Aloha Wanderwell, the World's Most Widely-Traveled Woman
Petroleum Service Company on Jun 12 2018

If Indiana Jones was real, he'd be a woman. More specifically, he'd be this woman: Aloha Wanderwell.…
Culture
What is horsepower?
Petroleum Service Company on Jun 05 2018

Even if you've never so much as looked at a horse in your entire life, you've probably heard the ter…
Culture
Strike a Pose: Food Photography and Styling
Petroleum Service Company on May 30 2018

In a world of social media and advertising, looks are everything— and I'm not just talking about peo…
Culture
Amarillo Texas' Quirky Cadillac Ranch
Petroleum Service Company on May 23 2018

Take yourself on a cross-country road trip and your excursion is sure to encounter many roadside att…
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Why were two Ferraris buried in the 1970s?
Petroleum Service Company on May 11 2018

Ferraris are among the most renowned and expensive cars in the world. Throughout history, they have …
Autos
What made Oregon gun sales double in the '80s?
Petroleum Service Company on May 09 2018

And what does this have to do with Rolls Royces? Well, it all has to do with a man who used to be ca…
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The Problem with Produce Stickers
Petroleum Service Company on May 02 2018

If you're aiming for a balanced diet, your trip to the grocery store probably involves a stop by the…
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The Incredible Potential of Graphene
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 30 2018

Graphene is a material of many wonders. It offers an array of useful and diverse properties and can …
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The Roads Well-Traveled: The History of America's Transportation Infrastructure
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 23 2018

The timeline of road history is a long and winding one.Sometimes, the most important technologies ar…
Culture
During WWII, Queen Elizabeth II Was a Truck Mechanic
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 16 2018

My recent binging of the Netflix original series, The Crown, has led to a fascination with the royal…
Culture
Could Desert Sand be Used to Make Concrete?
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 13 2018

As the most widely used building material in the world, concrete relies on sand to make it strong an…
Culture
A Look at Some of History's Most Toxic Colors
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 09 2018

Can you paint with all the colors of history?No, because a lot of them are just too toxic.Unless you…
Culture
The U.S. Wanted to Use Bat Bombs to Fight the Japanese in World War II
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 04 2018

I can only imagine what was going through Lytle S. Adams' mind when, upon hearing news of the Japane…
Culture
Skiing: Here's the Key to Gliding Down the Slopes
Petroleum Service Company on Mar 07 2018

This time of year, skiing is a popular sport for many. For some, it's popular year-round if the weat…
Culture
The Importance of Reading: Supporting Local Read Across America Events
Petroleum Service Company on Mar 06 2018

Every year on March 2nd, children (and adults, too!) celebrate National Read Across America Day and …
Culture
How to Get Your Lawnmower Ready for Spring: Maintenance Essentials
Petroleum Service Company on Mar 02 2018

Hopefully, those of us in the Northeast will soon get to put our shovels and snow blowers away for w…
Culture
Can a Car Corrode in Space?
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 21 2018

A car in space is out of this world SpaceX's recent Falcon Heavy rocket launch has given us plenty…
Autos
Zamboni's Quest for Great Ice
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 16 2018

We are one week into the 2018 Winter Olympics and have witnessed infinite talent on the ice. From fi…
Culture
History of Canned Food and How it Changed the Industry
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 07 2018

"Because we can, can, can Yes we can, can, can, can Can, can, can, can, can" --Fatboy Slim Pri…
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Popular Pastime: History of the Board Game Industry
Petroleum Service Company on Jan 24 2018

When I was younger, we used to have an RV parked out behind my home. When the weather was nice, I wo…
Culture
The Kodiak Queen: A Naval Ship's New Life
Petroleum Service Company on Jan 17 2018

In Spring 2017, British businessman Richard Branson intentionally sunk a decorated naval ship, the K…
Culture
Understanding The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
Petroleum Service Company on Jan 15 2018

Ninety-nine years ago, on an unseasonably warm January day, 2 million gallons of black, sticky molas…
Culture
A Brief History of the Fitness Industry
Petroleum Service Company on Jan 08 2018

Today's gyms have something for everyone, and you can find people of all ages there at any given tim…
Culture
The Lumière Brothers: Projecting the Future of Cinema
Petroleum Service Company on Jan 05 2018

Brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière were pioneers in the photography industry and were among the firs…
Culture
All About the New Year's Eve Ball in Times Square
Petroleum Service Company on Jan 01 2018

