Bigfoot on the beach?
This enormous footprint on the beach, about 11 football fields in size, is not a footprint of a mythical creature after all. Instead, it might be the footprint of you or me or any person in the developed world for that matter. It was plowed on the beach in Zeebrugge (Belgium) to give people an idea of their "ecological footprint". This is a representation of the earth surface needed per year for a person to eat, drink, warm their house, drive their car, dump their trash, etc. More info on this subject can be found on Wikipedia.
Whether this is an accurate estimate of our effect on the planet continues to be a matter of debate, but nobody can claim this publicity stunt didn't provide a neat picture.
By xorbit, last changed on November 20, 2007 // E-mail to a friend //
You might have seen these before, but whether you did or not, this may just be what you need to find out the real purpose of some common tools.
A very useful tool for modelers which allows them to make more mistakes much faster, thereby turning $100 kits into spare parts and justifying the purchase of another $100 kit.
A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood blisters. Pliers are the tool you use whenever the proper tool for the job has been borrowed. Teenagers excel in the use of this tool.
An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-ups into major refinishing jobs. Also useful for exfoliating knuckles.
Generally used after pliers to completely finish rounding off bolt heads.
Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Depending on your skill, it can be used to test if the fire department knows the way to your shop.
Once used for working on older British cars and motorcycles, they are now used mainly for impersonating that 9/16 or 1/2 inch socket you've been searching for the last 45 minutes.
A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity and medical coverage.
Hydraulic floor jack:
Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.
Eight foot long yellow pine 2x4:
Used for levering an automobile upward off a trapped hydraulic jack handle.
Radial arm saw:
A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to scare neophytes into choosing another line of work.
Two-ton engine hoist:
A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.
Craftsman 1/2 by 24 inch screwdriver:
A very large pry bar that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end opposite the handle.
Normally used to stab vacuum seals under lids and for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads. Teenagers will attempt the use of a Phillips head after pliers fail to net result.
A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into nonremovable screws.
A tool used to make hoses too short.
Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive objects adjacent to the object we are trying to hit. Also used as a replacement for screwdriver.
By xorbit, last changed on November 18, 2007 // E-mail to a friend //
Goes to show that tastes differ when it comes to decorating, doesn't it?
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By xorbit, last changed on November 17, 2007 // E-mail to a friend //
Back due to reported popularity among the few people who saw the test entry while the website was still under construction... I'm sure this little guy has what it takes to improve many more people's day.
By xorbit, last changed on November 13, 2007 // E-mail to a friend //