Answers to some little known questions

These are some of the things I wonder about. Maybe you do too, so here goes:

Why are television sets measured diagonally?  When you see a television advertised that measures 32 inch television you’d assume that would be the measurement across the top. If you actually measured a 32-inch television you’d find quite a few inches missing. Televisions are measured that way to make them seem larger to potential customers.

Why do coffeemaker manufacturers tell you to use cold water in an automatic coffeemaker? The only reason to use cold water instead of hot water is that it tastes better. Your water source’s hot water pipes tend to be more corroded than cold water pipes giving hot water an off taste. In addition, cold water tends to have more oxygen. The industry’s rule of thumb: You shouldn’t put water into a coffeemaker that you wouldn’t want to drink straight.

Is there a difference between road signs which read “Dead End” and “No Exit”? A “Dead End” sign will be used for a street that ends within sight of a driver whereas a “No Exit” sign will be used on a street where the driver can’t see the end.

Why are hot water faucets placed on the left and cold water on the right? Long ago when running water was first introduced into homes there was only cold water. The faucet was conveniently placed on the right side of the sink because most people are right-handed. When hot water was introduced it made sense to put the hot water faucet on the left side. (Aren’t you glad I didn’t design the faucets since I am left handed)?

What do worms do when the ground freezes? Worms know when to go south. When winter hits most of the worms are below the freeze level. They continue chewing up the earth albeit a little slower. Any worm that’s caught near the surface when the ground freezes, will be frozen but will thaw out in the spring.

Hopefully these answers some of the things you think about too?
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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