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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wondering about Sudoku and Horse Power.

Yes, I know they are two unrelated subjects, so maybe I have a split personality this morning or maybe I just decided to write about two different things.  Got a problem with that?  Sorry about that last statement, I must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.  OK, I love Sudoku.  I have Sudoku books which I take with me anytime I think I will be sitting in a "waiting" room.  I also found a Sudoku hand held battery powered electronic game thingy at the flea market.  It is called a "Su Doku" by Maxim made in China.  I like the paper books better but this is more convenient when out and about.  Much more compact and you don't need a pen.  Yes, I do my Sudoku with a pen.  I figured that would keep me from making stupid mistakes because you can't erase it, but I still write before I think, sometimes.  Do any of you like Sudoku?

Now, on the subject of horse power.  How many of you know what a horse power is?  The formal definition is the force required to lift 33,000 pounds by one foot in one minute.  Using this definition, a typical real horse can only produce about 0.7 horsepower.  Maybe with a Clydesdale you can get a full horsepower or more.  Since I am on the subject of horsepower which then reminds me of cars, here is something I just learned that I didn't know.  You may have heard the old saying back when Henry Ford came out with his Model-T that "any color as long as it is black" was a popular saying. That is not correct.  When he first came out with the Model-T it came in a lot of different colors and black was not one of them!  Then in 1939 when Mr. Ford was trying to simplify production, he started painting them all black.

High powered cars have come a long way in horsepower.  I have blogged several times before about the "Top Fuel Drag Racing" which I go to see every time it comes to the Houston area and watch it on TV when it is elsewhere.  They used to say that they produced 8000 horse power.  Now, they have determined that those 500 cubic inch engines produce over 10,000 horse power.  I think that is awesome, but what impresses me the most is their ability to transfer that power to the road and not burn off the tires.  I hope you have a great day today, you hear?


  1. Trouble, it is like a crossword puzzle except it uses numbers. I love it.

  2. I need more brain power to do Sudoku, all the numbers get bunched up in my head and spill out over the floor like an overturned bowl of cheerios. The good thing is if you want to take your mind off something, Sudoku occupies all available space in the noggin.

  3. Sudoku, no. all cars being black, good idea until you want to leave a football game..which car is mine??? the ability to transfer power to the road and not burn off the tires. sure need that knowledge, I seem to burn up tires...

  4. Jimkabob, yes it occupies a lot of noggin space. I like the easy and medium puzzles because you can solve them using logic, but the hard and extra hard are exactly what their name infers.

    Jill E, I know what you mean. When I was 16 I went with my Uncle and family to Colorado for a Wally Byam Caravan Club Airstream outing. All Airstreams at that time looked the same. It was really hard finding the right one to return to after dark when there were over 1000 silver trailers parked in bulls eye type circles.

  5. Sudoku, yes. But then, I am a numbers person. Anything with numbers is good for me.

  6. Jill S, I too, am a numbers person. Spelling I can't do. Crossword puzzles give me fits but I do once in a while try to work them, but Sudoku is my favorite for sure.