29 November, 2005

Welsh scientists drill world's smallest hole

Researchers at Cardiff University's Manufacturing Engineering Centre have managed to drill holes in steel as small as 22 microns (0.022 mm) in diameter using a electro-discharge machining (EDM) process, and reckon they could be the smallest ever achieved. Reports the Register.

EDM is also known as "spark machining" and basically involves machining conductive materials using sparks discharged from an electrode. The Cardiff Uni EDM process uses a six micron diameter electrode. A spokesman says: "The holes we are now drilling in Cardiff with the electro-discharge machining process could be the smallest in the world. This is a welcome riposte to people who typify the Welsh as a unsophisticted."

Cardiff University is now seeking funding for a programme to breed teensy-weensy ponies and budgerigars.

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Anonymous Gary Monro shout your mess

Is this actually true? I'm only asking because of the ridiculous statement,

This is a welcome riposte to people who typify the Welsh as a unsophisticted

As if drilling tiny holes - as technically advanced as I am sure it is - was an accepted badge of sophisication! The chap sounds a little bitter to me.

I recall posting something incredible once only to find out that the source (The Onion) was a satirical magazine. I fell for it completely and had to pull the post pdq.

November 29, 2005 3:22 pm

Blogger bigfootcookie shout your mess

Makes a nice change to them setting fire to the Brit's holiday homes in Llandudno, or Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch,

I reckon.

November 29, 2005 6:32 pm

Blogger Chris shout your mess

Hi Gary - the first sentence is as quoted the second one I made up for the purposes of a weak joke at the expense of Welsh.

My bad

November 30, 2005 10:14 am

Blogger MadMondo shout your mess

But you know the only reason that they want to drill holes that small is so that it's a tight fit 'round their dicks.

And you thought your joke was weak DC.

November 30, 2005 8:56 pm

Blogger psmly01 shout your mess

Ah, weak jokes about the Welsh= music to my big ears.
I'm an Englishman exiled in Wales and they take no greater pleasure in running the English down.
You will find more Welshmen watching an England national footy match than a Welsh one. The reason? Because they want to see us lose....it's a fact y'all.
I was going to suggest that they were working on shrinking humans so they could make a series of nanoscale glory hole movies for the net, but maybe thats just my aberrant mind churning.

December 05, 2005 2:18 pm

Blogger Chris shout your mess

Ah yes, you're garrisoned with the South Welsh aren't you? The only people they dislike more are the North Welsh.

Oh and the French natcth.

December 06, 2005 9:33 am

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