Spot the Mistakes in "Top 10 Everyday Things People Do To Ruin Their Cars"
Yes, British funnyman Jeremy Clarkson’s knee-jerk anti-Americanism jerks my chain. (If it’s supposed to be funny, how come I’m not laughing?) But, anti-elistist that I am, Ride Lust’s contribution to the top ten genre– “ Top 10 Everyday Things People Do To Ruin Their Cars“– is worse. Vito Rispo’s dietribe [sic] begins by dissing the geography skills of what Bill O’ Reilly oleaginously refers to as “the folks.” “Two thirds of all Americans aged 18-24 cannot find Iraq on a map; 33% couldn’t identify Louisiana; 47% couldn’t find India; 75% think English was the most widely spoken language in the world. People are idiots, and this isn’t a uniquely American phenomenon, it’s worldwide. The majority of human beings on Earth are stone dumb. Being dumb, most people do dumb things, like unknowingly destroy their car.” English “was” the most widely spoken language? It’s my firmly held belief that people are like any other animal: exactly as smart as they need to be. No more, no less. Anyway, I challenge TTAC’s Best and Brightest (hoisted by my own elitist petard!) to point out the fallacies within Mr. Rispo’s riposte. Or is that rip post?
So rusty drum brakes look better? Wait - are you talking about the inside of the drum or the outside? Nah, what looks bad are little, tiny brakes showing through 18" wheel spokes. Especially if the calipers are painted red (hey - look at me! I have tiny brakes!!!) VBG!
Ok, I know that this comment is late and that no one will probably read it, but I wanted to make sure that the most correct information is posted. I redid my simulation the correct way. I was way off before, I should turn in my Physicist Badge! Here's the new simulation done with proper conservation of energy: http://mikessmarthome.blogspot.com/2008/10/update-to-off-topic-ttac-post.html Happy to email anyone the simulation if they want to play with the numbers.
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