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August 29, 2014

Why stealing cars went out of fashion

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From the New York Times: "The most important factor is a technological advance: engine immobilizer systems, adopted by manufacturers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. These make it essentially impossible to start a car without the ignition key, which contains a microchip uniquely programmed by the dealer to match the car."

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August 29, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Giant Binder Clip

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From the website:

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You could bind the London phone book with these clips, if anyone still used phone books.

In white enameled steel, the 2-3/8"-wide jaws open to 2" with 5-1/2"-long handles.

They also work as stands for place cards and hooks for hanging purses off the edge of tables.

$3.25.

August 29, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pat Metheny's 42-stringed three-necked guitar

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Pictured above, it came about as follows: "In the 1980s he asked a Canadian luthier, Linda Manzer, to create a guitar with as many strings as possible. The result was the Pikasso (pictured), a 42-stringed, three-necked beast that can play the sounds of an electric guitar, a traditional Japanese koto and a harp. Thirty years later Mr. Metheny still uses it at the start of many concerts."

[via The Economist]

August 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dishwasher-Safe Glue

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From the website:

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Duco® cement is an isopropanol and acetone-based cement that will bond glass, ceramics, china, metal, phenolic plastics, and wood.

It dries clear and is dishwasher-safe. Our each is a

1 ounce tube.

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$2.95.

August 29, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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