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Mar 28, 2016, 04:27 PM
 
I recall there was a concerted effort to get us paying before we pumped at one point, I forget the reason. Its mostly gone away now. Where I live at least.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Apr 2, 2016, 11:12 AM
 
I'm of two minds on the "latch" thing for fuel stations. I see WAY too many people getting back into their cars while the pump is running, or making cell calls while standing next to the filler as the pump runs. And now and then I see idiots filling fuel cans IN their vehicles - I have actually seen what happens when you do that and Bad Things Happen.

On the other hand, I keep an eye on my fueling status while I clean my car's windows, and so do plenty of people, so I actively use that "latch" just about every time I fill up.

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Apr 2, 2016, 12:55 PM
 
If you've ever seen something "blow up" in a movie, that's not from using high explosives, it's from gasoline*.

I've gotten back inside the car while pumping when it's really cold out... or just walked in to get a Nacho Slim Jim when it's not.


*I have a feeling you know this, Glenn. It's more for those playing at home.
     
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Apr 2, 2016, 03:41 PM
 
The Mythbusters had a hell of a time getting the gas in a car to ignite.
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Apr 2, 2016, 03:43 PM
 
The trick to getting gas to ignite is to have the gas-air mixture correct. Outside? No big deal. It will dissipate before being dangerous. Inside a closed compartment like a car? Problem.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Apr 2, 2016, 03:52 PM
 
I never considered gasoline something where there's really a trick to it. Pour some on something, throw a match on it.
     
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Apr 2, 2016, 03:52 PM
 
people like to avoid me on April fool's day. Half of the office called in sick, or used a PH, on the off-chance I'd show up there and prank them. Seriously? What did I do to deserve such a rep?
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Apr 2, 2016, 04:08 PM
 
Off-chance ? LOL

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Apr 2, 2016, 04:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cap'n Tightpants
What did I do to deserve such a rep?
Interested people would like to know. Especially if you still have pictures.
     
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Apr 2, 2016, 04:53 PM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
Off-chance ? LOL
I'm almost never there on Fridays.

Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Interested people would like to know. Especially if you still have pictures.
I disavow all my pranks, I certainly don't take pictures.
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Apr 2, 2016, 05:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
If you've ever seen something "blow up" in a movie, that's not from using high explosives, it's from gasoline*.
But don't they use a charge to disperse the gasoline first? You cann't just toss a match on a bucket of gasoline and get a huge fireball.
     
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Apr 2, 2016, 05:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cap'n Tightpants View Post
I'm almost never there on Fridays.
They know this is to lure them into a false sense of security.

You set it up this way so they get nailed every seven years.

If you went in more on Fridays, you'd know their nickname for you is "The Cicada".
     
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Apr 2, 2016, 05:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV View Post
But don't they use a charge to disperse the gasoline first? You cann't just toss a match on a bucket of gasoline and get a huge fireball.
They do, but the fire comes from the gasoline.
     
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Apr 4, 2016, 08:08 PM
 
I forget if they were mentioned already, but I saw a self-service key grinder.
     
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Apr 5, 2016, 10:58 AM
 
Today I learned why airline baggage containers are shaped the way they are.



I mean, it's obvious, but I never put it together.
     
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Apr 5, 2016, 11:40 AM
 
that's pretty cool.
     
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Apr 5, 2016, 12:56 PM
 
That cross section would be a fun piece in my living room, if I had the room.
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Apr 5, 2016, 01:49 PM
 
Imagine the home theater options!
     
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Apr 6, 2016, 04:42 PM
 
Today I learned there are switch covers used by Orthodox Jews so they don't accidentally shut off the lights on the sabbath.
     
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Apr 6, 2016, 11:05 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Today I learned there are switch covers used by Orthodox Jews so they don't accidentally shut off the lights on the sabbath.
They get excited when a goy is around on sabbath, they have someone around they can ask to do stuff for them (seriously).
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Apr 6, 2016, 11:13 PM
 
I was assuming a light cover was to keep the monsters under the bed. It sounds more like they're not allowed to do anything that day? Better invest in autoflush toilets and motion-activated lights. Proximity-activated faucets and hand dryers would be good too.
     
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Apr 6, 2016, 11:20 PM
 
Yeah, they can't do anything that could remotely be considered "work". I once heard 2 rabbis talk about whether opening the fridge on the sabbath was kosher or not... for 6 hours. That's why Jews make amazing lawyers, there's nothing they like more than arguing about minutiae.
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Apr 6, 2016, 11:26 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
I was assuming a light cover was to keep the monsters under the bed. It sounds more like they're not allowed to do anything that day? Better invest in autoflush toilets and motion-activated lights. Proximity-activated faucets and hand dryers would be good too.
There's still a segment that see workarounds like that as cheating.
     
