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  1. 2000s themed fancy dress

    Hello all. I'm going to a themed fancy dress party with the theme being "The Noughties" but I'm finding it difficult to think of a costume. Do any of you have any suggestions? Maybe a WMD wearing an ipod?

    Started by zorz-a-tron‎, 12 Nov 2009 01:11 PM
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  2. Is mainstream Christianity becoming more accepting of Jehova's Witnesses?

    Maybe with growing secularism in the western world, hardcore Christians are opening up to the idea of considering JWs as one of "them", under the premise that any belief is better than no belief. Have you noticed that JWs are getting more...

    Started by kk fusion‎, 15 Nov 2009 12:33 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    19 Nov 2009 03:22 PM Go to last post
  3. Testing for genetically modified foods

    I've heard sort of conflicting things about this. On the one hand, Penn and Teller and other folks like them (who are skeptical of environmental movements) say that genetically modified plants are thoroughly tested prior to release. On the other...

    Started by Exy‎, 15 Nov 2009 11:38 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    16 Nov 2009 08:27 PM Go to last post
  4. Does firefox do this? Do any browsers do this?

    I have a problem with windows.. I open too many. One for this topic.. with seven tabs. One for that.. A new one when something else comes to mind and I don't want to muck up the topics that I'm covering in other tabs. Before I know it.. 8 windows...

    Started by Clayton_e‎, 11 Sep 2009 01:55 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    13 Nov 2009 05:58 PM Go to last post
  5. Does Hypnotic Regression work?

    I'm not talking about hypnotism in general or regressing to past lives. Can hypnotism be used to help people remember past events in their lives or is it just the power of suggestion? Have any studies been done to show if does or does not work?

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 16 Oct 2009 05:18 AM
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    13 Nov 2009 10:49 AM Go to last post
  6. How (well) do reading levels work?

    On the net I often see people, mainly Americans, refer to reading levels of their children and the literature they read. I assume they are talking about something like a Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level. We don't have anything like that. I'm sure some...

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 04 Oct 2009 11:18 AM
    • Replies: 12
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    11 Nov 2009 03:56 PM Go to last post
  7. Men's Hairstyles

    I was just thinking that I know absolutely nothing about the terminology and types of men's hairstyles, beyond the very basics like "This is an afro." For example, what do you call the "normal" hairstyle that I have, as you can see in this...

    Started by Vox Imperatoris‎, 01 Nov 2009 02:03 AM
    • Replies: 22
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    10 Nov 2009 08:31 PM Go to last post
  8. You Tube Question

    Is it possible to download a video I am viewing on You Tube and save it to my hard drive? If so, how? Cartooniverse

    Started by Cartooniverse‎, 07 Nov 2009 12:43 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    08 Nov 2009 05:48 PM Go to last post
  9. Can anyone help me train a Rottweiller?

    A neighbour near my mum's has a 4 year old Rottie that has been allowed to become a rather chubby housepet, and having recently started walking her, I was looking for some advice on how to get her back in shape and a bit more disciplined. I...

    Started by ivan astikov‎, 20 Apr 2009 09:15 AM
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    03 Nov 2009 06:56 PM Go to last post
  10. Moved: English speakers' pronunciation of "Don Quixote"

    Whenever I hear anyone mention Don Quixote, they put the break between the two words in the middle of "Quixote" rather than between the actual words. They pronounce it as "Donkey Ho-tee", not "Don Key-ho-tee". What's the deal with that?

    Started by elmwood‎, 03 Nov 2009 04:33 PM
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    03 Nov 2009 03:54 PM Go to last post
  11. Can Canary Island landslide really threaten Florida?

    Over on another thread, What Exit provided this link to a potential catastrophe that could occur when/if the island of Las Palmas should have a landslide that collapses some sort of fault line along its western coast. Looking at the size of this...

    Started by ivan astikov‎, 24 Oct 2009 02:03 PM
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    02 Nov 2009 09:33 PM Go to last post
  12. Help me sort out Imageshack

    I have been cruising the web to find a suitable cover photo for the premier issue of our little infrastructure journal (produced by a non-profit for non-commercial purposes, circulation 300). Via a Google Images search, I found this photo on...

    Started by Hatshepsut‎, 02 Nov 2009 08:48 PM
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    02 Nov 2009 09:32 PM Go to last post
  13. Explain Halloween to the foreigner!

