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Θέμα: Re: Real story



(nil): aRtsCi (artsci(@)freemail.gr)
Ημερομηνία: Παρ 19 Ιούν 1998 - 22:26:29 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.
>
>------------------------------------------------
>
>A better moral: chocolate ice cream cures vapor lock!

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