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Mon Apr 15, 2013, 10:29 PM

Some my know this...

...Why are fire trucks red?

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Reply Some my know this... (Original post)
discntnt_irny_srcsm Apr 2013 OP
csziggy Apr 2013 #1
discntnt_irny_srcsm Apr 2013 #3
NightWatcher Apr 2013 #2
discntnt_irny_srcsm Apr 2013 #5
In_The_Wind Apr 2013 #13
Rosco T. Apr 2013 #4
discntnt_irny_srcsm Apr 2013 #6
cliffordu Apr 2013 #7
OriginalGeek Apr 2013 #12
Tuesday Afternoon Apr 2013 #9
Bucky Apr 2013 #8
discntnt_irny_srcsm Apr 2013 #11
cliffordu Apr 2013 #20
discntnt_irny_srcsm Apr 2013 #10
In_The_Wind Apr 2013 #14
discntnt_irny_srcsm Apr 2013 #15
In_The_Wind Apr 2013 #16
discntnt_irny_srcsm Apr 2013 #17
In_The_Wind Apr 2013 #18
discntnt_irny_srcsm Apr 2013 #19

Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 10:32 PM

1. Sympathetic magic

By making the trucks red, they take power from the fire.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 10:36 PM

3. keep trying...

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 10:34 PM

2. if someone pulled your hose all day long....

you'd be red too

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 10:37 PM

5. I'm not touching that...

...with anything.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 12:04 AM

13. I don't have a hose.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 10:37 PM

4. Then aGAIN

Fire trucks are red because newspapers are red. Newspapers originally cost 25 cents. Half of 25 is about 12. 12 inches are in a foot. A foot is a ruler. Queen Elizabeth was a ruler. Queen Elizabeth was also a ship. Ships are in the ocean. Fishes are also in the ocean. Fish have fins. Fins fought the Russians. Russians are red and that's why fire trucks are red. They are always rushing.

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Response to Rosco T. (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 10:38 PM

6. Oh you're close

maybe an alternative derivation...

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Response to Rosco T. (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 10:39 PM

7. I think you might have won the innernets today.

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Response to cliffordu (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 11:58 PM

12. I won the innernets once

Then I went too far and MFM took them back.


DON'T GO TOO FAR ROSCO T! INNERNETS CAN BE RECALLED!

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Response to Rosco T. (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 11:04 PM

9. lol

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 10:54 PM

8. As Tevye sang: "Traditionnnn... TRADITION!!" But also because red's sposedly easier to see.

This is what a firefighter once told me: For a long time, people assumed red was the color that most caught the attention of the human eye. Therefor red became the smartest color to paint the emergency vehicles that were rushing through busy intersections trying to get to an emergency. Red was, supposedly, one of the few colors that horses could see, so they would aware of these flying hazards and avoid them.

Years later, in the 20s and 30s, as optics became a better studied science, it was discovered that humans actually see yellow better than red. In response, a lot of localities started painting their fire engines bright yellow. There are small municipalities around the country that still have those yellow firetrucks (I know from personal experience Sapulpa OK is one of those towns). But in most of the country the introduction of traffic lights and the improvement in siren acoustics meant that running into a firetruck was far less of a hazard. So most placed elected to stay with tradition and keep their fire engines red.

Again, this comes from an old codger who spent thousands of hours in his adult life sitting around a firehouse and thinking up shit to talk about with his colleagues. I can't vouch for his veracity, but I think it make for a nice story.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 11:20 PM

11. Well

You're probably right. I'm told the dark green part of the spectrum is the most difficult to see.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 01:31 AM

20. I read a study once that claimed the best camo in a north American forest

was simple blue jean material.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 11:17 PM

10. Here's my version

Fire trucks have 4 wheels and 8 firefighters.
4 plus 8 is 12.
12 inches is a foot.
A ruler is 1 foot long.
and then we're back to Rosco T: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018366529#post4
Queen Elizabeth was a ruler.
The Queen Elizabeth was a ship.
Ships sail in the ocean.
Fish are in the ocean.
Fish have fins.
The Fins fought the Russians.
Russians are red.
Fire trucks are always rushin', therefore...


Thanks everyone

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 12:05 AM

14. Cause pink won't move anyone outta the way.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #14)

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 12:10 AM

15. and...

...yellow is mellow,
but today is so gray
and the water so blue,
Happy Tuesday to you.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 12:23 AM

16. Since I was born on Tuesday ... that works for me.

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http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018296025

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #16)

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 12:26 AM

17. That's just sunny

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #17)

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 12:42 AM

18. I was asleep. I think maybe I need a midnight snack.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #18)

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 12:48 AM

19. Me too.

I getting pineapple and grapes.

goodnight

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