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Flash
161473.  Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:27 am Reply with quote

Nice.

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Over the years the shinkansen's high speed dominance has become a matter of national pride for the Japanese. With the current fastest shinkansen being equaled by French bullet trains running at 300 kph, it was only a matter of time before one of the Japan Rail companies responded to the challenge.

Expected to launch in 2011, JR East's Fastech will not only become the fastest passenger train in the world, but also the cutest. ...

While details of the Fastech prototype are still sketchy, the retractable cat ears are apparently being used as air brakes. JR East officials had no comment on rumours that the train will run on a revolutionary new tuna hybrid fuel.

http://www.planettokyo.com/news/index.cfm/fuseaction/story/ID/16/

 
Flash
161476.  Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:31 am Reply with quote

We never used the concrete ears, did we?

Sound mirrors at Dungeness and elsewhere:

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Concrete ears or "sound mirrors" were a precursor of radar - huge concrete dishes erected along the south coast and elsewhere at the beginning of the second world war to detect approaching aircraft. They had microphones suspended at the focal point of the dish and a range of up to 27 miles. They didn't work well on windy days, though, and were eventually made redundant by radar and by faster planes, which came into view quicker than the sound mirrors could identify their position. In 2001 there were reports of a new sound mirror to be built on Dungeness and a second, precisely aligned with it near Boulogne. When you stand at a certain point in the mirror, you'll be able to hear the voice of the person standing by the mirror in France - but only at an exact spot in the mirror. Move just a centimetre and the sound will disappear. We don't know what happened to this project, though. (Incidentally, the English channel itself is a rather recent development in geological terms; it has only existed in its present form for about 9,000 years).

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Jenny
161556.  Fri Mar 30, 2007 9:10 am Reply with quote

I put a question about them in the DVD2 forum.

 
eggshaped
164703.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:03 am Reply with quote

Question: Into which bodily orifice would you stick a Baby Gay?
(ok, so I know it's not a viable question, but it made me laugh)

Answer: Your Ear.

"Baby Gays" was the original name of the cotton buds one uses to clean one's ears; known in the states under the trade name Q-tips. They were invented by Leo Gerstenzang when he saw to his horror that his wife was using toothpicks with cotton wads to clean their son’s ears.

Originally called Baby gays, the new name Q-tip was given the name thanks to Q for quality – they were wooden sticks with cotton ends until the company bought-out the British company who made the paper sticks used for lollies.

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MatC
164710.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:18 am Reply with quote

Am I right in thinking that these days we’re recommended not to use Q Tips to clean ears with?

 
Gray
164727.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:46 am Reply with quote

Correct. It just impacts the wax further up the canal, and possibly damages the eardrum. Ears are largely self-cleaning. Unless you're an okapi.

 
MatC
164736.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:06 am Reply with quote

So, how do Q Tips market their product these days? As a keyboard cleaning device?

 
Gray
164743.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:19 am Reply with quote

I think they assume that their fear-of-icky-substances-based marketing will be more powerful than people actually reading proper, boring, not-accompanied-by-attractive-people-and-a-stirring-soundtrack medical advice.

And they're probably right.

 
eggshaped
164752.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:27 am Reply with quote

I would have thought that using q-tips to remove the unattractive ear-wax which is not too deep in the ear (like the stuff that the ear-picks were designed for) isn't dangerous at all.

That's what I always thought ear-buds were used for anyway.

 
Gray
164756.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:31 am Reply with quote

For sensible folk like you and I, I'm sure it's not. But the official advice has to be 'lawyerized' to accommodate the most basically functioning members of society who would otherwise ram it right through into their brains with a hammer.

 
eggshaped
164760.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:36 am Reply with quote

Yeah, this is important, I guess, If we're going to talk about ear-picks etc, then we need to get the health and safety right - or we'll have a whole bunch of people banging on Stephen Fry's door with Baby Gays sticking out of every orifice.

 
Gray
164905.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:33 am Reply with quote

That would make a good show in itself.

 
Flash
165026.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:47 pm Reply with quote

Further to the Hopi ear candles (much) further up this thread, Jenny points out that the US measure of light intensity is the "foot candle" - .post 165021.

 
eggshaped
165247.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:18 am Reply with quote

Anyone got $200 hanging around?

 
eggshaped
170020.  Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:19 am Reply with quote

Man pulls aeroplane with ears:

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British strongman Manjit Singh pulled along a Jetstream 41 airliner weighing around 16,300 pounds for 12 feet yesterday using only his ears. Manjit wore ear harnesses that were attached to cables that pulled the plane.

“My ears are still hurting a little bit,” Manjit told Aviation.com.


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