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May 27th, 1962 – Centralia coal seam fire detected. Still burning today…

“The Centralia mine fire is a coal seam fire that has been burning underneath the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, United States since at least May 27, 1962. The cause of the fire is suspected to be from a trash burning that hit a coal strip in a cave. The fire burns in underground coal mines at depths of up to 300 feet over an eight-mile stretch of 3,700 acres.[1] As of 2014, the fire continues to burn. At its current rate, it could burn for over 250 more years.”

Er, Simpsons Tire Yard, much?

Also on this day

1919 – The NC-4 aircraft arrives in Lisbon after completing the first transatlantic flight.

1927 – The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacture of the Ford Model T and begins to retool plants to make the Ford Model A.

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Jan 13, 1942: Henry Ford patents plastic car that’s 30% lighter


On 13th January 1942, Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, 30% lighter than a regular car.

Context: Hmm, during a war, when private automobile manufacture has been forbidden by Franklin D? Nice timing, Henry… What were you smoking?! Oh, right, maybe hemp

The broader question, of how and when it is possible to do innovation (either ‘incremental’ or ‘radical’) is one to which we will probably (that is, definitely)  return… In the meantime, one of the best papers you can read on innovation is Garud and Karnoe (2003)…

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