Article: 261526 of talk.bizarre From: Andrew Solberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: talk.bizarre Subject: 53x100 Date: 1 Dec 1995 21:36:08 -0500 Organization: iTRiBE Mail to News Gateway Lines: 26 Sender: email@example.com Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> X-Mailer: ELM [version 2.4 PL23] X-Provider: iTRiBE, Inc <URL: http://www.itribe.net/> X-Gateway: Posted via the iTRiBE News<->Email gateway X-Disclaimer: iTRiBE, Inc. neither endorses nor assumes any responsibility for the contents of this posting. Status: O LIBERTY SHIPS ************* We forgot the lesson of the liberty ships. They were hastily built, needed immediately for wartime duty. Hulls were welded into one continuous plate of metal -- a mistake that would prove costly. The rhythmic pounding of waves upon the liberty ships created cyclic stresses that formed cracks. Once critical crack length was reached, the ships broke in half and sank. How could we remember the liberty ships, yet ignore the fact that every day cyclic stresses, in the form of tidal forces, knead our planet like a ball of dough? The crack just crossed the equator. We'll see it soon. -- This post is COPYRIGHT 1995, Andrew Solberg. All rights reserved. Standard usenet distribution is acceptable; other forms of reproduction or reprinting may be considered in violation of international copyright law. Andrew Solberg is HWRNMNBSOL: email@example.com, Math Dept., Rice U.