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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SCEtoAUX

1,288 posts

19 months

Monday 11th February
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98elise said:
StevieBee said:
Dr Jekyll said:
Am I the only middle aged bloke, indeed person, who has never taken illegal drugs? Or even come across them, been offered them or seen anyone taking them?
My one and only dalliance was a single joint when I was 20; which I found distinctly underwhelming.

Had a mate who got in to the whole coke thing for about a year during which he turned from a great bloke into the biggest knob imaginable. Not that I was tempted before but this reaffirmed my ambivalence towards trying anything.
Same here. One joint and never bothered since. Drugs don't figure in my life at all.

I know plenty of colleagues that regularly do drugs wilth little if any affect on them personally or at work. All are in well paid highly technical roles.
Nope. 55 years old and never remotely tempted. Beer on the other hand...

HTP99

13,611 posts

78 months

Monday 11th February
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SCEtoAUX said:
98elise said:
StevieBee said:
Dr Jekyll said:
Am I the only middle aged bloke, indeed person, who has never taken illegal drugs? Or even come across them, been offered them or seen anyone taking them?
My one and only dalliance was a single joint when I was 20; which I found distinctly underwhelming.

Had a mate who got in to the whole coke thing for about a year during which he turned from a great bloke into the biggest knob imaginable. Not that I was tempted before but this reaffirmed my ambivalence towards trying anything.
Same here. One joint and never bothered since. Drugs don't figure in my life at all.

I know plenty of colleagues that regularly do drugs wilth little if any affect on them personally or at work. All are in well paid highly technical roles.
Nope. 55 years old and never remotely tempted. Beer on the other hand...
Mid 40's, tried 1 joint about 15 years ago and didn't see the fuss!

V8mate

41,654 posts

127 months

Monday 11th February
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Probably deserves a thread of its own now, rather than 10,000 PHers confirming what sheltered lives they've led in this thread.

Flibble

4,473 posts

119 months

Monday 11th February
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HTP99 said:
Watching a couple of horses at the weekend out for a ride on the road got me thinking; horses have metal shoes, if I had metal soles on my shoes I'd easily slip and fall over due to lack of grip, why don't horses fall over and how come they have grip?
They mostly walk on soft stuff that their shoes can sink into a little.

Also I don't think metal soles are as slick as you think. Imagine a metal sole scored like a file, that would grip rather well I'd imagine.

Edited by Flibble on Monday 11th February 08:14

StevieBee

7,125 posts

193 months

Monday 11th February
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Flibble said:
HTP99 said:
Watching a couple of horses at the weekend out for a ride on the road got me thinking; horses have metal shoes, if I had metal soles on my shoes I'd easily slip and fall over due to lack of grip, why don't horses fall over and how come they have grip?
They mostly walk on soft stuff that their shoes can sink into a little.

Also I don't think metal soles are as slick as you think. Imagine a metal sole scored like a file, that would grip rather well I'd imagine.

Edited by Flibble on Monday 11th February 08:14
I'd imagine having four legs helps as well.
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glenrobbo

13,321 posts

88 months

Monday 11th February
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StevieBee said:
I'd imagine having four legs helps as well.
It certainly makes them more stable.

getmecoat

V8mate

41,654 posts

127 months

Monday 11th February
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glenrobbo said:
StevieBee said:
I'd imagine having four legs helps as well.
It certainly makes them more stable.

getmecoat
Oi, rein in the puns!

SpeckledJim

17,210 posts

191 months

Monday 11th February
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Flibble said:
HTP99 said:
Watching a couple of horses at the weekend out for a ride on the road got me thinking; horses have metal shoes, if I had metal soles on my shoes I'd easily slip and fall over due to lack of grip, why don't horses fall over and how come they have grip?
They mostly walk on soft stuff that their shoes can sink into a little.

Also I don't think metal soles are as slick as you think. Imagine a metal sole scored like a file, that would grip rather well I'd imagine.

Edited by Flibble on Monday 11th February 08:14
There's a lot of weight on them too, which helps. Neigh problem.

Trains run on metal wheels on metal rails, but the immense weight means it works.

popeyewhite

8,492 posts

58 months

Monday 11th February
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HTP99 said:
Watching a couple of horses at the weekend out for a ride on the road got me thinking; horses have metal shoes, if I had metal soles on my shoes I'd easily slip and fall over due to lack of grip, why don't horses fall over and how come they have grip?
Horses do fall over.

Brother D

2,226 posts

114 months

Monday 11th February
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Organ transplants.

If a heart comes from someone with same blood type as the recipient (and cleaned) - how does the recipients body know that it's not the same heart that was there a few hours ago? I would have thought a heart muscle cell is the same as everyone else's? Same for fat cells etc - so does that mean everyone has unique cells? And what gets attacked when the recipient's body rejects the organ - is it across the board or only particular parts/cells?


