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Sorry, there should be a whole string of winky smiley faces at the end of that sentenence. My work colleges feel I need a flag that is sided Serious & Sarcasm and it should be flipped side to side depending on my comments. They are learning Sarcasm is what it would be flipped too and are giving up asking for the flag.
Isn't gravity something? Cheep and reliable I always say.
The funny thing about that CNN news cast (real or not cause yesterday was April 1) is I have lived that question so many times over the years it's amazing. I have worked in fuel systems now for 23 yrs and the same questions keep coming back. Hey, it just quit running, what could be wrong with the fuel system (out of gas/diesel?), etc. and yes engineers of 10 yrs or more experience can still run things out of fuel only to diagnose the most awful failure modes imaginable because it won't start again.
But my favorite ever was when a manager told me the fuel system was poorly design because it would deliver water to the power cylinder and he had just spent 4 hrs bobbing in the lake waiting for help. I calmly explained to him that there was nothing wrong with the fuel system and I was quite sure it had accurately delivered the liquid in the fuel tank to the power cylinders. Conversation became more tense when I also explained that the operator (him) had ignored 57 codes of "Water in Fuel" the 1 1/2 hours before the motor quit running; and that water was a poor choice for a fuel with it's low energy content, lack of vaporization, and relatively poor igniteability characteristics. Yes a long chain Hydrocarbon would have been more suitable fuel