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Oh, what does the electricity have to do with the snow?
by Fran on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:56:17 AM EST
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British power stations don't work in the wrong kind of snow.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:58:15 AM EST
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Well, what kind of snow do they burn, then?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:59:42 AM EST
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How can you have the "wrong kind of snow?"

Never mind.  I don't want to know.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 06:43:23 PM EST
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dry and powdery rather than wet and sticky, gets inside engines of British trains for example and stops them running.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 07:10:42 PM EST
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Oh I wish I had that picture. My sister's Volvo parked outside in her driveway...got shoveled out and she hops in and starts it...or tries. It's trying to turn over but nothing's happening.

Time to look under the hood and behold, the entire engine compartment was packed right to the firewall with that dry, white, wispy stuff, only the wind blowing in her grill compacted it. The way her house and barn are situated, the wind is focused and screams through the gap, and she was parked facing windward.

Her engine was just ruined. Her husband got out the blow dryer and extension cord and melted the snow in his equally packed engine compartment before trying to start his Isuzu.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 08:20:42 PM EST
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If I'd had an internet connection back then, I wouldn't have been online cos the computer would have lacked go-juice.

Plus, the lack of electric meant that staying within glow reach of the fire was pretty important. And there wasn't any point staying up when the sun went down.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 12:18:36 PM EST
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