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Old April 21st, 2015, 05:25 PM   #31301
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We've discussed this recently, but what the heck:

http://9gag.com/gag/a8YKeNO?ref=fbp
Absolutly true, but when you learn french as native language (like me), it looks like it's normal and easy to understand even if it looks very strange and illogical when you think about it...

Also in southern Belgium (witch is francophone) and in Swiss "romande" (francophone), they use instead "septante", "octante" and "nonante" instead of "soixante-dix", "quatre-vingt" and "quatre-vingt-dix"...


This video is interesting about french numbers :




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Old April 21st, 2015, 05:26 PM   #31302
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Meanwhile in Japan...

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Old April 21st, 2015, 05:32 PM   #31303
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Well, actually the French counting method doesn't look as weird as the Danish one.

They use the base of 20, too, but for all numbers from 50 onwards.
However what makes their counting system absolutly weird is that they skip some syllables in cardinal numbers.
So e.g. 50 is
halvtreds which is the abbrevation of halvtredsindstyve. Halvtredsindstyve means: 0,5 3rd times 20 (or in maths (3 - 1/2) * 20) and halvtreds means just 1/2 3rds.

Apart from their numbers, they also have some other communication problems: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...-danish-films/
That's very interesting! I thought that numbers in french could be hard to learn for non-native speakers, but I haven't heard about danish!
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Old April 21st, 2015, 05:36 PM   #31304
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Meanwhile in Japan...

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Nice speed record !

But less impressive that the 574,8km/h that was made few years ago in France (and less noisy too ! )

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Old April 21st, 2015, 08:48 PM   #31305
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There was an accident in western Romania today. The polish driver had no chance. This is how the car looked after the accident:

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Old April 21st, 2015, 08:57 PM   #31306
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Old April 21st, 2015, 09:20 PM   #31307
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There was an accident in western Romania today. The polish driver had no chance. This is how the car looked after the accident:

This looks more like tornado damage.
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Old April 21st, 2015, 09:27 PM   #31308
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Greeting from the most populated downtown in the U.S. outside of Midtown Manhattan:

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Old April 21st, 2015, 10:07 PM   #31309
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Did not bother to see it all, but what I saw definitely looks Norwegian.
The Road markings seem incorrect...shouldn't there be less passing areas?
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Old April 21st, 2015, 10:21 PM   #31310
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Did not bother to see it all, but what I saw definitely looks Norwegian.
I can confirm (for being in Norway last summer), it looks like some parts of the Fjords area, even the heavy rain !
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Old April 21st, 2015, 10:48 PM   #31311
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There was an accident in western Romania today. The polish driver had no chance. This is how the car looked after the accident:

How fast did he drive? Enough to take off?
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 04:09 AM   #31313
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his speed was safe, it was the speed of the tree that was danger...
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 08:34 AM   #31314
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I wish electric cars come to the mass market soon, and quickly displace all internal combustion engine. Seriously, ICE has been a very interesting technological development, but it is time for a change towards electric motors. With 250km range, they become a serious contender.

Maybe Tesla will launch some $ 30.000 car in the near future?
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 10:12 AM   #31315
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I wish electric cars come to the mass market soon, and quickly displace all internal combustion engine. Seriously, ICE has been a very interesting technological development, but it is time for a change towards electric motors. With 250km range, they become a serious contender.

Maybe Tesla will launch some $ 30.000 car in the near future?
Unfortunately I think that electric and hydrogen vehicles will become mainstream only when oil will become too scarce. Opposition of oil lobbies is currently too strong. However there are exceptions, for example in Norway they are relatively popular due to government incentives (discounts on taxes and tolls).
When they will be widespread across the world, environmentalist\NIMBY protests against new highways will probably decrease.
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 11:10 AM   #31316
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With 250km range, they become a serious contender.
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However, these range figures usually ignore the fact that the fuel is used for other purposes than moving the vehicle, too.

During the winter time, about half of the energy is needed for heating. That makes the range to be 125 km instead of 250. I believe that similar figures apply to air conditioning.

I believe the break-through will happen with buses instead of passenger cars. The routes of city buses are rather short, and a charging of a few minutes at the end stations keep the wheels running.

During this year, 12 electric buses are expected to be delivered to my home town. Those will be fast charged at the end stations for 5-7 minutes @200kW. This enables using small batteries, thus leading to a more lightweight construction.



Air source heat pumps are used for heating. This is rather an effective solution.

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Old April 22nd, 2015, 11:14 AM   #31317
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What about trolleybuses

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What about trolleybuses
Trolleybuses need rather an expensive infrastructure, and the system is almost as inflexible as trams. It much cheaper to build a few charging stations than kilometers of wires.
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 11:49 AM   #31319
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Somehow they are still used in eastern Europe.
In my home city in Romania we have them too, and some 30 new ones were bought only 5 years ago...
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 12:18 PM   #31320
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Somehow they are still used in eastern Europe.
In my home city in Romania we have them too, and some 30 new ones were bought only 5 years ago...
Of course they are. Still the technology has major drawbacks. New fast-charging battery technologies will make trolleybuses even far more old-fashioned than they are today.
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