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Title: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 26, 2011, 10:43:34 PM
I did one of these threads years ago, but I think a revival would be helpful.

There are some questions that I'm kinda embarrassed to ask (because "everyone" is supposed to know the answer) in life. But, I want to know.

I thought others might be in the same situation.

So, this thread is a place to safely ask your question. You can get an answer without anyone's thinking it's a stupid question. No one will laugh at you here for asking.

What kinds of things have you wanted to ask someone but were kinda embarrassed to ask before now?



Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 26, 2011, 10:44:04 PM
To start things off, could someone explain what "a rolling stone gathers no moss" actually means? I've heard it forever. But, what, exactly, does it mean?

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nurvingiel on February 26, 2011, 10:48:45 PM
This Might Be A Stupid Answer But... I always interpreted that statement literally, so it's used just to highlight that the person in question is very active.

Moss wouldn't grow on a rock that moved (or to exaggerate this, rolled).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: wyozozo on February 26, 2011, 10:49:15 PM
To me it means that you don't grow stagnant by staying in one place.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: petal on February 26, 2011, 11:32:46 PM
what a great thread!!!


i've always wondered about body washes.  do you use them instead of soap or as well as soap? 
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: otterwoman on February 26, 2011, 11:35:49 PM
what a great thread!!!


i've always wondered about body washes.  do you use them instead of soap or as well as soap? 

I use wash instead of soap. No one has complained to me that I smell...
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Firecat on February 26, 2011, 11:36:30 PM
what a great thread!!!


i've always wondered about body washes.  do you use them instead of soap or as well as soap? 

In place of soap - you get one of those puffy things made out of net, wet it down, squirt on some body wash, work the net thingy between your hands until you get suds, and then scrub away. It can be less drying to the skin than soap, and you also don't end up with those little bits of soap that are too small to use.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nurvingiel on February 26, 2011, 11:38:50 PM
I thought that "body wash" was just another name for soap.

I mean, you can rub bar soap on to a shower puff and wash with that too.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: wyozozo on February 26, 2011, 11:39:15 PM
I use it in place of soap.

Sugar scrubs........not for people without a shower, correct?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: petal on February 26, 2011, 11:42:21 PM
excellent

i use body wash on bub.  we choose a new lovely smell every few months.  the one we have at the moment is my favourite.  its a lime one that claims to have 20 fresh limes squeazed into it.  its a great way to start the day.


bub uses those puff ball things.   i always wondered  about this so still used soap.  so i can stop and just use the body wash.  lovely

thanks
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nurvingiel on February 26, 2011, 11:43:21 PM
i use body wash on bub.  we choose a new lovely smell every few months.  the one we have at the moment is my favourite.  its a lime one that claims to have 20 fresh limes squeazed into it.  its a great way to start the day.
That sounds fantastic! Do you eat it or wash with it? ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: stargazer on February 26, 2011, 11:57:35 PM
Why does my cat, who is neutered, do the spraying motion with his tail?  As in, he will actually back up to a piece of furniture, lift his tail and shake it and his booty as if he is marking his territory.  Praise heaven, nothing ever comes out so we don't have to deal with it but is this normal in male cats to still do this even if fixed?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarDrifter on February 27, 2011, 12:04:43 AM
I use it in place of soap.

Sugar scrubs........not for people without a shower, correct?

They are much harder to rinse off properly if you only have a bath, yes!

Why does my cat, who is neutered, do the spraying motion with his tail?  As in, he will actually back up to a piece of furniture, lift his tail and shake it and his booty as if he is marking his territory.  Praise heaven, nothing ever comes out so we don't have to deal with it but is this normal in male cats to still do this even if fixed?

How old was he when he was fixed? I have two male cats, one was fixed as a very young kitten (like, 3 months old) and never does it. The older one was about two when he was fixed (a rescue from a woman who hoarded animals) and still does this occasionally - just because the plumbing has been removed doesn't mean the instinct to spray is gone.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Redsoil on February 27, 2011, 12:12:56 AM
Stargazer - if a cat is neutered when older, then the behaviour will already have imprinted.  Just think yourself lucky he's not actually spraying!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MaggieB on February 27, 2011, 12:27:41 AM
What does fennel taste like?

(Great idea for a thread, by the way.)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 27, 2011, 12:31:17 AM
Why does my cat, who is neutered, do the spraying motion with his tail?  As in, he will actually back up to a piece of furniture, lift his tail and shake it and his booty as if he is marking his territory.  Praise heaven, nothing ever comes out so we don't have to deal with it but is this normal in male cats to still do this even if fixed?

Actually, he could still be spraying, so be careful.

Growing up, we had male (neutered) cats who did that. And, after a while, there was a pitted ring at that level on our walls. I don't know what was coming out of them, but it destroyed our walls.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: LadyPekoe on February 27, 2011, 12:35:09 AM
What does fennel taste like?

(Great idea for a thread, by the way.)

Sort of like black licorice or anise.  Fennel (the spice) is traditionally used in a lot of Italian sausage products.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 27, 2011, 12:40:58 AM
Oh how funny! I was just eating some crackers. There was a flavor that I recognized but couldn't place. I looked at the lable. Fennel! What a coincidence!

Don't know how I'd describe it. It's, just, ........ fennel tasting!

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kaora on February 27, 2011, 12:42:52 AM
This came up while reading another thread, but where is it the line "I Am Spartacus!" comes from?

The only thing I know of is Home Improvement, and Tim on the show shouting it back and forth between himself.  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 27, 2011, 12:56:51 AM
This came up while reading another thread, but where is it the line "I Am Spartacus!" comes from?

The only thing I know of is Home Improvement, and Tim on the show shouting it back and forth between himself.  ;D

It's from the Kirk Douglas movie, "Sparticus."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8h_v_our_Q&feature=youtube_gdata_player

ETA: I found this - it might help, too. "In the climactic scene, recaptured slaves are asked to identify Spartacus in exchange for leniency; instead, each slave proclaims himself to be Spartacus, thus sharing his fate."



Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: stargazer on February 27, 2011, 01:02:16 AM
Why does my cat, who is neutered, do the spraying motion with his tail?  As in, he will actually back up to a piece of furniture, lift his tail and shake it and his booty as if he is marking his territory.  Praise heaven, nothing ever comes out so we don't have to deal with it but is this normal in male cats to still do this even if fixed?

Actually, he could still be spraying, so be careful.

Growing up, we had male (neutered) cats who did that. And, after a while, there was a pitted ring at that level on our walls. I don't know what was coming out of them, but it destroyed our walls.



Yeah, I was paranoid about this, because he actually does it against the cabinets a lot, but I checked very carefully and there was nothing there after. 

He was about 4-5 months when fixed so didn't think he would have it ingrained in him, but I AM extremely thankful he is just making the motions and not actually doing it!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Cyradis on February 27, 2011, 01:27:47 AM
what a great thread!!!


i've always wondered about body washes.  do you use them instead of soap or as well as soap? 

