Everyone loves a good story. There are tons of stories about the history of steam and how we use it in our everyday lives. Steam Culture, a weekly video segment that showcases the lighter side of steam, is the latest production on WARE's You Tube channel.Steam is all around us, often we don’t even realize it. Did you know steam is used to make things like paint, dog food and tires? These are things we use all the time but take for granted. The Steam Culture video series draws attention to steam and how we use it every day. “We recently heard from a Math and Science teacher who is using Steam Culture to show his students how math and science are applied in the real-world. That’s the sort of thing we’re looking to accomplish, to make people aware of and hopefully curious about steam and it’s many uses and applications,” said Brent Falcone, VP of operations.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, here is a list of the top 5 things you have missed from Steam Culture:
- The first steam turbine was created by a Roman engineer named Hero. He called it an Aeolipile and it was created to amuse the Emperor. This early steam turbine created 1,500 rpm on just 1.8lbs of pressure.
- James Watt coined the term “Horse Power” in the late 1700’s (1HP = 33,000 ft-lbs/min). He used the equation as a way to sell his engine to breweries and coal mines.
- The reason steam is used for the froth on your latte is that it breaks the lipids into carbohydrates, making them sweeter. Plain hot milk simply won’t cut it. Without steam we would have thousands of angry coffee addicts on our hands.
- The origin of the word “steam” dates back to the 1690’s from the Dutch word “stoom,” meaning vapor.
- The movie, The Shining, was filmed in the world famous Stanley Hotel. In the movie, Jack Torrance dies frozen in a maze, however, in the book he dies in a boiler explosion. The Stanley hotel was named after the man who brought you the Stanley Steamer.
The WHY Behind “Steam Culture”
When asked, “Why does WARE do Steam Culture Videos?” Brent Falcone responded, “We have smart people at WARE, who are very intentional about providing practical steam solutions, but we also have a lot of fun. The Steam Culture videos are an expression of the culture here at WARE.”
These videos contribute to the brand by drawing attention to the personality of the very people you trust with your boiler operations. Not only do you get to experience the personality of WARE, you are given the opportunity to hone your Trivial Pursuit skills. So if a steam related trivia question ever arises, you’ll have it covered.
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