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One horse does not have one horsepower

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The number of “horsepower” that comes advertised with your vehicle represents a basic unit of mechanical power that can be assessed in various ways. Some technical ones involve converting one horsepower to 745 watts, or in a physical conversion, 33,000 foot-pounds of torque per minute. By these measurements, a real horse averages only about .7…

1903 – The William West – Will West case at a federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, changed the way that people were classified and identified

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Bonus facts These two men look nearly identical, they had the same name, and they were sent to the same prison. Before imprisonment, they had never met. They are the reason why fingerprints are now used to identify people. 1903 – The William West – Will West Case at a Federal Prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, changed…