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September 30th, 2004


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11:04 pm - A silly little thing.
At Australian supermarkets, if you stand soft drink bottles upright on the checkout conveyor belt, they will invariably fall over when the belt moves.
(so you don't put bottles upright, you lay them on their sides).

In all the UK supermarkets I've been in so far, bottles happily stand upright and get conveyed forward on the belt.

Weird, huh ?
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From:psmorrison
Date:September 30th, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC)
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I believe that's because checkout workers in Australia learn their motor control skills at the same place as the bus drivers, and both are under the impression that a jerky, stop-start motion is the best way to move objects from A to B.
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From:dewhitton
Date:September 30th, 2004 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Maybe UK conveyors have a graduated start-up. The belts here have an instant start that makes the bottles fall.
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From:ngarewyrd
Date:September 30th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)
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or maybe Pixel's only using new conveyer belts in Scotland, and older models in Australia?

cos the ones I currently use don't knock stuff over, they're brand new though.
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From:dmw
Date:September 30th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
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The greater latitude you now live at means that the bottles experience less coriolis force.
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From:bungo
Date:October 3rd, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)
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Dammitall! You beat me to this...

It's the Coriolis acceleration. Rather, the centrifugal forces are reversed now you're in the other hemisphere.
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From:haloumi
Date:September 30th, 2004 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Hmm,

While Coriolis force is a good answer, it's actually based on the prevailing political wind.

Since Australia is running headlong into ultraconservatism, this force sends bottles flying over, while the slow retreat of the UK from the heady days of Empire means that the bottles experience a much gentler force.

Simple really.
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From:morniendil
Date:October 1st, 2004 02:01 am (UTC)
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I'll have to dispute this one - if it was correct, with the recent addition of a strong attracting force in the westwards direction in the UK, bottles would fall over in a fashion that could only inspire "shock and awe".
(Also, chimps have a tendency to not leave standing bottles standing)
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From:tzup
Date:September 30th, 2004 10:46 pm (UTC)
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OK that's pretty spooky because this is the topic of conversation that OzKangaroo and I have every week, as I have a propensity to place bottles upright on the conveyor - and yes they DO fall down at home. And likewise, it doesn't seem to happen here in the States - nor do I remember it happening in the UK.. I have no doubt it's a world must be a government conspiricy to keep Australia's economy back. Meybe they ship all their old supermarket conveyors to Australia.. like they do with cable STU's *sigh*
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From:numbat
Date:October 1st, 2004 04:03 am (UTC)
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It's well known that British life revolves around queuing to the extent that even inanimate objects such as bottles do so naturally.

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