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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2580 on: April 23, 2014, 07:53:04 PM »
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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« Reply #2581 on: April 23, 2014, 07:58:37 PM »
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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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2582 on: April 24, 2014, 02:01:43 AM »
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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« Reply #2583 on: April 24, 2014, 03:09:07 AM »
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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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2584 on: April 24, 2014, 01:19:57 PM »
An encounter today had me wondering briefly who was the adult who should really know... the person with whom I was conversing; or myself.

This is a specifically British situation – here in the UK, it has – to some extent -- been for the past few decades, a situation of those who govern us, envisagedly trying to force on the populace, use of the metric system of weights and measurements; rather than the Imperial system of same (as used in the US), which was long used in Britain too, and which a fair number of Britons preferred and prefer.

I don’t, personally, have much of a dog in this fight – in that I am pretty disastrously innumerate, and have trouble making much sense of any kind of weights-and-measures system.  Anyway, my today’s experience -- I was in a local greengrocer’s shop, wanting to buy one and a half pounds / somewhat-less-than-a-kilo of aubergines. The shop had no set of scales or any suchlike straightforward means of weighing the stuff and being able to see what it weighed: I had to negotiate with the young woman serving there, for her to make as though to ring items up, and read out to me how much they weighed.  Communication-wise, this caused some confusion – especially when she referred (more than once) to what the context would indicate to be so many grams; as so many “kilograms”. I’ve always understood that a thousand grams make a kilogram; but – with my having little trust in myself as regards anything to do with figures – I had a slightly alarmed moment of wondering: “Is she right – and it’s me who’s been wrong and mixed-up about this point, all along?”

I tried to clarify things with the employee, as much for my own peace of mind as anything else: “Don’t you mean grams, not kilograms?”  Her response was, “Hey, you’re confusing me now.”  I didn’t pursue the matter; essentially, I’d got approximately the required quantity of the vegetable concerned. At one point in our conversation, the young lady talked in terms of pounds, rather than in terms of whatever she thought kilograms to be. I’m inclined from this, to suspect that there are indeed nowadays many Britons (apart from the numerically-terminally-challenged such as me) who are not fully comfortable with either of the two weights-and-measures systems.




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« Reply #2585 on: April 24, 2014, 02:47:04 PM »
I heard this once and it's never left my brain:

"Two and a quarter pounds of jam
Weigh about a kilogram."
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« Reply #2586 on: April 24, 2014, 03:49:24 PM »
I heard this once and it's never left my brain:

"Two and a quarter pounds of jam
Weigh about a kilogram."

Those used to be on the side of sugar packets when I was a very little Chick - that one, and

'a litre of water's
a pint and three quarters' (UK pint is 20 fl.oz, doesn't work with US pint)

and

'a metre measures three feet three;
it's longer than a yard, you see.'

Unfortunately it's only too easy to shift the units about.

A litre measures three feet three;
It's bigger than a stone, you see.

Or as my DH says: 'two and a quarter pounds of jam
make a horrible mess when you drop them.'

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« Reply #2587 on: April 24, 2014, 05:08:55 PM »
I heard this once and it's never left my brain:

"Two and a quarter pounds of jam
Weigh about a kilogram."

Those used to be on the side of sugar packets when I was a very little Chick - that one, and

'a litre of water's
a pint and three quarters' (UK pint is 20 fl.oz, doesn't work with US pint)

and

'a metre measures three feet three;
it's longer than a yard, you see.'

Unfortunately it's only too easy to shift the units about.

A litre measures three feet three;
It's bigger than a stone, you see.

Or as my DH says: 'two and a quarter pounds of jam
make a horrible mess when you drop them.'

Oh, my ... I think my head's going to explode...

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« Reply #2588 on: April 24, 2014, 05:13:04 PM »
That taking final exams and studying for them is part of the whole "going to college" thing. A friend's son has been widely complaining about how much work studying and taking the exams has been.
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« Reply #2589 on: April 25, 2014, 07:35:41 AM »
I hesitated telling this but, in view of the other posts, it probably will amuse some of you.

