History MundaneUtility / RealLife

23rd May '16 1:40:35 AM OldBlindTrope
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*** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, British tank crews in north Africa fried eggs on their tanks. British tanks were equipped with on-board water boiling vessels, which could be accessed from inside the crew compartment; [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_vessel these were explicitly intended for]] [[SpotOfTea making tea]], easy access to hot water turns out to have many other uses in wartime: first aid, disinfecting the water supply, cooking rations, and so on, all without having to light fires. Almost every British tank since the Centurion, down to the present-day Challenger 2, carries a Boiling Vessel; it's surprising that the rest of the world hasn't followed suit.

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*** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, British tank crews in north Africa fried eggs on their tanks. British tanks were equipped with on-board water boiling vessels, which could be accessed from inside the crew compartment; [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_vessel these were explicitly intended for]] [[SpotOfTea making tea]], but easy access to hot water turns turned out to have many other uses in wartime: first aid, disinfecting the water supply, cooking rations, and so on, all without having to light fires. Almost every British tank since the Centurion, down to the present-day Challenger 2, carries a Boiling Vessel; it's surprising that the rest of the world hasn't followed suit.
23rd May '16 1:39:56 AM OldBlindTrope
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*** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, British tank crews in north Africa fried eggs on their tanks. British tanks were equipped with on-board water boiling vessels, which could be accessed from inside the crew compartment. Practical in that it gives you a way to disinfect water and cook boil-in-the-bag rations without leaving your tank or starting a fire, awesome because it means you always have access to a SpotOfTea. You don't get any more British than that. Oh, and you want proof of how useful this little addition is? Pretty much ''every'' British tank since World War II, up to the present day Challenger 2, has had one of these water boilers.
*** American soldiers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and Vietnam sometimes heated their meals over campfires fueled by plastic explosive. Plastic explosives can be burned safely-- they require greater heat than an ordinary campfire can provide to detonate. Expensive, but useful for firemaking where dry kindling is unavailable.
*** Soldiers in WWII and Vietnam were also able to use their helmet shells (which could be split from the liner) as pots or entrenching tools.

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*** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, British tank crews in north Africa fried eggs on their tanks. British tanks were equipped with on-board water boiling vessels, which could be accessed from inside the crew compartment. Practical in that it gives you a way to disinfect water and cook boil-in-the-bag rations without leaving your tank or starting a fire, awesome because it means you always have compartment; [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_vessel these were explicitly intended for]] [[SpotOfTea making tea]], easy access to a SpotOfTea. You don't get any more British than that. Oh, hot water turns out to have many other uses in wartime: first aid, disinfecting the water supply, cooking rations, and you want proof of how useful this little addition is? Pretty much ''every'' so on, all without having to light fires. Almost every British tank since World War II, up the Centurion, down to the present day present-day Challenger 2, has had one carries a Boiling Vessel; it's surprising that the rest of these water boilers.
the world hasn't followed suit.
*** American soldiers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and Vietnam sometimes heated their meals over campfires fueled by plastic explosive. Plastic This is probably a good way to give yourself cancer, but plastic explosives can be burned safely-- without any risk of detonation, and they require greater heat than an ordinary campfire can provide need little encouragement to detonate. Expensive, burn vigorously. It's a pretty expensive trick, but useful for firemaking where dry kindling is unavailable.
it's a good way to light a fire in the rain.
*** Soldiers in WWII and Vietnam were also able to use their helmet shells (which could be split from the liner) as pots or entrenching tools. Creator/BillMauldin had a digression on this in Literature/UpFront, talking about how US soldiers were almost always seen with their helmets, while many German soldiers abandoned theirs -- since the US helmet could double as a shovel and a cooking pot.



** Soldiers may do their washing over a long off-road trip by putting dirty fatigues, water and soap flakes in a sealed container and stashing the whole thing in the back of their jeep. It was even used to advertise the vehicle at one point.

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** Soldiers may do their washing over a long off-road trip by putting dirty fatigues, water and soap flakes in a sealed container and stashing the whole thing in the back of their jeep. ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brose "Laundry brose"]]?) It was even used to advertise the vehicle at one point.



** An American-Civil-War-vintage list of uses for a bayonet ranges from candle-holder to can opener. Stabbing the enemy is not on the list.

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** An American-Civil-War-vintage list of uses for a bayonet ranges from candle-holder to can opener. Stabbing the enemy is not on the list. (And casualty figures bore this out: no more than 2% of all wounds and deaths in the Civil War came from edged weapons.)
14th May '16 9:01:02 PM nombretomado
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*** Bored airplane mechanics would sometimes MacGyver up a wind-powered mixer, latched it with a tank of ice cream mix underneath a fighter plane, and have it fly around for a few minutes. Sometimes, though, if the mechanics were too lazy to install the mixer, the pilot compensated by performing several aerial maneuvers.

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*** Bored airplane mechanics would sometimes MacGyver {{MacGyver|ing}} up a wind-powered mixer, latched it with a tank of ice cream mix underneath a fighter plane, and have it fly around for a few minutes. Sometimes, though, if the mechanics were too lazy to install the mixer, the pilot compensated by performing several aerial maneuvers.
3rd Apr '16 4:05:54 PM jimfromtx
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*** American soldiers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and Vietnam sometimes heated their meals over campfires fueled by plastic explosive. Plastic explosives can be burned safely-- they require greater heat than an ordinary campfire can provide to detonate. Expensive, but useful for firemaking where dry kindling in unavailable.

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*** American soldiers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and Vietnam sometimes heated their meals over campfires fueled by plastic explosive. Plastic explosives can be burned safely-- they require greater heat than an ordinary campfire can provide to detonate. Expensive, but useful for firemaking where dry kindling in is unavailable.



