Monday, January 22, 2018

#48 - "Stamp Mill Shovel"

#49 was the assembly line. . . Great start for Michelle, Peyton, Tony, Milt, Joani, Elaine, and Mike!

"Stamp Mill Shovel"

The Stamp Mill was the place where silver and gold ore was separated from its original resting place. This was the only building in the Bodie State Park / Ghost Town where one could get inside - with a tour guide, of course. The rest of the buildings were in a state of arrested decay - left alone to weather with minimum care.

As I passed by this tool, I wondered if it was an Ames Shovel? Ames Shovels were used throughout the world on numerous projects as early as the Revolutionary War. This primal digging device was manufactured only a few miles from my home in nearby Easton. The Ames Family left its mark throughout the entire town - the public library, town hall, and several structures used for shops and housing.

Greatest Inventions of All Time!
Recently I came across an article about the greatest inventions as determined by a large group of scientists, philosophers, educators, and other professions. Their task was to create a list of "the Greatest Inventions of All Time." Conveniently, the final list numbered fifty! so, I'm starting with #50 and working my way down to Numero Uno in December.

Fear not as I will offer you some hints as to what the invention was.


The Egyptians had not yet discovered the wheel when they built their pyramids; they are thought to have relied heavily on these devices instead. They were able to move objects weighing more than 100 tons with them! These objects are further classified into three groups depending where the weight is placed.

Murphy's Laws

The Puncture Principle

Nails are selectively attracted 
to the inside wheel on a dual wheeled vehicle!

Leaving You with a Laugh, I Hope. . .

"Keep your distance!

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