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[–]TristedOpinions 20.1k points20.1k points  (770 children)

This is a lawn mowers worst nightmare!

[–]polichomp 3399 points3400 points  (128 children)

If it were your own yard, small gardens or shrubs would looked beautiful planted there!

[–]blekkja 2514 points2515 points 2 (95 children)

And they’d do really well given the thermal energy that the bricks suck in and consequently release.


[–]VonFluffington 892 points893 points  (47 children)

That's also interesting as fuck, thanks for the link.

[–]Warpedme 551 points552 points  (39 children)

As someone who loves gardening, this went from interesting as fuck to TIL

[–]blekkja 45 points46 points  (1 child)

Yeah, I keep on coming back to this article. Something reminds me of it - like this post - and I end up reading through it all again.

[–]one_horcrux_short 25 points26 points  (13 children)

I wonder if this explains why my grass does really well right next to my cement walk-way

[–]blekkja 14 points15 points  (8 children)

I’m not a scientifician, but seems logical enough to me. I had a job previously where I was outside all day standing and walking on black asphalt and sometimes the heat rising up off it was worse than the sun beaming down: because at least I had a real good wife brimmed hat to lessen that impact. Shit gets real hot eh.

[–]esphero 11 points12 points  (1 child)


[–]thebottom99 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Wife brimmed hat hmmm

[–]Mowglli 63 points64 points  (9 children)

also fuck a perfectly manicured lawn with no local plants! It's not good for the environment, plant some local shit so bees and birds and bugs and the previous inhabitants of our land can still live and continue the cycle.

My favorite lawns are those with a third bit of nice grass for sitting on /having a table to eat on, with damn near everything else full of local wild plants 4ft high. No pesticides (maybe the D. earth powder).

[–]ElChicoRojo1 4055 points4056 points  (417 children)

No. Fuckin’. Joke.

[–]b1vaD 8463 points8464 points 2& 6 more (410 children)

Probably just use one of those helicopter sticks

[–]end-over-end10 4468 points4469 points  (332 children)

This is the best name for a weed wacker I have ever heard

[–]Moldy_Donuts 1858 points1859 points  (194 children)

This is what I thought he meant at first lol I’m stupid

[–]i_likebiscuits 430 points431 points  (32 children)

That is what i was thinking

[–]Buglepost 123 points124 points  (29 children)

Same. We are all teh stupidz

[–]stealingbiscuits 48 points49 points  (27 children)

Genuinely no idea what else they could be talking about.

[–]Buglepost 52 points53 points  (22 children)

I think it was a clever euphemism for weed whacker.

[–]houseoffrancakes 48 points49 points  (16 children)

I think calling it a euphemism implies that a weed wacker is something dirty... Now you got me thinking..

[–]mrducky78 188 points189 points  (42 children)

This is what I want in a zombie apocalypse. It might not be efficient, it might jam or run out of fuel in like a couple minutes of use. But goddamn. Glorious.

[–]Moldy_Donuts 40 points41 points  (23 children)

Go out with a bang

[–]JoshuaTheFox 40 points41 points  (19 children)

... As the wire gets caught in something and you pendulum down to your death

[–]Moldy_Donuts 85 points86 points  (15 children)

I’m here for a good time not a long time

[–]EatsWithoutTables 19 points20 points  (4 children)

I dont think it will jam. People are a lot squishier than treea.

[–]mentatsjunkie 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Reminds me of something youd find in a Dead Rising game

[–]zurkog 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Nah, he could have meant one of these

[–]surreallife8 9 points10 points  (22 children)

Wait. This isn't what he meant?! What else is a helicopter stick?

[–]residentdunce 38 points39 points  (19 children)

Who calls it a helicopter stick. It's a damn strimmer!

[–]Leibn1z 174 points175 points  (52 children)

Also known as a whipper snipper here in Aus.

[–]FLlPPlNG 34 points35 points  (17 children)

I just learned that term a couple of days ago watching Pask Makes, which is a fantastic youtube channel if anyone cares.

He's in NZ though.

[–]BagOfFlies 15 points16 points  (14 children)

Common where I am in Canada as well.

[–]potentafricanthunder 19 points20 points  (12 children)

Yeah I mean weed whacker is a good name too considering it basically whacks weeds out of existence (or maybe it's like a mafia thing) but whipper snipper is the GOAT term

[–]Taurich 10 points11 points  (9 children)

Also Canadian. I feel like "whipper snipper" lacks impact, it lacks that "oomph" you get from "Weed Whacker"

[–]G01ngDutch 59 points60 points  (12 children)

So that’s what a weed whacker is! We Brits call it a strimmer.

Edit: clarification

[–]MaxwellIsSmall 23 points24 points  (10 children)

What’s a weed wacker? Is that another word for a lawn decapitator?

