Things you always wanted to know the answer to [Vol. 4]

Things you always wanted to know the answer to [Vol. 4]

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SpeckledJim

23,202 posts

211 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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Frimley111R said:
Do airlines wash their planes?
Yes they do. Or at least, they pay a specialist to.

captain_cynic

6,096 posts

53 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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Frimley111R said:
Do airlines wash their planes?
Yep, mainly to make inspections easier according to this Southwest video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSanofkPMFQ

Jonboy_t

4,573 posts

141 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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On some brick walls, why is there a “n occasional vertical break in the brickwork of about 10mm that looks to be filled with some kind of mastic or caulk?

227bhp

10,203 posts

86 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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Jonboy_t said:
On some brick walls, why is there a “n occasional vertical break in the brickwork of about 10mm that looks to be filled with some kind of mastic or caulk?
Expansion joint.

227bhp

10,203 posts

86 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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What is the English equivalent of 'Butt hurt' ?

RATATTAK

6,383 posts

147 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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227bhp said:
Jonboy_t said:
On some brick walls, why is there a “n occasional vertical break in the brickwork of about 10mm that looks to be filled with some kind of mastic or caulk?
Expansion joint.
More to accommodate drying shrinkage than expansion so let's just call it a movement joint ... they're usually at 12m centres ... filled with polysulphide sealant

Edited by RATATTAK on Tuesday 15th May 19:14

V41LEY

2,542 posts

196 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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The Championship play-off final game is said the be the most valuable in world football. Why ?

glazbagun

10,977 posts

155 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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What was the first boat/watercraft to plane?

Clockwork Cupcake

64,373 posts

230 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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glazbagun said:
What was the first boat/watercraft to plane?
A surf board, I would imagine. Or, more likely, a canoe with a bunch of terrified Polynesians in it. And then one of them realised that surfing could be fun rather than frightening. smile

Or did you mean the first powered and deliberately planing hull?

CookieR32

844 posts

169 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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V41LEY said:
The Championship play-off final game is said the be the most valuable in world football. Why ?
I'd imagine because of Premier League parachute payments.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/footb...

SpeckledJim

23,202 posts

211 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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CookieR32 said:
V41LEY said:
The Championship play-off final game is said the be the most valuable in world football. Why ?
I'd imagine because of Premier League parachute payments.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/footb...
And just the prize of a place in the Premier League.

Lazadude

1,684 posts

119 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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Why do energy suppliers push smart meters with the "itll save you energy/money" line? All they are is a standard meter with some added connectivity.

So you can see whats being used at the time if you really care, but in my house, the heating will still come on at the times its set for, and the TV/home cinema will still be turned on as and when I want to use it. There's no benefit apart for laziness and letting some IT unregulated/unknown company have a back door into your home network...

jet_noise

4,137 posts

140 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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Lazadude said:
Why do energy suppliers push smart meters with the "itll save you energy/money" line? All they are is a standard meter with some added connectivity.

So you can see whats being used at the time if you really care, but in my house, the heating will still come on at the times its set for, and the TV/home cinema will still be turned on as and when I want to use it. There's no benefit apart for laziness and letting some IT unregulated/unknown company have a back door into your home network...
Because they are required by government so to do I believe.
It is of course as you say utter, utter bks as is most government energy meddling.
They do not deliver the claimed savings for more than a short period except for a small number of dedicated savers. Most people modify their energy usage initially but soon go back to their original usage as it is more convenient/easier.

V41LEY

2,542 posts

196 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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SpeckledJim said:
And just the prize of a place in the Premier League.
What about the two who gain automatic promotion. Why are they worse off financially ?

SpeckledJim

23,202 posts

211 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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V41LEY said:
SpeckledJim said:
And just the prize of a place in the Premier League.
What about the two who gain automatic promotion. Why are they worse off financially ?
They aren't worse-off (apart from missing the ticket and TV revenue from the playoffs itself (but that is a marginal gain in this context), and overall it makes no difference.

The play-off final is the single richest game in the world, because the winner gets the Premier League riches (hundreds of millions) and the loser gets 'nothing'.

The teams that are automatically promoted get the same prize, but they won that over the course of a whole season, whereas for the teams in the playoff final, the season is now irrelevant and it all hangs on one single match.


Shakermaker

11,313 posts

58 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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How to students/pupils in foreign schools submit essays with what we would consider a "word limit" where, in many foreign languages, they have compound words which are what are a "word" but might be 20-40 letters long and convey an entire sentence in written English?

Or is the "word limit" something of a British educational construct that the rest of the world ignores?

V41LEY

2,542 posts

196 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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Pub chat about the expression “She was half his age” doing my head in.
Scenario - I’m 40 she’s 20 = half my age.
Ten years later I’m 50 she’s 30 = not half my age
confused

SpeckledJim

23,202 posts

211 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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V41LEY said:
Pub chat about the expression “She was half his age” doing my head in.
Scenario - I’m 40 she’s 20 = half my age.
Ten years later I’m 50 she’s 30 = not half my age
confused
Well, someone can only stay half your age if they get old half as quickly as you do. Which isn't possible.

What am I missing?

Clockwork Cupcake

64,373 posts

230 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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SpeckledJim said:
Well, someone can only stay half your age if they get old half as quickly as you do. Which isn't possible.

What am I missing?
And if she's enjoying things half as much as you are, then you're enjoying it twice as much as she is. smile

Timmy40

12,885 posts

156 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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V41LEY said:
Pub chat about the expression “She was half his age” doing my head in.
Scenario - I’m 40 she’s 20 = half my age.
Ten years later I’m 50 she’s 30 = not half my age
confused
Who cares, either way you're still doing very well.
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