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Radioactive Luminous Paint - a cardinal derailment of watchmaking: A little book about a monumental problem

Radioactive Luminous Paint - a cardinal derailment of watchmaking: A little book about a monumental problem

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Radioactive Luminous Paint - a cardinal derailment of watchmaking: A little book about a monumental problem

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60 página
32 minutos
Lançado em:
Jul 6, 2020
ISBN:
9783751911627
Formato:
Livro

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A little book about a monumental problem - watchmaking hitting rock bottom.

A sarcastic contriubution to a monumental problem.

Insulting and educational, the laugh of the 20th century bluntly revealed, a must for every owner of radioactive vintage watches, the final nail in the coffin of contaminated timepieces.
Lançado em:
Jul 6, 2020
ISBN:
9783751911627
Formato:
Livro

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Radioactive Luminous Paint - a cardinal derailment of watchmaking - Harrison John

The book does not deal with postal- and customs issues which might

be applicable when sending radium contaminated stuff around

Table of Contents

Introduction

Foreword

Derailment

The Climax

From the Horror Cabinet

Radium Girls

The insane Idea

A little Chemistry – a litte Physics

Revealed: The secret behind radioactivity

What are you using Buddy?

Health Risks

Radon Gas

Holadiho! Echo: Holadiho!

The Nightmare is over

What's on?

Introduction

»I've discovered something wonderful, I can make my watch glow and I could read the time in the dark if I only knew what all the numbers mean«, said little Joe Hickerberg, second eldest son of Bernie Hickerberg.

His father, Bernie Hickerberg, had married his own sister after Dad ran away with Bernie's former wife and first Cousin Lilly. Dad and Lilly were both declared dead to collect the live-insurance.

Bernie Hickerberg and his sister had seven children together, which added up to thirteen, counting the five left with Bernie from the marriage with his first cousin and little Joe, an illegitimate child he fathered with his mother. They claimed child support for only nine of them, because thirteen is already so deep into double figures, that they cannot count so far.

This discovery, a huge success in the booming watch industry, came in very handy for this 'homogeneous' family to make ends meet, besides raising corn with an uneven number of rows. Normally, nature lets those rows come in pairs, but problems at a particular stage of development could eventually produce an ear with an odd number of rows, similar to strange deviations from the human mental development. The Hickerbergs got it made …

This is how our story could begin … but it was indeed not little Joe Hickerberg's idea. Real Scientists, nuttier than little Joe Hickerberg, were involved in producing luminous paint for watches activated by radioactive material, and that makes it even worse – that had made this stupidity a large-scale, worldwide nonsense.

Foreword

Let's start out with something more positive.

Watches, mechanical or more modern, are among the most fascinating things men has ever come up with. Their contribution to progress is not only a thing we should call 'valuable' – it was essential. I would not go as far as to say that we would still eat raw meat without the invention of watches, but we would certainly not stand where we are today.

Let's not 'carry coals to Newcastle', by referring to John Harrison's inventions, making it possible for the first time to determine longitude at sea, or go through all mechanical-, electric-, electronic-, tuning-fork-, quartz

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