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    I was working in a 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 (I know not from where.)
    "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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    Phew.... I thought maybe the apprentice was going to heat up his own nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrena View Post
    Phew.... I thought maybe the apprentice was going to heat up his own nuts.
    Yeah, he might try to heat something else to see if it gets bigger.

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