April 3, 2018

"The use of '11' as a maximum pre-dates This Is Spinal Tap by almost forty years."

"In 1947, the Baldwin Locomotive Works and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway introduced the Chesapeake and Ohio class M-1 steam turbine locomotive. The locomotive's throttle included eleven settings, ranging from one (idling) to eleven (full speed). The locomotive's cruising speed was 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), at which point the throttle was on 'seven.' During a trial run with a reporter from Popular Mechanics aboard, a C&O engineer expressed his dissatisfaction with a local speed limit of 75 miles per hour (121 km/h), noting that he would 'Sure like to be able to pull it back to eleven!' Gibson Les Paul guitars with low-impedance pickups were outfitted with special controls designed by Les Paul himself. Controls included a 'Decade Switch' which went up to 11."

From the Wikipedia article "Up to eleven."

33 comments:

Nonapod said...

I like redefining a maximum value, but I always disliked colloquialisms about putting in more than is possible by definition. Like giving more than 100% "He gave 110%!" or whatever.

Fernandistien said...

The customized M-1 went up to 12.

Darrell said...

Analog thinking.

Angle-Dyne, Angelic Buzzard said...

Doc Watson, on pulling it back to 11, when you're "born an engineer on the C&O to die".

Darrell said...

Some player piano in 1835 had a tempo control that was labelled 1 through 11. Nothing is ever new under the sun.

gspencer said...

"Well, it is one louder, isn't it"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOO5S4vxi0o

Pizza guy, "Your pizza's ready. How do you want me to slice it?'

"Cut it into eight slices. No, wait. I'm not that hungry. Better to cut it only into six pieces."

madAsHell said...

When I was little I remember comparing the speedometers of parked cars to determine which one was faster!!

Phil 3:14 said...

this post needs a "Cliff Clavin" tag.

rehajm said...

Why not just make 10 louder?

Titus said...

My uber driver's name was Intekhabalam-what is that?

tits.

Phil 3:14 said...

I feel more tired after running a 10 K race as opposed to a 6.2 mile race.

madAsHell said...

In 1947, the Baldwin Locomotive Works and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway introduced the Chesapeake and Ohio class M-1 steam turbine locomotive.

A new steam engine??.....in 1947? It turns out that Baldwin shipped their last steam engine in 1956. I never would have guessed that.

rhhardin said...

The scale probably starts with 0, so it's really 12 choices.

TWW said...

One of the lead characters in 'Stranger Things' is named 'Eleven'.

EDH said...

Well, on a scale of 1 to 10 - 10 being the most depraved act of sexual theater known to man, 1 being your average Friday night run-through at the Lomax's household - I'd say, not to be immodest, Mary Ann and I got it on at about...

ELEVEN!

Or did he say "seven"? Which would be awfully modest considering he is supposed to be the devil incarnate.

Crimso said...

What's funny isn't that their amps go to 11. What's funny is the reason why they didn't just make them go to 10 and make 10 louder.

tim maguire said...

Spinal Tap is still what got it into the public consciousness. Which is what matters. (Same argument, basically, for why, SJWs be damned, Columbus in fact DID discover America.)

Humperdink said...

Joe Biden is an expert on 7-11's.

Unknown said...

Man, how to ruin a joke.

-sw

Jimmy said...

Well I feel like a kid who has just learned there is no Santa Claus.

mikee said...

I recall that my 1976 Chevrolet Impala, all 18.575 feet of it, had a speedometer that went up to 100mph. The car never did, though. Sometimes, readouts lie.

Ann Althouse said...

What interests me most is rhar there’s a freestanding Wikipedia article on this topic, with so much detail and taking it so seriously.

I live this about Wikipedia.

The Godfather said...

Re Angel's Doc Watson post: Great song! FFV, referring to a fast train, usually meant "Fresh Fruits and Vegetables". You understand why a train carrying that kind of cargo was supposed to go as fast as possible and not be delayed by other traffic on the line. At some point the C&O (old Chesapeake & Ohio RR) called the FFV the "Fast Flying Virginian", which sounds like something that the Marketing Department dreamed up.

tcrosse said...

The Vietnamese used to call something they didn't particularly like 'Number Ten'. Maybe that's not bad enough anymore, and they can move on to 'Number Eleven'.

Angle-Dyne, Angelic Buzzard said...

The Godfather: Great song! FFV, referring to a fast train, usually meant "Fresh Fruits and Vegetables". You understand why a train carrying that kind of cargo was supposed to go as fast as possible and not be delayed by other traffic on the line. At some point the C&O (old Chesapeake & Ohio RR) called the FFV the "Fast Flying Virginian", which sounds like something that the Marketing Department dreamed up.

Ha - never knew what "FFV" stood for. (If you're putting me on you're getting away with it.) That song goes by different names, with a lot of variation in lyrics, but I always loved Doc's version the best.

Rabel said...

The trombones were turned up to 11.

surfed said...

My nylon string classical guitar goes up to 1.

Bay Area Guy said...

Sex Farm!

traditionalguy said...
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traditionalguy said...

Next year's early favorite for the Heisman is UGA's #11. As a true freshman QB last year, Jake Fromm ( A/k/a Jake from State Fromm) started against Notre Dame on the road in South Bend. He maxed it out like true #11s should.

Jon Ericson said...

trad,
Pretty obvious plea for a café post.
Maybe those get her into the most trouble.

Fritz said...

surfed said...
My nylon string classical guitar goes up to 1.


Put a piezo electric pickup in it, plug it into an Evil Twin, and turn that up to 10.

Jon Ericson said...

But not too much reverb.