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October 25, 2019

Fordite: aka Motor Agate & Detroit Shale

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From Damon Lavrinc's May 23, 2014 Jalopnik story:

You won't find Fordite digging through your backyard. It's also called Detroit Shale, but it's not a mineral or a gemstone. It's actually dozens of layers of baked paint culled from auto factories and polished into everything from pebbles to earrings.

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Fordite began life in old factories where automakers spray-painted cars by hand. Overspray accumulated on the tracks and skids where vehicles were painted, and over the course of dozens — sometimes hundreds — of coats, the paint would build up. These layers would wind up in the paint-curing ovens where it would harden under the heat.

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Over time, the build-up would have to be removed from the tracks, and a few enterprising factory workers chunked off the stuff and pocketed it.

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Fifty years later, there's a finite amount of Fordite on the planet, and since no one hand paints cars at scale, it's also expensive, with even small rings going for $200.

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Check out the photos and it's like a topographical journey through the history of car colors. You can see the grey primer coat, followed by countless colors that defined the 60s and 70s. And there's some geography in there, too. Ohio Fordite primarily comes from factories that painted commercial vehicles, so you'll find more earth tones, while Detroit Fordite is chock full of yellows, oranges, reds, and blues used on consumer vehicles.

[via Richard Kashdan]

October 25, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Helpful Hints from joeeze: A wooden spoon prevents pasta boil-over

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Back story here.

[via Kay (Leah)]

October 25, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Yin Yang Kitty

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Res ipsa loquitur.

October 25, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Life is a time machine

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Think about it for a sec.

Or spend the rest of your days doing so.

Doesn't matter.

All this time we've been wondering if such a thing were possible, never realizing it's here — and has been ever since the breakdown of the bicameral mind.

Tough but well worth your... time.

October 25, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Louis Vuitton AirPods Case

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From websites:

Louis Vuitton has decided to launch an exclusive new home for your Apple accessory.

Modeled after the luxury house's iconic monogrammed luggage, the stylized LV case is square in shape and features exclusive gold-toned hardware throughout.

It also includes a gold-toned chain and matching rivets along with the quintessential LV debossed edges and a classic clasp closure.

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Apply within.

October 25, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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