My grandpa keeps a detailed record of all maintenance on his car in this memo book. This was his last entry:

My grandpa keeps a detailed record of all maintenance on his car in this memo book. This was his last entry:

Why do Grandpas always write mostly in caps but pepper it with lower case letters seemingly at random? That could have been written by my Pope if the content was different! EDIT: my POPI is not the pope, though he might claim to be after he ties one on.

I do this now due to military experience. They teach you in boot camp to write in all caps. It's so that people can read the log books easier, just my guess though.

From the title, I thought your granddad had burnt himself to death in the car...

Based on those fingernails, do you perhaps come from a long lineage of car mechanics?

Haha, I do general contracting, cell tower maintenance and climbing. My hands look permanently dirty lol

They do this in engineering as well, the confusion from op just comes from the random lowercase letters in the journal log.

JUNe 2011 205,000

RepLaced LefT FronT

BEARINg HUB - Replaced

SEAL ON PWR STEERING PUMP

AUG17 2011

END OF THE LINE

1996 Dodge GRAND

CARAVAN COmmiTTED

SUiCIDE By BURNING

ITSELF While PARkED

AT KAISER mED CeNteR

MTB PARKING LoT. "NO MEMORAL

SERVICE Will BE' GIvEN"

Less endearing more infuriating when typed out lol.

Confirmed for medical as well. It just seems that professional writing is considered all caps printed across the board.

It's a great job and I love it very much. Props to your friend, the Midwest has ridiculously high towers. I'm in Los Angeles. The city doesn't get to crazy with its towers

Yo, one of my friends in Nebraska does cell tower maintenance and always posting pics from up top. That must be a pretty kick ass job.

Clarity is function.

96 Caravan... that maintenance log must be a long one.

"Better make a record of this for posterity."

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Except that lower case letters exist solely for the purpose of making reading easier/faster by having varying heights/depths.

Your Grandpa sounds like the kind of person I want to hang out with, LOL.

I'm neither an engineer nor contractor nor whatever other profession writes in all caps. I'm just a messy writing 23 year old that just uses whatever case my hand picks.

I do this a bit but it's an attention span thing.

I skip words and the ends of words pretty often too.

I did it with my own surname once in high school. It was on a test the whole class failed so badly that the teacher offered points for correctly spelled names.

Not a proud day for ol /u/batfien

I think your grandpa murdered that poor Grand Caravan. It seems the steering pump is above the exhaust manifold. Since PS steering fluid is flammable (well, combustible) it probably leaked onto the exhaust manifold and caught fire.

The van didn't commit suicide. Your grandpa committed automobileicide.

Eh, good riddance. I say we give him a medal anyways.

Literally the worst vehicle I can think of. Ever. Like, it's the poster child of terrible vehicles. It's the subject of all of my "terrible car" jokes. This thing made it to the 200k club too. I am impressed. I don't even think the owners manual goes that far.

That doesn't work if they write lowercase letters significantly less legibly.

aRe yoU suRE? WORks FinE FOR mE.

Can confirm. Grandpa is a veteran.

MDs are the exception to all rules. Our MDs think they shouldn't have to wash their hands between patients.

It begun its own service by starting the cremation early.

So interesting to hear of other peoples' livelihoods. I never even thought this was its own line of work.

Not familiar with IRATA, I'm certified through Comtrain.

He is likely a veteran. I suffer from this too, it's very hard to deal with at a law firm.

GAMER HERE, I ALWAYS ACCIDENTALLY PRESS CAPSLOCK and then realize halfway through and can't be bothered to retype in lowercase.

EDIT: SPELLING

As an MD, I'm not sure writing in all caps would matter/help.

Same here, I mildly freaked out thinking it was a suicide note. Then after that realized I was in /sub/funny.

Your Pope?

Do you have IRATA?

WTF, YOU'RE SO RIGHT. IT DOES TAKE AWAY SOME CONTEXT WHEN THERE EVERYTHING IS CAPITALIZED BUT OVeRALL, YOU AND I ARE ON THE SAME PAGE.

Semmelweis would probably want to have a few words with them.

What I've realized is that even if it's not windy at all in the ground if you get up 100ft or so it can be windy enough to blow off your hard hat. No matter how many towers you've climbed or how comfortable you are, fear is good and keeps you safe. First 10-15 minutes you need to take slowly until your hands stop shaking.

From my experience certain letters cases are just easier to write before or after other letters.

Hey, broken bearing hubs are no fucking joke to replace. I'd put it down after that too.

TIL that its more professional to yell everything.

Yeah because doctors were so willing to listen to him the first time around.

Isn't that that place in wales?

Actually...

It probably burned due to electrical. Clue: the failed wheel bearing. If the engine/transaxle is not properly grounded, then electrical charge buildup travels to ground through the wheel.... and through the bearing. Over time, this causes there bearing surfaces to roughen and fail. The lack of grounding likely damaged other electrics as well, and one of them... combusted.