HTP99

13,611 posts

78 months

Monday 11th February
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popeyewhite said:
HTP99 said:
Watching a couple of horses at the weekend out for a ride on the road got me thinking; horses have metal shoes, if I had metal soles on my shoes I'd easily slip and fall over due to lack of grip, why don't horses fall over and how come they have grip?
Horses do fall over.
Of course they do, I've fallen over whilst wearing rubber soled shoes, however if I wore metal soled shoes I would be all over the place unless I tip toe'd about.

48k

4,522 posts

86 months

Monday 11th February
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HTP99 said:
Watching a couple of horses at the weekend out for a ride on the road got me thinking; horses have metal shoes, if I had metal soles on my shoes I'd easily slip and fall over due to lack of grip, why don't horses fall over and how come they have grip?
Horses can and do slip on occasion. But dont forget if the horse is walking then it has 2 or 3 feet on the ground at any one time so is quite stable.

They're more likely to slip on soft ground and when going a bit quicker / turning (think eventing). You can have stud holes (threaded holes) put in to the shoes by the farrier and screw in studs (generally one or two per shoe) if you need to give them a bit more grip.

popeyewhite

8,492 posts

58 months

Monday 11th February
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HTP99 said:
Of course they do, I've fallen over whilst wearing rubber soled shoes
Then it's glasses you need.

HTP99 said:
however if I wore metal soled shoes I would be all over the place unless I tip toe'd about.
Not on grass/mud etc, and not if you weighed as much as a grown horse.

The point is that horses are heavy and they're mostly ridden aggressively on a soft off road surface, so their hooves dig in a bit.

RizzoTheRat

17,540 posts

130 months

Monday 11th February
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You can get horse shoes with rubber or plastic blocks on the like track tracks. Pretty sure the police use them.

Fastchas

1,446 posts

59 months

Monday 11th February
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I've rode horses and exercised them on the road, believe me they don't feel secure on metal shoes. Trotting is the fastest you would want to go and a horseman cringes in horror when they see a horse cantering or worse, galloping (having bolted) on a road. They wouldn't be able to pull up fast and would most likely go down in a heap!
Horses that 'work' on the roads are shod with soft shoes but generally they have metal as it last longer around the stable yard etc. Also, it helps to keep them in good condition. Horses that are allowed to grow their hooves without shoes on tend to get cracks in them.

98elise

13,702 posts

99 months

Monday 11th February
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thismonkeyhere said:
98elise said:
StevieBee said:
Dr Jekyll said:
Am I the only middle aged bloke, indeed person, who has never taken illegal drugs? Or even come across them, been offered them or seen anyone taking them?
My one and only dalliance was a single joint when I was 20; which I found distinctly underwhelming.

Had a mate who got in to the whole coke thing for about a year during which he turned from a great bloke into the biggest knob imaginable. Not that I was tempted before but this reaffirmed my ambivalence towards trying anything.
Same here. One joint and never bothered since. Drugs don't figure in my life at all.

I know plenty of colleagues that regularly do drugs wilth little if any affect on them personally or at work. All are in well paid highly technical roles.
Much the same. Two joints when I was about 17, nothing since. (45 now)

TBH I don't remember much of an effect at all, so it's debatable whether I have actually smoked any weed!

So maybe nothing at all.
And to clarify my one joint, I didn't smoke so I ended up coughing and choking in it! I doubt much actually made it to my lungs.

We were also drinking scumpy at the time so any effect was soon overtaken by alcohol smile

theplayingmantis

1,686 posts

20 months

Monday 11th February
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studded shoes are a hindrance on tarmac/roads, the studs (at the end of the shoes) make slipping easier as they have nothing to dig into on road and wont have a flat contact, however they are a benefit in frozen conditions (off road) and when carrying a load on and incline (up or down).

Most farriers will add borium strip around the edge of the shoe for a horse that has to walk a lot on roads. this increases grip a fair bit.

never had direct experience of borium, but assume police horses and household cavalry must have it on their shoes given how much urban plodding they do.

glazbagun

9,263 posts

135 months

Monday 11th February
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On an equine theme, do riot police and their horses have any link to the cavalry of old, or have police horses always been civil in nature?

Wiccan of Darkness

1,342 posts

21 months

Monday 11th February
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glazbagun said:
On an equine theme, do riot police and their horses have any link to the cavalry of old, or have police horses always been civil in nature?
I've never met a rude one....

theplayingmantis

1,686 posts

20 months

Monday 11th February
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glazbagun said:
On an equine theme, do riot police and their horses have any link to the cavalry of old, or have police horses always been civil in nature?
cavalry chargers of old were way stockier than police horses. proper units, think suffolk punch type, sort of. so i guess not, but may be wrong. but not my field of equine experience.