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2013-05-23 06:26:57 PM
7 votes:
assumeawesome.com
2013-05-23 08:57:22 PM
3 votes:
Most of the questions here can be answered with the same response:

Q: Don't you have A/C there?
A: No - it's a temperate (but cold) climate.

Q: Dont' you have ceiling fans there?
A: No - it's a temperate (but cold) climate.

Q:Don't you have screen doors there to keep out the bugs?
A: No - it's a temperate (but cold) climate.

As to the waste disposal - that just goes in the bin because we dont have to worry about insects because it's a temperate (but cold) climate.

Hope this helps!
2013-05-23 05:44:52 PM
3 votes:

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 05:40:54 PM
3 votes:
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 08:23:04 PM
2 votes:

RatOmeter: 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.

Or maybe they don't have swarms of mosquitoes or lots of house flies (not sure about that last one).  Or maybe it's usually to gahdammed chilly outside to want to open the windows or doors.


Oh they have bugs. No idea how they deal with them. I spent about 2 years over there for work and in the summer, the "air con" barely did anything but if you opened up all of the windows to try and get a breeze you would spend the whole damn night swatting bugs. I asked a bunch of my friends over there why they didn't have screens so they could enjoy fresh air without having to worry about tons of bugs getting in...

I never got a good answer, the question just seemed to not compute with them.
2013-05-23 06:30:49 PM
2 votes:

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 06:28:10 PM
2 votes:
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.
2013-05-24 12:36:08 AM
1 votes:
I was equally befuddled by the accommodations when I visited London.  First, every hotel room is the size of a broom closet.  The hotels lack coffee makers and instead have some bizarre hot plate plastic pot thing.  I also had a heated towel bar of all the useless things.  It didn't work anyway.  There is always an inch high transition / speed bump between the main room and the bathroom that you will trip on every time.  Lastly there are the toilets. Not a toilet tank in sight.  They apparently build them into the wall.  I cant imagine how expensive it must be when you have to replace the chain or some other part.  Ripping out all the tile and putting a hold in the wall just to fix some component of the toilet tank seems utterly insane to me. ok, that wasn't quite the last thing.  One day I was there I spoke to several natives who commented on what a hot day it was.  It was maybe 70F at most.  What I considered quite nice, as opposed to every other day there, which were bone chilling cold.
2013-05-23 08:35:09 PM
1 votes:

OnlyM3: MissFeasance [TotalFark]

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.
Wait... You can't figure out how to look up? The chain connected to the light-y part is for the *pay attention now*... LIGHTS. The chain connected to the big fan motor is for the Fan-y part.

/notices the "Total Fark" tag... ahhh It's alllllll clear now.


Using your brilliant technique, please let us know which chain is linked to the light, and which is linked to that singular braincell rattling in your otherwise empty head?

my.jetscreenshot.com
2013-05-23 07:34:55 PM
1 votes:
FTFA: 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.

I have to deal with this nightmare every time the inlaws, who are chinese, visit.  They're so budget conscious that they refuse to run the water and disposal longer than about a half second, no matter how many times I've explained that proper operation requires... longer operation.

Thus, I have to take some time to properly clear and flush out the disposal then scrub the sink every evening because running the water results in all the day's partially ground-up nasty shiat floating back up into the sink with the rising water.  In some cases I have to disassemble and clean the plumbing under the sink, too.

This is despite the fact that I pay the bills, not them, so they really don't need to worry about the cost of running the water and disposal little longer.
2013-05-23 07:33:59 PM
1 votes:

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.


No, that is simply your bias, and not in any way related to the facts.  MOST domiciles in the US do NOT have a garbage disposal, and only anything built  (roughly) after 1980 is even likely to be compatible with one.

Just saying.
2013-05-23 07:33:28 PM
1 votes:

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 noticed that the Midwest is a lot better about "amenities" than the coasts.

$600/month rat-infested shiathole in the midwest: Brand new dishwasher with garbage disposal and a big sink (and 3 prong plugs)
$2000/month midlevel apartment in the Bay Area: dinky 1-bay sink with no garbage disposal, no dishwasher, and 2 prong plugs all over the place.

/Garbage Disposal is for scraps ONLY.  If you have more than scraps, toss it in the trash.
jvl
2013-05-23 07:18:42 PM
1 votes:

Tunney: Can someone explain why American houses are usually made of wood rather than a material that won't blow away/get termites?


Well, in California we have wood walls because we hate when brick walls crush us to death in an earthquake.
2013-05-23 06:56:09 PM
1 votes:

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 06:50:15 PM
1 votes:

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 06:37:07 PM
1 votes:

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 06:32:29 PM
1 votes:

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 06:14:13 PM
1 votes:
"Why must you turn my office into a house of LIES?!"

i42.tinypic.com
2013-05-23 05:38:00 PM
1 votes:
The article doesn't even mention how to use the 3 seashells to those poor saps.
2013-05-23 05:35:48 PM
1 votes:
Nobody, not even the British, can be that stupid.
 
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