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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1635 on: December 31, 2013, 02:05:12 PM »
We've had the engineers called to assess whether or not the bridge/overpass is still safe but not to figure out how to get the truck out.
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« Reply #1636 on: December 31, 2013, 02:08:38 PM »
We had a truck get stuck under an overpass somewhat nearby.  They brought out the fire department and police and eventually had highway engineers out there trying to figure out how to get the truck out without causing more damage.  The road was closed for HOURS and drew quite a crowd.

It was a 14 year old boy who solved the problem when he suggested they let some air out of the tires on the trailer.

That's a really old story/puzzle that I've heard multiple times over many years. One of the characters in in the movie, Working Girl (1988) tells that story almost verbatim.

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« Reply #1637 on: December 31, 2013, 02:29:13 PM »
Outdoor Girl wrote:

"We've had the engineers called to assess whether or not the bridge/overpass is still safe but not to figure out how to get the truck out."

That's where I was thinking with this.  The only time I've ever seen an assessment that didn't wait until the mess was cleaned up was when a crash and fire compromised a pillar and they were concerned that extracting the wreck would cause a collapse.

Of course, the whole thing has me scratching my head because unless the truck driver backed up into the bridge, letting air out of the trailer tires wouldn't lower the end of the trailer that was stuck to begin with.

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« Reply #1638 on: December 31, 2013, 03:40:25 PM »
Outdoor Girl wrote:

"We've had the engineers called to assess whether or not the bridge/overpass is still safe but not to figure out how to get the truck out."

That's where I was thinking with this.  The only time I've ever seen an assessment that didn't wait until the mess was cleaned up was when a crash and fire compromised a pillar and they were concerned that extracting the wreck would cause a collapse.

Of course, the whole thing has me scratching my head because unless the truck driver backed up into the bridge, letting air out of the trailer tires wouldn't lower the end of the trailer that was stuck to begin with.

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For the local truck eating bridges often times it's the rear end/trailer that gets caught.  The drivers know how tall their cab is but forget that without a load their trailer is a little higher than normal.  And sometimes the new trailer is taller than what they had ran with before.

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« Reply #1639 on: December 31, 2013, 03:53:15 PM »
I just had a conversation with someone who had no idea that if you insert a toothpick (or knife, I usually use a knife) into the center of the cake and it comes out clean then the cake is done. She had no idea. She's baked cakes before. Even the boxed cakes, right on the box it says to insert a toothpick in the center and when it comes out clean it's done. I asked how she's been doing and she just said she put in for the longest time the box said and figured it'd be done when she pulled it out.  :o

She even said "Like totally clean? Like...how does that work? Really totally clean?", yes, clean! Oh dear.

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« Reply #1640 on: December 31, 2013, 03:59:41 PM »
squeakers wrote:

"For the local truck eating bridges often times it's the rear end/trailer that gets caught.  The drivers know how tall their cab is but forget that without a load their trailer is a little higher than normal.  And sometimes the new trailer is taller than what they had ran with before."

I get that the trailer hits the bridge, but if that happens, it's the front end of the trailer that hits the bridge, so letting air out of the trailer tires (which are on the back end of the trailer) would lower the back end of the trailer, where it's the front end of the trailer that's stuck.  Unless you deflate the drive wheels of the tractor, the part that's stuck won't settle.  In fact, in the first picture of the first link, deflating the trailer tires would make the problem worse as the trailer levered up on the kingpin, driving the leading edge upward even harder into the bridgework.

I did notice that there was one picture where the "deflate the tires" trick would work very nicely.  There was a picture of a wheel-loader on a flatbed that was just barely wedged, and since the wheel-loader's tires have about a twelve inch sidewall, deflating the tires on the wheel-loader would have freed it very easily.  The flatbed looks broken across the lead trailer axle so I'm guessing that the trucker couldn't have done that and then driven off, but at least he could have lowered the wheel-loader and then dragged the trailer out in the open to be re-lynched or replaced.

