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What does the ISO VG number of a lubricant mean?

ISO VG stands for “International Standards Organization Viscosity Grade” and is reported in numbers ranging from 2 all the way up to 1500. This number is critical because a lubricant’s viscosity is the single most important factor when selecting the right oil for your machinery. Being that pieces of equipment are built all over the world, it was necessary to have [...]

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The first travel agency organized train excursions

It's no secret that rains revolutionized the way we travel. While things have come a long way since the introduction of trains, they set the foundation for us. The same is true for travel agencies— the first one came about after a train ride one momentous day in 1841.Thomas Cook Travels by Train CC BY-SA 3.0, [...]

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Liquid Body Armor will Change Body Armor Forever

Body armor has been around since medieval times in various forms. Constantly undergoing improvements throughout the years, a newer form is on the horizon. Scientists are currently developing liquid " body armor the lightest form yet.Body armor over the yearsThe earliest forms of body armor were made of metal plates and provided great [...]

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The Women Who Built Waterloo Bridge

Much like the Women's Land Army of WWI and WWII, women had to replace men who were off fighting for their country. One of the most remarkable— and forgotten— jobs women took on in London during WWII was the rebuilding of the Waterloo Bridge from 1939-1945.Until recently, these women were somewhat forgotten, but how could [...]

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What you need to know about man made diamonds

They've always said diamonds are a girl's best friend, but they never specified whether or not that included man-made diamonds.Recently, De Beers— the leading diamond miner in the world— announced that they would start selling diamonds that were produced in a lab. After standing against doing this in the past, something must have changed their [...]

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Aloha Wanderwell, the World's Most Widely-Traveled Woman

If Indiana Jones was real, he'd be a woman. More specifically, he'd be this woman: Aloha Wanderwell. Aloha was quite unlike anyone else of her time. An explorer, vaudevillian, filmmaker, wife, and mother, she visited places her fellow Westerners had never seen before. Her story became legendary and inspired fictionalized romancing of her life. Born on October [...]

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The History of the Dr. Marten Boot

I was recently on a train and saw an ad for Dr. Martens— also known as Docs, Doc Martens and Doctor Martens — that read "Engineered from Industry, Championed through Music, Worn by Individuals. " Dr. Martens are a part of many industries and lifestyles, and the history of the development and growth of this [...]

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What is horsepower?

Even if you've never so much as looked at a horse in your entire life, you've probably heard the term horsepower plenty of times. Whether it's a car commercial or your friend talking about his fancy new lawnmower, it's all horsepower this and horsepower that. But what does it mean? Does horsepower actually have anything [...]

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Strike a Pose: Food Photography and Styling

In a world of social media and advertising, looks are everything— and I'm not just talking about people here. The way our food looks is super important. If it doesn't appear fresh, we're probably not going to want it.Food Photography and Styling, as an industry, has a really interesting history, and some of the facts [...]

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Should You Use Full Synthetic Passenger Car Engine Oil?

When looking for a quality engine oil, you might wonder whether you should go with a full synthetic. A number of factors determine what engine oil is right for you and your vehicle; however, if you're looking for longer drain intervals and increased MPG, a full synthetic might be right for you.What is a fully [...]

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