How to Play Football With Nails and Popsicle Sticks

Well, actually if you do that you’ll be infringing a patent. I love reading patents, but I rarely understand them. This one I do, since it uses words I understand, like ‘roofing nails’ and ‘elastic bands’: clipped from patft.uspto.gov A board game for at least two individuals to play. The board game is a modified …

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The Good Cable Guide

As promised to readers of the column (sorry, subscription only) on WSJ.com and in this week’s The Asian Wall Street Journal Personal Journal, here’s the full list of tips from Robert Bellows of Cable-Safe: 1. View Cable Management as an Important Safety Issue Perhaps the most important tip in keeping our cables organized is to …

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Urine, Corrosion, And The Decay Of Bridges

You have to feel sorry for designers, particularly bridge designers. How can you factor in all the variables that will determine whether your bridge survives? Take for example, a bridge in Palembang, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Built between 1962 and 1965, the 1,177-meter long and 22-meter wide bridge was named after the then …

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