Monday, July 2, 2018

#25 - "Shut-off Valve"

#26 was the Telegraph! Odd that the telegraph was rated higher than the radio - but that's why they had a panel of experts pick these. Speaking of picking - Milt, Peyton, Michelle, Mike, Joani, Elaine and Kathy B. Kathy and I first met on a photo shoot in NH. I visited her and Doug in NC before they moved to Idaho. Great to know she is still following along. .  .

"Shut-off Valve"

Boston Waterworks Museum here! This valve caught my attention due to its location on the gray wall. The red handwheel against the gray popped this industrial device. And, there there was the brass fittings the gave this a three-dimensional look! One of my favorite of my Industrial Collection.

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.

#25 comes to us from the first millennium b.c.!
 May have contributed to the rise of societies that used phonetic ones over those that used ideographic ones
The first dates back to the Middle Bronze Age (1500–1200 B.C.). Egyptians were already using hieroglyphs. However, hieroglyphs consisted of picture representations. Hieroglyphs were commonly used in depicting aspects found in sacred writings.

Here are a few known facts about #25:
  • Historians do not know who invented it.
  • Ancient civilizations eventually produced a universal one.
  • Technology enables people to compile lists in this particular order.
Basically it is a system whereby strings of characters are placed in order based on the position of the characters in the conventional ordering. 

Murphy's Laws

 Kovac's Conundrum. . .

When you dial a wrong number, 
you never get a busy signal.

Leaving You with a Laugh, I Hope. . .

"If at first. . ."

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