After landing on the moon during Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin accidentally damaged the circuit breaker that would arm the ascent engine that would get them off the moon. The astronauts activated the engine by triggering the circuit with a felt-tipped pen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
In an attempt to trim out the listing Yamato, Japan's super battleship, the captain flooded the outer engine room, drowning three hundred men at their stations. nationalinterest.org/blog…
There was a tractor built in the 1950’s that had the capability to idle at 0 RPM. Because the engine is two-stroke, it could switch directions before it made a full rotation. youtu.be/pYeEotP_c3M
Among the many bizarre requests received by Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were: "Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?"; "Please can the Captain stop the turbulence?"; "Can you take my children to the playroom?"; and "Is there a McDonald's onboard?" archive.indianexpress.com…
It's thought that Titanic could have missed the iceberg by just a few feet if the ship's engines had not being reversed, as the lack of a reverse turbine for the central propeller caused the rudder to work ineffectively when compared to forward speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The Boeing 747 has a mounting point under its left wing to carry a 5th engine for transportation. flightradar24.com/blog/ho…
Spiral staircases were installed in fire stations in the 1800s to stop the horses that pulled the engines going up the stairs when they smelled food cooking. redzone.co/2016/09/09/spi…
A-10's main gun (GAU-8 Avenger) generates a recoil force greater than one of the plane's engine and generates so much smoke that it made the engines stopped during initial test flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAU…
From 1985-1987, the most powerful computing device Apple sold was the LaserWriter, one of the first generally-available laser printers. It had its own built-in CPU which was 50% faster than the Macs available at the time, which was needed to drive the printing engine lowendmac.com/1985/apple-…
The Trojan Horse was most likely just a myth originating in the practice of covering seige engines in wet horse hides to prevent them being burned ox.ac.uk/news/arts-blog/d…
The design of carburetors in British WWII fighter aircraft had a fault that would shut down the aircraft's engine during a negative-G force maneuver. In 1941 a female engineer solved the problem with a simple device, which British pilots then named after her. It was named Miss Shilling's orifice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Despite being first built almost 30 years ago, the McLaren F1 is still the fastest road car with a naturally aspirated (non-turbo) engine. roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
An 80 year old woman landed a twin engine Cessna after her husband had a heart attack at the controls. With the help of the tower and a shadow aircraft, she landed successfully. She only had limited flight experience. youtube.com/watch?v=rVAqi…
Chrysler made a car with a turbine engine that could run on everything from perfume to peanut oil. The President of Mexico fueled one with Tequila. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The biggest warning siren ever was made by Chrysler and powered by a V8 Hemi engine. It was 12' long, weighed 3 tons, was able to be heard in a 2000 square mile area, condensed fog into rain, and sometimes knocked birds out of the sky. amusingplanet.com/2019/08…
Chess engines use what are known as bitboards, 64-bit numbers that represent the chess board. Since most computers use 64-bit registers and since a chess board has 64 squares, they can use several 64-bit numbers where each bit represents a square on the board. chessprogramming.org/Bitb…
Ruppell's vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird, with confirmed evidence of a flight at an altitude of 11,300 metres (37,100 ft) above sea level. It was ingested by a jet engine of an airplane flying at an altitude of 11,300 m. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C…
A Sperm whale can click at about 236 decibels, making it the loudest animal on Earth. Some researchers believe they can contact each other in the ocean even from opposite sides of the planet. For comparison, a jet engine takeoff registers 150 dB. NASA's Saturn V rocket launch registered 204 dB. youtube.com/watch?v=zsDwF…
A few months into the Flint Water Crisis, GM's truck assembly plant stopped using municipal tap water for production because it was corroding engine components en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
In 1913 the inventor of the Diesel engine (Rudolf Diesel) mysteriously died while travelling from Belgium to the UK to meet with the British navy about installing his engines on their submarines. His body was found 11 days later floating in the sea. It’s still unknown if he was murdered. history.com/.amp/this-day…
In 1990, a man scaled an airport wall without a stitch of clothing, fought off four security guards, stole a Jeep, and drove it into a running jet engine. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 1896, Bill Crush orchestrated the spectacle of smashing two trains into each other completely on purpose. Although no one was within 200 yards of the impact, the explosion from the steam engines killed two spectators and injured more. The event was considered a big PR and financial success. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The rare and famous McLaren F1 sports car is powered by a V12 BMW engine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McL…
In the original StarWars movie, the prop for Luke's Lightsaber was made from a Graflex Flashgun, sliding glass cabinet grips and calculator parts. Kenobi's Lightsaber was put together with a sink knob, a browning machine gun booster, a WWI rifle grenade and a part from a Rolls-Royce jet engine. nofilmschool.com/Original…
In the 1970s Michelin developed a 10-wheeled car capable of over 100mph fitted with two 5.7 litre V8 engines, specifically for testing truck tyres. carthrottle.com/post/citr…
