I’ve caught a bit of heat at work for the occasional jump/push start. I still think I’m money ahead because there’s no such thing as a car payment on a 90’s civic hatch with 270k miles. The battery is the only thing that has ever troubled me and it has always been operator error.Many years ago I had an old Toyota wagon I had to always park facing downhill, made the push a whole lot easier.
THIS IS INCREDIBLE
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In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Louisiana State University .
On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.
The elephant turned to face the man and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away. Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly. Probably wasn't the same elephant.
When I was kid growing up in rural Vermont I learned to lay a long green grass stem on a suspect fence. Then you can feel a tingle and not the full effect. At one of the places where we rented the owner ran a few hundred head of white face cattle, and the electric fence ran straight off the house current. My parents ran a line from that to enclose their garden and little me grabbed on to that line once (ONCE!). it melted a line across my palm and knocked me out.The trick is to wear rubber soled shoes, then challenge your friends to see who's tougher with a fence grip-off....which reminds me of yet another story:
I'd installed an electric fence for horse paddocks. When I touched, then gripped the wire, I felt almost nothing....When I talked to the local supplier, he asked what shoes I was wearing....(rubber boots) He told me to test it with leather soles...The fence worked fine that time....