You guys probably think I'm daft, but it's definately a clue to why it burned.

This is also why some big trucks have a ground strap hanging from the chassis touching the ground. To protect the wheel bearings (and prevent static shocks while entering/exiting or fuelling.

Lesson: Any time you have wheel bearing failure, check for bad ground connections.

/sub/mei_irl

what do you do?

Except after writing it, he stuck it in the glove compartment ...

FORMER COMPUTER SCIENCE STUDENT HERE. WE TYPE EVERYTHING IN CAPS.

Get into med mal. Then your handwriting will look like the printing of the Constitution compared to what doctors scribble.

Source: work at a med mal firm.

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Mystery solved

I had my 94 Grand Caravan for 9 years before anything went wrong with it. Reading all of these comments from you and others, I must have been very lucky.

Could have been for any number of reasons. The Dodge Grand Caravan is a flaming POS of an automobile.

But in its defense these things can happen to lots of vehicles. Any vehicle really. The right fluids leaking onto the right spots under the right conditions can cause trouble. Shit if I had a Ferrari that happened to be leaking ATF onto a cat converter that thing would be up in flames.

It's extremely unlikely, even for a Grand Caravan, to catch fire and have leaking fluid out of the steering pump and having PS fluid leak onto the exhaust. Although nothing is impossible.

But when you look at maintenance logs and the last item to be serviced was one that contains a combustible liquid that once it's going burns out of control and very hot you do have to ask questions.

Actually it makes alot of sense in the computer and online world. It's hard to convey tone and such over text and the all caps as yelling thing makes it just a bit easier.

I always read it as yelling when I was a kid on the computer screen in the 90s before it really caught on as a known standard. Handwriting did not and still does not read as yelling in my head. Printed books do.

So I think it just comes natural when seeing any kind of typing in caps as yelling since it read that way to me and a couple of my friends before we knew it was supposed to. The only people I know that didn't automatically see it like this was my grandparents and they still don't.

I had a bunch of friends move to Hawaii a few years ago, and soon their new Hawai-born friends started commenting on their Facebook posts and their comments would all be written JuST lIKe wHaT yoU dID. (Probably not doing it right.) I always thought of how much longer it would take to write stuff doing that.

Found the grandpa.

Since about 1847, actually. So a century.

Nah it's been a while.

Let's ridicule him to the point of mental breakage, lock him up and pretty much beat him to death for suggesting it may be advisable to wash hands between handling corpses and delivering babies.

Again.

Too soon

fear is good and keeps you safe.

I went up on a test run a couple years ago (moved and didn't take the job, long story) and was positive I'd failed hard because of how obviously sketched out I got as soon as I wasn't clipped in (I'd watched videos of dudes just free-climbing and figured it was expected).

Turns out: nope. The guy who took me up said "I wouldn't want anybody on my crew who did feel totally comfortable not using the safety lines. Everybody makes mistakes eventually and it doesn't end well for the people who aren't secured when they do."

To reclip

I work across the street from a Kaiser medical center. There was a car on fire over there several years ago that we were all staring at, and August of 2011 sounds about right. I wonder if this was him?

(Denver)

oLD DOdGe gRAnD cArAVaN hOrRFiCAlLy BuRNs ALivE ScReAmING iN FrOnT oF hoSpITAl aS eViL DEmEnTEd dOctOrS wAtCH aNd laUgH

Because everyone around you tends to have great handwriting and I am over here writing like a child. It's a self conscious thing above all else as none of them care, but it does suck.

I often write my words out of sequence. Like, write the second letter first, then go back and put the first letter in front of it. I do it often at the beginning of words and with common suffixes, like writing the ng then squishing the i in front. I've often wondered if it's like a form of dyslexia. My reading comprehension skills were always excellent, and I excelled in english class but in spite of reading often I have always read at an absolute snail's pace. Also there are certain kinds of texts I seem incapable of focusing on, most notably history, even though I find the subject matter interesting.

I know someone whose old Dodge Caravan burned at a gas station. Weird

wwwasdddsA SCRUB I'LL WRECK YOUR FAce you noob.

It's a secret message. If you put together all the lower case letters in the log you will know where he buried the car.

The second Gens like your 1994 where the last of the decent ones. In fact the second gens are known to be almost indestructible. I loved my 94' until some lady blew through a left yield and I smacked into her at ~45 mph. The SRS airbags (first year for this model to have SRS) worked perfectly and I walked away with a barely cut lip from my tooth. Her car slid, hit the curb, the back end flew up into the air and landed on one of these posts. The uni-body of her car was buckled and the rear suspension was nearly torn out. If there was anyone sitting in the passenger side of her car the may not have survived, no side impact airbags.

My van was totaled as well, the sub frame got pushed about an inch backwards and the passenger fender was almost torn off. All doors still opened and the main uni-body didn't seem to be bent in any way. Thank the engineers for crumple zones!

