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And industrial extruders.....
Back in the sixties, I was an ever curious kid, and there was a brand of toothpaste called 'Signal', which had red stripes. I of course had to dismantle the tube to find out how it was done. There was a collar device in the tube nozzle that dispensed the red mouthwash sripes using laminar flow. However, the tube above is the result of a multi-nozzle shaped extrusion.
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Clearly, 'neutral' American ships supplying Britain's enemies would be seen as targets, just as neutrals supplying America's foes are now. Of course, back in 1812 Britain had no predator drones, so instead of vaporising your ships with hellfire missiles, we had to board them and seize their cargoes. As for the crews, well, they just changed employer for a while. Look on it from the British point of view. You were a nation of terrorists and illegal insurgents. They were hardly going to ignore your love affair with the enemy.
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thorns, sharp small stones, glass, twigs, dog poop, slugs.......

But then there's the tendency of stainless steel to work-harden and then break, leaving a typically sharp, twisting fracture spike.
Then there's the fact that these things will work as very tough scouring pads on soft wet sweaty feet. Hello bones!.

All in all, I'd say they'll do very little protection, and a heap of damage.
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Or just buy an old suburban. 8X4 sheets no problem.

Seriously, Torchinsky's idea is kind of stupid. The U.S. doesn't do light trucks very well, the rest of the world has a zillion little trucks that will carry all the things he mentions without drama. And without the inevitable problems of asymmetric weight.
When he stacks his 8x4s alongside the cab, how's he going to see to his right?
And drywall in particular needs to be carried flat.
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I don't know enough about U.S building codes to fully call BS on this one, but in the U.K. and Europe, the nephew's evil plan would have failed, because, by legal requirement, Aunt Anna's gas fire would have had a Flame-Failure Device (ffd), and when the pilot flame went out, the thermocouple cooled, the electro-magnet in the main gas valve would have snapped shut, cutting off gas to both main and pilot jets.
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It's all about equality, so that men can experience the joys of splashing their shoes.

Back in Dickens' days, peeing in the street was by no means the big taboo it is now.
In Victorian times, 'Cloakmen' were to be found on the street, their trade was simple. For a very small fee, they would use a large cloak to give privacy to someone needing to pee.
In the later 1900s, however, London spent vast sums of money on a new, effective, sewer system, in order to alleviate the capital of 'the great stink', and new by-laws were passed, making public urination an offence in many boroughs.
At the same time 'public conveniences' were built in great numbers.

Coin-slot operated doors gave rise to a new euphemism for excretion. "I just need to 'spend a penny'"
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As a northern englishman, (Yorkshire), taking a job in Reykjavik, Iceland, in the early eighties, I was delighted to find that so many northern words, dismissed by my teachers as 'dialect' or 'slang', were in fact old norse, retained, unchanged, for a thousand years, never accepted as 'proper' english by southerners.

I don't agree with the premise that old english simply died out.
And if anybody wants a definitive tome on "Old English Deverbal Substantives, Derived by Means of a Zero Morpheme", just let me know.
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But.... But that's piracy! Oh my. Picture if everyone did that, root-sharing. It's the end of civilisation...
Now imagine, if you could take an old potato, let it go green, sprout shoots, and.... plant it and get lots of new potatoes.
Oh my...
And if you could take the seeds of a tomato, and sink them in a little moist soil, on your window-ledge and get a whole new tomato plant?

Citizens, this is a road that leads to anarchy.
The celery police are at your door. Now.
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