Nixie numbers

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    Why are there two eights? Read the accompanying blog story on nixie tubes (and breaking them) at to find out.

    Jay Dugger, Irregular Shed, ign, and 18 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. mikest 97 months ago | reply

      those would make for some nice earrings :)

    2. 1lenore 97 months ago | reply

      They are very fragile, and quite possibly contaminated with mercury, so that may not be the best use for them. But I have to admit I have been thinking about the possibility.

    3. mikest 97 months ago | reply

      mercury poisoning is not something to be taken lightly, so that's probably best. might their be a way to detox them? in any event, i love the font :)

    4. RBerteig 90 months ago | reply

      I've been wishing for a sample of the real Nixie tube font. For some reason it never occurred to me to take an actual tube apart ;-)
      Seen on the Web. (?)

    5. ribuck 60 months ago | reply

      Thanks for licensing your photo to allow re-use. I used it to illustrate an answer to the question What are the problems with “Top Ten” lists?

    6. realblades 52 months ago | reply

      Maybe they could be copied somehow onto a mask and be used to etch clean ones.

    7. tasty.lamp 44 months ago | reply

      Maybe they could be coated with acrylic or something? It would make them more durable as well as protecting from mercury.

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