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barber pole

A thunderstorm updraft with a cloud striations that are curved in a manner fancifully likened to the stripes of a barber pole. The structure typically is most pronounced on the leading edge of the updraft, while drier air from the rear flank downdraft often erodes the clouds on the trailing edge of the updraft.
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Today, there is only one manufacturer of barber poles in North America: the William Marvy Company of St.
Nonetheless, Pedro Williams features all the RACo-designed elements that define the Arrow brand, including the central bar; the use of raw, exposed finishes (plywood, concrete, and galvanized conduit); the stylists' stations arranged down a long, continuous bar; red metal tool chests for the stylists' tools; and the red, white, and blue color scheme inspired by vintage barber poles.
Each element of Wada's almost trompe l'oeil array of coolers, striped barber poles, swivel stools, vintage salon hair dryers, water fountains, gas pumps, and turnstiles-usually seriatim- is drawn to scale and placed at the height associated with the real thing.
Now, Lieber's group and two other teams--one led by Peidong Yang at the University of California, Berkeley and the other led by Lars Samuelson of Lund University in Sweden--have unveiled striped nanowires resembling submicroscopic barber poles.
In pioneer times, sycamore's toughness made it a favorite for wheels to pull ox carts and for barber poles and wooden washing machines.
Flanked by barber poles, a barber offered free "quality trims" to Nexpogoers and the Gammerler Barbershop Quartet serenaded on the hour.
The shop displays a collection of vintage barber chairs, barber poles and a small museum of barbering tools, tonics, photos and memorabilia from this bygone era.
As we did, the gear indicator switched from barber poles to down and locked.
On long trips, we often played a game that involved spotting certain objects along the way - farm animals, say, or motorcycles, barber poles, lightning rods, tombstones, whatever.
Later, more "sophisticated" uses for the lumber included barber poles, wooden washing machines, lard pails, interior panels for Pullman cars, Saratoga trunk slats and piano cases.