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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The gas pump Y2K bug

An amusing story on analog gas pumps - those old things you see in front of a small-town general store. Apparently, these pumps can't be set for a price higher than $3.99 a gallon, so when the actual price gets there, they have to be shut down.

The entertaining tidbit was this, from an interview with an owner of a set of these older gas pumps:
"If it gets too bad, maybe we'll just pull" the pumps out, said Hammett, unnerved by a recent TV program with apocalyptic predictions of $8-a-gallon gas.
OMGWTFBBQ - $8.00 a gallon? That's almost as much as they pay in Belgium, and France, and Germany, and Italy, and the Netherlands, and the UK...

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