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Call Me Trimtab


     Richard Buckminster Fuller was an American architect, author, inventor, and futurist. Probably best known for his creation of the geodesic dome, Fuller dedicated his life to making the world work for all humanity. What a wonderful purpose! When Fuller died, the following words were inscribed on his gravestone: “CALL ME TRIMTAB.”

     If you have ever wondered how mighty sailing ships turn, you probably thought it had to do with a rudder. And, you would be right! But, the ability to move that big rudder takes a lot of energy. Engineers came up with the idea that if you put a miniature rudder (a trim tab) on the big rudder, it would move more easily and use far less effort. And, in fact…

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