I use it as well as soap. Soap first then body wash.

In Victorian society ladies maids would lace and pull their mistresses into their corsets to give them fashionably tiny waists. But who laced the maids into their own corsets?  ??? Could a maid pull her own stays tightly enough?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarDrifter on February 27, 2011, 01:37:28 AM
Cyradis- I always assumed that the maids would live in shared quarters and would help each other into their corsets in the morning- plus, most maids wouldn't be able to afford whaleboned corsets so theirs wouldn't have been nearly as tight. Also, if a maid was a nanny who was in her forties, then she may not have worn a corset at all!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on February 27, 2011, 04:07:52 AM
^ Also maids could not possibly have had corsets laced as tightly as the ladies of the house because they precluded much physical activity. Hard to scrub the stairs in a tightly laced corset! And if I understand correctly, it really wasn't looked upon kindly if maids were too attractive anyway, for obvious reasons.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hkkatie on February 27, 2011, 05:49:34 AM
I'm not breastfeeding currently, but hope to be getting pregnant again in the near future. My question is about storing breastmilk and reheating it when it's needed.  How do I do that? I've looked for the answer before, but never found anything very straightforward.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Vall on February 27, 2011, 06:02:16 AM
Why do most people use cold water to brush their teeth?  In other things (our bodies, laundry, dishes, etc.) we use warm or hot water to get things cleaner.  Why don't most people use warm or hot water when cleaning their teeth too?  Is toothpaste formulated to work better with cold water?

I've usually worked in factories.  Proper lifting for us is to spread your feet apart (for better balance), squat down, lift the object, then stand up while keeping your back straight.  What's the common office procedure for a woman in a skirt to lift something (like a box of files) off the floor?  Our way of lifting doesn't seem very lady-like.  How do you do it?  I have no idea of how I'd lift a box off the floor if I were wearing a dress or skirt.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: petal on February 27, 2011, 06:14:02 AM
Why do most people use cold water to brush their teeth?  In other things (our bodies, laundry, dishes, etc.) we use warm or hot water to get things cleaner.  Why don't most people use warm or hot water when cleaning their teeth too?  Is toothpaste formulated to work better with cold water?
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i used to brush my teeth over the bathroom sink but for the past 15 or so years ive brushed my teeth while standing in the shower  so im using warm/hot water

the cold tends to jar my sensitive teeth  but the warm doesnt
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: pharmagal on February 27, 2011, 06:24:43 AM
Why do most people use cold water to brush their teeth?  In other things (our bodies, laundry, dishes, etc.) we use warm or hot water to get things cleaner.  Why don't most people use warm or hot water when cleaning their teeth too?  Is toothpaste formulated to work better with cold water?
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i used to brush my teeth over the bathroom sink but for the past 15 or so years ive brushed my teeth while standing in the shower  so im using warm/hot water

the cold tends to jar my sensitive teeth  but the warm doesnt

petal = try the new Sensitive Pro relief from Colgate.  My dh tried it and can't stop singing it's praises.  Worked almost instantly and he got a small tube for about $5.  He got it at Coles, but I know Woolies and IGA have it too.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: petal on February 27, 2011, 06:46:48 AM
Why do most people use cold water to brush their teeth?  In other things (our bodies, laundry, dishes, etc.) we use warm or hot water to get things cleaner.  Why don't most people use warm or hot water when cleaning their teeth too?  Is toothpaste formulated to work better with cold water?
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i used to brush my teeth over the bathroom sink but for the past 15 or so years ive brushed my teeth while standing in the shower  so im using warm/hot water

the cold tends to jar my sensitive teeth  but the warm doesnt

petal = try the new Sensitive Pro relief from Colgate.  My dh tried it and can't stop singing it's praises.  Worked almost instantly and he got a small tube for about $5.  He got it at Coles, but I know Woolies and IGA have it too.




lol

i actually have that and use it occassionally but i use it in the shower too  !!!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MadMadge43 on February 27, 2011, 06:56:59 AM
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What does fennel taste like?

(Great idea for a thread, by the way.)
 


My DF says it has a licorice taste. I told him I could only taste the bile in the back of my throat when I eat it, so I may not be much help.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarDrifter on February 27, 2011, 07:09:27 AM
I'm not breastfeeding currently, but hope to be getting pregnant again in the near future. My question is about storing breastmilk and reheating it when it's needed.  How do I do that? I've looked for the answer before, but never found anything very straightforward.


Here's a bit of info that I found on the Australian Breastfeeding Association's website-

http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/express.html

it's got a guide of how to express and how to store milk safely - apparently it can be stored frozen for up to a year!

I just spoke with my Mum about this- when I was born I spent 3 months in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) so she would express milk and bring it in for me in a cooler. She says that she'd express extra and freeze it in ice cube trays (clearly marked!) so that she didn't have bottles in the freezer, and when she wanted to unfreeze the milk she'd be able to drop the cubes, knowing that it was 25 ml per cube, into a bottle and make sure that I was getting enough milk.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Everlee on February 27, 2011, 07:22:51 AM
what a great thread!!!


i've always wondered about body washes.  do you use them instead of soap or as well as soap? 

I use it as well as soap. Soap first then body wash.


Really?  Everyone I know uses just one or the other.  I use body wash because they usually smell pretty.

I'm not breastfeeding currently, but hope to be getting pregnant again in the near future. My question is about storing breastmilk and reheating it when it's needed.  How do I do that? I've looked for the answer before, but never found anything very straightforward.

They make breast milk bags that you pour the pumped milk into.  You freeze them and take them out to thaw in the fridge overnight as you need them.  Then you just pour them into a bottle and heat.  That's what I always did anyway.

Ok, my guestion:  Do cats blink with eyelids or do they just squeeze their eyes shut?  I sat and stared at my cat for forever yesterday trying to figure this out.  It looks like a squeeze.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ereine on February 27, 2011, 07:23:18 AM
Why do most people use cold water to brush their teeth?  In other things (our bodies, laundry, dishes, etc.) we use warm or hot water to get things cleaner.  Why don't most people use warm or hot water when cleaning their teeth too?  Is toothpaste formulated to work better with cold water?

At least here warm water isn't safe for drinking (it can have bacteria and metals, they recommend that we only use it for washing not for cooking and things like that) and at least when I brush my teeth I ingest some. Plus it doesn't taste good, to me, it wouldn't make my teeth feel freshly clean :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Bright on February 27, 2011, 07:37:09 AM
Why do most people use cold water to brush their teeth?  In other things (our bodies, laundry, dishes, etc.) we use warm or hot water to get things cleaner.  Why don't most people use warm or hot water when cleaning their teeth too?  Is toothpaste formulated to work better with cold water?