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« Reply #1641 on: December 31, 2013, 04:05:21 PM »

*snip*
I did notice that there was one picture where the "deflate the tires" trick would work very nicely.  There was a picture of a wheel-loader on a flatbed that was just barely wedged, and since the wheel-loader's tires have about a twelve inch sidewall, deflating the tires on the wheel-loader would have freed it very easily.  The flatbed looks broken across the lead trailer axle so I'm guessing that the trucker couldn't have done that and then driven off, but at least he could have lowered the wheel-loader and then dragged the trailer out in the open to be re-lynched or replaced.

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That poor trailer has already gone through so much and you want to do what to it?! :o ;D

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« Reply #1642 on: December 31, 2013, 04:06:11 PM »
I've got that Michael Jackson song stuck in my head now...thanks

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« Reply #1643 on: December 31, 2013, 04:32:59 PM »
I just had a conversation with someone who had no idea that if you insert a toothpick (or knife, I usually use a knife) into the center of the cake and it comes out clean then the cake is done. She had no idea. She's baked cakes before. Even the boxed cakes, right on the box it says to insert a toothpick in the center and when it comes out clean it's done. I asked how she's been doing and she just said she put in for the longest time the box said and figured it'd be done when she pulled it out.  :o

She even said "Like totally clean? Like...how does that work? Really totally clean?", yes, clean! Oh dear.
I usually use a skewer, and have skewers just for that purpose. Ovens vary so much that you need to do that. Do they know that you need to stick a meat thermometer in a roast to check the internal temperature?

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« Reply #1644 on: December 31, 2013, 06:12:39 PM »
I just had a conversation with someone who had no idea that if you insert a toothpick (or knife, I usually use a knife) into the center of the cake and it comes out clean then the cake is done. She had no idea. She's baked cakes before. Even the boxed cakes, right on the box it says to insert a toothpick in the center and when it comes out clean it's done. I asked how she's been doing and she just said she put in for the longest time the box said and figured it'd be done when she pulled it out.  :o

She even said "Like totally clean? Like...how does that work? Really totally clean?", yes, clean! Oh dear.
I usually use a skewer, and have skewers just for that purpose. Ovens vary so much that you need to do that. Do they know that you need to stick a meat thermometer in a roast to check the internal temperature?

I never do. But I like my meat rare.
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« Reply #1645 on: December 31, 2013, 06:33:10 PM »
We had a truck get stuck under an overpass somewhat nearby.  They brought out the fire department and police and eventually had highway engineers out there trying to figure out how to get the truck out without causing more damage.  The road was closed for HOURS and drew quite a crowd.

It was a 14 year old boy who solved the problem when he suggested they let some air out of the tires on the trailer.

Hey it worked for Fireman Sam!

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« Reply #1646 on: December 31, 2013, 09:06:59 PM »
We had a truck get stuck under an overpass somewhat nearby.  They brought out the fire department and police and eventually had highway engineers out there trying to figure out how to get the truck out without causing more damage.  The road was closed for HOURS and drew quite a crowd.

It was a 14 year old boy who solved the problem when he suggested they let some air out of the tires on the trailer.

That's a really old story/puzzle that I've heard multiple times over many years. One of the characters in in the movie, Working Girl (1988) tells that story almost verbatim.

And it used to be told about the local mental institution.  One of the patients was the problem-solver.

I have always thought there might be a grain of truth to that one as there is a low-clearance underpass just outside that institution.
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1647 on: December 31, 2013, 09:09:52 PM »
I just had a conversation with someone who had no idea that if you insert a toothpick (or knife, I usually use a knife) into the center of the cake and it comes out clean then the cake is done. She had no idea. She's baked cakes before. Even the boxed cakes, right on the box it says to insert a toothpick in the center and when it comes out clean it's done. I asked how she's been doing and she just said she put in for the longest time the box said and figured it'd be done when she pulled it out.  :o

She even said "Like totally clean? Like...how does that work? Really totally clean?", yes, clean! Oh dear.

Ooooh boy.... that's just... wow.

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« Reply #1648 on: December 31, 2013, 10:32:51 PM »
I've got that Michael Jackson song stuck in my head now...thanks

I gift you with "Not The Worst Thing I Could Do" from Grease to replace the Michael Jackson...your choice of singers in the role.  The movie version is best known....

ummm nope, I'll stick with Michael Jackson thank you :D

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« Reply #1649 on: December 31, 2013, 10:57:55 PM »
Hee hee, RingTailedLemur

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