Hemp Car; Universal Joint

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Sun Aug 5 07:11:26 UTC 2001


   See http://hempcar.org.  It's a car that runs on hemp.  The vehicle was recently seen smokin' through Madison, Wisconsin.
   It supposedly burns "cleaner" than other such vehicles, but the fuel isn't exactly cheap.
   I don't know what other new words/phrases are here, besides "hemp car."  Maybe "weed on wheels"?


   OED has Hooke's "universal joint," from 1825.  But automobiles also have a "universal joint," and OED should have this.
   From the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 22 November 1939, pg. 18, col. 5:

_Clarence W. Spicer, Inventor_
_Of Universal Joint, Dies at 63_
_Leader in Developing Auto_
   _Parts; Former President_
   _of Automobile Engineers_
   MIAMI, Nov. 21 (AP)--Clarence W. Spcer, of Toledo, Ohio, former president of the Society of Automotive Engineers, died today, of heart disease.  He was sixty-three years old.  He had come to Miami to pass the winter with his son, Dr. Robert T. Spier.
   _Invented Universal Joint_
   Mr. Spicer in 1905 organized the Spicer Universal Joint Manufacturing Company, with its main plant at Plainfield, N. J.
   Three years previously he had invented the Spicer universal joint which connected the drive shaft of the automobile to the rear axle.

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