Frazz by Jef Mallett for July 24, 2021

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    RAGs  3 months ago

    Some things twist, and/or turn the other way. And some people are left handed. Of course, for the ambidextrous …

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    allen@home  3 months ago

    Not always Caulfield. It’s rare but every now and then you’ll run into something that has left handed threads.

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    jaydogg187  3 months ago

    Since when do “small price” and “artisanal” go hand in hand?

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    Fo T Fo  3 months ago

    It’s the lefties. Check marks backwards too. Spouse is lefty, wow, a real pain in the butt for her whole life. I never knew. TG for keyboards, too, writing is a real curse for s-paws.

    But please try to overcome as far as twist ties go.

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    David Lieb Premium Member 3 months ago

    Artisanal? Sarah Lee bread is consistently lefty-tighty.

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    basilisk Premium Member 3 months ago

    Then there’s this, a screw where the nut tightens in BOTH directions

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    alien011  3 months ago

    Or, you know, just go to a bakery and get some decent bread, not the crap they sell at supermarkets.

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    Sanspareil  3 months ago

    Had an MGB that had spin on tyre centres for its wire wheels

    One side of the car it was clockwise to tighten, the other side was anti-clockwise to tighten!

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    Brian G Premium Member 3 months ago

    I thought the “Backwards” twist tie on the bread was a way of telling if it had been opened or tampered as most people would thoughtlessly twist it “frontwards” after.

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    The Old Wolf  3 months ago

    Oh, Caulfield, I could not agree more. Why can’t they get it right! :D

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    gewald  3 months ago

    Be glad there’s only two choices.

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    sandpiper  3 months ago

    Caulfield is hitting the really important issues again. The arc looks familiar. But he’s right. And twist ties are much more secure than the little sticky tape on some packages.

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    Ignatz Premium Member 3 months ago

    “Artisanal” is the new buzzword. Apparently, it means that somebody made it.

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    Meg, Apropos of Nothing  3 months ago

    I know this one! I don’t know the mechanical details, but the machine that puts the twist ties on bread does two loaves at a time. The mechanism is in the middle and when it turns, it puts on two ties in opposite directions.

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    crobinson019  3 months ago

    First world problems

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    Ichabod Ferguson  3 months ago

    The world can’t agree on counter and anti clockwise.

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    944im Premium Member 3 months ago

    you will want older Dodge/Chrysler vehicles, the lug nuts on the drivers side were RH passenger side LH. the idea was the lugs were threaded to self tighten.

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    jessegooddoggy  3 months ago

    I replace them with a clothespin, once is enough.

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    Jefano Premium Member 3 months ago

    I don’t see the logic of the lefty-loosey righty-tighty mnemonic. When one edge of what you’re turning goes left the opposite edge is going right, and vice versa.

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    Bruce1253  3 months ago

    The lug nuts on tires are left hand thread, as well as the nut that holds the flush lever on the toilet. I used to work at a hardware store.

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    TheWildSow  3 months ago

    And just how does left loosey righty tighty translate when you’re upside down under a sink?

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    nos.nevets  3 months ago

    How can something that goes in a circle go left without going right, or go right without going left?

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    swenbu Premium Member 3 months ago

    Wow! What a tar pit of responses to this issue. Great tee shirt!

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    allangary  3 months ago

    I should have made this comment in the main thread rather than in response to Jefano’s comment.

    As nos-nevets points out, lefty-loosey is arbitrary for circular motion. Engineers use the “right-hand rule" for right handed threads, which are overwhelmingly the most common. Hold out your right hand with the fingers curled and the thumb raised similar to the “thumbs up” gesture. When the screw is turned in the direction the fingers points, the screw will move in the direction the thumb points.

    Regarding lug nuts, they are overwhelmingly right hand threaded. I haven’t seen a left hand thread in decades. The only time I’ve seen it is on one side of a 60s Chrysler vehicle. Even so, the other side was right hand threaded. The logic for this was to thread the lug nuts so that they would not be prone to loosen when the wheel is rotating. With impact wrenches, that is not really an issue these days.

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    Darwinskeeper  3 months ago

    I’m surprised when I occasionally find a loaf of bread with a twist tie, the stuff I get at Kroger usually has those flat plastic things. I usually repurpose one of my pipe cleaners to give my bread a good seal.

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    scherzo  3 months ago


    Left-handed people are supposedly more creative. So of course these two are.

    Everyone says the “righty” part first. But Caulfield turns that on its head. Of course he does.

    Of course there’s a proclamation of non-conformity. Because they’re smarter than the dummies who toe the line.

    Of course you want artisanal bread. Because the dopes who settle for Butternut are losers.

    Grotesque preciousness.

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    trixnnort  3 months ago

    and then again there are lp gas connections just the opposite

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    Stephen Gilberg  3 months ago

    Gene Weingarten once asked a company rep about this. She found out that factory machines twist two at once for convenience, such that half twist the other way.

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    Lambutts  3 months ago

    Right-handers twist to the right, lefties to the left. Right? But then, three wrongs make a right and three rights make a left.

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    cervelo  3 months ago

    Artisanal bread is a unique hand-made food, of course it’s pricier. It’s also more wholesome, tasty, good looking and variety, well don’t get me going here.

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    becida  3 months ago

    Those bread bag twisties that are rightee to loosen bothered the heck out of me for awhile, now I just try and remember that most are backwards the first time and write it off as ’one of those things".

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    Cactus-Pete  3 months ago

    Actually, it’s right tight, left loose. I heard that decades ago and it works fine. Why use fake words?

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    SofaKing  3 months ago

    Right side bicycle pedals are left handed thread. The lug nuts on 60’s era Chrysler products also were left hand thread.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 3 months ago

    1956 Studebaker Silver Hawk. Blowout on left rear tire at 2 in the morning. Reasonable moonlight. Could not get the damn lugnuts off to save my ass. Kindly trucker stopped to lend a hand, fired up his lighter, and discovered that that side of the car had reverse threading on the wheels. After that it was easy. But who in hell does stuff like that? No wonder Studebaker went out of business.

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    christelisbetty  3 months ago

    Is it all the other way around in Australia ?

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    w2lj  3 months ago

    Unless you’re in France, then it’s the other way around.

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