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« on: November 22, 2013, 07:29:15 AM »

How do they put the stripes in toothpaste?

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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 07:34:27 AM »

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Dave -   Essentially, it’s by clever engineering.  If you look carefully at the toothpaste, instead of making those beautiful swooshes of toothpaste which they always show on adverts, if you chop the toothpaste straight across, you'll see that the colours are only just on the surface.  In the middle, it’s all just normal white toothpaste.  So, what they're actually doing is, in the nozzle, very close to nozzle which squirts the toothpaste out, there are other little nozzles attached to bags of colour – often several different nozzles attached to bags of colour.  So when you squeeze a tube of toothpaste, it squeezes both the main toothpaste bit and those little bags.  And so, as the main toothpaste comes out, the extra coloured bits get squeezed out on the outside and you end up with a white tube with little coloured bits around the outside.

Chris -   If you don't believe us, cut a tube up and you'll see this marvellous bit of engineering for yourself.  It was patented in America, I think, in the 1960s or the late ‘50s.  They actually introduced that as a major selling point.  I think Signal was one of the first brands to use it in this country.

Dave -   Probably, I think it’s based on a similar system for making icing.  So you can get coloured icing outside and the boring white icing inside.
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2013, 08:04:38 AM »

You get a kind of beer, that when you pop the can, something on the inside release some gas to make it fizzy. It must be the release of pressure that activates it. Question is how do they get it in there? Is the whole building (the brewery) under pressure or what?
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2013, 08:09:29 AM »

Political and religious officials are typically way ahead of the rest of us on the stupidity curve.  The question is, does this curve keep climbing indefinitely or does it flatten out at some distant point?

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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2013, 08:13:46 AM »

Question is how do they get it in there?
They use science, not magic. Wink

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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2013, 08:33:36 AM »


Oh, ok but can the brain still do the science after the beer is consumed?
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2013, 09:01:29 AM »

How do jokes (usually based on some disaster) spread so rapidly...even before the advent of the Internet (e.g. when the NASA rocket exploded some years back)the one female astronaut with blue eyes...blew apart!!! sicko! 
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2013, 10:57:07 AM »

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Oh, ok but can the brain still do the science after the beer is consumed?

For a loose definition of science, definitely. Like this:

Experiment 1: Will the blonde girl in the high-heels sleep with me?

Experiment 2: Will the slighly less attractive redhead sleep with me?

and so on and so forth...
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2013, 11:02:59 AM »

It is often not the question but the answer that does the boggling. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2013, 14:21:04 PM »

It is often not the question but the answer that does the boggling. Cheesy
Indeed as with the toothpaste stripes...brilliant: I suspected something akin to that but never actually tried cutting one open.
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2013, 14:40:57 PM »

It is often not the question but the answer that does the boggling. Cheesy
Indeed as with the toothpaste stripes...brilliant: I suspected something akin to that but never actually tried cutting one open.

Cant afford to, toothpaste isnt the most inexpensive thing.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2013, 14:43:40 PM »

Do Chinese newspapers have crossword puzzles?
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2013, 17:33:58 PM »

How do jokes (usually based on some disaster) spread so rapidly...even before the advent of the Internet (e.g. when the NASA rocket exploded some years back)the one female astronaut with blue eyes...blew apart!!! sicko! 

Not that I get that one. The most well known is that the acronym NASA stands for Need Another Seven Astronauts. And then there is the rumour that the last transmission from the doomed shuttle was "Okay, let the woman drive..."

Anyway, I have often wondered the same thing. How long before the jokes will be in circulation before the bad news is known?

Many years ago, in my irresponsible youth, I often had a few at a pub. One drunken evening, a punny joke occurred to me (you need knowledge of Afrikaans to get it):

Q: What is die vroulik van barman?
A: Bar moeder.

How extraordinarily clever, and all my drinking buddies thought so too. But the interesting thing is that a year or two later, I heard someone I did not know at all tell that joke. I wonder whether he invented it independently, or whether it was my own joke having come full circle.
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2013, 19:12:14 PM »

Q: What is die vroulik van barman?
A: Bar moeder.
I've heard this uterine pun the first time somewhere between '90-92. It was quite funny when pissed. Is that contemporary to the date of coining?

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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2013, 14:06:16 PM »

How do jokes (usually based on some disaster) spread so rapidly

Speaking of which..
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