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2014-08-14 12:19:35 PM  
That article made me want to roll coal in a Unimog powered entirely by condor eggs and white tiger skulls.
 
2014-08-14 01:00:26 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: That article made me want to roll coal in a Unimog powered entirely by condor eggs and white tiger skulls.


Me too, and I drive a Prius.

I did get a good laugh at the description of Atlanta traffic, though: "an illegal immigrant driving a stolen car with a trunk full of cocaine and human body parts would be pushing 70. And no one would give him a second look."

So true. Atlanta's NASCAR country. 285 is like Talledega- bumper-to-bumper and going 80.
 
2014-08-14 01:00:28 PM  
Why would anyone read beyond that horrible first paragraph?
 
2014-08-14 01:00:43 PM  
That's the Exxon at Ponce and Briarcliff.  Whatever happened to Willie Terry aka Bicycle Bob aka Sweet Dick Willie?

i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-14 01:02:22 PM  
What a complete and absolute asshole that guy is.
 
2014-08-14 01:02:43 PM  
Couldn't make it through the entire article.
Did he win the douche contest?
 
2014-08-14 01:03:16 PM  
Should've given his ass a ticket to offset the benefits of obsessive fuel efficiency. Creating a rolling traffic hazard is dickish.

/2013 Dodge Dart with a 2.0L engine
//Approximately 40mpg at 70-75 with air conditioning on
///Very happy
 
2014-08-14 01:03:31 PM  

Gonz: Mr. Coffee Nerves: That article made me want to roll coal in a Unimog powered entirely by condor eggs and white tiger skulls.

Me too, and I drive a Prius.

I did get a good laugh at the description of Atlanta traffic, though: "an illegal immigrant driving a stolen car with a trunk full of cocaine and human body parts would be pushing 70. And no one would give him a second look."

So true. Atlanta's NASCAR country. 285 is like Talledega- bumper-to-bumper and going 80.


Yup. I've never understood the 55 mph speed limit on our freeways here. A divided highway with five lanes in each direction: 55 mph.
 
2014-08-14 01:03:51 PM  
My company supplies my car and gas. Even if they didn't, I would not normally trade air conditioning for MPG. As it is, I average about 28 - 30 mpg over a month's time.
 
2014-08-14 01:04:37 PM  
Hypermiling, to me, is nothing more than extreme douchebaggary.


You're driving a car on city streets - it's not a fricken TOY!
/Thanks Captian Obvious!
 
2014-08-14 01:04:57 PM  
That was actually quite fascinating.

Oh wait, I mean boring as fark. I always get those mixed up.
 
2014-08-14 01:04:57 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Why would anyone read beyond that horrible first paragraph?


So much this. What a steaming turd.
 
2014-08-14 01:05:33 PM  
"Organo-gluten-free locavorian homeschooling attachment-parenting anti-vaxxing vegan"-like authoring detected.
 
2014-08-14 01:06:43 PM  

FizixJunkee: Gonz: Mr. Coffee Nerves: That article made me want to roll coal in a Unimog powered entirely by condor eggs and white tiger skulls.

Me too, and I drive a Prius.

I did get a good laugh at the description of Atlanta traffic, though: "an illegal immigrant driving a stolen car with a trunk full of cocaine and human body parts would be pushing 70. And no one would give him a second look."

So true. Atlanta's NASCAR country. 285 is like Talledega- bumper-to-bumper and going 80.

Yup. I've never understood the 55 mph speed limit on our freeways here. A divided highway with five lanes in each direction: 55 mph.


It is going to get worse. Variable speed limit signs are being installed on I 285. And some of those blind curves with the wall in the way of the line of sight are too fast at 45 if there is a wreck, stall, or ladder in the lane.
 
2014-08-14 01:07:22 PM  
There are ways you can save gas without driving like a douche, but this guy is too busy cracking lame jokes to pass along any useful information.
 
2014-08-14 01:08:26 PM  

FizixJunkee: Gonz: Mr. Coffee Nerves: That article made me want to roll coal in a Unimog powered entirely by condor eggs and white tiger skulls.

Me too, and I drive a Prius.

I did get a good laugh at the description of Atlanta traffic, though: "an illegal immigrant driving a stolen car with a trunk full of cocaine and human body parts would be pushing 70. And no one would give him a second look."