I'm in the UK and grew up in an older house. The hot water from the bathroom wasn't really drinkable. It came from the hot water tank and could often have been sitting there a while, especially over night. Also with no mixer taps it would need to either be mixed in the sink, or you do the 'too hot too cold' dance splashing from hot water to cold water tap.  Cold water comes straight from the tap and was easier.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MommyPenguin on February 27, 2011, 08:48:16 AM
I'm not breastfeeding currently, but hope to be getting pregnant again in the near future. My question is about storing breastmilk and reheating it when it's needed.  How do I do that? I've looked for the answer before, but never found anything very straightforward.

My Medela breastpump came with a little fridge magnet that reminds you how long breastmilk can be kept in certain locations (room temp., fridge, freezer in fridge, separate freezer, etc.).  It's really handy.

If I expect to use the milk within a few days, I'll just keep it in a bottle or something in the fridge.  If it's more than one serving's worth, I'll pour one serving's worth into a separate bottle.  If she's drunk from a bottle but I expect her to have some more within a few hours, I'll just put the milk back into the fridge to reuse, although you're not supposed to do that.

For milk that I want to save for a while, I freeze it.  You can freeze it in bottles or in little breastmilk freezer bags.  Some breastpumps let you pump directly into the bags; mine you have to pump into bottles, then pour the milk into the bag.  If you seal the bag well, you can lay the bag on its side to freeze so that it sort of becomes a fairly flat rectangle.  That makes them easy to stack so you can store a lot of milk.  I write on the bag with a Sharpie what the date frozen is, so I can make sure to use the oldest ones first.  Yes, you can freeze milk for a long time.  But milk also changes over time as your baby grows, so ideally you don't want to give milk pumped for a 2-month-old baby to a 9-month-old baby, even if it's technically still good.  The balance of sugars and fats, I think, is different.

To thaw the milk, you can put it in the fridge overnight if you have time.  If you need it thawed immediately, you can heat some water, then put the frozen bag/bottle into the hot water to thaw.  I do the same thing, although obviously for less time, to heat the milk up.  You'll want to shake it around a bit, obviously, to get it evenly mixed and avoid hot spots.  You're never supposed to heat it directly in the microwave.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on February 27, 2011, 10:37:18 AM
I don't have one right now, but I will, I'm sure!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Cyradis on February 27, 2011, 10:48:50 AM
Cyradis- I always assumed that the maids would live in shared quarters and would help each other into their corsets in the morning- plus, most maids wouldn't be able to afford whaleboned corsets so theirs wouldn't have been nearly as tight. Also, if a maid was a nanny who was in her forties, then she may not have worn a corset at all!
^ Also maids could not possibly have had corsets laced as tightly as the ladies of the house because they precluded much physical activity. Hard to scrub the stairs in a tightly laced corset! And if I understand correctly, it really wasn't looked upon kindly if maids were too attractive anyway, for obvious reasons.

I forgot about the whalebone. That all makes sense. The parlourmaid probably had to be tiny waisted and pretty but she waited at table and carried trays mainly. The housemaids had more to do. My back aches imagining scrubbing a floor in a corset.  :o
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: ClaireC79 on February 27, 2011, 10:52:46 AM
Re breastmilk I've always gone by the 3 rule with saving it but can't remember where I got it from
3hours - room temperature
3 days - fridge
3 months - freezer (I'm sure there was a 3 weeks one which may have been freezer compartmnet in the fridge)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: mechtilde on February 27, 2011, 10:57:09 AM
About the corsets- I know one lady who puts her corset on, tightens the laces by pulling on the laces in the middle (so she has two loops), then puts the loops over a door handle and walks away. It is possible to put a corset on solo.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Bexx27 on February 27, 2011, 11:03:26 AM
I'm not breastfeeding currently, but hope to be getting pregnant again in the near future. My question is about storing breastmilk and reheating it when it's needed.  How do I do that? I've looked for the answer before, but never found anything very straightforward.

kellymom.com is a wonderful resource for anything related to breastfeeding.

When I pumped, I just put the milk in bottles in the fridge and heated them up as needed. We had a bottle warmer, which I found very convenient, but you can also just put the bottle in warm water, and some older babies are fine drinking the milk cold straight from the fridge. If I hadn't used the milk within a few days, I transferred it to the freezer in a breastmilk storage bag, labeled with the date and amount. I kept the older bags in front to use them first and rotated the milk frequently so none of it would be in the freezer too long. So every night I would bring the oldest bag or two down from the freezer to thaw for the next day, and freeze the contents of 1 or 2 bottles that were in the fridge. I did it this way so she wouldn't be drinking milk that was pumped many months ago, because the makeup of breastmilk changes as the baby ages.

Breastmilk lasts for 4-6 hours at room temperature, up to 5 days in the fridge, 3-6 months in a freezer attached to a fridge, and up to a year in a chest freezer. It can only be thawed or reheated once, so if the baby doesn't finish a bottle that was reheated from the fridge or the freezer, you have to throw the remainder away. You also can't reuse breastmilk if the baby drank directly from the bottle because the mouth bacteria contaminates the milk, although we relaxed on this after 6 months.

Also, breastmilk will separate in the fridge or freezer. To reintegrate the cream, swirl it gently, but don't shake as shaking can denature the proteins.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Shoo on February 27, 2011, 11:12:28 AM
About the corsets- I know one lady who puts her corset on, tightens the laces by pulling on the laces in the middle (so she has two loops), then puts the loops over a door handle and walks away. It is possible to put a corset on solo.

You know someone who wears a corset?  Is this a costume kind of thing, or does she wear one every day?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: ginlyn32 on February 27, 2011, 01:03:00 PM
Why does my year old male cat like to carry his little stuffed lion around in his mouth, crying? Then he'll lay it down and....hump it.

So....why does he do that? We adopted him last Feb. 12 and had him fixed last April.

ginlyn
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on February 27, 2011, 01:12:04 PM
About the corsets- I know one lady who puts her corset on, tightens the laces by pulling on the laces in the middle (so she has two loops), then puts the loops over a door handle and walks away. It is possible to put a corset on solo.

You know someone who wears a corset?  Is this a costume kind of thing, or does she wear one every day?

Some people who start wearing corsets for ren faires and such end up wearing them more often.  They're actually rather comfortable, depending on how tightly you're laced and what kind of activity you're doing. ;)  I can lace my own corsets, but if I want it really tight, I get a friend to tighten me up afterwards.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tnpenguinbaby on February 27, 2011, 01:13:42 PM
Now this is based on romance novels so I could be totally off base here but I believe corsets hook up the front and lace in the back.  You could have your corset laced to the point where you could then take it off and put it on by yourself from then on.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 27, 2011, 01:16:24 PM
I know I said no one would laugh at anyone in this thread, but I need to take that back for a moment. The mental image I got of this

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I sat and stared at my cat for forever yesterday trying to figure this out,

did make me laugh! :D

But, I'm not laughing at your question - just that you stared at your cat like that! So, is that ok? :) What'd your cat do when you did that?!

