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  1. Random Conversation Thread

    Sure they will. Next spring you can see the marble plants grow and end of sommer maybe you can pick fresh marbles. Be careful not to mix the red opaque ones up with the cherry tomatoes or you need an appointment with your dentist.
  2. Hi ManofKent, my only experience with wooden systems is with the HABA one. I do not know about availability or pricing in the UK. https://www.haba.de/en_GB/toys/toys/ball-track/c/7vmx67 My experience is that the kids build a little, let the marbles run and after a while the wooden elements at the corners fall off their positions because of the marbles inertia. The plastic clamps offered are somewhat cumbersome and in most places me wants to attach them they do not work. The HABA sets dedicated to smaller children (Kullerb├╝ - https://www.haba.de/en_GB/toys/toys/ball-track/ball-track-kullerbue/c/o4qg87) have some pins and notches to get at least the tracks staying in place. But those are not easily combined with the sets for the older kids. (To select another country and / or another language you need to scroll down to the bottom of the linked page. The language and the country are set independent of each other, start with the language in the right hand bubble.) Regards Hoody
  3. Humor Ar Ar

    Somewhat this resembles me to Manfred, called "Manni". Manni stops his Manta (a famous Opel car) before the "30" sign and so blocks the road. An officer got aware of this, headed to Manni and told him that he can stop his car a little bit down the road at the parking lane but not there at the limit sign. Manni replied:" Sorry, I am already 33". Manni is also the sort not to go to cinema when the movie is rated 16+. He and his friends are just 15 persons.
  4. Xmas Tree 2017

    You already did your tree? We do it on Dec / 24 traditionally if done earlier the needles are all off.
  5. How Is The Weather Where You Live Today?

    Hi, we got something you might call a blizzard this noon. It's quite uncommon to have such weather here. A thunderstorm with heavy snowing. Just 15 minutes brought 1" into our snowfree German countryside. No wonder the school bus didn't run this noon. But meanwhile everything is melting away and the roads have been free again since hours.
  6. Word Of The Day ... Or Week Or Whatever

    You mean that Kellogg's stuff? Here in Germany they sell as "Rice Crispies" but I never had any thought of the characters' names. Long long ago. But I can not remember 'Snap Crackle and Pop' got something like a household phrase. To be honest, I just consum the contents and scrap the package without much notice. There was also some kind around they called "Choco Pops". But if you are in Germany and ask for diapers (= Windeln) there might be people around that ask back what a diaper is. Just tell them "Pampers" and everything is fine. That is something I think got a household phrase - long ago. Or "Maggi" (http://www.arlongpark.net/showthread.php?t=35213&page=67&p=2841403&viewfull=1#post2841403 ) Nobody calls it 'liquid seasoning' here, way too long. Every child knows "Maggi" and that's it - even if you take the competitor stuff. Hope I got your question right. Otherwise I need to tell "42" Oh, just this: Maybe you know Nick Kamen "I promise myself"? Some germans always sing "Pommes mit Senf" [= "french fries with mustard"] because of this phonetic similarity !
  7. Okay, if you think on the "several marbles on parallel" tracks I think most of those are homebrew. Either completely or at least a set with some self-made parts in addition. What does a search engine reveal when looking for "marble race track"? Sorting otu the results I might have got a hint for you to a name. But I relally do not know if it still is sold somewhere: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=marble+race+track&t=ffab&iax=1&ia=images&iai=http%3A%2F%2Fimg0129.popscreencdn.com%2F182067330_discovery-toys-super-marbleworks-raceway-construction-.jpg At least I found one of this sets at amazon but in fact it looks just like twice a 'standard' set in one package.
  8. Maybe something from here? https://www.toysrus.com/search?q=marble run Sorry for the link to the shop but it is the only one I am sure to serve the US area. Maybe you know a lot more retailers on your side of the atlantic ocean. There are also kits around made by fischertechnik and it might be that you find Hubbelino (works also together with Lego parts). We here in Europe further have Cuboro and HABA as brands selling also marble runs but those might be very pricey.
  9. How Is The Weather Where You Live Today?