Each year, you may tune in or even go to watch the New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square at midni…
Culture
Alfred Nobel and the Gas Meter Invention
Petroleum Service Company on Dec 27 2017

In 1895, the Nobel Prize foundation was born when Alfred Nobel signed a majority of his wealth over …
Culture
History of the Cable-Stayed Bridge
Petroleum Service Company on Dec 22 2017

Cable-stayed bridges trace back to the 19th century in Europe where they were heavily utilized befor…
Culture
The Evolution of the Christmas Card Industry
Petroleum Service Company on Dec 20 2017

By this time, your home is probably filled with holiday greetings in the form of paper cards from fa…
Culture
Lubricant Breakdown on the Night Before Christmas
Petroleum Service Company on Dec 18 2017

The Holidays always get us a little cheery here at Industrial Outpost. While we listen to Christmas …
Culture
How do Matches Light?
Petroleum Service Company on Dec 11 2017

With the arrival of winter, you may be happy to light your fireplace, candles, or even an outdoor fi…
Culture
The Science of Time Travel: Is it Possible?
Petroleum Service Company on Nov 30 2017

Doctor Who. Back to the Future. Rip Van Winkle.Time travel has been a part of written popular cultur…
Culture
What do Screwdrivers and Rotting Butter Have in Common?
Petroleum Service Company on Nov 29 2017

Here's a hint: it all has to do with that smell.Have you ever encountered an old set of screwdrivers…
Culture
The Rise of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons
Petroleum Service Company on Nov 20 2017

It's not really a proper celebration with at least a few balloons. But what about when those balloon…
Culture
The Power of Songs in the Coal Industry
Petroleum Service Company on Nov 11 2017

We all know one version of "House of the Rising Sun." It's a classic folksong that has been redone a…
Culture
How Koch Saved Kendall Motor Oil
Petroleum Service Company on Nov 06 2017

As one of the leading motor oil brands, Kendall has a rich and unique history. Kendall Motor Oi…
Culture
Mussels are No Match for Lubricants
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 30 2017

As an expert in maintaining your vehicle and keeping it well-oiled, you know how important lubricant…
Culture
The Oddity That is the Safety Coffin
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 27 2017

No one wants to be buried alive. I remember watching 13: Fear is Real when it came out back in 2009 …
Culture
Microsoft and Porsche: An Unlikely Pair
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 23 2017

Car enthusiasts realize their passion for automobiles several different ways. Attending a car show, …
Autos
Why is Lead so Poisonous?
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 13 2017

Oh, lead.[caption id="attachment_8727" align="alignright" width="271"] Lead glass contains, you gues…
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History of Haunted Hayrides and Houses
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 04 2017

This time of year is my absolute favorite. The smell in the air, pumpkin pie, and haunted hayrides.I…
Culture
Industrial Innovations: the History of the Sewing Machine
Petroleum Service Company on Sep 29 2017

Were you to make a list of some of the most important inventions of all time steel would probably be…
Culture
The Oil Rainbow Effect
Petroleum Service Company on Sep 27 2017

After a storm, you may have gone outside to enjoy the scent of fresh rain and noticed a rainbow…
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New Jersey: The Birthplace of American Industry and Innovation
Petroleum Service Company on Sep 11 2017

When we think of American innovation and technological advancement, California is really at the fore…
Culture
The Industrial Revolution and the Rise of Labor Day
Petroleum Service Company on Sep 04 2017

As you fire up that grill in your white clothes and polarized sunglasses, you might casually wonder,…
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How Understanding Viscosity Can Help You Enjoy Ketchup More
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 28 2017

So, say you're at a nice restaurant. Maybe you're on a date or having an important business lunch. Y…
Culture
What in Tarnation are the La Brea Tar Pits?
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 07 2017

Where else can you find a Dire Wolf outside of Westeros? California, of course.If you ever find your…
Culture
Oh My Gears: Understanding the Ancient Antikythera Mechanism
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 04 2017

If a ship sinks more than 2,000 years ago and no one's around to witness it, does it make a splash i…
Culture
Auto Show Models Through the Ages
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 02 2017

Classic cars and beautiful women are instantly paired in the minds of many. There's just something a…
Autos
Lubricants and Their Role in Roller Skating
Petroleum Service Company on Jul 24 2017

Some of my favorite birthday parties to attend when I was younger were the ones held at local skatin…
Culture
Oil: Bowling's Slick, Invisible Superhero
Petroleum Service Company on Jul 17 2017

