Gutter #10

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The anteater is the most common name for the extant mammal species of the Vermilingua (meaning worm tongue, not the ’70s porn star) commonly know for eating ants and termites. Though they don't see that well, they have an incredible sense of smell (duh.) At almost 6 feet long including tail, their diminutive prey are often heard begging “pick on someone your own size,” just before lift-off. Fact is, the anteater often consumes up to 20 Formicidae nests to meet its daily caloric requirement. It is rumored that their ability to tirelessly suck up things (including dirt) from small places was the muse for the Chicago inventor, Ives McGaffey, who holds the 1868 patent for the  ‘whirlwind’—better known today as the vacuum cleaner. (We'll cover that contraption in a future gutter crossing.)

The drill's primary function is making holes—and to any craftsman, that is an essential task in holding things together. The early hand model was a variation on the original egg-beater. Originally patented in 1838, this simple machine performs two revolutionary functions—1)  transferring the vertical cranking motion of the crank into a horizontal spinning motion of the bit through the use of a pinion gear, and 2) the ability to create speed and a significantly greater number of rotations of the bit to the rotations of the crank (gear ratio). Call it the definition of boring but it gave birth to the peg board and root canals! Nevertheless, it's another brilliant example of how scrambling a few eggs can lead you down the road of modern industrialization. Holy crap!