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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Rolls Royce makes engines for the Apache helicopter. On a standard day, the Apache has vertical climb rate of 1,775 feet per minute, a ceiling of 21,000 feet & can reach speeds of 182 MPH or 293 KM/H. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
The original Routemaster double-decker buses in London could carry over 60 people with a single 115 hp engine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AEC…
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…
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…
Russia has their own version of "Miracle on the Hudson". A Ural Airlines flight collided with a flock of seagulls that struck both of the plane's engines. The pilot opted to land the plane in a corn field and everyone on board survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
The Lancia Gamma had such a badly-designed engine that even turning the steering to full lock could cause high strain on the timing belt, leading to it snapping and causing significant engine damage. roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
Rudolph Diesel took his inspiration for inventing the Diesel engine from watching a lecture where there was a demonstration of a Malaysian fire starting technique called the 'fire piston' which creates flames through air compression. themalestrom.com/intervie…
When in 1988 Consumer Reports compared 4 American midsize cars, all suffered failures during the test - the Ford and Dodge had their A/C not work, the Eagle had a glovebox that did not close and an unopenable fuel filler door, and the Buick had a knocking engine and a broken door lock. curbsideclassic.com/vinta…
QANTAS has transported a spare engine before by attaching it to the wing and making the 747 look like it is imbalanced and has 5 engines flightradar24.com/blog/ho…
Today I learned about Project Retro, an idea proposed by the US Air Force around the 1960's that called for a thousand rocket engines to be strapped to the equator of Earth which would allow the US to slow/stop the rotation of the planet in an effort to "dodge" Soviet ICBMs. boingboing.net/2019/02/12…
The early NSU Ro80 was so unreliable that some of these cars required engine rebuilds before 50k km/30k miles. Some owners even fitted the rough-running Ford V4 engine in order not to have to deal with the original rotary powertrain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSU…
Honda specifically designed the CG125 to run with little to no maintenance, as the prior CB125's engine had issues related to owners skipping oil changes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Today I learned about the 'Apprehension Engine' an unconventional instrument that was made to provide the soundtrack to the 2015 fil The VVitch. screencrush.com/how-horro…
Today I learned of the Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion program, a failed project by the US Air Force to develop a nuclear powered jet engine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The first attempt at a Thomas the Tank Engine TV series came as a live broadcast. The show was a disaster, with the model trains jerking around until a train derailed, and a crew member's hand visibly put it back on track. This caused so much embarrassment that the show was immediately cancelled lostmediawiki.com/The_Sad…
The inventor of the diesel engine, Rudolf Diesel, disappeared disappeared from a train. The case has never been solved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rud…
In 1982, GM was toying with the idea of developing a car with a turbine engine that ran on coal dust due to the concern over rising oil prices. youtube.com/watch?v=0CAN5…
Yahoo Serious tried to sue the search engine Yahoo! for trademark infringement. The case was thrown out as Serious couldn't prove he sells products or services under the name Yahoo so couldn't prove that he suffered harm or confusion due to the search engine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yah…
John Delorean, creator of the DeLorean car, invented the first muscle car when he, against the wishes/policies of GM who were trying to distance their brand from racing, put a v8 engine into the Pontiac Tempest wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontia…
The Boeing 747 airframe is designed to carry an extra engine called the "5th Pod Ferrying System" for delivering engines to other 747 aircraft on short notice. thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
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-…
Tim Staffell, original member of the band that would become Queen, later worked on the TV adaption of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and made models for Thomas the Tank Engine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
About the β€œLittle Red Engine” zoetrope record that played a children’s song while showing a movie to kids at the same time. It was published in 1956. youtu.be/L9-lzMAfG-Q
The writers if Airplane! bought the rights to Zero Hour! and that the propeller sound the jet engines make throughout the movie were sampled directly from Zero Hour! laughingsquid.com/zero-ho…
