Mingles with Jingles Episode 353

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In which (amongst other things) people ask me why I have a washing machine in my kitchen and the answer involves (amongst other things) Japanese war crimes. Because that’s just what you when you ask me questions that seem like they should have a simple answer.



  1. I must say i do prefere the mingles videos with gameplay in the background

    • Me too! The other format was too long and, well, not so interesting to me. Jingles is best when just rambling by himself (IMO).

    • eddie made a great addition with his sense of humour (“i hope your next shit is a hedgehog*”)
      but yeah, the longer ones make for good audio while you’re doing something else, otherwise it can be tiring sitting through the entire thing with only talking heads

  2. Yes we do love to hear her in the background… You sound much better with out the voice program, please keep NOT using it…

    • This tbh. if it’s not broken don’t fix it.

    • @Maximilian Power oh noes, background noises! its as it theres life going on around you!!! gasp!!! Better the occasional background noise and more importantly, Akizuki on backup commentary, then to hear overlord Jingles lost in the sad empty void hes been apparently trapped in the last few videos lol

    • @cha0sr1pper I think if it works, it’s a tool to keep in reserve for the rare days when somebody is operating a jackhammer outside or the aircon is making it too noisy to record & it’s too hot to turn it off…

    • @Maximilian Power Based on how long he said he spent re-recording an editing so we didn’t hear more than we did, I would say the old method was broken. We just didn’t experience the broken parts.

  3. “roller, for want of a better word”, there is a better word, it’s called a mangle… 😉 . Now we do have a utility room in our UK house, but it was a later addition to extend out to and integrate the small row of outhouses down the side. This means that it was never built with drainage other than for the toilet further down. We have our fridges in there along with the clothes dryer, but the washing machine is still next to the sink in the kitchen. I’d love to get it moved, but hey, pennies and all that.

    • Here in America, they were called…Rollers. The better word is a Platen. Also called wringer, although that was a holdover from when you TWISTED the cloth to wring the water out. THAT term, of course because you twisted to wring the neck of a chicken to kill it.

    • @Reece Guisse We called them ringers in southern Florida, but since it’s Florida probably should call them rollers.

    • mynameiswritinwater

      well weird we call them Tumblers or Tümmler (germanized). But honestly, Washing Machine in the kitchen is utterly normal in most other countries in Europe where you have old style appartement blocks, because you need access to a water pipe and drainage, and you are less likely to forget that there is still laundry in there….
      But yeah that kitchen Jingles had to live with was nasty

  4. “We were supposed to be the victors” was a very common feeling on the eastern side of the iron curtain.

    • @Not Today Nope. I guess the french were just looking where the heck we germans where putting our washing machines. They couldn’t find none and returned to the le drôle de lavamat 😉

    • @Grzegorz Zych Russia profited at their own expense as well as everyone else’s, the Russian populace was suffering alongside those of the conquered nations.

    • @Not Today Poland invaded Czechoslovakia because they broke the agreement the governments made during the Polish- Bolshevik war (about allowing weapons and ammo transports from the west and that the disputed territory was to be divided allong ethnic lines

      )The Czechoslovak gov went back on the agreement and the transports did not get into Poland that way and a different way of transport needed to be used. That took valuable time in a dangerous time during a soviet invasion. No weapons and ammo and you loose a battle that can cause a loss of war. The disputed area of Zaolzie went to Czechoslovakia and they treated the polish population badly – there were obligations for polish language schools etc. yep forget about it baned , a lot of discrimination against Polish people and the Polish gov could not do anything about it due to pressures from France and UK after the Pol-Bolsh war. So when after Munich agreements Czechoslovakia was “dying” The Pol gov decided to take the Poles living thre under protection. (They did not trust Gremany at all – and rightly since they would be far worse then the Czechs in treating the Polish population) The 123 years of hard discrimination, Germanisation and “Kulturkampf” and deportations from Prussia/Germany gov and the hostilities from the Germans in the inter war period solidified the resolve to take Zaolzie under protection. But it was controversinal even back then and made for a bad image of Poland back then. Unfortunately it was a lose- lose situation for Poland: Do nothing and have Polish people in Zaolzie suffer even more or invade and look you bad but the population is safe.

