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2013-05-23 10:38:19 PM  
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So, the big secret about Sherlock Holmes was that he really wasn't a genius? He was just a guy with an American-level intelligence in a nation full of Britards?

"You mean that the killer used a gun to put a bullet into that man's body? Good Heavens, Holmes! You're absolutely astounding!"
2013-05-23 07:20:49 PM  
2 votes:

jvl: 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.


And large swaths of the country don't have a handy supply of Roman ruins or other ancient stonework that we can plunder.

While we're at it, we generally don't make our roofs out of grass, either.
2013-05-23 06:57:21 PM  
2 votes:
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 06:14:13 PM  
2 votes:
"Why must you turn my office into a house of LIES?!"

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2013-05-23 05:44:52 PM  
2 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.
2013-05-24 09:09:21 AM  
1 votes:

RatOmeter: Blueintheballs: 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!

Ha!

A former colleague of mine joked, "yes, in the UK they serve beer at room temperature, but that's OK 'cause the room is COLD!"


I explain 'room temperature' for wine means 55-58 degrees.  Room temperature in a manor house in England, circa 1880, with no central heat.  They invented tweed for a reason.
2013-05-24 08:40:39 AM  
1 votes:

antnyjc: Also England's temperature is very mild. Doesn't get too hot, doesn't get too cold. At least not as an extreme difference as it is in most area's of the world. Rains a bloody lot though. Very similar to Seattle.


Seattle has a 3 month dry season.

England's dry season is 3 days.
2013-05-24 08:34:11 AM  
1 votes:

Blueintheballs: 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!


Ha!

A former colleague of mine joked, "yes, in the UK they serve beer at room temperature, but that's OK 'cause the room is COLD!"
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 08:57:22 PM  
1 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 08:51:56 PM  
1 votes:
OK, so I get the whole Air Conditioning thing. Not every place needs it, especially a notoriously sunny place like England. What I DON'T get is how the terminology can be confusing and why people need to be reminded not to leave a bunch of windows open when the A/C is being used to cool the house.

How can you people not handle screens? They aren't exactly a new invention, and they serve a purpose. Do you not have ANY insects in GB? Flies, mosquitoes, bees, wasps, etc? What about stray animals? A front door screen will keep the neighborhood cats from wandering in just as well as it keeps bugs out.

And ceiling fans... Sure, the dance between the wall switch and the pull chains can be maddening(And truth be told, it's a sign of incorrect installation to have both anyway), but this is written as if the British didn't even know what a ceiling fan was int he first place.

Garbage disposals? These things have been around almost a hundred years, how can you be flummoxed by those? They're really pretty basic.

And I'm guessing by the last line of the article that people don't have ice makers in GB also? While they aren't as common as garbage disposals, they aren't exactly rare, either.

Do you guys all pump your own well water and heat up bathwater on the stove also?
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 08:23:04 PM  
1 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 08:16:01 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?


Because we did not burn it all in the middle ages.
2013-05-23 07:36:13 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?


Lumber is very affordable here because we have a lot of Canadian wildness still available to mow down for our housing needs.

It's also very quick to build with; you probably can't put up a stone or brick house in a few days.
2013-05-23 07:32:43 PM  
1 votes:

FrancoFile: While we're at it, we generally don't make our roofs out of grass, either.


Crap. That reminds me. Time to mow the roof.
2013-05-23 07:07:28 PM  
1 votes:
There are still plenty of places in Britain without Central Heating. A/C? Plumbing? Ha!
2013-05-23 06:48:47 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:28:10 PM  
1 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.
2013-05-23 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 05:37:25 PM  
1 votes:

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

/yes I mentioned the war


DON'T MENTION THE WAR!
2013-05-23 05:35:48 PM  
1 votes:
Nobody, not even the British, can be that stupid.
2013-05-23 05:34:15 PM  
1 votes:
No wonder they needed out help in the war

/yes I mentioned the war
 
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