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Post 9601

~ jwf ~ a word to the wise is a fish hunt

Borrowed from the weatherchannelwebsite:

"France's Eiffel Tower can grow by more than 6 inches
in summer due to the expansion of the iron on hot days."

smiley - bigeyes

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Post 9602

~ jwf ~ a word to the wise is a fish hunt

smiley - rocket
Here's one that Baron Grimm can officially confirm or deny:

"Astronaut helmets have a patch of Velcro inside of them
so astronauts have a way to scratch their noses."

Yes? No? Maybe?
smiley - cheers

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Post 9603


Works for me

well, it would if...

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Post 9604

You can call me TC (But now there's someone who'll be calling me Granny)

>>"Astronaut helmets have a patch of Velcro inside of them
so astronauts have a way to scratch their noses." <<

I don't have an awful lot of knowledge about how those things are constructed, or how much room for movement there is inside, but surely such a scratching pad would have to be sort of in the middle of the visor? Maybe a little further down... And what if their ears itch?

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Post 9605

Baron Grim

I have no special knowledge about the helmets, but I agree with TC. I do know that it's a common misconception that Velcro was a NASA invention. It was invented in 1948 by a Swiss engineer. George de Mistral, after he he studied the burrs he picked up on a hunting trip.

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Post 9606

~ jwf ~ a word to the wise is a fish hunt

smiley - ok

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Post 9607

~ jwf ~ a word to the wise is a fish hunt

Sometimes the most useless fact is a lie.
But it makes a good story:

Here's a little known fact for automotive buffs.

The Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946 , the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.

The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office.

They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.

They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, 'The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,' on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed.

Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Jewish, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg's name on two million Fords.

They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown.

And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show --

Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max -- on the controls.

smiley - nur

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Post 9608

Baron Grim

Speaking of Henry Ford (the anti-Semitic smiley - bleep), He developed charcoal. He noticed the inordinate amount of wood scraps that was being wasted in production of his early vehicles like the Model T at one of his large assembly plants in the upper Michigan peninsula, (in Kingsford, MI named after one of Ford's cousins). He ordered them to be turned into charcoal in his chemical building. The Kingsford Charcoal company is by far the largest charcoal manufacturer in the US to this day.

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