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#80726 - 09/14/02 06:06 PM Re: Prince Rupert
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
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O Tempora, O Mores! What is the Internet coming to? yesterday, and again today I search
for something innocent, and get a porno site! I just now searched for Pyrex Glass inventor
and get a place that specializes in dildos. And what in hell is a "cock ring" for? I was too
nauseated to look.Please don't be cruel and tell me a Live Saver would fit me.


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#80727 - 09/14/02 06:09 PM Re: Prince Rupert
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Now, wwh, I can't stand the idea of bear-baiting and using animals in do-or-die contests, but a cock ring is simplay a circle in which two cocks fight.

There. Think on that and set your mind to rest.

WW


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#80728 - 09/14/02 06:11 PM Re: Prince of Pyrex?
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"chemist William C. Tyler Corning Glass vice president (1943-54); co-inventor of Pyrex glass
expired 11-2-1958 in Corning, New York age 72"


Is this the guy you're looking for, wwh?


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#80729 - 09/14/02 06:28 PM Re: Princess of Pyrex?
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"Born Corinne Dibos in Paris to a wealthy family in 1925, Calvet studied criminal law at the Sorbonne before becoming an actress. Her mother, a scientist, was the inventor of Pyrex, a sturdy glassware that can be used in an oven. "


So, there's someone else on the Web who is said to have invented Pyrex.


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#80730 - 09/14/02 06:34 PM Re: Princess of Pyrex?
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Dear WW: I give up. Got to find something with better prospects to hunt for.
Back to Brewer, to see if I can find some interesting words there.


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#80731 - 09/14/02 06:40 PM Re: Princes of Pyrex?
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"Two routes by which Ostwald's efforts had an effect in America are interesting to trace. The earliest involved the well-known text, "Quantitative Chemical Analysis", by Albert B. Prescott and Otis C. Johnson of the University of Michigan, which went through a number of editions beginning in 1874. Prescott was one of the founders of the American Chemical Society and was its president in 1886. He is also reputed to have been the analyst who arrived at the figure of 99.44% for the purity of a common brand of soap. For the fifth edition of the book (1901) Eugene C. Sullivan (1872-1962), then a young instructor at Ann Arbor, was asked to prepare a section on Solution and Ionization according to Ostwald's ideas, which he did very well in about 4 pages. Sullivan had studied at Michigan, Göttingen, and Leipzig, receiving his PhD. under Ostwald in 1899 on trivalent iodine compounds. After teaching three years at Michigan, he was with the U.S. Geological Survey until 1908, when he went to the Corning Glass Works. There with W.C. Taylor he developed the low-expansion glasses later known under the brand name Pyrex, which did so much to simplify laboratory work."

http://web.esf.edu/dljohnson/fch380net/history/history 11.htm


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#80732 - 09/14/02 08:45 PM Re: Princes of Pyrex?
wwh Offline
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Dear WW: My compliments to you on a superior job of searching.
I didn't know so many people were involved. Still can't remember my guy's name.
He was prof at MIT. Anyhow, he made enough dough that his widow really lived in style
for many years, in a mansion with many servants. MIT salary could not have paid for it.


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#80733 - 09/26/02 10:57 AM Pure Soap
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Prescott was one of the founders of the American Chemical Society...also reputed to have been the analyst who arrived at the figure of 99.44% for the purity of a common brand of soap.

In 1959 my organic chemistry professor Louis Feiser made that same claim for himself, right after describing his synthesis of Chlorophyll and invention of napalm (which he then gave to the Isrealis in 1948). He said the soap manufacturer had asked him for an analysis of their product, but because of rounding errors the results totaled only 99.44%, not 100%. Making a virtue of a necessity Madison Avenue did its thing, and the rest (as they say)...

Professor Feiser concluded his comments with the observation "99.44% what? 99 and 44/100ths percent matter, that's what...! So what's the other 0.56% ?"

I have no corroboration of either chemist's claim.

Anybody know when the slogan was popularized? Prescott must have died in the early Twentieth Century. Maybe that would distinguish.


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#80734 - 09/26/02 11:56 AM Re: Pure Soap
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Registered: 01/05/01
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Per Symbols of America:

The idea for Ivory soap came to Harvey Proctor (son of one founder of Proctor & Gamble) during a Sunday morning service in 1879, while the congregation was reading from Psalms 45:8,

All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, and out of the ivory palaces whereby they have made thee glad.

James Gamble (son of the other founder) had recently perfected a hard white soap intended to compete with imported castille soaps. Proctor convinced P&G to rename the soap "Ivory," and hired a chemical consultant to analyze the soap for impurities and compare it to three leading castille soaps. The chemist found the Ivory the purest, with only .56% of its weight in impurities, and so Proctor started marketing the soap as 99.44% pure.

In 1881, a batch of the soap was accidentally left in the stirring machine too long, and it dried with a small amount of air inside. As a result, the soap bars floated, and the floating bars were an accidental marketing success.


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