Did You Know…



The first American built steam locomotive, the Tom Thumb, was designed and built by Peter Cooper in 1830.  To convince the newly formed Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to use steam engines there was an impromptu race between the Tom Thumb and a horse-drawn car.  Although the horse won because the Tom Thumb suffered a mechanical issue the demonstration was a success, and the following year the railroad committed to using steam locomotives.








Source: Eyewitness to History.com, By Bureau of Public Roads, U.S. Department of Commerce [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, By Brown Brothers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know…


The modern age of trains begun in early 1800s after the initial patent of James Watt for stationary steam engine expired.


Source: TrainHistory.net, By DigbyDalton [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Fun Fact Friday


The baseball home plate is 17′ wide and made of rubber.  The designer Robert Keating picked rubber as the material because of the springy nature.  The material prevented a harsh vibration to the batter’s hands when they struck the base with the end of their bat, and would prevent injuries from occurring when base runners slid into home.


Source: Today I Found Out, https://flic.kr/p/7WQPN2


Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle Safety Awareness month is designed to encourage all drivers and motorcyclists to “share the road”.  Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users can help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries.  It is helpful for motorists to understand the safety challenges faced by motorcyclists such as size and visibility, and motorcycle riding practices like downshifting and weaving to know how to anticipate and respond to them.  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes by raising motorists’ awareness, both drivers and riders will be safer sharing the road.



Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration