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First U.S. engineering society

In 1851, the first engineering society of importance in the U.S. was incorporated. The Boston Society of Civil Engineers was organized at an informal meeting on 26 Apr 1848, and its first regular meeting was held 3 Jul 1848. Its purpose was "promoting science and instruction in the department of civil engineering." In the following year, the national American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects was founded on 5 Nov 1852 in New York City. Earlier attempts in the U.S. to sustain an engineering society were unsuccessful, including those by the engineers of the Cincinnati & Charleston Railroad in 1836; engineers in Baltimore, Md. in 1839; and a society in Albany, N.Y. in 1841.«*

Walk on water

Joe heard a rumor that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all walked on water on their 21st birthdays.

So, on his 21st birthday, Joe and his good friend Brian headed out to the lake. "If they did it, I can too!" he insisted.

When Joe and Brian arrived at the lake, they rented a boat and began paddling. When the got to the middle of the lake, Joe stepped off of the side of the boat... and damn near drowned.

Furious and somewhat shamed, he and Brian headed for home.

When Joe arrived back at the family farm, he asked his grandmother for an explanation. "Grandma, why can I not walk on water like my father, and his father, and his father before him?"

The feeble old grandmother took Joe by the hands, looked into his eyes, and explained, "That's because your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were born in January... you were born in July, dear."

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