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  1. Dome Vongvises

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    1. What is the (R+M)/2 method? It's listed on the side of gas dispensers as the method for obtaining the octane of gasoline.

    2. Two Bits, Four Bits a dollar, all for [insert name], stand up and holler!!!
    - What's the origin of two bits and four bits? Who's bright idea was it to put that into a cheer?

    3. What's the first sports team to use the "We Will Rock You"/"We Are The Champions" as a rally song?

    I'll have some more.
     
  2. Malcolm R

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    And who decided that 12.5 cents equals one bit?
     
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    That comes from 'pieces of eight' of pirates yore. The coins could be broken into eight pieces.

    Glenn
     
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    The (R+M)/2 is an average of two octane values, the Research Octane Number and the Motor Octane Number.
    RON is determined in a single cylinder variable compression ratio engine that operates at 600 rpm with a 125 degree inlet air temperature at standard barometric pressure. Spark advance is fixed at 13 degrees btdc. In a real world engine, RON is necessary to satisfy part throttle knock problems.

    MON is determined in a single cylinder engine similar to the RON engine with a few changes that make operating conditions more severe and therefore the octane numbers are lower. The MON engine runs at 900 rpm with a 300 degree mixture temperature. Spark advance varies with compression ratio. In a real world engine, MON is necessary to satisfy octane demands at wide open throttle. This is a very important number for racing engines since they spend a high percentage of their lives under high speed and high load conditions. Racing engines cannot afford to be short on octane quality, since detonation or preignition will quickly reduce a racing engine to junk.
     
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    I am told that the Los Angeles Lakers may be the first sports team to use this song. I had been hearing "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions" since I first watched Laker home games in 1988.
     
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    here's something I've always wondered about...how come asphault never stays black?...it seems to always turn gray.
     
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    On the asphalt, it's probably getting bleached by sunlight.
     
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    We still haven't determined where washing machines send our socks, so perhaps this thread is premature. [​IMG]
     
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    Ok, on the asphalt line;
    When tires wear out, the tread gets thinner. Therefore, why is there no rubber to be found littering the sides of heavily traveled roads?

    You figure, the average tire life is 50,000 miles. So, if you have a 1 mile stretch of road, that gets 50,000 cars on it per day (not uncommon) then each day, the equivalent of 36 cubic inches of tire tread is spread acoss that distance. 21 cubic feet in a week, 90 in a month, and 364 CUBIC YARDS per year! So where does it go?
     
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    Eric_L said:
     
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    Here's yet another one: Dome, how do you pronounce your last name?
     
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    My question is: Why isn't DST centered around the shortest day of the year? I can tell every Spring that we should have changed the clocks back from ST to DST, but it doesn't happen until April. What's with that?

    Glenn
     
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    Where does the white go when snow melts?

    Jon
     
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    Chuck C said:
     
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    Why are hot dogs sold in packages of 10, but hot dog buns in packages of 8 ? [​IMG]
     
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    Ok, since we're going in this direction, "Why do men have nipples?" Ba-dum-bum.
     

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