As for outbound messages, it is a great private medium. I am free to say something about someone/something without those close to me knowing what I am saying. It doesn't interfere with the other person if they are somewhere that they cannot answer, and you have a record of the conversation. This can be more effective for the old, "On your way home pick up, milk, bread and eggs." calls.
Well the houses are built much closer together, so a fire in wooden housing will (and has often enough in the past) spread to the entire neighborhood.
I live in an early 1800's urban, wooden home. Wooden beams, wooden floors, wooden siding, wooden lathe to hold the plaster. We have more fire houses than any other area I have ever seen. When these go up in flames, they do so in a dramatic fashion. I suspect that my 10"-12" ceiling joists would burn quite a while...
I have an upright, partially, because it has shelves. I do bulk cooking, and I freeze things laying flat on cookie sheets, and then deal with them again once they are frozen hard. In a chest freezer, there are no shelves. It's one big garbage bin.
Think about the way that men get screwed legally with regretted sex, that the next morning gets reclassified as rape. A woman wakes up from her drunken stupor, and looks over, and thinks, "I did WHO!??!?!" All that she has to say is, "He bought me drinks. I was not in control of myself!" Even if he drank 5 to every 1 of hers, his impairment doesn't count, and he is accountable for his actions, whereas she, is not. (This does NOT include serious drugs like animal Rx's like the paralytic drugs slipped into a drink, I am talking normal alcohol with a presumed known content.) Calling regretted sex is an affront to women who actually ARE raped, and, obviously, to the men who are abused by the courts on these issues.
President Obama, may I have a research grant for this, please?
This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.