September 18, 2012

Facts: The Cash Factory

Fun Facts Related to This Episode

  • A voltage regulator is a device that maintains the flow of electrical voltage and current being sent, and prevents power surges.
  • The original mobile homes were the horse-drawn wagons in the 1800s, which were reinvented with the introduction of the automobile industry.
  • In 1966, Winnebago produced their first motor home. It was produced on an assembly line, which meant that Winnebago could sell their product for roughly half of what their competitors charged.
  • By 1977, Winnebago had manufactured over 100,000 motor homes—more than any other company had done up until that point.
  • The first slot machine, invented by Charles Fey around the turn of the 20th century, was called the Liberty Bell.
  • Herbert Mills created the Golden Nugget Slot machine.
  • There are more than 4 million riders of snowmobiles in the US and Canada.
  • It has been noted that snowmobiles create a surge in winter tourism and boosts the economies of 'Snow Belt' communities.
  • When snowmobiles first gained popularity in the 1960s, they topped out at a speed of 35 miles per hour; today's snowmobiles can exceed 120 miles per hour.
  • Hip flasks can be expensive to make. Those of good quality are silver or chrome on the outside, and lined with glass on the inside to prevent the spirits from developing a “tinny” flavor.

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