    Of course I know what it is about in very general terms but I am unclear on some of the practical aspects. Obviously the answers to the following questions will vary. Purely anecdotal data points are fine. I just want to get an impression what...

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 30 Oct 2009 01:39 PM
    • Replies: 23
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    02 Nov 2009 07:28 PM Go to last post
  14. Ask the published (fiction) author(s)...

    I've debated whether or not I should start this thread because in my brain, my life is divided into several categories, and never the twain shall meet. My message board life is different from my fandom life is different from my working life is...

    Started by pepperlandgirl‎, 03 Jun 2009 12:31 PM
    • Replies: 38
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    02 Nov 2009 12:17 PM Go to last post
  15. Need help with Firefox

    I installed Firefox, and I'm liking it overall. However, it won't load the google calendar for me. All my other google stuff (like igoogle and gmail) load just fine. It says to be sure it's accepting cookies, which it is. Any ideas for what I...

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 29 Oct 2009 01:11 PM
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    29 Oct 2009 02:40 PM Go to last post
  16. Funerals: A question?

    Where I live funerals and wakes are a big deal as I'm sure they are everywhere. The most recent funeral I was at made me realise that a huge amount of people not directly related to the deceased usually attend the funeral. They all generally have to...

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 22 Oct 2009 12:26 PM
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    29 Oct 2009 01:43 PM Go to last post
  17. The new Ares 1-X rocket from NASA

    I see that NASA is testnig a new design of rocket called the Ares 1-X. Are they stopping use of the Space Shuttle or will that still be used in the future? Are there any of details or is it still being kept fairly quiet? What will it be...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 27 Oct 2009 10:36 AM
    • Replies: 12
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    28 Oct 2009 06:34 PM Go to last post
  18. The Beatles History Thread

    Sarahfeena and pepperlandgirl will answer your questions!

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 25 Sep 2009 02:34 PM
    • Replies: 27
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    26 Oct 2009 09:33 PM Go to last post
  19. Accused of hitting car: What am I in for?

    So I go out to my car and find a note on it. Paraphrased: "My neighbor saw you hit my car; please call me at 555-1212 so we can resolve this. I have marks on my bumper and I took pictures." I'm frankly tempted to simply ignore this. I don't...

    Started by Flash Brown‎, 24 Oct 2009 03:08 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    24 Oct 2009 11:50 AM Go to last post
  20. Can an aircraft carrier handle any kind of seas?

    If you’ve never seen a carrier in person, they’re breathtaking. They literally look like a skyscraper topped with blacktop floating in the sea. Just based on that size alone, I’d think that an aircraft carrier could handle some pretty rough...

    Started by Cluricaun‎, 23 Oct 2009 10:30 AM
    • Replies: 16
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    24 Oct 2009 11:06 AM Go to last post
  21. The pomerium in republican Rome

    The so called pomerium in Rome was the legal and religious boundary of the city of Rome proper. Even in antiquity the de facto urban area extended beyond those limits but it contained the inner city. Certain special laws were in force in this...

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 03 Oct 2009 09:11 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    21 Oct 2009 10:23 PM Go to last post
  22. Ask the guy studying nanotechnology

    At the request of the chat room, I am starting this thread. Some background - I am currently at the University of New South Wales and am in my 4th and final year in a Bachelor of Science degree, with honours in nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is a...

    Started by AllWalker‎, 14 Jun 2009 12:44 PM
    • Replies: 28
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    21 Oct 2009 07:09 PM Go to last post
  23. Why are there separate entrances for union and non-union workers at a local construction site?

    The title pretty much says it all. A building is going up a few blocks from me, and the construction site is all fenced in. It seems like there are two entrances, because the one I can see from the side I usually drive past says "Entrance B: ...

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 19 Oct 2009 11:25 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    20 Oct 2009 09:35 PM Go to last post
  24. Tell me about pressure cookers.

    So I was doing some dinner last night and it occured to me that I hate waiting for some things, like rice, to cook. Half an hour? I can have two meals done in that time that don't include rice. So then I got to thinking about pressure cookers. ...

    Started by Cluricaun‎, 15 Oct 2009 11:44 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    20 Oct 2009 09:00 PM Go to last post
  25. I have never played a non-computer RPG, explain how they work please.

    Specifically D & D and creatures of that ilk. I don't quite get what you do.

