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Did You Know: That nuts and bonnets don’t mix?

Did You Know: That nuts and bonnets don’t mix?

A woman in America was surprised to discover that her car’s indicator had stopped working because there were thousands of nuts stored under the bonnet of her car? As reported in the Metro, Hope Wideup of Indiana came across the horde of walnuts when she opened the car’s bonnet to see what was wrong. ‘There were thousands in there. They were everywhere,’ she said. Wideup suspects that it all started when a chipmunk snatched a garden glove from her yard. She later found the glove in the engine compartment when she was trying to repair the broken turn signal. Unable to fix the problem, however, Wideup let the car sit unused for a couple of weeks, before hearing an unusual noise from the engine when she finally tried to start the vehicle. The moral of the story? Check under your […]

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Did You Know: lager means storage in German?

Did You Know: lager means storage in German?

The word “lager” is German and means “storage”, which refers to the lager (storage) fermentation process. The fermentation of both ales and lager is processed at a similar temperature for 7-14 days. After that time the ale, depending on the type, is ready for bottling. With lagers, this is only the start. After the main fermentation the beer is pumped into lager tanks with temperatures 10°C lower than room temperature. It is then left to mature and ferment for around 6-10 weeks to create the lager we all know and love! The longest lager fermentation process is for that of Budějovický Budvar brewery’s ‘Bud Super Strong’, the super-premium member of the Budvar family which takes 200 days to mature. Energy efficient advancements have been made with the Cylindric-conical tanks (CCTs) used to store lager during the process of combined beer […]

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Did You Know: Shipping Storage Containers Could Be Recycled?

Did You Know: Shipping Storage Containers Could Be Recycled?

Steel shipping storage containers outlive their usefulness after 5 years, and they used to sit abandoned at shipyards gathering rust. Now, because they’re so durable, light weight and easy to stack, a new recycling trend has emerged. Everything from shipping container sculpture, homes, hotels and museums have started to appear. The possibilities are seemingly endless. The simple, boxy shape of shipping containers makes them perfect for housing, whether creating a small recycled dwelling out of just one container or stacking multiple containers for a larger home or complex of small living spaces. Just as they can be transformed into housing complexes, shipping containers are perfectly suited for use as hotels. The world’s first shipping container hotel was built in Uxbridge, West London in 2008. The 8-story Travelodge was built from 86 modified shipping containers, and the whole process was said […]

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Did You Know: That storage has become an art form?

Did You Know: That storage has become an art form?

……yes that’s right, cardboard boxes are being turned into art by creative individuals all over the world. Check out these genius examples and then why not give it a try yourself next time you’re moving some stuff around. Instead of just chucking away your old boxes, why not recycle them in different ways, by making something for your kids or to scare your neighbours on Halloween!

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Did You Know: The largest self storage facility is in Utah?

Did You Know: The largest self storage facility is in Utah?

….that self storage facilities first appeared in the US in the 1960’s? There are now a total of 58,000 self storage facilities worldwide and the largest self storage facility is in Salt Lake City, Utah, which contains a massive 2,200 storage units in total! In Europe, the self storage market is the biggest in the UK. The first self storage facility arrived to the UK in the early 1980’s and there are now 750 facilities in total with the numbers growing by the day!

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Did You Know: Yellow is the Colour of Protest in OZ?

Did You Know: Yellow is the Colour of Protest in OZ?

Word has reached us that a resident in Hervey Bay in Australia has staged a ‘yellow’ protest by painting his beachfront home a bright luminescent yellow – as well as his courtyard, garden kerbs, outdoor furniture, fences, sheds and water tanks to air his views towards his local council’s development approvals process. A retired civil engineer, David Johnston has staged his demonstration for more than two years now and has garnered many supporters who have lodged similar complaints against their council’s failure to allow adjoining property owners protection from structural damage generated from multi-story developments. The protest began after Johnston heard that a neighbour’s home had sustained $50,000 in structural damage during construction of an underground car park for units being built next door. David, we love your style!

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Did You Know: Storage started in Texas

… that the first self-storage facilities originated in Texas in the late 1960s? In fact, it was nothing more than a decision to build a series of garages in an open space one day. After the owners realised that they had no real need for them, they rented them out, and then built more. The idea started to catch on, and others did the same. Back then, they were little more than tin garages, usually situated on the industrial periphery of cities and suburbs, and built on former infill sites or among drive-in theatres. The idea of keeping your possessions outside of the home suddenly blossomed into competitive commerce in the space of a few years. Some say it was because households, in step with the global economy of the early 1970s, lurched into a crisis of over-accumulation. Nowadays, we […]

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Did You Know: 3D Films

Did You Know: 3D Films

… that because DreamWorks is now releasing all of its films in 3D, the film company has to double the amount of data storage capacity required to store its movies? A new reference library was installed that was large enough to store around 36,000 DVDs as standard, and the volume was then increased four-fold to allow DreamWorks to keep everything they create. The reason for this is that 3D animation requires every film frame to be created using two images instead of one (one for the viewer’s left eye, and one for the right). Those special bi-coloured glasses handed out at the theatre polarise the images on the screen and combine them in order to give a perception of depth. The move to this type of animation also requires a move away from tape-based storage systems to disk in order […]

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Did You Know: Recycled Packing Materials

…that for over a year, Big Yellow has sourced information on the environmental credentials of packing materials for our customers? This includes the distances travelled from source, right through to the make up of the cardboard and plastics itself. All cardboard packing materials have a recycled content ranging from70% to 100%, and plastic storage containers are predominantly recyclable polypropylene (our collapsible ones are in fact made from 100% recycled polypropylene). Loose fill packing material is made of a minimum 90% recycled polystyrene and all of our packing tissue paper is 50% recycled content. We’re currently looking into additional suppliers for biodegradable loose fill packing material to try to make this figure higher. You can find out more about this and our other sustainable initiatives by looking at Big Yellow’s website, which will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

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Did You Know: UK Storage Companies

… Did you know that there are around 1.6 billion square feet of rentable self-storage in the USA, in comparison to against 22 million in Australia and around 25 million in the United Kingdom? There are now well over 250 companies operating in the United Kingdom, varying from large multi-centre companies like Big Yellow (operating over 250 centres nationwide between them all), to single-centre independent enterprises. It is estimated that the industry in the UK now generates revenues of about £360m and has over 230,000 customers using the service. The average rentable square footage per head of population in the UK is 0.42 and the largest concentration of centres is in the London area as well as the South East.

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