Actually, your question is a great one. Now you have me curious, too. I hope someone has an answer (or I foresee staring at my own cats this afternoon!)

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: rose red on February 27, 2011, 01:21:06 PM
On TV, people wash their faces at the sink by cupping water in their hands and splashing it on their face to clear the soap.  Everytime I try to wash my face at the sink, water splash/drip all over my body and the floor making a big mess.  Do people wash like that in real life or just on TV?  Am I just uncoordinated?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: blue2000 on February 27, 2011, 01:29:33 PM

Ok, my guestion:  Do cats blink with eyelids or do they just squeeze their eyes shut?  I sat and stared at my cat for forever yesterday trying to figure this out.  It looks like a squeeze.

Cats have three eyelids per eye - upper, lower, and an inner lid usually called the nictitating membrane. The inner lid is not usually seen unless the cat is sick or sleepy.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nictitating_membrane

It would look kind of like a squeeze compared to humans, since they are shutting both upper and lower eyelids at the same time.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on February 27, 2011, 01:34:33 PM
On TV, people wash their faces at the sink by cupping water in their hands and splashing it on their face to clear the soap.  Everytime I try to wash my face at the sink, water splash/drip all over my body and the floor making a big mess.  Do people wash like that in real life or just on TV?  Am I just uncoordinated?

I use a washcloth. :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: judecat on February 27, 2011, 01:36:26 PM
On TV, people wash their faces at the sink by cupping water in their hands and splashing it on their face to clear the soap.  Everytime I try to wash my face at the sink, water splash/drip all over my body and the floor making a big mess.  Do people wash like that in real life or just on TV?  Am I just uncoordinated?

My mother washed her face like that,  but I'm like you -- I get water everywhere but my face.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kherbert05 on February 27, 2011, 01:46:30 PM
On TV, people wash their faces at the sink by cupping water in their hands and splashing it on their face to clear the soap.  Everytime I try to wash my face at the sink, water splash/drip all over my body and the floor making a big mess.  Do people wash like that in real life or just on TV?  Am I just uncoordinated?

I've done it like that frequently enough that I don't make much of a mess. The secret is to get right down into the basin.  I usually do it when I'm having an allergic reaction and can't get in a shower. (Pollen/pollution/something on my skin creating both a topical and respiratory reaction). This is often a public bathroom* - so I don't want to make a dangerous situation for others/mess for staff - but I also need to get what ever it is off my skin ASAP. I can't use a paper towel as a wash cloth because that actually rubs the stuff in instead of rinsing off.

Oddly enough in 40 some years, I've only had a couple of people react negatively to this. Usually they are offering to call 911/go get the doctor they are eating/traveling with. (Looks scarier that it really is. Wash off the allergen, take emergency meds I carry with me, and drink a coke and I'm usually back to normal in 15 minutes)


*friends and family will insist I shower so I get the stuff out of my hair and borrow their clothes/or have my clothes washed by them if this starts at their houses. I usually just need a shirt so that is easy because most of my family have oversized shirts I can borrow.)
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Post by: DangerMouth on February 27, 2011, 01:47:54 PM
On TV, people wash their faces at the sink by cupping water in their hands and splashing it on their face to clear the soap.  Everytime I try to wash my face at the sink, water splash/drip all over my body and the floor making a big mess.  Do people wash like that in real life or just on TV?  Am I just uncoordinated?

I use a washcloth. :)

I use a washcloth too, but cup and splash to rinse. It doesn't get all over, but it could be neater. If I ever get the chance to redo a bathroom, I'm going to have the sinks and counter at kithen height, and a lot bigger than the piddly bathroon sinks you generally see.

My question: Why are kitchen sinks at 42'ish inches but bathrooms at 36"?
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Post by: marksgirl on February 27, 2011, 02:06:32 PM
Do stink bugs bite? I had one land on me the other night and it sprayed me (ugh!!) and I woke up with a thing on my neck that looks like a hickey and burns when I wash it.
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Post by: MommyPenguin on February 27, 2011, 02:40:45 PM
On TV, people wash their faces at the sink by cupping water in their hands and splashing it on their face to clear the soap.  Everytime I try to wash my face at the sink, water splash/drip all over my body and the floor making a big mess.  Do people wash like that in real life or just on TV?  Am I just uncoordinated?

I wash my face this way.  I do find it hard not to get any drips on my front, and my husband tells me that I make a mess even when I wash my hands, so... I don't know.  :)  I usually wash my face in the shower in the morning, so it would be more in the evening, and I would do it before changing into pjs, so if I did drip anything on my shirt, I'd be taking it off anyway.
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Post by: Moonie on February 27, 2011, 03:02:55 PM
Stargazer - if a cat is neutered when older, then the behaviour will already have imprinted.  Just think yourself lucky he's not actually spraying!

My kitten was neutered at 4 months.  He has never sprayed or humped anything.....but NOW, 5 months later, he has fallen "in love" with one of the dog's toys and hugs and humps it. We call it his "girlfriend".  He even puts its head in either the dog's or his own food dish.  We say that he's taking her out to dinner after he's had his way with her  ;D.  Why would he start humping NOW?
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Post by: jpcher on February 27, 2011, 03:08:41 PM
Dotty said that we could ask anything, right?

Probably the reason I've never asked is because this might over-the-top for polite conversation. But I've always wondered . . .

What on earth did women do before modern-day monthly feminine care products?

Did they hole-up in their room for a week?

I'm especially thinking about the old-west and wagon trains, where water was scarce.



Just something that I've always wondered about. :-\
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Post by: CakeBeret on February 27, 2011, 03:13:49 PM
Dotty said that we could ask anything, right?

Probably the reason I've never asked is because this might over-the-top for polite conversation. But I've always wondered . . .

What on earth did women do before modern-day monthly feminine care products?

Did they hole-up in their room for a week?

I'm especially thinking about the old-west and wagon trains, where water was scarce.



Just something that I've always wondered about. :-\

I read a western-type story in which the heroine used linen towels. Seems awfully...bulky...to me.

In some cultures, women did simply hide out for the duration.
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Post by: DottyG on February 27, 2011, 03:16:41 PM
jpcher, THANK YOU for asking that question! I've always wondered, too!

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Post by: DangerMouth on February 27, 2011, 03:19:50 PM
^ rags, I think. Washed out and re-used.
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Post by: wyozozo on February 27, 2011, 03:20:43 PM
^ rags, I think. Washed out and re-used.
Hence the slang term....
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Post by: Kikki on February 27, 2011, 03:32:19 PM
Now this is based on romance novels so I could be totally off base here but I believe corsets hook up the front and lace in the back.  You could have your corset laced to the point where you could then take it off and put it on by yourself from then on.

