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today’s birthday: Ransom E. Olds (1864)

Ransom E. Olds (1864)

Olds was a pioneer of the American automobile industry and the namesake of the Oldsmobile and Reo car brands. After developing an internal combustion engine and incorporating it into a car, he opened the Olds Gasoline Engine Works. In 1899, he moved to Detroit, formed the Olds Motor Works, and designed and produced the popular Oldsmobile. With its low price and stylish curved dashboard, it was the first car to be produced in quantity. When was the Oldsmobile brand discontinued? More… Discuss

Tunnel (according to Farlex) not to be mistaken for other definitions)

Noun 1. tunnel - a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)tunnel a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars); “the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection”

auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; “he needs a car to get to work”
catacomb an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome)
passageway a passage between rooms or between buildings
railroad tunnel a tunnel through which the railroad track runs
shaft a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
underpass, subway an underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway
  2. tunnel - a hole made by an animal, usually for sheltertunnel a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

hollow, hole a depression hollowed out of solid matter
rabbit warren, warren a series of connected underground tunnels occupied by rabbits
Verb 1. tunnel - move through by or as by diggingtunnel move through by or as by digging; “burrow through the forest”

cut into, delve, dig, turn over turn up, loosen, or remove earth; “Dig we must”; “turn over the soil for aeration”
  2. tunnel - force a way throughtunnel force a way through                  

penetrate, perforate pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; “The bullet penetrated her chest”
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

The Internal-Combustion Engine

The Internal-Combustion Engine

The world we live in would be nothing like it is today were it not for the internal-combustion engine. In 1885, Gottlieb Daimler built an internal-combustion engine that is widely viewed as the prototype of the modern gas engine, and Karl Benz built the first practical automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine, ushering in a new era in transportation. Today, internal-combustion engines are used to power everything from cars and trucks to locomotives, ships, and jets. How do they work? More… Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: GOTTLIEB DAIMLER (1834) – engineer and automobile manufacturer

Gottlieb Daimler (1834)

The mechanical experiments of German engineer, inventor, and pioneer automobile manufacturer Gottlieb Daimler aroused so much suspicion that, at one point, the police raided his workshop in Stuttgart, Germany, expecting to find a counterfeiting operation. They found only engines, as Daimler had been working on improvements to the internal combustion engine that would play a major role in the development of the automobile industry. He sold his first automobile in 1892. What was his famous motto? More… Discuss


Karl Benz Unveils His Patent Motorwagen (1886)

Six months after applying for a patent for a three-wheeled horseless carriage driven by an internal combustion engine, Benz staged a public demonstration of the contraption in Mannheim, Germany. Widely regarded as the first 


Mercedes-Benz (Photo credit: Miriam Cardoso de Souza – ‘ VISÃO PHOTO & CINE CL)

automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen resembled a park bench on a giant tricycle and had a steering handle instead of the now-familiar wheel. It was only used for short jaunts until 1888, when Benz’s wife took it for its first long-distance road trip. What was its top speed? More… Discuss