The new generation Toyota Supra doesn't have a dipstick and oil level must be checked electronically with the engine running motor1.com/news/372622/to…
The famous PBR river boats that the US used in the Vietnam war had pump-jet engines made by Jacuzzi en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Today I learned that Ringo Starr was the narrator for Thomas the Tank Engine from 1984-1990. ttte.fandom.com/wiki/Ring…
The plane John McClane blows up in Die Hard 2, N473EV, was later nearly destroyed in reality by extreme turbulence which caused one engine to be completely torn from the plane mid-flight. aviation-safety.net/datab…
When the first steam engine was built in 1804, people were worried that the speed would make rail passengers unable to breathe or that they would be shaken unconscious by the vibrations dkfindout.com/us/transpor…
In 1972 a Royal Air Force Harrier was struck in the engine intake by a large bird. After hearing irregular sounds in the engine the pilot ejected, only to watch his plane ascend beautifully into the clouds. It flew for 38 miles without a pilot before running out of fuel. aviation-safety.net/wikib…
Yamaha still use crossplane crankshafts in their I4 MotoGP engines due to a torque advantage at very high revs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Rudolf Diesel, who invented the Diesel engine, committed suicide in 1913 because he didn't think his invention would be successful. gatesnotes.com/Books/A-Ra…
The first internal combustion engine was designed in 1661, and would use gunpowder to drive the pistons! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
Since it can't match the Earth's rotational speed, a westward plane technically travels east β€” just like the entire planet beneath it. It just has engines that help it travel east a little more slowly than everything else, making it move west relative to the ground. discovery.com/science/Ear…
Today I learned about Pierre Levegh, who attempted to drive the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1952 all by himself. He held a 4-lap lead after 23 hours, but over-revved his engine by breaking a connecting rod, causing him to lose his lead in the final hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
The engine that powers the MiG 21 fighter jet can, in an emergency, provide 143% of maximum thrust for two minutes before it explodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tum…
When Fiat introduced the 850 to the US market, they downsized the engine to just below 50 cubic inches in order to make it small enough to be exempt from emission standards, which only applied to 50 ci and larger engines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fia…
Micro robots can repair the plane engine. Rolls-Royce | SWARM Robots youtube.com/watch?v=3xMpc…
[] that in the 1940's, the US built some locomotives for the USSR. When they were never delivered due to the cold war, they went to US railroads and became some of the most powerful engines of the day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
The period 1955-1972, the development of nuclear rocket engines in the USA began with the "Rover" project. The first experimental nuclear engine was named "KIWI" and experiments were performed on it until 1964. They constructed a compact nuclear reactor with U235 carbide in a graphite housing. needforscience.com/astron…
Today I learned that in 1953 Ferrari supplied F1 engines to a hydroplane boat that set a record that sl stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arn…
The worlds largest aircraft engine, made by GE for Boeing 777, has 110,000 horse power compared to the Titanic which had 46,000 HP combined. The engine also intakes 2 million cubic feet of air at takeoff, a human would need 4 days to breath that much. Each engine costs $24 million. bangaloreaviation.com/200…
In the 70's an eccentric Englishman made a car with a 27 litre 1000hp merlin engine and got sued by Rolls Royce for using a RR grill on it. classicdriver.com/en/arti…
A helicopter pilot flew to 40820 feet, setting a world record for the highest altitude reached by a helicopter. However, when he started to descend, the engine failed, but he safely landed the helicopter with absolutely no power - a world record for the highest unpowered descent by a helicopter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Today I learned of the Republic XF-84H, the loudest aircraft ever built. Its engine was audible from 22 miles away, and Edwards Air Force Base was worried the noise would break windows in the control tower. The airplane was not popular at Edwards, and is rumored to have caused several miscarriages. airspacemag.com/how-thing…
Today I learned of Project Valkyrie: a theorized lightweight interstellar spacecraft that could attain 92% lightspeed. Components are tethered, with the crew 10 km away from the antimatter engine. A system would spray liquid droplets in front of the craft to shield against interstellar dust particles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned about Washing Machine Charlie, a WW2 Japanese pilot who would fly by American bases at night with unsynchronized engines which would wake up the Americans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Ancient Rome had police and firemen, called "Vigiles Urbani" meaning, Watchmen of the City. They were equipped with fire engines pulled by horses, and adequate fire fighting equipment was required in every home. The police apprehended thieves, robbers, runaway slaves, and dealt with urban mobs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vig…
