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Loose Nuts

Posted September 28, 2006 8:30 AM
Pathfinder Tags: packing materials polystyrene

Loose fill plastic, better known as "packing peanuts," has a Web site and even a council to champion the recovery, reuse, and recycling of the foam fillers that serve no real purpose beyond taking up space in boxes. The Plastic Loose Fill Council promotes the "Peanut Hotline" and drop-off centers where polystyrene peanuts – 99.6% of which is air – may be used once more.

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09/28/2006 11:40 PM

Feed the styrofoam elephants!

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09/29/2006 8:40 AM

I use them to insulate the surface of liquid nitrogen in my cryogenic vessels. These vessels are quite large (30' X 7' X 7') which makes for a lot of surface area. The peanuts float nicely on top of liquid nitrogen, samples can be submerged without having to remove the peanuts and the styrofoam stands up well to repeated cooling cycles.

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09/29/2006 11:00 AM

Well, yes that's a great use for them. But the important thing: did you ever race at Nelson Ledges in Ohio?

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09/29/2006 11:34 AM

Ah Nelson Ledges, where every old used tire in the universe now resides!

I never did a race there but I once observed a 12 hour endurance race there.

Mosport and Shannonville in Ontario are where I did the majority of my rather pathetic racing (RZ Cup, 250 GP, Lightweight SuperSport).

Cost too much, hurt too much and do I ever miss it!

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09/29/2006 10:54 PM

Back before I realized I was mortal, I did several 24 races at Nelson. The most fun was when we beat every 500, every 750, every open class bike on a 350 four Honda. Unfortunately, we came in a lap behind a Yamaha 350, for second overall. My team, without me riding, went on to get several first overalls in later years.

Boy, I miss it too!

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