So true. Atlanta's NASCAR country. 285 is like Talledega- bumper-to-bumper and going 80.

Yup. I've never understood the 55 mph speed limit on our freeways here. A divided highway with five lanes in each direction: 55 mph.


It was introduced in the 70's due to the oil crisis as a balance between getting people around at a reasonable speed while having people travel with good fuel economy.

Most roads were probably designed to be used at 70+ MPH.
 
2014-08-14 01:10:16 PM  

booger42: Hypermiling, to me, is nothing more than extreme douchebaggary.


You're driving a car on city streets - it's not a fricken TOY!
/Thanks Captian Obvious!


Only a hypermiling idiot would call tailgating "drafting".
Get off my ass, you pretentious farksticks.
 
2014-08-14 01:15:51 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Why would anyone read beyond that horrible first paragraph?


To get the the racism and the ad hominem attacks.
 
2014-08-14 01:16:02 PM  
That article was so douchy I had to put on a polo, tan shorts, and flip flops to finish it.
 
2014-08-14 01:17:29 PM  

Unobtanium: FizixJunkee: Gonz: Mr. Coffee Nerves: That article made me want to roll coal in a Unimog powered entirely by condor eggs and white tiger skulls.

Me too, and I drive a Prius.

I did get a good laugh at the description of Atlanta traffic, though: "an illegal immigrant driving a stolen car with a trunk full of cocaine and human body parts would be pushing 70. And no one would give him a second look."

So true. Atlanta's NASCAR country. 285 is like Talledega- bumper-to-bumper and going 80.

Yup. I've never understood the 55 mph speed limit on our freeways here. A divided highway with five lanes in each direction: 55 mph.

It is going to get worse. Variable speed limit signs are being installed on I 285. And some of those blind curves with the wall in the way of the line of sight are too fast at 45 if there is a wreck, stall, or ladder in the lane.


Variable speed limit signs aren't bad when used correctly.

You know when you're in a traffic jam on the highway and you finally get to the front and there's no apparent cause? It's because waay up ahead there was a flow breakdown that sent a 'shockwave' back through traffic and people keep piling into the back of the 'wave' before those at the front got out so the jam doesn't get to dissipate, it just slowly moves backwards along the highway.

Variable speed limit signs are supposed to get folks to slow down a touch before they hit the congestion to give the jam time to dissipate.

/assuming they're well implemented, that is...
 
2014-08-14 01:19:58 PM  
He is happy he got 71mpg? That is about 30km per litre.

My 17 year old car badly maintained car got 40mpg without even trying (before I had it scrapped because it couldn't get through the yearly maintenance check).

/It was a very light car
//That probably helped
 
2014-08-14 01:20:30 PM  

Gonz: Mr. Coffee Nerves: That article made me want to roll coal in a Unimog powered entirely by condor eggs and white tiger skulls.

Me too, and I drive a Prius.

I did get a good laugh at the description of Atlanta traffic, though: "an illegal immigrant driving a stolen car with a trunk full of cocaine and human body parts would be pushing 70. And no one would give him a second look."

So true. Atlanta's NASCAR country. 285 is like Talledega- bumper-to-bumper and going 80.


That illegal immigrant better be in the right two lanes, going that slow. I live in Atlanta, and I'm currently up in DC for work. Driving here is like having dull spikes driven into my eyes. They actually go the speed limit, sometimes lower. I'm commuting by bicycle to work here as much to lower my stress levels as to get some exercise.
 
2014-08-14 01:22:26 PM  

Target Builder: Unobtanium: FizixJunkee: Gonz: Mr. Coffee Nerves: That article made me want to roll coal in a Unimog powered entirely by condor eggs and white tiger skulls.

Me too, and I drive a Prius.

I did get a good laugh at the description of Atlanta traffic, though: "an illegal immigrant driving a stolen car with a trunk full of cocaine and human body parts would be pushing 70. And no one would give him a second look."

So true. Atlanta's NASCAR country. 285 is like Talledega- bumper-to-bumper and going 80.

Yup. I've never understood the 55 mph speed limit on our freeways here. A divided highway with five lanes in each direction: 55 mph.

It is going to get worse. Variable speed limit signs are being installed on I 285. And some of those blind curves with the wall in the way of the line of sight are too fast at 45 if there is a wreck, stall, or ladder in the lane.

