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« Topic Start: October 14, 2009, 04:11:22 pm »

A while back, we had a thread with psuedo scientific answers to various questions.  Our Panel of Experts were Very Good  with their explainations of different things.  I'm hoping that they will re-convene to help me figure out the answer to this latest question.


  I had to run an errand today that took us to a fair size city.  ( for upstate NY)    The speed limit in this city is clearly posted as  30 MPH.   I'm trying to figure out Why the 30MPH in my car is 5 to 10 MPH slower than the drivers around me  ?   I have noticed this on other occasions, but it only occured to me to ask here, today.   An interesting part of the phenom. is that the presence of an officer of the law usually brings my speed back to the rate of other traffic.

   Inquiring minds really want to know.   Mea.
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« Reply #1: October 14, 2009, 04:21:48 pm »

A while back, we had a thread with psuedo scientific answers to various questions.  Our Panel of Experts were Very Good  with their explainations of different things.  I'm hoping that they will re-convene to help me figure out the answer to this latest question.


  I had to run an errand today that took us to a fair size city.  ( for upstate NY)    The speed limit in this city is clearly posted as  30 MPH.   I'm trying to figure out Why the 30MPH in my car is 5 to 10 MPH slower than the drivers around me  ?   I have noticed this on other occasions, but it only occured to me to ask here, today.   An interesting part of the phenom. is that the presence of an officer of the law usually brings my speed back to the rate of other traffic.

   Inquiring minds really want to know.   Mea.

Ah, for this we need to look at Einstein's relativity theory.  You see, time and speed depend on the observer - you.

And it is a well-known fact that it always feels like you're going too slowly.  You translate this into the people around you going faster, when truthfully they're going the same speed.

However, a police officer's observations trump your own, so when there is a cop on the road everyone appears to be going the same speed.  Because his reality is that he will ticket you if you do not.

It's very simple, really. Cheesy
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« Reply #2: October 14, 2009, 07:15:20 pm »

  I had to run an errand today that took us to a fair size city.  ( for upstate NY)    The speed limit in this city is clearly posted as  30 MPH.   I'm trying to figure out Why the 30MPH in my car is 5 to 10 MPH slower than the drivers around me  ?   I have noticed this on other occasions, but it only occured to me to ask here, today.   An interesting part of the phenom. is that the presence of an officer of the law usually brings my speed back to the rate of other traffic.

   Inquiring minds really want to know.   Mea.

The cities are obviously more advanced than the towns.  Your car isn't set up to do 'city' thirty.  When a police officer is present, however, he acts as a power booster for you so you can fit in to city life.  Police are, after all, the guardians of order - it is their job to help you fit in.

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« Reply #3: October 14, 2009, 08:44:27 pm »

Ah, for this we need to look at Einstein's relativity theory.  You see, time and speed depend on the observer - you.

And it is a well-known fact that it always feels like you're going too slowly.  You translate this into the people around you going faster, when truthfully they're going the same speed.

However, a police officer's observations trump your own, so when there is a cop on the road everyone appears to be going the same speed.  Because his reality is that he will ticket you if you do not.

It's very simple, really. Cheesy



 Ah, yes...i'm begining to understand............reality is relative.......................
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« Reply #4: October 14, 2009, 08:46:51 pm »

The cities are obviously more advanced than the towns.  Your car isn't set up to do 'city' thirty.  When a police officer is present, however, he acts as a power booster for you so you can fit in to city life.  Police are, after all, the guardians of order - it is their job to help you fit in.

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   *snorkel*       But on these country roads...my 30 is pretty dern mean !!
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« Reply #5: October 21, 2009, 11:23:21 pm »

I'm trying to figure out Why the 30MPH in my car is 5 to 10 MPH slower than the drivers around me?

Because speed is expressed in terms of feet per minute and as a former co-worker once informed me, a man's minute is different from a woman's minute. While a man's minute is always exactly 60 seconds (Men's Standard Time), my own observations suggest that the duration of a woman's minute fluctuates anywhere from two to 5,000 standard seconds often depending on who is waiting on whom.

From your local frame of reference, you will observe that you are traveling at a constant 30MPH, but to an observer outside your time frame, your speed could be seen to vary widely

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An interesting part of the phenom. is that the presence of an officer of the law usually brings my speed back to the rate of other traffic.

Because you assume the officer to be male, and therefore adjust your time frame to conform with Men's Standard Time
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