On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1788: 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet.
 
On this Day in History in 1793: Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, NY, for oiled silk & linen.

Quote of the Day

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
 
Albert Schweitzer

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Nodus Tollens

Definition: (n)

1) the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore—that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in the same genre—which requires you to go back and reread the chapters you had originally skimmed to get to the good parts, only to learn that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Occhiolism
Definition: (n)
 
1) the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the world or the past or the complexities of culture, because although your life is an epic and unrepeatable anecdote, it still only has a sample size of one, and may end up being the control for a much wilder experiment happening in the next room.

Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: Every state uses hydropower for electricity, and some states use a lot of it. Over 70 percent of Washington State’s electricity comes from hydropower, and 11 states get more than 10 percent of their electricity from hydropower.