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(Gizmodo)   Obvious: The NYC subway system has over 700 pumps to help keep the tunnels from flooding. Interesting: They will pump out 13MM gallons of water on a sunny day. Scary: Many of them date from the construction of the Panama Canal. In 1914   (gizmodo.com) divider line 32
    More: Scary, Panama Canal, metro, New York, drainage systems, East River, 125th Street, floods, construction  
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2012-10-29 10:46:28 PM
8 votes:

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Well, let's hope they keep working.

Did anyone warn the mole people who live in the tunnels?


I tried to, but I'm not allowed within 50 ft of miners.
2012-10-29 10:59:13 PM
7 votes:
Are those the same pumps they use to pump all the urine in?
2012-10-29 11:02:28 PM
5 votes:

Oldiron_79: queezyweezel: What's so scary about that? They built shiat to last back then. Lots of steel and well greased bearings. I'd rather have that with a new prime mover behind it compared to the crap China pumps out on a daily basis.

THIS, just because something is old doesn't mean it sucks, I mean there are bridges built by the Romans still in use. How many of our new bridges built today will look as good when 2000 years of age they reach


They're pumps. They're supposed to suck. Let's hope they suck long and hard.
2012-10-29 09:50:50 PM
5 votes:
You'd think the flooding wouldn't be a problem since Tebow brought his sucking to New York.
2012-10-29 08:51:28 PM
5 votes:

Dead for Tax Reasons: KarmicDisaster: Mega Million?
Meters squared?
millimeters?

13 megamillions? How many is that in powerballs?


To figure that out, you have to convert them both to lottos.
2012-10-29 08:20:55 PM
4 votes:

KarmicDisaster: Mega Million?
Meters squared?
millimeters?


13 megamillions? How many is that in powerballs?
2012-10-29 11:03:55 PM
3 votes:
bristle.files.wordpress.com

"You wanna know the most interesting thing about the 700 tunnel pumps?"

"Sure Jerry."

"The valves! They pump out over 13 Million gallons of water every day."

"Is that right Jerry?"

"Did you know they were made here in NYC in 1914?"

"I did not know that, Jerry."
2012-10-30 12:22:22 AM
2 votes:
Umm, hello? How is this even up for debate. We all know what MM stands for...
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2012-10-29 11:41:35 PM
2 votes:

Seminorm Null: To everyone freaking out about "MM", yes it looks odd if you are used to normal SI prefixes but the MM is an established convention for some things. Just kind of archaic (Roman numerals).

If you are looking up oil reserves in a particular field or oil production of a specific facility you will probably see units of MMbbl or MMbbl/d (millions of barrels or millions of barrels per day), it is not uncommon to see the price of natural gas listed in units of $/MMBtu (dollars per million British thermal units), etc.

On the other hand, with water flow often the units will be in MGD where just the one M means million (million gallons per day, although rarely you will see MMgal with two Ms), so...not saying it is the greatest or most consistent convention (it clearly is not) but it does exist in the real world and we haven't broken science yet so please remain calm.


Mechanical engineers' sad devotion to that ancient numerical system has not helped anyone in this thread, or given them clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fortress.
2012-10-29 10:58:40 PM
2 votes:
Maybe it's like this broom my family's had since the 1800s. Never replaced it in its entirely life; have only had to replace the handle twice and the head three times.

Man, we love that broom.
2012-10-29 10:42:15 PM
2 votes:
queezyweezel: What's so scary about that? They built shiat to last back then. Lots of steel and well greased bearings. I'd rather have that with a new prime mover behind it compared to the crap China pumps out on a daily basis.

THIS, just because something is old doesn't mean it sucks, I mean there are bridges built by the Romans still in use. How many of our new bridges built today will look as good when 2000 years of age they reach
2012-10-29 10:35:56 PM
2 votes:
Pump housings last a long long time.