Neil Armstrong and Aldrin were almost stranded on the moon because they broke a vital circuit breaker, snapping power to the engine. They finally managed to push and hold it back in with a felt-tip pen long enough for it to work. history.com/news/buzz-ald…
The plasma globe was invented accidentally by an MIT undergrad, who was working in a lab to create electrical rocket engines. Right after inventing it, he naturally brought it to his girlfriend's house party. pubsapp.acs.org/cen/whats…
Before Chesley Sullenberger and The Miracle on the Hudson Capt. Carlos Dardano landed a 737 on a narrow levee in New Orleans after the engines flamed out in a rainstorm in 1988. Capt. Dardano also only had one eye from when his plane was shot at during the civil war in El Salvador. nola.com/archive/article_…
In Soviet Russia North, at mornings drivers made a fire under engines their trucks for about two hours, before starting the engine. There were two options: never cut off the engine and run it 24/7 or make a fire. Otherwise, oil would freeze. youtu.be/ZpM62M6jN14?t=53
The Cotton Gin got its name from the portmanteau of "Cotton" and "Engine" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
The "sweet spot" altitude for most passenger and cargo airplanes is between 35000 and 42000 feet - At higher altitude the air is too sparse for the engines while lower altitude means higher resistance traveller.com.au/why-plan…
Sweden Almost Had Nuclear Weapons - By the mid-1960s, Sweden has enough fissile material to build a bomb in six months. To deliver the weapon they designed the Saab 36, a twin-engine Mach 2+ supersonic bomber. nationalinterest.org/blog…
That putting sugar in a gas tank does not ruin the engine, and is no worse than getting sand in the tank. snopes.com/fact-check/sug…
When the chief model maker for Thomas the Tank Engine left his rock band in 1970, he was replaced by Freddie Mercury and his former band became Queen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The six-cylinder Holden Torana was made just because Holden, GM's Australian arm, did not have a four-cylinder engine, which was considered more suitable for a car of that size. The unusual move turned out successful and launched a group of imitations from other brands. curbsideclassic.com/autom…
Lots of people order Bloody Marys on aeroplanes but never drink them on the ground. This is because rich umami flavours - like those found in tomato juice - are one of the few tastes that aren't dulled by loud engine noise. edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
Rolls-Royce is one of the top manufacturers of aircraft engines for civil and military aviation. rollsroycefirstnetwork.co…
Duke Nukem Forever was actually already 90% complete in 2001. But because the Unreal Engine 1 used for the game made levels turning black, and other conflicts with textures. So the studio scrapped all those finished works, and start all over again dsogaming.com/articles/th…
In the late 90s Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Maybach, was working on a 12-litre 24-cylinder engine for Maybach cars, which would have made around 800 hp and 1200 Nm (885 lb-ft) of torque. autoevolution.com/news/wh…
Pilots departing from California's John Wayne Airport are required by law to cut their engines and pitch nose down shortly after takeoff for about 6 miles in order to reduce noise in the residential area below. avgeekery.com/whats-rolle…
While aerospikes could offer the greatest rocket engine performance, no company has yet to produce a commercial engine (despite many trying) because they are so complicated. youtube.com/watch?v=D4Sao…
In 2009 a passenger landed a multi engine airplane after the pilot died just 7 minutes into the flight cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/03/29…
The 1886 Benz Motorwagen engine had 958cc displacement and 2/3 horsepower. It had three wire frame wheels and a tubular chassis. Some of its features like the electric ignition and rack and pinion steering are still standard to this day fitmycar.com/journal/the-…
IBM made bombsights, rifles and engine parts during WWII ibm.com/ibm/history/histo…
When Consumer Reports tested a Renault 12 in 1972, the car had 34 defects, including a connecting rod breaking through the engine block, loosened flywheel bolts and the windshield wiper motor burning. The best car in the comparison, Toyota Corolla, had only 9 defects. curbsideclassic.com/blog/…
The Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine was the first production engine to combine cam-phasing variable valve timing with dual-profile variable valve lift in the American market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Ford released a minivan in europe that had a vw vr6 engine and 4wd or a 1.9 tdi among others.ο»Ώ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Charles Babbage lost 2 games of chess to the Mechanical Turk, an automaton with a chess player hidden inside that fooled people that a machine could play chess. He knew it was a hoax but it inspired his work on the Difference Engine and then the Analytical Engine, the world's first computer. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
