On this edition of Steam Culture, we catch Brent hitting a few out on the baseball field. Today, we learn about the pressure cooker, originally named Papin's Digester. Brent tells us all about the inventor, Denis Papin and how he invented the pressure cooker. A pressure cooker cooks food quickly using a combination of steam and pressure.
On this edition of Steam Culture, we catch Brent baking in the sun by the pool! Here at WARE, we are starting a new segment during our Steam Culture episodes called "What's the one thing I need to know about?" Each week Brent will introduce us to a new fact about steam in his own wacky way.
On today's edition of Steam Culture, Brent gives us a history lesson in steam. He discusses Birdsill Holly, Jr., an entrepreneur and inventor who ultimately invented the fire hydrant. Birdsill was involved in a number of different ventures prior to the invention of the Holly Fire Protection System.
Today Brent takes a look into Con Edison, which is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States, servicing Manhattan. He also discusses the steam explosion in Midtown Manhattan in 2007.
The explosion sent up a geyser of hot steam about 40 feet in the air. The failure of an 83-year-old, 24-inch underground steam pipe near Grand Central Terminal is to blame for the explosion during the evening rush hour.
Steam Culture stood true to its meaning on this week's episode! Brent took a dive into the topic of Steam Punk and how it relates to our culture today. Steam Punk is a mix between Sci-fi and Victorian era clothing, steam-era powered machinery, personalities and literature. You can find this genre in movies such as Van Helsing or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
In last week's edition of Steam Culture, Brent is still on his family vacation in Manitou Springs and Pikes Peak, Colorado. Did you know that Pikes Peak is one of the most famous peaks in the world? Brent tells us all about the fun he is having exploring Colorado and talks a little bit about this historic steam locomotive that is currently resting at Pikes Peak. The train was also used in the movie The Sound of Music.
On today's episode of Steam Culture, Brent discusses the origin of the words "steam" and "boiler." The word "steam" originated from a German word, which has links to a Dutch word "stoom." We use these words so much here at WARE, but we really wanted to dig in and find out the true origin of the word "steam." We don't want to give away all the details, so watch the video below to learn more.