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Before I read that the visual symbol was abstracted from a formula for equilibrium, I thought it looked like a stylized horse saddle, green on the top and orange on the bottom, or reverse, depending on whether you're looking in from left of center or right of center. An interesting optical illusion there.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2013 on Big-Time Tagline! at Fritinancy
My mother had a home mangle on which she did the family's ironing (from the 40's onward). In fact I never saw one of those puny things we now call 'irons' at home. The cloth covering of the mangle drum was intended to be replaced regularly. It was always in stock at a local 'department store' (another anachronism). With regular use, they lasted about a year. The rotation of the drum, incidentally, was controlled by a foot pedal which also lowered the hot metal plate to the drum surface. To me, the etymology of the ironing mangle was always related to the verb mangle, for I was always being told to watch my fingers so they won't get 'mangled'. (Was there ever a verb 'mangle', meaning to press clothes with a mangle iron?) You've brought back memories that hadn't been to the surface of consciousness for at least twenty years. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2011 on The Man Iron at Fritinancy
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