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  • FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    Aren't tanks heavy enough to destroy roads if they drive over them?

    That seems like it would be a concern.

    Roads built up to code and up to a certain limit, no. There are bridges and roads that couldn't take the weight, but they're marked before you get on them. However, I think a tank can pretty much shred whatever road surface it's on if the operator chooses to sit there and grind it up. They have to just kinda sit in place doing it though.

    Half the point of tanks being on treads is to distribute the weight so you can actually drive them around. If you took a 60-ton vehicle and put wheels on it, you'd need ridiculously huge wheels to go on dirt because otherwise the vehicle would instantly dig into the ground. Though it would be pretty damn hilarious if all tanks drove around on the insanely oversized tires that have to go on things like the mega-trucks at mining sites.

    Wasn't one of the (there were absolutely others) arguments against Trump's military parade down the mall that the tanks would destroy the roads?

    A 70-ton tank doesn't have that much more ground pressure, so straight road driving is not a problem on most roads if it's driving slowly and doesn't make very sharp turns (as long as it has rubber plates).

    However, if it does make a hard break or a tight turn it can definitely tear up a road. The damage tends to be quite limited though and easily fixed by spot-patching.

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  • valhalla130valhalla130 13 Dark Shield Perceives the GodsRegistered User regular
    edited November 25
    All I know is that when I was in the Army, we routinely drove on dirt roads as much as possible to make sure we didn't tear up roadways. And I was in 32 ton Bradleys. I imagine the 70 ton Abrams had to be even more careful.

    Yes, you can drive a tank on a road, repeatedly even, but it will weaken the road, and after driving a few companies down a road, there will be chunks the size of large potholes missing that necessitate repairs.

    We were cautioned about it in Korea, and here at Benning in Georgia.

    Having a parade down a road would probably have enough vehicles in it that the city of Washington, DC would need to spend a lot of money to fix those roads.

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  • Ninja Snarl PNinja Snarl P My helmet is my burden. Ninja Snarl: Gone, but not forgotten.Registered User regular
    It's no different than any other road usage, just magnified for the weight of the vehicle and the fact that military treads are usually metal (which obviously can tear up a road surface more easily than rubber). A lot of the reason US road infrastructure is so shitty is because the government just gave up on efficient material transportation via train and now lets it all be transported via trucks, which absolutely beat the shit out of the roads because you've got trailer loads that are 2-3 dozen tons going at 60-70 miles an hour. Even with a bunch of rubber tires to distribute the weight, it beats the shit out of roads and shortens their life considerably.

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  • FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    edited November 26
    the fact that military treads are usually metal (which obviously can tear up a road surface more easily than rubber).

    Almost all modern tracked vehicles use steel tracks with rubber plates in order to reduce the wear&tear (and improve traction) on road surfaces.
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    The problem isn't the composition of the tracks, but the peculiarities of tracked vehicles and how they turn.
    When a normal vehicle turns there is a minimum of shearing stress applied. When a tracked vehicle turns...

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    edited November 26
    Bad news: Catfish exist. I mean, seriously, have you seen those things? Yikes.
    Good news: Hungry for catfish? Just get an egg, some mentos, and coke, and you're good to go.


    Honestly this is just werid enough i felt it belonged in this thread. According to the twitter thread, it's working by having the egg act as bait, the tunnel connects to a catfish tunnel, and the resulting chemical reaction from coke + mentos floods said tunnel with C02, causing the catfish to start to suffocate and resultingly, yeet themselves at the surface.

    Edit: Further digging indicates that this is probably a hoax! So there you go.

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  • Duke 2.0Duke 2.0 Time Trash Cat Registered User regular
    South East Asia youtube has a lotta videos on using household objects and scrap to create traps for fish and snakes and eels. All sorts of aquatic wildlife. Although the specific way the videos are presented feels like produced propaganda.

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  • GoumindongGoumindong Registered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
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    Probably not terribly more so than the trucks that haul them. Though rubber tires are more efficient than treads. Its to maintain the road

    A quick google search shows an Abrams roughly gets .6 mpg, while the trucks and trailers designed to haul them get 1.2mpg. So you cut your fuel use in half to transport by truck.

