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Margo

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I live in the UK I passed my driving test about 16 years ago. Yesterday I learnt that what makes a dual carriageway is not the road being 2 lanes in each direction but some sort of central reservation. It doesn't have to be much just a small fence or a bit of grass, anything more than a mere painted white line separating each direction and you have a duel carriageway even if its only a single lane either side!! two lanes in each direction and just paint separating them is only a single carriageway.
Since finding this out I have blown many drivers minds including people who have much more and much less experience than me.
I did know this, but because my grandmother used to live near the 'first dual carriageway in England', and it is exactly that - 2 single track roads with a grassy bank in the middle.

And more recently because there is a stretch of the North Devon Relief Road which has 2 lanes in each direction but no central reservation, and there is a big sign up reminding everyone of  the speed limits. As I know that dual carriageway = 70mph, the reminder that the limit is 60mph reinforces the 'not a dual carriageway' . Although I've notices that going 60 along there I get overtaken a lot. Maybe most people either don't read the sign, or don't know about the speed camera which comes next?

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In Ontario, we call it a 'divided highway'.  If there is a grassy median between the lanes, the speed limit is usually 100 km/hour.  If there isn't a median but there is a guardrail, it's usually 90 km/hr.  If there is no median or guardrail, it's usually 80 km/hr.  But of course, there are lots of exceptions so you really have to watch the signs.
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Do you see those space saving bags where you put things like sweaters or pillows and suck the air out?
I knew they could be used with a vacuum cleaner, but for the strangest reason always thought it would need a special one that could go in reverse  :o (not just a special apparatus that fits the bag, a special vacuum)
The "you need to suck the air out" and "vacuums suck the air out" did not click until very recently  :-[ .
At least, when I admitted that to my SO he said he had thought the same thing, that you had to use a special one and that a normal vacuum wouldn't work.

Maybe I had it mixed with the thing you use to blow up air mattres and things like that.

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I've always been confused about those vacuum storage bags. Wouldn't they damage the thing they're compressing that much? Maybe not for a short use, like a day of traveling, but often they're advertising for storing out of season clothes for months at a time. Times like this are when I'm torn between "seems obvious to me" and "surely someone thought of this before they marketed it."
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My vacuum bags (Space Bags brand) were great for a few uses! Kept things stored beautifully, collapsed easily with vacuuming or squeezing. But they ALWAYS got a rip or a pinhole-size leak within a few uses, probably less than a year of storage with one or two re-vacuumings. Sometimes it could be fixed with duct tape, sometimes not.

It's just thin plastic, so it doesn't surprise me, but it is disappointing.

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I've always been confused about those vacuum storage bags. Wouldn't they damage the thing they're compressing that much? Maybe not for a short use, like a day of traveling, but often they're advertising for storing out of season clothes for months at a time. Times like this are when I'm torn between "seems obvious to me" and "surely someone thought of this before they marketed it."

I use my for off season storage of quilts and sweaters. I'm not sure how compression fabric for long lengths of time is bad.  They come out wrinkled, but fluff up pretty quickly.

I also use them for traveling as well. 2 medium size bags fit perfectly in my carry-on

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For smaller "packages" (e.g. a couple of sweaters or something) you can do basically the same thing by using oversized jumbo 2-1/2 gallon Hefty bags.  Just fold your stuff neatly, stick it in there and then sit on it to sqeeze out extra air.  Zip shut and you're done! 

You can use them over and over and so far I've never had one 'leak'.  I do this often when traveling and don't want to carry a big suitcase.  It does make a difference how much stuff you can put in even a tiny "overnight" bag or a standard 20" or 21" suitcase.

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Do you see those space saving bags where you put things like sweaters or pillows and suck the air out?
I knew they could be used with a vacuum cleaner, but for the strangest reason always thought it would need a special one that could go in reverse  :o (not just a special apparatus that fits the bag, a special vacuum)
The "you need to suck the air out" and "vacuums suck the air out" did not click until very recently  :-[ .
At least, when I admitted that to my SO he said he had thought the same thing, that you had to use a special one and that a normal vacuum wouldn't work.

Maybe I had it mixed with the thing you use to blow up air mattres and things like that.

If it makes you feel better I've just had a lightbulb moment that we don't have to use the vacuum for ours we could use the nice handheld pump for the air mattress (which deflates as well as inflates).

Katana_Geldar

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I've found to Rhode Island is not actually an island. What is up with that?

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I've found to Rhode Island is not actually an island. What is up with that?

Rhode Island is an island. (Or actually was, it's not called that anymore. What used to be called Rhode Island now goes by its Native American name.) it's just not the entire state. The official name of the state is "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." Providence Plantations being every else...

Katana_Geldar

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I had an idea in my head that it was a little island. DH knew, he tells me Manhattan Island isn't an island either.

StarFaerie

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I've always been confused about those vacuum storage bags. Wouldn't they damage the thing they're compressing that much? Maybe not for a short use, like a day of traveling, but often they're advertising for storing out of season clothes for months at a time. Times like this are when I'm torn between "seems obvious to me" and "surely someone thought of this before they marketed it."

I use my for off season storage of quilts and sweaters. I'm not sure how compression fabric for long lengths of time is bad.  They come out wrinkled, but fluff up pretty quickly.

I also use them for traveling as well. 2 medium size bags fit perfectly in my carry-on

I use them to store my son's old plush toys. We packed them away a while ago as he couldn't bear the idea of losing his old friends but also felt they didn't belong in a teenaged boys bedroom. I had used them for quilts and pillows but had never considered them for plush. He pointed it out to me when I claimed we had no room to store them. That should have been obvious.

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I had an idea in my head that it was a little island. DH knew, he tells me Manhattan Island isn't an island either.

Manhattan is most definitely an island.  The only part of NYC that isn't on an island is the Bronx. 

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Watching a video the other day, I learned that foxes wag their tails when they are happy.

It's not that I thought they didn't, I just never thought about it before.

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Watching a video the other day, I learned that foxes wag their tails when they are happy.

It's not that I thought they didn't, I just never thought about it before.

Would that be Dawn the fox?
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