Out of the Blue

Argh -- I hate running so behind! Sorry about the late start. :(

So I'm glancing through the owners manual of our car. Does it scare you as much as me that under their advice on how to get the best possible gas mileage they suggest not driving with your foot resting on the brake pedal? Who are instructions like that for anyway?

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Re: Brakes
May 28, 2003, 18:33
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Re: Brakes May 28, 2003, 18:33
May 28, 2003, 18:33
 
Maureen?
What?

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Re: Brakes
May 28, 2003, 18:26
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Re: Brakes May 28, 2003, 18:26
May 28, 2003, 18:26
 
"WHAT GEAR ARE YOU IN?"
"GEAR?!?!?!"

"Shit, like I ever drove before."

Yikes Von Helmut is Maureen who would have guessed.

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Re: Stranded British explorer rescued from t
May 28, 2003, 18:24
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Re: Stranded British explorer rescued from t May 28, 2003, 18:24
May 28, 2003, 18:24
 
Yes, he did - though he planned to be rescued about a week ago in fact.

No relation to scott of the antarctic then?

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Re: Brakes
May 28, 2003, 18:11
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Re: Brakes May 28, 2003, 18:11
May 28, 2003, 18:11
 
"WHAT GEAR ARE YOU IN?"
"GEAR?!?!?!"

"Shit, like I ever drove before."

Anyway.

I only learned lately that you're not meant to drive with your foot on the clutch the whole time. I'm in the UK, so most of us drive stick shift cars. Apparently you're not meant to rest your foot on the clutch pedal, and should keep it on the floor when not using the clutch. Apparently they can fail you on your test for doing it, which is why I'm intrigued that my driving instructor (actually one of the best in the country - he's been on TV loads for it, weird!) never told me not to do it.

My car cuts out at about 30mph in first gear, or 60 in 2nd gear. Either of those is about equal to 6000 rpms, which the car doesn't seem to like!

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Why No Mention of the Shadow bane Hack?
May 28, 2003, 17:50
25.
Why No Mention of the Shadow bane Hack? May 28, 2003, 17:50
May 28, 2003, 17:50
 
I was just wondering. It is very entertaining news hear about all the crazy things that happened that night. Is Ubi-soft laying down the hammer and telling people not to advertise the fact?

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Re: Brake?
May 28, 2003, 17:46
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Re: Brake? May 28, 2003, 17:46
May 28, 2003, 17:46
 
Unfortunately I tried this and totaled out my truck, sigh... about 4 days ago I rear ended this old dude in a van. The darn air bag hurt/scared me more than the wreck though, gave me a nice little bruise and knocked my glasses right off my head. Not to mention that noxious smoke that poured out from it, gah...

Like my mom always told me "if you go faster than the car ahead of you, you're going to hit it..." shoulda listend to her i guess?

"I'm too much of a narcisist to really hate stupid people."
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smoking brakes...
May 28, 2003, 17:19
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smoking brakes... May 28, 2003, 17:19
May 28, 2003, 17:19
 
happened to a friend and I once on the Needles Highway in the South Dakota Black Hills...

Never been on the Needles Highway? think of a highway with several tunnels that are single lane (both directions of traffic using the same lane) mixed with one hell of a rollercoaster. we had a lot of fun the car didn't.

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Re: Brakes
May 28, 2003, 17:01
nin
 
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Re: Brakes May 28, 2003, 17:01
May 28, 2003, 17:01
 nin
 
He didn't know how to drive stick after all.

And who paid for THAT one?


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Re: well...
May 28, 2003, 16:50
Enahs
 
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Re: well... May 28, 2003, 16:50
May 28, 2003, 16:50
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Re: Brakes
May 28, 2003, 16:32
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Re: Brakes May 28, 2003, 16:32
May 28, 2003, 16:32
 
Actually, my dad used to do that when he went from driving a manual transmission to driving an automatic when he bought a new truck. Old habit of having his foot on the clutch I guess.