As long as you don't expose them to salt water.....
2012-10-30 08:22:13 AM
1 votes:
A tunnel, a flood, a canal, Panama!
2012-10-30 12:35:15 AM
1 votes:

LawrencePerson: Some pics of the flooding.


Thank God everyone in NY uses Instagram so it looks like flooding from the 1960's.
2012-10-30 12:28:57 AM
1 votes:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. While NYC flooded, farkers argued about measurement standards.
2012-10-30 12:15:24 AM
1 votes:

davebarnes: "MM is the common abbreviation for million, a single M meaning a thousand."
Only for dipshiats who no clue about ISO standards.
K = 10**3
M = 10**6
G = 10**9
T
P
E

....

Yes, because everyone who isn't a complete loser dumbass is intimately familiar with ISO 9001 standards, as well as Six Sigma, right?

Get bent, you sanctimonious douchebag.
2012-10-29 11:53:32 PM
1 votes:

Thingster: Agree with above posts.

Head is head, flow is flow. New motors are likely more efficient, but pumps are pumps.


Well if she's having lots of flow, head is all you can hope for.
2012-10-29 11:52:41 PM
1 votes:
And where will they pump the water to???

Oh, to the front/top of the storm surge, where it'll create........


.... a new jersey shore.
2012-10-29 11:40:51 PM
1 votes:

tuna fingers: Seminorm Null: To everyone freaking out about "MM", yes it looks odd if you are used to normal SI prefixes but the MM is an established convention for some things. Just kind of archaic (Roman numerals).


That is so very wrong. MM is 2000.
In Latin, 1000 is mille. So a thousand thousands can be MM, but that is by no means Roman Numeric.


Are you sure? I know an expert on this stuff. I'll check with her when Gossip Girl is over.

i.imgur.com
2012-10-29 11:36:52 PM
1 votes:
drewblood.com
2012-10-29 11:33:31 PM
1 votes:
Can we flood Los Angeles next? We need a good scrubbing out here too. q
2012-10-29 11:31:34 PM
1 votes:

Huck And Molly Ziegler: In normal podunk daily journalism, I always though "T" was for "thousand" and "M" was for million, e.g., a "$60T grant" would buy you a modest small house (in most places) but a "$60M grant" would buy you the whole small town.


And 6 MM will buy you one of these:

borgdotcom.files.wordpress.com
2012-10-29 11:29:45 PM
1 votes:

mr lawson: LawrencePerson: Some pics of the flooding.

love the last one...lutz


Related

sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net

/looks legit
2012-10-29 11:15:38 PM
1 votes:

LawrencePerson: Some pics of the flooding.


love the last one...lutz
2012-10-29 11:01:23 PM
1 votes:

Hobodeluxe: [sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x565]


Boy, I'm glad we put so much money and effort into rebuilding that sacred site.
2012-10-29 11:00:53 PM
1 votes:
Laws of physics must have changed in the last 100 years, or at least since Ayn Rand.
2012-10-29 10:50:13 PM
1 votes:
Back in the day, they made sure things worked, and not about happy-go-lucky stuff such as constructing buildings exactly 1,776 feet.
2012-10-29 10:49:54 PM
1 votes:
Metarie Pump Station Six tells it to get the dark off of it's lawn.


/built in 1899
//biggest in the world
2012-10-29 10:45:57 PM
1 votes:
Oldiron_79: THIS, just because something is old doesn't mean it sucks, I mean there are bridges built by the Romans still in use. How many of our new bridges built today will look as good when 2000 years of age they reach

You're not fooling anyone Yoda, how many Jedi did you send to help construct that bridge?
2012-10-29 10:42:49 PM
1 votes:
Well, let's hope they keep working.

Did anyone warn the mole people who live in the tunnels?
2012-10-29 09:11:25 PM
1 votes:
Heh. Turns out Gizmodo could've used some of those ancient pumps.


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i.imgur.com
2012-10-29 06:33:18 PM
1 votes:
Ah, for a second I thought you were referring to the Panama Canal that was built in 1776.
 
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