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re: 8 Disgusting Things People Eat Around the World - austintigerdad
As an exchange student in China in the late 1970's, I heard local students talk about a disgusting American food they'd heard of called "cheese." [i]Who the hell would eat cow titty secretions festered in mold? [/i] They also said Coca Cola "tastes like cough syrup." Things changed soon aft...


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re: What's the Hottest steaming load of BS anyone ever told you? - austintigerdad
[quote]Hottest steaming load of BS[/quote]The used car manager at a Toyota dealer outside of Austin told me that because my wife's three-year-old Sequoia never had a trailer hitch installed, it had obviously never pulled a boat and nobody would want it. He then low balled the trade-in offer. I w...


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]So if all that happened was an accident, I would like to know what on the 777 could cause that accident. [/quote]The commercial pilot in our family agrees with the opinion that an accidental cause is almost impossible. However I still can't imagine plotting to kill yourself and then (depen...


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
As noted previously in this thread, probably the best place to get fresh news and commentary from commercial pilots and aerospace types (mixed with the usual sprinkling of irrelevant posts) is the MH370 thread on the [link=(http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/535538-malaysian-airlines-mh370-contact-l...


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]Were you not insinuating that mechanical failure was likely...based on his personal experience?[/quote]No, I said earlier that I was inclined to believe the mechanical failure / electrical fire scenario. Then I talked to the family member who flies a 777 for a living, and he suggests that...


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]Your family member has changed his story.[/quote]I'm not sure what you mean. Last night was the first time I asked him about speculation that the reported aircraft behavior is consistent with pilots handling an emergency. He said that the reported behaviors of the aircraft are inconsi...


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]Does anyone know what's wrong with the hypoxia theory? [/quote]Last night my family member, a 777 captain for an overseas airline, told me that the automated emergency procedures programmed into every 777 are completely inconsistent with the sequence of events we've been told in the media. He...


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]Doesn't stand for anything - just part of the (sorry - edited) IATA airline code The code for Malaysia Airlines is "MH".[/quote] Correct - and the more obvious sounding choices like 'MA' and 'ML' were taken by Malév Hungarian Airlines and Midway Airlines....


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]It's pure O2. you can use it in this instance. [/quote] Yes, for spreading the fire. Somebody didn't pay attention in high school chemistry class, either. ...


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]Jesus man, read. [/quote] Those oxygen masks are for loss of cabin pressure, not fires. And yes, there's a difference. Somebody's not paying attention to their pre-flight safety demonstrations....


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]then funny you chose not to quote the next part of my post[/quote] So you're suggesting there's a system on the 777 that allows a guy with a mask to fight fires while the other 300 souls in the compartment die from Halon asphyxiation? ...


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]From what I know, on a plane you use halon to put out a fire. [/quote]I'm no aviation expert, but I recall that Halon suffocates anything that's alive in the compartment....


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]Boeing has good fire suppression systems on board a 777[/quote]Horse shite. A family member who is a 777 captain shared at least one personal experience that sounds horrifyingly similar to the fire scenario that's being explored. In this particular case, he was lucky and smart enough to ...


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re: Official Thread: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - austintigerdad
[quote]theory[/quote]Here's an [link=(http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/flight-mh370-pilots-simple-explanation-what-went-wrong-ck-153416)]expanded version[/link] of Chris Goodfellow's Wired article, temporarily put outside the by National Business Review paywall. In my opinion this is the first theor...


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re: O-T Dog Owners: What type of food do you feed your dog? - austintigerdad
[quote]raw chicken and vegetable glop [/quote] We add chicken, vegetables, and other human food to rice that we buy in bulk at a warehouse store and cook in a Chinese rice cooker. The rice helps to fill up the dogs, and is inexpensive and consistent (unlike, say, bulk potatoes)....


