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New Zealand advert of 1885: Mr. Nobel's Dynamite
« on: September 23, 2020, 07:10:08 AM »
An interesting advert, reminding us of the origins of Alfred Nobel - of the Nobel Prize - as a weapons dealer.

It was surprising to learn that New Zealand had a Middle Island. Is the Mandela effect in operation again? Or maybe some catastrophe that I never heard about.
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Re: New Zealand advert of 1885: Mr. Nobel's Dynamite
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2020, 10:06:42 AM »
New Zealand had a middle island until people started deploying Mr Nobel's products there  ;D

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Re: New Zealand advert of 1885: Mr. Nobel's Dynamite
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2020, 11:44:57 AM »
Middle Island is an old name for what is now known as South Island. The change of name was thought to help whales, confused by New Zealand's beaches. :P

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Re: New Zealand advert of 1885: Mr. Nobel's Dynamite
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2020, 12:18:58 PM »
New Zealand had a middle island until people started deploying Mr Nobel's products there  ;D

Been there, done that, FosseWay?  >:(
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Re: New Zealand advert of 1885: Mr. Nobel's Dynamite
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2020, 12:19:47 PM »
Middle Island is an old name for what is now known as South Island. The change of name was thought to help whales, confused by New Zealand's beaches. :P

So what did Middle Island come BETWEEN?
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Re: New Zealand advert of 1885: Mr. Nobel's Dynamite
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2020, 12:23:23 PM »
South Pole island? Use your time machine and ask your 19th century ancestors.

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Re: New Zealand advert of 1885: Mr. Nobel's Dynamite
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2020, 12:25:56 PM »
Been there, done that, FosseWay?  >:(

Not me - I've neither been to NZ nor deployed dynamite. Over the last five years, however, four of my neighbours have detonated considerable amounts of it in order to build/extend their houses.

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Re: New Zealand advert of 1885: Mr. Nobel's Dynamite
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2020, 12:34:08 PM »
You have both failed the test.  >:D

When that advert was published in 1885, the South Island was referred to as "Middle Island".  Tiny little Stewart Island had a brief moment of glory as the "South Island" at the time.
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Re: New Zealand advert of 1885: Mr. Nobel's Dynamite
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2020, 12:23:46 AM »
Here is their factory in UK I used to cycle past it daily on the way to school, luckily they had moved away by this time.
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