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mk_378

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  1. Ever notice that every town, everywhere, has a sign that says "Welcome to Historic _______". That house is like 99% of those towns. Just keep going.
  2. What were the police looking for stopping customers after leaving? People bringing the girls home? It doesn't work that way.
  3. It's a novel legal theory that a (defunct) manufacturer could sue a (deceased) customer for using the product improperly. Has that ever worked before? A defense lawyer would argue that their marketing of the product encouraged such use. The gun industry's position has always been that as long as the bullets fly when and where the shooter intended them to, the gun was working properly, and they bear no liability for the shooter's intent.
  4. Test cricket is where the teams play until everyone is out, so a match can take days. It is usually the international championship level. I was out sick for a period in the 1990s and watched cricket on TV. It became much more interesting after I looked up the rules. Interesting rules that I remember are: They use the same ball for the whole innings. Wear and tear on the ball affects how it plays, which becomes part of strategy. The umpire will not replace a ball unless it is completely falling apart. If the ball goes into the crowd, the fans have to throw it back so it can continue to be used. Catching a fly ball means the player is out, but the outfielders aren't allowed to wear gloves. Still the batters avoid hitting the ball into the air because its relatively likely to get out that way, until its near the end of the game and the team is desparate for runs. The umpires will not render a decision on anything unless a player asks them to. This is the "How's That?" or "Howzzat!" call, which is supposed to be done politely, but players tend to do it excitedly after making a big out. The umpire responds with a hand signal.
  5. No way you're ever getting that "convenience charge" back. Because you're just rocking in convenience right now.
  6. 1. Who brings machetes to a broom party? 2. If your underwear is still on, you're doing it wrong.
  7. The private schools can throw out their problem kids (disruptive, difficult to educate, or just plain dumb); public schools can't. Which one will have higher test scores? A real head-scratcher there.
  8. "Page Not Found.". So much for the timelessness of TIME. Or is it LIFE where the articles live forever?
  9. You can usually find deer pee under a buck.
  10. When I see these I wonder if @Sidewinder is this much fun in person as well. It's like a mediocre comedian doing a 30 minute monologue about once inadvertently buying eggs that were one day over the sell date.
  11. I use a voltmeter. Along those lines, it's a bad idea to try to identify toxic wastes by flavor.
  12. If it has two good block side walls it would be straightforward to build a conventional or truss frame roof across the top of those walls. The metal buildings look inexpensive at first but that is the base price. Their scheme is to upcharge a fortune for every window or door you want. There are also cheap metal carport kits with no walls or only side walls.
  13. This is interesting, especially reading the comments where people talk about how the business works. Delivery company, through a "special arrangement" (i.e. D pays G money) with Google is able to add a "Delivery" button to a restaurant's Google panel which appears first when someone searches for restaurants. Delivery company does not need the restaurant's approval to do this; they do it to every restaurant in towns where they operate, without asking. The "Delivery" button leads to a site controlled entirely by the delivery company. They present a copy of the restaurant's menu (in the vernacular, it has been "scraped" from the restaurant's site, though most people would say "copied" or "stolen") -- thus delivery company can charge customer any price they wanted to. In the initial phase of this scheme (which DoorDash calls the "demand test") customers were charged $16 for a supreme pizza which costs $24 at the restaurant. DoorDash would take orders, call then into the restaurant, and charge the customer $16. DoorDash driver would pick up the pizza and pay the restaurant $24. How would DoorDash make any money at this? Well it turns out that they don't. Their plan is apparently once they have a base of customers happily paying $16 for a $24 pizza-- delivered-- they would approach the restaurant to do it legit. Where the tables might be turned (Ha, restaurant pun) and the delivery company maybe even pays the restaurant a bit less than the in-person menu price. It is unclear to me how many of these customers would keep calling when the price jumps from $16 to $24 + delivery fees, but hey a venture capitalist can dream, can't they?

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