The map above shows the birthplace of the 500 athletes the United States sent to the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The break down:
- 9 percent (43 athletes) – are from Los Angeles
- 3.6 percent (17) – are from the Bay Area
- 3 percent (14) – are from greater New York
- 2.3 percent (11) from Dallas.
- 8 percent were born abroad
This map shows where these athletes are currently living:
Willis Carrier submitted drawings of the first modern air conditioning system on July 17, 1902.
Carrier was working to solve a problem that effected the quality of printing…
He came up with the brilliant idea to circulate cold water rather than steam through heating coils in a machine he used to test heaters.
Carrier’s design was credited as the first to address four basic functions necessary for air conditioning. An air conditioner must: 1. control temperature, 2. control humidity, 3. control air circulation, and 4. cleanse the air.
After the first appearance of Carrier’s air conditioner drawings in 1902, the air conditioner has revolutionized the comfort of people in many different activities.
This timeline from Carrier highlights some of the major impacts of air conditioning on society.
1902– First application of modern mechanical air conditioning, Sackett-Wilhelms
printing plant, Brooklyn, N.Y.
1914– First application of air conditioning in a residence – Charles Gates mansion, Minneapolis, Minn.
1924– First department store air conditioned, J.L. Hudson’s, Detroit, Mich.
1925– Movie theaters cooled: Grauman’s Theater, Los Angeles, Calif., Rivoli Theater, N.Y.
1928-29– Chambers of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate air conditioned
See the rest of the timeline and read the full article – The Journey of Air Conditioning: 1902-Today
Anyway, I found their blog and this great post on Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday on February 17, 2012.
Doubtless, the dour Victorian author would have wanted us to celebrate the day exploring the city he loved and hated, London.
Dickens’ London was a magnificent and horrendous place. At the height of the British Empire, London was the envy of the world, by far the most majestic city anywhere. Unimaginable wealth passed through its gates every day.
The Charles Dickens Museum is in Bloomsbury, right in central London, and is housed in an actual Dickens residence. Visiting it gives you a sense of exactly what it was like to live in Dickens’ house – if that house were stuffed with hundreds of thousands of artifacts, manuscripts, and other historical objects.
With roots going back to the Middle Ages, this pub is tucked away from Fleet Street up a narrow alley. Fans of the pub tout its mention in A Tale of Two Cities, although Dickens never mentions the pub by name. Apparently, though, it’s a great place to grab a pint or two after you’ve been acquitted of treason.
You won’t find this cathedral mentioned anywhere in Dickens’ works. That’s because in his time, it was just a plain ol’ church (named “St Saviour’s”).
The cathedral – one of the oldest churches in London – appears in a classically Dickensian sentence from Oliver Twist: “The tower of old Saint Saviour’s Church, and the spire of Saint Magnus, so long the giant-warders of the ancient bridge, were visible in the gloom.”