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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Thanks for the memories
May 28, 2003, 11:30
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Thanks for the memories May 28, 2003, 11:30
May 28, 2003, 11:30
 
That Big Rock ad competition brought back fond memories of when I used to live in Calgary.

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Give a foot a rest
May 28, 2003, 11:33
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Give a foot a rest May 28, 2003, 11:33
May 28, 2003, 11:33
 
I have seen people drive with there foot on the brake pedal like they want to slow down but are passing people on the road.

I think those type of people want to buy new brake shoes sooner or they are rolling in dough for car repairs.

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Yao!
May 28, 2003, 11:34
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Yao! May 28, 2003, 11:34
May 28, 2003, 11:34
 
nice, very nice

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Foot on brake dolts
May 28, 2003, 11:53
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Foot on brake dolts May 28, 2003, 11:53
May 28, 2003, 11:53
 
It was written for the part of out american population that whines when stuff is not spelled out for them. Remember: on dry cleaner bags it says "this is not a toy" ....DUH!

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GPS
May 28, 2003, 12:05
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GPS May 28, 2003, 12:05
May 28, 2003, 12:05
 
1m accuracy, thats pretty good! I wonder if GPS devices will have dual band systems so they can lock onto either signal or maybe aggregate them in bad weather or foggy hillsides. GPS saved my butt a few times in brecon

Its not the cough that carries you off but the coffin they carry you off in.
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Re: Yao!
May 28, 2003, 12:58
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Re: Yao! May 28, 2003, 12:58
May 28, 2003, 12:58
 
Hahahaa, I love this guys sense of humor! $0.12 NOW, Coke!! LOL!!

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Virus Class
May 28, 2003, 13:07
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Virus Class May 28, 2003, 13:07
May 28, 2003, 13:07
 
This has to be the dumbest idea I've heard of since Snapple.

-LordSteev

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foot on the brake??
May 28, 2003, 13:35
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foot on the brake?? May 28, 2003, 13:35
May 28, 2003, 13:35
 
I remember my friend's girlfriend called us one day and said the front of her car was smoking...we went to check it out and found out she had driven about 20 miles with the emergency brake on...and yes there was smoke coming from the front...the front wheels were so hot you couldn't touch them...She is now a Teacher! I can hear it now...

OK class today we are going to learn about friction...;p

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Brake?
May 28, 2003, 14:02
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Brake? May 28, 2003, 14:02
May 28, 2003, 14:02
 
What the heck are brakes for? You're supposed to use the cars in front of you (or a nice set of shrubbery, in the case of ariving at your destination) to slow down or stop!! Anything else is a waste of gas, didn't they teach you that whole objects in motion tend to get you there faster thing in physics?

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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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Re: Yao!
May 28, 2003, 14:16
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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 the brake??
May 28, 2003, 14:25
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Re: foot on the brake?? May 28, 2003, 14:25
May 28, 2003, 14:25
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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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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).

-Hyatus
"da da da"

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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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