Bowling Lanes and Oil Go Hand-in-Hand.The first time you went bowling, you may have noticed the ball…
Culture
Kurt Vonnegut, Cloud Seeding, and the Power of the Weather
Petroleum Service Company on Jul 05 2017

Q: What does a novel, GE, and governmental control of the weather have in common?A: At least one Von…
Culture
Supernatural's 1967 Chevrolet Impala
Petroleum Service Company on Jul 03 2017

Imagine walking into a warehouse full of '67 Impala cars and car parts.Well, that exists, and it's a…
Autos
Could a Nylon Parachute Deliver Your Amazon Order?
Petroleum Service Company on Jun 21 2017

What do parachutist Adeline Gray and Amazon have in common? Well, you'd be surprised. 75 years ago…
Culture
Of Ships and Sea Monsters: What's the Connection?
Petroleum Service Company on Jun 19 2017

Ships are the reason a lot of us live where we live today. Early world explorers and settlers travel…
Autos
From Reservoir to Rig: The Petroleum Exhibit for Future Professionals
Petroleum Service Company on Jun 07 2017

Over 35,000 petroleum engineers work in the United States each year.They work at drilling sites unde…
Culture
How the Staatliches Bauhaus Fused Art and Industrial Design
Petroleum Service Company on Jun 05 2017

"If today's arts love the machine, technology and organization, if they aspire to precision and reje…
Culture
The Curse of James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder
Petroleum Service Company on May 31 2017

I'll never forget the first time I saw a James Dean film. I was in a Classic Movie Club in high scho…
Autos
Memorial Day Tribute
Petroleum Service Company on May 29 2017

"We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do kno…
Culture
The Industrial Revolution Was a Steamy Time in History
Petroleum Service Company on May 24 2017

And we don't mean Soap Opera steamy--although things were certainly hot.When it comes to steam techn…
Culture
How Do You Lubricate a 10,000 Year Clock?
Petroleum Service Company on May 17 2017

Time flies when you're busy contemplating the next ten millennia...Time. It's on your side. It's cha…
Culture
Oops There Goes Another Rubber Tree Plant: the History of Natural Rubber
Petroleum Service Company on May 10 2017

He's got high hopes...about rubberRubber plays an important role in the function of your car (the ti…
Culture
What Do Steam Cars and Stephen King Have in Common?
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 26 2017

Photography, steam cars, and a haunted hotel —all have something in common--a pair of brothers born …
Culture
Everything You Need to Know About Microfibers and Their Impact on Ocean Life
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 19 2017

Here's a statistic for you: 95% of waterways' plastic pollution comes from microfibers. This is comp…
Culture
What Exactly Are Sponge Parks?
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 12 2017

When I first heard the term —sponge park " I envisioned children running around in a park pretty muc…
Culture
Where Are Don Draper's Accounts Today?
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 10 2017

There was a period of time when I wanted to move to New York and be a big-time advertising gal. I ha…
Culture
The Butcher Baker and the Alaskan Pipeline Murders
Petroleum Service Company on Mar 15 2017

The Butcher Baker was an American serial killer who terrorized Alaska for twelve years, between 1971…
Culture
Yondr Phone Pouch Saves the Show
Petroleum Service Company on Mar 06 2017

I'm a big live-in-the-moment kind —of gal, and one of my biggest pet peeves is getting some assistan…
Culture
The role of fossil fuels in Trump's USA and the bottleneck of Renewable Energy
Petroleum Service Company on Mar 02 2017

Fossil fuels are the driving force of the modern American economy as well as much of the developed w…
Culture
How John Wick Services his 1969 Ford Mustang
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 27 2017

By Summit Entertainment, Fair use. John Wick is back and better than ever in an action-packed s…
Autos
Presidents' Day: Five Bridges Named After U.S. Presidents
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 20 2017

This Presidents' Day, everyone at Industrial Outpost is taking the time to celebrate what it is to b…
Culture
A Beauty Junkie's Guide to Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 13 2017

Vaseline, or Petroleum Jelly, has many uses, both practical and downright silly (see our Petroleum P…
Culture
America's manufacturing sector can take a few tips from the Germans
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 02 2017

A city upon a hill. A manufacturing powerhouse. An energy-efficient country; a country run on indust…
Culture
Someone Invented a Real-Life Sonic Screwdriver
Petroleum Service Company on Jan 30 2017

Do you hear that? It's like ... a whining or a wheezing? It's getting louder!What's that? An old tel…
Culture
What a Trump presidency could mean for the US automotive industry
Petroleum Service Company on Jan 25 2017

