I suppose this article’s doomsaying proved correct. Who puddles anymore? NOBODY, that’s who.
Puddling was an Industrial Revolution means of making iron and steel. In the original puddling technique, molten iron in a reverberatory furnace was stirred with rods, which were consumed in the process. It was one of the first processes for making bar iron without charcoal in Europe, although much earlier coal-based process had existed in China.
Later, it was also used to produce a good-quality carbon steel; this was a highly skilled art, but both high-carbon and low-carbon steels were successfully produced on a small scale, particularly for swords, knives and other weapons.
My Double Company - 1949
“It dreams the same as you do, but cannot take any action, being stuck in whatever position you place it. When you feel sad, it cries; when you are angry, it trembles. The dresses you make on it are its only temporarily, and then they become yours; this is a condition it cannot change.
“This, you see, is its punishment, for a crime incomprehensible to humans, but dire indeed. These are interdimensional prisoners that we have, under a Murderer Exchange Program, repackaged as products, and their penance is to serve, ever-watching, ever-silent, ever-deprived but ever-longing. Do not feel pity for it. Do not apologize to it. Do not, under any circumstances, touch its eyes with your fingertips during a lightning storm.”
“Note: also do not leave alone with children, animals, the elderly, or fire.”
The Wright brothers kept their discoveries secret until around 1908; they were trying to sell their device to the French government in the interim. In 1908 they sued to defend their invention publicly in a patent case — rival aeronaut Glenn Curtiss claimed to have independently come up with a flight control mechanism that the Wrights had patented but not publicized. The case dragged on until the Wrights’ patent expired in 1917.