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statler 05-25-2006 10:00 PM

Open Thread
 
For those burning topics that just don't quite require a thread of their own. :D

Patrick 05-26-2006 07:02 AM

The Worst Cities for Road Rage:

1. Miami
2. Phoenix
3. New York
4. Los Angeles
5. Boston

Cities With the Most Courteous Drivers:

1. Minneapolis
2. Nashville
3. St. Louis
4. Seattle
5. Atlanta

netscape.com homepage

statler 05-26-2006 07:20 AM

Patrick, that .sig line is painful. :roll:

Patrick 05-26-2006 07:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by statler
Patrick, that .sig line is painful. :roll:

funny thing is people who have never heard 'at all' pronounced by someone w/british accent dont get it :lol:

castevens 05-26-2006 02:00 PM

when I asked the price of candy in London, the seller told me "It Depends". i said "It depends on what?" And she says "No, it depends?" So I repeated "It depends on what??"

Turns out she was giving me the price. 80 pence

Corey 05-26-2006 04:14 PM

Haha

statler 06-07-2006 01:06 PM

Goddamn golf umbrellas! It bad enough these are probably the same fucks that need 2 tons of car around them so they can hog the road, but now they need five feet of friggin' umbrella to keep their precious feet dry, not giving a shit they are hogging the entire sidewalk. :evil: :evil: :evil:

Patrick 06-07-2006 01:10 PM

self-important people. Massachusetts is full of them. :P

bowesst 06-07-2006 01:22 PM

Last week I was walking down Beacon Street in the Back Bay, towards Kenmore Square. All of the sudden I look up and see a huge pick up truck driving past me (toward the State House). For those of you who don't understand what that means - he was driving the wrong way on a one way street. As the truck passed I turned around to see if he was going to realize what he was doing. He had New Hampshire plates...but I'm sure they could have just as easily been Maine plates. :wink:

Patrick 06-07-2006 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bowesst
Last week I was walking down Beacon Street in the Back Bay, towards Kenmore Square. All of the sudden I look up and see a huge pick up truck driving past me (toward the State House). For those of you who don't understand what that means - he was driving the wrong way on a one way street. As the truck passed I turned around to see if he was going to realize what he was doing. He had New Hampshire plates...but I'm sure they could have just as easily been Maine plates. :wink:

Fair enough :oops:

I was in boston in february and i must have pissed off plenty of people with my driving. either that or they were all just stretching their finger muscles.

castevens 06-07-2006 03:29 PM

I've heard that Rhode Island has the worst drivers. Us in RI think Massachusetts has the worst.

Corey 06-07-2006 03:55 PM

Driving in Massachusetts is so much fun. I honk my horn at everything and drive much more recklessly than I do at home. :)

castevens 06-07-2006 04:26 PM

You fit right in then, huh?

Patrick 06-07-2006 04:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corey
Driving in Massachusetts is so much fun. I honk my horn at everything and drive much more recklessly than I do at home. :)

i know exactly what you mean. being in boston is sorta like a free pass to disregard the traffic laws. no signal, tailgating, honking...you have to if you wish to survive, there arent any friendly maine drivers down there (who youd probably know if you pulled up next to them at a redlight) haha.

Patrick 06-07-2006 05:21 PM

coincidentally I just ran across this short article on the homepage of netscape.com today...

Test scores are in: Northeast still has dumbest driversInsurance company exam indicates one in 11 drivers would fail state licensing exam.
May 30, 2006: 12:31 PM EDT


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The tiny state of Rhode Island still ranks rock bottom in terms of driving knowledge, according to a national test conducted by GMAC Insurance. Oregon drivers answered the most questions correctly.
The test revealed that about one in 11 licensed drivers in the United States would fail a state drivers test, according to GMAC Insurance.
Rhode Island ranked last year, also, with an average score of 77. Last year, Oregon's average score was 89, which still placed at the top of the rankings that year.
Based on average scores, northwestern states generally ranked highest while the bottom-ranking states were mostly in the northeast. One exception was Vermont, which ranked third. Washington state drivers ranked second. Drivers in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia ranked at the bottom, with D.C. finishing just ahead of Rhode Island.
The 20-question test was based on questions asked in state driver's license examinations. A score of 70 or higher is required to pass a standard state test.
The failure rate for drivers in northeastern states was about 16 percent, according to GMAC Insurance. The failure rate for drivers in northwestern states was from one to seven percent.
The test and an accompanying survey were completed by 5,288 licensed drivers including at least 100 from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey asked about responses to specific driving situations.
(Cheat alert: The following paragraph includes some answers to the test.)
Approximately one in three drivers said they usually do not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. At least one out of five drivers did not know that pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right of way. At least one in five also did not know that roads are most slippery when it first starts to rain after a dry spell.

castevens 06-08-2006 10:06 PM

Quote:

KIEV (Reuters) - A man shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal's enclosure, a zoo official said on Monday.

"The man shouted 'God will save me, if he exists', lowered himself by a rope into the enclosure, took his shoes off and went up to the lions," the official said.

"A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery."

The incident, Sunday evening when the zoo was packed with visitors, was the first of its kind at the attraction. Lions and tigers are kept in an "animal island" protected by thick concrete blocks.
http://today.reuters.com/news/Articl...RAINE-LION.xml

castevens 06-08-2006 10:07 PM

http://eepybird.com/dcm1.html

What happens when you mix diet coke and mentos

statler 06-14-2006 01:01 PM

Holt Crap!

When my wife and I were looking for a house 2 years ago we looked at a dilaptated Victorian in W. Roxbury that was listed at $299,000.

Well, it's back on the market. :shock:

BTW: "meticulously restored" must mean "meticulously gutted and rebuilt from scratch" in real estate-ese. :roll: I think the original Victorian interior would have had a bit more detail.

Patrick 06-14-2006 02:12 PM

i thought roxbury was a very dangerous and murderous section of boston....but that house looks like it is in a very nice neighborhood...is west roxbury dramatically different from roxbury?

statler 06-14-2006 02:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick
i thought roxbury was a very dangerous and murderous section of boston....but that house looks like it is in a very nice neighborhood...is west roxbury dramatically different from roxbury?

Very, Very different. In fact, Roxbury & West Roxbury don't even share a border.

West Roxbury is one of the most suburban parts of Boston.Very green and leafy and very white and Irish Catholic. I'd say it's mostly upper-middle to lower-upper class. Rather boring though. That's why you don't hear too much about it.


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