In the 1850s the timber pirates of the Great Lakes stole lumber, burned ships, and openly threatened federal agents; killing atleast one. On May 6th 1853 the Buffalo, a lumber steam ship, rammed the USS Michigan but no charges were levied against the ship captain or owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about a Confederate sabotage device called a coal torpedo, which was a bomb designed to look like a lump of coal and meant to cause a steam ship's boiler to explode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
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…
In 1889, the USS Trenton was in Samoa when a cyclone struck, ravaging the harbour. The ship lost steam and rudder, and was in imminent danger of foundering on the reef, so the entire crew went into the port rigging, the mass of bodies forming a sail. When the wind struck, the ship steered away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
"Mad" Mike Hughes died after crashing in his homemade steam powered rocket. He launched from the California desert and hoped to reach the KΓ‘rmΓ‘n Line, where Earth's atmosphere meets outer space 62 miles above the ground to prove that the Earth is a flat disk and not a sphere. popularmechanics.com/spac…
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…
In 1948 Harry Ross and Ralph Smith proposed a steam powered space station as a refuelling stop on the way to the moon. It would have head a gigantic curved mirror focusing sunlight to heat water and produce steam. bis-space.com/what-we-do/…
Today I learned about SS Baychimo, a Swedish built 1,322 ton cargo steam-ship that was left abandoned by its crew in 1931 due to fear of sinking. Surprisingly, Baychimo did not sink, but instead drifted around as a ghost ship for nearly 40 years without a crew, she was last seen in 1969. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
The smallest of stars have Jupiter-like storms and wind-bands. Some of them even have STEAM in their atmosphere. scholarpedia.org/article/…
They did steam train races near Liverpool 1829 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
In 2011, Electronic Arts released DLC for Dragon Age 2 and Crysis 2 purchased directly through the game, bypassing Steam's 30% cut. This led to Valve taking down the store pages, and EA refusing to release any games on Steam between 2011 and 2020. ign.com/articles/2011/07/…
37% of all registered Steam games have never been played. gamespot.com/articles/37-…
William Murdoch was a Scottish engineer and inventor. Who invented the oscillating cylinder steam engine and gas lighting. His house was the first house to be lit by gas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
When the USS S-5 began partially sinking after a failed submerged test run it was approached by the steam ship Atlanthus who signaled them "Where bound?" to which the S-5 responded with "Hell by compass." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Steam was originally created so Valve didn't have to keep shutting off Counter-Strike servers to fix issues with the game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
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 1856 two steam powered trains collided head on causing an explosion that was heard 5 miles away. Despite a 10 car passenger train carrying nearly 1,500 people, there were less then 200 people killed or injured. rarenewspapers.com/view/6…
The song "Midnight Special" is about a steam locomotive that used to pass the Louisiana State Prison and its light would shine into the cells. Prisoners developed a superstition that having the light shine on you would bring fortune and freedom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
A legal loophole in the UK allows alcohol to be sold without a license on a train in motion. An unlicensed distillery exploited this by setting up in a disused railway building, obtaining a steam train, and selling gin to customers while they road it back and forth from the distillery. thedrinksbusiness.com/201…
As many as 1500 people died in a boiler explosion on the Sultana, a steam powered Mississippi riverboat. Largely forgotten, as Lincoln's assassin was found and killed the previous day, April 26, 1865. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sul…
Some victims of Mount Vesuvius died when steam coming from their boiling blood created extreme pressure in their skulls, causing their heads to explode. journals.plos.org/plosone…
, Seattle's famous Pike Place Market gum wall was steam cleaned in 2015, removing 20 years worth of chewing gum stuck on the brick. youtube.com/watch?v=1MN-J…
The steam iconically shooting out of the streets of New York City comes from the underground new york steam system. The 105 mile system of pipes began providing services in 1882, it uses clean water and still delivers steam to over 2,000 city buildings today. wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Yo…
The cartoon/comic strip staples of censoring swear words with *!?#& symbols (grawlixes), using starbursts or circles above a character's head to denote drunkenness (squeans), and wavy rising lines to indicate steam or heat (indotherms) were all invented by one cartoonist: Mort Walker fastcompany.com/1673017/q…
The land speed record for steam powered cars was set in 2009 at 139.8 MPH beating a 103 year old record. theguardian.com/uk/2009/a…
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…
37% of all registered Steam games have never been played. This equates to 288 million of the 781 million games registered, are left untouched. makeuseof.com/tag/learned…
LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado was the last steam locomotive built by British Railways. It is the only surviving example of an LNER Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive in existence. Construction began in 1994 and was completed in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNE…
Milton Hershey kept his employees working during the Great Depression by having them construct buildings in Hershey, PA including a school, arena and hotel. When a steam shovel was brought in for construction, Hershey told his foreman to get rid of the shovel and hire 40 men instead. entrepreneur.com/article/…
Thailand offered to send elephants to the USA during the civil war. Lincoln declined on the basis that steam engines would make the elephants more trouble than they were worth, but was extremely grateful and deferential in his reply nonetheless. nydailynews.com/newswires…
"The World Is Not Enough" is prototype steam-powered spacecraft capable of creating its own fuel, which means it will be able to hop between asteroids and explore our solar system indefinitely. astronomy.com/news/2019/0…
The carpet cleaning company Stanley Steemer is named after Stanley Steamers, an early automobile powered by steam dispatch.com/article/2009…
A Greek man named Heron Alexandrinus, who was born in 10AD, invented the first steam engine, called an Aeolipile. His design was forgotten and never used until 1577. kotaku.com/5742457/the-an…
Today I learned of Topsy the Elephant, an exhibit at Coney Island. Due to her 'bad behavior' it was decided to hang her in front of a fee paying audience. Following protests she was killed by large ropes tied to a steam-powered winch with both poison and electrocution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
There are over 105 miles of pipes under New York City that brings steam to over 100,000 buildings to provide heat. None of these buildings has a chimney, which is a distinct feature of the NYC skyline. citylab.com/life/2015/10/…
In 1833, the first passenger ship to make a transatlantic voyage almost entirely steam-powered was the SS Royal William hmy.com/timeline-worlds-l…
Eclairs and Long Johns, while sometimes advertised as being the same thing, have key differences. Long Johns use doughnut, yeast-risen or batter-derived pastry, not steam-puffed choux dough. Both eclairs and Long Johns can be filled with custard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Hungarian comedian GΓ©za Hofi used to give sarcastic "shout-outs" to government informers and secret police spies watching his shows during the Communist era. He got away with it because his act was seen as a way for people to blow off steam under the authoritarian regime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
HRH Prince Abdullah bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has a steam profile and is heavily into anime gurugamer.com/esports/pri…
Prince of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, frequently plays games on Steam and has spent thousands of dollars on in-game purchases. He also likes anime-ish games. gurugamer.com/esports/pri…
Electric cars are actually older (and at one point more popular) than gasoline powered cars in the 19th and early 20th century. They've only recently had a resurgence. They even had steam powered cars! whatcar.com/news/history-…
Water expands by a factor of 1600 when turned to steam van.physics.illinois.edu/…
The Chernobyl disaster would have been a lot worse if three engineers hadn't volunteered to swim through radioactive water to open valves and drain the liquid to prevent a steam explosion articles.philly.com/1986-…
Today I learned of Soda locomotive, a fireless locomotive that ran on sodium hydroxide. When steam came in contact with the sodium hydroxide, it would generate enough heat to actually run the boiler and generate more steam and propel the locomotive forward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sod…
There was a dog who liked to ride steam trains most of his life often with different crews, he was known across many of the Australian states, and there are books and statues referencing him. weekendnotes.com/bob-the-…
It took five hours to start up an oil-fired, steam driven warship in the 1940s. youtube.com/watch?v=uwMRC…
There was once a profession called being a "donkey puncher" whereby a man would operate a steam-driven winch in logging or mining operations, called a steam donkey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Scurvy killed more than two million sailors between the time of Columbus’s transatlantic voyage and the rise of steam engines in the mid-19th century. The problem was so common that shipowners and governments assumed a 50% death rate from scurvy for their sailors on any major voyage. sciencehistory.org/distil…
Chocolate magnate Milton Hershey launched a 'Great Building Campaign' during the Great Depression with the aim of employing more people. When he was told that a steam shovel being used on a project did the work of 40 men, he instructed his foreman: "Take them off. Hire 40 men." blog.hersheyarchives.org/…
Today I learned of a disease known as 'popcorn lung.' A respiratory illness due to exposure to a chemical that flavors microwave popcorn. Before most companies removed this chemical, a man who ate two bags a day and inhaled the steam, sued a food company and was awarded $7 mil. theatlantic.com/health/ar…

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