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   You know when you're waiting at the bus stop and you look...nope, still not there ....and you wait...and you look again...nope... and you wait some more ....look.....nope....and then you want to strangle someone? Here's a simple solution

07 Dec 2012 01:33 PM   |   9163 clicks   |   NPR
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talulahgosh    [TotalFark]  
that's awesome.

07 Dec 2012 10:30 AM
Ennuipoet    [TotalFark]  
Popping bubble wrap is one of those things which is awesome to DO, but drives one farking batshiat crazy when someone else is doing.

07 Dec 2012 12:18 PM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  
I'm really jonesin' for some poppies now.

/btw subby, if waiting for the bus makes you want to strangle someone as opposed to simply screaming as TFA suggests, you might need to attend an anger management class or two.

07 Dec 2012 12:56 PM
Eddie Adams from Torrance    [TotalFark]  
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Does pppppthhhh Not pppppthhhh Approve pppppthhhh.

07 Dec 2012 01:12 PM
unchellmatt     

Eddie Adams from Torrance: [i236.photobucket.com image 520x295]

Does pppppthhhh Not pppppthhhh Approve pppppthhhh.


You're welcome!

07 Dec 2012 01:34 PM
PirateKing     
Fred "Thickie" Holden approves.

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07 Dec 2012 01:36 PM
Easy Reader     
And then grimy bubble wrap sheets are blowing all over the neighborhood.

07 Dec 2012 01:37 PM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  
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07 Dec 2012 01:37 PM
twomutts     
So if I'm understanding this article correctly, it's whiny bastards in Houston that are responsible for us having to walk two miles to pick up our luggage after a flight?

07 Dec 2012 01:37 PM
fruitloop     
It's interesting that this was found in Italy, but "Antistress For Free!!" is in English.

07 Dec 2012 01:38 PM
On the Side     

twomutts: So if I'm understanding this article correctly, it's whiny bastards in Houston that are responsible for us having to walk two miles to pick up our luggage after a flight?


Bingo. If only there was some sort of hand held device that could provide entertainment to these people who obviously can't wait and/or entertain themselves.

07 Dec 2012 01:40 PM
Cheesehead_Dave    [TotalFark]  

talulahgosh: that's awesome.


A few years ago, The New York Times reported that airline passengers in Houston were complaining bitterly about how long they had to wait for their bags at those rotating carousels. Airport officials quickly added baggage handlers to speed up delivery, but though they cut the time to eight minutes (well within the industry average) the complaints didn't stop. People were peeved, because it took one minute to get to baggage claim, and they had to wait around, doing nothing, for the next seven minutes. In other words, 88 percent of their post-flight time was spent waiting.

So what did the airport do? Officials moved the arrival gates farther away from baggage claim and routed bags to the farthest away carousels, making everybody walk six times longer to get to their luggage. That way, by the time people got to the carousels, the bags were already there. No wait, no stress. "Complaints," says the Times, "dropped to near zero."


This part is even more awesome.

07 Dec 2012 01:40 PM
Perducci     
The airport example is interesting, and makes sense:
...Airport officials quickly added baggage handlers to speed up delivery, but though they cut the time to eight minutes (well within the industry average) the complaints didn't stop. People were peeved, because it took one minute to get to baggage claim, and they had to wait around, doing nothing, for the next seven minutes. In other words, 88 percent of their post-flight time was spent waiting.

So what did the airport do? Officials moved the arrival gates farther away from baggage claim and routed bags to the farthest away carousels, making everybody walk six times longer to get to their luggage. That way, by the time people got to the carousels, the bags were already there. No wait, no stress. "Complaints," says the Times, "dropped to near zero."


But I think a key thing with that situation isn't so much that people need to be occupied, it's that many of us logically think "If I could get here in 60 seconds, why did my bags take eight minutes (plus the time I spent shuffling out of the plane)?" We get upset about perceived inefficiencies, inconsistencies, and incompetence.

Waiting for a bus isn't a big deal. It might get boring, but if the bus is on schedule most people aren't bothered. It's when a bus is late, or comes early so that you need to wait for the next one, that people start to stress. The ten minutes before a bus is due to arrive are nothing at all compared to the two or three minutes after it was supposed to be there.

07 Dec 2012 01:41 PM
C6H12O6 Daddy     
So that's why Fark makes work feel better.

07 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
ciberido    [TotalFark]  

On the Side: twomutts: So if I'm understanding this article correctly, it's whiny bastards in Houston that are responsible for us having to walk two miles to pick up our luggage after a flight?

Bingo. If only there was some sort of hand held device that could provide entertainment to these people who obviously can't wait and/or entertain themselves.


I've been known to carry this thing called "a book" around with me. I've also occasionally picked one up and started reading while at a stoplight, which is bad, and I should feel bad. But I hate wasted time.

