Limonene (an extract from citrus peels) was used as an experimental liquid rocket fuel, and blanketed the entire testing area with the smell of lemon oil whenever it was fired. gilesorr.com/blog/ignitio…
In 2018, United Airlines switched to lighter paper for their inflight magazines, it saved 1oz per copy which after 1 year saved 170,000 gallons (643,000 L) of fuel worth $290,000. traveller.com.au/united-a…
Large ships often measure their fuel efficiency in 'gallons per mile'. A cruise ship will usually burn 30 to 50 gallons per mile, and as much as 250 tons of fuel in a day. cruises.lovetoknow.com/wi…
Leaded fuel is still available in the US in avgas for piston engined airplanes, even though it’s been banned since 1996 for cars. nationalacademies.org/trb…
The US faced a nuclear threat in Arkansas in 1980 because someone dropped a socket wrench 20m which cut the outside of a rocket with 9megaton warhead on it. The cut caused fuel to explode ejecting it from the silo. One person died. i.stuff.co.nz/entertainme…
The reason why we feel hangry is because the level of nutrients in the bloodstream begins to drop. When the brain runs out of dry fuel, it stimulates a stress response. Our inhibition to different emotions is lowered. bbc.com/news/amp/world-us…
On August 24, 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 lost all of its fuel in mid air, the captain(a glider pilot) then proceeded to glide the Airbus A330, with 306 occupants, without any power, for 19 minutes, covering some 120 km, until landing hard at Lajes Air Base with 0 casualties en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Nikola, a company that alleged it had developed hydrogen-powered fuel cell batteries to power electric trucks, was short-sold by a firm named Hindenburg Research marketwatch.com/story/sho…
The original fuel for the Lockheed U-2 spy plane was barbecue lighter fluid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPT…
Emergency fuel shipments to Siberian cities cost Russia an estimated $500 million per year - and according to economists, it would be cheaper for Russia to fly labourers into Siberia to extract the natural resources and then fly them out again, instead of keeping Siberian cities functioning smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Concrete Ships were a thing more than a curiosity for enthusiasts. Actually served on WWI, and WWII, were involved in D-Day where they were used for fuel and munitions transportation. Many are abandoned as them were never formally scraped and simply abandoned after decomission amusingplanet.com/2015/11…
Toyota argued that, when empty, the Fuel Tank of the GT-One could theoretically hold a standard suitcase and be considered a trunk as required by the Le Mans GT1 rules. It worked, as the rules only required the suitcase to fit and didn't take into account if the "trunk" was actually usable. thedrive.com/accelerator/…
Today I learned about the Controlled Impact Demonstration, where NASA and the FAA intentionally crashed a remote controlled Boeing 720 to gain data on a fuel additive that was believed to help suppress an airline fire in the event of a crash. The test ruled that this additive was ineffective. nasa.gov/centers/armstron…
Today I learned about the Berlin Airlift, an American and British operation that flew a peak of 12,941 tons of food, fuel and other necessities daily to West Berlin between 1948 ans 1949, because of a land blockade imposed by the Soviet Union trying to stop the use of a west backed currency in the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Today I learned about Hooters Air, an airline that was founded by the restaurant chain. It had seven operating planes and seventeen destinations and mainly operated in Myrtle Beach and Florida. It was closed in 2006 due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita causing fuel costs to increase, as well as small attendance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Adding lead as a fuel additive wasn’t completely banned in the US until nearly 25 years ago (beginning of 1996). web.mit.edu/ckolstad/www/…
Because the UK Royal Navy's Astute class nuclear powered submarines can purify their own air and water and run on nuclear fuel, that the endurance is only limited to 90 days due to breakfast storage capacity for 18,000 sausages and 4200 Weetabix en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
The VoIP was invented by a woman. Maria Croak who holds more than 200 patents today and is an inspiration to many says "...children often produce the most creative of ideas which are fuel of innovation. β€œYou need to be childlike. A little naΓ―ve and not inhibited by what’s possible.” tribune.com.pk/story/2273…
"fight fire with fire" is an actual technique that they use to fight forest fires, albeit with a certain amount of risk. A controlled burn of a strip of forest will create a barrier to an oncoming forest fire as it will use up all the available fuel. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
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…
The Ludlow Massacre. In 1914, The Colorado National Guard and the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company open-fired with machine guns on a tent colony of striking coal miners and their families, killing 21 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
The M1 Abrams, currently the main battle tank of the U.S. Army, requires 10 US gallons (38 L) of fuel just to start the gas turbine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_…
Today I learned of the Green Corn Rebellion, an armed socialist uprising in Oklahoma in 1917. The rebels planned to march on Washington and overthrow the president, but they were immediately betrayed by an informer in their midst. The incident was used to discredit Socialism and helped fuel the First Red Scare. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A Nuclear Fuel Bank was built in Kazakhstan to act as a last resort nuclear fuel provider in the event of unforeseen, non-commercial supply disruptions. The facility holds 90 metric tons of enriched uranium, and its reserves are available to all members of the IAEA iaea.org/newscenter/press…