19th century natural form corsets often work that way if I'm not mistaken.
Earlier ones are only laced. My 18th century pair of stays are both front and back laced so I can get dressed on my own. I've lost a bit of weight so I need to make a new pair and they will be back laced only as I'm itching to try a new pattern. So I'm going to need either help with getting dressed or learn the door handle technique.
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Post by: happygrrl on February 27, 2011, 03:33:43 PM
OK--how does everyone get their quotes in these threads to have the name of the poster above them, along with the date and time? I can hit the quote box when I type my reply, but have never figured this one out.

Sad, I know....  :)
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Post by: jpcher on February 27, 2011, 03:43:23 PM
^ rags, I think. Washed out and re-used.
Hence the slang term....

 :o :o :D (Did you see the light bulb turn on?)

Thank you DangerMouth! I always wondered where that term came from!



eta: after re-reading, Sorry wyozozo! You were the one that clarified that term . . . just want to give credit where credit is due! Although DangerMouth started it! ;D
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Post by: jpcher on February 27, 2011, 03:45:36 PM
happygrrl --

Hit the "quote" button (eta: at the top of the post) instead of "reply"

This brings you to the reply page with the quote already there.




another eta: Additionally, when I'm going through a thread and want to quote multiple responses, I hit the "quote" which brings me to the reply page, then I highlight and copy (command +C on the mac) return to the tread hit "quote" again which brings me to the reply page with that quote on it . . . I paste my previous quote and then copy the whole thing, so I have both quotes. Return back to the thread and continue.

I don't know if there's an easier way to do this, but this works for me.
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Post by: Eisa on February 27, 2011, 03:53:18 PM
I know lots of people who wear corsets, and someone who makes them...she makes absolutely gorgeous corsets! :D

Re: the old-timey rag thing, I always wondered that, too! I was reading the Love Comes Softly series, and when Missy and Willie go out West on the wagon train, I was like "oooh I wonder how she's going to handle that!" .....aaaaaaaand she didn't have to because the author conveniently made her pregnant. :P Hmph.

Also re: splashing your face, I would get water everywhere but my face.

Oh, and now I have a question. Am I the only one who doesn't brush their teeth right when they wake up? I get why you would want to, but I cannot imagine trying to eat or drink anything after with everything tasting like minty toothpaste.  :-\ Like toothpaste plus orange juice equals BLECH!
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Post by: stargazer on February 27, 2011, 04:00:23 PM
^ rags, I think. Washed out and re-used.
Hence the slang term....

 :o :o :D (Did you see the light bulb turn on?)

Thank you DangerMouth! I always wondered where that term came from!

I can't believe I never made the connection either!  This makes so much sense!
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Post by: SquishyMooMoo on February 27, 2011, 04:03:21 PM
Why does the A/C button light up/turn on in my car when I turn the knob to defrost (like, from blowing on my face/feet to blowing on the windshield). Should I leave it on? Does it actually help defrost the windshield faster?
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Post by: Eisa on February 27, 2011, 04:05:18 PM
Why does the A/C button light up/turn on in my car when I turn the knob to defrost (like, from blowing on my face/feet to blowing on the windshield). Should I leave it on? Does it actually help defrost the windshield faster?

I think it's so it doesn't fog up the windshield...BUT I'm not sure, so probably someone else knows better than me. ;D
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Post by: mechtilde on February 27, 2011, 04:12:29 PM
The "Doorknob corset lady" does a lot of historical re-enactment, and also works as a storyteller- she was wearing one for a storytelling session.

I've got a corset myself, and am steeling myself (pun intended) to make myself a custom one. The front opening busk was developed in the 19th century as steel improved and became cheaper. You can sometimes put a corset over your head, get it into position and then lace yourself in if you need to. It depends on the corset!
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Post by: happygrrl on February 27, 2011, 04:14:10 PM
happygrrl --

Hit the "quote" button (eta: at the top of the post) instead of "reply"

This brings you to the reply page with the quote already there.

Trying this....

edited to add: jpcher--you're brilliant! Thank you!   :)
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Post by: camlan on February 27, 2011, 04:35:44 PM
Cyradis- I always assumed that the maids would live in shared quarters and would help each other into their corsets in the morning- plus, most maids wouldn't be able to afford whaleboned corsets so theirs wouldn't have been nearly as tight. Also, if a maid was a nanny who was in her forties, then she may not have worn a corset at all!
^ Also maids could not possibly have had corsets laced as tightly as the ladies of the house because they precluded much physical activity. Hard to scrub the stairs in a tightly laced corset! And if I understand correctly, it really wasn't looked upon kindly if maids were too attractive anyway, for obvious reasons.

I forgot about the whalebone. That all makes sense. The parlourmaid probably had to be tiny waisted and pretty but she waited at table and carried trays mainly. The housemaids had more to do. My back aches imagining scrubbing a floor in a corset.  :o

In "The 1900's House" series that the BBC did, the mother was sewing and dropped her needle. She had a very difficult time bending over and getting down on the floor to pick it up, because of her corsets. I can't imagine wearing corsets to do housework--I don't even like to wear an underwire bra doing housework.
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Post by: Information_queen on February 27, 2011, 04:37:10 PM
happygrrl --

Hit the "quote" button (eta: at the top of the post) instead of "reply"

This brings you to the reply page with the quote already there.




another eta: Additionally, when I'm going through a thread and want to quote multiple responses, I hit the "quote" which brings me to the reply page, then I highlight and copy (command +C on the mac) return to the tread hit "quote" again which brings me to the reply page with that quote on it . . . I paste my previous quote and then copy the whole thing, so I have both quotes. Return back to the thread and continue.

I don't know if there's an easier way to do this, but this works for me.

If you scroll down the reply page, you can see the most recent replies and there is an 'insert quote' option at the top right of each reply and it will paste that whole reply into the reply box.

^ rags, I think. Washed out and re-used.
Hence the slang term....

My turn for a stupid question. What slang term? I'm missing something here...
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Post by: Eisa on February 27, 2011, 04:41:05 PM
^"Being on the rag" ;D
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Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on February 27, 2011, 04:44:55 PM
I know lots of people who wear corsets, and someone who makes them...she makes absolutely gorgeous corsets! :D

Re: the old-timey rag thing, I always wondered that, too! I was reading the Love Comes Softly series, and when Missy and Willie go out West on the wagon train, I was like "oooh I wonder how she's going to handle that!" .....aaaaaaaand she didn't have to because the author conveniently made her pregnant. :P Hmph.

Also re: splashing your face, I would get water everywhere but my face.

Oh, and now I have a question. Am I the only one who doesn't brush their teeth right when they wake up? I get why you would want to, but I cannot imagine trying to eat or drink anything after with everything tasting like minty toothpaste.  :-\ Like toothpaste plus orange juice equals BLECH!

