Friday Humor: 10 Wierdest Headlines About ‘House’


Boat ‘Sinks’ House
The Straits Times, 30 January 1962, p.18.

House Stolen
The Straits Time, 18 May 1971, p.24.

House Dug Up
The Straits Times, 14 August 1971, p.1.

House Says ‘Yes’
The Straits Times, 30 December 1964, p.22.

Bless This House and The Toilet Too
Today, 10 May 2006, p.15.

House for Sale, Comes with Bride
Today (Afternoon Edition), 4 November 2005, p.19.

Couple Too Tall For Own House
Today, 21 July 2005, p.19.

“Sorry, We Bombed the Wrong House”
Today, 10 January 2005, p.14.

Man Sets House On Fire to Get Rid Of Guests
Today, 1 June 2005, p.19.

Grandmother Bites Buyer of Her House
The Straits Times, 25 August 2002, p.25.

Friday Humor: 10 Most Suggestive Glass Technical Terms


Fluid Zone
The temperature zone (>1350 Fahrenheit) that glass become molten and can flow.

Full Fuse
Heating two or more pieces of glass until the slump and flow together to form one solid piece of glass.

Grinding
Using an abrasive wheel on a grinder to smoother or shape the edges of glass.

Peep Hole
A small opening in the kiln used for observation of glass during firing process.

Rigidizer
A chemical added to certain ceramic fibers to bind them into a solid state.

Rod
Cylindrical pencil-thick glass. They come in a wide range of colors and different COEs.

Sagging Process
Heating glass until it sags and conforms to the shape of the form on which it rests.

Thermocouple
The probe of a pyrometer. It is inserted into the kiln to measure the temperature.

Transitional Zone
Glass begins to change from about 900 degrees Fahrenheit to 1250 degrees Fahrenheit. The strain point is at the lower end of this temperature, while the upper end is where the softening point and the annealing point are somewhere between.

Wet Felt
Soaking a ceramic-fiber with rigidizer and using it for mold making.

Friday Humor: 10 Most Suggestive Building Technical Terms


Base Angle
An angle secured to the foundation and used to attach the bottom of the wall paneling.

Butt Plate
The end plate of a structural member used to rest against a like plate of another member in forming a connection.

Erection
The on-site assembling of fabricated Building Systems components to form a completed structure.

Framed Opening
Jamb, headers and flashing which surround an opening in the wall of a building.

Header
The horizontal framing member located at the top of a framed opening.

Peak
The uppermost point of a gable.

Reactions
The resisting forces at the column bases holding the structure in equilibrium under a given loading condition.

Sag Angle
A tension member used to limit the deflection of a girt or purlin in the direction of its weak axis.

Stud
A vertical wall member to which exterior or interior covering or collateral material may be attached. May be either load bearing or non-load bearing.

Uplift
Wind load on a building, which causes a load in the upward direction.

Friday Humor: 10 Most Suggestive Terms in Architecture


Came
A slender, grooved lead bar used to hold together the panes in stained glass or lattice windows.

Sexfoil
A six-lobed circle or arch formed by cusping.
Used in windows and arches.

Chimney Breast
The stone, brick or cement structure that projects into a room and contains the fireplace flue.

Thrust
The outward force exerted by an arch or a vault that must be counterbalanced by buttresses.

Compound Arch
Narrow arches set one within the other to form a larger arch. Commonly found in church design.

Groin
A roof with sharp edges at intersection of cross-vaults.

Groin Vault
A vault produced by the intersection at right angles of two barrel vaults.

Shaft
The trunk of a column between the base and the capital.

Pulvinus
The roll forming the side of an Ionic capital.

Strapwork
Decoration formed by folded, crossed, and sometimes interlaced thin strip – suggestive of leather straps – either applied (usually glued) or carved in wood, stone, or plaster.