Browsing: Science & Technology

A Brief History In a startling April Fools prank, the BBC program Panorama aired on April 1, 1957 and showed an astonished British audience farmers growing spaghetti on trees in Switzerland! Digging Deeper We all know people that just wait each year for April 1st to play their pranks on us, but a reputable and serious television show? Spaghetti was not in wide use in Britain in the 1950’s, so many British people were unaware of how spaghetti noodles are made, which of course is like all other noodles, with wheat flour, water and other ingredients. Seeing Swiss farmers seemingly…

A Brief History On March 30, 1939, the Heinkel 100 prototype fighter airplane flew at 463 mph in level flight, at the time the fastest airplane ever.  People have always been fascinated by fast things, whether they be people, animals or machines.  Here is a list of 10 famous fast things that at one time were the fastest of their type or currently reign as the modern speed champ. 10. The Swift. Monty Python posed the question in the movie, the Holy Grail, with the “correct” answer being another question, “European or North African?“  Actually, an entire family of birds…

A Brief History On March 17, 1968, the US Army proved just how dangerous it is to play with weapons of “maaaass” destruction!  (Yes, we went there…) Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find the Army operating Dugway Proving Ground in Utah starting in 1941, a top secret testing area for chemical and biological weapons. The terrible effect of various poison gas weapons in World War I by both sides caused nervousness during World War II that somebody would once again initiate their use, especially when desperate.  The US supposedly contemplated using poison gas against Japanese dug in deeply in islands…

A Brief History Earlier today, we noted how the 50 millionth Ford automobile rolled off the assembly line, a shiny new Thunderbird!  Nevertheless, not all automotive ideas have been winners… Digging Deeper 10. Bricklin (1974-1976) The only car ever with gull wing doors that opened and closed electrically looked good, but was not good.  Only 2,854 of the Canadian cars were built, costing the province of New Brunswick $23 million of their investment.  Built with either an AMC or Ford V-8, the Bricklin had no ashtrays, which made it ahead of its time for sure! 9. Cadillac Cimmaron (1982-1988) Based…

A Brief History On March 14, 1794, American inventor Eli Whitney patented his greatest invention. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find the young United States evolving away from a slave economy, with some slave owners giving their slaves away! Suddenly, with Whitney’s invention of the “cotton gin,” a machine made to separate cotton seeds from cotton balls much more quickly and efficiently than could be done by hand, cotton became a much more profitable crop. Of course, with cotton becoming the quick way to wealth for farmers, much farmland was turned over to growing cotton, and consequently many workers were…

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