June 5, 2014
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A quick one today. Nobody can verify who invented the fire hydrant, because the patent was destroyed in a fire…
The invention of a post- or pillar-type fire hydrant is generally credited to Frederick Graff Sr., Chief Engineer of the Philadelphia Water Works around the year 1801. It had a combination hose/faucet outlet and was of “wet barrel” design with the valve in the top. It is said that Graff held the first patent for a fire hydrant, but this cannot be verified because the patent office in Washington D.C. caught on fire in 1836 destroying many patent records from that period in the process.
June 1, 2014
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I have to confess that one of the two pieces of information that will be delivered today, I’ve known for a while. The other I learnt today and is just as awesome.
The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn, which, though fictitious, has been a Scottish heraldic symbol since the 12th century.
That is pretty cool already. All the countries try to impress with the animals they hold in high regard as their national symbols. The Scottish, nope, we got a unicorn. I get that it is heraldic. (Also they have a monster in a lake)
The latest one is pretty awesome:
There is a flag of a Mongolian province that has a dinosaur (sauropod) on it!
And if you can’t make it out, here is the coat of arms: