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Sniglet of the Day : February 9

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Sniglet Of The DayHudnut (hud’ nuht) – n. The leftover bolt or screw in any “some assembly required” project.

We’ve seen these little metal parts pop off of any of the many-geared inventions of Phineas Phogg or Artemus Gordon whenever the steam pressure got too hot. These are the hudnuts, the nuts, screws, or bolts that hold it all together, but somehow, always manage to fall out, or in the case in many a steampunk adventure, pop out. Our wonderful 19th and early 20th century inventors are usually at a loss for what went wrong with their steam-powered gadgets, when it turns out there is a hudnut around. They are often stumped when they do find it, and their biggest query at the time is, “Now, how did that get there?” And as usual, truth mirrors fiction in that this sort of thing happens to many of us all the time.
You bring home that piece of put it together yourself furniture from whatever discount store, and no matter how well you follow the instructions, there is always some little fastener left over. Sometimes it is more that one, but you still check your little project to make sure everything is in place. You sure don’t want that TV Stand/bookshelf/diningroom table falling apart, but you just can’t be too careful. After all, the steampunk inventors of classic sci-fi fiction had their authors to back them up. Those of us real people living in the early 21st century don’t.