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Richard230
25 December 2010, 1645
There were some interesting items in my newspaper today:

In an article titled "Electric Vehicles, more than just cars", it says: "Despite all of the recent hype about electric cars, they make up only about half of the electric vehicle market, says IDTechEx chairman Peter Harrop. He told the audience at the recent opening session of the Future of Electric Vehicles conference in San Jose, CA, that this will likely continue, with two-wheelers such as scooters, motorcycles and "e-bikes" making up a large portion of the other half of the EV market.

Another article says that Honda has announced the 2010 Honda Fit EV concept, which will become Honda's first all-electric production model. For the EV, the motor will be derived from the H2-powered FCX Clarity and will give the Fit an estimated 100-mile range and a top speed of 90 mph. Honda says that the range could be extended by up to 17% by operating in the "Econ" mode, instead of the "Normal" or "Sport" modes.

Meanwhile, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store outlets in Tennessee will install EV recharging stations at 24 of its old times-themed restaurants across the state. They will receive Blink's DC Fast Charge stations, allowing diners to charge their plug-in EVs to 80% capacity within about 20 minutes, about the time it takes to order and eat a meal. Their other 12 restaurants will received Blink's EV Level 2 charging station, which gives a slower charge, affording customers quality time browsing in their retail shop. This plan was inspired by the company's founder who installed gasoline pumps in early store locations. Installation of the charging stations will be complete by next summer.

An last and no doubt least, it is reported that though the death and injury rates for motorcycle riders in Nigeria is high, compliance with that country's helmet use is very poor. This is because many riders fear "juju", which is the presence of supernatural spirits inside head coverings Juju captures a person's brain and takes it away. :eek: (You would think they could use tin foil or something to prevent the loss of their brains. :D )

chef
25 December 2010, 1955
An last and no doubt least, it is reported that though the death and injury rates for motorcycle riders in Nigeria is high, compliance with that country's helmet use is very poor. This is because many riders fear "juju", which is the presence of supernatural spirits inside head coverings Juju captures a person's brain and takes it away. :eek: (You would think they could use tin foil or something to prevent the loss of their brains. :D )Ironic since over here, riding without a helmet is bad Juju :p


I also heard during the Leaf test drive that Cracker Barrel would be offering charging stations. Seemed odd at first but makes more sense hearing that CB used to have gas pumps.

billmi
26 December 2010, 0410
Those enterprising Nigerians (some sources claim that as much as 1/3 of the Nigerian economy comes from running scams outside the country via mail and the Internet)... When the helmet law was enacted some of them started wearing pumpkins on their heads: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7813418.stm The government started giving motorcycles to unemployed people to start taxi businesses. Not surprisingly putting untrained riders on the road with passengers lead to rising deaths. So instead of training the riders they enacted a helmet law. The taxi passengers are afraid to wear a helmet given to them by the taxi rider, because it might be used to cast a spell on them. The taxi owners don't want to buy helmets because of the cost, and because they get stolen by the passengers at the end of the ride.

teddillard
26 December 2010, 0612
Yeah, from the reading I've done, it's not as much "those enterprising Nigerians", as those people who can fly under the flag of Nigeria to get away with just about anything. I can't find the story, but there was this piece about why "Nigerian Tankers" seem to be at the crux of a lot of major disasters- oil and otherwise. Basically, anybody with a boat - whatever kind of boat - can get a Nigerian registration...

Here's a piece about the result of Nigerian "government" on their coast: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/world/africa/17nigeria.html

"The Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface, has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. "

...kind of puts the Gulf spill into perspective, as well as the NIMBY attitude of most of us, while we still stay addicted to "our" oil. It also shows what a greedy, self-interest driven government is capable of- and brings back the old saw: "The success of our democracy depends on an educated citizenry."

...sorry, kind of off-topic. Great news about the charging stations.

mpipes
26 December 2010, 0727
20 minutes to order and eat a meal at Cracker Barrel? A little wishful thinking, plus the 15+ waiting for your table.... But just that much more time to charge an EV (and spend more $ in the gift shop)

Richard230
26 December 2010, 1638
I have recently been informed that there is another reason to wear a tin-foil helmet, as detailed below:

Prepare for a fight.

Aliens will try to stop you from wearing the helmet both mentally and physically. Remember that they can read your mind. Before you make one they may try to influence you that you donít need one. Once you start wearing a helmet they may harass you or perhaps threaten to kill a pet in retaliation. They are good at manipulating your spouse to have a conflict with you about wearing the helmet. If you forget to wear it one time they may physically hurt you. They have done these things to a minority of abductees wearing helmets. Most abductees report complete success with the helmet when they wear it as much as they can."

Tin foil is so early 20th Century! Now you want to use Velostat, which those bags that motherboards and such come in are made from.
http://www.stopabductions.com/

Actually, these helmets are pretty stylish, as shown in the attached photo. :)

I also received a warning about riding in Mozambique. Note that they suggest wearing bells and using pepper spray to scare the lions away and to also look for bells and the odor of pepper in lion poop to check for their presence locally. A wise precaution for sure. :D