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  Amorpholphallus titanum pollen request
From: Scott Hyndman hyndman at aroid.org> on 2002.04.21 at 19:51:53(8584)
Dear All,

Please note the request below from Greg Redwood of Kew for pollen to
pollinate their soon to bloom Titan Arum. For your information, I think
that this may be the reblooming of the tuber that received all of the
interesting publicity back in 1996 per the URL at
http://www.kew.org.uk/kewscientist/ks_oct96/titan.html featuring our own
Peter Boyce during his tenure there. Even if it is the not the same, it
will truly be an enormous inflorescence judging by the weight of the tuber!

There were so many Amorphophallus titanum bloomings here in the US and else
where last year that it was hard to keep up with all of them. Hopefully,
someone can help Greg out with some stored pollen, or perhaps someone knows
of a possible contact for fresh pollen. Please contact Greg directly at
your earliest convenience. Also, please feel free to share firsthand
experience with the tricky technology and art of pollinating these
fascinating plants as not all hand pollination attempts have been
successful.

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2002.04.22 at 08:36:16(8592)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Could anyone tell me what 11
stones measures up to??????? Gads, I thought you USA'ers were a pain in
converting to Celsius but this one takes the cake....... Stones, can you
believe it? My crusade for the decimal/metric system on this group obviously
is futile........and I have tried SOOOOOOOOOOO hard. This is not going to
work by a mile (did I say "mile"?????).

Lord S. Tony Phalloids

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.04.22 at 11:40:44(8594)
Hi There Lord P,

Now I think back 50 years or so to my little kindergarten school in the S.
of a Tropical Island, sitting under the shade of a tree, my Hindu teacher,
whip in hand, leading all us little rainbow-colored multi-racial kids in
one of the MANY 'chants we memorised--"sixteen drams one ounce, sixteen
ounces one pound, fourteen pounds one STONE---AH HA!!!! So 'your' tuber
weighs 124 lbs.!!! See, Colonialism was good for SOMETHING!! Anyone out
there in cyberspace care to find out how long a 'chain' is? Or how many
hundredweights equal a ton???

Julius

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From: J Romey jromey39 at yahoo.com> on 2002.04.22 at 12:13:15(8595)
I have some pollen left over, not much, but some. Will
someone forward me an email so I can reach them.
Thanks

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From: Ron Weeks rhweeks at attglobal.net> on 2002.04.22 at 12:16:25(8597)
Eleven stones is equal to 53900 scruples but only 4.7865 slugs. I trust
this will clear up the confusion.

E-Z Converter Weeks

From: "Cooper, Susan L." SLCooper at scj.com> on 2002.04.22 at 12:17:57(8598)
154 lbs

Susan

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From: "joanwall" joanwall at visionet.org> on 2002.04.22 at 12:19:30(8599)
I just asked an English friend about that and she said a stone is 14 pounds.
Joan
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From: StroWi at t-online.de (StroWi) on 2002.04.22 at 12:53:24(8601)
My dear Lord,

you have my full compasion in your desperation about these units dating back probably to the mediaeval ages. Or are they even of celtic ???

However, dear Lord, maybe I can give a rough idea about stones.

About two decades ago I was run over by a mastiff dog; luckily not attacked, since it was just a puppy of about one year.

This dog weight 10 stone seven, that was and is converted to kg about 67 kg!!! (If i remember it correctly ... or was it rather the weight that dog would reach, when grown up? Can't remember exactly..) I gues the seven of the 10 stone seven was some kind of lb; no idea, if imperial, american or celtic lbs. And, if I am not wrong again, 12 lbs made up one of these stones.

So my dear Lord, did you get it?

But surely some US aroider, faintly acquainted with the decimal/metric system will bring some light into this darkness.

With deep sympathy,

Bernhard.

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From: "Kathy Kempf" wont_read101 at hotmail.com> on 2002.04.22 at 13:59:10(8604)
LLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL We "USA'ers" do not use "stone" that
is a pure Britishism. A stone is about 12 pounds. I don't know what that
works out to in metric, but I guess you can use a metric converter. We also
hate metric in this country, but most of us do use the pound, rather than
the stone. I sure got a great laugh from your message!

>From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid"

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.04.22 at 19:35:32(8607)
Susan is correctr---11 stone equals 154 lbs, I 'read' the mail and
miscalculated!

Julius

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2002.04.23 at 12:14:45(8611)
Julius, you're weird you know, funny but weird.

Lord P.

> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2002.04.23 at 12:16:35(8612)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to kill myself by
jumping from a 3-nautical-mile-high wall.

Lord P.

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2002.04.23 at 12:18:06(8613)
Oooh, brrrrrrrrother...............

Lord P.

> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2002.04.23 at 12:19:38(8614)
Now
here we have a full-scale European trying to make me happy. Well, I guess it
didn't work but thanks for trying Bernhard. I think we must start a new
discussion group: DECIMAL-l and this will ONLY be open to decimalists
(decimal-list....get the picture.......?) and metrists. We will only be allowed
to speak the decimal languages (there are several) and we must rise up to a
boycot of the infamous Ouncists, Stoneists, Fahrenhitters, Inchers, Gallonists
ate., etc. etc. Errr, am I getting carried away here a little on a list of aroid
nuts? Sorry folks, will try to behave better next time.

Lord

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2002.04.23 at 12:21:09(8615)
Stone as in Stone Age, I guess. Well, I am glad somebody had a laugh........
I guess that's all a serious observer of the non-metric systems can do.
Laugh his head off.

Lord P.

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2002.04.23 at 12:22:46(8616)
Now THIS is interesting! See how easy it is to make "miscalculations" when
the equations between the different entities in your systems make no
sense!!!!!!! HAH!! Got you there, non-metric sorry creatures!!!!!!

Lord P.

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From: "Cooper, Susan L." SLCooper at scj.com> on 2002.04.23 at 12:56:18(8618)
69.85322 kg
Before you go, please remember me in your will.

-----Original Message-----

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From: Krzysztof Kozminski kk at kozminski.com> on 2002.04.23 at 19:59:28(8619)
On Tue, 23 Apr 2002, Wilbert Hetterscheid wrote:

> Now THIS is interesting! See how easy it is to make "miscalculations" when
> the equations between the different entities in your systems make no
> sense!!!!!!! HAH!! Got you there, non-metric sorry creatures!!!!!!

Heh, heh, this is completely off-topic, but you're still lucky that this
14 stone tuber weighs exactly 14 stones.

But, for example, in the US, the 1/2-inch thick plywood is really 31/64
inches thick, and a 2-by-4 inch piece of wood is really 1.5 by 3.5 inches,
unless it is rough 2x4, in which case it is exactly 2x4 :-)

KK

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.04.24 at 09:06:31(8622)
And you, Lord P, are THE most non-weird, level headed and straight-laced man
we know of! :--)>

"There is a pleasure in being mad that none but madmen know"---old German
proverb.

Julius

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