Monday, May 14, 2018

#32 - "Powering It Up. . ."

#33 was Pasteurization as Elaine, Mike, Tony, Joani, Michelle, and Milt knew!

"Powering It Up. . ."

I was fortunate to be able to join a few of my fellow photo club members to tour an abandoned factory in EB. It was very eerie with the small shafts of light coming in through the holes in the roof and the careful footing to avoid falling through to the lower level while trying to focus on what was left behind.

This was a set of three fuses needed to power up one of the machines. The machine was long gone but this energy source was still on the wall. 

Today this abandoned factory is still standing but a quick look will remind you that entering it may prove fatal - too much falling down around it!

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.

A patent was applied for #32 on October 28, 1793; the patent was granted on March 14, 1794, but was not validated until 1807. 

There is slight controversy over whether the idea of theis invention and its constituent elements are correctly attributed to Eli Whitney. The popular image of Whitney inventing it is attributed to an article on the subject written in the early 1870s and later reprinted in 1910 in The Library of Southern Literature. In this article, the author claimed suggested to Whitney the use of a brush-like component instrumental in separating out the seeds. 

Whitney's model was capable of cleaning 50 pounds (23 kg) of lint per day. The model consisted of a wooden cylinder surrounded by rows of slender spikes, which pulled the lint through the bars of a comb-like grid.[16] The grids were closely spaced, preventing the seeds from passing through. Loose fibers were brushed off, preventing the mechanism from jamming.

Institutionalized the industry—and slavery—in the American South.

Nah, you are on your own with this one as well!

Murphy's Laws

Paul's Law of Group Insurance. . .

The illness you come down with 
is the one ailment 
not covered under your insurance policy.

Leaving You with a Laugh, I Hope. . .

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