The first new car I ever purchased was a 90 Honda Accord. I was friends with the Sales Manager and he related a story about a guy that brought his automatic in for service work and was given a brand new manual civic as a loaner. The dealership asked him twice if he knew how to drive manual and he assured them he did.

He drove right out of the dealership and onto a highway. Ten minutes later he called the dealership bitching that the car had died.

Turns out he drove it on the highway at speeds around 65-70 mph - in first gear.

He didn't know how to drive stick after all.


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Re: well...
May 28, 2003, 16:31
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Re: well... May 28, 2003, 16:31
May 28, 2003, 16:31
 
wouldn't upside down just help it flow in faster, like a funnel? Not that I'm debating the fact that tilting the right way will make the sperm just fall out. That's proven scientific fact.

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Re: well...
May 28, 2003, 16:28
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Re: well... May 28, 2003, 16:28
May 28, 2003, 16:28
 
i heard if you have sex upside down the sperm rolls back out so that you can't get pregnant

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well...
May 28, 2003, 15:48
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well... May 28, 2003, 15:48
May 28, 2003, 15:48
 
Its for the same people that need to be told that birth control pills don't reduce/stop the risk of STDs...

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Brakes
May 28, 2003, 15:18
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Brakes May 28, 2003, 15:18
May 28, 2003, 15:18
 
Actually, my dad used to do that when he went from driving a manual transmission to driving an automatic when he bought a new truck. Old habit of having his foot on the clutch I guess.

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Stranded British explorer rescued from t
May 28, 2003, 15:13
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Stranded British explorer rescued from t May 28, 2003, 15:13
May 28, 2003, 15:13
 
I wonder if this guy planned all along to be rescued once he reached the North Pole.

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Braking
May 28, 2003, 14:40
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Braking May 28, 2003, 14:40
May 28, 2003, 14:40
 
Those instructions are for approximately 50% of the american drivers on the highway who feel the need to consistently and continuously hit the brakes (or even slam them) when someone 500 yards ahead slows down a little.

Tip to the american driver : If you let go of the gas pedal, you will slow down as well...

Creston


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Jury: eBay guilty of patent infringement
May 28, 2003, 14:36
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Jury: eBay guilty of patent infringement May 28, 2003, 14:36
May 28, 2003, 14:36
 
Wow...online patents have really gotten out of hand.

"Buy it Now!" is patented? That's the dumbest thing I've
heard today(course, it's early).

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Re: foot on the brake??
May 28, 2003, 14:25
nin
 
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Re: foot on the brake?? May 28, 2003, 14:25
May 28, 2003, 14:25
 nin
 
I have a coworker who got an RV awhile back. Him and his girlfriend are driving along, and he let's his girlfriend take over the wheel so he can go back and use the bathroom. Well, in the process of her getting into the seat, she somehow set the emergency brake...so he's back in the bathroom and starts to notice this smell (NOT associated with the bathroom, more of a burning smell). Once he got back to the cabin, he discovered what she'd done. Crusin' down the highway at 60, brake on...

She's not allowed to drive the RV anymore...


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Re: Yao!
May 28, 2003, 14:16
indiv
 
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Re: Yao! May 28, 2003, 14:16
May 28, 2003, 14:16
 indiv
 
Yao's lawsuit is how lawsuits should be. He wants the products that allegedly use his image improperly recalled, so he's suing to have them recalled. None of this 2 billion dollars in emotional damage crap.

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Re: Foot on brake dolts
May 28, 2003, 14:06
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Re: Foot on brake dolts May 28, 2003, 14:06
May 28, 2003, 14:06
 
Remember: on dry cleaner bags it says "this is not a toy" ....DUH!

Sounds obvious doesn't it? But by law you have to state these things otherwise the product fails testing (yes, in my experiance a product will fail a required test result if the packaging is incorrect or not to a required standard).

It's to stop law suits ie:

"My son choked when he wore the plastic bag on his head!"
"I'm sorry madam, here's some cash for compensation and for a good school"
"Don't blame him - How was he to know?"
"Fine, we'll state the bloody obvious in future, guess common sense is too much to ask!"

Better safe than sorry I guess.

This comment was edited on May 28, 14:08.
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