[–]SinCityNinja 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I have to ask my landscaper if I can borrow his helicopter stick next time he's here. Thats awesome

[–]atlaslosinggrip 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This the best name for a stoner I have ever heard

[–]MyOtherAltAccount69 31 points32 points  (11 children)

A weed wacker, or a scythe?

[–]duaneap 63 points64 points  (9 children)

I’m not sure how scythes resemble helicopters. Unless you scythe really fast.

[–]stfuimdriving 16 points17 points  (9 children)

You use a gas or electric heli stick?

[–]Ovenbakedgoodness90 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Solar powered

[–]stfuimdriving 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Ahh yeah I’ve been sticking with hydropower, but to each their own ig

[–]Ovenbakedgoodness90 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Would make sense in England, the sun is less abundant than the rain

[–]FunkyChug 106 points107 points  (47 children)

A string trimmer’s wet dream though

[–]Tweegyjambo 82 points83 points  (28 children)

I've just commented else where about 20s ago that they are called strimmers in Scotland and for a second I wondered why. Then I saw your comment.

[–]wildersrighthand 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Used strimmers all my life and never made the connection to ‘string trimmer’ just had my mind blown.

[–]MJandJack 25 points26 points  (18 children)

You just taught me something new. Where I'm from in the States we've always called them weed whackers lol

[–]wildersrighthand 23 points24 points  (5 children)

Shit man is that what you all mean when you say weed whackers?!? I’ve wondered about that one for years. How different our cultures are.

[–]rebekahster 18 points19 points  (2 children)

In Australia we call them Whipper Snipper’s

[–]AncientPenile 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Damn Aussies always picking the best names

[–]PastelFlamingo150 322 points323 points  (50 children)

It's England. They either use sheep or starve the Irish until they eat the grass.

[–]noir_lord 105 points106 points  (24 children)

Sigh, you give the world Shakespeare, Darwin, Newton and Hawking but you starve a few Irishmen and they never let you forget it.

[–]KingOfDatShit 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Good lord man

[–]empressofglasgow 27 points28 points  (3 children)

Just plant Things in those lovely sheltered areas

[–]cully86 5573 points5574 points  (143 children)

I've never heard a wall described as a fence before.

A brick fence just doesn't sit right with my brain.

[–]Recursi 3380 points3381 points  (48 children)

Great Fence of China.

[–]haemaker 563 points564 points  (13 children)

I am a waller in my spare time.

En Garde!

[–]BangCrash 282 points283 points  (7 children)

en garden I think you mean

[–]incenseandelephants 37 points38 points  (3 children)

I take o fence at this

[–]BangCrash 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Yeah you wood you're as thick as a brick wall

[–]Grintor 212 points213 points  (10 children)

We're going to build a fence. It's going to be the greatest fence in the world. We're going to make Mexico pay for that fence.

[–]FilliamHMuffmanJr 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Hadrian's Fence

[–]super304 26 points27 points  (0 children)

The fall of the Berlin brick fence.

[–]Chubbstock 254 points255 points  (25 children)

Reminds me of the time someone on Reddit called a jar a "glass can"

[–]KKlear 137 points138 points  (17 children)

Or that time someone called string trimmer a helicopter stick.

[–]HonoraryMancunian 67 points68 points  (5 children)

Hah yeah I remember that, a reddit classic

[–]rocksfly 222 points223 points  (5 children)

Just another brick in the fence. Yeah, just doesn't have the same ring to it.

[–]CarrionComfort 45 points46 points  (2 children)

This has the makings of a good two person skit.

"You can't call a brick wall a fence."

"What if it has holes in it?"

"Fences don't always have holes."

"So it's a fence?"

In the end they test it put by smashing a brick and a plank of wood on their heads.

[–]DisgustingSwine 22 points23 points  (1 child)

animal crossing would like a word with you

[–]passinghere 20 points21 points  (5 children)

Yeah right...Brick wall or Wooden fence, otherwise I'm confused ;)

[–]Krikke93 18 points19 points  (6 children)

minecraft would like to know your location

[–][deleted] 4521 points4522 points  (240 children)

I live in England and I’ve never seen one

[–]TannedCroissant 3223 points3224 points  (171 children)

There’s like 75 in the whole country, mostly in Suffolk. They’re not very common. Usually a wall is used to border your land and you lose ground making a wall like this. They may be efficient with bricks but there’s a lot of reasons not to use this design unless you’re trying to be quirky.

[–]SapperInTexas 1215 points1216 points  (12 children)

unless you’re trying to be quirky.

Quirky? In my English garden? Perish the thought...

[–]Captain_English 156 points157 points  (3 children)

I'll allow it.

