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2013-05-23 05:34:15 PM
No wonder they needed out help in the war

/yes I mentioned the war
 
2013-05-23 05:35:48 PM
Nobody, not even the British, can be that stupid.
 
2013-05-23 05:37:25 PM

Smeggy Smurf: No wonder they needed out help in the war

/yes I mentioned the war


DON'T MENTION THE WAR!
 
2013-05-23 05:38:00 PM
The article doesn't even mention how to use the 3 seashells to those poor saps.
 
2013-05-23 05:39:45 PM
Having just returned from a two week vacation in the UK I am really getting a kick out of this thread.
 
2013-05-23 05:40:54 PM
Reading this article makes me ask "WTF UK?"

They're puzzled by air conditioning, screen doors and garbage disposals? Really?

Then they have to give instructions on how to use them:
The main thing to remember is to run cold water when disposing of food, and keep it on for 30 to 60 seconds after you've finished. Without wishing to state the obvious, never put your hand down there until it's switched off and the (very sharp) blades have come to a complete stop.

Really? Really? You don't have these in the UK? What century are you in again?

The question "Do you want the A/C turned down?" actually means, "Do you want this room to be even colder than it is?" since turning A/C down refers to the temp rather than the ferocity.

Not true. It just depends on the person. If someone said to me "Turn the A/C down" I would think they mean that's it's too cold. And someone asking me to turn it up would mean to blast it. As in "I'm cold! Turn the A/C down!" or "It's hot, turn the A/C up".

The ceiling fan thing is dead on though. I always pull the wrong chain when visiting peoples houses that have them.
 
2013-05-23 05:44:52 PM

Walker: The ceiling fan thing is dead on though. I always pull the wrong chain when visiting peoples houses that have them.


Just visually track the chain. If it goes into the light fixture, it controls the light. If it goes up into the fan housing, it controls the fan. It's not rocket math.
 
2013-05-23 05:52:09 PM
Listen, don't mention the war. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.
 
2013-05-23 05:52:50 PM

Walker: Not true. It just depends on the person. If someone said to me "Turn the A/C down" I would think they mean that's it's too cold. And someone asking me to turn it up would mean to blast it. As in "I'm cold! Turn the A/C down!" or "It's hot, turn the A/C up".


I've been in a many heated argument over this logic as well...
/You're turning the temperature  up,so you're turning the A/C  up...
 
2013-05-23 05:55:03 PM

Mirrorz: Walker: The ceiling fan thing is dead on though. I always pull the wrong chain when visiting peoples houses that have them.

Just visually track the chain. If it goes into the light fixture, it controls the light. If it goes up into the fan housing, it controls the fan. It's not rocket math.


Our new apartment has a ceiling fan, the first one we've even had. My son extended the chains for me so I don't have to use a pair of kitchen tongs to turn it on & off (I'm less than 5 ft in height) and he made the chain to the fan portion a little longer than the one to the light portion. My vision isn't good enough to tell where the chain originates.
 
2013-05-23 05:56:15 PM
i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-23 05:57:21 PM

Mirrorz: Walker: The ceiling fan thing is dead on though. I always pull the wrong chain when visiting peoples houses that have them.

Just visually track the chain. If it goes into the light fixture, it controls the light. If it goes up into the fan housing, it controls the fan. It's not rocket math.


And keep ahold of the chain after pulling it. If you feel the motor running (a Bb in your hands) it's not off.
 
2013-05-23 06:00:09 PM
As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.
 
2013-05-23 06:03:17 PM
I've never seen a garbage disposer in a sink in Ireland, but we generally have slightly different sinks:

www.kitchenindex.ie

Or

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-23 06:06:22 PM
Cor blimey, that was a smashing manoeuvre! Good show, chaps! Pip pip, cheerio and all that rot!
 
2013-05-23 06:14:13 PM
"Why must you turn my office into a house of LIES?!"

i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-23 06:20:14 PM
Took this earlier in the week, either in Turnhouse or Heathrow, can't remember which.

i39.tinypic.com

So... progress?
 
2013-05-23 06:24:01 PM

Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.


EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.
 
2013-05-23 06:26:57 PM
assumeawesome.com
 
2013-05-23 06:27:45 PM

Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.


Wrong.  I've never had an apartment with one, even in my penthouse apartment in NYC, and we never install them in our rental houses.
 
2013-05-23 06:28:10 PM
And if you want to drive yourself crazy, try switching off a ceiling fan/central light combo when you go to bed. Basically, the fan can be controlled by the regular switch on the wall or by a chain hanging from the fixture itself. The lights above or below the fan are also controlled this way, and often by an additional switch elsewhere in the room - next to the bed, for example. You have more chance of winning the lottery than of both light and fan simultaneously coming on when you first hit the wall switch, and thus begins the dance.

