2005_07_girlscool.jpgGothamist loves fun facts, but when we hear that yesterday's sweltering weather set new Con Ed records for power usage, we're not sure if we should be proud or slightly nervous of brownouts. The Post says that 12,361 megawatts of electricity were chruned out yesterday, besting its August 9, 2001 record of 12,207. Con Ed says the East 14th Street power station is helping to meet the demand; of course, there have been some problems at that station in the past. With the growth of the city, and explosion of electrical gadgets, Gothamist wonders will Con Ed be able to keep up? At any rate, the best quote about the weather comes from Strand Bookstore owner Fred Bass; Bass bought air conditioning for the store and says, "My employees are smiling for the first time ever."

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