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Peter O'Kennedy
779622.  Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:21 pm Reply with quote

What came first? Petrol or the internal combustion engine?

 
samivel
779641.  Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:25 pm Reply with quote

Well, the internal combustion engine must have come first, assuming that the petrol-powered internal combustion engine was developed to utilize petrol once that had been invented/made/discovered/whatever.

 
Spud McLaren
779645.  Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:38 pm Reply with quote

First petroleum-powered ICE - 1870. But the ICE powered by other fuels (gaseous) had existed for some time by then...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_internal_combustion_engine

Yes, yes, it's Wiki, I know.

 
samivel
779652.  Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:48 pm Reply with quote

Wow. That means I was on the right track.

 
aTao
779691.  Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:28 pm Reply with quote

Wikipedia has that petroleum
Quote:
petroleum, from Greek: petra (rock) + Latin: oleum (oil)
has been used for thousands of years http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum#History

But thats not petrol, is it?
If we are concerned only with the modern spark ignition internal combustion engine fuel "Petrol" then I might suggest that it has been around much longer than the petrol, or even any engine but with a different, or even no name.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerosene#History has a reference to distillation of crude oil in the 800's

 
barbados
780743.  Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:48 pm Reply with quote

Nothing good can come from a word that is half greek, and half latin

 
Zebra57
818868.  Tue May 24, 2011 11:12 am Reply with quote

Aquaphobia
Bigamy
Dysfunctionality
Electrocute
Hyperactivity
Liposuction
Sociology
Television

I am sure that there are other mega words that can be added.

 
Spud McLaren
818896.  Tue May 24, 2011 12:06 pm Reply with quote

There, you see? barbados was right, to judge from that list.

 
gruff5
819063.  Wed May 25, 2011 5:30 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
There, you see? barbados was right, to judge from that list.

Hahhahah hahahha!!*

*If QI had a "recommend" button, like the online newspapers comments sections, we'd all get a lot lazier

 

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