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 07 Oct 2009 04:48 AM
    • Replies: 15
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  26. Taking the Lord's name in vain

    Generally, what are the rules I should look out for? "Holy shit!" - When I wake up the next day itching from crabs. I don't think this would violate the rule. As I'm not actually invoking any spiritual being in particular. "Oh...

    Started by beebs‎, 03 Oct 2009 08:01 AM
    • Replies: 11
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    19 Oct 2009 05:42 AM Go to last post
  27. History of the US school system

    I get the impression that secondary education in the modern US school system is largely geared towards preparing students for a high school diploma or equivalent. Some people drop out, but that isn't really an intended outcome. Of course there are...

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 19 Sep 2009 01:46 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    18 Oct 2009 10:32 PM Go to last post
  28. Ask the guy who writes about new cars for a living.

    Tried to put this in the Ask the Expert forum, but was blocked. I have lived and breathed cars for most of my 40-plus years, and for the last eight have been paid to write and talk about them. I am an industry pundit, and new-car expert. I...

    Started by Oliveloaf‎, 15 Oct 2009 03:19 PM
    • Replies: 24
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    17 Oct 2009 10:28 AM Go to last post
  29. Some resume questions (art-specific & general)

    I'm revamping my resumes in preparation of looking for a job. I've got a general resume and a graphic design specific one. How important is the 'objective' really? It seems pointless to me. My objective? I want a job dammit. Isn't that obvious? ...

    Started by SilverTygerGirl‎, 05 Oct 2009 11:26 PM
    • Replies: 10
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    16 Oct 2009 07:47 PM Go to last post
  30. Would an Internet "Agree" button stand up in court ?

    I am familiar with Non Disclosure Agreements between two or more parties that may or may not be collaborating on some piece of Intellectual Property. However I have often been in the same room and signed on the dotted line or at least signed a fax...

    Started by Chew Barker‎, 14 Oct 2009 05:18 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    16 Oct 2009 06:52 PM Go to last post
  31. Property taxes and cemetaries

    So it's that time of year again where I'm working on doing some property tax sales at work, and nobody here knows the answer. If you don't pay your property taxes you will lose your property. A third party can step in and pay the taxes on your...

    Started by Cluricaun‎, 16 Oct 2009 10:49 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    16 Oct 2009 11:44 AM Go to last post
  32. Is downtown Seattle a hot-spot for lowlifes?

    Someone on another message board I sometimes post at is bitching about working in downtown Seattle and claims it is crawling with lowlifes "bums, whores and bangers" and people with mental issues. Is he just full of shit or is Seattle got itself...

    Started by Jeff‎, 15 Oct 2009 05:01 AM
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    15 Oct 2009 10:31 PM Go to last post
  33. How do you bathe a cat?

    My niece's two cats are allowed to go outside and, lo and behold, they have brought fleas into my house. Now my cat has them as well. I'm going to give the house a thorough cleaning, but the cats have to be de-fleaed as well. So. I've got some...

    Started by Zuul‎, 12 Sep 2009 05:24 PM
    • Replies: 22
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    14 Oct 2009 02:39 PM Go to last post
  34. Hashassins: what kind of pot were they smoking?

    I'm not bragging, but I've smoked a shed-load of different types of pot, and never once did I get the urge to steal one of my mum's headscarves and go out and strangle one of my enemies with it. Usually, I just wanted to eat lots of junk food and...

    Started by ivan astikov‎, 13 Oct 2009 05:29 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    14 Oct 2009 01:07 PM Go to last post
  35. What does 'wut' mean?

    I read it a lot here and elsewhere on the web of folly. What does it mean exactly?

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 01 Oct 2009 07:52 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    14 Oct 2009 07:26 AM Go to last post
  36. English capitalisation of all nouns: when did it die out?

    I'm currently reading Robinson Crusoe, first published in 1719. All nouns in the text seem to be capitalised. When did this practice die out in English? It must have happened before the start of the 1800s, as checking the DoI and CotUS reveals no...

    Started by CRSP‎, 13 Aug 2009 01:44 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    13 Oct 2009 08:45 PM Go to last post
  37. Why did we bomb the moon?

    Aside from showing how powerful bored desperate to spend grant money clever we are, what are they expecting to find and how will it help with future moon colonisation?

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 09 Oct 2009 10:10 AM
    • Replies: 20
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    13 Oct 2009 07:49 PM Go to last post
  38. Who plays Conkers?

