History AwesomeButImpractical / RealLife

25th Sep '16 12:43:25 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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* Supercars in police forces. They look like they're designed to chase criminals at high speeds, but most criminals don't themselves use supercars in the first place, so you can perfectly effectively chase them in your average souped-up police cruiser - the maintenance and parts for which are a fraction of the cost of what the city would have to pay to keep that Lambo on the road. As for the occasional criminals who actually do use very fast cars, cameras and helicopters are much safer than initiating a 300 km/h chase on busy highways, even if your department owns a car capable of doing so.
** One practical use for the supercars, particularly all-wheel-drive ones, is rushing organs for transplant from donor to recipient when having them in the same facility or using aircraft isn't practical, which is not as infrequent as you'd think.
** Supercars ''can actually'' be drafted into a police force if local laws allow illegal, confiscated property or personal vehicles to be used in police operations.
* Sports cars are this if you don't live near a closed track or in a flat rural area. Most laws prevent you from driving at full speed, and they're much more dangerous for everyday use. They have less storage space, worse fuel efficiency, and less safety features than normal passenger cars.



* The point of super cars. They look pretty, they're loud, they have a lot of horsepower and can travel pretty darn fast... on a straight road with no bumps whatsoever. Otherwise, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbG-4VWqpA be prepared]] for bumper repairs or scraping bottom. As an extra insult, supercars offer little to no room for even an extra kid, a pet or a small luggage, making this an inversion of BiggerOnTheInside trope. For the budget-minded who wants to get the feel of one, super cars are better experienced in a [[RacingGame video game driving simulator]] with a simulator steering-wheel and controls.\\

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* The point of super super/sports cars. They look pretty, they're loud, they have a lot of horsepower and can travel pretty darn fast... on a straight road with no bumps whatsoever. Otherwise, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbG-4VWqpA be prepared]] for bumper repairs or scraping bottom. As an extra insult, supercars offer little to no room for even an extra kid, a pet or a small luggage, making this an inversion of BiggerOnTheInside trope. For the budget-minded who wants to get the feel of one, super cars are better experienced in a [[RacingGame video game driving simulator]] with a simulator steering-wheel and controls.\\


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** Likewise, supercars in police forces. They look like they're designed to chase criminals at high speeds, but most criminals don't themselves use supercars in the first place, so you can perfectly effectively chase them in your average souped-up police cruiser - the maintenance and parts for which are a fraction of the cost of what the city would have to pay to keep that Lambo on the road. As for the occasional criminals who actually do use very fast cars, cameras and helicopters are much safer than initiating a 300 km/h chase on busy highways, even if your department owns a car capable of doing so. Supercars ''can actually'' be drafted into a police force if local laws allow illegal, confiscated property or personal vehicles to be used in police operations.\\
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One practical use for the supercars, particularly all-wheel-drive ones, is rushing organs for transplant from donor to recipient when having them in the same facility or using aircraft isn't practical, which is not as infrequent as you'd think.
24th Sep '16 12:56:50 PM Jhonny
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* Light rail's main advantage--its ability to share existing roads--is also its curse. Accidents involving motorists turning into the path of light rail vehicles are very common. They also can't be rerouted to deal with road closures the way buses can.
24th Sep '16 10:21:47 AM nombretomado
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* Most martial art styles you see in the movies is this trope. You see all those cool backflips, dodging moves that JackieChan and BruceLee know? They're real, though choreographed for movies. The most effective techniques are the simple ones you learn early. Some less-than-practical examples from Shaolin Kenpo:

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* Most martial art styles you see in the movies is this trope. You see all those cool backflips, dodging moves that JackieChan and BruceLee Creator/BruceLee know? They're real, though choreographed for movies. The most effective techniques are the simple ones you learn early. Some less-than-practical examples from Shaolin Kenpo:



** BruceLee once commented that a person who has trained for a year in boxing and a year in wrestling could beat any eastern martial artist in a no-holds-barred fight.

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** BruceLee Creator/BruceLee once commented that a person who has trained for a year in boxing and a year in wrestling could beat any eastern martial artist in a no-holds-barred fight.
24th Sep '16 2:37:04 AM morane
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* Butterfly stroke on UsefulNotes/swimming. It is considered as the most difficult to learn and the most energy consuming swimming style, whilst it isn't the fastest (freestyle is). It has little use aside swimming competitions - breaststroke is the most energy-efficient overall swimming style.