07 Dec 2012 01:44 PM
devilEther     
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That's Scarlett Johansson in pigtails.

07 Dec 2012 01:45 PM
Dr.Zom     
Just light a cigarette. Bus will come immediately.

07 Dec 2012 01:45 PM
spentshells     
Light a smoke the bus arrives instantly.

07 Dec 2012 01:46 PM
BarkingUnicorn     
Just start walking; the bus will come when you're halfway between bus stops.

07 Dec 2012 01:47 PM
soopey     

Perducci: So what did the airport do? Officials moved the arrival gates farther away from baggage claim and routed bags to the farthest away carousels, making everybody walk six times longer to get to their luggage. That way, by the time people got to the carousels, the bags were already there. No wait, no stress. "Complaints," says the Times, "dropped to near zero."


The times also added, "Those fatties need the exercise anyways. Have you seen them try to wedge themselves into those coach seats? Crowbars may be illegal to bring through security but a majority of the airlines customers need them. In fact, some carriers plan to create a shoe-horning service on international flights for $15 a pry."

07 Dec 2012 01:47 PM
mike_d85     
Anyone else disappointed this isn't an assault story?

07 Dec 2012 01:47 PM
On the Side     

ciberido: On the Side: twomutts: So if I'm understanding this article correctly, it's whiny bastards in Houston that are responsible for us having to walk two miles to pick up our luggage after a flight?

Bingo. If only there was some sort of hand held device that could provide entertainment to these people who obviously can't wait and/or entertain themselves.

I've been known to carry this thing called "a book" around with me. I've also occasionally picked one up and started reading while at a stoplight, which is bad, and I should feel bad. But I hate wasted time.


I agree, but I don't give these type of complainers enough credit to actually read.

07 Dec 2012 01:48 PM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

devilEther: [www.michaelvox.com image 350x262]

That's Scarlett Johansson in pigtails.


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07 Dec 2012 01:50 PM
Thrakkorzog    [TotalFark]  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: [i236.photobucket.com image 520x295]

Does pppppthhhh Not pppppthhhh Approve pppppthhhh.


hehe - the only Sponge Bob episode I really liked.

Bubble wrap is great for meeting people at work. Used it to meet women several times - they loved it.

07 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
Fark Reddit or bust     

ChipNASA: devilEther: [www.michaelvox.com image 350x262]

That's Scarlett Johansson in pigtails.

[i29.photobucket.com image 640x404]


I will never tire of that .gif.

07 Dec 2012 02:08 PM
Boondock3806     
The number one thing this article has done for my life is reveal the existence of virtual bubble wrap, to include apps. My 4-yr-old will be busy with this until Easter.

07 Dec 2012 02:09 PM
waterrockets     
Simulated stress relief:

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07 Dec 2012 02:16 PM
Jim.Casy     

Ennuipoet: Popping bubble wrap is one of those things which is awesome to DO, but drives one farking batshiat crazy when someone else is doing.


Like farting?

07 Dec 2012 02:21 PM
megarian    [TotalFark]  

Dr.Zom: Just light a cigarette. Bus will come immediately.


This.

07 Dec 2012 02:26 PM
RatOmeter     

Ennuipoet: Popping bubble wrap is one of those things which is awesome to DO, but drives one farking batshiat crazy when someone else is doing.


Yes. Start popping them one-by-one and soon you move from wanting to strangle someone to someone wanting to punch you in the face.

07 Dec 2012 02:32 PM
poorjon     

ciberido: I've been known to carry this thing called "a book" around with me.


I use the same strategy. Unfortunately, in this situation every freak and weirdo takes it as a plea to start talking to you.

07 Dec 2012 02:34 PM
JackieRabbit     
That's pretty nifty, but I'm thinking someone who cannot abide bubble wrap poppers is going to go postal.

07 Dec 2012 02:55 PM
meyerkev     

Cheesehead_Dave: talulahgosh: that's awesome.

A few years ago, The New York Times reported that airline passengers in Houston were complaining bitterly about how long they had to wait for their bags at those rotating carousels. Airport officials quickly added baggage handlers to speed up delivery, but though they cut the time to eight minutes (well within the industry average) the complaints didn't stop. People were peeved, because it took one minute to get to baggage claim, and they had to wait around, doing nothing, for the next seven minutes. In other words, 88 percent of their post-flight time was spent waiting.

So what did the airport do? Officials moved the arrival gates farther away from baggage claim and routed bags to the farthest away carousels, making everybody walk six times longer to get to their luggage. That way, by the time people got to the carousels, the bags were already there. No wait, no stress. "Complaints," says the Times, "dropped to near zero."

This part is even more awesome.


I must admit that I like flying into larger airports for this reason.

Wait time = (Unload Time + time it takes to drive to baggage claim at 25MPH) - (time it takes me to walk from the plane at 4 MPH).

In Bozeman, MT, I'm waiting 20-30 minutes for my bag because it's 3 steps from gate to baggage.

