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(Slate)   Most new cars now have a little arrow on one side of the gas pump icon on the fuel gauge. It actually means something--but what?   (slate.com) divider line 24
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15439 clicks; posted to Geek » on 10 May 2012 at 3:11 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-05-10 12:02:46 PM
3 votes:
That shows you which side to pump from, and it's been around for at least a decade.
2012-05-10 12:12:16 PM
2 votes:
This article was written in 2012?
2012-05-10 12:12:07 PM
2 votes:
If you're too stupid to know what it is for, you should be riding the goddamned bus instead of driving a car.
2012-05-10 12:05:25 PM
2 votes:
This whole article is ridiculous.

"What does the cryptic internet slang "BRB" stand for? The acronym popped up on twitter a few months ago. A few multi-paragraph guesses:"
2012-05-10 12:03:20 PM
2 votes:
What do you mean "New"? I had an '02 Civic (RIP) that had that. Also, how did it take you more than five seconds to figure out what it's for?

Also, it's REALLY handy in rental cars.
2012-05-10 12:01:35 PM
2 votes:
Which side the gas tank access hatch is on. So when you pull into the station to fill your car up, you know how to position it.
2012-05-11 05:03:49 AM
1 votes:

rga184: vonmatrices: micah1701: [imgs.xkcd.com image 462x316]

"Saying 'what kind of an idiot doesn't know about the Yellowstone supervolcano' is so much more boring than telling someone about the Yellowstone supervolcano for the first time."

This isn't the Yellowstone Supervolcano. Its an arrow. Pointing to where to refuel your car. There can be no joy in realizing that someone can't put this much together. This XKCD is not applicable.

why are you being such a snob about this? some people don't have cars with this feature, so this article may be news to them. Some people don't rent cars frequently, so they have no need for it. Some people just don't spend that much time looking at the fuel gauge beyond checking to see if they have enough gas. Does this make you better than they are? Get over yourself.


Because people who drive a 40 mph hunk of metal down the road without knowing the simple basics of the damn thing worry me. But if you are behind the wheel of your vehicle (whether rented or personnel) and don't even know what the dashboard icons mean - you're well past the point of me having sympathy for you. Stop on the side of the road for a minute and read the owners manual.

I can imagine the same people with the 4 way flashers on while driving down the road, or driving at night without knowing the highbeams are on.

Perhaps I was a bit strong, but this is a case where people need to know what they are doing behind the damn wheel.

//Also, I do like XKCD
//I just don't think there is a good XKCD for this situation
2012-05-10 09:11:02 PM
1 votes:
weknowmemes.com
2012-05-10 06:45:44 PM
1 votes:

LucklessWonder: fickenchucker: This is the type of question I want on my intelligence test everyone should take in order to vote and breed.

1. How many Senators does your state have in the U.S. Senate?

Rather unfair to those of who live in Commonwealths or the District of Colombia...


Commonwealths are still states. The only difference is people in Commonwealths live in a state where people like to pretend that they're better than other people for bullshiat reasons.

/born in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
//living in the Commonwealth of Virginia
///Both are dysfunctional
2012-05-10 06:10:04 PM
1 votes:
This is the type of question I want on my intelligence test everyone should take in order to vote and breed.

1. How many Senators does your state have in the U.S. Senate?
2. What does that little arrow mean on your car's fuel gauge?
3. What is dihydrogen monoxide?
2012-05-10 06:09:05 PM
1 votes:

umad: You guys probably don't know this, but the 'E' on the fuel gauge stands for "empty." I just found that interesting and thought I would share.


Based on the number of times I have driven with the gauge pointed at E, I will assert it stands for "enough"
2012-05-10 05:38:52 PM
1 votes:

Skyfrog: I've never seen one with the arrow before but my first guess was that it showed which side the filler was on. Seems kind of obvious.

Speaking of which, why has that never been standardized? I think most cars do have it on the driver's side now. Remember back in the 80s when a lot of cars would hide it behind the licence plate?


And you turned your high beams on with your foot.
2012-05-10 03:55:06 PM
1 votes:
The lines at gas station pumps would flow much more smoothly if every car company put their fuel doors on the same side.
That is all.
2012-05-10 03:34:34 PM
1 votes:
well, I don't get out much... but this was new to me. I my years of farking, I think this was the first time I learned something useful here.
2012-05-10 03:30:15 PM
1 votes:
I've been driving my car for almost 2 years now, and I still pull up to the wrong side at the pump once or twice a month. This has more to do with me being a total idiot than anything else though.
2012-05-10 03:22:38 PM
1 votes:
if you drive more than 2 rental cars a year, you know and look for this
2012-05-10 12:40:53 PM
1 votes:
I was getting ready to fill up a rental on Monday to return it to DFW. As I pulled into a gas station I realized I had no idea which side of the pump to go to.

I was really happy with myself when I remembered I could look at the fuel guage for that little arrow. It saved my ass BIG TIME.
2012-05-10 12:37:31 PM
1 votes:
The arrow is a "guardian angel proximity indicator warning". It lets you know where your guardian angel is at in relation to your car.
2012-05-10 12:31:07 PM
1 votes:
WOW. Between this and the article on Biden's "gaffe": Slate really is catering to morons now, huh?

If you couldn't figure that out yourself, you should not be allowed to drive. Or operate heavy machinery. Or any machinery, for that matter.
2012-05-10 12:21:14 PM
1 votes:

Vodka Zombie: If you're too stupid to know what it is for, you should be riding the goddamned bus instead of driving a car.


But not without a helmet.
2012-05-10 12:13:13 PM
1 votes:
Umm...really?

Anyway, some of my cars don't have that. As the gas tank is on different sides of the cars, I am always pulling up to the wrong side.

That little arrow is very useful.
2012-05-10 12:09:41 PM
1 votes:

NFA: FTFA-"a) The arrow indicates the direction that the dots move from empty to full. Most gauges and dials-think your radio volume, for example-work in the opposite fashion: full/more is to the right, empty/less to the left. While F and E would seem sufficiently explanatory, car manufacturers further clarify the matter with an arrow, lest drivers get confused."


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Seriously, I think this might be the dumbest article ever published on Slate. Fo' real.
NFA [TotalFark]
2012-05-10 12:08:57 PM
1 votes:
FTFA-"a) The arrow indicates the direction that the dots move from empty to full. Most gauges and dials-think your radio volume, for example-work in the opposite fashion: full/more is to the right, empty/less to the left. While F and E would seem sufficiently explanatory, car manufacturers further clarify the matter with an arrow, lest drivers get confused."


t0.gstatic.com
2012-05-10 12:04:29 PM
1 votes:
Which way to turn at the next light, duh.
 
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