COSTELLO: (ASIDE) HEY, ABBOTT, I GOT A TOUGH QUESTION HERE IN MY HOMEWORK. WHO INVENTED THE STEAM ENGINE?
ABBOTT: NO. WATT INVENTED THE STEAM ENGINE
ABBOTT: THAT’S CORRECT
COSTELLO: WHAT’S CORRECT?
COSTELLO: LOOK, ALL I SAID WAS WHO INVENTED THE STEAM ENGINE
ABBOTT: AND I’M TELLING YOU. WHO DIDN’T INVENT THE STEAM ENGINE
COSTELLO: I DON’T WANNA KNOW WHO DIDN’T INVENT IT. I WANT TO KNOW WHO DID
COSTELLO: HERE WE GO AGAIN, LOOK, I ASKED YOU WHO INVENTED THE STEAM ENGINE, RIGHT?
ABBOTT: NO. WRIGHT INVENTED THE AEROPLANE . . .
~ THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO PROGRAM FOR CAMEL CIGARETTES
N.B.C. STUDIO “A”
Thursday, March 1st 1945
William “Bud” Abbott and Lou Costello
Frank Sinatra – GUEST
The Spanish inventor Jerónimo de Ayanz y Beaumont patented in 1606 the first steam engine. In 1698 Thomas Savery patented a steam pump that used steam in direct contact with the water being pumped. Savery’s steam pump used condensing steam to create a vacuum and draw water into a chamber, and then applied pressurized steam to further pump the water. Thomas Newcomen’s atmospheric engine was the first commercial true steam engine using a piston, and was used in 1712 for pumping in a mine.
In 1781 James Watt patented a steam engine that produced continuous rotary motion. Watt’s ten-horsepower engines enabled a wide range of manufacturing machinery to be powered. The engines could be sited anywhere that water and coal or wood fuel could be obtained. By 1883, engines that could provide 10,000 hp had become feasible. Steam engines could also be applied to vehicles such as traction engines and the railway locomotives. The stationary steam engine was a key component of the Industrial Revolution, allowing factories to locate where water power was unavailable.
Darn those radio era comedians and their artistic license . . .