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It's all about the eau in water

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It's all about the eau in water

A chemistry teacher spotted a scientific blunder on a water dispenser in the world's biggest Primark.

The teacher, from south west England, discovered the mistake in an Instagram story posted by the retailer featuring a picture of the fountain in the new Birmingham city centre store, which opened last week.

The dispensers, which are dotted around the five-floor, 160,000 sq ft building, claim 'H20 is on the house', encouraging shoppers to fill up their own water bottles as they browse the store.

However, the correct formula for water is H2O - using the letter 'o', an abbreviation of oxygen, as opposed to the number zero.  

 

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Re: It's all about the eau in water

We were always taught to write it as H₂O at school so not sure when it changed and besides, I always thought zero was written as ø when separating it from a letter. It was certainly done that way when we had to write hexadecimal numbers later on in college. 

 


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Re: It's all about the eau in water

Incorrect use of in-store.  It's clearly an in-store water station, but it's located in store.

When Westfield shopping centre opened, there were touchscreen store guides dotted about the place, and I once queued behind a woman who was trying to locate somewhere to buy a computer.  However, her search returned no results until I suggested she type COMPUTER, not C0MPUTER.  She didn't even thank me.

Bit confusing for the Danes and Norwegians if you start 'slashing' your zeros since they have relied on 'slashing' their 'O's for centuries.

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I wonder if Volvo will soon have to alter their now 'politically incorrect' symbol. 

"For the times they are a-changin" Sad

Just a thought here.


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Re: It's all about the eau in water

2 Questions, @Minivanman  What have Volvo got do with water dispensers? and why is their badge politically incorrect?

I'm intrigued.

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Nothing, other than the discussion here about how letters are formed, and I did say it was just a thought therefore not inclusive to the topic.

To save you checking it out, it's the gender symbol for male. Roll_eyes


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Re: It's all about the eau in water

On a similar thread I've always wondered, in this politically correct era, how is Uncle Ben's rice still around?

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Have you noticed how over recent years they have changed the pictures on bottles of Camp coffee. Won't belong now before even the word "camp" will be deemed 'inappropriate' by some pipsqueak liberal leftie. 


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@billnotben wrote:

On a similar thread I've always wondered, in this politically correct era, how is Uncle Ben's rice still around?


No problem, as long as Aunt Bessie's roasties are still around too. Wink

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Won't belong now before even the word "camp" will be deemed 'inappropriate'...


Nah, camp is fine, dear.

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Re: It's all about the eau in water

Do they still make that Camp "coffee" in those square long bottles.

I used to like the taste of that liquid chickory gunk.

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I'm sure they do, only now it's probably in a plastic bottle!

I used to like it as well along with spam, Angel Delight and tinned spaghetti. Proper grub in my day, not like all the rubbish they sell now. Wink


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@Minivanman wrote:

Nothing, other than the discussion here about how letters are formed, and I did say it was just a thought therefore not inclusive to the topic.

To save you checking it out, it's the gender symbol for male. Roll_eyes


Get where you're going, @Minivanman .

I didn't need to check it out, as I know precisely what it looks like.Smiley , but as I'm old enough & wise enough, I know it is a VOLVO badge and NOT the gender symbol for male.Grin

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Really?

Then I'll take another even closer look at it as to me they look the same apart from that  arrow being a bit shorter, but then maybe Volvo drivers have smaller dongles. Roll_eyes


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One major difference - the BADGE has 'VOLVO' emblazoned across it.Wink

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