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A place for factual questions and Ask the Expert threads.

  1. "We do not know what this pan was used for. Do you have an idea?"

    So says the note on this 18th or 19th century cooking item that is currently on display at a local museum. So what do you think? Phallic cakes?

    Started by kk fusion‎, 14 Nov 2011 12:39 AM
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  2. Angry Google Buzz

    I just got a message in my Gmail account that Google Buzz will die soon. This message went on to say I'll no longer be able to send things. What is Google Buzz, and how much difference will it make to a normal Gmail account? I googled (!) info about...

    Started by Trojan Man‎, 25 Oct 2011 02:36 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    04 Nov 2011 09:07 PM Go to last post
  3. Why did the FBI classify Juggalos as Criminal Gang?

    Have they really come to that much attention that the FBI is considering them a threat to national security?

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 03 Nov 2011 12:13 PM
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    04 Nov 2011 10:07 AM Go to last post
  4. computer turning itself off and on

    My home desktop has suddenly started turning itself off and on. Any theories? This is going to cost me a lot of money, isn't it?

    Started by Rube E. Tewesday‎, 20 Oct 2011 07:34 PM
    • Replies: 11
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    28 Oct 2011 07:42 PM Go to last post
  5. Your Leading Foot?

    When you step through a door, which foot do you normally step through first with, Left or Right? Does it match up with you being left or right handed? Just curious. :sci:

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 03 Oct 2011 09:59 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    04 Oct 2011 06:08 AM Go to last post
  6. Do you know any First Aid?

    It's something so useful that everyone should know a little bit of it. But how much do you know and how oftern do you use it? Personally, I could probably put someone into the recovery position but that would probably be it. Giving CPR,...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 23 Sep 2011 08:01 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    24 Sep 2011 12:16 AM Go to last post
  7. Do you keep Text Messages?

    Having seen that someone has kept every single text message she has received apart from the very first one that she deleted by accident, I wondered how old the texts were on my phone. I thought it was over the top until I realised I don't delete...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 14 Sep 2011 08:41 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    15 Sep 2011 02:11 AM Go to last post
  8. The religious left in the USA?

    Over the pond, we get to hear lots about how the Republicans are all God-fearing fundamentalists who want to drag the USA back into the Dark Ages of anti-science. Slight exaggeration perhaps. However, given the liberal left decrying religion, but...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 05 Sep 2011 08:32 AM
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    06 Sep 2011 01:28 PM Go to last post
  9. What's the best way to clear up Space

    ...and I don't mean tidying up and putting toys away. By Space, I mean the area around Earth above the atmosphere which is currently littered with thousands of pieces of debris of all shapes and sizes. All those little bits and pieces may fall...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 02 Sep 2011 11:24 AM
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    02 Sep 2011 11:24 AM Go to last post
  10. What's the strangest Beauty Treatment?

    Microneedle Therapy is supposed to be a short cut to younger looking, longer lasting skin. It involves your face being covered in anaesthetic and then having needle studded roller pushed across it. It has no recognised benefits and manages to...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 17 Aug 2011 09:52 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    31 Aug 2011 11:53 AM Go to last post
  11. Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf

    Don't know if anyone cares, but I am driving the Leaf this week, and recently spent some time with the Volt. Happy to answer any questions about either.

    Started by Oliveloaf‎, 19 Jul 2011 07:09 PM
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    20 Jul 2011 09:51 PM Go to last post
  12. Do you take vitamins and/or other supplements? How do you measure their value?

    I just switched from taking a daily packet of vitamins sold under the Nature Made banner (sold at Walgreens) to the Vitamin Shoppe's house-brand Ultimate Male Vitamins. Two interesting notes: I actually feel better taking the new vitamins. Not...

    Started by Oliveloaf‎, 15 Jul 2011 12:44 PM
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    15 Jul 2011 07:09 PM Go to last post
  13. Do you bite your fingernails?

    I'm a habitual fingernail chewer, either from stress or because I hate having long fingernails. I don't do manicures and my fingernails are always uneven. Anyone else a bite them, or does everyone else have perfect fingers, well manicured and...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 06 Jun 2011 10:13 AM
    • Replies: 10
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    08 Jun 2011 07:49 PM Go to last post
  14. What factor Sunscreen do you use?

