It does seem that way crazy right? Atleast they strive for you to excel kind of messed up in one sense but makes you push yourself in another. Wish my family would push some of my cousins to strive for excellence they need it lol. TO bad your on the other end of the country I would surely buy you a round be some good convo for sure.
The thermostat is the only thing that lets your car reach operating temperature. It stays closed when your engine block is below 180f, leaving the coolant still in the block. It will then open and let water circulate through the radiator at 180f. It will close and open if the engine is too cold or too hot.