Henry Ford’s Mistake

Not all of Henry Ford’s mechanical engineering worked out as successfully as the Model T Ford.

When Henry Ford was about ten years old, he noticed steam rising out of his mother’s teapot on the stove. He figured that if the steam were trapped in the teapot, the whole thing would have to rise into the air. To test his theory, Henry took a clay teapot and corked the spout from inside and tied down the lid. He then put the teapot in the fireplace and settled down to watch closely. Soon something happened, but it wasn’t what Henry expected. The teapot exploded, breaking a window and a mirror in the living room and scalding Henry and cutting his cheek with bits of shrapnel.

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