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Over here in GB or UK as we now have to call it our milk is delivered by geezers (Dick van Dykeish) using electric vehicles called Milk FloatsI've tried vainly to find out why they are called floats as nothing is levitated, does anyone know the answer?
By the way do paper boys in the U.S really throw them on the lawn as they speed by on a bike? What happens when its raining? Why doesn't the next door neighbour steal it? What happens if you live in a flat? What happens if you are on holiday? :roll:
 
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Originally posted by Graham Mead:

By the way do paper boys in the U.S really throw them on the lawn as they speed by on a bike? What happens when its raining? Why doesn't the next door neighbour steal it? What happens if you live in a flat? What happens if you are on holiday? :roll:


In some communities they are delivered that way. As far as raining, they put them in plastic baggies. Some areas they have a box (like a mailbox) to put them in. They can't actually put them in the mailbox because of postal regulations. Some people do steal them but I don't think it is that common. Nobody lives in a flat over here (apartment). They also are never on a holiday(vacation).
 
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Cheers Paul,
Thats cleared a few things up. Float still worries me tho!
I'm sceptical about the lack of U.S vacationers cos when I went to Alaska a few years back there were loads of 'em driving mobile towns called Winnebagosnow that is one hell of a word
Are Alaskans American??
 
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In our area the newspapers are delivered by adults because of the fear of children being snatched. It's probably not a realistic fear but very few parents were allowing their children to deliver newspapers so now the delivery companies only use adults.
 
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You can call the newspaper or the delivery person and have them suspend delivery while you are on vacation.
More common however is to ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and newspaper for you so that you are not advertising that no one is home :roll: .
PS: Newpaper Boys can be bribed to make sure that the paper gets within an arms reach of your door .
 
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And where are all the newspaper girls??
 
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OOPs Sorry my fault. I did mean Newspaper young people but it didn't look right.
BTW, Faucet whats all that about then? Although when you think about it Tap isn't any more descriptive.
 
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"Tap" comes from tapping into the water line.
"Faucet" comes from Middle French. The Middle French word fausset means a bung, which is the tap used to fill a bung hole.
 
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My personal favourite is why do all US phone numbers start with 555?
Or maybe I've been watching too many movies.
 
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Alaskans are indeed Americans.
Winnebago is the name of an American Indian tribe that lived in what is now Wisconsin.
 
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Originally posted by Linda Jones:
My personal favourite is why do all US phone numbers start with 555?

It's easier to remember that way. Some of us are trying to get the phone company to use 555-5555 for all numbers to help those of us whose long term memory is fading.
 
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Here you are Graham...
Milk Floats
Linda
 
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
In our area the newspapers are delivered by adults because of the fear of children being snatched. It's probably not a realistic fear but very few parents were allowing their children to deliver newspapers so now the delivery companies only use adults.


Same thing here. Sad really. I thought it was mostly because kids these days were so damn lazy. Hell, when it snows around here, there isn't even anybody knocking on doors asking to shovel me out. What's up with that? When I was a kid at the first sight of a good snow fall, we'd be out first thing in the morning knocking on doors offering to shovel people out. But I digress...
 
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Tell kids of today that and they won't believe it.
 
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Cheers Linda, Thomas
My life is now complete! A whole website of Milk Float info and the derivations of Tap and Faucet to boot.
Is the reason my US distant relatives use Faucet just to spite George III or was it to do with Gen Montcalm, Wolf, Quebec our French neighbours and all that?
I've always thought 911 was a much better idea than 999 as in the UK. Esp if seconds might save lives
 
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Originally posted by Graham Mead:
I've always thought 911 was a much better idea than 999 as in the UK. Esp if seconds might save lives


Why not "111"? That will be much much better!
Or just "1" which is 3 times better than "111"
 
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I like it, even better why don't the emergency services just phone round on a regular basis, to see if you are in trouble, no need to make that call!
Like the way this thread keeps jumping in front of the "anti-Americanism" one. Sooooo heavvvvvy that one, I like Americans. Maybe we should have a high medium and light meaningless drivel section just like cigarettes!
My favourite question is:
Is there another word for Thesaurus?
 
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Regarding possibility of newspaper theft - most newspapers have a phone number you can call if this happens, and they will come out later and redeliver. Usually no one knows for sure if it was theft or a mistake on the part of the deliverer, but either way you get another paper. If it's a recurring problem you get up early and lie in wait in the yard to see if one of your neighbors tries to nab the paper.
 
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Why doesn't the Paper person just stick it through your letterbox like I used to do when I was a lad in the UK that would solve the paper nabbing problem! Is it an efficiency thing? Do you US guys/ladies really have those box things at the end of your gardens/yards with the little flag on it?
 
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I've always thought 911 was a much better idea than 999 as in the UK. Esp if seconds might save lives
It's been a long time since I saw a pulse-tone phone. For touch-tone there's no difference in dialing time.
Reminds me of my favorite line from the Disney Hercules movie. After another character has had an accident: "Quick! Dial IX-I-I!" (Evidently this was set after the rise of Rome.)
 
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Like the way this thread keeps jumping in front of the "anti-Americanism" one. Sooooo heavvvvvy that one, I like Americans.