I brush my teeth first thing on work days because I eat breakfast (ususally oatmeal) at my desk at work.  On weekends, though, I eat first and then brush my teeth.  I figure then I can get all the over night gunk and the breakfast food gunk cleaned out all at once.  Plus, toothpaste plus any juice really does equal BLECH!!

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Post by: Information_queen on February 27, 2011, 04:52:05 PM
^"Being on the rag" ;D

Ok, not feeling dumb any more thinking I should know that....I've never heard that phrase before!

I was sitting here trying to think of every term I've ever heard for feminine products and I just couldn't think of one that had any sort of connection to rags :P I fully expected to have a 'duh' moment when I got the answer (wouldn't be the first time!).
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Post by: DangerMouth on February 27, 2011, 04:53:22 PM
I know lots of people who wear corsets, and someone who makes them...she makes absolutely gorgeous corsets! :D

Re: the old-timey rag thing, I always wondered that, too! I was reading the Love Comes Softly series, and when Missy and Willie go out West on the wagon train, I was like "oooh I wonder how she's going to handle that!" .....aaaaaaaand she didn't have to because the author conveniently made her pregnant. :P Hmph.

Also re: splashing your face, I would get water everywhere but my face.

Oh, and now I have a question. Am I the only one who doesn't brush their teeth right when they wake up? I get why you would want to, but I cannot imagine trying to eat or drink anything after with everything tasting like minty toothpaste.  :-\ Like toothpaste plus orange juice equals BLECH!

No, I'm with you on this. I think toothpaste is disgusting, and there's no way I'd ever brush my teeth before my first cuppa.

I loved the original Rembrandt, because it seemed to be 'low sudsing', but with now with 12 varieties and all of them a variation on spearment (gag :-X), it's hard to find a TP I can even tolerate.

Don't even talk to me about vanilla, strawberry, etc. :P
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Post by: Ms_Shell on February 27, 2011, 04:57:11 PM
RE: corsets, does anyone know how pregnant women managed?  Did they get a nine-month reprieve from wearing them?  Did tightly laced stays hurt the developing fetus?

Oh, I'm another one who doesn't brush my teeth until after breakfast, because it makes the food taste disgusting, and also it doesn't make much sense to me to brush and then mess my teeth up with food particles again right away, KWIM?
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Post by: jpcher on February 27, 2011, 05:00:42 PM
If you scroll down the reply page, you can see the most recent replies and there is an 'insert quote' option at the top right of each reply and it will paste that whole reply into the reply box.

True. But if you want to quote something earlier than what is available from the most recent replies page . . . Say that there's a 4-pg thread and you want to quote someone from Pg 2 . . . Is there a way to do this? Once you're in "reply" mode?
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Post by: blue2000 on February 27, 2011, 05:14:55 PM
If you scroll down the reply page, you can see the most recent replies and there is an 'insert quote' option at the top right of each reply and it will paste that whole reply into the reply box.

True. But if you want to quote something earlier than what is available from the most recent replies page . . . Say that there's a 4-pg thread and you want to quote someone from Pg 2 . . . Is there a way to do this? Once you're in "reply" mode?

If you want to quote someone from page 2 and page 4, you can go to page 2 and hit quote. It will take you to the 'reply' page. Then look for the quote from page 4 and hit 'insert quote'.

If you want to quote someone from every page of a twenty-page thread... perhaps you are reading too much Ehell. ;D
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Post by: HorseFreak on February 27, 2011, 05:16:13 PM
Why does the A/C button light up/turn on in my car when I turn the knob to defrost (like, from blowing on my face/feet to blowing on the windshield). Should I leave it on? Does it actually help defrost the windshield faster?

I think it's so it doesn't fog up the windshield...BUT I'm not sure, so probably someone else knows better than me. ;D

The AC dehumidifies the air being blown on the windshield so your defogging attempt isn't counterproductive. :)
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Post by: jpcher on February 27, 2011, 05:18:34 PM
If you want to quote someone from every page of a twenty-page thread... perhaps you are reading too much Ehell. ;D


You owe me a screen cleaner . . . LOLOLOLOLOL!

 ;D
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Post by: kareng57 on February 27, 2011, 05:24:30 PM
^"Being on the rag" ;D

Ok, not feeling dumb any more thinking I should know that....I've never heard that phrase before!

I was sitting here trying to think of every term I've ever heard for feminine products and I just couldn't think of one that had any sort of connection to rags :P I fully expected to have a 'duh' moment when I got the answer (wouldn't be the first time!).


Also, apparently the origin for "ragtime" music.  In many, er, houses of pleasure during that era, the young ladies who were indisposed and therefore unable to see individual customers at that particular time entertained by playing the piano instead.
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Post by: blue2000 on February 27, 2011, 05:25:27 PM
Why does the A/C button light up/turn on in my car when I turn the knob to defrost (like, from blowing on my face/feet to blowing on the windshield). Should I leave it on? Does it actually help defrost the windshield faster?

I think it's so it doesn't fog up the windshield...BUT I'm not sure, so probably someone else knows better than me. ;D

The AC dehumidifies the air being blown on the windshield so your defogging attempt isn't counterproductive. :)

Cool! Thanks, horsphreak! Now maybe I can get my carpool buddy to stop freaking out about his 'malfunctioning' AC.

If you want to quote someone from every page of a twenty-page thread... perhaps you are reading too much Ehell. ;D


You owe me a screen cleaner . . . LOLOLOLOLOL!

 ;D

Oops! Sorry! ;D Maybe this would be a good time for me to ask how to properly clean monitor screens. ;)
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Post by: Suze on February 27, 2011, 05:29:13 PM
Cyradis- I always assumed that the maids would live in shared quarters and would help each other into their corsets in the morning- plus, most maids wouldn't be able to afford whaleboned corsets so theirs wouldn't have been nearly as tight. Also, if a maid was a nanny who was in her forties, then she may not have worn a corset at all!
^ Also maids could not possibly have had corsets laced as tightly as the ladies of the house because they precluded much physical activity. Hard to scrub the stairs in a tightly laced corset! And if I understand correctly, it really wasn't looked upon kindly if maids were too attractive anyway, for obvious reasons.

I forgot about the whalebone. That all makes sense. The parlourmaid probably had to be tiny waisted and pretty but she waited at table and carried trays mainly. The housemaids had more to do. My back aches imagining scrubbing a floor in a corset.  :o

In "The 1900's House" series that the BBC did, the mother was sewing and dropped her needle. She had a very difficult time bending over and getting down on the floor to pick it up, because of her corsets. I can't imagine wearing corsets to do housework--I don't even like to wear an underwire bra doing housework.

the bending in corsets thing is sooo overblown

I know a lady that wears heavy corsets with her SCA garb and I watch her put up and take down tents and all manner of other work in what to me would seem to be a very constricting garment.  http://www.elizabethancostume.net/effigy.htm  this is her and the garment in question.  and when I said something to the effect of how do you move? she reached down and touched her toes (standing)

so I guess a lot has to do with how it is made and is it made for YOU
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Post by: Cyradis on February 27, 2011, 05:31:42 PM
RE: corsets, does anyone know how pregnant women managed?  Did they get a nine-month reprieve from wearing them?  Did tightly laced stays hurt the developing fetus?

