Hump Day’s Sexy Lady: October 19th, 2011

It’s Wednesday, October 19th, and on this day back in 1987 it was actually Monday … Black Monday. That was the day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average tanked by 22%. 24 years later, we’re still here.

Weird.

To help celebrate 24 years of not dying, here’s a hot chick to brighten up your hump day.

Today’s Electric Factoids

The obligatory daily factoids, also known as a cover story you can tell the wife if she catches this page open. Honest, sweety! I’m learning things, like …

With the cost of fossil energy sources rising, increasing attention is being paid to renewable sources of energy. One of the key ideas is generating electricity with large windmills. While the concept sounds very modern, the first practical wind turbine goes back 70 years.

It was on this date in 1941 that Palmer Putnam of Vermont demonstrated his device. His wind turbine had blades 75 feet in diameter and it generated 800 kilowatts from a wind velocity of 26 miles an hour.

With homes in the U.S. using an increasing amount of electricity, the average residential bill has risen from $879 a year in 2000 to $1,253.

— Source: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2011 and the U.S. Census Bureau

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