The 1886 Benz Motorwagen used the Benz 954 cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine with trembler coil ignition. This new engine produced 2⁄3 horsepower at 250 rpm in the Patent-Motorwagen, although later test showed it to be capable of .9 hp at 400 rpm volocars.com/vehicles/132…
Project Orion was an interstellar spaceship concept that the U.S. calculated could reach 5% the speed of light by shooting atomic bombs of Hiroshima/Nagasaki power out the back. Carl Sagan later said such an engine also would be a great way to dispose of humanity's nukes. astronomy.com/news/2016/0…
The American flag planted on the Moon by Apollo 11 was knocked over by the exhaust of the ascent stage engine as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Honda, under pressure in the late 90s from American dealerships to introduce a car with a V8 engine, sent one dealer a shipment of V8 Juice instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V8_…
Traditional chess engines – rely on thousands of rules and heuristics handcrafted by strong human players that try to account for every eventuality in a game. AlphaZero takes a totally different approach, replacing these hand-crafted rules with a deep neural network . deepmind.com/blog/article…
When the 2nd generation Honda Prelude was being developed, its 1.8 engine was engineered specifically for it to allow a low hoodline. However, Honda later fitted a bigger 2.0 engine to the Prelude and had to make a different, raised hood to make room for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
The Boeing 737 Jet Engine generates about 20 Terabytes of information per hour gigaom.com/2010/09/13/sen…
Jack Parsons, one of the minds behind rocket engine, was a Thelemite occultist- A. Crowley's cult- practiced sex magic, had romance with Sara N. Hollister, which later with his friend L. R. Hubbard starts Scientology, and the two ruin his reputation. He died in explotion in his house at 37 vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
The Night Witches was a WWII German nickname for the all female aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. They would idle the engines near their target and glide to the bomb release point with only wind noise to reveal them. The Germans likened the sound to broomsticks, giving their nickname. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
In 1917 the Aerowagon experimental high-speed railcar used an aircraft engine and propeller traction to go 140 kph (87mph) to carry Soviet officials. In 1921 officials successfully went from Moscow to Tula. On return it derailed at high speed killing 6 of 22 on board including the inventor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
German airplanes β€œStuka” did not make that screaming sound when diving because of their engine , but because they had small fans attached to the front of their landing gear that acted as siren. This will β€œweaken enemy morale and enhance the intimidation of dive-bombing” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
Today I learned of a Firenado, a rare natural phenomena that is essentially a vortex of fire caused by extreme heat that sounds like a jet engine. youtube.com/watch?v=66Yte…
German-Italian microcar BMW Isetta was modified to hide a person inside the engine bay in order to escape unsuspecting East German border police. Nine people were able to defect successfully before being discovered. bmw.com/en/automotive-lif…
In The Italian Job (2003) the studio had to build custom electric Mini Coopers for the scenes in the LA subway because combustion engines would be too dangerous in the enclosed spaces. youtube.com/watch?v=DP7sX…
Qantas transported a jet engine on a 747 flightradar24.com/blog/ho…
Diesel trains are moved forward using electrical motors, the diesel engine is only used as a source to create electricity through a generator en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
In 1980, Edward Fredkin created the Fredkin Prize, offering $5k for the first chess engine to reach Master level, $10k for the first to reach Grandmaster level, and $1,000,000 for the first to beat the World Champion. It was won by the Deep Blue team when Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov in 1997. chessentials.com/history-…
James Watt calculated horsepower by measuring the output of an actual horse in order to quantify how many horses his steam engines could replace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
There was a small thermal piston engine called the Stirling Engine, conceived in 1816. It used the expansion and contraction of gasses or fluids to push and pull two pistons and create power almost silently in a confined space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
The cylinder deactivation system on Chevrolet's 5.3 and 6.2 V8 engines can have the engines run on as few as one cylinder in order to conserve fuel. news.pickuptrucks.com/201…

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