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Θέμα: Real story



(nil): Christos Minias (cpm(@)ziplink.net)
Ημερομηνία: Τρι 16 Ιούν 1998 - 22:47:58 EEST

For the engineers among us who understand that the obvious
is not always the solution, and that the facts, no matter
how implausible, are still the facts ...
   This is a weird (true)story (with a moral) ...

   A complaint was received by the Pontiac Division of
General Motors:
   "This is the second time I have written you, and I don't
blame you for
not answering me, because I kind of sounded crazy, but it is
a fact that we
have a tradition in our family of ice cream for dessert
after dinner each
night. But the kind of ice cream varies so, every night,
after we've eaten,
the whole family votes on which kind of ice cream we should
have and I
drive down to the store to get it. It's also a fact that I
recently
purchased a new Pontiac and since then my trips to the store
have created a
problem. You see, every time I buy vanilla ice cream, when
I start back
from the store my car won't start. If I get any other kind
of ice cream,
the car starts just fine. I want you to know I'm serious
about this
question, no matter how silly it sounds: 'What is there
about a Pontiac
that makes it not start when I get vanilla ice cream, and
easy to start
whenever I get any other kind?'"
   The Pontiac President was understandably skeptical about
the letter, but
sent an engineer to check it out anyway. The latter was
surprised to be
greeted by a successful, obviously well educated man in a
fine
neighborhood. He had arranged to meet the man just after
dinner time, so
the two hopped into the car and drove to the ice cream
store. It was
vanilla ice cream that night and, sure enough, after they
came back to the
car, it wouldn't start.
   The engineer returned for three more nights. The first
night, the man
got chocolate. The car started. The second night, he got
strawberry. The
car started. The third night he ordered vanilla. The car
failed to start.
   Now the engineer, being a logical man, refused to believe
that this
man's car was allergic to vanilla ice cream. He arranged,
therefore, to
continue his visits for as long as it took to solve the
problem. And
toward this end he began to take notes: he jotted down all
sorts of data,
time of day, type of gas used, time to drive back and forth,
etc.
   In a short time, he had a clue: the man took less time to
buy vanilla
than any other flavor. Why? The answer was in the layout
of the store.
   Vanilla, being the most popular flavor, was in a separate
case at the
front of the store for quick pickup. All the other flavors
were kept in the
back of the store at a different counter where it took
considerably longer
to find the flavor and get checked out.
   Now the question for the engineer was why the car
wouldn't start when it
took less time. Once time - not the vanilla ice cream -
became the problem
the engineer quickly came up with the answer: vapor lock.
It was happening
every night, but the extra time taken to get the other
flavors allowed the
engine to cool down sufficiently to start. When the man got
vanilla, the
engine was still too hot for the vapor lock to dissipate.
   Moral of the story: even insane looking problems are
sometimes real.

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A better moral: chocolate ice cream cures vapor lock!
____________________
Christos Minias
ITS Associates, Inc.
Cpm(@)itsww.com
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