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04 August 2019 19:53
 

I have an old desktop stapler with two settings for bending the staple through the paper - inward and outward.  I never understood the reason for the difference until today:  https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2002/aug/01/whats-other-setting-stapler/#

Dear M.A.:

Why do staplers have two settings on the base plate for the direction in which the staple bends? Everyone (I know of) uses the settings that bends the staple inward. What is the other setting used for?

—R.W., El Cajon

According to stapler makers, that little-used groove is for the sniveling hordes who lack the decisiveness of your circle of friends. When your pals hook together a wad of papers, they mean business. They use the channel that double-bends the staple and clenches the points toward the middle and back into the wad itself. The other setting, the one that splays the staple points outward, is for temporarily attaching papers that are intended to be separated again. The attachment is looser, and it’s easier to remove the staple without chewing up the corners of the pages.

Before the advent of mechanical staplers, papers were often hooked together with a seamstress’s ordinary straight pin—a thin metal shaft, sharpened at one end and with some sort of stopper at the other. That mysterious alternate setting on a mechanical stapler is a holdover from the straight-pin days. In fact, in the insider lingo of the desk-stapler professional, you’re stapling papers if you use the common setting, but you’re pinning them if you use the temporary setting. The base plate is called the anvil.

 
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05 August 2019 06:14
 

The purity of pre-cyber mechanics still lingers in our world here and there, fortunately. The stapler seems to me one of the best examples of a simple device brilliantly doing what previously must have been quite annoying work—pinning pages together.

I wonder how things would have gone, technologically, with staplers and staples themselves if the people who came up with using pins to hold pages together had instead taken things a step further and made a stitch or two with thread or string. Maybe today’s page fasteners would be “paper stitchers” rather than staplers. Seems unlikely, though.

 
 
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08 August 2019 03:01
 

I learned that a human being can spit a cherry pit 54 feet, 3 inches. 

This astounding feat was actually televised on TSN – The 46th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Competition.  Yup, the 46th.

This beats the hell outta cheese rolling.

 
 
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Jan_CAN - 08 August 2019 03:01 AM

I learned that a human being can spit a cherry pit 54 feet, 3 inches. 

This astounding feat was actually televised on TSN – The 46th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Competition.  Yup, the 46th.

This beats the hell outta cheese rolling.

Cheese rolling is more exciting though surely?... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOz_NEr0aeY

 

 
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10 August 2019 02:10
 
MARTIN_UK - 10 August 2019 01:31 AM
Jan_CAN - 08 August 2019 03:01 AM

I learned that a human being can spit a cherry pit 54 feet, 3 inches. 

This astounding feat was actually televised on TSN – The 46th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Competition.  Yup, the 46th.

This beats the hell outta cheese rolling.

Cheese rolling is more exciting though surely?... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOz_NEr0aeY

For sure.  Hi Martin!

 
 
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10 August 2019 02:23
 
Jan_CAN - 10 August 2019 02:10 AM
MARTIN_UK - 10 August 2019 01:31 AM
Jan_CAN - 08 August 2019 03:01 AM

I learned that a human being can spit a cherry pit 54 feet, 3 inches. 

This astounding feat was actually televised on TSN – The 46th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Competition.  Yup, the 46th.

This beats the hell outta cheese rolling.

Cheese rolling is more exciting though surely?... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOz_NEr0aeY

For sure.  Hi Martin!

Hi Jan. grin

Suppose there is the danger of putting some unsuspecting spectators eye out with all that pit spitting!?

 
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08 February 2020 08:38
 

I learned how to multiply using what is called either Egyptian or Russian Multiplication.

https://m.wikihow.com/Multiply-Using-the-Russian-Peasant-Method

 
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