    Before or after loading the tanks on them?

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited November 26
    dear lord please give me the strength to destroy this terrible tank conversation

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    dear lord please give me the strength to destroy this terrible tank conversation
    You know what would really help in your quest to destroy things?

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    A steamroller?

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Jesus! Dude can flip tables like no one's business.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    We have The Dumbest Boy Alive 2: Decade Boogaloo:

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Richland, WARegistered User regular
    We have The Dumbest Boy Alive 2: Decade Boogaloo:


    For those unfamiliar with the original and/or haven't seen the excellent Jon Bois video.

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited November 26
    We have The Dumbest Boy Alive 2: Decade Boogaloo:


    For those unfamiliar with the original and/or haven't seen the excellent Jon Bois video.


    Oh my god that video hurt my brain. I stopped listening about 6 minutes in, so maybe the one whose turn with the brain cell it was showed up, but what I saw was three different people making different mistakes and not only can nobody admit they're wrong, nobody seems to be right anyway.

    The whole 0-year thing at least makes some pedantic sense*. This argument, though... It doesn't matter where you start counting your week, there's still 7 days, and every other day means 3 days one week, 4 the next, alternating thusly.


    *-There is no year 0, so the first 100 years of the Common Era ended at the END of 100, not the beginning. However, historians define centuries, decades, and millennia a little differently than just their exact distance from 1 CE They are correctly defined by their leading digits, and the First Decade/Century/Millennium got shorted a year. This does a few things: First and most importantly, it makes naming periods easier (1990 is part of The 1990's and not The 1980's and all of the 19xx decades fit cleanly inside the 20th Century). Secondly, because the calendar was created and backdated in the 700's, it just blatantly ignores the fact that the BCE/CE transition is fuzzy and poorly pinned down, so as our understanding of history around that time has ebbed and flowed by a good fifty years either way, we stubbornly leave the centuries where they are (this is also a bigger reason than xenocentrism for the change from BC/AD). Thirdly, they wanted to put this fucking argument to sleep before the internet had it every ten damn years for eternity.

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    Hevach wrote: »
    Oh my god that video hurt my brain. I stopped listening about 6 minutes in, so maybe the one whose turn with the brain cell it was showed up, but what I saw was three different people making different mistakes and not only can nobody admit they're wrong, nobody seems to be right anyway.

    You should go finish it because it gets real good around 7 minutes in.

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  • MayabirdMayabird Pecking at the keyboardRegistered User regular
    Madican wrote: »
    It's the end of an era, the end of an age


    Or so we thought. Human stupidity, as it turns out, is eternal.

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    At least that particular idiot has been denied the means to shut down three roads and tie up a small fleet of extraction vehicles for hours. That scrape won't even hit the deductible.

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  • The Cow KingThe Cow King Walls of Jakiro Registered User regular
    Good symbol of the uselessness of road infrastructure tho

    Still doesn't work even when fixed ayy

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    Good symbol of the uselessness of road infrastructure tho

    Still doesn't work even when fixed ayy

    I don't know, I mean the truck is still driving rather than snarling traffic up for hours on end.
    And the sign was pretty clearly saying "You're too tall, you need to turn".

    I guess, at the end of the day, you can fix the road all you want, but fixing stupid is infinitely harder.

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    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
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  • klemmingklemming Registered User regular
    There have been cases of people driving double-decker buses throughinto the tunnels under railway bridges that are clearly too low for them. Like, not close enough to take the roof off, but the entire top deck.

    That was mild by comparison.

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  • Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    see317 wrote: »
    Good symbol of the uselessness of road infrastructure tho

    Still doesn't work even when fixed ayy

    I don't know, I mean the truck is still driving rather than snarling traffic up for hours on end.
    And the sign was pretty clearly saying "You're too tall, you need to turn".

    I guess, at the end of the day, you can fix the road all you want, but fixing stupid is infinitely harder.

    One of my favourite quotes of all time is by Rick Cook:
    “Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.”

    I think it's applicable to basically any kind of engineering, whether it's software, or building bridges.