    The latest advice being given to those in Britain is that using factor 15 Sunscreen lotion is not enough, you should be using at least factor 30? About 20 years ago, factor 30 was only for toddlers and everyone else was using factor 5 or 10? ...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 01 Jun 2011 07:54 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    02 Jun 2011 05:50 PM Go to last post
  15. Could you be a vegetarian?

    It's National Vegetarian Week in the UK highlighting the benefits of a meat free diet and showing off some excellent vegetarian foods and recipes. I'll be honest, I don't think I could go vegetarian, I'm just to picky with food and I enjoy eating...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 26 May 2011 11:19 AM
    • Replies: 21
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    28 May 2011 10:20 PM Go to last post
  16. Have they changed shoe laces (probably stupid)

    After years of mostly wearing loafers and shoes with velcro fasteners, I got a pair of sneakers with laces. Said laces become untied the minute I go out the door. Well, likeliest assumption is that I'm too stupid to tie my own shoes. I can deal...

    Started by Rube E. Tewesday‎, 20 Mar 2009 01:54 PM
    • Replies: 29
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    22 May 2011 03:50 PM Go to last post
  17. What does it mean to be British in the 21st Century?

    As the title suggests, I'm curious about the perception of national identity in England these days. Thanks for your input!

    Started by Campionaki‎, 11 May 2011 03:27 AM
    • Replies: 22
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    19 May 2011 10:04 AM Go to last post
  18. Firefox 3.6 vs Firefox 4

    Anyone have any experience of the new Firefox 4 as opposed to Firefox 3.6. Any better or worse, does it still support everything? Just before I decide to upgrade and lose all my extensions and themes.

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 06 May 2011 05:37 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    10 May 2011 06:53 AM Go to last post
  19. Kmart and ammo

    I just had a Bowling from Columbine flashback and realized I didn't know how the Kmart thing turned out. Did they stop selling ammunition? Are they still not selling it?

    Started by Harlequin‎, 02 Sep 2009 09:41 AM
    • Replies: 18
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    07 May 2011 02:23 PM Go to last post
  20. Are Linotype machines still widely used?

    Are Linotype typesetting machine still in widespread use, or have computers completely killed them off?

    Started by CRSP‎, 02 Jun 2009 01:53 PM
    • Replies: 22
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    13 Apr 2011 12:53 PM Go to last post
  21. How would an unsigned US government funding bill affect america?

    It seems that The US government cannot decide on how to fund the government. split between the Republicans and Democrats in terms of how deep the cuts should be. Apparently, if the funding is not signed off by Friday, the government goes into...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 07 Apr 2011 08:38 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 3,936
    11 Apr 2011 08:12 AM Go to last post
  22. How high can you go on a Swing?

    I'm talking about one of those playground swings, I never managed to get much further than the same height as the crossbar. Some people have managed to go all the way over. Ok, they cheat and use a rocket pack. And then you find things like...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 06 Apr 2011 09:01 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    07 Apr 2011 03:55 AM Go to last post
  23. Concern trolling

    I've been told that you can't *accidentally* concern troll, but I've seen this term bandied around, and used as an accusation etc. I read the definition, but I guess I'd like an example. If not actual Mello/GB/Durp examples, then a hypothetical...

    Started by Trojan Man‎, 31 Mar 2011 08:30 PM
    • Replies: 35
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    04 Apr 2011 07:25 PM Go to last post
  24. Do the Democrats have to run Obama at the next POTUS Election?

    With the next election less than two years away with the Republican candidates all deciding in the next few months whether or not to join in the fun and fiesta, something did occur to me. Could the democrats run someone other than Obama? Over the...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 29 Mar 2011 07:35 AM
    • Replies: 33
    • Views: 5,960
    30 Mar 2011 07:56 PM Go to last post
  25. Facebook

    My (younger) friends are nagging me to join facebook. I don't see the point. Does FB offer anything that messageboards/Skype/email don't? Anything GOOD, I mean... :hoj:

    Started by Trojan Man‎, 09 Mar 2011 02:43 AM
    • Replies: 12
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    26 Mar 2011 01:01 PM Go to last post
  26. Recommend me a laptop

    My Mac iBook G4 is seriously on its last legs. It makes tragic chunka-chunka noises and the battery is dead. This is unsurprising, since it's 6 years old. It's probably not fiscally responsible of me to get another Mac, even though I much prefer...

