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By: Mike Lipshultz

Watt Is Horse Power?

Ever wonder what they mean when they say that the engine has 200 horse power?  Well you can thank James Watt for that.  In the late 1700's Mr. Watt decided a pony (a small horse) could do 33,000 foot-pounds of work in one minute.  Yep, one horsepower is equal to 33,000 foot-pounds of work in one minute.  Now don't ask me why but this unit of measurement has stuck with us.

Not So Bright?

Hey, he is the same guy that came up with the Watt, as in 60-Watt light bulb.  And 1 horsepower is equal to 746 Watts.  What!... Hey, check this stuff out for yourself at

And I Leave With This:

One Horse Power Hour… (That is the work one horse does in one hour) is equal to about 671 calories.  So that 3,000-calorie Ice Cream Sundae will make you fat as a horse!

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