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QI - What hath God wrought?

Post 1

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

Until the 1870's with the development of the electric dynamo, and with mains power not available for a further generation, the electrical telegraph 15 years after it's unveiling, relied mainly on the use of zinc batteries to provide the meagre power source required.

On the evening of September 2nd 1859, the line between Boston and Portland was one of the few wires operational. Why was this and what was unusual about their battery?


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Post 2

Icy North

Is this to do with the gold rush?

Maybe theirs was automatic in some way?


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Post 3

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

Not the gold rush.

What do you mean by automatic?


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Post 4

Icy North

Well, hands-free. I was guessing (incorrectly) that all the people operating the wires had fled to Colorado.


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Post 5

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

Not hands free.


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Post 6

minichessemouse - Ahoy there me barnacle!

was it powered by a hampster? smiley - silly seriously though, i have no idea!

minismiley - mouse


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Post 7

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

It wasn't hamster powered, no. smiley - winkeye


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Post 8

U168592

ooo, was it powered by a lemon, or a banana?


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Post 9

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

Neither.


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Post 10

Taff Agent of kaos

the aparatus was made of two different metals and was getting rained on producing its own weak current thus being self powered

smiley - bat


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Post 11

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

Not correct but I like the way you are thinking.


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Post 12

Taff Agent of kaos

it was struck by lightning and the entire system was electrified in some sort of freak never to happen again way

smiley - bat


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Post 13

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

It wasn't struck by lightening.

Perhaps if you expend some thought on what property of the Boston to Portland Line in particular meant it was operational that day.


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Post 14

Rod

Sunny one end, dark t'other... thermocoupling?


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Post 15

swl

Well, it's downhill innit. The electricons just sorta rolled down the cables. Kinda?


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Post 16

Deadangel - Still not dead, just!

Drat! I've googled it, and I was right about part of it. Mind you, from what's on the web Clive, you were wrong about part of it.


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Post 17

Br Robyn Hoode - Navo - complete with theme tune

smiley - snork


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Post 18

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

It was in the morning but that's got nothing to do with it nor has going downhill. smiley - tongueout


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Post 19

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

Oh?

Come and tell me on my personal space, but not according to my sources.


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Post 20

Malabarista - now with added pony

This would be Portland, Maine, not Portland, Oregon or any of the others inside and outside the US?


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