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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2475 on: February 26, 2014, 03:10:51 PM »
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« Reply #2476 on: February 26, 2014, 06:41:51 PM »
Where we live, the street numbers are even on one side and odd on the other - but oftentimes, the evens and odds don't "line up". So say for example my house number is 3 - the house number across from me is 16. I've no idea why this happens, but it sure confuses people trying to find us.

It usually happens because one side of the street has more 'front' than the other, often because there are streets breaking up one side so the blocks don't match up perfectly. There may also be large blocks facing side streets that further interrupt flow of numbers. It can be so bad sometimes that one side of the street may only have four or five numbers while the other has a dozen or more.

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« Reply #2477 on: February 26, 2014, 08:31:30 PM »
I live in a street which is one of those exceptions - they go up one side and down the other. It does confuse people, as odd numbers on one side and even on the other is more common here.

I've lived in two streets with numbers like this and can tell you why. The council won't come around and assign the house numbers. We have a number on our gate but it is the Lot number of our block. These go up one side of the street and down the other.

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« Reply #2478 on: February 26, 2014, 09:23:23 PM »
My street has odd one side, even the next.  Except where it turns the corner, and the sides change.  I've got the first 'even number' on the 'odd side of the street'*.  It confuses everybody!   :D

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« Reply #2479 on: February 26, 2014, 09:31:50 PM »
My street has odd one side, even the next.  Except where it turns the corner, and the sides change.  I've got the first 'even number' on the 'odd side of the street'*.  It confuses everybody!   :D

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We're odd on one side, even on the other, but the numbers skip. So 2 is not next to 4, it's next to 6, which is next to 10. I've never understood why they number it like that. The area wasn't originally zoned for smaller lots or anything, this is how it was designed.

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« Reply #2480 on: February 27, 2014, 12:43:40 PM »
My street has odd one side, even the next.  Except where it turns the corner, and the sides change.  I've got the first 'even number' on the 'odd side of the street'*.  It confuses everybody!   :D

* (Which if you knew me in person, might seem apt!)

We're odd on one side, even on the other, but the numbers skip. So 2 is not next to 4, it's next to 6, which is next to 10. I've never understood why they number it like that. The area wasn't originally zoned for smaller lots or anything, this is how it was designed.
I thought it's because of the grid system.  The house that's in the middle of the block should have the middle number.  The house that's near the next cross street should have a number near the cross street's number.  The house numbers need to make sense if you're going the opposite direction too, after all.  So if there are only three houses between 10th street and 20th street it makes more sense for them to be 11, 15, and 19 or 13, 15, and 17, than for them to be 11, 13, and 15.

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« Reply #2481 on: February 28, 2014, 10:41:50 AM »
Our neighborhood has a street that drives everyone who doesn't live here nuts.  It's a semi-circle and Flatbush Avenue cuts straight through the middle.  Because it abuts an extension of a park, there are houses on only one side of the street.  Long ago, someone had the brilliant idea to give all the houses to the west of Flatbush odd numbers and all the houses to the east of Flatbush even numbers. 

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« Reply #2482 on: February 28, 2014, 06:42:50 PM »
There might be a similar set up in other cities, like maybe from the X monument instead of a river, or from north and east to south/west...

Chicago numbers from a certain intersection in downtown (Madison and State), headed 'out' in all four directions. Though, headed east they only go a couple of blocks before they reach the water =).

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« Reply #2483 on: February 28, 2014, 07:09:25 PM »
There might be a similar set up in other cities, like maybe from the X monument instead of a river, or from north and east to south/west...

Chicago numbers from a certain intersection in downtown (Madison and State), headed 'out' in all four directions. Though, headed east they only go a couple of blocks before they reach the water =).

In New York City, Manhattan numbers run either outwards from Fifth Avenue (for streets that run east-west) or starting at the south end for those that run north-south. The tricky bit is that the east-west street numbers are continued across the East River into the Bronx, so there are Manhattan streets where the apparent lowest number isn't 1 or 10 but 500, with 1-499 being across the river and a ways north. 
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« Reply #2484 on: February 28, 2014, 08:16:51 PM »
I recently had to tell a young lady (mid 20's) that, no - we were not driving from Texas, USA to Ireland.

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« Reply #2485 on: February 28, 2014, 10:48:16 PM »
I recently had to tell a young lady (mid 20's) that, no - we were not driving from Texas, USA to Ireland.
But -- but you can put it into Google maps!  That will tell you just how to get there. 

Aw, shoot, it won't do it any more.  Used to be that if you gave it directions that crossed large bodies of water, it would tell you to do things like kayak across the Atlantic Ocean.  Now it wants you to buy a plane ticket.  Phooey. :(
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« Reply #2486 on: March 01, 2014, 12:12:31 PM »
Maybe somebody (not unlike that young lady) tried to kayak across the Pacific, and the Coast Guard was less than pleased?  After this thread, it wouldn't surprise me.
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« Reply #2487 on: March 01, 2014, 04:08:35 PM »
Our neighborhood has a street that drives everyone who doesn't live here nuts.  It's a semi-circle and Flatbush Avenue cuts straight through the middle.  Because it abuts an extension of a park, there are houses on only one side of the street.  Long ago, someone had the brilliant idea to give all the houses to the west of Flatbush odd numbers and all the houses to the east of Flatbush even numbers.

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That was something that every now and then I've had to teach to someone. Though, I don't consider it a "silly things to have to tell someone," actually.

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« Reply #2488 on: March 28, 2014, 08:21:19 PM »
This wasn't so much a case of "That should be obvious" but more of "I thought it was common knowledge!"

Today we learned that two of our coworkers did not know what masking tape was.
They knew packing tape, duct tape and painters tape, but not masking tape.

It really surprised me!
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2489 on: March 28, 2014, 09:00:32 PM »
One of my coworkers thought tendonitis and carpal tunnel were the same thing. I showed him my anatomy texts.
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