In the event of an engine failure, a helicopter can safely land in autorotation. The airflow caused by the fall rotates the blades and brakes the aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Today I learned that auto makers have been adding fake engine noises to their car speaker systems, or even adding entirely separate speaker systems to increase the rumble and depth of the sound of engines to compensate for modern efficiency resulting in less oomph. It’s called a Soundaktor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The owner and only resident of this ghost town in Utah is a former Prague University engineering student who at 24 escaped the Iron Curtain in 1984 using his DIY glider powered with a 600cc Trabant engine, and landed undetected at Vienna International Airport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
A hypergolic propellant combination used in a rocket engine is one whose components spontaneously ignite when they come into contact with each other. The Apollo Lunar Module, used in the Moon landings, employed hypergolic fuels in both the descent and ascent rocket engines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Diesel engines don’t have spark plugs because they fire based off compression. mtaq.com.au/why-dont-dies…
Charles Lindbergh's plane, the Spirit of St Louis, was designed with the fuel tank in front because he had crashed before and didn't want to sit between the engine and fuel tank in case of crash. It totally blocked his view and he had to look out of the side windows or a periscope to see ahead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Dolphins and orcas (a type of dolphin) like to follow boats to catch a free ride because the wake created by the boat's engine creates a wave that they can 'surf' and use less energy to propel great distances. fortmyers-sanibel.com/vis…
The first general purpose computer was invented in 1822, called the Difference Engine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dif…
Today I learned of the 18 British K-class submarines built, none were lost through enemy action, but 6 sank, with significant loss of life, in accidents. When their design had been proposed, 1 admiral had said 'the most fatal error imaginable would be to put steam engines in submarines.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Hayabusa, the first spacecraft to return asteroid samples, succeeded despite having its solar panels crippled by solar flare, 2 reaction wheels failing, 2 engines losing power, losing its mini-lander, the intended sampling system failing to deploy, and losing contact with Earth for a month. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay…
The diesel engine was inspired by the fire piston, an ancient Southeast Asian tool used for starting fires. The fire piston used the rapid compression of air to ignite a piece of tinder, which was then used to light kindling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
.....Lt. Thomas Selfridge was the first person to die in an airplane crash, when the Wright Flyer Model A he was onboard suffered an in-flight engine failure. Selfridge National Guard base near Detroit MI is named in his honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The sounds made by the bugs in the movie Cars are sped-up VW Beetle engine sounds. autoweek.com/news/a206637…
Underwater explosions can be used to manufacture complicated jet engine parts and missile cones in a process that's called "explosive forming". engineeringclicks.com/exp…
The first cars with factory air-conditioning were the Packard 160 and 180 in August, 1939. The air conditioner only had two settings, ON or OFF, and to operate it, the driver had to stop the engine, pop the hood, and add or remove a belt on the compressor. curbsideclassic.com/autom…
Doug White, a single engine aircraft pilot with only 80 hours of flight time who was on a chartered flight with his wife and two daughters, successfully landed a twin engine King Air 200 after the pilot had a heart attack. aopa.org/news-and-media/a…
A British pilot of a 747 announced to his passengers: Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress'. They landed safely with no injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
When Ford was developing their 6.2 V8 engine, it had the internal name "Hurricane". However, following Hurricane Katrina, Ford changed the internal name to "Boss". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned that Ringo Starr was the narrator for Thomas the Tank Engine from 1984-1990. ttte.fandom.com/wiki/Ring…
Baldwin Locomotive Works attempted to make articulated engines larger than the UP Big Boys. The Triplex had a wheel configuration of 2-8-8-8-2 and 2-8-8-8-4. They also planed a Quintuplex of 2-8-8-8-8-8-2 and might have planned a 2-10-10-10-10-10-2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
In 2018, the average cost of a Formula One car was $15.52 million - with more than 50% of that being the cost of the engine lifebeyondsportmedia.com/…
In 1953 the CEOs of General Motors and General Electric were both named Charles E. Wilson. To avoid confusion people referred to them as "Engine Charlie" and "Electric Charlie". newsweek.com/justice-engi…
Today I learned of Olive Ann Beech, who was known as the First Lady of Aviation. She became the first female to be president of a major aircraft company in 1950. With the motto "slowly we go", the company rolled out many new twin engine models. Beech was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1981. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
In 1867, after NYC firemen sent a fire engine/fire gears for use by Columbia, South Carolina which was razed by fire in the Civil War, the state promised to return favor β€œshould misfortune ever befall the Empire City.” After 9/11, Columbia sent a fire ladder truck to FDNY as a gesture from 1867. firehouse.com/historical-…
Today I learned about the AN-225, the largest aircraft built.Powered by six turbofan engines and with a wingspan almost the length of a football field, this gentle giant of the skies can carry bigger and heavier cargo than any other plane, and is unique in the world of aviation, as just one was ever built. edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…

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