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In the sub challenge, we cut the end off an air compressor tank, (had a big dent) for the nose of our machine. (they called it a propane tank incorrectly). We cut another slice from it to make the housing for our pump. (they didn't mention it). On the diving show, they used what was left for the youngsters helmet. And they called it a water heater this time....
-- Jeff - The NERDS (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 17, 2001
-- Robin E. Fitterling (email@example.com), January 18, 2001.
I've noticed quite a few of these also. I usually pass em off and enjoy the show. The biggest flub I've noticed though is calling everything in the scrapheap with four wheel drive a jeep. Ok I'm kinda partisan on this as I am an avid offroader and owner of the biggest hunk of rolling junk on the trails. But a Suzuki Samuri "ain't no Jeep" ;) It's funny but no big deal, the show is great to watch anyhow. BTW I've been pestering around your circles to find an ISBN for the book your team gave to Cathy Rodgers. Thanks
-- Eric Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 18, 2001.
I think it is one of those British traits to call similar objects by a brand name. We do it too, but not as much (e.g. Kleenex, Asprin etc.)
I know some years ago, any airliner in Britain was called a "Boeing". I can see the same thing happening with "Jeep".
-- Michael (Canadian P.Eng.) (email@example.com), January 18, 2001.
Eric - The book is "The New Hackers Dictionary", edited by open source fanatic Eric Raymond. The best way to get one is directly from MIT press. It's in the third printed edition now.
Then there's always the online edition, which is much more up-to-date than the dead tree versions.
-- pv (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 18, 2001.