[–]Kitsunes_Rest 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Mumsnet will decide your fate!

[–]h00dman 49 points50 points  (3 children)

Quirky? In my English garden?

With my reputation?

[–]vlaaivlaai 29 points30 points  (1 child)

I would rather be perfectly normal, thank you very much.

[–]Tularis1 412 points413 points  (76 children)

About to say that. Never seen one... 🇬🇧

[–]TannedCroissant 160 points161 points  (71 children)

No me neither and I go to Suffolk reasonably often

[–]Cyan_Ryan 102 points103 points  (52 children)

There’s one in Eye that I know of, near Diss

[–]TannedCroissant 336 points337 points  (25 children)

Off topic but I’ve been on a train that goes through Diss before and whenever they say “Diss is your next stop,” I always think it sounds like a Jamaican saying “This is your next stop.” My girlfriend just thinks I’m an idiot

[–]SarahCannah 114 points115 points  (13 children)

See, I’d think that was funny, too. Similarly, near us is a sign that announces “The Town of Vass” which you might get a kick out of.

[–]RoyceCoolidge 63 points64 points  (9 children)

If I ever venture through Staines with someone, I like to remind them "you're in Staines."

[–]Username_Tim 27 points28 points  (4 children)

In Washington State (US) we have a town named Tukwila.

I always joke the the town's mascot should be the Tukwila Mockingbird.

[–]WaitingOnNetwork 38 points39 points  (0 children)

There's a road sign I see on my drive to work which says:


And every time in my head I think "Beccles, you're a haven for twats"

[–]Spax_ 21 points22 points  (1 child)

You're both correct.

[–]tastepdad 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Diss eye, dat eye..... sometimes both eyes

[–]gregIsBae 11 points12 points  (12 children)

Love the names of English towns

[–]Cyan_Ryan 12 points13 points  (7 children)

The county I’m living in now has some great ones. Piddletrenthide is my favourite!

[–]adeward 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Yep, I was just going to comment that there's one in my nearest town

[–]Naugrith 18 points19 points  (5 children)

I grew up in Suffolk and I never saw one either!

[–]hairyarsewelder 56 points57 points  (5 children)

There’s one just outside Woodbridge I’ve seen, always wondered why it was built like that.

[–]giggsey 22 points23 points  (4 children)

A long one in Easton

[–]ThorsRake 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Easton Farm Park, now there's a place. Riding mini tractors and feeding small animals, occasionally toss a hay bale at a fare.

Love Easton I do.

[–]stuartsparadox 43 points44 points  (9 children)

Also, I'm pretty sure the labor on that is expensive, more than just double the material would be

[–]Chicken_Bake 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Built during a time when labour was cheap, like most of our elaborate historical buildings.

[–]KKlear 64 points65 points  (4 children)

Just get the workers drunk and tell them to build it straight.

[–]MaritimeDisaster 137 points138 points  (13 children)

There’s one near my house and I live in not England.

[–]unindended_assholery 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I also live in not England, but I don’t have one of these. Wtf.

[–]jen_17 33 points34 points  (4 children)

Me too

[–]nio_nl 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Not me, and I've never seen one either.

[–]SYNC-MMgaming 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Same. Been here all my life and this is new to me

[–]jjmj24 11.9k points11.9k points  (180 children)

This is the first post I’ve seen in a while that was actually interesting as fuck

[–]and0mgCholesterol 2408 points2409 points  (47 children)

Finally some good fucking content

[–]crackedlcdsalvage 793 points794 points  (40 children)

Finally some good fucking cement

[–]ByroniustheGreat 367 points368 points  (32 children)

Finally some good content fucking

[–]Bananaananasar 286 points287 points  (23 children)

This comment chain is the opposite of good content.

[–]bubblebosses 336 points337 points  (59 children)

[–]trustthepudding 54 points55 points  (9 children)

That's such a British name for a wavy wall

[–]arborcide 85 points86 points  (21 children)

Oh my god. That old 4chan greentext about the crazy names Brits call things was real.

[–]Mankankosappo 21 points22 points  (0 children)

When you make the language, you get to have a bit of fun with it

[–]TannedCroissant 160 points161 points  (5 children)

Only bad thing was where OP called it a ‘brick fence’ instead of a ‘crinkle crankle wall’

[–]Purple_turtleneck 29 points30 points  (3 children)

It is actually interesting! I live in England and have never seen one of these walls and I'm a weirdo who pays way to much attention to walls and plants. So I'm not sure how prelevent this technique is here

[–]bugphotoguy 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Seems to be an East Anglia thing. I had to Google it. It is really quite interesting!

[–]pmyourbootypics 166 points167 points  (19 children)

Right! Someone guild this man for my broke ass!

