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Shapley wrote:We always had this type during the time I can remember:
People learned that they could pull the bottles out far enough that they could open them with an opener and catch the cola in a cup. Pretty soon, we arrived every morning to find a rack full of empty bottles and a puddle of cola in the bottom of the machine and on the concrete pad it sat on. After a while, we just took the machines out. My dad refused to sell canned cola.
analog wrote:there's something primal in the perception of defiance.
i've got mighty mad at vending machines myself.
Starbuck pointed out to Ahab the folly of raging against an indifferent beast. I'm still working on it..
like when two or three appliances break down at almost the same time.
piqaboo wrote:Just as many animals have senses we dont, I can believe we have a sense we dont acknowledge.
We like to simplify, as a species, and in doing that, details get lost from the collective memory.
Its kind of like learning about Germany as one country. It ignores how recent an event this is, how there are still active variants of language within the country (more than regional dialects) etc.
At some point, we stopped talking about certain things and now we dont know of them.
Be interesting to see how the psychic, intuitive stuff pans out.
Is this a good sign - a frugal shopper, or a bad sign - a clutter gatherer?
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