1918 Pierce-Arrow impressive, elegant machine

Editor’s note: David Krumboltz’s regular column is on hiatus until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its place, we’re running some of Dave’s favorite past columns. This one originally ran in April 2017.

The car and the company were called Pierce-Arrow, but that wasn’t how they started. The history goes back to 1878, when George Pierce started a company that made birdcages, bathtubs and bicycles. He made his first car in 1901, but it was in 1904 when the Great Arrow was introduced at the hefty price of $4,000 (about $108,000 in today’s dollars) that established the reputation of the car and the Buffalo, New York, company.

In those days, durability and endurance were the true quality tests of motor vehicles. The Glidden Tours were the Super Bowl of automotive quality testing, and Pierce-Arrow won five annual tours in a row starting in 1905. The length of the

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This Bicycle-powered Washing Machine Cleans Your Clothes as You Ride

Photo credit: SpinCycle/Facebook
Photo credit: SpinCycle/Facebook

From House Beautiful

A portable washing machine that attaches to almost any bicycle exists, and people can’t stop talking about it on Twitter. Called the SpinCycle, the device was designed with the intention of saving time, energy, and water in developing countries.

The idea for the machine began in 2010 when Richard Hewitt, a product design student at Sheffield Hallam University at the time, washed around 30 loads of children’s clothes by hand at an orphanage in the African country Burundi. He wanted to come up with a way for people to not have to wash clothes by hand. The device he initially designed was a tricycle with a clothes washing system on the back, but it was redesigned to be more cost effective and efficient. When Hewitt went back to Burundi to test the product in 2012, he “met a young man who

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UCI Machine Learning Repository: Car Evaluation Data Set

Car Evaluation Data Set

Download: Data Folder, Data Set Description

Abstract: Derived from simple hierarchical decision model, this database may be useful for testing constructive induction and structure discovery methods.

Data Set Characteristics:  

Multivariate

Number of Instances:

1728

Area:

N/A

Attribute Characteristics:

Categorical

Number of Attributes:

6

Date Donated

1997-06-01

Associated Tasks:

Classification

Missing Values?

No

Number of Web Hits:

1153862

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