BG: I grew up in the southern midwest, cattle country.

I used to work in retail. One day at lunch in the store break room, several of us were discussing the year's farming harvest and grain prices.
One of the women sitting there silently began to ask questions.
This woman was an adult, married with kids, grew up in the area and was used to driving dirt roads between farms when going to visit friends/family.

She actually did not know, and was stunned to learn, (a) bread is made from the same wheat we all had been harvesting, (b) that same ground beef she purchased at the grocery did not come from some government place where it was manufactured but from the very cattle her neighbors raised and (c) the potatoes at the grocery were grown the same way as the ones she refused to eat at her in-laws house ("they were in the dirt...ew!)

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« Reply #2590 on: April 25, 2014, 08:24:45 AM »

She actually did not know, and was stunned to learn, (a) bread is made from the same wheat we all had been harvesting, (b) that same ground beef she purchased at the grocery did not come from some government place where it was manufactured but from the very cattle her neighbors raised and (c) the potatoes at the grocery were grown the same way as the ones she refused to eat at her in-laws house ("they were in the dirt...ew!)

Years ago when I still had a TV around there was a Big Brother reality TV type show where there was one person per country of the europeen union (maybe not all of them but quite a few).
I didn't watch it (I was never a fan of reality TV) but would sometimes came across snipets of it on other shows, like the top ten funny things or the latest drama - one of it was a 25y/old (or around that) who found out where eggs where coming from  ::)

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2591 on: April 25, 2014, 09:04:01 AM »
^ Chicken butts!

I am always surprised at adults who don't know where food comes from. I consider that basic knowledge.

It is one of the reasons DH and I want to have a small hobby farm with a small amount of livestock and a few acres of crops. We would love to have school children come to visit and pick their own vegetables to cook and eat there. We may even have a summer camp program.
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« Reply #2592 on: April 25, 2014, 09:06:59 AM »
This was a teen, not an adult, but still:

My brother had some friends over.  My mom made veal parmesan.  One of the girls didn't know what that was:

Mom: Veal?  You know?

Girl: *blank stare*

Mom: Veal is baby cow.  You know, like lamb is baby sheep?

Girl: People eat sheep?

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« Reply #2593 on: April 25, 2014, 09:16:52 AM »
I hesitated telling this but, in view of the other posts, it probably will amuse some of you.

BG: I grew up in the southern midwest, cattle country.

I used to work in retail. One day at lunch in the store break room, several of us were discussing the year's farming harvest and grain prices.
One of the women sitting there silently began to ask questions.
This woman was an adult, married with kids, grew up in the area and was used to driving dirt roads between farms when going to visit friends/family.

She actually did not know, and was stunned to learn, (a) bread is made from the same wheat we all had been harvesting, (b) that same ground beef she purchased at the grocery did not come from some government place where it was manufactured but from the very cattle her neighbors raised and (c) the potatoes at the grocery were grown the same way as the ones she refused to eat at her in-laws house ("they were in the dirt...ew!)

That's weird. I can understand city youngsters not knowing exactly where food is from, but an adult who lives in an agricultural region?

I wonder what she thought was the point of raising wheat or cattle. Why did she think people would pay her neighbours for doing so?
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« Reply #2594 on: April 25, 2014, 10:28:19 AM »
That reminds me of my mother explaining how naive she was about the birds and bee business, and that it took hearing her mother delivering her brother (home delivery) for it to click that nope, no cabage or stork were involved.
She was around 6 or 8 I think, but mostly she had witnessed animals being born, and even helped, from a young age, it just didn't register.


As for the "where food comes from" sometimes during conversations you find out you have no idea how peanuts grow or where semolina* comes from. If avocados grow on bushes or tree or something. Wikipedia is a blessing then  :P

*We must have not been thinking that time, but SO and I just couldn't remember how semolina grows ><. I'm pretty sure at one time I knew that it doesn't "grow", it's transformed from wheat, but for the life of me I couldn't make the connection.
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