Red = gasoline
yellow = diesel
blue = kerosene
white = liquid oxygen
pink = flowers used to fuel the fires of love
purple = gold, the fuel of royalty
Feel free to ad to the list, while I'm having fun, here.
I've got a jerry can. It's olive-drab. It's also stenciled on the bottom
"3rd Army Sep 44." Somebody put it out for collection on Heavy Trash Day and
I liberated it.
Now this little can helped win the Battle of the Bulge, but it's not red.
How can that be?
What goes in an olive-drab container? Blood Plasma? Lubricating oil?
Anti-freeze (that would make sense)? Insect repellent? Instant eggs? SOS
You've got yourself quite a collectors item there. I've seen
people throw away books printed in the 18th and 19th century
that were in pretty good shape. It was just an old book, they
say. I'm amazed at what some folks will toss in the trash. I
found a brand new microwave oven with the manual inside next
to a dumpster. It now sits in the shop to warm our lunches.
Yep. I've got "Heavy Trash Day" marked on my calendar.
The evening before I prowl the neighborhood foraging. I've collected some
neat stuff, most recently a large, solid wood, butcher-block dining table
whose pedestal had come loose (cheesy fasteners plus rambunctious kids is my
guess). A few of the right kind of screws, and I'm good to go.
My son found an unused Corvette moon roof ! Sold the thing on Ebay for over
I've got competition, though. Some folks come through looking for discarded
refrigerators, water heaters, and the like. I assume they disassemble them
for the scrap metal value. The trash people are not supposed to pick up a
fridge unless it has a certificate of proper freon disposal attached. The
gypsy gleaners don't seem to mind this missing detail.
Fortunately, I live on a busy street and when I put something out - whoosh!
I lugged a console TV to the curb with a hand-written sign "Works!" It was
gone before I could return with the remote control.
The shortest interval, though, took place when I put out a ghastly (large)
oil painting of a Mexican castanet player. There was much tire-screeching,
shouts in a foreign language, and fist waving. Gone in twenty seconds.
Anyway, I figure reuse is better than recycle and either is better than
This post alone earns you a lot of forgiveness for some of the other
posts you have made here over the years. BTDT, from both ends of the deal.
aem, an on-and-off gleaner of the 3rd generation, sends...
Where I grew up, green was unleaded gas and red was leaded. 2-stroke was
blue, I think. I'm not sure if that's still true, or if the world's
standardised the colors these days...
Of course in practice everyone just used whatever can they had handy :-)
Sure - not disputing it for some territories, just making comment that
it's probably different everywhere. e.g.:
... forgot about black for diesel.
I think water containers over there were normally white over there, but I
don't know if that's any kind of accepted standard; I remember my
grandparents having a pale-blue one for drinking water at their campsite.
Personally I wouldn't rely on any color in any country for water unless I
knew what had been in it previously - fuel's not really an issue though,
providing the can's empty first :-)
I agree. Other than Red for Gasoline and Yellow for Diesel, I don't
think there is one universal standard. Although other colors may be
used for gasoline or diesel, you can pretty much count on any red cans
being intended for gasoline and yellow cans for diesel anywhere in the
You won't find goat milk in a red jerry can!
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