January 4th, 2010

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What a very incredible state of affairs again I find

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Trivia: The Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road's 4 January 1830 contest --- awarding four thousand dollars for a four-wheel, coal-burning locomotive weighing at most three and a half tons, drawing fifteen tons at fifteen miles per hour --- received five entries. One exploded in its trial run; another vibrated badly enough pieces went flying. Source: 1831: Year of Eclipse, Louis P Masur.

Currently Reading: The Best Of Damon Knight, Damon Knight.