Shine A Light

by Ann-Marie Peckham

If the title made you think that today’s blog was going to be about the ghost story published by Henry James in 1898 I’m sorry to disappoint you. It’s actually about the wooden Archimedes screw found in our superstore (while not as scary as James’ story, this IS just as interesting…I promise!)

Archimedes (c.287-212 BC)

The screw takes its name from Archimedes (c.287-212 BC), a scientist and engineer from Syracuse, Sicily, which at this time was part of Magna Graecia (Greater Greece). Archimedean screws were originally used to move water from a lower level to a higher level. This was done by basically what is a giant corkscrew entwined around a central cylindrical shaft which was inside a hollow pipe. Once the end of the screw was placed in the ground or water a turning handle was used to push the screw down and scoop up the contents which would…

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