The Short Stories of Waldo

THE PHILOSOPHICAL HISTORY OF THE BOLT 

Thus far we have defined the three main attributes of a bolt. Philosophically it is the fastener of various items into a systematic whole. Interpretively it is an inclined plane wrapped around a diametrically shaped object. Culturally it is “undefined” until it is put to use.

We also applied critical thinking to the bolt’s history. Various societies have spun the bolt until it would seem to have no hidden attributes or nuances. These sometimes secret or exclusionary societies have defined the body of the bolt, the head of the bolt, the number of threads per inch, and whether it is metric or American.

They have defined shoulder bolts, hex-head bolts and socket-head bolts. Also in their definitions are recommended torque that can be applied to American Standard, Automotive and bolts with buttress threads. They have even gone so far as to define the percentage…

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