    Prayers and best wishes to all of you from Germany. Todays radio announcement estimates a full hit of Irma to the city of Miami tomorrow. First Harvey flooding Texas and Louisianna and now this Irma monster.
  10. Random Conversation Thread

    Is it necessary to extract them? Mother nature usually manges things herself and maybe it will work when you just take the whole dry blossoms as seed capsules next year? (No, I really have no clue).
  11. Humor Ar Ar

    seems I am not able to 'tell' a joke ...
  12. Wow, there are really precious ones among them. A couple of those on a run ... off for tinkering ...
  13. Humor Ar Ar

    Two old friends are sitting there, drinking a beer. One tells: "I have a severe problem with slugs in the garden. They eat away all my vegetables." The other says: "You already tried out a beer trap?" - "Are you nuts? Shall I now give them my beer also?" - "No, no. Okay. How about collecting the slugs and put them elsewhere?" (We love even slugs and do not want to kill them ...) - "Okay, good idea. I'll try it tomorrow." The two make an appointment for the next evening and went home. The next evening they meet again. The slug chaser was really and obviously exhausted. - "Wow. You look as if you picked tons of slugs. How many did you get?" - "Not just even one in the whole day! Every time I got aware of one I immediately stooped but the beast flitted away before I could grasp it."
  14. Random Conversation Thread

    Its your joy on those small and simple things like 3 riping tomatos ... enjoy it every day again. It resembles me to my first experience with gardening some years ago: You plant it, you care for it and then you harvest it and you enjoy every stage of what you do. As time goes by gardening gets more usual to you and the intensity of this special joy might drop. But at least your food gets more healthy. Oh, and you learn to share it with such poor creatures that have no house not even have a home: slugs
  15. Random Non-Marble Eye Candy ( :

    Steph, your accidental backyard art (okay, I remember the photograph even if photobucket is blocking it actually): Just put some hoses or gutter like half pipes to the framework and you could get an 'accidental backyard marble run'. Bumblebee, you have a nice piece of nature you are living nearby. Really.
  16. Random Conversation Thread

    Is it the first time you have a garden to cultivate?
  17. Hi, I learned here in this forum on photobucket when looking for a place to 'park' my pics on the web. Things worked for a couple of weeks and then refused. So I cursed on it, scraped my account there and started using imgur.com. Handling pics and navigating mine is not super-intuitive there but it works.
  18. So now I know what a fidget spinner is. A nice idea converting a marble track into a pinball like playground.
  19. Hi out there, while I just fail getting my easter eggs rolling down a track, it creeped into my mind that I have still this ping pong ball run contraption to post. Since months I have no idea about a name so here it finally goes nameless as is: The two columns wind up the balls a spiral way. The balls then drop onto the downward track and at the bottom they get split by colour to each spiral lift. One motor drives the lifters synchronously. Two AA-cells could do the job for hours. No fancy stuff, no decorations just the necessary parts to get it work and stable. The lifters are inspired by Akiyuky's GBC devices. Here we have the track side: The pictures were taken unpowered, so the balls queue up before the splitter. When powered those waiting are distributed across the tracks and there is little to no queue at all. Enjoy your (easter) time Hoody
  20. Lolcats ... And Other Critters

    Modern times - deers now also take a cab.
  21. Hi folks, YellowMarble, hope this will make your day - the clip I just made today: (It is my very first clip ever, so please be not too harsh with your criticism) Hoody
  22. Random Conversation Thread

    Oh my gosh! 103 would give a nice summer this year. Western germany currently is something that resembles more to autumn than everything else. Maybe the mushrooms are ready to collect ... brrr.
  23. What a nice idea for the garden decorations.
  24. Hi, currently I have no video. A sunny day, some spare time and I'll do one.