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    I don't get the need for bottled water unless they're concerned COVID will be so widespread that the water treatment plant workers won't be able to come in.

    Locally, I heard about a woman at a Walgreens who was stocking up on hand sanitizer. She was very upset that the store was limiting how many bottles you could buy. She expressed her displeasure so strongly, refusing to give back what she'd taken from the shelves, that the police had to be called.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    The program then presented an “expert” who said that people should stock up on essential items, and listed bottled water as the first item.

    Huh?
    Oops, wrong list. I've got nuclear war here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I don't get the need for bottled water unless they're concerned COVID will be so widespread that the water treatment plant workers won't be able to come in.
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    I’ve heard of no instances where utilities were threatened, even in the hardest-hit areas. I can imagine people being a little panicked and buying water, but what’s with that so-called expert? Was he reading from the hurricane script?

    BTW: A report on the radio said that the Germans have a word for this type of hoarding. It translates as “hamster buying”.


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    I suspect people are preparing for a siege and laying in supplies simply to avoid going out later. So yeah, TP might head the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    The program then presented an “expert” who said that people should stock up on essential items, and listed bottled water as the first item.

    Huh?
    The only thing I can think of is that it would be part of a standard emergency kit, like I have in case of a bad earthquake, and it is a good opportunity to get people to stock up. I also have a camping style water filter.

    But for myself, I am thinking of stocking up on some frozen, canned and dry food so I could self isolate for a bit if needed. Hopefully those will stay in stock. I recently retired, so I don’t need to travel regularly anyway.

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    Millions upon millions of Americans have been somehow convinced they should drink bottled water instead of tap water. Including my wife. So they are stocking up not because the tap water supply will fail, but because they might not be able to get out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    The only thing I can think of is that it would be part of a standard emergency kit, like I have in case of a bad earthquake, and it is a good opportunity to get people to stock up. I also have a camping style water filter.

    But for myself, I am thinking of stocking up on some frozen, canned and dry food so I could self isolate for a bit if needed. Hopefully those will stay in stock. I recently retired, so I don’t need to travel regularly anyway.
    Having lived through 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, our emergency kit is pretty complete. Still, I seriously doubt I’ll need the water this time around.
    I’m almost tempted to sell the N95 masks on EBay. I missed an opportunity to sell my Potassium Iodine(ide?) pills at enormous profit when the Fukushima disaster hit. But I figured that would be tempting fate, as I lived relatively close to the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the US at the time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Millions upon millions of Americans have been somehow convinced they should drink bottled water instead of tap water. Including my wife. So they are stocking up not because the tap water supply will fail, but because they might not be able to get out.
    It's like tap water... in a bottle!
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    One of the things that's on my list for when we move is a proper disaster preparedness kit--I just have no idea where we'd find room to keep one in this already-packed apartment--and there will be water, and water purification implements, in that. But right now? No, I think making sure we've got enough flour is more important to me; I have no reason to believe we're going to have utilities shut off, which means I'll be baking and already have access to water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Millions upon millions of Americans have been somehow convinced they should drink bottled water instead of tap water. Including my wife. So they are stocking up not because the tap water supply will fail, but because they might not be able to get out.
    Ah, good point. I just don’t think like that. I only drink bottled water if I am in a place where tap water isn’t safe or available. Tap water is fine at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    I suspect people are preparing for a siege and laying in supplies simply to avoid going out later. So yeah, TP might head the list.
    If we run out of TP, we will use... Wait, we're surrounded by pine trees. We can't use leaves!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Millions upon millions of Americans have been somehow convinced they should drink bottled water instead of tap water. Including my wife. So they are stocking up not because the tap water supply will fail, but because they might not be able to get out.
    I was thinking maybe they were worried the tap water supply would become contaminated (with the coronavirus), but your explanation is probably more correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    If we run out of TP, we will use... Wait, we're surrounded by pine trees. We can't use leaves!
    I believe pine cones are a pretty standard option, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    If we run out of TP, we will use... Wait, we're surrounded by pine trees. We can't use leaves!
    Sphagnum moss. Honestly, once you've tried it, you'll never use toilet paper again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    It's like tap water... in a bottle!
    Most of it is literally tap water in a bottle.
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    I just realized that today is the third of March and my period of eligibility for Jury Duty was from the 15th to the 29th of February. I've ducked it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    BTW: A report on the radio said that the Germans have a word for this type of hoarding. It translates as “hamster buying”.
    In Dutch the term is "hamsteren" (hamstering, or to hamster). Hamster turned into a verb. (And now a local supermarket uses hamsters to push some yearly sale thingy.)
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    So if I am hamstering, I am hoarding or buying in bulk?
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    Take all you can carry and scurry away with it, before someone else gets it. I'm not sure if either hoarding or buying in bulk is an accurate word for that. I'd guess the former.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slang View Post
    Take all you can carry and scurry away with it, before someone else gets it. I'm not sure if either hoarding or buying in bulk is an accurate word for that. I'd guess the former.
    As long as I don't have to stuff it all in my cheeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Most of it is literally tap water in a bottle.
    I've heard the same thing. Yet my wife can perform a blind taste test between our tap water and room-temperature bottled water. (I can't.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
    I've heard the same thing. Yet my wife can perform a blind taste test between our tap water and room-temperature bottled water. (I can't.)
    They add minerals (aka salt) for taste.

    Rocket stuff I don't get: Specific Impulse. I think I've read the Wikipedia article half a dozen times and it's still beyond me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    They add minerals (aka salt) for taste.

    Rocket stuff I don't get: Specific Impulse. I think I've read the Wikipedia article half a dozen times and it's still beyond me.
    Specific impulse falls into the category of things I have to re-learn every time I’m serious about reading an article that includes it. I always think I’ve got it, but next time I encounter it, I have re-learn the concept.

    Similar problem with replacing the brake pads on my vehicle.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    So if I am hamstering, I am hoarding or buying in bulk?
    Neither. You're panic-buying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Neither. You're panic-buying.
    That would make a lot of sense. I was trying to relate it back to the "hamster" idea, but, yeah, you're right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    That would make a lot of sense. I was trying to relate it back to the "hamster" idea, but, yeah, you're right.
    Wild European hamsters do a thing where they dart out of their burrows, run around madly filling their cheek pouches with foraged food, and then dart back to the safety of the burrow again, where they store the food away for use during the winter months. The air of panic is quite striking--they're exposed to predation all the time they're out.
    Given that they're native in the German and Dutch language areas of Europe, where they can be seen galloping around in the twilight, I'm sure that's the behaviour that's being referenced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Given that they're native in the German and Dutch language areas of Europe, where they can be seen galloping around in the twilight, I'm sure that's the behaviour that's being referenced.
    A German friend recently posted a meme on Facebook along those lines, so...checks out.
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