Oh, I'm another one who doesn't brush my teeth until after breakfast, because it makes the food taste disgusting, and also it doesn't make much sense to me to brush and then mess my teeth up with food particles again right away, KWIM?

I think they wore their corsets as usual until they began to show. I don't know if they gave them up entirely. In one of Anne Perry's novels, Paragon Walk, one character looks critically at her great nephew's wife and thinks she's lacing herself too tightly for her stage of pregnancy. In Callander Square Charlotte Pitt, one of the main characters, is no longer wearing dresses with small waists at about five months along.
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Post by: Suze on February 27, 2011, 05:34:32 PM
and after they began to show they were "stuck" staying home.

re the term -- confinment for the last couple months of a pregnancy
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Post by: Luci on February 27, 2011, 05:53:03 PM
and after they began to show they were "stuck" staying home.

re the term -- confinment for the last couple months of a pregnancy

Also the miscarriage and maternal death rates were way high at that point, far more than for primitive countries, as I remember.

Part of the reason is attributed to maternal nutrution, maternal dressing (ie: corsets) but most to lack of exercise from the 'confinement' which lasted 6 months prenatally and and several weeks post natally.

The peasants in France faired far better than the elite. They had a better diet (fresh food, no sugar) and had to work.
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Post by: RedDwarf on February 27, 2011, 06:16:49 PM
There were maternal corsets that  were bigger and could be loosened. They thought it was good for you though because it supported the stomach. They didn't 'tight lace' during pregnancy though. A normal corset was not tight laced unless you were one of the very fashionable young women.
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Post by: mechtilde on February 27, 2011, 06:19:49 PM
There is a reference in one of the Cranford stories about a lady being advised to wear a bandaging of some sort during her last month. The information is imparted in embarassed whispered tones by her sister to another lady- the MTB being, of course, at home.
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Post by: White Dragon on February 27, 2011, 06:27:13 PM
and after they began to show they were "stuck" staying home.

re the term -- confinment for the last couple months of a pregnancy

When I was pregnant and in college, I needed a doctor's letter.

The letter referred to my due date as "EDC" - "Expected Date of Confinement."

I found it interesting that such an archaic term was still around!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Everlee on February 27, 2011, 06:56:33 PM
I know I said no one would laugh at anyone in this thread, but I need to take that back for a moment. The mental image I got of this

Quote
I sat and stared at my cat for forever yesterday trying to figure this out,

did make me laugh! :D

But, I'm not laughing at your question - just that you stared at your cat like that! So, is that ok? :) What'd your cat do when you did that?!

Actually, your question is a great one. Now you have me curious, too. I hope someone has an answer (or I foresee staring at my own cats this afternoon!)



We just had a staring contest for a few minutes.  She's our little prissy cat so all I got was a dirty look out of it. 
 8)
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Post by: KenveeB on February 27, 2011, 07:12:34 PM
the bending in corsets thing is sooo overblown

I know a lady that wears heavy corsets with her SCA garb and I watch her put up and take down tents and all manner of other work in what to me would seem to be a very constricting garment.  http://www.elizabethancostume.net/effigy.htm  this is her and the garment in question.  and when I said something to the effect of how do you move? she reached down and touched her toes (standing)

so I guess a lot has to do with how it is made and is it made for YOU

Yup, I can bend over just fine in my corset.  And walk around outdoors all day, including an hour of marching in the Texas early summer heat. ;)  I wouldn't call it pleasant, but it can be done.  The one thing I've learned absolutely NOT to do is drink anything carbonated.  Owwwwwwwww.
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Post by: guihong on February 27, 2011, 07:39:29 PM
Re: corsets during pregnancy:  when Scarlett O'Hara is in early pregnancy with the baby she miscarries (during the argument with Rhett), she's corseted but just starting to show around her waist.  Same with the brief glimpse of Astor's pregnant wife in Titanic; in real life she was around 4-5 months, so just starting to bulge.  Women in polite society probably "didn't go outside" later on because they had to let it hang out, so to speak  ;D. 

My question: How do the women on Survivor handle that time, if they're on there for more than a few weeks?  They're always running around in skimpy suits on camera.  My obvious guess is that the medical staff onsite has supplies.

At least on The Amazing Race, they're almost always near civilization.  But that would be a giant pain (no pun intended) to deal with. Maybe some kind of temporary pill?

gui
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Post by: Elfmama on February 27, 2011, 08:03:07 PM
In place of soap - you get one of those puffy things made out of net, wet it down, squirt on some body wash, work the net thingy between your hands until you get suds, and then scrub away. It can be less drying to the skin than soap, and you also don't end up with those little bits of soap that are too small to use.
They're NEVER too small to use! :D  I regularly raid DH's shower for those slivers to use in fabric arts like quilting -- they make a wonderful marking tool to mark dark fabrics.  You get a nice thin line that doesn't brush off like chalk, but does wash off with just a bit of water.  If the edge gets dull, you take them into the bathroom and wash your hands to 'sharpen' them.
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Post by: Suze on February 27, 2011, 08:08:16 PM
or you do what I do -- when the little piece is wet and soft just "stick" it on another bar of soap

you get the "full bar" and use up the scrap at the same time.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on February 27, 2011, 08:15:59 PM
To thaw the milk, you can put it in the fridge overnight if you have time.  If you need it thawed immediately, you can heat some water, then put the frozen bag/bottle into the hot water to thaw.  I do the same thing, although obviously for less time, to heat the milk up.  You'll want to shake it around a bit, obviously, to get it evenly mixed and avoid hot spots.  You're never supposed to heat it directly in the microwave.
Absolutely NEVER NEVER NEVER! Grandson#2 was badly burned as a newborn when DD's friend put his bottle in the microwave.  It was one of those bottles that used disposable plastic bag inserts; when she took it out it exploded and showered both Friend and GS2 with milk estimated to be about 140oF (60oC). Mostly second-degree burns, but there were several spots of 3rd degree. He still has scars on his legs and is super-sensitive to pain.

And we considered it lucky that the bag DID explode.  Can you imagine what milk at that temperature would do to an infant's mouth and esophagus?  :'(
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 27, 2011, 08:17:29 PM
Why don't fortune cookies actually have "fortunes" in them anymore? All the ones I get now (and not just from one place - different places) have proverbs or little sayings instead of fortunes.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on February 27, 2011, 09:20:13 PM
Why don't fortune cookies actually have "fortunes" in them anymore? All the ones I get now (and not just from one place - different places) have proverbs or little sayings instead of fortunes.