    Started by Orual‎, 01 Mar 2011 12:49 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 3,639
    05 Mar 2011 06:19 PM Go to last post
  27. Difference between a résumé and a vita?

    I'm planning to send such a thing to an English-speaking company and I'm not sure how to title it. It's a one-page document, listing little more than my employment history and my university education. Would you prefer to call this a résumé or...

    Started by kk fusion‎, 02 Mar 2011 11:43 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 2,085
    02 Mar 2011 03:36 PM Go to last post
  28. Have you bought anything based off an advertisement?

    As the title says, has anyone bought anything based off an advert, whether it be in print or on the TV? Also was it directly from an advert or perhaps within a few days as something you just had to have? Personally, I don't think I have ever...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 28 Feb 2011 10:57 AM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 2,670
    02 Mar 2011 03:10 PM Go to last post
  29. Broken vacuum cleaner

    Okay, so most of the time when my vacuum stops working in mid-use, something is clogged, so I clear out the tube, the implement, the connection to the bag, basically everything I can get my hands on to (ugh!) clear the pathway of any foul debris...

    Started by prr‎, 11 May 2009 09:39 AM
    • Replies: 15
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    14 Feb 2011 04:31 AM Go to last post
  30. Weighing an Elephant?

    I saw this question in a magazine this morning...How do you weigh an elephant without using scales? ... and I thought it was appropriate. So, clever people of the board, without using Google etc. etc., how would you do it? Marks given for...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 12 Jan 2011 08:15 AM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 11,206
    31 Jan 2011 10:22 AM Go to last post
  31. How do I get rid of a yellow stain on white fabric?

    I pulled out my kids' christening gown, with the thought that I'd offer it to Finky for her baby. I was bummed to see that there's a yellow stain on the little satin collar, and I'm wondering if there's any way to get rid of it without doing any...

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 22 Jan 2011 11:32 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    29 Jan 2011 05:40 PM Go to last post
  32. Skype

    I've tried to find info on Skype, but it's all confusing. How does it work? Is it free? Does it require internet connection? I have Skype on my computer, and want to fiddle with it but don't know how to.

    Started by Trojan Man‎, 11 Dec 2010 12:55 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    28 Jan 2011 06:35 AM Go to last post
  33. So very TMI: cramps after sex

    I have a friend. We'll call said friend "Katniss." Katniss was on the receiving end of penis-in-vagina sex, which was by all accounts highly enjoyable, but was then in a great deal of pain afterwards. During was fine, but after Katniss was doubled...

    Started by Peeta Mellark‎, 20 Jan 2011 01:34 PM
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    20 Jan 2011 11:07 PM Go to last post
  34. Have you written to a newspaper?

    There always seems to be a steady stream of people who write into newpapers and subjects far and wide. Has anyone here written to a newspaper, why did you do it and what was it about?

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 23 Dec 2010 05:40 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    26 Dec 2010 11:44 PM Go to last post
  35. English words where PH has been replaced by F

    The only one I can think of is fantasy and derivates, are there any others?

    Started by kk fusion‎, 17 Dec 2010 12:00 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    20 Dec 2010 08:48 AM Go to last post
  36. A scale model of the Solar System

    Here’s one way to try to get a handle on just how immense our little corner of the cosmos really is, as described by Prof. Jay M. Pasachoff of Williams College-Hopkins Observatory in Williamstown, Mass. in his book Astronomy: From the Earth to the...

    Started by Elendil's Heir‎, 17 Nov 2010 09:42 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    19 Dec 2010 11:42 PM Go to last post
  37. Religion Question: How Do Those Fundamnetalist Protestant Sects Which Emphasize Abstinance Deal With The Water Into Wine?

    Basically, the first miracle performed by Christ in any of the gospels is when he turns the water into wine at a wedding celebration. (At the intercession of his mother, actually.) In my Catholic tradition understanding this event highlights a...