I think its a shame this anti-whoever thing.
I find there's lots of people I like, and lots of people I don't like (and lots more I don't know obviously), but its not really related to what country they live in/identify with.
I'm in the UK and milk in my area gets delivered by a diesel truck not a milk float. I don't think you can get newspapers delivered.
In NZ the emergency number is 111. Although if you dial 911 or 999 I think they put you through anyway.
Linda
 
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I agree!
My milk is delivered by an old guy in an Electric Milk Float and i'm sure he never charges its battery. I often get stuck behind him on the way to work, I don't know him personally but sometimes I'm not too keen on him when I'm running late
 
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Originally posted by Graham Mead:
Why doesn't the Paper person just stick it through your letterbox like I used to do when I was a lad in the UK that would solve the paper nabbing problem! Is it an efficiency thing? Do you US guys/ladies really have those box things at the end of your gardens/yards with the little flag on it?


Postal regulations prohibit this.
 
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Yes, we really have little boxes with flags on them for the mail --- or the option of renting a little box at the post office....
Our newspapers either are thrown onto our lawns, or dropped off at our door (if we live in an apartment/flat). Sometimes they are put into little boxes (like our mailboxes with flags) especially for them. It is against the law to put the newspaper into a place where mail goes.
 
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I don't have a mailbox by the road with a flag on it. Our mailbox is on our house. When I was a kid, some mailboxes had an extra hook thing under them to place the newspapers. You could also get a special newspaper box from the newspaper publisher to put next to your mailbox.
The reason the newspaper delivery guy throws the newspaper is because he has to deliver a lot of newspapers. When I was a kid I delivered 40 newspapers and made about $5 a week (this was a long time ago). For an adult to take the job they would have to make a lot more money.
 
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We live way out in the country on a private road, and the post master will not drive up the road, so we all have a bank of mailboxes with red flags on them lined up at the end of the road.
There is hope that they might start delivering up the road, but since it is about 200 foot from my house to the road, I would still have the little white box with a red flag.
 
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Can someone explain how the little red flags work?
Thanks,
Linda
 
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Originally posted by Linda Jones:
Can someone explain how the little red flags work?
Thanks,
Linda


http://freespace.virgin.net/john.cletheroe/usa_can/odds/#mailboxes
 
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Thanks Thomas,
I always thought the postperson put the little red flag up to tell you there was mail in your box. Now I know I was wrong. Pretty neat having your mail picked up from your house. Does it cost more?
Linda
 
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No, same cost. Once a day delivery 6 days a week.
However the little flag gives teenage boys something to twist off when driving the country roads on weekend nights :roll: .
 
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Originally posted by Linda Jones:
Pretty neat having your mail picked up from your house.


Yes it is. As a by-product, people develop new customs over the time. In some areas on Christmas eve, the postman drops a personal Christmas Greetings card in the mailbox for the resident. On the same day, or the next day after Christmas, the red-flag is up and there is a Greeting card for the postman from the resident sometimes accompanied by small gifts or cash in appreciation of the services.
Talking of the post, anybody heard of Operation Santa Clause of NYC? That's a very cool thing.
 
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Oh, talk about Postal Service. More than once I received DVDs in post (ebay etc etc), and since postman could not push it thru the mail slot in the door (I think thats what they call it here, that small vent in the main door), he some how found an partially open window and pushed it thru!!
I was quite amused to see a decently wrapped DVD next to my waste-bin in the kitchen that evening!
 
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I got a note once from UPS. Left with Bushes. I kept thinking who the hell are the Bushes. I don't know any Bushes. Of course the UPS driver used with instead of in and capitalized so someone glancing at the note would think it was somewhere else. Much like I did.
 
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or the option of renting a little box at the post office


Get one of these and experience anti-humanity.
NO PO BOXES ALLOWED.
You have a po box?
Why don't you get your mail like everyone else?
 
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Originally posted by Rufus BugleWeed:
NO PO BOXES ALLOWED.

Some of those box rental places allow you to use the street address with an apt# which is really a box number.
 
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Originally posted by Rufus BugleWeed:

You have a po box?
Why don't you get your mail like everyone else?


If they ask, just tell them it's a place to send stuff you don't want your significant other to see.
 
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If they ask, just tell them it's a place to send stuff you don't want your significant other to see.


I forgot that insult. But it has happened. I just tell people, I'm doing research for a book.

Some of those box rental places allow you to use the street address with an apt# which is really a box number.


The PO gives one better forwarding service when one moves on. In one of the other threads around here I took the test about whether I was a liberal or a conservative. I picked the PO as being more trustworthing than the FBI or any of the others. Certainly I think they are more trustworthy than MBE.
I could not believe I showed up between Hillary and Bill. But I don't think it was a completely accurate test. Who remembers FDR, but I picked him. Questions I did not answer pushed me to the left too.
I've been a loyal PO customer for decades. Every time I go in there it's like they don't know me from the man on the moon.
 
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Originally posted by Rufus BugleWeed:
I just tell people, I'm doing research for a book.


You might want to come up with a new one. I think Pete Townsend has pretty much killed that excuse.
 
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