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Pinterest is Number 3 Social Network

Pinter-who? Pinterest is now the number three most-popular social network in the U.S., behind Facebook and Twitter, according to a recent study.

If you haven’t seen it yet, it may be worth a look. Unlike the boring updates your friends post on facebook, Pinterest offers a whole new look at Social Networking.

We all like looking at pictures, checking out great shopping deals and finding new recipes. Now with Pinterest, you can do all that in one place witht the help from your friends. The idea is to share or “pin” pictures from around the Internet on one of your “boards” that you create. Your friends or followers can see what you post and either “like it” or “re-pin” it, sharing it with their networks.

Sound fun? Let’s get pinning, people!

Random Automotive Fact

German engine designer and automobile engineer Karl Benz Invented the first practical automobile in 1885. His Father died when Karl was only 2 years old and before his father’s death, his last name was Vaillant but changed it to Benz after his father’s death. He had lived his life in near poverty with only his mother to support him and help him get a good education from school. Benz originally focused his studies on locksmithing and eventually followed his father’s footsteps.  

On September 30, 1860, at age fifteen, he passed the entrance exam for mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, which he subsequently attended. Benz was graduated July 9, 1864 at nineteen. During those years, while riding his bicycle, he envisioned concepts for a vehicle which would later become the horseless carriage. Benz generally was regarded as the inventor of the gasoline-powered automobile and pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz.

The popular story about this first long distance automobile trip is that, supposedly without the knowledge of her husband, on the morning of August 5, 1888, Bertha Benz took this vehicle on a 106 km (65 mile) trip from Mannheim to Pforzheim to visit her mother, taking her sons Eugen and Richard with her. In addition to having to locate fuel at pharmacies on the way, she also overcame various technical and mechanical problems and finally arrived at nightfall, announcing the achievement to Karl by telegram. It had been her intention to demonstrate the feasibility of using her husband’s invention for travel and to obtain publicity that would make more people aware of it.

Benz’s Model 3 made its wide-scale debut to the world in the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, and about twenty-five Motorwagens were built between 1886 and 1893.

Random Invention Fact

Did you know that Rene Laennec, a French doctor, invented the stethoscope? It’s a device for listening to the sound of a person’s heart beating or of somebody breathing. It quickly became an important medical instrument. A lot of people wonder why it seems doctors keep them so cold too!

Random Fact about Galileo

Did you know that Galileo Galilei, a professor at the University of Padua and one of the most famous scientists in Italy, invented the first thermometer? It contained air sealed in a tube by water. The air expanded when it got warm, moving the water level up.

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