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In Our Own Devices , Edward Tenner lists the names zori, thongs (orig. Australian), flip-flops (orig. from New Zealand), slippers (Hawaii), slaps, flaps, beach walkers, and go-aheads. That should be enough names for one thing.

More, more... I'm still not satisfied.

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Were they the big old vacuum tube (BrE: valve) kind?

I'm afraid that one went right over my head. Care to explain? Even Google didn't help.

Charles is alluding to flip-flops of the J-K (or perhaps R-S) persuasion..r
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Were they the big old vacuum tube (BrE: valve) kind?

I'm afraid that one went right over my head. Care to explain? Even Google didn't help.

flip-flop
A digital logic circuit that can be in one of two states which it switches (or "toggles") between under control of its inputs. It can thus be considered as a one bit memory. Three types of flip-flop are common: the SR flip-flop, the JK flip-flop and the D-type flip-flop (or latch).
Early literature refers to the "Eccles-Jordan circuit" and the "Eccles-Jordan binary counter", using two vacuum tubes as the active (amplifying) elements for each bit of information storage. Later implementations using bipolar transistors could operate at up to 20 million state transitions per second as early as 1963.
http://wombat.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/foldoc.cgi?Eccles-Jordan+circuit

A picture of a D-type flip-flop can be found at
http://www.physics.udel.edu/~watson/phys345/class/18-flipflop1.html

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Were they the big old vacuum tube (BrE: valve) kind?

I'm afraid that one went right over my head. Care to explain? Even Google didn't help.

I think Charles is referring to the logical flip-flop, a device which can be switched between two states. They were used way back in the 1960s as an introduction to digital computer technology. Something like this:
http://smithsonianchips.si.edu/texas/pg00083.htm
I remember as a child being presented with a "programmed learning" manual on the subject.
Matti
(Snip)> Remember when flip-flops were called thongs.

No. When I was young, they were called "flip-flops". I think a "thong" was for keeping your woggle on.

In my day, woggles kept themselves on.

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Robin Bignall
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In Our Own Devices , Edward Tenner lists the ... and go-aheads. That should be enough names for one thing.

More, more... I'm still not satisfied.

Jesus boots, Australian safety boots...

Rob Bannister
on 07 Nov 2003:
Yes, it's Japanese. And, yes, *I* remember when they were ... No one in the know ever ate them, of course.

Gosh, I wasn't in the know, it appears. I have eaten a bunch of them in my younger days. Tasty! They go well with beer. Others were eating them too.

I suppose that if you had had enough beer, it didn't matter what they really tasted like. I was told that they were all old, so I never bothered. Besides, they never offered mayonnaise to go with the eggs, so I wasn't really interested.
Gosh, I wasn't in the know, it appears. I have ... They go well with beer. Others were eating them too.

I suppose that if you had had enough beer, it didn't matter what they really tasted like. I was told that they were all old, so I never bothered. Besides, they never offered mayonnaise to go with the eggs, so I wasn't really interested.

Salt is all I used for them, and I witnessed the bartender's replenishing of stock with a fresh supply quite often. As I said, they were fairly popular and didn't last long.
I also used to drink red ones (beer with tomato juice). That was at a different time and in a different place.

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on 07 Nov 2003:
I also used to drink red ones (beer with tomato juice). That was at a different time and in a different place.

Oy! What a terrible thing to do to tomato juice! It's my second favorite juice. Grapefruit juice is my #1. and Betelgeuse my #3.
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