Copper (Was: 10 forgotten wonders of 1980s homes

Fred Cisin cisin at
Thu Dec 31 12:17:01 CST 2015

On Thu, 31 Dec 2015, Geoffrey Oltmans wrote:
> The death of copper has been preached since I started into this 
> business.

Almost half a century ago, there were attempts to use aluminium instead of 
copper for house wiring.  It did not go well.

"After having dug to a depth of 1,000 meters last year, French scientists 
found traces of copper dating back 1,000 years and came to the 
conclusion that their ancestors had a telephone network all those 
centuries ago."
"Not to be outdone by the French, English scientists dug to a depth of 
2,000 meters and shortly after headlines in the U.K. newspapers read: 
"English archeologists have found traces of 2,000-year-old fiber-optic 
cable and have concluded that their ancestors had an advanced high-tech 
digital communications network a thousand years earlier than the French."
"One week later, Scottish newspapers reported the following: "After 
digging as deep as 5,000 meters, scientists had found absolutely nothing. 
They, therefore, concluded that 5,000 years ago Scots were already using 
wireless technology."

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