random bits of “news”

1. Breaking the 200k-mile barrier. While much of the advice in this story is incredibly useful, the opening line gives a clue for my thoughts: buy a Honda. In 1996, I bought an ’88 Accord LXi that already had c. 130k miles to its credit. In 2004, I sold it shortly after it broke 305k miles and it was still running strong . . . on the same engine and transmission. That same year, I purchased a ’97 Accord EX coupe that had c. 170k miles. In 2008, I sold it shortly after it broke 215k miles, and I believe it’s still going.*

2. Sherman, TX impervious to logic? I’ll have to agree with anchor-Greg on this one: I nearly fell asleep out of boredom. But here’s a logical explanation to be considered. Based on experience with that sort of packaging, when the blankets were either re-shelved or organized before closing, it is possible that the air inside both the blanket and packaging was most likely pressed out so as to conserve space. Then, as the night progressed, the air slowly “refilled” and the blankets returned to their original size, which then caused them to fall off the shelf. (If you notice, around the 1.30 mark, some of the blankets are already over the edge of the shelf while others are not).

“But what about the others–especially when the owner shook the shelves?” Two points: 1) that type of plastic tends to be quite “sticky”, especially with itself. Thus, if two packages are touching each other and one gets to large or heavy for the shelf and falls, the other will go with it. And 2) not only was the direction of the shelf-shaking was up-and-down (which is not 100% consistent with earthquakes), but the packed-blankets were touching each other (i.e. already stuck together), thus keeping them in place. (Although it is interesting to note that the footage stopped just as one package began to fall off the shelf and the store-owner moved to catch it).

3. Missing the obvious problem. The stated problem: a snake slithers across the gauges of a motorcycle, which could have caused the rider to crash while doing 164mph. Praise given to the rider: he not only stops to remove the snake in a humane fashion, but also assuages the fears of others by saying he would never have harmed or killed the snake. But the obvious problem: the genius (yeah, I don’t mean that) was doing 164mph, on a public road! Sure, he would never harm a snake; but other people? 164 mph on a public road says, “Screw other people!”

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* Daniel Smyth will be the authority on this.

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