Variable speed limit signs aren't bad when used correctly.

You know when you're in a traffic jam on the highway and you finally get to the front and there's no apparent cause? It's because waay up ahead there was a flow breakdown that sent a 'shockwave' back through traffic and people keep piling into the back of the 'wave' before those at the front got out so the jam doesn't get to dissipate, it just slowly moves backwards along the highway.

Variable speed limit signs are supposed to get folks to slow down a touch before they hit the congestion to give the jam time to dissipate.

/assuming they're well implemented, that is...


Variable speed limits will not help in Atlanta. The customary speed is 80 in the fast lane, and you drive more slowly than that only because of bad weather or congestion. Nobody pays the slightest attention to the posted speed limit on the expressway.
 
2014-08-14 01:23:12 PM  
What the f*ck is hypermiling??!
 
2014-08-14 01:23:49 PM  

Target Builder: FizixJunkee: Gonz: Mr. Coffee Nerves: That article made me want to roll coal in a Unimog powered entirely by condor eggs and white tiger skulls.

Me too, and I drive a Prius.

I did get a good laugh at the description of Atlanta traffic, though: "an illegal immigrant driving a stolen car with a trunk full of cocaine and human body parts would be pushing 70. And no one would give him a second look."

So true. Atlanta's NASCAR country. 285 is like Talledega- bumper-to-bumper and going 80.

Yup. I've never understood the 55 mph speed limit on our freeways here. A divided highway with five lanes in each direction: 55 mph.

It was introduced in the 70's due to the oil crisis as a balance between getting people around at a reasonable speed while having people travel with good fuel economy.

Most roads were probably designed to be used at 70+ MPH.


Not in the '70s. Highway standards have been strengthened since then. Straight roads with no exits are one thing, but especially in urban areas in those days you'd see a lot of left entrances, left exits, and short ramps where trucks (and cars) were hitting the main line at 35. Bad things happen if a lot of people are moving at high speed past something like that.
 
2014-08-14 01:24:46 PM  

DerAppie: He is happy he got 71mpg? That is about 30km per litre.

My 17 year old car badly maintained car got 40mpg without even trying (before I had it scrapped because it couldn't get through the yearly maintenance check).

/It was a very light car
//That probably helped


I bet you're using British mpg, which is miles per Imperial gallon. In British mpg, he got 88.75 mpg. A U.S. gallon is 80 percent of an Imperial gallon.
 
2014-08-14 01:25:54 PM  

doctor wu: What the f*ck is hypermiling??!


A hobby for EXTREMELY boring people, the kind who color-coordinate their sock drawers, and look forward each year to doing their taxes with a paper form and abacus.
 
2014-08-14 01:28:07 PM  

Rapmaster2000: That's the Exxon at Ponce and Briarcliff.  Whatever happened to Willie Terry aka Bicycle Bob aka Sweet Dick Willie?

[i.imgur.com image 850x939]


Him, and that hippy guy who used to sell the Great Speckled Bird had the two biggest man bulges in North America.
 
2014-08-14 01:33:09 PM  

doctor wu: What the f*ck is hypermiling??!


A hobby for folks who crave something slightly more exciting than trainspotting.
 
2014-08-14 01:33:23 PM  

Gonz: So true. Atlanta's NASCAR country. 285 is like Talledega- bumper-to-bumper and going 80.


That was true 20 years ago but today half the drivers are driving below posted speed limits even when the traffic is light enough to go faster (one or two hours a day, I know).  I'm constantly mowing over drivers on 400 during off peak hours who are driving 50 mph when I am doing a reasonable 70.  400 used to be called the Alpharetta Autobahn for good reasons but today, not so much.  Ugh, bring back the Autobahn.
 
2014-08-14 01:33:34 PM  

FizixJunkee: Yup. I've never understood the 55 mph speed limit on our freeways here. A divided highway with five lanes in each direction: 55 mph.


Sounds like everyone responds to it as they should:  they ignore it.
 
2014-08-14 01:35:57 PM  

LazyMedia: DerAppie: He is happy he got 71mpg? That is about 30km per litre.

My 17 year old car badly maintained car got 40mpg without even trying (before I had it scrapped because it couldn't get through the yearly maintenance check).

/It was a very light car
//That probably helped

I bet you're using British mpg, which is miles per Imperial gallon. In British mpg, he got 88.75 mpg. A U.S. gallon is 80 percent of an Imperial gallon.