I lol'd. I think this describes the general user experience with this type of ceiling fan/light combo, rather than just that of foreign visitors.
And don't forget to accidentally pull the chain for the fan one time too many, so you have to cycle back through the speeds.
 
2013-05-23 06:30:49 PM

Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.


Unless you're on a septic tank.
 
2013-05-23 06:31:08 PM

MissFeasance: Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.

Wrong.  I've never had an apartment with one, even in my penthouse apartment in NYC, and we never install them in our rental houses.


I've always had them, even in the sh*tty roach infested garden apartments I lived in back in the 70's.
 
2013-05-23 06:31:16 PM

MissFeasance: [assumeawesome.com image 250x238]


That's pretty nifty.

I mean, not as good as having all the controls on the wall and consistently laid out from manufacturer to manufacturer, but neat idea.
 
2013-05-23 06:32:29 PM

feckingmorons: Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.

Unless you're on a septic tank.


Lived on septic my whole life, and never had a disposal. We just don't put food waste down the sink. That's what a compost bin is for.
 
2013-05-23 06:33:18 PM

feckingmorons: I've never seen a garbage disposer in a sink in Ireland, but we generally have slightly different sinks:

[www.kitchenindex.ie image 480x335]

Or

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x583]


Is that the poop-shelf bidet I keep hearing about?
 
2013-05-23 06:34:29 PM
MissFeasance:
Wrong.  I've never had an apartment with one, even in my penthouse apartment in NYC, and we never install them in our rental houses.

huh, I've been all over the Midwest from new houses, old houses and crap rental properties and I've never seen one that didn't have one. Maybe it's kinda a Midwest thing?
 
2013-05-23 06:35:06 PM

tallguywithglasseson: MissFeasance: [assumeawesome.com image 250x238]

That's pretty nifty.

I mean, not as good as having all the controls on the wall and consistently laid out from manufacturer to manufacturer, but neat idea.


We have them for the ceiling fan in the bedroom.  It's useful as I'm not clever enough to remember which is the light and which is the fan.  The entire thing runs by remote control anyway so I don't see the point, but eh.  They were like $3 at Home Depot.
 
2013-05-23 06:37:07 PM

Voiceofreason01: MissFeasance:
Wrong.  I've never had an apartment with one, even in my penthouse apartment in NYC, and we never install them in our rental houses.

huh, I've been all over the Midwest from new houses, old houses and crap rental properties and I've never seen one that didn't have one. Maybe it's kinda a Midwest thing?


They're common, yes, but terrible for the pipes and drainage systems.  In a home you own, it's fine if you want to deal with it.  In a rental it's a hassle and a half to deal with the plumbing issues not to mention replacing them.
 
2013-05-23 06:42:12 PM

Bathia_Mapes: My son extended the chains for me so I don't have to use a pair of kitchen tongs to turn it on & off (I'm less than 5 ft in height) and he made the chain to the fan portion a little longer than the one to the light portion. My vision isn't good enough to tell where the chain originates.


Tie a piece of ribbon to the light chain. That's what I did for my mom besides extending the chains.
 
2013-05-23 06:45:58 PM
MissFeasance:
They're common, yes, but terrible for the pipes and drainage systems.  In a home you own, it's fine if you want to deal with it.  In a rental it's a hassle and a half to deal with the plumbing issues not to mention replacing them.

Why are they bad for the plumbing? I've always heard the opposite: it takes an especially bonehead move to plug up a drain pipe with something that's been through a disposal.
 
2013-05-23 06:46:28 PM
Comedy and horror movies ?
/I swear I was looking at one that tried its' best to be a serious horror ,but it was a huge joke.
 
2013-05-23 06:47:10 PM

MissFeasance: Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.

Wrong.  I've never had an apartment with one, even in my penthouse apartment in NYC, and we never install them in our rental houses.


They're not too common in Canada. I've never used one in my life.
 
2013-05-23 06:48:47 PM
All the ceiling fans/lights in my house have remote controls.  The only problem is when the boy thinks he's clever by changing the rocker switches inside his so he can turn on his sister's fan.
 
2013-05-23 06:50:15 PM

Walker: Reading this article makes me ask "WTF UK?"

They're puzzled by air conditioning, screen doors and garbage disposals? Really?

Then they have to give instructions on how to use them:
The main thing to remember is to run cold water when disposing of food, and keep it on for 30 to 60 seconds after you've finished. Without wishing to state the obvious, never put your hand down there until it's switched off and the (very sharp) blades have come to a complete stop.

Really? Really? You don't have these in the UK? What century are you in again?

The question "Do you want the A/C turned down?" actually means, "Do you want this room to be even colder than it is?" since turning A/C down refers to the temp rather than the ferocity.

Not true. It just depends on the person. If someone said to me "Turn the A/C down" I would think they mean that's it's too cold. And someone asking me to turn it up would mean to blast it. As in "I'm cold! Turn the A/C down!" or "It's hot, turn the A/C up".

