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Started by milesjr on Sep 22, 2012 2:18:52 PM
The "Questions you always wanted to ask but thought not worth making a thread for

There's just some questions Google can't answer! Or when there is, it's not in layman's terms! Well, here, you can ask human questions and get human answers!

where did the forces of the universe come from (gravity, electromagnetism, the strong/weak nuclear forces).

Does infinite gravity exist?

Verdigris - 30 Sep 2018 21:56:57 (#19881 of 26245)

From the other side of the door, the increasingly iniquitous wireless doorbell often give you no clue as to whether you've rung, or not., because if the bell unit is at the back of the house, you often can't hear it. The light in the bell-push, if fitted, isn't a reliable sign, either, IME.

I knock, as well if I haven't heard the bell from outside. Mind you, more and more people don't answer the door even if the bell/knocker does work. They need shooting through the letterbox, too.

pranzingfrogg - 30 Sep 2018 22:00:37 (#19882 of 26245)

What’s needed is a loudspeaker outside as well as inside. And all doorbells by law reprogrammed to play La Cucaracha (electronic version) at double speed.

Tenesmus - 30 Sep 2018 22:57:39 (#19883 of 26245)

Our wireless doorbell has three ringers, in the hall, kitchen and shed and plays Westminster chimes. It's aces.

People still knock on the door though.

JohnIlly - 30 Sep 2018 22:58:10 (#19884 of 26245)

I am puzzled by people who knock on the door. We have a perfectly working bell which can be heard throughout the house but knocking on a door with knuckles does not carry very far.

It can be heard by someone nearby the door but I wonder how many times callers have been unsuccessful.

Sometimes after answering a knock I press the bell and say, "Just checking it's still working," to the caller.

meepmeep - 30 Sep 2018 23:03:28 (#19885 of 26245)

Anyone have any idea what numbers of young(er) people might leave the UK after Brexit?

This is only, of course, anecdotal, but I teach engineering at a UK university and can vouch for the fact that 3 years ago we taught foreign and domestic students who were hoping to stay here for a career, whereas now almost none of them are applying to UK companies (in favour of looking more widely to the EU, Germany in particular). Partially this is a view to the uncertainty of the future, but more this is a reflection of how far the wage disparity between ourselves and other EU countries has become for skilled workers post-referendum.

Verdigris - 30 Sep 2018 23:05:12 (#19886 of 26245)

I don't use my knuckles to knock, I'm far too effete and delicate. I use a metal tool on whatever will make the most noise without breaking.

I estimate that around 50% of properties don't have an effective bell, so I understand why delivery drivers, who are always on a tight schedule, go straight to the tried and tested thump on the door.

JohnIlly - 30 Sep 2018 23:13:25 (#19887 of 26245)

On a very tight schedule they just post a card through the door.

carterbrandon - 30 Sep 2018 23:19:09 (#19888 of 26245)

Always fit a door knocker as well as a doorbell. Better they pound pointlessly on that than on your paintwork.

uranrising - 30 Sep 2018 23:22:52 (#19889 of 26245)

thanks, meep

Verdigris - 30 Sep 2018 23:28:43 (#19890 of 26245)

A doctor's knocker, comprising about 2kg of brass, is enough to waken the dead. Accept no substitute!

JohnIlly - 30 Sep 2018 23:41:07 (#19891 of 26245)

Not too good on a glass door.

flowbagging - 01 Oct 2018 01:40:43 (#19892 of 26245)

After all, letterboxes are groin height

There speaks the boy who was never allowed a paper round.

uranrising - 01 Oct 2018 10:27:36 (#19893 of 26245)

Anyone else have any idea what numbers of young(er) people are predicted to leave the UK after Brexit?

Delighted_User - 01 Oct 2018 10:29:37 (#19894 of 26245)

Make a prediction of your own and parade it proudly, Mr Rising. I'm sure it will be as good as anyone else's.

uranrising - 01 Oct 2018 10:53:54 (#19895 of 26245)

I'm far too bereft of knowledge - hence I ask.

uranrising - 01 Oct 2018 11:26:17 (#19896 of 26245)

sorta the pointa this thread.

MrPurple - 01 Oct 2018 14:13:52 (#19897 of 26245)


Tenesmus - 01 Oct 2018 15:04:34 (#19898 of 26245)

We could run a sweepstake. Nearest wins a turnip.

uranrising - 02 Oct 2018 12:37:30 (#19899 of 26245)

So, despite the huge raft of knowledgeable folk on here,...

< sobs of despair >

Delighted_User - 02 Oct 2018 12:41:47 (#19900 of 26245)

Sorry to pull rank here, but my own are drowning them out.

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