Monday, April 16, 2018

#36 - "Frozen in Its Tracks!"




#37 Cementing their place among the correct responders were Joani, Michelle, Mike, Milt, Elaine, and Peyton.




"Frozen in Its Tracks!"



Just how cold was it at the Haul of Fame? Look for yourself - that was solid ice in those small collecting areas. This shot was a partial capture of the tracks on this tractor. When I got home and played around with it, the title came immediately. I thought it was pretty clever!


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.

#36

A less heralded cousin of it will come in at #10.

These are the backbone of today’s energy infrastructure: they generate 80 percent of the world’s power!

The modern device was invented in 1884 by Sir Charles Parsons, whose first model was connected to a dynamo that generated 7.5 kW (10 hp) of electricity. His invention made cheap and plentiful electricity possible and revolutionized marine transport and naval warfare.


I realize these clues are not very helpful so if you still need help, go to the bottom of this week's blog for multiple choices. . . 

Murphy's Laws


 McGregor's Revised Maxim. . .


The shortest distance between two points is 
under construction.


Leaving You with a Laugh, I Hope. . .

"Growing Old. . ."



1. light bulb   2. generator   3. steam turbine  4. the battery 

Monday, April 9, 2018

#37 - "A Window Crank"



#38 Scientific Plant Breeding - Michelle, Joani, Elaine, Mike, and Peyton!




"A Window Crank"



As I mentioned earlier, the Stone Mill had its challenges - mainly finding items to focus upon. Forced to look in the dark corners, behind the partially opened doors and even in the ceilings, I saw this device used to provide ventilation or possibly to release whatever odors were trapped in the room. A simply pulley and chain allowed a worker to open up the ceiling - early air conditioning. Greatly appreciated in these large mill buildings!

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.

#37

The foundation of civilization - literally! 

Used by the Egyptians some 2600 years ago. A hydraulic binder, sort of a glue. . . China is the #1 producer of this with India and the US following a distance second and third.
Medieval masons and some military engineers maintained an active tradition of using the hydraulic version of #37 in structures such as canals, fortresses, ship building facilities, etc.


The technical knowledge for making this was formalized by French and British engineers in the 18th century.

I realize these clues are not very helpful so if you still need help, go to the bottom of this week's blog for multiple choices. . . 

Murphy's Laws


Perversity of Nature Law. . .


You cannot successfully determine beforehand 
which side of the bread to butter!


Leaving You with a Laugh, I Hope. . .

"Vegan Violence"



a. brakes   b. cement   c. bread-making   d. elevators


Monday, April 2, 2018

#38 - "My What Big Teeth. . ."



#39 was Oil Drilling! Well done - Michelle, Tony, Elaine, Joani, Peyton, and Mike!




"My, What Big Teeth!"



Back to back from the Haul of Fame


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.

#38


Humans have been manipulating this from the beginning of time. But it wasn’t until early 20th century that scientists discovered a forgotten 1866 paper by the Austrian Gregor Mendel that we figured out how this worked.

It is the art and science of changing the traits of things in order to produce desired characteristics. This can be accomplished through many different techniques ranging from simply selection to methods that make use of knowledge of genetics and chromosomes. 


It is practiced worldwide by individuals such as gardeners and farmers, or by professionals employed by organizations such as government  institutions, universities, or research centers.



I realize these clues are not very helpful so if you still need help, go to the bottom of this week's blog for multiple choices. . . 

Murphy's Laws

Montgomery's Maxim. . .


If at first you don't succeed -
 read the manual.


Leaving You with a Laugh, I Hope. . .



"Road Curse. . ."



 a. the clock    b. plant breeding   c. plowing   d. greenhouses