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

22,869 posts

210 months

Saturday 8th August
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Jonboy_t said:
Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
American streets are very long.

quigonjay

633 posts

178 months

Saturday 8th August
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Clockwork Cupcake said:
Roofless Toothless said:
Extraordinary! There really was a Harry. I didn't expect that.
Gordon Bennet was a real person too.
Gordon Bennet story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp0ZPOFdWc8

HTP99

16,971 posts

97 months

Saturday 8th August
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Jonboy_t said:
Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
Pretty sure I asked this question on here a year or so back, I can't remember the answer though.

The Mad Monk

7,535 posts

74 months

Saturday 8th August
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Jonboy_t said:
Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
Because their streets were created and then had to be named. Similar situation with many of their towns. "What shall we call it - Georgetown - George ville - Mary something?"

Our streets evolved. - High street, what shall we call the next bit that leads into the market - I know Market Street, and so it went on. London Road etc, etc.

Of course, they must have low numbers, probably 999 which are shorter than 4 digits.

BigBen

10,223 posts

187 months

Saturday 8th August
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The Mad Monk said:
Jonboy_t said:
Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
Because their streets were created and then had to be named. Similar situation with many of their towns. "What shall we call it - Georgetown - George ville - Mary something?"

Our streets evolved. - High street, what shall we call the next bit that leads into the market - I know Market Street, and so it went on. London Road etc, etc.

Of course, they must have low numbers, probably 999 which are shorter than 4 digits.
I think it is also a result of the block system that is prevalent, the numbers increment to the next 100 each block even if there are not 100 properties in the preceding block. So you would start from 1 - 100 then the next block 101 - 200 even if only say 1 - 15 were used in the first block.

The Mad Monk

7,535 posts

74 months

Saturday 8th August
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BigBen said:
I think it is also a result of the block system that is prevalent, the numbers increment to the next 100 each block even if there are not 100 properties in the preceding block. So you would start from 1 - 100 then the next block 101 - 200 even if only say 1 - 15 were used in the first block.
I didn't know that.

jet_noise

4,109 posts

139 months

Saturday 8th August
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BigBen said:
The Mad Monk said:
Jonboy_t said:
Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
Because their streets were created and then had to be named. Similar situation with many of their towns. "What shall we call it - Georgetown - George ville - Mary something?"

Our streets evolved. - High street, what shall we call the next bit that leads into the market - I know Market Street, and so it went on. London Road etc, etc.

Of course, they must have low numbers, probably 999 which are shorter than 4 digits.
I think it is also a result of the block system that is prevalent, the numbers increment to the next 100 each block even if there are not 100 properties in the preceding block. So you would start from 1 - 100 then the next block 101 - 200 even if only say 1 - 15 were used in the first block.
Some numbers are based on distance (from road start) rather than property e.g. 1500 could be 1.5miles from whichever end of the road is defined as its beginning.

98elise

17,214 posts

118 months

Saturday 8th August
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BigBen said:
The Mad Monk said:
Jonboy_t said:
Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
Because their streets were created and then had to be named. Similar situation with many of their towns. "What shall we call it - Georgetown - George ville - Mary something?"

Our streets evolved. - High street, what shall we call the next bit that leads into the market - I know Market Street, and so it went on. London Road etc, etc.

Of course, they must have low numbers, probably 999 which are shorter than 4 digits.
I think it is also a result of the block system that is prevalent, the numbers increment to the next 100 each block even if there are not 100 properties in the preceding block. So you would start from 1 - 100 then the next block 101 - 200 even if only say 1 - 15 were used in the first block.
They also don't always increment by 1. Last time we rented a villa in Florida the numbers incremented by 10.

V8mate

43,991 posts

146 months

Saturday 8th August
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These round vacuum cleaner robot things... how do they clean into the corners?

sebdangerfield

962 posts

128 months

Saturday 8th August
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V8mate said:
These round vacuum cleaner robot things... how do they clean into the corners?
Big brushes on the side.

Frank7

6,011 posts

44 months

Saturday 8th August
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SpeckledJim said:
Jonboy_t said:
Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
American streets are very long.
Canadian, but still part of North America;


Yonge Street is 1896 km (1178 miles) from the Lake Shore in Toronto to Rainy River at the Ontario/Minnesota border. Some argue that Yonge Street is only 56 km at the point where Highway 11 takes over.
It became Toronto's main street at the end of the 19th Century. Yonge Street intersects with five other major streets in the downtown area and serves to draw crowds of people downtown for business and entertainment.

Yonge Street is said to be the longest street in the world.

