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renniekins
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Car Convo
1: Hang on, I have to remember which side the gas cap is on. It's my wife's car, and I haven't been in it for a few days....

2: Oh don't feel like you need to explain. I never know what side it's on, even in my own car.

3: Really?

2: Yeah I'm always opening the door to check. It just doesn't seem important enough to remember.

3: Huh. I know where mine is - but what I did was to identify a logical reason for it to be on the side that it is. Now I just always know.

2: Ah, so you're able to derive the information rather than storing it in RAM.

3: Yeah, precisely.

(no I wasn't #2, even if he and I are similarly absent-minded...I was #3)
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pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: April 19th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you sure there's a logical reason? I always figured that was where it fit more easily on a particular design.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 19th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Obviously different cars have different sides, so no explanation for either side is definitely "correct". You're probably right about how they decide.

I came up with a logical reason for the right side (the side mine is one) that makes sense to *me* and is easy to remember. Was it the designer's logical reason? It doesn't really matter.

(If you run out of gas and are pulled over on the right side of the road, refilling it from the right side is safer. That's my explanation, and it helps me to deduce the correct side every time.)

devnul From: devnul Date: April 19th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
That is, in fact, the reason Subaru gives for putting theirs on the right.

Don't most cars now have a little tiny arrow on the dash near the low fuel light or in the center of the speedometer that shows where the cap is? Mine does.

pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: April 19th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Makes sense.

Similarly, I can easily remember the explanation that "e.g." stands for "ergo", so "e.g." means "that is" and it's "i.e." that means "for example". I also have no trouble remembering that that's wrong and the real meanings are the opposite.
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: April 21st, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, "e.g." stands for "examplis gratis" (or something close to that) in latin -- almost literally "free example". "i.e." stands for "id est", again latin, literally "that is".

So, what they stand for makes sense for what they mean, you just have to know what they stand for correctly.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: April 19th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Uh, you could just look at the arrow on the dash. At least, it's there on the cars we have. Under the fuel gauge it says either:

< FUEL

or

FUEL >
geekjul From: geekjul Date: April 21st, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, mine too. If my car didn't have that little arrow, I'd forever be trying to figure out where the tank was.
netmouse From: netmouse Date: April 21st, 2008 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm the same way as you - I remind myself by the notion that the car is designed so that I will never pull up to put gas in the car and accidentally bash the driver's side door into one of those cement pump protection posts when I open it - because the gas cap is on the other side of the car.
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: April 21st, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
My car, and most rental cars I end up with, have a little indicator arrow by the fuel gage to show on which side the gas cap is.
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