Old nitrocellulose film stock was also dangerously flammable, approaching explosive. (Who didn't burn some ping-pong balls balls in his youth?) --Old Dickens 22:52, 22 January 2009 (UTC)
I've just been watching "What the Victorians Did For Us " on BBC2 (mon 22/01/09) and apart from the story on cellulose, and the heartfelt sighs of relief of eight Dibbler's worth of elephants*, there was also a tour of London's Cloaca Maxima, a drainage development which prevented the Thames being Roundworld's answer to the River Ankh in terms of smell and solid matter. Also an interview with the current scion of the Crapper family, who of course makes toilets.
And as if that weren't enough, Victorian false teeth were also discussed and demonstrated, and hey, they had this powerful spring attachment designed to keep them in the mouth and firmly located to the hard palate. But this went wrong and could snap under pressure... The Reverend Cribbens be warned!
If you can get this show overseas, do look out for it: tonight's was pure Pratchett from start to finish.
--AgProv 23:10, 22 January 2009 (UTC)
- Eight Thousand elephants died annually so their tusks could be used to make billiard balls. Now if there is a collective noun for a unit of a thousand elephants, it has got to be a Dibbler of pachyderms...
Oh ay, if the occasion should arise...What did Tarzan say when he saw a Dibbler of elephants? --Old Dickens 23:55, 22 January 2009 (UTC)