13 thoughts on “Why Am I Not Surprised?

  1. Hell, I just stick my head out like a dog and let my teeth filter for me… Chevy truck filters ain’t cheap either Angus…


  2. I tried to have the cabin air filter replaced on my F250. After trying to look up a part number, the shop told me “There isn’t one on your rig.”


  3. Yet more proof that historian Victor Davis Hansen has it right, every five years the modern human gets dummer. Ya just can’t fix stupid.
    Ya don’t believe me! Try this one on for size. I can’t pass it, can you? The problem is that by our increased use and dependance upon technology, we have forgotten how to use the computer God gave us.

    Eighth-Grade Final Exam from 1895

    Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895? (LOOK CLOSELY… THAT’S EIGHTEEN NINETY FIVE).
    This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, KS, USA. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the Salina Journal. 8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS -1895

    Grammar (Time Limit – one hour)

    Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
    Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications.
    Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
    What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of lie, play and run.
    Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
    What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
    Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.
    Arithmetic (Time Limit – 1.25 hours)

    Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
    A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
    If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
    District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
    Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
    Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
    What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at 20 per metre?
    Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
    What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
    Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.
    U.S. History (Time Limit – 45 minutes)

    Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
    Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
    Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
    Show the territorial growth of the United States.
    Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
    Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
    Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
    Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.
    Orthography (Time Limit – one hour)

    What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
    What are elementary sounds? How classified?
    What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
    Give four substitutes for caret ‘u.’
    Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e.’ Name two exceptions under each rule.
    Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
    Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
    Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the
    sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
    Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
    Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.
    Geography (Time Limit – one hour)

    What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
    How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
    Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
    Describe the mountains of North America.
    Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
    Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
    Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
    Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
    Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
    Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.
    Also notice that the exam took six hours to complete.


  4. I see most commentators immediately came to the same conclusion I did – since the cabin air filter is such a cast-iron bitch to get to, and costs an arm+leg+teeth, them face rags are a cheaper solution to filtering outdoor pollution.



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