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Katana_Geldar

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I really don't like how Americans pronounce the word "buoy". Or the way they pronounce "altimeter".

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I really don't like how Americans pronounce the word "buoy".

It makes me laugh...

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Different Americans pronounce things different ways... (Warning: Time Sink) http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/maps.html

And how do you pronounce "altimeter"?
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Katana_Geldar

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Alti-meter. Similar to centimetre or millimetre. Emphasis on the first syllable.

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I checked. There is no gas tank arrow on my 2009.
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Alt-TIM-'m'ter.

ETA that therm-MOM'm'ter has the same cadence.
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I learned all-TIM-et-er.



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I checked. There is no gas tank arrow on my 2009.

My 2003 Peugeot (UK) doesn't have one either.  What it does have is a picture of a petrol pump.  The pipe and nozzle demonstrates which side the cap is on, similar to the arrow. 

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I checked. There is no gas tank arrow on my 2009.

My 2003 Peugeot (UK) doesn't have one either.  What it does have is a picture of a petrol pump.  The pipe and nozzle demonstrates which side the cap is on, similar to the arrow.

I miss my Peugeots.  Renaults, too, although I now have a Nissan Cube (named Puppy) that is based on a Renault design. 

Those were the days...

Puppy has an arrow, btw.
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I had no idea about the wine varieties being based on the skins being used or not.  I guess I just assumed it was based on the color of the grape.

Just a curiosity, how do they remove the skins on grapes?  Do they do this before they are squished or squish and strain?

Squish and strain, at least at the wineries I've been too. For some it's squish, strain, start fermentation then add skins back.

Same idea with making apple jelly.  Its clear/gold unless you include the skins then you can have darker jelly and a little different taste.

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I checked. There is no gas tank arrow on my 2009.

My 2003 Peugeot (UK) doesn't have one either.  What it does have is a picture of a petrol pump.  The pipe and nozzle demonstrates which side the cap is on, similar to the arrow.

Nope, it's just a coincidence with most cars: http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/icon.asp

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I checked. There is no gas tank arrow on my 2009.

My 2003 Peugeot (UK) doesn't have one either.  What it does have is a picture of a petrol pump.  The pipe and nozzle demonstrates which side the cap is on, similar to the arrow.

Nope, it's just a coincidence with most cars: http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/icon.asp

You mean the gas pump icon is a coincidence right?

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I like the way my Mercury Mountaineer is marked.  Next to the fuel gauge, there's the words "FUEL DOOR" and an arrow.  It took me a bit to figure it out but now it's as plain as can be!

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Same for it's Ford version. Makes it so easy!

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I checked. There is no gas tank arrow on my 2009.

My 2003 Peugeot (UK) doesn't have one either.  What it does have is a picture of a petrol pump.  The pipe and nozzle demonstrates which side the cap is on, similar to the arrow.

Nope, it's just a coincidence with most cars: http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/icon.asp

You mean the gas pump icon is a coincidence right?

Yes, it makes no difference what icon they use - the location of the nozzle on the icon does not always indicate which side the fuel door is on (the icon used by my 2004 Corolla has the nozzle on the right side but the fuel door is on the left.) As the snopes article explains, it's the same thing as all those predictors of a baby's sex. Since there are only 2 choices, you're going to be right at least 50% of the time.