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  • The Cow KingThe Cow King Walls of Jakiro Registered User regular
    I dunno the train bridges seem like centuries old infrastructure and it was working perfectly until trucks kept getting bigger and bigger and started slamming into it since cars are personal transportation controlled by individuals it only takes one idiot to stop the whole road

    It is a failure of road infrastructure and kinda a funny example of how bad it is cause as I said they modified it and it can still fail easily, its also a bit of a stretch but also a microcosm of well car culture

    I find it depressingly funny I guess

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    Before the fix that truck would have still hit because he was ignoring the signal anyway, so I doubt all the same signals would have stopped him.

    Except then he would have peeled the whole roof off and gotten stuck, requiring at least one heavy recovery vehicle and closing both the underpass and at least one of the adjacent roads.

    This way he did some cosmetic damage and took a corner bit off, inconveniencing only the poor guy who eventually destroys a tire going over the bit that came off.

    Solutions don't need to be perfect to work. One of the excuses eternally offered for not fixing the bridge years ago was that it would be almost impossible and cost millions to raise it to standard height, so why bother. But for a fraction of that they raised it half way to standard and this is the only hit so far since.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    A PSA from Thanos: perineum sunburns tain't no laughing matter (Potentially NSFW due to image of "sunning" individual):
    Tried this perineum sunning that I’ve been hearing about and my suggestion is DO NOT do it as long as I did. My pucker hole is crazy burned and I was going to spend the day shopping with my family and instead I’m icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain. I don’t know who the fuck thought of this stupid shit but fuck you nonetheless. Seriously. #blackholefriday #blackholesun #severeperineumburns #santamonicafiredepartment #assholecare

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    I'm clenching up just reading that excerpt.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    I'm clenching up just reading that excerpt.

    It definitely has pucker factor.

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  • Steel AngelSteel Angel Registered User regular
    I'm clenching up just reading that excerpt.

    It definitely has pucker factor.

    Clearly not as good as it was cracked up to be.

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    Skin that doesn't get regularly exposed to sun regularly will sunburn way faster than you expect and long before the tougher skin on your arms or legs.

    Sphincter.

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  • Inquisitor77Inquisitor77 2 x Penny Arcade Fight Club Champion A fixed point in space and timeRegistered User regular
    Where is the gone right?!?!?!?

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  • The WolfmanThe Wolfman Registered User regular
    So somebody heard the phrase "Where the sun doesn't shine" and thought "Well I'll show you!".

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  • Im pretty sure like a week ago somebody on a podcast or something said "five minutes of sunshine on your butthole is equivalent to an hour of tanning" as an example of a derangedly untrue and stupid thing to say so I guess whoever said that is semi responsible for an idiots scorched butthole

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    Where is the gone right?!?!?!?

    We get to make a bunch of shitty puns.

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  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Bluster Kerfuffle Master of Windy ImportRegistered User regular
    Where is the gone right?!?!?!?

    A fantastic Soundgarden hashtag.

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    Taint what you do it’s the way that you do it

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  • NobeardNobeard North Carolina: Failed StateRegistered User regular
    So I'm trying to imagine how someone would burn their perineum. The perineum, colloquially known as the taint, is the space between the anus and scrotum. To get sun on that, he would have to do some yoga pose or something.

    I'm not saying we are going to have an autocratic dystopia, but things keep happening that look like they come from an autocratic dystopia.
  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    Nobeard wrote: »
    So I'm trying to imagine how someone would burn their perineum. The perineum, colloquially known as the taint, is the space between the anus and scrotum. To get sun on that, he would have to do some yoga pose or something.

    The article has a potentially NSFW image that illustrates exactly how you do it.

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  • The WolfmanThe Wolfman Registered User regular
    It's goatse. Somebody has turned goatse into a medical fad. Just let that bit of fucked up trivia sink in.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I think one of the Jackass guys started it.
    If "uncritically following patently idiotic health fads" is the way our species goes out, we probably deserve it.

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  • shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    I think one of the Jackass guys started it.
    If "uncritically following patently idiotic health fads" is the way our species goes out, we probably deserve it.

    Natural selection just looks weird in more intelligent species, ok?

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