The second Gens like your 1994 where the last of the decent ones. In fact the second gens are known to be almost indestructible. I loved my 94' until some lady blew through a left yield and I smacked into her at ~45 mph. The SRS airbags (first year for this model to have SRS) worked perfectly and I walked away with a barely cut lip from my tooth. Her car slid, hit the curb, the back end flew up into the air and landed on one of posts. The uni-body of her car was buckled and the rear suspension was nearly torn out. If there was anyone sitting in the passenger side of her car the may not have survived, no side impact airbags.

My van was totaled as well, the sub frame got pushed about an inch backwards and the passenger fender was almost torn off. All doors still opened and the main uni-body didn't seem to be bent in any way. Thank the engineers for crumple zones!

Il Papa

Your grandpa's writing looks a lot like my dads writing 😊

Well his father was a mechanic. His father was a mechanic. His mother's father was a mechanic. His three brothers are mechanics. Four uncles on his father's side are mechanics...

My dad was Air Force, then Draftsman, then Engineer. Writes in all caps and kept vehicle service logs and other notes. I bought a Pontiac years ago and it had belonged to the seller's dad, same deal. That sealed the deal for me.

I have to say, for a '96 Grand Caravan that's a remarkably long life. 15 years and 205k miles is about 6 years and 50k miles more than when most end up in a scrap heap.

Videogame concept artist here. We also label everything in caps.

You need to disable it half way through a word to get the true gamer experience.

Must be an old thing because they didn't hardly trust us to spell our own names in boot camp. Maybe different branch/country.

its an efficiency thing.

Jesus dude. Incest is wrong.

Imo the "Caps is yelling" thing is a stupid social standard.

Makes even less sense when there's rules against all caps...

my favorite case is case of beer

There is a documentary about it on pbs Frontline. It's work for a certain type of person, very hardcore and safety varies based on how far down the line you are contracted out to.

At least that is what I got from the doc.

Mr Fancy Pants - has his very own Pope

What subreddit are you subscribed to where you'd expect to see a suicide note?

Oh wow, me too! I'm 5 years myself, and have almost hit 35k comment karma! How much karma have you saved up? Do you currently have a /sub/lounge subscription?

I'm currently saving for something big but I'm not too sure what yet.

 

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING AND IT'S BEEN SO LONG THAT I'M AFRAID IT'S NOW TOO LATE TO ASK.

My guess is that the random lowercase comes from originally learning to write in lowercase with capitalised letters when needed. That gets pretty engrained in your brain.

But then later in your life at some point, you're told to write in all caps so that it stays professional and more readable for everyone else.

So you decide to do this for all important things you write from there on out because you realise the logic in it. Except you still have lowercase writing engrained in your brain. So while you're writing in all caps something longer than a few words, your brain might slip, thinking more about the words you're writing than the way you're writing it. Which is where the random lowercase comes from!

They are the random slips your brain makes while writing.

This is just my guess but I know this is the exact reason I sometimes do the same exact thing while writing in caps

Masturbate and cry

In German it's called Normschrift. It's hard to learn but looks professional as fuck.

It looks like this: https://www.tzinfo.de/images/normschrift.png

But I wasn't able to find a proper English term for Normschrift

In German it's called Normschrift. It's hard to learn but looks professional as fuck.

It looks like this:

But I wasn't able to find a proper English term for Normschrift

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Or approx 1.5 centuries.

FOUND THE GRANDPA.

Everything from his sense of humor down to the coffee stain probably makes this one of the most grandpa things ever.

Apparently this was in California, it could have been a coordinated event by grandpa's with caravans though.

my dad writes the same way but to be fair he'd be a grandpa if me and my sister had our shit together.

CARAVAN COmmiTTED SUiCIDE By BURNING

/sub/peoplefuckingdying

This, im in school for engineering, and we have to write in all caps when applicable. They call it engineering handwriting. Also helps with other people being able to read the text.

...over 1000 confirmed kills.

Best get a shovel and a new suit then.

Welp, somebody certainly outta teach them. Cleaning your hands as a medical doctor has been known for centuries to prevent diseases

You're going to have to speak up, son.

shrug here in engineering we're taught technical writing; it's a special font with normal lowercase, but unlike common cursive/handwriting, each letter is separate - no joining letters in a word - and there's no 'personal touch' freedom, q is q, g is g, and 9 is 9, so reading is way easier and there are no ambiguities to keep guessing what the author meant.

Y'all got any more of those links with more information?

I'm in engineering and haven't heard of this, even though I've taken a drafting class. We more went over traditional methods of measurement and geometrical drawing, not so much the actual 'font' of what we were writing. I'd be very interested to read more, if you've got a source.

Might want to rethink that career choice.

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

Dad is engineer and writes in all caps

It can be difficult. Climbing is tiring on the hands, legs, and shoulders. I don't climb anywhere close to everyday though and sometimes my general ground maintenance tasks are more difficult. Mixing concrete, working on landscaping, etc.

That sounded a bit far fetched but I looked it up and I'll be damned it's a real phenomenon. Very interesting read!