V8mate

43,991 posts

146 months

Saturday 8th August
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98elise said:
BigBen said:
The Mad Monk said:
Jonboy_t said:
Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
Because their streets were created and then had to be named. Similar situation with many of their towns. "What shall we call it - Georgetown - George ville - Mary something?"

Our streets evolved. - High street, what shall we call the next bit that leads into the market - I know Market Street, and so it went on. London Road etc, etc.

Of course, they must have low numbers, probably 999 which are shorter than 4 digits.
I think it is also a result of the block system that is prevalent, the numbers increment to the next 100 each block even if there are not 100 properties in the preceding block. So you would start from 1 - 100 then the next block 101 - 200 even if only say 1 - 15 were used in the first block.
They also don't always increment by 1. Last time we rented a villa in Florida the numbers incremented by 10.
Ha! I was going to ask this same question last night thumbup

Saw a house with number 9826(!) on a TV programme - and it was within what we (British) would call a 'close'.

nonsequitur

14,319 posts

73 months

Saturday 8th August
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Frank7 said:
Canadian, but still part of North America;


Yonge Street is 1896 km (1178 miles) from the Lake Shore in Toronto to Rainy River at the Ontario/Minnesota border. Some argue that Yonge Street is only 56 km at the point where Highway 11 takes over.
It became Toronto's main street at the end of the 19th Century. Yonge Street intersects with five other major streets in the downtown area and serves to draw crowds of people downtown for business and entertainment.

Yonge Street is said to be the longest street in the world.
Have walked up Yonge Street many times, but only made a dozen or so blocks. Usually to the Canadian Tyre Co. The cheapest outlet ever for car, garden and other hardware. Amazingly low prices.

Antony Moxey

5,316 posts

176 months

Saturday 8th August
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Frank7 said:
SpeckledJim said:
Jonboy_t said:
Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
American streets are very long.
Canadian, but still part of North America;


Yonge Street is 1896 km (1178 miles) from the Lake Shore in Toronto to Rainy River at the Ontario/Minnesota border. Some argue that Yonge Street is only 56 km at the point where Highway 11 takes over.
It became Toronto's main street at the end of the 19th Century. Yonge Street intersects with five other major streets in the downtown area and serves to draw crowds of people downtown for business and entertainment.

Yonge Street is said to be the longest street in the world.
Got to feel sorry for the postman there...

Ayahuasca

25,432 posts

236 months

Sunday 9th August
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Why does oil-stained paper become translucent?

Frank7

6,011 posts

44 months

Sunday 9th August
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Antony Moxey said:
Frank7 said:
SpeckledJim said:
Jonboy_t said:
Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
American streets are very long.
Canadian, but still part of North America;


Yonge Street is 1896 km (1178 miles) from the Lake Shore in Toronto to Rainy River at the Ontario/Minnesota border. Some argue that Yonge Street is only 56 km at the point where Highway 11 takes over.
It became Toronto's main street at the end of the 19th Century. Yonge Street intersects with five other major streets in the downtown area and serves to draw crowds of people downtown for business and entertainment.

Yonge Street is said to be the longest street in the world.
Got to feel sorry for the postman there...
What about the paper boy or girl, have you
ever carried a Toronto Sun Sunday edition?

djc206

7,030 posts

82 months

Sunday 9th August
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98elise said:
They also don't always increment by 1. Last time we rented a villa in Florida the numbers incremented by 10.
As above due to distance in some places. If you’re looking for number 982 for example you need to head just under a mile along the road. If the house next door is 992 then the distance from the centre of one plot to the next is roughly 0.01 miles (~53ft) away. That would probably work with the villas right?

bigpriest

448 posts

87 months

Sunday 9th August
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djc206 said:
98elise said:
They also don't always increment by 1. Last time we rented a villa in Florida the numbers incremented by 10.
As above due to distance in some places. If you’re looking for number 982 for example you need to head just under a mile along the road. If the house next door is 992 then the distance from the centre of one plot to the next is roughly 0.01 miles (~53ft) away. That would probably work with the villas right?
The numbers can get so big, you might as well have the grid reference on your door. wink

psi310398

6,629 posts

160 months

Sunday 9th August
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bigpriest said:
The numbers can get so big, you might as well have the grid reference on your door. wink
That said, I've met plenty of Americans whose arses alone would qualify for their own grid refs...smile


Brother D

2,647 posts

133 months

Monday 10th August
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Clockwork Cupcake said:
Brother D said:
There is a shared database/blacklist of known or untrusted IP ranges that providers can use as well such as - https://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx
Indeed. And if your webhost / email provider gets themselves onto one of these blacklists, then suddenly all the emails you send out get blacklisted as spam even though they are not.

Ask me how I know this. frown
Ah. Another satisfied tsohosts customer!

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