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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 25 April 2022, 06:20

Wait, Americans don’t have electric kettles?

That is weird.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Brenden » 25 April 2022, 14:46

Marmaduke wrote:Wait, Americans don’t have electric kettles?

That is weird.

Canadians often do, but they're disappointing due to the low voltage (they max out at like 1200 W), so it's understandable that Americans prefer to use their 220v hobs to boil water in whistling kettles.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 25 April 2022, 19:32

I have a kettle with an accompanying app, America isn’t ready for me. I’d blow America’s tiny mind. My kitchen may as well be the bridge of the starship Enterprise to America.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Magic J » 25 April 2022, 22:11

Brenden wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:Wait, Americans don’t have electric kettles?

That is weird.

Canadians often do, but they're disappointing due to the low voltage (they max out at like 1200 W), so it's understandable that Americans prefer to use their 220v hobs to boil water in whistling kettles.

So outlets in the US are lower voltage? Huh. It was previously explained to me that Americans have the bizarre notion that electric kettles are particularly dangerous appliances, which will inevitably explode and kill everybody in a five mile radius. I now realise that I've been had. The lower voltage issue makes much more sense. :lol:
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Derek » 25 April 2022, 22:23

It's true, most Americans either have stove kettles or just microwave water. I don't see how it matters, hot water is hot water. It goes to 100 celsius or 212 fahrenheit and it's water.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 26 April 2022, 01:42

What’s even the point of having an electric kettle if you don’t have an accompanying culture of tea drinking? It’s just one additional item in your kitchen that takes up space to do some redundant task that can be accomplished by using kitchenware you already have.

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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 26 April 2022, 06:53

poolerboy0077 wrote:What’s even the point of having an electric kettle if you don’t have an accompanying culture of tea drinking? [/i]


While it doesn't rise to the level of a "culture of tea drinking," many Americans (myself included) consume quite a lot of tea throughout the year. Over the past few months I've been off coffee for some reason, and to appease my caffeine addiction I've been drinking upwards of five cups of tea a day.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 26 April 2022, 13:10

I feel like what constitutes “tea” for many Americans is sweet tea from McDonald's.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Brenden » 26 April 2022, 16:33

Derek wrote:It's true, most Americans either have stove kettles or just microwave water. I don't see how it matters, hot water is hot water. It goes to 100 celsius or 212 fahrenheit and it's water.

Microwaves are less than 50% efficient.

A stovetop is maybe 70% efficient.

A kettle where the heating element or hotplate is in direct contact with the water is like >90% efficient.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Brenden » 26 April 2022, 16:34

poolerboy0077 wrote:What’s even the point of having an electric kettle if you don’t have an accompanying culture of tea drinking? It’s just one additional item in your kitchen that takes up space to do some redundant task that can be accomplished by using kitchenware you already have.

Cup-soups, instant couscous, instant noodles.

I boil half the pot's water in the kettle when I make pasta.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Brenden » 26 April 2022, 16:36

poolerboy0077 wrote:I feel like what constitutes “tea” for many Americans is sweet tea from McDonald's.

The tea section at Shawn's local grocery store is like 75% as large as the coffee section. If a business is willing to devote that much shelf space to something, surely there's a market for it.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Derek » 26 April 2022, 17:30

Brenden wrote:
Derek wrote:It's true, most Americans either have stove kettles or just microwave water. I don't see how it matters, hot water is hot water. It goes to 100 celsius or 212 fahrenheit and it's water.

Microwaves are less than 50% efficient.

A stovetop is maybe 70% efficient.

A kettle where the heating element or hotplate is in direct contact with the water is like >90% efficient.

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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 26 April 2022, 19:49

poolerboy0077 wrote:I feel like what constitutes “tea” for many Americans is sweet tea from McDonald's.


You're probably right.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 26 April 2022, 20:55

Get ready for an absolute mind-blower, but right alongside the electric kettle, I also have an electric toaster. A bona fide, tomorrow’s world, electric toaster. Up to four slices at a time, automatic spring-loaded ejection, 6 different settings so you can find your preferred level of toasting, genuinely amazing stuff. There’s a bit of a misconception, as there often is with such bleeding-edge technological phenomena, around the 6 settings; a lot of people think they’re power levels. They’re not! It actually just alters the time before ejection, the power level is always the same! It’s amazingly consistent.

I swear, sometimes I forget that there are people in the world still holding bread up to a rudimentary log fire with their bare hands to make toast. I lament for you and your technologically bereft society.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 26 April 2022, 21:39

Marmaduke wrote:Get ready for an absolute mind-blower, but right alongside the electric kettle, I also have an electric toaster.

A stovetop kettle is not even remotely close to holding bread on a skewer to an open flame. :rolleyes: Y’all remind me of those people who buy “As Seen on TV” gimmicky kitchen gadgets like specialized vegetable slice assistants or corn kernel remover.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Derek » 26 April 2022, 22:14

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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 27 April 2022, 06:43

poolerboy0077 wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:Get ready for an absolute mind-blower, but right alongside the electric kettle, I also have an electric toaster.

A stovetop kettle is not even remotely close to holding bread on a skewer to an open flame. :rolleyes: Y’all remind me of those people who buy “As Seen on TV” gimmicky kitchen gadgets like specialized vegetable slice assistants or corn kernel remover.

1. I said nothing about a skewer. I said bare hands. I did not credit you with skewers.

2. I deliberately didn’t show you my slap-chop for fear of giving you an aneurism. The stress of seeing a thing that you genuinely cannot reconcile with your understanding of what is possible in the physical universe we occupy would be intense and distressing for you. I’m not a monster.
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Brenden » 27 April 2022, 09:12

Derek wrote:
Brenden wrote:
Derek wrote:It's true, most Americans either have stove kettles or just microwave water. I don't see how it matters, hot water is hot water. It goes to 100 celsius or 212 fahrenheit and it's water.

Microwaves are less than 50% efficient.

A stovetop is maybe 70% efficient.

A kettle where the heating element or hotplate is in direct contact with the water is like >90% efficient.

Muh pennies

Across a whole country of people heating water it amounts to millions of of saved kWh! :oface:
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Magic J » 28 April 2022, 20:10

How is everybody celebrating this year's Ed Balls Day?

Lest we forget, here is the tweet that started it all, eleven years ago today:

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Powerful. Robust. Self-assured. This was a truly great tweet. Covfefe pales in comparison. We shall never see a tweet of this caliber again
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Re: What made you laugh today?

Unread postby Derek » 29 April 2022, 02:54

Brenden wrote:
Derek wrote:
Brenden wrote:
Derek wrote:It's true, most Americans either have stove kettles or just microwave water. I don't see how it matters, hot water is hot water. It goes to 100 celsius or 212 fahrenheit and it's water.

Microwaves are less than 50% efficient.

A stovetop is maybe 70% efficient.

A kettle where the heating element or hotplate is in direct contact with the water is like >90% efficient.

Muh pennies

Across a whole country of people heating water it amounts to millions of of saved kWh! :oface:

I did the math and the difference between a 50% efficient microwave vs a 90% efficient hotplate comes to about ~$4.2 million in energy for a year's worth of tea consumption in the US... so I guess it's not nothing. Of course that works out to about $0.013 per capita so probably not enough to influence people's choice of heating apparatus.
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