The Goldberg Brothers – The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner

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Dec 202017
 

Here’s a little fact for automotive buffs, or just to dazzle your friends.

The Goldberg Brothers – The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner

The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Maxwell, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946 , the temperature in Detroit was 97 F degrees.

The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford’s office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office.

They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.

They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 F degrees inside, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off almost immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, ‘The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,’ on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed.

There was no way that Old man Ford was going to put the Goldberg’s name on two million Fords.

They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown.

And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show —

Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max — on the controls.

Control yourself !

Just forward it on!!

 
 

The Reason Why Road Signs Are Designed In Different Shapes

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Nov 042017
 

Hint: It has to do with potential danger ahead of you!

The Reason Why Road Signs Are Designed In Different Shapes

Yield signs kind of look like “Y’s,” if you’re really looking to make some connection there. And railroad signs are circular because trains have circular wheels, right? And roundabout signs are shaped like diamonds because… actually none of this rationale makes sense.

As it turns out, there is a specific and pragmatic reason behind the shape of each common road sign, but the shapes didn’t always carry significance. This all changed in 1923 when a part of Mississippi’s highway divisions decided to create a formalized system for the posts and sheet metal of the U.S. transit infrastructure.

The number of sides indicates the level of potential danger up ahead; the fewest number of sides being three (i.e.: a Yield sign), with the unlimited number of sides on a circle representing the maximum amount of perilous potentiality (i.e.: a Railroad sign). The exception to the more-sides-equals-more-danger-maxim is the rectangular sign, which is used strictly for informational purposes. 

Although the DMV website does not mention the corner/danger correlation, the history still has some pretty interesting significance.

 
 
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Who Invented The Backup Sensor?

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Sep 252017
 
Who invented the backup sensor?

I bet you think it was Ford, maybe GM, how about Chrysler, No? Then how about Mercedes Benz, or possibly the French or Italians?

Nope! It was a Chinese farmer!

Lots of the newer cars have a backup sensor that warns the driver before the rear bumper actually comes in contact with something.

Surprisingly, it was not developed by modern automotive engineers using the latest technology.

It was disclosed recently that the first to developed the Back-Up Sensor was a Chinese farmer.

His invention was simple and effective. It emits a high-pitch sound before the vehicle backs into something.

Here’s his first prototype:

Who Invented The Backup Sensor?

 
 

The Best Way To Clean The Inside Of A Car Windshield

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Aug 012017
 

This is how it’s done.

The Best Way To Clean The Inside Of A Car Windshield
Cleaning the inside of a car windshield is important to improve visibility. However, because of the angle of the windshield and the position of the dashboard, it can be a challenge to clean it thoroughly. Fortunately, the best way to clean windshield interiors is very inexpensive.

Fill a bowl or pot with warm water. Add a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing liquid and a few drops of water vinegar. Mix thoroughly.

The Best Way To Clean The Inside Of A Car Windshield

Get two microfiber cloths—one to wash, one to dry. Microfiber cloths can be purchased at most supermarkets, auto supply stores and home centers. They are machine washable and reusable.
The Best Way To Clean The Inside Of A Car Windshield

First, dip one microfiber cloth in the cleaning solution and then wring it out.

Next, wipe the wet cloth over the interior surface of the window to thoroughly wash it. For hard-to-reach corners, use a coat hanger or straight-edge (such as a ruler) to help push the cloth into them.

Finally, wipe the windshield dry with the other cloth.

The Best Way To Clean The Inside Of A Car Windshield

Newspaper may be used instead of microfiber cloths. While newspapers don’t leave streaks on interior windshields, they could leave ink residue on your hands.

Other cleaning solutions include commercial window cleaners, such as Windex, or rubbing alcohol.

The Best Way To Clean The Inside Of A Car Windshield

Some interior windshields may develop a thin film, caused by emissions from plastic dashboards. These cleaning methods will remove the residue.

Be sure to clean the dashboard and the exterior windshield at the same time for best results.

The Best Way To Clean The Inside Of A Car Windshield

 
 
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