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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby The Mad Collector » Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:08 pm

Unlike poor Winnie, EH Shepard used his sons Steiff bear as a model for the drawings, but Winnie was actually made by Farnell in England and looks nothing like the drawings in the books :roll:

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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:10 pm

Hello Kitty is NOT a cat! :o And she lives in Britain!! :o :o
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby KnightOfFewWords » Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:34 pm

Today I learned that the half-life of an office teaspoon is 81 days (every 81 days a sample of office teaspoons will half in size). This makes them more than one hundred thousand times as radioactive as Plutonium-239. :shock:

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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby The Mad Collector » Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:49 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: but so true
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Tonyblack » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:23 pm

It's my belief that the teaspoons are recycled into the wire coat hangers that seem to magically appear in your wardrobe. ;)
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby phalarope » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:54 pm

Send me some of those will you Tony; I never seem to have enough. I think the cat eats them...
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Sister Jennifer » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:48 pm

The secret life of office teaspoons, shopping trolleys & wire coat hangers.

That old bear is really sweet.

Hangry, one of my new favourite words.

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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby hnorwood » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:27 pm

Tonyblack wrote:It's my belief that the teaspoons are recycled into the wire coat hangers that seem to magically appear in your wardrobe. ;)

That reminds me of a SF story (short(ish)) where the writer gets the suspicion that certain objects made of metal morph from one thing to another getting progressively bigger - I think they start as paper clips and end as bicycles. Someone gets killed by a bike at one point. Darn - this is going to bother me now until I've found it. Pretty sure it's on my bookshelves somewhere...
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby =Tamar » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:06 am

hnorwood wrote:
Tonyblack wrote:It's my belief that the teaspoons are recycled into the wire coat hangers that seem to magically appear in your wardrobe. ;)

That reminds me of a SF story (short(ish)) where the writer gets the suspicion that certain objects made of metal morph from one thing to another getting progressively bigger - I think they start as paper clips and end as bicycles. Someone gets killed by a bike at one point. Darn - this is going to bother me now until I've found it. Pretty sure it's on my bookshelves somewhere...

It's by Avram Davidson. "Or All the Seas with Oysters", 1958. Won a Hugo Award for short fiction.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Catch-up » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:12 pm

Sister Jennifer wrote:The secret life of office teaspoons, shopping trolleys & wire coat hangers.

That old bear is really sweet.

Hangry, one of my new favourite words.

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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby hnorwood » Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:48 pm

=Tamar wrote:It's by Avram Davidson. "Or All the Seas with Oysters", 1958. Won a Hugo Award for short fiction.

Great - many thanks! - I've got my Penguin anthology "The Hugo Winners" off my shelf and have scheduled some quality time re-reading them.
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