Inventor Samuel Morey patented the internal combustion engine. This engine burns fuel such as gasoline or diesel internally to produce power, unlike steam engines, which burn oil or coal outside the engine. Morey's patent was a less complex version of the combustion engines found in today's cars and trucks.
Early on the morning of April 1, 1946 a powerful earthquake rocked the Pacific Ocean floor approximately 90 miles south of Umimak Island, in the Aleutian Island chain of Alaska. The 7.8-magnitude quake was far from any human habitation, but a large section of the seafloor was lifted up along the fault where the quake occurred. This sudden uplifting of the seafloor generated a tsunami: a series of enormous seismic sea waves that spread outward to travel across the ocean at nearly 500 miles an hour.
Approximately 48 minutes after the earthquake, a 100-foot tsunami completely destroyed the U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse at Scotch Cape, killing all five members of the lighthouse crew. At approximately 6 AM, less than five hours after the earthquake, the tsunami reached the Hawaiian Islands, which were caught completely unprepared because the destruction at Scotch Cap prevented any warning message from being transmitted. The worst damage occurred at Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii, where waves as high as 55 feet destroyed the entire waterfront of the city. Areas as far as a mile inland were inundated by the tsunami. A total of 149 people were killed.
The 1946 Aleutian tsunami was felt in California, where small boats were damaged and one person was drowned. It crossed the Pacific, producing waves up to 50 feet high in French Polynesia. As far south as Chile, the tsunami was strong enough to damage fishing boats.Tsunami used to be called 'tidal waves' until someone figured out that they weren't friendly.
Mrs. Suddath's dishwasher quit working, so she called a Repairman. He couldn't accommodate her with an evening appointment, and, since she had to go to work the next day, she told him:
"I'll leave the key under the mat. "Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I'll mail you the check. By the way, don't worry about my Rottweiler. He won't bother you. But, whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances talk to my parrot!"
When the repairman arrived at Mrs. Suddath's home the next day, he discovered the biggest and meanest looking Rottweiler he had ever seen.
But, like she had said, the dog just lay there on the carpet, watching the repairman go about his business. However, the whole time he was there, the parrot drove him nuts with his incessant cursing, yelling, and name-calling.
Finally the repairman couldn't contain himself any longer and yelled: "Shut up, you stupid ugly bird!" To which the parrot replied: "Get him, Brutus!"