Horsepower vs Torque In 1000 words
What are horsepower and torque?
‘Horsepower‘ is a unit of power that was originally coined to market steam engines to mill owners. Before the age of steam engines, mills would harness a number of horses to a large wheel and have them walk in a circle in order to turn a shaft at the center of the wheel, and thereby run the mill. One horsepower is the shaft-turning work done per minute by one theoretical horse in such a theoretical mill. (more…)
Yams: Sweet Potato Impostors
Sweet potatoes and yams. To this day many people consider them either interchangeable or different names for the same thing. When I was very young, I didn’t know the difference. I just knew that the fat, soggy discs I was fed on a weekly basis were horrible and that the hearty, flaky skinned, cinnamon-spiced delights served at my Grandma’s for Thanksgiving were delicious. For awhile I chalked it up to the method of preparation: the cinnamon and oven-baking must be the key. But I was wrong. Although they look similar on your plate, one of these orange-fleshed root vegetables is an all-star and the other is a worthless fraud with a name that rhymes with ‘scam’. (more…)