In 2010, Cathay Pacific Flight 780 nearly crashed due to saltwater in the underground fuel tanks causing a pump truck filter to break down, releasing superabsorbent polymer into the A330's fuel system. The fuel metering unit then seized up mid flight and 322 people almost died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
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…
NASA planned on sending a crew to do a flyby of Venus. They would launch on an altered Saturn V and use the third stage as a workshop once it was emptied of fuel. The crew would make direct observations of Venus, Mercury, and the Sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Top Fuel Dragsters are loud enough to register on the Richter Scale. 2.3 on the Richter was recorded with 2 Dragsters side by side. espn.com/espn/news/story?…
John Denver's death was caused by his inability to switch fuel tanks during flight. The selector valve handle should have been located between the pilot's legs, but the builder put it behind the pilot's left shoulder. The fuel gauge was behind the pilot, not visible by him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
BBQ lighters us a small hammer mechanism (clicking sound) to strike a small piece of material (like pure quartz crystal), which in turn causes a small electrical charge to occur. This is what ignites the butane fuel. It's called a Piezoelectric Effect. home.howstuffworks.com/qu…
A Boeing 747 burns 11 tonnes of fuel every hour (1 gallon per second) flightdeckfriend.com/ask-…
Due to a unit conversion error (lbs instead of kg), Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and glided all the way down on an abandoned airfield being used as racing circuit. Everyone survived and the plane was barely damaged it was flown out to be repaired. nationalpost.com/news/can…
In 1940, American explorers attempted to drive to the South Pole in a 56-foot vehicle carrying a plane and 6,000 gallons of fuel. Once in Antarctica, the combination of the vehicle's weight and smooth tires made it nearly impossible to drive on snow and ice and it was abandoned. thedrive.com/news/33433/t…
The Calusa kingdom ranks among the most politically complex groups of hunter-gatherers of the historic world. Unusually, it was powered by fishing, not farming. Massive enclosures enabled the Calusa to store enough fish to sustain population growth and fuel large-scale construction projects. phys.org/news/2020-03-sop…
The Byzantine Empire invented flamethrowers. They pushed a burning petroleum-based fuel through metal tubes. It was a totally devastating naval weapon. historyextra.com/period/a…
There's a company in the UK that takes wet coffee waste and turns it into things like coffee flavouring, and bio-fuel logs and pellets bio-bean.com/renewals/cof…
The USA used gasoline as in the fuel to give baths to Latino migrant workers prior to their entry from the southern border, and the government did that to eliminate disease carrying lice. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Tetraethyl lead additions were introduced in gasoline during the 1920s to improve fuel octane levels and efficiency until these additions were found to be a neurotoxin in the late 60s leading to a decision to ban these additions in (in America) eesi.org/papers/view/fact…
In the 1960's, Chrysler created a car, the Chrysler Turbine, that could run on many alternate fuels, including: kerosene, jet fuel, perfume, tequila, peanut oil, soybean oil, and furnace oil! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Popski's Private Army, a small British Special Forces unit in WW2, was set up as a raiding force to attack Rommel's fuel lines. Actor Christopher Lee was attached to this unit as a liaison officer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
There is a correlation between toilet mold/rings and diabetes due to high blood sugar levels which causes the body to release glucose through the urinal stream, therefore giving more fuel for mold growth. moldblogger.com/diabetes-…
There are no regulations on what side the fuel tank door is on cars, it’s simply chosen by how the car is put together. allstate.com/blog/gas-tan…
Today I learned about Silver Star recipient SFC Alwyn Cashe. SFC Cashe was injured and soaked with fuel after a complex ambush in the Iraq. He entered a burning vehicle three times and pulled six soldiers to their safety. SFC Cashe received burns on 75% of his body, injuries he eventually succumbed to. taskandpurpose.com/opinio…
Einstein’s theory of special relativity explains why a star can burn for billions of years without running out of fuel. If you can measure potential energy by multiplying mass by the speed of light squared, that means an average adult stores 30 large hydrogen bomb explosions worth of energy. iperceptive.com/works/sho…
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…
In the 80s a British Harrier pilot got disoriented and, with less than a minute of fuel remaining, successfully landed on top of a flower shop van on the deck of a Spanish cargo ship. The ship's crew were awarded over 500,000 pounds for the safe delivery of the Harrier to the Royal Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alr…
In 2010 a man was rescued while attempting to sail around the United Kingdom. Using only a road map for navigation the 'sailor' had been keeping the coast to his right and in error ended up sailing in circles around the Isle of Sheppey until he ran out fuel. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/engla…
The Saab 99 Turbo, the first in the line of turbo Saabs, was just a compromise - the original idea was to fit a V8 engine in the car, but the 1973 fuel crisis made the Saab engineers avoid risking it with a V8 and instead just turbocharging the base engine for a more powerful option. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
In 2011 a small team of Japanese Firefighters saved Tokyo from being uninhabitable for decades by bravely keeping spent fuel rods cooled and unexposed youtu.be/-3GzQ9kryx4?t=25…
Today I learned of Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who in 1938 flew across the Atlantic in an experimental aircraft. Despite the Air Traffic Controller deeming it a suicide flight, and a fuel leak, he successfully completed the trip. He claimed to have lost his way in the clouds and lost his license for 2 weeks. historynet.com/the-advent…

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