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re: RIP Harold Ramis - austintigerdad
I just read this [link=(https://www.byliner.com/tad-friend/stories/comedy-first?AFID=273784&share=243720620f3aaa8a0e9e8308f0f067d0)]excellent profile of Harold Ramis[/link] that was temporarily removed from a pay wall just for today. It's a long read, but it's worth it if you like Ramis' work....


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re: Nest Thermostat Thoughts - austintigerdad
[quote]And that's fine if you're paranoid, just don't act like all your precious info ("omg he keeps his thermostat above 72!") is going to get passed around to whoever wants it. [/quote]From what I read, Nest sends information over the network that reveals whether anyone is home. So unless you trus...


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re: Airport Madness......Weirdest thing you've ever seen at the airport/while flying - austintigerdad
I've seen lots of celebrities on flights and at airports: Sandra Bullock, Renée Zellweger, Howard Stern, and Mariah Carey to name a few. I thought Renée Zellweger looked way nicer IRL than she does onscreen. The others (especially Mariah) not so much....


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re: Airport Madness......Weirdest thing you've ever seen at the airport/while flying - austintigerdad
I used to fly a lot in China in the 1980's. Once my flight was oversold so they took off with passengers sitting in folding chairs in the center aisle. Once I tried to check into a flight at a really small airport and asked why the flight number was crossed off on a big chalk board. The guy a...


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re: Tips the Japanese give for visiting the United States - austintigerdad
[quote]Cashiers are slow. Abysmally slow compared to Japan. [/quote] This made me laugh because it's true. In my experience cashiers in Japan make a huge deal out of checking you out quickly and accurately. Good read....


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re: Top 25 Evil Men/Women In History - austintigerdad
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Your Most Hated Product? - austintigerdad
My most hated consumer product has got to be Blu-Ray disks and players. It pisses me off to wait 5 minutes before rented Blu-Ray movies start, while the player contacts Sony over the Internet to see if I've copied the disk. Meanwhile half the kids in the US have already downloaded the content fo...


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re: Mysteries You are Dying to Know - austintigerdad
It's not exactly a life or death conspiracy, but in 2004 Austin residents discovered that what was then the tallest building in town takes the shape of an angry owl staring down at the U. Texas campus at night. There are rumors that the corporate owners at Frost Bank are part of a secret society,...


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re: Mysteries You are Dying to Know - austintigerdad
[quote]What's under Denver INT Airport [/quote]I had not heard this Denver Airport conspiracy theory until now, but have to admit that DIA looks a little too much like a swastika. [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b4/Denver_airport_USGA_2002_mod.jpg/600px-Denver_airport_U...


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re: New Orleans street performer: Transformers edition - austintigerdad
[quote]SIAP...[/quote][link=(http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/p/47628681/Worlds-greatest-costume.aspx)]LINK[/link]...


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re: Delta 80s In flight safety video - austintigerdad
OK, I spotted Kareem Abdul Jabbar and possibly this guy from Devo. Who are the other (human) 80's stars referred to in the video's YouTube summary? [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/32/Devo.JPG/399px-Devo.JPG[/img]...


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re: What Daily Vehicle – If You Were Very Rich? - austintigerdad
[quote]Anyone that says they would drive their current car if they suddenly came up on A BILLION DOLLARS is lying.[/quote]I worked at a very large software company whose owner drove a base model Geo Metro and usually rode his bike to work. The guy invited the entire company to a Christmas party ...


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re: What Daily Vehicle – If You Were Very Rich? - austintigerdad
I wouldn't call it beautiful, but Toyota sells a Land Cruiser pickup overseas that's supposedly tough as hell for around $30,000. [img]http://www.toyotaqatar.com/en/Cars/LargeImage/79201221901227685249.jpg[/img]...


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re: What Daily Vehicle – If You Were Very Rich? - austintigerdad
[quote]i would buy a brand new Defender 90[/quote]I did not know that you can buy a brand new Land Rover that looks like this. Very cool. [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ae/Land_Rover_Defender_front_20070518.jpg/420px-Land_Rover_Defender_front_20070518.jpg[/img]...


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