukebox

QUESTION:  What is another name for a 'juke house'?
A)  Bar
B)  Brothel
C)  Restaurant
D)  Hotel

The question you've been asking is finally getting an answer:  when was the first jukebox ever presented?  The answer:  November 23, 1889.  Pretty precise date, but that's because it was a big deal.  It looked nothing like what you might expect, and it did not necessarily catch on the way it was, either.  In fact, the jukeboxes that replaced nickelodeons (orchestrions) in public places look nothing like this one.  Heck, it didn't even have speakers.  The only way people could enjoy the music was by wearing headsets - or, to be more accurate, what looked like stethoscopes.  But fear not, towels were present at the Palais Royale in San Francisco when the machine was first made public.  And it was not called a jukebox at the time.  Rather, it was a "nickel-in-the-slot player."  Not a catchy name, to be sure, but the technology would have fascinated people more - especially since it's likely most people had never heard recorded music ever, before this machine.  

The man behind the "nickel-in-the-slot player" was Louis Glass, a San Francisco native who tired of a tedious job at the Western Union office.  He wanted something more from life, and decided to jump on the technology bandwagon seizing the country in the late 19th century. With telephones, movies, and music becoming part of the daily life, he came up with his device that would allow people to listen to music of their choosing who might not have been able to afford their own phonographs.  They did quite well, apparently, as they ultimately became THE way to listen to music.

ANSWER:  B) Brothel