Today I was just asked, by a co worker
Him: “Hey what type of fuel mileage you get in that big ass truck?”
Me: I was just asked that yesterday, 14 city / 17 freeway / 24 open hwy.
Him: “Well then I guess that is because your electrical system is pretty clean huh? But then agian you know about IT type things and all”
Me: What the hell are you talking about?
Him: “Hmmph! well then I guess you don’t know as much as you let on about.
Me: Seriously, before you annoy me any further, what the hell are you talking about?
Him: I saw on the news…
(before proceeding, 2 weeks ago I had a conversation with a “true tech guy” friend of mine who said anytime someone asks him a IT question beginning with the statement “I saw it on the news” he cringes, waiting for the stupidity)
Him: I saw on the news, a news report that said a good clean electrical system in your car raises your MPG. So I figured you might already be doing it, since you drive a truck.
Me: I really don’t know anything about cars, other than I once had a car that in order to get it to the mechanics I had pop-start it, in order to get it there and have my alternator and the battery replaced.
So, I am fairly confident in my knowledge that those two systems are independent of each other in a “fuel” engine.
Him: That’s where your wrong! The cleaner the electrical system, the easier electricity travels through your car, thus the less fuel you burn as a result of your engine having to do less work! I bought a Fuel Doctor and have increased MPG by 15%
Me: Your an idiot! So do you also turn off your BlueTooth and Navigation to save fuel as well?
Him: Why do you always have to be such an ass.
Me: You never seem to get any smarter?
Go Look it up HERE, the only thing stupider than the product is the comments/reviews of the disappointed people. My favorite is the Electrical Engineer who thought he would give it a try.
Follow Up — About an hour later I passed him and showed off a paper clip that I fastened to the back of my iPhone with tape.
Him: What’s that for?
Me: Same guy that invented the Fuel Doctor tried to get a patent on this but Apple went after him with an injunction.
Him: Apple! They truly are bastards, I keep reading about stuff like that. So what’s it do?
Me: Increases cell range and increases Wi-Fi range.
Him: Sweet! Good to know! (as he walks away)
So start checking the tech idiots around you, should any of them begin sporting a paperclip and tape antenna, you can claim that you knew me before I invented it.