The denier was a French coin created by Charlemagne in the Early
Middle Ages. It was introduced together with an accounting system in
which twelve deniers equaled one sou and twenty sous equalled one
livre. This system and the denier itself served as the model for many
of Europe's currencies, including the British pound, Italian lira,
Spanish dinero and the Portuguese dinheiro.
Very interesting! Was the denier split into smaller increments like the
The denier is also a measurement of the density of a fiber or thread. A
thread of length 9000 meters (about 5.6 miles) that weighs 1 gram
is a one denier thread. This definition, believe it or not, fits the actual
characteristics of a single strand of silk.
There are no stupid questions, but there are lots of stupid answers.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar. org
I was not killed, not even injured. Your opinion does not coincide with my
real life experience. Handled well too. In spite of Nader, I could whip it
around corners faster than any other car I ever owned -- safely. Never got
stuck in the snow either. Yes, I'd buy another if they started making them
I don't know that I'd buy another GM product, but I owned and loved
two different '62 Corvair convertibles and even ran the nicest one on
the (mild) motocross track my friends had built. She -flew-, by Crom!
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her
or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and
in the cause and prevention of disease.
-- Thomas A. Edison
I had a Monza coupe with wide tires and a block that shortened the throw in
the shift linkage. Only thing I'd want different today is AC. The bucket
seat was comfortable on long rides too. Of course, my butt was narrower
back then too.
I'm far less happy with GM cars today though. The one in my driveway that
is falling apart is the last.
Nader was, and is, a nosy little busybody who, unable to do anything useful,
decided to attack the productive segments of society. His attacks on
the Corvair were shameful, dishonest, and unhinged from reality. Yes,
smaller cars are at disadvantage to larger vehicles. But, IIRC, this
was not his beef. He objected to the independent suspension of the
Corvair as I recall, a design idea now seen in virtually all modern
vehicles. This is what happens when people become professional gadflys,
political pundits, politicians, and cause monkeys - they do nothing of
value in their own right, choosing instead to live a life reflecting on
the accomplishments of of others ... kind of like being a Community Organizer.
Tim Daneliuk email@example.com
Well, what do you know. THAT'S YOU!!! You've described yourself to a
virtual T. You contribute nothing to this newsgroup, you've never
contributed *any* woodworking content to this newsgroup and you're
void of any future potential of doing so.
Same as all the political discussions you inflame here. You don't vote
for any party and haven't for some time, yet you consider yourself a
professional pundit on the topic.
You do nothing of any value in your own right and attempt to live what
little life you have vicariously through others who do make a
Somebody took them racing in Europe. They were beating the works
Porsches. Nadir did not win one single lawsuit but he managed to
convince people that they were deadly anyway. If there was any justice
in the world, Nadir would have gotten drafted and blown up in a tank.
Nader's attacks wer on the early models, (I think it was just the
first two years, or maybe just the first) which did indeed have a
problem. Chevy fixed the problem and Nader has acknowleged that the
later models did not have the problem he had gone after in earlier
By the time Nader's book was published, the Corvair's rear suspension
had been re-engineered to what it SHOULD have been to begin. That was a
fun car to scoot though corners.
Nader's always been a spoiler, not a crusader.
Well that didn't work very well. Nothing much there to "fold up" I
guess it would do OK if a Smart Car ran into it at low speed. Out of
curiosity, it would be interesting to see the death per accident ratio
of the Corvair vs Pinto vs Isetta vs Falcon and so on and so forth.
Just knowing how the basic construction tells me the Pinto did better,
but if so, not by much. They were all death traps. I had a 54 Merc and
a 55 Ford Crown Vic and it was next to impossible to keep the doors from
flying open around a bend... No seat belts either. I remember feeling
somewhat safe because I had the steering wheel to hang onto...
My buddies mother had a brand new, 1962 Corvair and I recall at around
100 mph, with 5 juvenile delinquents in it, the front end would lift off
the ground and he could, and did, turn the front wheels without the car
noticing. Had anything gone awry, I would not be here to harass all you
saw dust jockey's.
Well, I still didn't see them. I thought he was insinuating they were
somehow safe? It does look like they are attempting to make them safer
than they look, but still, laws of physics are hard to overcome:-)
You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
It would be. As for metal to fold up, it did just that and protected me
against a truck and trailer that was in the 40,000 pound range. The roof
was folded up to a point in the center and door that was hit by the truck's
bumper was pushed in and it moved me over and I avoided serious injury.
The car itself gets a lot of damage, but the passengers (test dummies) fare
rather well, actually. While you cannot change the laws of physics, good
engineering does help you work with it to diffuse and move energy.
Please, Jack. They're insured. While the ruination of an oil
platform wrecks the bidness for a couple weeks, it also causes the
price of all oil they sell to go up, so they're sitting much prettier
right now than they were a few weeks ago. Prices raise quickly and
drop slowly, so by the time it returns to normal, they'll have 50x
their investment in fines and replacement platforms. No worries.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian,
or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up
to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
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