Monday, September 17, 2018

#14 - "Worthington/Snow Engine"

#15 was the  airplane! Right? Michelle, Peyton, Milt, Joani, Elaine, and Mike.

"Worthington/Snow Engine"

At the turn of the century, a company in Buffalo, NY began to revolutionize the steam engine business. Henry Worthington started the business around the 1840s but it was his sons who took it to the next level of international prominence! James Snow had been building steam engines back in 1889. He finally joined up with the Worthingtons to produce the Worthington/Snow steam engine. This massive machine can be viewed at the Haul of Fame in CT.

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.


#14 is also known as black powder to distinguish it from modern smokeless powder, is the earliest known chemical  explosive. It consists of a mixture of  sulphur, charcoal, and saltpeter. The sulfur and charcoal act as fuels while the saltpeter is an oxidizer. Because of its incendiary properties and the amount of heat and gas volume that it generates, #14 has been widely used as a propellant in firearms, artillery, rockets, and fireworks. 

It was invented in 9th-century China and spread throughout most parts of Eurasia by the end of the 13th century.[3] Originally developed by the Taoists for medicinal purposes, it was first used for warfare about 1000 AD.

Today firearms using this invention are limited primarily to hunting, target shooting, and bulletless historical reenactments.

Outsourced killing to a machine!

Murphy's Laws

Meteorological Law. . .

As soon as the stewardess serves coffee, 
the airliner encounters turbulence.

Leaving You with a Laugh, I Hope. . .

"Got Tasered!

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