You should rent "The Man in the White Suit" with Alec Guinness...plot
summary from IMDB: A man invents a fabric that won't get dirty or wear
out, but he seems to have made more enemies than friends in the
Straight razor won't do that. Neither will a boron fiber, which
_will_ take your fingers off if you're not careful with it.
Most men wouldn't buy it regardless--it closes the option of growing a
beard if one should want to. Women get this done with some regularity
by another process.
Don't believe everything you hear in a lecture.
If he demonstrated it then the "petroninjas" would have jumped on it
and if it was a cheaper production method than pumping it out of the
ground started using it. Since such a discovery would violate several
principles of chemistry and physics though such claims unless
supported by hard evidence must be taken as urban legends.
Well, there obviously IS pressure--the pressure from the weight of the
knife. Give me a machete and I'll be able to grind a low-angle razor edge
on it to do just the above mentioned. (Of course, it'll be useless as a
machete with an edge that fine.) If you need sharper than that, go buy a
neurosurgeon's glass scalpel.
Sharpness isn't magic, but too fine of an edge will not be resilient
enough for general use. It'll either break, wear, or bend.
What's wrong with electrolysis? It's here, it's permanent, and it's
fairly inexpensive. Apparently painful as hell, though. Honestly, it's
not something that most guys want--even if they _do_ shave daily.
An ointment to do the same without bad side effects is possible, but
not all that beneficial.
Lots of things out there. I used to work for a small drug design company.
We had several interesting candidates for drugs, but the synthesis or
work-up was too hard to pursue further. Someday, someone is going to
start selling a gold-based anti-inflammatory that's easily absorbed. It
might be based on the work I did, or it might be based on some other
company's old research that's sitting on the shelf.
The problem with conspiracy theories in general is that there's enough
going on in terms of market forces, economics, and even overt evil, that
there's no NEED for companies to resort to ridiculous and implausible
What conspiracy theory? If I invent a compound that can be made into
tires that will last 100,000 miles and I sell it to, say, Firestone
who buys it just to keep it from some other manufacturer - that isn't
a conspiracy. It may be a shame but it isn't a conspiracy. It's
called protecting your market. Firestone can't use it because either
they will have to sell each new-compound tire for 5 times more than
the present ones OR they will have to sell five times more tires than
they do now - maybe more.
Like I say, we have no way of knowing what's been invented but
withheld for economic or safety reasons.
On Wed, 19 Dec 2007 12:19:53 -0800 (PST), FoggyTown
Or they sell 3 times as many tires (since they would corner the market
for the term of the patent) at twice the price (since the tires last 5
times as long) and make many times more profit while driving all
competitors into bankruptcy. Yet another reason these silly stories
have no legs.
There's nothing illegal about operating a monopoly. If you're deemed
to be a monoply, there are restrictions about what you can do to maintain
it, but making a better mousetrap and bankrupting the competition isn't
That would suck if you later decided to grow a beard.
I think he's spouting urban myths myself.
That goes along with the 80mpg carburetor that GM bought from the inventor
and shelved - and thousands of people "saw" it right there - on the shelf.
Water into gasoline - sorta like gold from sea water...
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