I just asked google how much 17km/l is in mpg. It gave me 39.something. I'll check if that is imperial or US.

Nope, US gallons.
 
2014-08-14 01:39:42 PM  

DerAppie: LazyMedia: DerAppie: He is happy he got 71mpg? That is about 30km per litre.

My 17 year old car badly maintained car got 40mpg without even trying (before I had it scrapped because it couldn't get through the yearly maintenance check).

/It was a very light car
//That probably helped

I bet you're using British mpg, which is miles per Imperial gallon. In British mpg, he got 88.75 mpg. A U.S. gallon is 80 percent of an Imperial gallon.

I just asked google how much 17km/l is in mpg. It gave me 39.something. I'll check if that is imperial or US.

Nope, US gallons.


It's a heck of a lot harder to go from 55 mpg to 70 mpg than from 40 mpg to 55 mpg. Diminishing returns on all your fuel-saving design features.
 
2014-08-14 01:40:53 PM  

DerAppie: I just asked google how much 17km/l is in mpg. It gave me 39.something. I'll check if that is imperial or US.


It doesn't really matter. His increase is still a 75% boost over your example. That's pretty darned significant for pretty much any class of vehicle.
 
2014-08-14 01:47:16 PM  
I surprised they didn't get shot.  You are a traffic hazard at 55.
 
2014-08-14 01:47:32 PM  

LazyMedia: The customary speed is 80 in the fast lane, and you drive more slowly than that only because of bad weather or congestion.


You remember New Year's Eve 2001/ New Year's Day 2002? Atlanta got 4 or 5 inches of snow. Unfortunately, I had to get to Ft. Benning, so I had to drive in it.

And I was in a 15-foot U-Haul, towing a Chevy Corsica. Atlanta traffic, in the snow, in an unwieldy and unfamiliar vehicle. That was the day I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I could drive decently.
 
2014-08-14 01:49:01 PM  

flamark: Gonz: So true. Atlanta's NASCAR country. 285 is like Talledega- bumper-to-bumper and going 80.

That was true 20 years ago but today half the drivers are driving below posted speed limits even when the traffic is light enough to go faster (one or two hours a day, I know).  I'm constantly mowing over drivers on 400 during off peak hours who are driving 50 mph when I am doing a reasonable 70.  400 used to be called the Alpharetta Autobahn for good reasons but today, not so much.  Ugh, bring back the Autobahn.


I've always referred to it as the Twelve Mile Parking Lot.
 
2014-08-14 01:54:02 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: That article made me want to roll coal in a Unimog powered entirely by condor eggs and white tiger skulls.


No need, I'm getting 12mpg on a good day already.  I got you covered
 
2014-08-14 01:56:01 PM  

DerAppie: LazyMedia: DerAppie: He is happy he got 71mpg? That is about 30km per litre.

My 17 year old car badly maintained car got 40mpg without even trying (before I had it scrapped because it couldn't get through the yearly maintenance check).

/It was a very light car
//That probably helped

I bet you're using British mpg, which is miles per Imperial gallon. In British mpg, he got 88.75 mpg. A U.S. gallon is 80 percent of an Imperial gallon.

I just asked google how much 17km/l is in mpg. It gave me 39.something. I'll check if that is imperial or US.

Nope, US gallons.


Wait... US gallons aren't Imperial gallons? Huh.
 
2014-08-14 01:56:26 PM  

skozlaw: DerAppie: I just asked google how much 17km/l is in mpg. It gave me 39.something. I'll check if that is imperial or US.

It doesn't really matter. His increase is still a 75% boost over your example. That's pretty darned significant for pretty much any class of vehicle.


Sure, his effort, which he stated he isn't willing to do every time, outperformed my beat-up old car in which I didn't even try. I'm just not really impressed with his 71mpg.

Hell, hardly anyone I know would buy a car that does less than roughly 50mpg with normal use. Let alone hypermiling.
 
2014-08-14 01:58:12 PM  

slotz: Crewmannumber6: Why would anyone read beyond that horrible first paragraph?

So much this. What a steaming turd.


To see what a stupid article on hypermiling would look like if Dave Barry were boring enough to write it.

/Seriously, imitate Harlan Ellison or someone with more of an edge.
 