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* Butterfly stroke on UsefulNotes/swimming.swimming. It is considered as the most difficult to learn and the most energy consuming swimming style, whilst it isn't the fastest (freestyle is). It has little use aside swimming competitions - breaststroke is the most energy-efficient overall swimming style.
24th Sep '16 2:34:24 AM morane
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* Butterfly stroke on [[UsefulNotes/swimming]]. It is considered as the most difficult to learn and the most energy consuming swimming style, whilst it isn't the fastest (freestyle is). It has little use aside swimming competitions - breaststroke is the most energy-efficient overall swimming style.

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* Butterfly stroke on [[UsefulNotes/swimming]].UsefulNotes/swimming. It is considered as the most difficult to learn and the most energy consuming swimming style, whilst it isn't the fastest (freestyle is). It has little use aside swimming competitions - breaststroke is the most energy-efficient overall swimming style.
24th Sep '16 2:32:50 AM morane
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* Butterfly stroke on swimming. It is considered as the most difficult to learn and the most energy consuming swimming style, whilst it isn't the fastest (freestyle is). It has little use aside swimming competitions - breaststroke is the most energy-efficient overall swimming style.
* Martial arts aimed against a single set of opponents, such as jodo. Jodo was originally developed by Gonnosuke Musō [[CoolVersusAvesome after his defeat to Miyamoto Musashi]] and it is aimed against katana-armed unarmoured opponent to defeat him. It is next to useless against anyone who a) has any body armour or b) is armed with a different weapon.

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* Butterfly stroke on swimming.[[UsefulNotes/swimming]]. It is considered as the most difficult to learn and the most energy consuming swimming style, whilst it isn't the fastest (freestyle is). It has little use aside swimming competitions - breaststroke is the most energy-efficient overall swimming style.
* Martial arts aimed against a single set of opponents, such as jodo. Jodo was originally developed by Gonnosuke Musō [[CoolVersusAvesome [[CoolVersusAwesome after his defeat to Miyamoto Musashi]] and it is aimed against katana-armed unarmoured opponent to defeat him. It is next to useless against anyone who a) has any body armour or b) is armed with a different weapon.
24th Sep '16 2:28:28 AM morane
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* Butterfly stroke on swimming. It is considered as the most difficult to learn and the most energy consuming swimming style, whilst it isn't the fastest (freestyle is). It has little use aside swimming competitions - breaststroke is the most energy-efficient overall swimming style.
* Martial arts aimed against a single set of opponents, such as jodo. Jodo was originally developed by Gonnosuke Musō [[CoolVersusAvesome after his defeat to Miyamoto Musashi]] and it is aimed against katana-armed unarmoured opponent to defeat him. It is next to useless against anyone who a) has any body armour or b) is armed with a different weapon.


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** Applies also to throwing stars (shurikken).
8th Sep '16 7:42:00 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* The Luger P08 looks good, and is superbly machined and precisely fitted. That's why it was a ''terrible'' combat pistol. The toggle action is notoriously finicky and fails to cycle without the proper ammunition, and the tight tolerances means even a tiny amount of grit quickly jams it up. The Luger worked fine as an officer's sidearm for shooting prisoners and deserters, but it didn't take long for the German army to notice how poorly suited the gun was for infantrymen and it was eventually replaced as standard issue by the Walther P-38.

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* The Luger P08 looks good, is absolutely gorgeous for a handgun, and is superbly machined and precisely fitted. That's why it was a ''terrible'' combat pistol. The toggle action is notoriously finicky and fails to cycle without the proper ammunition, and the tight tolerances means even a tiny amount of grit quickly jams it up. The Luger worked fine as an officer's sidearm for shooting prisoners and deserters, but it didn't take long for the German army to notice how poorly suited the gun was for infantrymen and it was eventually replaced as standard issue by the Walther P-38.
6th Sep '16 2:50:04 PM DavidDelony
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* Light rail's main advantage--its ability to share existing roads--is also its curse. Accidents involving motorists turning into the path of light rail vehicles are very common. They also can't be rerouted to deal with road closures the way buses can.
6th Sep '16 2:45:29 PM DavidDelony
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* There's a reason there aren't a whole lot of monorail-based transit projects. The key problem is that the whole monorail system has to be grade-separated. That is, it has to be completely off the ground. The costs involved in building monorails means that it's most cost-efficient to build a single track. Switching tracks has been prohibitively expensive and almost impossible until very recently. Most monorails are limited to short loops around theme parks and airports.
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