80 men, 1 house

DesiPower

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I thought Amish ppl didnt use modern technologies... the house sure doesn't look built with sticks and stones...
 

Leyawiin

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My brother in Kentucky lives near an Amish settlement. The horse drawn buggies and little roadside stands with home made goods are kind of interesting. Really shy people though.
 

destrekor

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My brother in Kentucky lives near an Amish settlement. The horse drawn buggies and little roadside stands with home made goods are kind of interesting. Really shy people though.

They really just care to stick to their own and minimize interaction with outsiders. Granted, outsiders tend to be half of their business if not more, but that's basically where they draw the line. That, and interacting with who they need to when they come into civilization for supplies.
 

rh71

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We were in PA and saw plenty do the rides in Dutch Wonderland. I don't get it. We knew who they were from their distinct clothing.
 

mmntech

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There's a big Mennonite community in St Jacobs, Ontario. They practice simple living and shun worldly things. Though that doesn't mean they can't use modern technology when it makes sense to do so. For example, there's a Mennonite bakery in that town that has modern ovens and industrial mixers. I've seen them use tractors as well on farms. I think they do strongly discourage it for personal use though, while strongly encouraging self sufficiency. The reason they use the buggies is so they can't go too far. It limits interaction with outsiders. Mind you, some groups are more fundamentalist than others. I would imagine the same applies to the Amish.
 

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Chuck Norris moved his house to the next county with a properly placed Touch of Death, then proceeded to chuckle at the thought of the Amish movers.
 

Leyawiin

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There's a big Mennonite community in St Jacobs, Ontario. They practice simple living and shun worldly things. Though that doesn't mean they can't use modern technology when it makes sense to do so. For example, there's a Mennonite bakery in that town that has modern ovens and industrial mixers. I've seen them use tractors as well on farms. I think they do strongly discourage it for personal use though, while strongly encouraging self sufficiency. The reason they use the buggies is so they can't go too far. It limits interaction with outsiders. Mind you, some groups are more fundamentalist than others. I would imagine the same applies to the Amish.

There's a lot of Mennonites in California's Central Valley. The men dress kind of plainly (but more or less normal) and the women wear the long dresses and bonnets. They do drive vehicles and use modern farming equipment though (although they do tend to drive very plain looking domestic SUVs and pickups).
 

NoTine42

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I thought Amish ppl didnt use modern technologies... the house sure doesn't look built with sticks and stones...

They are generally OK working when using mechanical items, but they tend to avoid electrical powered tools/devices.

Old diesel powered air compressor = fine.
Installing lighting rods on their barns is not fine.

There seem to be many Amish that use cell phones for communication at work, but they leave them at work.
 

momeNt

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There are plenty of ways non-motorized equipment and rigging could have done this, and it would have been a lot safer.

And if they were okay with using combustion motors and not electrical products, then they REALLY should have utilized that.
 

mizzou

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Oh my god, I thought this said "80 men, 1 horse" and I was afraid NSFW should have been on the title.
 

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While the video is interesting Amish can and do use heavy equipment in that in most communities they are allowed to hire other people to do so.

Amish can even rent cars and pay other people to drive them.

From what I know it differs from community to community since there is what amounts to an elders council that applies Amish principles for that community.
 

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I bought a plow at an auction. It would just barely fit in the back of the grand caravan. I maneuvered the plow to just behind, but didn't want to damage the bumper or trim putting it in. Asked a guy if he could give me a hand for just a second to put it in, instead, he called over an Amish kid who couldn't have been more than 14 or 15 years old. That kid walked up, picked up that plow, and stuck it in the back as if it were nothing. (around 500 pounds)
http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/countylinereg%3B-2-bottom-plow

So, 80 guys? That's a 40,000 pound house that they could carry.
 

mizzou

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I bought a plow at an auction. It would just barely fit in the back of the grand caravan. I maneuvered the plow to just behind, but didn't want to damage the bumper or trim putting it in. Asked a guy if he could give me a hand for just a second to put it in, instead, he called over an Amish kid who couldn't have been more than 14 or 15 years old. That kid walked up, picked up that plow, and stuck it in the back as if it were nothing. (around 500 pounds)
http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/countylinereg%3B-2-bottom-plow

So, 80 guys? That's a 40,000 pound house that they could carry.

:hmm: I think Dr Pizza met our future hope!

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DigDog

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man, the amish put a smile on my face :)
as much bs as religion is, if i'd have to chose one it would be this one.