2014-08-14 02:08:38 PM  

DerAppie: Hell, hardly anyone I know would buy a car that does less than roughly 50mpg with normal use. Let alone hypermiling.


Location: Netherlands

We don't get to have high-MPG diesels in America because we can't be bothered to keep our emissions regulations up to date, much like our speed limits. We're too busy naming Post Offices after dead country singers. As far as what's available in America goes, 71 MPG is outstanding.
 
2014-08-14 02:11:56 PM  

LazyMedia: DerAppie: He is happy he got 71mpg? That is about 30km per litre.

My 17 year old car badly maintained car got 40mpg without even trying (before I had it scrapped because it couldn't get through the yearly maintenance check).

/It was a very light car
//That probably helped

I bet you're using British mpg, which is miles per Imperial gallon. In British mpg, he got 88.75 mpg. A U.S. gallon is 80 percent of an Imperial gallon.


How many cubits to a hogshead, then?
 
2014-08-14 02:14:34 PM  

jehovahs witness protection: Couldn't make it through the entire article.
Did he win the douche contest?


It wasn't a contest.
 
2014-08-14 02:15:43 PM  
DeMuro's Kinja feed is here:  http://dougdemuro.kinja.com/

The 2 Girls 1 Ferrari segment was amusing - men just wanted to talk about the car.
 
2014-08-14 02:16:24 PM  

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: DerAppie: LazyMedia: DerAppie: He is happy he got 71mpg? That is about 30km per litre.

My 17 year old car badly maintained car got 40mpg without even trying (before I had it scrapped because it couldn't get through the yearly maintenance check).

/It was a very light car
//That probably helped

I bet you're using British mpg, which is miles per Imperial gallon. In British mpg, he got 88.75 mpg. A U.S. gallon is 80 percent of an Imperial gallon.

I just asked google how much 17km/l is in mpg. It gave me 39.something. I'll check if that is imperial or US.

Nope, US gallons.

Wait... US gallons aren't Imperial gallons? Huh.


Nope. A gallon is 8 pints. An Imperial pint is 20 fluid ounces. A U.S. pint is 16 fluid ounces. Imperial gallon is 1.25 U.S. gallons.
 
2014-08-14 02:22:48 PM  

baronbloodbath: I bet you're using British mpg, which is miles per Imperial gallon. In British mpg, he got 88.75 mpg. A U.S. gallon is 80 percent of an Imperial gallon.

How many cubits to a hogshead, then?


About 4958.73.

Hey... You tricked me into doing math!
/was told there would be no math.
 
2014-08-14 02:39:06 PM  

Maud Dib: booger42: Hypermiling, to me, is nothing more than extreme douchebaggary.


You're driving a car on city streets - it's not a fricken TOY!
/Thanks Captian Obvious!

Only a hypermiling idiot would call tailgating "drafting".
Get off my ass, you pretentious farksticks.


It's not tailgating, it's NASCAR wannabe-ing. If you can still see the license plate of the car in front of you, you're too far back.
 
2014-08-14 02:43:35 PM  

baronbloodbath: LazyMedia: DerAppie: He is happy he got 71mpg? That is about 30km per litre.

My 17 year old car badly maintained car got 40mpg without even trying (before I had it scrapped because it couldn't get through the yearly maintenance check).

/It was a very light car
//That probably helped

I bet you're using British mpg, which is miles per Imperial gallon. In British mpg, he got 88.75 mpg. A U.S. gallon is 80 percent of an Imperial gallon.

How many cubits to a hogshead, then?


Tobacco hogshead, or wine hogshead? I assume you mean square cubits, because otherwise it makes no sense.
 
2014-08-14 02:44:12 PM  

LazyMedia: baronbloodbath: LazyMedia: DerAppie: He is happy he got 71mpg? That is about 30km per litre.

My 17 year old car badly maintained car got 40mpg without even trying (before I had it scrapped because it couldn't get through the yearly maintenance check).

/It was a very light car
//That probably helped

I bet you're using British mpg, which is miles per Imperial gallon. In British mpg, he got 88.75 mpg. A U.S. gallon is 80 percent of an Imperial gallon.

How many cubits to a hogshead, then?

Tobacco hogshead, or wine hogshead? I assume you mean square cubic cubits, because otherwise it makes no sense.


Duh. FTFM
 
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