    Started by OtakuLoki‎, 13 Dec 2010 05:15 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 1,871
    14 Dec 2010 12:06 PM Go to last post
  38. Can anyone convince me that gmail "conversations" are superior to regular e-mail?

    I disabled conversation mode because I find it really confusing to deal with. Is there some benefit that can be pointed out that will convince me to try to adapt to it? Or should I just leave it old skool since that works for me and I'm too old to...

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 07 Dec 2010 11:56 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    13 Dec 2010 09:33 AM Go to last post
  39. Firefox URL won't go away...

    Y'know that scrolly thing up top, where one enters the URL or hits the arrow to see previously used URLs? How does one remove a URL from this place? I've tried clearing cookies and cache, but this didn't work.

    Started by Trojan Man‎, 26 Nov 2010 08:16 PM
    • Replies: 11
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    01 Dec 2010 03:26 AM Go to last post
  40. Why is it called Black Friday?

    Is it as in crowded or something else?

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 26 Nov 2010 04:39 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    26 Nov 2010 02:54 PM Go to last post
  41. Do the TSA compensate travellers for missed flights?

    I had a 2hrs 40 minute layover in Chicago O'Hare yesterday. I thought I would have plenty of time but get a bit nervous so went straight to the international terminal, and went to go through security. It took over 90 minutes. Had I got dinner or...

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 18 Nov 2010 06:00 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    19 Nov 2010 02:33 PM Go to last post
  42. Does anyone here buy celebrity perfumes?

    It's currently seems to be all the rage for a celebrity to release a perfume that "captures their essence". I have never seen or heard of anyone buying one? Does anyone here buy them or know someone who buys them?

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 17 Nov 2010 08:24 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    18 Nov 2010 04:29 PM Go to last post
  43. If you dial your own area code, do you pay long-distance?

    Or, did you when there was only one phone company in your area?

    Started by kk fusion‎, 05 Nov 2010 01:54 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 5,302
    10 Nov 2010 03:46 AM Go to last post
  44. First-World countries with Tea Party ideals

    Do they exist?

    Started by RabbitMage‎, 07 Nov 2010 08:46 PM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 3,045
    10 Nov 2010 01:24 AM Go to last post
  45. What does Labor Day celebrate?

    I noticed on the Calendar that it is Labor Day in the US. So what does it celebrate and do you celebrate it? Is it an excuse to have a day off or do you still have to work?

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 06 Sep 2010 10:47 AM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,444
    05 Nov 2010 08:19 PM Go to last post
  46. Electing Dead People

    Jenny Oropeza, A democrat who had served 22 years as an elected public servant, including six in the California Assembly and four more in the state Senate, defeated her Republican rival, John Stammreich, in the midterms. However, she had passed...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 03 Nov 2010 09:31 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,560
    04 Nov 2010 12:05 PM Go to last post
  47. RE: storage/sharing sites.

    I've tried a whole swag of these sites, and none of them will let me upload anything from my netbook, and imgur.com is the only one that lets me upload from a PC at the library. Is it something to do with wifi? Security settings? I want to upload...

    Started by Trojan Man‎, 02 Nov 2010 04:36 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,617
    02 Nov 2010 10:10 PM Go to last post
  48. Evolution theory mechanisms

    I recently had a discussion with someone more expert on evolutionary theory than I. When I cited natural selection as the mechanism by which evolution works, he told me that natural selection is only one such mechanism, and that there others. By the...

    Started by Liberal‎, 03 Mar 2009 08:17 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,679
    01 Nov 2010 07:00 PM Go to last post
  49. 8-bit music: how?

    I've done similar to 8-bit , or 'chip music' as it's also known, by putting a riff/melody etc into a cellphone, then putting it through a big speaker, then processing the sound further. Is there an easier way to compose stuff in 8-bit style?

    Started by Trojan Man‎, 29 Oct 2010 01:52 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    29 Oct 2010 04:32 AM Go to last post
  50. Why does metal bend, but not wood?

    This is probably some atom based answer involving molecules and yes I am aware that if you treat wood carefully you can get it to bend. But in general if I pick up a spoon I can bend it, if I pick up a pencil, it gets snapped in half. Why is...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 26 Oct 2010 08:41 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 8,335
    28 Oct 2010 08:57 AM Go to last post

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