Electricity travels at the speed of light - more than 186,000 miles per second!POWER & ENERGY
A spark of static electricity can measure up to three thousand (3,000) volts. A bolt of lightning can measure up to three million (3,000,000) volts – and it lasts less than one second.
Electricity always tries to find the easiest path to the ground. It can be made from wind, water, the sun and even animal manure.
The first power plant – owned by Thomas Edison – opened in New York City in 1882. One power plant can produce enough electricity for 180,000 homes.
Thomas Edison didn’t invent the first light bulb – but he did invent one that stayed lit for more than a few seconds.
Benjamin Franklin didn’t discover electricity – but he did prove that lightning is a form of electrical energy.
One-quarter of all the energy in the United States is used to heat and cool homes and buildings, according to the U.S. Research and Development Administration.
According to the Federal Power Commission, the United States produces more than twice as much electricity as any other country in the world. Its closest competitor was the Soviet Union.
Over any given twenty four hour period, the fifty major hotels and gambling casinos in the Las Vegas area use 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to provide power for a city of some 35,000 inhabitants.
The average automobile traveling at 57 miles per hour gets only two-thirds the gas mileage of a car moving at 50 miles per hour.
The lighthouse in Creach d'Ouessant on the coast of Brittany in France gives out a light equal to that of 500 million candles, It would take 6,253,000 flashlights to make a light that bright.
In order to equal the amount of energy transmitted every day from the sun to the earth, it would be necessary to burn 550 billion tons of coal, more than could be mined (given present methods) in a thousand years.
The first vending machine was invented by Hero of Alexandria around 215 BC. When a coin was dropped into a slot, its weight would pull a cork out of a spigot and the machine would dispense a trickle of water.
The very first projection of an image on a screen was made by a German priest. In 1646, Athanasius Kircher used a candle or oil lamp to project hand-painted images onto a white screen.
Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.
One hour before Alexander Graham Bell registered his patent for the telephone in 1876, Elisha Gray patented his design. After years of litigation, the patent went to Bell.
During the 1860s, George Leclanche developed the dry-cell battery, the basis for modern batteries.
The first electronic mail, or "email", was sent in 1972 by Ray Tomlinson. It was also his idea to use the @ sign to separate the name of the user from the name of the computer.