    My local area is covered in Horse Chestnut trees and there are a lot of conkers around. I haven't played for years, but I am tempted. So, who else plays conkers? What rules do you play by, what tips do you have and, hypothetically speaking of...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 05 Oct 2009 08:09 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    13 Oct 2009 04:41 AM Go to last post
  39. Please explain this joke from a 1940's cartoon.

    The cartoon is Russian Rhapsody from 1944 and (I've linked directly to the point where the joke is) here is the joke I'm curious about. In the scene a gremlin replaces a "C" with a red background for an "a" with a black background. I take it it has...

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 12 Oct 2009 11:11 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    12 Oct 2009 07:40 PM Go to last post
  40. How many different ways are there to skin a cat and what are they?

    Title says it all.

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 11 Oct 2009 08:23 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    12 Oct 2009 11:08 AM Go to last post
  41. How may one calculate the loudness of an imploding vacuum?

    Is it even possible? I am assuming that it would be a fairly straightforward physics problem for someone who is friendly with equations, but maybe not.

    Started by terrifel‎, 26 Sep 2009 02:12 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    09 Oct 2009 02:58 PM Go to last post
  42. Explain atmospherics to me as if I was an inquisitive child.

    I know, I know! I could use google and look for a children's encyclopedic account, but I'm asking you. I know you lot too well and I'm sure one of you is acquainted with a meteorologist somewhere online. So, I want to know: a) What it is...

    Started by ivan astikov‎, 03 Oct 2009 05:25 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 1,227
    08 Oct 2009 03:31 PM Go to last post
  43. Ask the guy who worked for an Animation Art Gallery for 10 years

    Sorry for the crap title of the thread but I wanted to keep some truth in advertising. If anyone has a better suggestion I will edit that up so it's a bit snazzier. There was the smallest little bit of interest when I said I knew a fair bit...

    Started by NAF1138‎, 25 Sep 2009 07:35 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,601
    08 Oct 2009 11:53 AM Go to last post
  44. Pronunciation of Latin or Greek words in English

    A diplodocus discussion in chat reminded me of something I always wanted to ask. How does the pronunciation of (neo-) Latin and Greek words in English work? Of course I picked up the pronunciations of many specific words but the big picture eludes...

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 02 Sep 2009 06:12 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    08 Oct 2009 03:36 AM Go to last post
  45. Curved shower curtain rods...why?

    This apartment I just moved into had a curved shower curtain rod. The rod is made so it bows out significantly. The tub is a conventional straight-sided tub that at least in my experience has been pretty standard in US houses built in the last...

    Started by Laughing Lagomorph‎, 29 Sep 2009 05:03 PM
    • Replies: 13
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    06 Oct 2009 06:43 PM Go to last post
  46. Is it illegal to flee from justice?

    Some of the reactions to the Polanski arrest reminded me of a question that I've wanted to ask before. Is fleeing from justice illegal in the US or other countries? (Here it isn't.) Does it make a difference at what stage you do it?

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 28 Sep 2009 03:14 PM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 1,324
    29 Sep 2009 03:59 PM Go to last post
  47. A question about the MK ULTRA program.

    Anyone know under what authority CIA director Richard Helms destroyed all documentation on this project, in 1973?

    Started by ivan astikov‎, 18 Aug 2009 10:30 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,688
    25 Sep 2009 08:11 PM Go to last post
  48. "New Every Two" = $50 credit towards...?

    I have Verizon wireless service in a 'New Every Two" plan. This month my "2" were up and I got an email notification for... A $50 credit towards a new phone. :dubious: OK, there are a number of phones you can get for $50 and a 2 year contract...

    Started by Count Blucher‎, 22 Sep 2009 09:11 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 1,747
    22 Sep 2009 01:48 PM Go to last post
  49. What do they call french toast in French?

    Seriously. My son asked me. I took Spanish.

    Started by Laughing Lagomorph‎, 18 Sep 2009 02:07 PM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 1,549
    22 Sep 2009 09:36 AM Go to last post
  50. What Firefox plugins/extensions should I get?

    Having finally given up on IE for Firefox, I have been playing with a few of the plugins and extensions. At the moment, it's just AdBlock+ and the Red Cats Theme So what do you recommend I should look at?

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 18 Sep 2009 05:23 AM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 1,424
    21 Sep 2009 08:02 AM Go to last post

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