Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 49

World's Strongest

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 18, 2006 on The History Channel
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World's Strongest
Strength...a powerful word, but what does it mean? How is it measured? Why are some things simply stronger than others. How strong is a rope, a tractor, a diamond, a tugboat or even plastic. How and why strength matther to us every day.
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Some unlimited modified tractors use approximately 15 gallons of methanol fuel to go 300 feet. That's a whopping 20 feet per gallon.

      • A four inch diameter manila rope has a tensile strength of approximately 105,000 pounds. A four inch diameter Spectra Plasma rope has a tensile strength of approximately 1.5 million pounds.

      • The Lindsay Foss and Garth Foss tugboats are each powered by two locomotive diesel engines. The 4000 horsepower each engine can generates represents enough strength to pull a passenger train.

      • Eighty percent of the diamonds mined annually are used in industry, 4 times that amount are grown synthetically for industry, that's a total of over 500 million carats or 110 tons.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Fire breathing tractors that haul 60,000 pounds through the dirt, rope that pulls, tows and hauls hundreds of tons, tug boats that maneuver mega cargo ships through the narrowest of waterways, diamond that cuts through metal, concrete and marble and plastic that stops a speeding bullet. What do they all have in common? They are the World's Strongest, now on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        William "Billy" Biers
        Owner/Driver, "STAMPEDE"

        Wayne Keefe
        Chief Engineer, STAMPEDE

        Gardner Stone
        Owner/Driver, THE GENERAL

        Steve Klingenberg
        Owner/Driver, BAD HABIT

        LD Nation
        Owner/Driver, INDIAN OUTLAW

        Vaughn Bauer
        Bauer Built Manufacturing

        Gregg Randall
        National Tractor Pulling Association

        William Vorels
        Owner/Driver, American Thunder

        Cheryl Hayashi
        Associate Professor, Biology, UC Riverside

        Greg Davis
        Applications Engineer, Honeywell

        Stuart Janke
        Operations Manager

        Randy Longerich
        President, Puget Sound Rope

        Scott Merritt
        Senior VP, Harbor Services, Foss Maritime

        Tom Battaglia
        Captain, Morgan Foss

        Marty Kuhns
        Engineer, Morgan Foss

        John Barrett
        Port Engineer, Foss Maritime

        David Schaffer
        Captain, Garth Foss

        Mel Thompson
        Chief Engineer, Garth Foss

        James Shipley
        Director, Research GIA

        Robert Delahaut
        President, Mk Diamond

        Hugo Enriquez
        Tech Support Coordinator

        John Carrington
        Chief Marketing Officer, GE Plastics

        Kurt Weiss
        Manager, Commercial Technology

        Rick Pontillo
        General Manager, Global Technology

    • ALLUSIONS (0)