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    "GIVE ME RAMMING SPEED!"

    I watched the final episodes of Babylon 5 last night, and a thought occurred to me.

    In so many movies, shows and stories, you hear the captain of various vessels, when they run out of projectiles to throw at the enemy give one simple order....

    "GIVE ME RAMMING SPEED Mr <x>!"

    Occasionally the words vary, but the general request is always there.

    Anyway, I want to see a vehicle that has this setting.

    Last I checked planes and ships don't have a throttle that's scaled "0 <> 1/4 <> 1/2 <> 3/4 <> Full <> RAMMING".

    Typical management. Don't even know what their own vessels can do, and expect technical people just to "Make it work!"

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    comes from Roman times when there was a ramming speed setting that the drummer could apply and the whip holders could assist in.
    Only really works if the ship(vessel) you are using is fitted with a ram. If it doesn't then technically it should be collision speed!!!

    In Wales it has a totally different meaning.........

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    It's one click below 'Ludicrous Speed'

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    LOL!

    Ramming speed is generally considered by most to be approximately 3/4 speed - full speed.

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    I thought that the ramming speed episode was towards the end of war against President Clarke's forces in S4?

    I'll get my anorak...

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    Urban Dictionary: ramming speed

    number 4 changes the quote "give me Ramming Speed Mr xxx" a little bit!!!

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    It's what speed most "yooof's" drive at around town at night. A setting generally applied to Corsa's, Clio's and other assorted "Grocery getters / hot hatch-backs"

    <Please read the above with a suitable sized portion of sodium chloride. It in NO WAY implies that ALL owners of the above brand of car drive in that manner>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polski View Post
    It's what speed most "yooof's" drive at around town at night. A setting generally applied to Corsa's, Clio's and other assorted "Grocery getters / hot hatch-backs"

    <Please read the above with a suitable sized portion of sodium chloride. It in NO WAY implies that ALL owners of the above brand of car drive in that manner>
    Having owned a corsa for 3 years, and 2 Ford Escorts before that, I can confirm that these vehicles are incapable of reaching ramming speed. Mostly they just make lots of whirring noises and fail to take corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rydra View Post
    Having owned a corsa for 3 years, and 2 Ford Escorts before that, I can confirm that these vehicles are incapable of reaching ramming speed. Mostly they just make lots of whirring noises and fail to take corners.
    So surely when they fail to take a corner and plough through some old dears garden wall and hydrangeas, that is ramming speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    So surely when they fail to take a corner and plough through some old dears garden wall and hydrangeas, that is ramming speed
    Only if requested prior to the impact!!
    although traditionally Ramming speed would be used as a last resort to diable or destroy an enemy during conflict. I am not sure that a spotty teenage with a badly done up car colliding with a wall would fall into this description!!!!

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    My shoes are too tight, but it doesn't matter because I have forgotten how to dance.

    I do like B5

    Hard to believe it ended 12 years ago

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    I'm a bit of a convert, never watched any of it before. Wife started watching it a few weeks back one afternoon, and I couldn't be bothered to move.
    The first series can only be described as dire; bad graphics, bad acting, storyline is shaky to say the least. But things got better as it went on. Just the movies and a couple of Series 2/3 episodes I missed when the wife watched them without me to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    So surely when they fail to take a corner and plough through some old dears garden wall and hydrangeas, that is ramming speed
    I blame the "Playstation" culture, press the reset and all will be OK. Personally I eagerly await of the release of "Death, destruction and Gore v 12c (Interactive)". The one where the aliens shoot back! Preferably with live rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    I thought that the ramming speed episode was towards the end of war against President Clarke's forces in S4?

    I'll get my anorak...
    It's in the episode 'Endgame' at the end of Series 5, indeed against Pres. Clarke, who has decided to top himself and kill the planet. There are 2 more episodes after this to wrap up the storyline.

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