Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How can you lose a 320-foot-long slide rule ?


HUDSON – The mystery of Alvirne High School's world-record, 320-foot-long slide rule from three decades ago has been solved, mostly. 


One question remains: Where is it now?


After the enormous, wooden contraption was laid out in front of the school on a crisp March morning 31 years ago, proving to be so long that students had to change the calculation so they wouldn't block the driveway; and after The Telegraph had published a picture of it, so the Guinness Book of World Records would acknowledge Alvirne's work in the 1980 edition; and after the school's senior class had celebrated their accomplishment by taking their own pictures for the school yearbook – after all that, what happened to the slide rule?

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