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I Read the News Today

Weird and wonderful, it all happened in August

1830 HORSE POWER RACE

TOM THUMBS UP OR DOWN

US businessman Peter Cooper wanted to show off his invention, a locomotive namedTom Thumb, during its test run on 28 August 1830. So when someone challenged his diminutive train to race one of the more common horse-drawn trains, he happily accepted. Tom Thumb pulled away easily, but came to a grinding halt after a belt slipped, allowing the horse to win. trains, pulled away easily, but grinding halt after a belt slipped grinding halt after a belt slipp allowing the horse to win.

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