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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Fuel

The word ‘gasoline’ doesn’t come from ‘gas’. It comes from Cazeline Oil an early form of gasoline, that was used for lighting in the nineteenth century. John Cassell (1817-1865) the English founder of the publisher Cassell & Co., was the first to sell it commercially.

Oregon placed a one cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline on February 25, 1919, becoming the first US. state to levy a gasoline tax.


During the penultimate days of the Second World War, Germany was so short of fuel that a newly developed jet had to be pulled onto the runway by cows.

In  World War 2 the US Navy added poison to their torpedo fuel, as the torps were fuelled with Ethanol (Alcohol), and too many sailors were getting hammered on "Torpedo Juice" - a mixture of two parts torp fuel and three parts pineapple juice. They changed poisons after too many sailors went blind.

Apollo 11 only had 25 seconds of fuel left when it landed on the Moon.



The US Department of Defense uses more fuel in a year than the country of Sweden.

Some bears in Russia are hooked to jet fuel due to the leftover kerosene and gasoline containers in far-east regions.

Airlines all over the world are flying 10% slower than they did in 1960 (to save on fuel costs).

There is enough fuel in a full tank of a jumbo jet to drive an average car four times around the world.

A blimp flying an entire week consumes the same amount of fuel as a 767 commercial jet uses to move away from the gate.

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