In Detroit, at the far end of the C terminal, I'm waiting 0 minutes for my bag because it's 3 miles.

/And then in Las Vegas, I'm waiting 90 minutes for my bag because those guys are incompetent.

07 Dec 2012 03:03 PM
geoduck42     

Dr.Zom: Just light a cigarette. Bus will come immediately.


Glad to hear someone finally found a productive use for the things. You don't have to actually smoke it? Just light it?

07 Dec 2012 03:08 PM
Loadmaster     
It's because humans in the modern world have come to expect instant results.

And because most people don't have a clue about how things actually work in the real world.

// Half of everyone is below average

07 Dec 2012 03:16 PM
KrispyKritter     

Ennuipoet: Popping bubble wrap is one of those things which is awesome to DO, but drives one farking batshiat crazy when someone else is doing.


i like how bubble wrap reduces grumpy surly adults into happy children. i have a terminally adorable Chow-Chow. hulking beast ex-convict tattooed garbage men see her and start doing baby talk at her, and i have to look away and draw blood biting my lip to avoid being beaten to death for chuckling. biker guys at red light see her in the car, same thing. i pretend i'm not there. it's excellent. bubble wrap and cute dogs = instant 5 year olds.

07 Dec 2012 03:32 PM
Electrify     
My local transit authority is connected with Google Maps so I know when it is coming in real time on my phone. In addition, terminals and BRT stops are outfitted with LED displays which tells you when the next bus arrives.

Meanwhile the transit authority in the next county over has a number of apps available to tell you when the next one arrives.

07 Dec 2012 04:00 PM
ciberido    [TotalFark]  

twomutts: So if I'm understanding this article correctly, it's whiny bastards in Houston that are responsible for us having to walk two miles to pick up our luggage after a flight?


It illustrates the interesting principle that what people THINK (and say) they want is often not at all what will actually make them happy.

It is an interesting part of game development theory, that what customers (and potential customers) complain about in forums is very often not the same as (sometimes even the opposite of) what changes need to be made to increase overall customer satisfaction.

It's also a (probably trivially obvious) part of parenting, when what children say they want very often won't actually make them happy. Bedtimes, for example.

07 Dec 2012 04:07 PM
Petit_Merdeux     
I take it by the pictures that Italian buses travel on rails?

07 Dec 2012 04:08 PM
ciberido    [TotalFark]  

poorjon: ciberido: I've been known to carry this thing called "a book" around with me.

I use the same strategy. Unfortunately, in this situation every freak and weirdo takes it as a plea to start talking to you.


This has come up in Fark threads before. Apparently the solution is to put headphones in your ears. For me personally, and probably many other people, lyrics are distracting, so consider jazz or classical, or maybe something New Agey like Andreas Vollenweider.

Or you could go the spoken book routine. If you're into urban fantasy, consider The Dresden Files read by James Marsters (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

07 Dec 2012 04:15 PM
bjmidkiff2     
Approves.

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07 Dec 2012 04:21 PM
Dr.Zom     

geoduck42: Dr.Zom: Just light a cigarette. Bus will come immediately.

Glad to hear someone finally found a productive use for the things. You don't have to actually smoke it? Just light it?


I think so. As long as the cigarette is wasted to appease the Bus Gods.

07 Dec 2012 04:54 PM
Prof. Ann Marion     
You know when you're waiting at the bus stop and you look...nope, still not there ....and you wait...and you look again...nope... and you wait some more ....look.....nope....and then you want to strangle someone? Here's a simple solution


Imagine my disappointment that this article has nothing to do with simple ways to strangle someone...

07 Dec 2012 05:48 PM
Benjimin_Dover     
So since these retards are waiting for a bus a farking train station, how big of a sheet do they really need until a bus shows up?

07 Dec 2012 09:13 PM
Hiro-ACiD     

08 Dec 2012 05:45 AM
Kittypie070     
Call an EMT!! ChipNASA's peener asploded!!

08 Dec 2012 07:38 AM
Pichu0102     
Is this the comment thread where we chastise poor people for not owning a car and saying they deserve the wait for being poor?

08 Dec 2012 12:49 PM
Ball Zitch     

Dr.Zom: geoduck42: Dr.Zom: Just light a cigarette. Bus will come immediately.

Glad to hear someone finally found a productive use for the things. You don't have to actually smoke it? Just light it?

I think so. As long as the cigarette is wasted to appease the Bus Gods.


They are not entirely without mercy. Sometimes, if you go to light a cigarette, the bus will come in view right before the flame touches the paper. It's rare but it happens, and you have to mean it. The Bus Gods can tell a faker.

08 Dec 2012 01:09 PM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

Kittypie070: Call an EMT!! ChipNASA's peener asploded!!


Calm down, it just needs mouth to mouth.

10 Dec 2012 10:10 AM
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