On Tuesday morning, President Trump sat down with the respective CEOs of the United States' largest …
Culture
Oil & Blood: the Mysterious Murder at the Greystone Mansion
Petroleum Service Company on Jan 11 2017

The Greystone Mansion isn't your typical 46,000 sq. ft. 1920s Tudor Revival located in Beverly Hills…
Culture
True or False: Oil Comes from Dinosaurs
Petroleum Service Company on Dec 26 2016

How cool is the recent news of a dinosaur tail with intact feathers preserved inside a piece of ambe…
Culture
Is It Possible for Santa to Run a Toy Factory in the North Pole?
Petroleum Service Company on Dec 21 2016

Though the exact location of his infamous house and workshop is unknown (I imagine it's to avoid the…
Culture
Evolution of the Gas Pump
Petroleum Service Company on Dec 14 2016

It all began with a man named Sylvanus Bowser, who patented his kerosene pump in 1885.Invention Cr…
Culture
Why Do Marine Animals Eat Plastic Debris?
Petroleum Service Company on Nov 23 2016

Plastic has become the backbone of this modern age.This can be seen as both a good thing and a bad t…
Culture
Plastic by Numbers: What Do the Recycling Codes Mean?
Petroleum Service Company on Nov 16 2016

Advances in recycling technology mean that more and more materials are recyclable— including plastic…
Culture
Thank You, Veterans
Petroleum Service Company on Nov 12 2016

In honor of Veteran's Day, all of us at Petroleum Service Company would like to thank all the men an…
Culture
Life in 1908: A Snapshot of the US the Last Time the Cubs Won the World Series
Petroleum Service Company on Nov 05 2016

Just about everyone has been talking about the Cubs finally winning the World Series. And with goo…
Culture
Understanding the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 28 2016

As of Friday, October 28, police have arrested at least 141 people protesting on private land regard…
Culture
Northeastern PA coal miners flourish in a dying market, "Coal will not recover" say economists
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 25 2016

Here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, coal takes on a new meaning. For us, it's not just a seemingly …
Culture
Petroliana and Gas Station Toy Truck Memorabilia
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 19 2016

Gas and oil company memorabilia is a favorite category of collectibles. So much so that it even has …
Culture
Both Presidential Candidates say US infrastructure is in shambles; is it beyond repair? Economists weigh in.
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 11 2016

"...the state of our infrastructure is a national emergency. We have bridges that are right now too …
Culture
Trump, Clinton, and their plans to revitalize the US manufacturing sector
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 07 2016

Little over a week ago, most American eyes and ears were busy scrutinizing the back-and-forth exchan…
Culture
Plastics Before Synthetics and the Transformation of the Visual Arts
Petroleum Service Company on Oct 04 2016

—Every work of art creates its own universe. And whoever speaks of a universe speaks of a whole buil…
Culture
For the Love of Human Ingenuity: Understanding the Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894
Petroleum Service Company on Sep 15 2016

Once upon a time we wrote about the whale oil myth the mythical notion that due to the free market/…
Culture
How nanorobotics seek to extend the human life-span.
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 15 2016

The field of study is known as nanorobotics. Science-fiction authors have long theorized the poten…
Culture
Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 11 2016

Laissez les bon temp rouler! Let the good times roll at this year's Shrimp & Petroleum Festival. …
Culture
Who really invented the wheel? (And what took us so long?)
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 09 2016

As a nation, we've all grown way too accustomed to the presence of the wheel. Still, it makes sense;…
Culture
Top 5 Iconic Rides from modern Hollywood Films and their Famous (or infamous) Drivers
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 03 2016

There's been a lot of cool movies, a lot of cool cars, and a lot of cool actors …
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Pennsylvania once provided 1/3 of the world's oil. The result? 200,000 abandoned and explosive oil wells.
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 02 2016

In March of 1848, a Mormon merchant named Samuel Brannan confirmed the discovery of vast amounts of …
Culture
Trash vs. Treasure: Creatively Reusing Plastic Bottles
Petroleum Service Company on Jul 20 2016

We all know the familiar idiom, One man's trash is another man's treasure. The implication bein…
Culture
Milk & Oil: The Story of the Gilmore Oil Company
Petroleum Service Company on Jul 12 2016

There's no use crying over spilled milk, especially when it leads to bigger and better things for t…
Culture
Understanding the Whale Oil Myth and the Rise of Petroleum
Petroleum Service Company on Jul 08 2016

