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Bill D BS: The mechanics of genius (34) RE: BS: The mechanics of genius 30 Oct 20

If I want a Klein bottle I can buy one...

And Ebbie... hidden in my tedious post there was the sense of 'pragmatic' as being often part of a very creative aspect of 'genius-like' solutions.
You reminded me of two friends from Wichita who spent (mis-spent?) part of their youth doing drag racing in a flat-head Ford. In an attempt to get better performance, they ordered a fancy carburetor, but they hadn't realized it required a special adapter plate to fit that old Ford. Hmmmmm.... so they made one.... out of a piece of oak!
   Next race, they submitted the car for inspection, and had the officials frantically thumbing thru the rules. Nothing seemed to rule out an oak adapter, so they we allowed to run! Later, they felt that oak was not quite 'safe', so they made another from phenolic.. an artificial stuff. I don't remember whether they ever managed to get a real adapter.

(When I had a sink blockage in the bathroom, I bought a rubber pressure gadget that attached to a garden hose. You stick it in the sink outlet and it shoots water at high pressure.) But the bath tub was part of the drainage system, and the water backed up into the tub causing reduced pressure at the sink..... so I turned a Teak plug for the tub drain and wedged it in very tight! ZOOM! pressure now did the job.)
Pretty low on the genius scale, but I'll take 'clever'.

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