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Best-laid plans, and all that…


Ohio Edison decided to remove a  275-foot smoke stack at its Mad River Power Plant in Springfield, Ohio.  But in the event, on November 10, the mammoth chimney fell the wrong way– toward spectators and surrounding buildings . There were no injuries reported, but power was interrupted to more than 8000 customers by the errant stack.  (Via msnbc.com)


As we stand well out of the way, we might recall that it was on this date in 1930 that Henry W. Jeffries invented the Rotolactor.  Housed in the Lactorium of the Walker Gordon Laboratory Company, Inc., at Plainsboro, N.J., it was a 50-stall revolving platform that enabled the milking of 1,680 cows in seven hours by rotating them into position with the milking machines.  A spiffy version of the Rotolactor displayed at the 1939 New York World’s Fair in the Borden building as part of the “Dairy World of Tomorrow,” was one of the most popular attractions in the Fair’s Food Zone.



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