    • @Dariusz Rutkowski Soo, basically, Poland invaded Czechoslovakia

    • @Brian Ganger Russia literally invaded Poland less than three weeks after Germany (17th sep 1939), in accordance with the Ribbentropp-Molotov pact they’ve had signed beforehand. They only switched sides when Hitler betrayed them in 1941.

  5. In Australia we put our washing mashines in the ‘Laundry Room’.

    • With the exception of farm houses, I always wondered why houses in Australia and New Zealand aren’t bigger. You guys have all that empty land and could have big lots and houses like in the USA and Canada, but you still seem to build tiny houses like in Britain.

    • @TrangleC I suspect it’s a cost issue. In North America there’s easy access to a lot of wood, making most construction cheaper and easier. Don’t believe that holds true Down Under.

    • @TrangleC Our houses are already too big on blocks that are too small. They’re not efficiently designed or built (architects? what are those?). Double-glazing just isn’t a thing, so the aircon is going almost all year-round.

    • In Russia we mostly have owned, not rented apartments, so no whole-block laundry rooms like in Big Bang theory. And kitchen space is precious so the washer goes in the bathroom and the tumble dryer is a luxury. Balcony ropes are a more green option anyway.

  6. Alas he forgot the return of capn jingles to WoWS. The code is jinglealltheway for a mission to unlock him. If you already have him, you will get a second when you complete the mission.

  7. Regarding the washing machine… In civilised parts of Europe we have washing machines in bathrooms, along with the driers. Those rooms are designed to take the possible spills.

    • @WandererRTF these are not common in Scotland at least almost everyone has some sort of tiled floor with small carpet like mats for non slipping purposes

    • @aFlyingPandaBear just a side note: for me the scots always seemed more similar to other europeans than the english

    • Am going to sit read articles, makes things interesting, being in the states, am always fascinated by what it looks like over across the pond, Last time in Europe was mid 80’s.
      My washer/dryer is in our utility room in the basement, our heating and a/c is another utility room in basement, and we have a small home by most American’s standards . Our home only has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths, and no carpet in bathrooms, we do use mats, but do plan to install a heated floor there ,that will be fun.

    • Well, immagine preparing a batter for the birthday cake and someone else enters the kitchen and begins to load the washing machine with dirty underpants and smelly socks… Not very hygienic, is it? Having the washer in the bathroom allows you to load the laundry you took off before taking a bath or shower straight into the washer and start the wash.

    • As usual Jingles got it abit wrong, (hold off on that shotgung Jingles) as alot of of old houses in the UK have something Called a Scullery, another room sometimes (but not all the time) conected to the Kitchen to do the laundry in. The old house my nan lived in, well built in the 1930’s had one along with a really big Stone Sink about half the size of a bath but deeper (than a modern one) to wash the cloths in and had a mangle (2 rollers to press the water out of the clothes)for some reason another toilet, might be the original toilet and the one upstairs in the bathroom was added later along with a special room/size of a Wardrobe to Store Coal in.. and on the other side on the kitchen it had another special room called a Larder for storing food in with a very stange series of Air vents to the outside..

  8. Aktualy jangles, we did receive martial plan aid, just like France and Germany.

    • @Lamartine111 I’ve read great book The Blunders of Our Governments – it’s a long tradition in UK that just continues with BoJo at the helm 🙂

    • @TheLeonhamm Pretty much what you said.

    • @TheLeonhamm Yes, it is quite surprising and astonishing to most people when they hear that Germany still hadn’t switched their economy to full war time production years after US factories had already stopped manufacturing civil vehicles and other stuff in favor of military machinery and supplies.

