And there are people out there who WILL believe you.
963 posts • joined 16 Jun 2011
Was asked once to look at a relative's fridge, which appeared to have given up the ghost. Investigation turned into stripdown. The thermostat gubbins is s bit if electrickery on a PCB sat underneath the top of the fridge, adorned with pitted trackwork and the remains of a partially copper plated slug*
New fridge time.
*No, the garden pest, not Trump, but I like your train of thought.
I have a lastname.johnATgmail address. I occasionally get traffic for someone in the USA. A bit if digging uncovered a guy using lastname.jonATgmail (no H) in the States. So far it's been flight confirmations, something about a baby shower and booking confirmation for a swanky New York rooftop venue. I guess he's been quoting his addy verbally in phone calls, which had been wrongly interpreted.
I had a couple of exchanges with the guy and was thanked for my efforts. It's gone quiet now but I guess it's only a question of time.
I think I might just lay in some popcorn for this one. At face value it's almost a dead ringer for Carlill vs. Carbolic Smoke Ball Co, which is one of the cornerstone cases for contractual law
Had cause to park my car round the back of a relative's place along the Thames for a month, whilst out of the country on an extended holiday.
Nothing untoward on our return but, some time later, we had issues with a sensor (DPF differential pressure, I think). The actual cause was identified as a not uncommon wiring issue, solved by a small bit of replacement loom, routed away from the problem area.
To do the job, the guy had to physically access the engine management computer, which involved removing the rain scuttle.
Had a call from him: "have you got mice?"
Turns out that while we were away (probably) the little blighters had set up home on top of the EMC. They'd chewed a fair bit of the sound deadening foam under the plastic engine cover and had ago at some of the plastic trunking underneath it as well.
A little off topic but you've reminded me of an observation from my oldest grand kiddie.
He was 8 when we'd taken him to the Amberley Museum. We had reached the exhibit about television and radio history. There were loads of elderly CRT sets, wheezing their last, entertaining the punters with generated historical test cards and sundry content. Some if it was in colour but an awful lot of sets were, naturally, monochrome.
Laddie looked thoughtful as we came away. Eventually he asked "When did they invent colour?"
We were some way from the exhibit by then, so his question was a bit out of context. We gently probed to work out what he was really asking.
It turns out he'd seen the monochrome TVs and understood that the pictures were old. He had put two and two together and come to the conclusion that the "Real World" (TM) had once all been monochrome.
Gentle explanation followed. Sweet kid.
As one illustrious commentard on these hallowed pages recently opined, such drivel is:
clickbait bullshit designed to get eyeballs for their advertisers, and axe grinding opinion pieces with statistics so abused that if the stats were kids the police would raid the premises immediately
Which rather neatly sums it up.
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