Friday, May 30, 2008

Gas prices breaking pumps - literally

The rate of increase in gas prices is so high that counters inside mechanical gas pumps are wearing out trying to keep up.
No, that was not a punch line designed for irony. It is true. From the Times:

While gasoline is still dispensed at no more than 10 gallons a minute, higher prices mean the mechanical equipment must spin faster to keep up, leading to more problems. When gas was a dollar a gallon, the penny wheel went to a dollar in one minute. But, anything that goes four times faster is going to wear out quicker. This time, prices have risen so high so quickly that the manufacturers of the replacement parts have been unable to keep.

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