Saturday, May 13, 2017

ask Google - garbage disposal

Yep, today I asked Google "would your arm really get sucked down into the garbage disposal if it got turned on".  See, we're binge watching Supernatural and a repair guy was fixing a garbage disposal when a poltergeist turned the power back on and it sucked his arm down in and killed him.  Paul questioned the accuracy of that injury and so did I, so we asked the Internet.

I only got one hit:
but it has the answer.  Thank you Google and Straight Dope.

Old 09-17-2007, 02:50 PM

Charter Member

I've treated a couple of patients over the years who had put their hands into running disposals. They were drunk.

The fingers were bruised and contused, and in both cases, holes had to be burned thru the fingernails to release the trapped blood underneath, to relieve their intense pain.

I don't remember having to do any sewing of stuff back together, though.
Old 09-17-2007, 03:29 PM

Originally Posted by Qadgop the Mercotan
I've treated a couple of patients over the years who had put their hands into running disposals. They were drunk.
who needs chicken legs when you have drunk volunteers. Hurray for science.
Old 09-17-2007, 04:20 PM

You could probably force a whole arm through a disposal if you had the will and didn't go into shock(or it was someone else's arm.)

They have limited mean of pulling things down so most people getting hit by the blades are going to pull back and receive some damage but nothing spectacular. They have great ability to turn anything that gravity or any other force pushes into them into puree.
Old 09-17-2007, 04:51 PM

Originally Posted by wolfman
I'm not sure they are even mashed between. There really arn't blades at all. The food is basically swatted by the blade(which is more of a paddle) and thrown into the side of the thing, Until it slips through.
Correct. The main functionality of the garbage disposal is courtesy of the impellers, which are pivot-mounted free-rotating square unsharpened bits of metal on a flywheel. Their primary function is to create a forceful current to pull waste through small rotating holes and/or. Failing that, the suction holds objects in place within the shredder ring while the impellers themselves perform blunt-force shredding of tougher waste. As I mentioned they are unsharpened and free-pivoting, so anything not being sucked against them by the waste stream will just get knocked about the hopper chamber. If there is no water backed up into the hopper, there is no suction. If the object is actually protruding out the top of the drain it may even get knocked upward out of harm's way. If the object is attached to the nervous system of an unrestrained person, almost certainly it will be withdrawn reflexively before any really serous damage can occur.

So the net effect of sticking your hand in would not be unlike sticking it into, say, a metal fan. Metal fans look really scary but in reality they are lightweight, relatively slow-moving, and unsharpened. The most that generally happens is that your hand gets knocked out aside with some bruises to show for it.

Anatomy of a garbage disposal

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ask Google "why so many teen girls named sydney"

From the latest Inside DSISD Newsletter:
Thirteen DSHS track athletes posted regional-qualifying performances in 12 events at the area meet April 19; the Regional Meet will be held on April 28-29 at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.

For the girls' team, four athletes won their respective events to capture area titles. Sydney Cole won both the 800 Meters and the 1,600 Meters. Avery Kalsu won the 400 Meters and was part of the third-place 4x400-Meter Relay team. Hannah Biggs won the 100-Meter Hurdles. Other members of the third-place relay team were: Sydney Burtch, Kyndall Womack, and Frankie Lord. Also placing third were Sydney Loveless in the Triple Jump and Lightsey Puryear in the 300-Meter Hurdles.

So I say to myself “That’s a whole lot of Sydneys on the track team!  Why are there so many?”  Well, I asked Google about it and this is what I found out:
A few facts about the girl's name Sydney:
·  Records indicate that 152,690 girls in the United States have been named Sydney since 1880.
·  The greatest number of people were given this name in 2000, when 10,238 people in the U.S. were given the name Sydney. Those people are now 17 years old.
Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Sydney
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Sydney in the U.S. since 1880.

The Social Security Administration has compiled a list of the most popular names of every decade.  For the decade of 2000 to 2009 (because 2010 is the start of another decade) Sydney is the 28th most popular with 76,411 girls named that.  Oddly enough, Natalie is 21st with 95,028!  Wow!  I made the top 25!! Natalia is at 133 with 25,502!  Giselle is at 176 with 19,711 and Paul is at 130 with 30,884.

So I still don’t know why people named their daughters Sydney but I do now know why it seems like there are so many of them!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Daily Search 1/9/2017

how do I find my iphone when it is dead

Guess why.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Daily Search

The first search of today is:
why isn't heb selling vital farms eggs anymore

The whole reason for the search is that there's a note in the cartons of the 4 dozen that I bought last night telling me that Vital Farms is changing the name of those eggs from Texas Chicken Ranch to Alfresco and that HEB will only be selling them at a few select stores and Central Markets.  Since I had already been to Vital Farms' website I ignored all of those hits and went with this one from the San Antonio Express News
I figured that since the article was from April of 2016 that it would be somewhat recent information.  All it told me was that HEB is working towards only selling cage-free eggs and that Vital Farms Chicken Ranch eggs are exactly that.  
So ultimately, with no explanation on Vital Farms' site and Google not giving me links to any true intel, I have no answers.

But I do have this infographic from Vital Farms' website that explains their eggs.