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Apr 7, 2016, 10:36 AM
 
Originally Posted by Cap'n Tightpants View Post
Yeah, they can't do anything that could remotely be considered "work". I once heard 2 rabbis talk about whether opening the fridge on the sabbath was kosher or not... for 6 hours. That's why Jews make amazing lawyers, there's nothing they like more than arguing about minutiae.
Should they decide to open it, there are special refrigerators with a "sabbath mode". Opening the door won't turn on the light.

Friend has a wine fridge like this.
     
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Apr 7, 2016, 01:23 PM
 
Yeah, that was part of the problem; the one rabbi contended that since opening it turned on a light, it was the same as turning on a light switch (or lighting a candle). We didn't have fancy refrigerators like that around when I was a kid. So, after that 6 hour debate, they decided it was best to remove the bulb on Fridays before dusk.
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Apr 7, 2016, 01:40 PM
 
The lawyer comment made me think of this Phun Religious Phactâ„¢:

The Pope's doctors are traditionally Jewish, to save a Catholic the awkwardness of... well, think about it.

Or don't.
     
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Apr 7, 2016, 03:44 PM
 
Circumcising the pope?
     
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Apr 7, 2016, 04:03 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cap'n Tightpants View Post
So, after that 6 hour debate, they decided it was best to remove the bulb on Fridays before dusk.
Or, simpler to tape the fridge light button down.
I also wonder why more jewish households don't use the Clapper. No sparks made.
     
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Apr 7, 2016, 04:59 PM
 
Well, you can just unscrew it enough the circuit is broken.
     
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Apr 8, 2016, 09:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
They do, but the fire comes from the gasoline.
Yep. A "real" explosion is a big, black/gray "POOF" with LOTS of thunderclap type boom. Here's a real hand grenade explosion:


Movies use fire and the slow, expansion of the fireball for dramatic purposes. There IS a bright flash, but it's over very quickly.

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Apr 9, 2016, 07:55 AM
 
What nonsense. The only way to do no work is stop breathing. There are probably arguments that even that doesn't cut it.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Apr 9, 2016, 12:22 PM
 
Well, we can make fun of it, or we can be impressed with the social cohesion engendered by a system which demands you put work aside for one day a week.
     
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Apr 13, 2016, 10:06 PM
 
A good idea for a stupid reason quickly becomes a stupid idea.

Doing no work so you relax, recharge, spend quality time with family etc is a good idea. Not being allowed to feed yourself properly or turn the ****ing lights on is just dumb.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Apr 15, 2016, 09:35 AM
 
There are no stupid ideas, just stupid people.

Oh, there are stupid ideas. Never mind.
     
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Jun 18, 2016, 09:47 PM
 
Today I learned you tar and feather someone with pine tar, not hot tar.

Whoopsie!
     
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Jun 18, 2016, 10:31 PM
 
Who'd you get? Tax collectors are traditional, but hard to find today.
     
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Jun 19, 2016, 12:40 AM
 
Someone brought in outside food.
     
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Jun 20, 2016, 10:39 AM
 
that is usually a cause for praise, unless it was bad food?
     
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Jun 27, 2016, 02:46 AM
 
There was gluten in it.


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Jun 27, 2016, 08:39 AM
 
Tank manuals ?

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Jun 27, 2016, 01:38 PM
 
Today I Learned Chicago dispatch refers to multiple people having sex under the train tracks as a "train bang".
     
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Jun 27, 2016, 01:40 PM
 
This is common enough that they have developed slang for it?
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Jun 27, 2016, 01:46 PM
 
Like you haven't done that.
     
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Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
Tank manuals ?

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Panzerhandbuchvontittens.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Like you haven't done that.
Multiple? No.
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Jun 27, 2016, 03:09 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Today I Learned Chicago dispatch refers to multiple people having sex under the train tracks as a "train bang".
I'm confused.

What do they call it if they bang ON the train ?

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Jun 27, 2016, 03:41 PM
 
Twenty Foot High Club
     
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A rail splitter.
     
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Jun 27, 2016, 05:03 PM
 
Ticket punching.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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TIL that you can put a team of very highly paid professionals together and all they do is produce shite.
     
 
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