The ceiling fan thing is dead on though. I always pull the wrong chain when visiting peoples houses that have them.


Though I agree on the "turn it down" part, in my experience most people want it colder.

Personally, that should be "turn the temperature down"...but i've learned to adjust....
 
2013-05-23 06:50:26 PM
this new fangled invention called a "ceiling fan," which is simply an oversized fan attached to your ceiling and also contains a light, not mentioned the name "ceiling fan," is overly complicated and when it's dark it's difficult to operate the insanely high number of chains hanging from it
 
2013-05-23 06:51:20 PM

Voiceofreason01: Why are they bad for the plumbing? I've always heard the opposite: it takes an especially bonehead move to plug up a drain pipe with something that's been through a disposal.


*shrug*  It comes down to how they're used.  In the theoretical realm they're probably not that bad.  In the real world, people treat them like shiat and they're hell to fix.  We've been in the landlording business for 35 years and garbage disposals are verboten.
 
2013-05-23 06:55:02 PM
And their note about ceiling fan blade turning directions? I'm sorry, but growing up in AZ I'm not trying to bring cold air up or push hot air down, I'm trying to create a breeze by blowing the air onto me. It's like a desktop fan. You point the thing AT you to get a breeze hitting you.
 
2013-05-23 06:56:09 PM

Baldrick's Cunning Plan: feckingmorons: Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.

Unless you're on a septic tank.

Lived on septic my whole life, and never had a disposal. We just don't put food waste down the sink. That's what a compost bin is for.


Ditto. Grew up in the country, on a septic tank. The household garbage disposal has always consisted of chickens. They're very efficient.

/Meat scraps go to the barn cats.
//Also quite efficient.
 
2013-05-23 06:56:19 PM

Voiceofreason01: Why are they bad for the plumbing? I've always heard the opposite: it takes an especially bonehead move to plug up a drain pipe with something that's been through a disposal.


If you don't have a disposal, you're not tempted to put solids down the drain.  No solids beat finely diced solids.

/No disposal in my 1964-built house.
 
2013-05-23 06:57:09 PM
I realise this is supposed to be a bit playful but man does it make people seem like morons.
 
2013-05-23 06:57:21 PM
I am pretty sure the reason the Brits don't have screen doors (or windows) is because screens are taxed. At least this was the popular theory when I was stationed there.
 
2013-05-23 07:02:01 PM

antnyjc: I am pretty sure the reason the Brits don't have screen doors (or windows) is because screens are taxed. At least this was the popular theory when I was stationed there.


Do they just not have as many flying bugs as we do in the states?  I live in the greater Seattle area and most of the year we could leave every window and door open and not be bothered by flying insects.  If we didn't live across the street from a small swamp, and the yearly hoard of mosquitos that it gifts us with, we wouldn't need screens at all.

On the garbage disposal thing, I never had one when I rented apartments in Boston, but when I moved west I found that every apartment had them, plus, strangle, washer and dryers were common out here in units (or at least hookups) and many apartments had fireplaces (though these were being removed in some buildings back in 2000).  There are probably just regional things, or have to do with the age of the buildings involved.
 
2013-05-23 07:02:34 PM
My tiny little apartment has a garbage disposal in the sink. And I even throw bones in there to get shredded. And if it gets clogged, at least mine is easy enough to unplugged from the outlet, remove from the drain pipe then clean out. The cold water thing I did not know about, I usually let warm water run ansd put some dishwashing liquid in the running water.
 
2013-05-23 07:02:48 PM

Voiceofreason01: MissFeasance:
They're common, yes, but terrible for the pipes and drainage systems.  In a home you own, it's fine if you want to deal with it.  In a rental it's a hassle and a half to deal with the plumbing issues not to mention replacing them.

Why are they bad for the plumbing? I've always heard the opposite: it takes an especially bonehead move to plug up a drain pipe with something that's been through a disposal.


I finally got my wife to quit sending gallons of food through the disposal when I made her pay for the last of a semi-regular snaking.  Disposals are for minor food waste.  Toilets are for potfuls.
 
2013-05-23 07:04:19 PM
FTFC: Britain doesn't have screened doors and windows? How do they keep bugs like mosquitoes and flies out when the window and doors are open?

We keep the mosquitoes out by not living within 1000 miles of them.*

* may not be literally true, haven't checked a map to see the closest location
 
2013-05-23 07:07:28 PM
There are still plenty of places in Britain without Central Heating. A/C? Plumbing? Ha!
 
2013-05-23 07:08:37 PM
"First off, many homes have air conditioning..."

I'm sorry, are you from the past?
 
2013-05-23 07:10:11 PM
Why am I getting a black screen when I hit the link. Anybody else?
 
2013-05-23 07:12:52 PM
Can someone explain why American houses are usually made of wood rather than a material that won't blow away/get termites?
 
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