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#128925 - 06/02/04 06:50 AM Millihelens etc  
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This glossary may amuse:

http://www.besse.at/sms/glossary.html

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#128926 - 06/02/04 09:24 AM Re: Millihelens etc  
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hehe. thanks for the laugh, Bing.

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#128927 - 06/03/04 01:46 AM Re: Millihelens etc  
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Oh my gosh, that place is hilarious! Some of the definitions made me laugh out loud. Also check out the pictures (and their labels) on this page. Pay particular attention to the name next to the "apple half".
http://www.besse.at/sms/universe.html


#128928 - 06/03/04 03:52 AM Science Made Stupid  
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Heard about "millihelens" in 1958! That's what I get for being a dinosaur.

The whole site is full of funnies, some more than others. Did you realize that the whole thing is an ad for a humorous book? Here's the Introduction page, where it is made clear: http://www.besse.at/sms/smsintro.html .

It's reminsicent of "It All Started With Columbus," (Richard Armour; American "history") and "1066 and All That" (Sellar, Reatman, Muir, and Yeatman, English "history") , which you might also enjoy if you can find them, probably in your public library by now as I suspect they're long out of print. Or eBay, or maybe even Amazon.com.




#128929 - 06/03/04 11:49 AM 1066 and all that  
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It's still so very poular over here that it is still being reprinted. Amazing, when you consider that it was first published in the 1930s (which is why it ends at the First World War.)


#128930 - 06/03/04 07:00 PM Re: Science Made Stupid  
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Did you get millihelens from Asimov? That's where I remember it from, in a discussion of beauty or some such. Ol' Isaac was a tremendously prolific writer, and wrote on a remarkably wide range of topics. And a great atheist. (I threw that in, gratuitously...)

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#128931 - 06/04/04 12:23 PM Re: Millihelens etc  
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#128932 - 06/04/04 08:50 PM Re: Science Made Stupid  
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Did you get millihelens from Asimov?

I got it from a college roommate, and I have no idea where he got it from. Certainly could have been Asimov, as he was familiar with Asimov's work, and I never asked him for a source. Then again, I was familiar with Asimov's work too, even when the Foundation series first came out as novelettes, and I don't recall seeing it there, then or later.

Edit: a quick Googling of Asimov/milliHelen gives a bunch of attributions to IA but in my brief review I see no documentation or reference. Even if there were, I would think it a good candidate for being a clever and appealing term with multiple independent inventors.

#128933 - 06/04/04 10:20 PM ERG!  
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Don't cross-thread your connections there, TEd, you might come up shorted.


#128934 - 06/05/04 03:00 PM Re: ERG!  
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Can we leave the electrical puns out, please? Even if only far a day.


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