** Soldiers may do their washing over a long offroad trip by putting dirty fatigues, water and soap flakes in a sealed container and stashing the whole thing in the back of their jeep. It was even used to advertise the vehicle at one point.

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** Soldiers may do their washing over a long offroad off-road trip by putting dirty fatigues, water and soap flakes in a sealed container and stashing the whole thing in the back of their jeep. It was even used to advertise the vehicle at one point.
15th Mar '16 1:31:15 PM tromag
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* There is more than one cryo researcher who was using liquid nitrogen from the lab to make ice cream. Or in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS7n4kVL5kA this case]] (with liquid oxygen), to light a grill.

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* There is more than one cryo researcher who was using Using liquid nitrogen from the lab to rapidly make ice cream. Or cream is both a popular activity in cryo labs, and a popular demonstration in science classes. Or, in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS7n4kVL5kA this case]] (with liquid oxygen), oxygen is used to light a grill.
9th Mar '16 5:28:33 AM V0lk_the_Edge
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* UsefulNotes/{{UNIX}} and its descendants form the backbone of nearly every computer operating system running on every conceivable form factor today, aside from [[MicrosoftWindows the desktop PC market]]. Its ''raison d'etre'' back in 1969? To allow Ken Thompson of Bell Labs to continue developing [[http://www.informationweek.com/whats-the-greatest-software-ever-written/d/d-id/1046033?page_number=4 "shoot 'em up games"]] on his own personal system after the ''Multics'' platform went under.

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* UsefulNotes/{{UNIX}} and its descendants form the backbone of nearly every computer operating system running on every conceivable form factor today, aside from [[MicrosoftWindows the desktop PC market]]. Its ''raison d'etre'' back in 1969? To allow Ken Thompson of Bell Labs to continue developing [[http://www.informationweek.com/whats-the-greatest-software-ever-written/d/d-id/1046033?page_number=4 "shoot 'em up up]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Travel_%28video_game%29 games"]] on his own personal system after the ''Multics'' platform went under.
9th Mar '16 5:22:21 AM V0lk_the_Edge
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* UsefulNotes/{{Unix}} and its descendants form the backbone of nearly every computer operating system running on every conceivable form factor today, aside from [[MicrosoftWindows the desktop PC market]]. Its ''raison d'etre'' back in 1969? To allow Ken Thompson of Bell Labs to continue developing [[http://www.informationweek.com/whats-the-greatest-software-ever-written/d/d-id/1046033?page_number=4 "shoot 'em up games"]] on his own personal system after the ''Multics'' platform went under.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Unix}} UsefulNotes/{{UNIX}} and its descendants form the backbone of nearly every computer operating system running on every conceivable form factor today, aside from [[MicrosoftWindows the desktop PC market]]. Its ''raison d'etre'' back in 1969? To allow Ken Thompson of Bell Labs to continue developing [[http://www.informationweek.com/whats-the-greatest-software-ever-written/d/d-id/1046033?page_number=4 "shoot 'em up games"]] on his own personal system after the ''Multics'' platform went under.
9th Mar '16 5:21:51 AM V0lk_the_Edge
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* UsefulNotes/{{Unix}} and its descendants form the backbone of nearly every computer operating system running on every conceivable form factor today, aside from UsefulNotes/[[MicrosoftWindows the desktop PC market]]. Its ''raison d'etre'' back in 1969? To allow Ken Thompson of Bell Labs to continue developing [[http://www.informationweek.com/whats-the-greatest-software-ever-written/d/d-id/1046033?page_number=4 "shoot 'em up games"]] on his own personal system after the ''Multics'' platform went under.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Unix}} and its descendants form the backbone of nearly every computer operating system running on every conceivable form factor today, aside from UsefulNotes/[[MicrosoftWindows [[MicrosoftWindows the desktop PC market]]. Its ''raison d'etre'' back in 1969? To allow Ken Thompson of Bell Labs to continue developing [[http://www.informationweek.com/whats-the-greatest-software-ever-written/d/d-id/1046033?page_number=4 "shoot 'em up games"]] on his own personal system after the ''Multics'' platform went under.
9th Mar '16 5:21:18 AM V0lk_the_Edge
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* Curse tablets were a form of Greco-Roman curse in which the writer would ask a god, goddess, or spirit to perform some action on their behalf. The action could be a rather ordinary thing, such as asking for revenge on thieves who stole bathers' clothes or making sure the opposition in a court case would screw up.

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* Curse tablets were a form of Greco-Roman curse in which the writer would ask a god, goddess, or spirit to perform some action on their behalf. The action could be a rather ordinary thing, such as asking for revenge on thieves who stole bathers' clothes or making sure the opposition in a court case would screw up.up.
* UsefulNotes/{{Unix}} and its descendants form the backbone of nearly every computer operating system running on every conceivable form factor today, aside from UsefulNotes/[[MicrosoftWindows the desktop PC market]]. Its ''raison d'etre'' back in 1969? To allow Ken Thompson of Bell Labs to continue developing [[http://www.informationweek.com/whats-the-greatest-software-ever-written/d/d-id/1046033?page_number=4 "shoot 'em up games"]] on his own personal system after the ''Multics'' platform went under.
25th Dec '15 1:34:29 PM arod48
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** Similarly, the Russians got the idea of bolting surplus jet engines onto trucks to clear snow off airport runways. This practice has started catching on in several areas outside of Russia as well.

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** Similarly, the Russians got the idea of bolting surplus jet engines onto trucks to clear snow off airport runways. This practice has started catching on in several areas outside of Russia as well. Such as drying the track after it rains at a NASCAR race.
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