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Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Amphipoda@yahoo.com, Jan 8, 2001.

  1. Amphipoda@yahoo.com

    Wanted - information leading to the name
    and/or address of the anonymous gift giver
    of the Ebay purchased "Amphicar Parking
    Only - all others will sink or swim" full size
    metal sign. My Mermaid wife has claimed
    no knowledge of this most generous and
    completely wonderful gift. (Oddly enough I
    believe her). Like I've always said... we the
    amphibious members of this planet are by
    far the most... the most... THE MOST SNEAKY NEWTS ON GODS GREEN EARTH!
    Who gave me this sign??? Sheesh!!! Aw
    come 'on, fess up - I can't take it, it's eating
    me alive not knowing. And the really worst
    part is... I'm not even sure that I didn't order
    it myself. No, there's no way. I did NOT buy
    this classic sign, I don't even have an Ebay
    account. Who gave me this sign? Oh man,
    this is so intense. What a really genuinely
    fine thing someone has gone and done by sending
    me this "Amphicar Parking Only" sign. But please
    let me know who you are... or else! Or else
    what you ask? Ha... I'll plague this board with
    horrible tasteless trivia like this ----->

    Every sailing ship had to have cannons for protection.
    Cannons of the times required round iron cannonballs.
    The master wanted to store the cannonballs such that
    they could be of instant use when needed, yet not roll
    around the gun deck. The solution was to stack them
    up in a square-based pyramid next to the cannon. The
    top level of the stack had one ball, the next level down
    had four, the next had nine, the next had sixteen, and so
    on. Four levels would provide a stack of 30 cannonballs.
    The only real problem was how to keep the bottom level
    from sliding out from under the weight of the higher levels.
    To do this, they devised a small brass plate ("brass monkey")
    with one rounded indentation for each cannonball in the
    bottom layer. Brass was used because the cannonballs
    wouldn't rust to the "brass monkey," but would rust to an
    iron one. When temperature falls, brass contracts in size
    faster than iron. As it got cold on the gun decks, the
    indentations in the brass monkey would get smaller than
    the iron cannonballs they were holding. If the temperature
    got cold enough, the bottom layer would pop out of the
    indentations spilling the entire pyramid over the deck.

    Thus it was, quite literally, "cold enough to
    freeze the balls off a brass monkey!"

    So you better fess up you anonymous sign giver you!
    And thank you from the bottom of my soft white
    underbelly to the tops of my unfurled fins.

    '64 Turquoise
    San Diego

    PS - to Larry & Nancy Solheim, Regarding your comment:
    <Snip> As Amphipoda will appreciate, the "other car"
    (Amphi, '66 white) is beginning to complain about her
    frequent disassembly and internal inspections, being
    used as an assembly aide.<unsnip>

    Dear Larry & Nancy - Amphi should be told the purpose of
    inspection prior to opening her up. Like any good doctor,
    your bed side manner is all important when dealing with
    a sensitive Amphi. Good luck.
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