      People always regurgitate platitudes about how Germany was a industrial dwarf stupidly trying to take on the might of the US industry, but nobody seems to know that Germany was pretty much half-assing it for the first two thirds of the war.
      They only switched to full war time production after the defeat at Stalingrad and Goebbels’ “Do you want total war?!”-speech, well after losing air superiority over Europe and bombing raids were already hampering their industrial efforts.
      So arguably we never saw Germany’s full industrial potential when it comes to waging war.

      There were really baffling things going on, like that they stopped producing artillery shells early in the war, because they thought they wouldn’t need any more and rather produced stuff for the civilian market.

      It hints at the Nazis not actually having that iron grip on Germany most people think they had. It seems they were pretty afraid of losing the population’s support, like the Kaiser had in WW1.

    • @TrangleC considering that there were 14 assassination attempts (most were discovered in the planning phase though) on Hitler from 1932 – 1939 and another 8 from 1941 – 1945, it’s quite understandable that they feared so

    • @Kuhluh I also heard there were cities (Stuttgart I think) where he didn’t want to go anymore, because every time he did, someone sabotaged his audio equipment (for his speeches) or egged his car and stuff like that.

  9. The Maine Coon cat we had a kid growing up never meow’d. The most quiet cat I’ve ever seen. Loved that cat.

  10. I would expect the washing machine in the bathroom, that seems more common here in sweden, but eh

  11. Coming off cancer surgery, and having a lot of trouble sleeping. Timing of these videos works out well for me, as they post around the time I am waking up. Odd coincidence, my washing machine is (essentially) in my bedroom. Well, in a small space only accessible from the bedroom. Anyway, thank you for getting my mornings started.

  12. When I was young, we lived in a flat and had the washing machine in the bathroom. Now in our house we have a laundry room

  13. Scotland 1970’s: We had a twin-tub washing machine with an attached hand mangle.
    Ahhhh, the luxury!

  14. Here in Finland we usually have our washing machines in the bathroom, at least in appartments.

    • UK also has 2 tabs for hot and cold water.
      What a developing country.

    • Aleksandar Petrović

      Same in all ex Yugoslavian countries. I have never heard of anybody having separate room.

    • They have carpeted floors in the bathroom in UK (rolls eyes) or they had at my granny’s house, and yes they had a bath in that bathroom. I’ve grown up in Finland and just can’t get my head around how in the UK they thought building a bathroom with a carpeted floor instead of having water tight tiles and a drain in flood could ever work.

    • @Aleksandar Petrović Not on apartments, but lots of houses or town (row) houses have separate “home maintanence” room that has the washer, maybe a dryer (those aren’t that common in Finland), a cabinet for cleaning stuff and the vacuum, a sink etc and a easily cleaned tile floor. Sometimes those have a back door, so you can bring your muddy dogs or children in without making a mess.

    • same in Austria

  15. The joys of being claimed by a member of the feline master race. LOL

  16. Think you forgot the small matter of Microsoft buying Bethesda. 😆

  17. Norway:
    Washer dryer in the bathroom in apartments and small houses.
    In a utility room along with the hot water boiler and/or other appliances in bigger houses.
    We have a refrigerator freezer combo in ours and a separate passive cooled storage room with a chest freezer and a standing freezer cabinet.

  18. “A 3080 is probably more than you are ever going to need.” I said something similar when I got a 1 Gig hard drive back in the day…

    • Yep wouldnt be surprised if in 3 years a 3080 is considered horribly outdated. I’m stuck with my gtx 970 a little longer I guess sighh. Out of stock everywhere. I recently got a 1440p monitor and my 970 isnt cutting it any more.

  19. Jingles,

    You would not believe how many people don’t understand that Germany being punished as harsh as they were after WWI was the cause of WWII.

  20. “Ah, look at the cute panda.” And the pile of panda poop just behind him.

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