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Tinkytinky,
That sort of thing really baffles me. Why will people argue that they know more about your life than you do? I have a friend who once had someone argue with her that her surname was European, not Asian, despite the fact he was talking to her very Asian face. Then he told her it must be her married name, and argued about it when she said, no, it was the family name of her birth family. He kept insisting that it was very peculiar that she was Asian, and had a surname from a European country, then. (FWIW, her surname is very typical of surnames of the Asian country from which her father immigrated!)
I had a boss argue with me over who my Dad was. There were 3 Herbert families in the town, and we lived within a block of each other. Boss thought I was the daughter of a different family. I have to give him this he only argued with me for less than a min.. It was a kind of YIKES I made a huge mistake situation. They had added Dad to the nonprofit's board not realizing the connection. Dad argued with me over who I worked for because he didn't realize that the Children's Art Museum was part of the Fine Arts Museum.

I actually got into an argument with a person from the cable company about what state I lived in. Let's say I live in Colorado, on Missouri Street.

Somehow, they sent a technician to install my cable to Missouri St. in Missouri. After an extremely confusing 10-minute phone conversation, the technician and I figured out what had happened. I called customer service to try to remake the appointment. That's when the cs rep proceeded to inform me, several times, that NO, I didn't live in Colorado, I lived in Missouri! It was right there on the computer screen! I must be mistaken. Is there someone else she could talk to in the house?

I ended up having to be VERY firm about what state I lived in. I also changed cable carriers.

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Not me, but a new car salesman told me this one - the pull-out handle with HB on it is the handbrake, not a handbag holder.

The woman had returned the car twice for repairs after burning out the brakes, and it was only as she was departing that one of the mechanics saw her pull the handbrake on and hang her bag on it.

Really? Next you'll be telling me that the 'E' on the dial doesn't stand for economy!

Of course not - it stands for "Eh, there's still a little left!"

E for Enough to get to the gas station.   :)

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Not me, but a new car salesman told me this one - the pull-out handle with HB on it is the handbrake, not a handbag holder.

The woman had returned the car twice for repairs after burning out the brakes, and it was only as she was departing that one of the mechanics saw her pull the handbrake on and hang her bag on it.

Really? Next you'll be telling me that the 'E' on the dial doesn't stand for economy!

Of course not - it stands for "Eh, there's still a little left!"

E for Enough to get to the gas station.   :)

E for Elevate, F for Fly...  (well, a gal can dream!)

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I remember reading a child's fantasy book about an oven with two settings - O & M and a cookbook...

Turned out that M was not medium...but magic!

I wish I could remember the rest of the story!
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Jan Brunvand reports an urban legend where someone thinks the letters on a gearshift are
P = Pass
R = Race
N = Nothing
D = Drag
L = Leap

The legend is about some guy who gets into a race on the highway, so shifts into "Race" at high speed and blows up his transmission.
What's the L really for?

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Jan Brunvand reports an urban legend where someone thinks the letters on a gearshift are
P = Pass
R = Race
N = Nothing
D = Drag
L = Leap

The legend is about some guy who gets into a race on the highway, so shifts into "Race" at high speed and blows up his transmission.
What's the L really for?

Lower, as in lower gear. It's for treacherous, especially snowy and icy roads.
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Jan Brunvand reports an urban legend where someone thinks the letters on a gearshift are
P = Pass
R = Race
N = Nothing
D = Drag
L = Leap

The legend is about some guy who gets into a race on the highway, so shifts into "Race" at high speed and blows up his transmission.
What's the L really for?

Lower, as in lower gear. It's for treacherous, especially snowy and icy roads.

Wondered about that too as the only automatic cars I've driven (mostly rentals) here in Oz had numbers for the lower speeds (1 and 2). Drive, neutral, park and reverse were the others.

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I actually got into an argument with a person from the cable company about what state I lived in. Let's say I live in Colorado, on Missouri Street.

Somehow, they sent a technician to install my cable to Missouri St. in Missouri. After an extremely confusing 10-minute phone conversation, the technician and I figured out what had happened. I called customer service to try to remake the appointment. That's when the cs rep proceeded to inform me, several times, that NO, I didn't live in Colorado, I lived in Missouri! It was right there on the computer screen! I must be mistaken. Is there someone else she could talk to in the house?

I ended up having to be VERY firm about what state I lived in. I also changed cable carriers.

Brings to mind a rather similar -- though less personally inconveniencing -- (pre-computers) situation, which I've remembered through the many years since it came my way.  My former home town in England is at a point where several counties come close together -- and, with boundary changes and amalgamations of counties over the decades: went through a period when the county of its postal address, changed a couple of times in fairly quick succession.  During this period: a post-office official in another part of England was -- in discussing a matter of an item I wanted to send home -- quite adamant that my town's "correct" postal address featured yet another county -- one quite close to it, but wherein it had in fact never been located administratively -- postal-wise, or in any other way.  My saying that I lived there, and might reasonably be expected to know what county it was in, cut no ice with him at all...

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This is more a silly thing I just noticed...

I have been sewing up a storm this year. It started with baby and baby shower gifts, then I started making dresses for DD, now I'm making a quilt at Dad's request and teaching 5yo DS how to sew as well. Suffice it to say I've spent a lot of time at the sewing machine lately. Every time I have to replace the bobbin thread I play with it a bit because I can't remember if it's supposed to be clockwise or counterclockwise, so I try until I get it right. Tonight I finally noticed the little picture/icon thingy on the machine itself right next to the bobbin housing that illustrates exactly how to put everything in. (FTR, it's CCW)
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