[–]bone420 90 points91 points  (2 children)

you did it wrong =(

now you got the award

[–]TranceF0rm 15 points16 points  (1 child)

You're messing it all up!

[–]GodsGardeners 157 points158 points 2 (8 children)

I hate it when people accidentally award me

Edit: fuck you u/JeBoiVincent

Edit 2: and fuck you too u/propagandacollector getting real sick of your shit

Edit 3: Award me once u/JeBoiVincent shame on you, award me twice and shame on me for not deleting this before you did it again

Edit whatever: u/Kent_Doggy_Geezer I know where you live so don’t even try that shit. And u/Prof_G yeah, I’m talking to you, piece or garbage, go fuck yourself

[–]cryptotope 2060 points2061 points  (110 children)

The title is close, but not quite.

The issue isn't with the 'strength' or 'sturdiness' of the wall, so much as its balance.

The serpentine shape effectively thickens the footprint of the wall by quite a bit, making it much more stable against toppling. Properly proportioned, the serpentine shape can be more brick-efficient than other strategies for stabilizing a tall, narrow structure (like adding piers or buttresses).

One extra course of bricks, while doubling the materials bill, wouldn't widen the effective footprint of the wall nearly as much as any of those other options.

[–]249ba36000029bbe9749 72 points73 points  (34 children)

Wonder what the numbers are for straight zigzag instead of wavy and what distance is optimal under what conditions for wavy.

[–]jpflathead 58 points59 points  (22 children)

I think the curve sinusoidal would be optimal. Clearly zigzag is not as the pointy bits formed by two bricks could be replaced by one brick spanning them. Now iterate and recurse.

[–]NuclearHoagie 5 points6 points  (1 child)

For a fixed wall footprint width and fixed wall "frequency", the zig zag uses the fewest bricks. For any wave shape of wall, the "peaks" are in the exact same position, and there's no shorter distance between them than a straight line, which gives you a zig zag.

The wave shape might affect stability though, since the sine wave has more bricks further from the center line, which may make it more or less stable.

[–]NtheLegend 368 points369 points  (31 children)

EDIT: I was wrong. Please listen to people smarter than me. I was trying to argue that arches only work because of the vertical forces of gravity providing an arch's strength.

[–]TomTuff 182 points183 points  (15 children)

Ah yes a certified gravity engineer we have here!

The arch resists gravity because of the curvature. This fence resists toppling over because the direction of the curvature is oriented against the tipping.

[–]titansballs 21 points22 points  (10 children)

Only if the force comes from outside the point of the arch, as opposed to from within, no?

[–]TomTuff 35 points36 points  (9 children)

Even then that trough would pull on the other two neighboring crests which are oriented to fight the deflection

[–]TooShiftyForYou 386 points387 points  (27 children)

[–]BurkePhotography 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Came to the comment section searching for my people

[–]BigBnana 44 points45 points  (6 children)

and there are people ITT claiming he invented them despite examples predating 1600 in europe.

[–]Severan500 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Someone linked the wiki to this kinda wall and it mentions people incorrectly claiming he invented it lol.

[–]JustThinkAboutThings 411 points412 points  (43 children)

They’re called “Crinkle-Crankle walls” and they’re all over Anglia, where I used to live. Lovely things.

[–]prisonertrog 39 points40 points  (5 children)

Reminds me of "Crimble crumble"

[–]passinghere 24 points25 points  (4 children)

Are they seen outside of that area or is it a local thing?

[–]JustThinkAboutThings 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I’ve never seen them outside of Anglia, but they’re likely to be in other areas for sure.

[–]fruity_jackson 72 points73 points  (2 children)

there was one of those near where I used to live, I always wondered why tf it was like that

[–]blekkja 79 points80 points  (10 children)

Weren’t these serpentine walls used originally for food production? Before widespread use of glasshouses. In fact as a step on the way to the modern glasshouse: it’s pretty interesting. https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2015/12/fruit-walls-urban-farming.html

[–]nothing_of_value 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That’s a fascinating article. Thanks.

[–]JacobAshburner 49 points50 points  (8 children)

I am English and I have never seen a single one of these walls in my life.

[–]anasamarandarin 24 points25 points  (0 children)

They're mainly in East Anglia, particularly Suffolk.

[–]Dyspaereunia 23 points24 points  (9 children)

What are the frequency of these brick walls?

[–]ChimpyChompies 39 points40 points  (2 children)

Who knew the best r/todayilearned post I've seen so far would be in a completely different subreddit

[–]robynne31345 28 points29 points  (4 children)

In ireland we just pile up Rocks to make walls haha

[–]FuglytheBear 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Very cool!

So... can anyone make out the sine on that wall?

[–]Neutral_man_ 51 points52 points  (7 children)

It’s a SIN more brick walls aren’t built like that