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1477.  Fri Nov 14, 2003 3:14 pm Reply with quote

I must say, everyone's looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed today. Shall we get cracking?

Frederick The Monk
1478.  Fri Nov 14, 2003 3:17 pm Reply with quote

All fired up and ready to go - subject to the usual terms and conditions.

With Christmas coming up does anyone know where I could buy a runcible spoon?

1480.  Fri Nov 14, 2003 3:36 pm Reply with quote

My parents have a silver runcible spoon, which my grandfather used to like to show people after reading them The Owl and the Pussycat. I'm sure they'll lend you a picture of it if you get really stuck.

Frederick The Monk
1481.  Fri Nov 14, 2003 5:25 pm Reply with quote

It's a fascinating object the runcible spoon (although it doesn't begin with a 'B', sadly) because, as far as I know it didn't exist before Edward Lear's poem and as such was just another piece of his nonsense. After the poem however it somehow became necessary for such a thing to exist, so it was invented and given the name 'runcible'. If only I could think of another such invention that began with 'b'..........

1514.  Sat Nov 15, 2003 5:43 pm Reply with quote

or anything which was invented after it was named (there's a Latin legal term for this, post something something). The computer, maybe?

1519.  Sat Nov 15, 2003 5:56 pm Reply with quote

Post hoc propter hoc?

(Only guessing)

1526.  Sat Nov 15, 2003 6:43 pm Reply with quote

I'm fairly sure that early science fiction writers like Jules Verne and H G Wells, as well as more recent ones like Arthur C Clark, have come up with inventions that were fiction when they began but eventually became reality. Rockets to the moon is an obvious one, though nobody seems to have got around to a time machine yet.

Things have to be imagined into existence before anybody can invent them, surely.

1528.  Sat Nov 15, 2003 6:58 pm Reply with quote

This is the existentialist dilemma. And, yes, that was the tag I was looking for.

1535.  Sat Nov 15, 2003 7:16 pm Reply with quote

Now here's an invention - and one that begins with B moreover - that I think may have been imagined into existence before anybody actually had a need for it:

Frederick The Monk
1542.  Sat Nov 15, 2003 8:46 pm Reply with quote

Jack - I am in awe of your latin.

Hic ite!

1568.  Sun Nov 16, 2003 7:57 pm Reply with quote

I'm in awe of anybody's Latin, having very little (and less Greek) of my own. I went to a technical high school, which were the CTCs of their day, and we were so up to date we did German instead of French and didn't study the classics. I thought this was a good idea at the time, but I was only eleven, which goes to show that decisions about education shouldn't be left to eleven year-olds.

3019.  Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:24 am Reply with quote

I could have sworn that somebody posted a message about the energy company PowerGen setting up an Italian subsidiary and using the the url powergenitalia, but I can't find it now even using the search facility so may be going bonkers. Anyway, am sorry to report this item, found in Fortean Times ish 178, Dec 2003, p10:

Energy giant Powergen in Coventry said that it has no connection to the Italian website Powergen Italia is actually an Italian battery firm, which was unaware that running its name together in its URL would prove amusing to English speakers.

Sunday Mercury, 22 June 2003

Frederick The Monk
3646.  Wed Dec 24, 2003 9:17 am Reply with quote

Just a quick post to say Happy Christmas to you all.

I must now retreat to the cellar for a couple of days to contemplate a few bottles of Nuits Saint Georges I saw lurking down there.

Fondest etc.....

Fred (& Steph & Connie)

839021.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:18 am Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Things have to be imagined into existence before anybody can invent them, surely.

Really? Shurely people must occasionally have invented something purely by accident, without even looking for a solution to something?
Can't think of an example, but ....

839027.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:37 am Reply with quote



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