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one of the reasons why tyre control was imposed to ensure that the best use is made of the smaller supplies that are available, it is sometimes overlooked that vast quantities are needed for other vita! transport media. The aircraft industry is a case in point, and, in view of the vast expansion in our bomber programme, it is worth pointing out that the two tyres of a big bomber weigh close on 8 cwt Would J. B. Dunlop be astonished to see such huge tyres, weighing nearly 440 lb. apiece, in use, or would he be more amazed if he knew that a singletube cycle racing tyre, made just before the war, weighed no more than 4i ozs.? A Mod..rn Story on WE have beard of, many Almost Baron MunTY methods of taking frag chausen Lines . . ments c ' steel from the eye, but that mentioned in " The Lancet" takes the biscuit. The story is that a soldier in an isolated camp was afflicted in this manner, and a snail wrapped in gauze was placed over the eye. Next morning the steel was out. The explanation given is that the snail, by wriggling, set up an electro-magnetic field which extracted the steel. We shall all have to be careful how we wriggle, otherwise we may electrocute ourselves. However, we do not have to wriggle often, and we hope that nobody will accuse us of being like a snail. Other possibilities, of course, would be snail-power electric vehicles—slow but not sure.