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Nobelium in knife steel. Sigh...

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  1. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Moderator Staff Member

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    Just finished reading a magazine article about a particular knife. The author commented that S35VN steel used in the knifeblade was tougher than S30V steel due to the addition of Nobelium.

    Nobelium is a radioactive, synthetic, trans-uranic element which has a half-life of at most 58 minutes. The most common isotope has a half-life of about 3 minutes.

    Yes, I know what the guy meant to say was Niobium.

    And, yes, I will readily admit that the details of steel alloys and the periodic table of the elements are not common knowledge. But for pete's sake, if you're going to write articles about knives, you should probably know the difference between Niobium and Nobelium. Failing that, maybe spending a little bit of time with an internet search engine before you send off your manuscript would be a good idea. Any effort at all to check on the details of either S35VN or Nobelium would have immediately suggested to the author that something was amiss.
     
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  2. bikerdoc

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    What a mook.
    Wonder what his spellchecker would do with molybdenum
     
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  3. Jesse Heywood

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    I would guess that the spellcheck error likely occurred at the desk of the editor, where revisions are made without the knowledge of the author. But I have been wrong at least once this year, just ask my ex.
     
  4. lemaymiami

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    As a guy who used to write a few magazine articles (fishing topics -not gun related...) back when magazines could afford to buy articles... It can be frustrating to see what actually gets published from your submission... Not to worry though - in a few years magazines in general will only be a memory....
     
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    That reminds me, it's time to sharpen my plutonium blade.
     
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    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Bwahahaha, the wrong word properly spelled leads to hilarity.
     
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  7. Speedo66

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    Not uncommon for writers to have no idea what they're talking about. A so called expert wrote about an S&W Model 65-4 revolver. He said the 4 meant it was a 4" barrel, rather than actually the 4th model change.

    But if the knife disappears in a few hours....... lol
     
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    Talk to text is nice, but you still have to proof read...:neener:
     
  9. GEM

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    That's funny. How about the warship show on MHC that said the Seawolf sub is so dangerous because its missiles have a range of 3 miles. Yep, I rewound and watched it with captions, it was three miles.

    There is supposed an island of stability for some transuranic elements, or so I read. They might make into a knife. Read a sci-fi story where a new planet was full of those and ships were sent to mine them. That's about when the Glock 397 comes out in x-laser or plasma beam.
     
  10. sparkyv

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    Many subject matter experts, like true journalists are a thing of the past. Fact-checking is a thing of the past. They just do a quick internet search and vomit forth vast quantities of garbage that is lacking weight, value and truth with the aim of meeting quotas and generating sensationalism just to sell ads. I don't subscribe to any periodicals anymore for that reason.
    :cuss:
     
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  11. lemaymiami

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    Don't be so sure that writers years ago always got it right or weren't fully capable of looking you right in the eye and lying -all day long...

    I'll probably mess this up but believe that Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) is supposed to have said "If you don't read a newspaper you're un-informed - if you do read one you're mis-informed"... and that was a lot more than 100 years ago...
     
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  12. Jesse Heywood

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    Would please leave her out of this discussion? I could report you to the moderator! :neener:
     
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    I think machinists spell it "MOLY BE DAMNED."
     
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    Autocorrupt strikes again.
     
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  15. Jesse Heywood

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    Most here were corrupted long before the PC. :D
     
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