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Old 03-17-2012, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does Yahoo know what it is talking about? (says tonneau has 'no real impact' on mpg)

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"...putting a cover on the pickup truck's bed had no real impact on fuel efficiency."

Really? REALLY? I'm pretty sure a few of you here have found a real positive impact on FE.

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Old 03-17-2012, 03:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What a laugh - 32 to 45 psi doesn't improve your mileage ???
It d@mn well does !
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I didn't click the article but I know what to expect. Recycled journalism. Conveying the common knowledge with no real inspiration to question convention and find new information. That's what I'd bet it's about.

I understand the tire pressure dilemma. If someone did ever have a blow-out, and was using a higher pressure, one may be inclined to blame the journalist (or news organization) for the recommendation. Personally, I run over placard but below sidewall. Feels fine to me.
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've found that the articles Yahoo! posts that contain the most incorrect/misleading information most often also have the comments option disabled. This article is no exception.

Also, I think that most of the contributors on Yahoo! are following Tim Ferris' advice about how to become an expert in any field in a short period of time. Notice, very few contributors have anything published in peer-reviewed journals or have any notable certifications. They are, essentially, self-proclaimed experts in whatever field they choose to write on.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Just saw this article today too, ridiculous. Putting less load on the engine (a/c off) so it doesn't have to work as hard won't increase your mileage... riiiight.
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"...putting a cover on the pickup truck's bed had no real impact on fuel efficiency."

Really? REALLY? I'm pretty sure a few of you here have found a real positive impact on FE.
Actually, I have empirical data that pretty much shows that a tonneau cover does nothing for a Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. That Mythbusters episode mentioned in this article was when they tested a similar Dodge Dakota regular cab model. The article (and Mythbusters) should not have overgeneralized the findings from test results of a Dodge Dakota to all trucks in general.
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I've found that the articles Yahoo! posts that contain the most incorrect/misleading information most often also have the comments option disabled. This article is no exception.

Also, I think that most of the contributors on Yahoo! are following Tim Ferris' advice about how to become an expert in any field in a short period of time. Notice, very few contributors have anything published in peer-reviewed journals or have any notable certifications. They are, essentially, self-proclaimed experts in whatever field they choose to write on.
Are you implying they're a bunch of yahoos, ?

EDIT: I saw 248 comments as of this posting.

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Old 03-17-2012, 08:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Are you implying they're a bunch of yahoos, ?

EDIT: I saw 248 comments as of this posting.

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Implying!?!

Interesting... I'll have to check back. There wasn't a field for leaving comments when I first viewed the article. It's mostly the health and wellness articles that don't allow feedback (e.g., an article that quoted HFCS as being just as healthy as honey).
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The theory here is that air conditioning draws energy from the engine, and that lowering the windows reduces drag
Messed that one up too. I understand they want it short and sweet for the typical ADD-addled Uhmerican, but it was simply too wrong and too short on data.

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