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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, 02:59:41 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 #1636 on: December 31, 2013, 03:05:21 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 #1637 on: December 31, 2013, 03:06:11 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....
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« Reply #1638 on: December 31, 2013, 03:32:59 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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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1639 on: December 31, 2013, 05:12:39 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 #1640 on: December 31, 2013, 05:33:10 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 #1641 on: December 31, 2013, 08:06:59 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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« Reply #1642 on: December 31, 2013, 08:09:52 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 #1643 on: December 31, 2013, 09:32:51 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 #1644 on: December 31, 2013, 09:57:55 PM »
Hee hee, RingTailedLemur

The weird thing is, my friend is one of the most intelligent people I know, but she is remarkably ignorant/na´ve about some fundamental things.   The breastfeeding = contraception idea was just one of them.

She was a bit odd while she was pregnant with Son #2, but this might've just been baby brain - she was absolutely convinced that she was having a girl.  She hadn't had an ultrasound or anything - she was just sure.  Every time she referred to the baby, she said "she".  She had only girls' names picked out.  She started asking around for used baby girl clothes.  When Son #2 was born, she was flabbergasted.
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« Reply #1645 on: December 31, 2013, 10:30:49 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.

There was an old joke about a home economics teacher who taught her students to check whether or not the cake was clean this way with a knife blade.

It seems that the knife came out so clean that they stuck ALL the dirty knives in the cake....
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« Reply #1646 on: January 02, 2014, 04:02:53 PM »
I didn't know where to put this, but:
Dear Person I am doing a favour for who's supposed to be picking something up from my house,

My house is number 10 Fake Street. There is a massive '10' attached to the wall right next to the front door. It is directly between number 8 (also with huge digit '8' on front door) and Fakey Fake's Famous Restaurant which has a sign saying '12 Fake Street' on it. Please please explain why "Number 10 Fake Street, directly next door to Fakey Fake's Famous Restaurant" is so unbelievably cryptic that two visits and three days have resulted in you being "unable to find it."

I am starting to get worried that my house has fallen into a wormhole.

*The person isn't lying or anything to cover for not showing up, btw - she genuinely walked up and down my street and couldn't find it. I'm at a total loss how to explain any more clearly.

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« Reply #1647 on: January 02, 2014, 07:18:35 PM »
I didn't know where to put this, but:
Dear Person I am doing a favour for who's supposed to be picking something up from my house,

My house is number 10 Fake Street. There is a massive '10' attached to the wall right next to the front door. It is directly between number 8 (also with huge digit '8' on front door) and Fakey Fake's Famous Restaurant which has a sign saying '12 Fake Street' on it. Please please explain why "Number 10 Fake Street, directly next door to Fakey Fake's Famous Restaurant" is so unbelievably cryptic that two visits and three days have resulted in you being "unable to find it."

I am starting to get worried that my house has fallen into a wormhole.

*The person isn't lying or anything to cover for not showing up, btw - she genuinely walked up and down my street and couldn't find it. I'm at a total loss how to explain any more clearly.

I had a delivery once to our clear address - it works well with GPS. I said that there is a small white motorhome in the driveway, there are only three houses in our block, just north of  The Church, south of Known Facility parking lot. No obscuring shrubbery.

I watched the delivery van circle our median 3 times, then got complained to about how they couldn't find our place. Luckily, I just kind of chuckled.

Actually, I tried to GoogleEarth you. They couldn't find you either!  :)

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« Reply #1648 on: January 03, 2014, 09:27:54 AM »
If you wanted to take your 8 year old daughter to the movies, which movie out of these would you choose?

A) Saving Mr. Banks
B) The new Hobbit movie
C) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
D) The Wolf of Wall Street

Got your answers? Okay. The correct answer was...D. Yes, a dad took his 8 year old daughter to see The Wolf of Wall Street, then came out 30 minutes later, very upset that it wasn't a family movie. Uh, sir, that movie is rated R, and is longer than the Hobbit movie. What on earth possessed you to think that it was at all appropriate??

To clarify: I do not have a problem with parents taking their kids to see more adult movies. However, I highly doubt any 8 year old girl would want to see a movie that has way more scrabbling than The Godfather movies, copious drug use, and is about a criminal who scammed a whole bunch of people out of their life savings.
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« Reply #1649 on: January 03, 2014, 09:42:07 AM »
Got your answers? Okay. The correct answer was...D. Yes, a dad took his 8 year old daughter to see The Wolf of Wall Street, then came out 30 minutes later, very upset that it wasn't a family movie. Uh, sir, that movie is rated R, and is longer than the Hobbit movie. What on earth possessed you to think that it was at all appropriate??

To clarify: I do not have a problem with parents taking their kids to see more adult movies. However, I highly doubt any 8 year old girl would want to see a movie that has way more scrabbling than The Godfather movies, copious drug use, and is about a criminal who scammed a whole bunch of people out of their life savings.

Maybe he thought it was like Little Red Riding Hood. But...about Wall Street. Or the Three Little Pigs. Wolfs feature in kid stories....though Wall Street...less so.

I probably would've wanted to see it at 8...my mother would've put a stop to that. Only because she would be concered I'd figure out how to scam people out of their life savings by watching the movie. When I saw Catch Me If You Can (I was 16 at the time) I said something along the lines of "Wow, I bet I could do that..." mom then reminded me the FBI had in fact caught him and I would not do well in federal prison.