Heating the nuts!
was working in a scrap yard repairing construction equipment. One afternoon, I was taking apart a piling hammer that had some very large bolts holding it together.One of the nuts had corroded on to the bolt; to free it, I started heating the nut with an oxy-acetylene torch. As I was doing this, one of the dimmest apprentices I have ever known came along.He asked me what I was doing. I patiently explained that if I heated the nut, it would grow larger and release its grip on the bolt so I could then remove it.”So things get larger when they get hot, do they?” he asked.Suddenly, an idea flashed into my mind. “Yes,” I said, “that’s why days are longer in summer and shorter in winter.”There was a long pause, then his face cleared. “You know, I always wondered about that,” he said.
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