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October 18, 2008

23 Tubes 1 Bowl

Us_1242872 Over the years I’ve ended up with quite a few sample-size tubes of toothpaste. I dislike the strong, lingering flavors of most of these toothpastes, so … I had a bunch of tubes which were past expiration and needing to be thrown out. 23 tubes (and four small sample packs), in fact.

Before throwing them out I decided to squeeze them all into one bowl. Next I stirred it all together, found that a spoon will almost stand up in it, then put some on my toothbrush and brushed my teeth with it

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What did they have in Russian shops during the Soviet Era when all the shops in Russia belonged to the state and the state was the only merchant?

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In 1916, Clarence Saunders opened the first self-service Piggly Wiggly store in Memphis, Tennessee. Customers paid cash and selected their own goods from the shelves. The store incorporated shopping baskets, self-service branded products, and checkouts at the front. Removing unnecessary clerks, creating elaborate aisle displays, and rearranging the store to force customers to view all of the merchandise were just some of the characteristics of the early Piggly Wiggly stores. The concept of the "Self-Serving Store" was patented by Saunders in 1917.

Keedoozle was Clarence Saunders' electrically operated grocery store. In 1937, Saunders designed and constructed a prototype of an automated store, which he called the " Keedoozle". Keedoozle was a completely automated store. In the “Keedoozle”, merchandise was displayed as single units each within a glass cabinet under which was a keyhole. Customers entering the store were handed a small pistol-like key that they placed in the keyhole below the goods they wished to buy, the quantity being determined by the number of times they pulled the key's trigger. This action, recorded on punched tape, activated back office machinery to assemble the order, which was then dispatched to the checkout on a conveyor belt. On reaching the checkout, the customer's tape was run through a reader to produce the bill, their groceries being assembled, boxed and waiting for collection. This system eliminated the need for shopping carts; and it increased savings in space, in the labour needed to stock the shelves, and in the time customers spent queuing at the checkout. Alas, the machinery proved unreliable, particularly at busy times and the resulting delays coupled with a heavy maintenance bill killed Keydoozle

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Good histortical info.

Posted by: Luxury Bed at Dec 4, 2008 6:33:27 AM

Sounds like a good science project...tooth paste, bowl, spoon...

Posted by: Tacky at Dec 18, 2008 8:07:31 PM