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My knowledge is whole. Answered

All gaps in my knowledge have been filled.

I am in possession of all life's necessary information.

The specific gravity of culm is 0.75.
Steel wire with a diameter of 92mm has a safe working load of 930kN
To temper steel to be suitable for twist drill, heat it until it turns a pale straw-yellow.
An American fluid ounce holds 8 drams, but a British fluid ounce only holds 7.6861 drams

In other words, this morning's post brought my copy of the 2010 edition of Glover's Pocket Reference.

Actually, I don't know everything.  I know it floats in water, but I don't know what "culm" actually is...


Hmmm, does it include what I have in these?
The ENTIRE metric conversion table,
A pretty complete set of measurement conversions
and the Pocket PCRef :-)

And for those that haven't done so,  Culm Measures are a geological formation of the Carboniferous period that occur in south-west England, principally in Devon and Cornwall. They are so called because of the occasional presence of a soft, sooty coal, which is known in Devon as culm.

Dewey, Henry (1948) British Regional Geology: South-west England, 2nd ed. London: H.M.S.O.; p. 29


I got an ugly's guide and the Make edition of glovers pocket ref at Maker Faire, both are full of knowledge.

Hey thanks for that....it does look good.

What about Machinery's Handbook? Before you know the pronunciation, it has the most wonderfully appropriate title for an engineering reference :-)

Good one, I was going to mention it myself. I got my copy from a guy at work who was selling an older copy. I think I've got the 26th edition or something.

Ouch, at $68.57 I might have to hold off on that one for a bit. :-)


7 years ago

Kiteman.... where do babys come from?

Most people should know that but it is the care and feeding of such that most people lack.

No, that would qualify as a Maker maker's guide.

I have honestly NEVER heard of them! lol

then maybe your knowledge base isn't as whole as you thought

Maybe there's a British edition?

lol "It's on the internet, it must be true!"

Ah followed a little mythbusters advice ey Kiteman? :D

Conker-X insists I carry it in my shirt pocket, in case I get stabbed.

When the Ref got stabbed on Mythbusters, it was because they didn't want to stab an actual bible as the myth required.

I am not sure I understand why they'd have troubles with that?

Not the Mythbusters, but probably either the network's lawyers or the advertiser's lawyers. After all, the show's gotta play in Kansas, right?

Ah of course *sigh* superstition over a book.


You should have seen the fuss over here when a US preacher tried to visit - he had, in the past, threatened to burn copies of the Koran.

is that version 9.10.10 or is that the date LOL

think it's the date...that was the date that everyone was supposed to burn the Koran (Qur'an, whatever)...and he did burn it.....to disk

everyone has their quirks, and then you come across the occasional person that has more then their share.... :-)

I haven't anything against a book, of course, but for someone to hold the paper it is made up of in reverence....something is terribly wrong. there.

Not just wrong, one might even say idolatrous :-)

The book can be replaced, one hasn't defamed what it says by putting a hole in the book or burning it (I once burned a paraphrased version that was so far out in left field it was on right field :-)

Opps, didn't see this before I posted above. I know my ASV is very compact, tiny writing, but over an inch thick of severely compact paper.

Hey I have an ASV bible that fits in my breast pocket. They've been shown to stop certain normally used bullets (from a .22 to a .45 caliber).

Can you beat people to death with it, or just things like spiders?


It depends on how cooperative they are.

Spiders, definitely, also mice.

Rats, probably. Cats... I don't think so.

People? Maybe a black eye.

Thank you, I'm thinking of developing a scale of "hitting power"...


My knowledge is a hole - into which random facts fall, to be combined and re-combined so as to never re-emerge in their native forms (if at all...)

I'm so like you with this, no knowledge ever goes to waste.

Pah, who needs books. Don't you carry this information in your memory ? A crack in the legend I fear....

Even Edison confessed once that he didn't carry "all that he knew" inside his head, but always had someone or some reference he could find the answer to a question to, in 5 minutes.

I was isued one of these at a job I had six years ago. I still carry it in my messenger bag. It has proven invaluable many times.

I have the PCRef, but am still waiting on a decently priced Pocket Ref to come along :-)

From the New Oxford American Dictionary:
culm: the hollow stem of a grass or cereal plant, esp. that bearing the flower.

That is one definition, but wouldn't that one be subject to differences in specific gravity?