The whale oil myth: thanks to the free market, petroleum arrived in the nick of time to save the dwi…
Culture
A Video Message From Our President
Petroleum Service Company on Jun 16 2016

Announcing our red brick studio at PSCHere at Petroleum Service Company, we're proud to say that we …
Culture
The Fascinating Relationship Between Hydraulic Systems and Spiders
Petroleum Service Company on Jun 14 2016

What do spiders and hydraulic presses have in common?If your immediate thought is something along th…
Culture
The New and Improved Petroleum Service Company
Petroleum Service Company on Jun 02 2016

We Are Industrial PioneersPetroleum Service Company is —the pioneer of —online petroleum sales. But …
Culture
Happy Memorial Day from Petroleum Service Company
Petroleum Service Company on May 30 2016

This Memorial Day, Petroleum Service Company and Industrial Outpost fondly remember -- and deeply th…
Culture
GE Hot Sauce is Like Jet Engine Fuel
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 28 2016

142,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 K 10^32 K (142 nonillion kelvins) is possibly the high…
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Rigs to Reefs: Mitigating Human Impact on the Environment
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 05 2016

We've got the whole world in our handsHumans shape the environment that we live in. It's plain and s…
Culture
Number 86 -- PSC celebrates its incorporation on St. Patrick's Day
Petroleum Service Company on Mar 17 2016

March 17 is a day of cultural and religious celebration for the Feast of Saint Patrick.And while ind…
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How Howard Hughes Revolutionized Oil Well Drilling
Petroleum Service Company on Mar 08 2016

This man was Howard Hughes before Howard Hughes was Howard Hughes You might know Howard Hughes as …
Culture
Falling in Love with the Rocket: Happy Birthday, Gravity's Rainbow
Petroleum Service Company on Mar 01 2016

While the Western world gathered 'round their televisions last night to find out whether Leonardo D…
Culture
Think trips to the Gas Pump are too Inconvenient? Now there's an App for That.
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 25 2016

So chances are you've been here at some point in your life: you're driving to work, already running …
Culture
The Art of Oil: Turning Petroleum into a New Medium
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 09 2016

Oil PaintingsWhat comes to mind when you hear of or think of oil paintings?Da Vinci?Rembrandt?Van Go…
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Petrochemicals: Clearing the Name of Petroleum One Product at a Time
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 06 2016

Planet Earth runs on Petrol It's no exaggeration to say that the world runs on petroleum and no,…
Culture
Black Oil: How THE X-FILES Made Petroleum Spooky
Petroleum Service Company on Jan 26 2016

"Are you familiar with the so-called X-Files?" Gillian Anderson & David Duchovny in Sunday's episode…
Culture
One really strange scene from the STAR WARS Saga
Petroleum Service Company on Dec 17 2015

A new Star Wars film in theaters is roughly the media-equivalent of the Christmas Truce of 1914 -- t…
Culture
The Top 5 Movies About Oil
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 21 2015

At Industrial Outpost, we love movies! There's nothing like the grainy yet glorious visuals of an …
Culture
Los Angeles Gas Station Nominated For Landmark Status
Petroleum Service Company on Aug 06 2015

There's a new landmark welcoming people to the heart of Beverly Hills a gas station. Jack Col…
Culture
Lego Makes Owning a Ferrari Possible for Everyone
Petroleum Service Company on Jun 26 2015

Almost 30 years ago, Ferarri released what some consider to be their most iconic car; the F40. Altho…
Autos
Art Meets Aviation: The 747 Project
Petroleum Service Company on Mar 05 2015

The annual Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada is a haven for some of the most creative …
Aviation
Oil + Eyelashes = Maybelline?
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 27 2015

One might find it hard to correlate the relationship between oil fields and make-up products. In a b…
Culture
The Superbowl Ad You May Have Missed
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 06 2015

Millions of viewers were glued to their televisions on February 1 when the New England Patriots face…
Culture
Flashback Series: Antique Gas Pump Globes
Petroleum Service Company on May 09 2013

FLASHBACK SERIES: From over 88 years of history Petroleum Service Company has built up a collection …
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Cosmoline: A Protective Coating From WWII To The Ancient Egyptians
Petroleum Service Company on Apr 18 2013

Even years after World War II has ended Petroleum Service Company still gets calls about Cosmoline. …
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We Found The Hidden Gem of Gun Cleaners
Petroleum Service Company on Feb 28 2013

As with every sport or hobby, we tend to make time in our life so we can fully enjoy the activity. F…
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