I HATE those!  I grumble every time I get a non-fortune "fortune."
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on February 27, 2011, 09:36:01 PM
Why don't fortune cookies actually have "fortunes" in them anymore? All the ones I get now (and not just from one place - different places) have proverbs or little sayings instead of fortunes.



I HATE those!  I grumble every time I get a non-fortune "fortune."

Ah, yes. But sometimes so appropriate. We have one posted on the board at our bar now that says:

            The definition of courage is to have an open bar.

I may point that our to engaged couples.

That's a whole lot better that 'You will meet a dark stranger and come into money and a storm will sink your boat.'!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Firecat on February 27, 2011, 10:02:22 PM
the bending in corsets thing is sooo overblown

I know a lady that wears heavy corsets with her SCA garb and I watch her put up and take down tents and all manner of other work in what to me would seem to be a very constricting garment.  http://www.elizabethancostume.net/effigy.htm  this is her and the garment in question.  and when I said something to the effect of how do you move? she reached down and touched her toes (standing)

so I guess a lot has to do with how it is made and is it made for YOU

Yup, I can bend over just fine in my corset.  And walk around outdoors all day, including an hour of marching in the Texas early summer heat. ;)  I wouldn't call it pleasant, but it can be done.  The one thing I've learned absolutely NOT to do is drink anything carbonated.  Owwwwwwwww.

I actually prefer wearing my bodice out to our local Renaissance Festival. The extra back support is a wonderful, wonderful thing. I can walk around out there and my lower back will not hurt a bit afterwards. Now I just need to save up and get my Catskill boots so my feet will be equally pampered out there.
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Post by: Iris on February 27, 2011, 10:18:58 PM
the bending in corsets thing is sooo overblown

I know a lady that wears heavy corsets with her SCA garb and I watch her put up and take down tents and all manner of other work in what to me would seem to be a very constricting garment.  http://www.elizabethancostume.net/effigy.htm  this is her and the garment in question.  and when I said something to the effect of how do you move? she reached down and touched her toes (standing)

so I guess a lot has to do with how it is made and is it made for YOU

Yup, I can bend over just fine in my corset.  And walk around outdoors all day, including an hour of marching in the Texas early summer heat. ;)  I wouldn't call it pleasant, but it can be done.  The one thing I've learned absolutely NOT to do is drink anything carbonated.  Owwwwwwwww.

I actually prefer wearing my bodice out to our local Renaissance Festival. The extra back support is a wonderful, wonderful thing. I can walk around out there and my lower back will not hurt a bit afterwards. Now I just need to save up and get my Catskill boots so my feet will be equally pampered out there.

I have a corsolette (sp?) for under one of my more formal dresses which is perfectly fine to move in at a formal event but the 'boning' is made from modern materials. IIRC the early ones were iron or steel? Even then I would not want to do housework in mine because although it is fine for standing/walking etc it doesn't allow your torso to contract so although I can bend it is quite a stiff and unnatural bend.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: deety on February 27, 2011, 10:36:10 PM

Oh, and now I have a question. Am I the only one who doesn't brush their teeth right when they wake up? I get why you would want to, but I cannot imagine trying to eat or drink anything after with everything tasting like minty toothpaste.  :-\ Like toothpaste plus orange juice equals BLECH!

Ah, memories... minty Cheerios.   ;D  In middle school, our house had one bathroom on the second floor, right next to the bedrooms.  To get ready for school I would get up, get dressed, hit the bathroom for the usual morning things, including brushing my teeth, go downstairs to the kitchen for breakfast, then out to the bus stop.  Maximized for the most sleep, no going back upstairs.  I didn't (couldn't) really taste anything until I was halfway done with the cereal, and I just got accustomed to the minty milk.  Then I liked it.

(I have been known to brush my teeth before I eat Cheerios even now. I'm thirty-*cough*)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: judecat on February 27, 2011, 11:18:09 PM
^ rags, I think. Washed out and re-used.
Just a small factoid -- modern disposable sanitary napkins were not developed until WWI -- the army nurses started using wound dressings for the purpose.  Before that they used re-usable washable cloth rags.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kath68 on February 27, 2011, 11:21:21 PM
What does "stupid is as stupid does" mean?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on February 27, 2011, 11:26:19 PM

Oh, and now I have a question. Am I the only one who doesn't brush their teeth right when they wake up? I get why you would want to, but I cannot imagine trying to eat or drink anything after with everything tasting like minty toothpaste.  :-\ Like toothpaste plus orange juice equals BLECH!

Meanwhile, I can't stand to eat or drink anything with my teeth all grungy from from overnight. I like to eat with a fresh mouth. I wouldn't go straight to orange juice from toothpaste/mouthwash, but toast or a cracker or a handful of cereal first takes care of that.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on February 27, 2011, 11:30:40 PM
What does "stupid is as stupid does" mean?

It means a person is really only as "stupid" as the stupid acts he commits.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Baxter on February 27, 2011, 11:33:54 PM
How many bath towels should a family of 4 own? 
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 27, 2011, 11:34:53 PM
What does "stupid is as stupid does" mean?

It means that stupidity is demonstrated by stupid acts. If you act stupid, people will think you're stupid.

It also meant a heck of a lot of money for Tom Hanks by saying it! ;)

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on February 27, 2011, 11:44:09 PM
Corset design also changed during the Victorian period - up until then, the corset really only came down as far as the ribcage.  It wasn't until bustles came into fashion (and steel became available) that corsets starting being an "arrow" shape, covering the entire stomach and hip area.  They just didn't have the construction materials to make them like that before the 1850's (1860's?).  So a pregnant woman could wear a corset several months into the pregnancy without too much trouble, as long as she didn't lace it as tightly.

As for quotes: if you want to quote someone directly, type [quote]Whatever they said[/quote].  If you want to include their name, do it as [quote="TheirName"]Whatever they said[/quote] and it will come out as

Quote from: Theirname
Whatever they said

My dumb question: you know that little tab on your rear view mirror?  The one in the middle on the bottom?  (Picture (http://www.jaworski.net/blog/RearviewMirror.jpg) to refresh your memory.)  You know how at night, you can flip that little tab thingy and it makes the headlights in your rear view mirror be not as bright?  How does it do that?  I assume it's something about having a double mirror inside, or something, so you're changing the angle - but I've never had the opportunity to take apart a rear-vew mirror to look.  And now DH's car has one without the little tab, and I don't know if it's supposed to do something automatically, or if he's just supposed to deal with some idiot with his brights on behind him . . .
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on February 28, 2011, 12:05:11 AM
How many bath towels should a family of 4 own? 

Minimum 2 per person. For less frequent laundry, I'd try to own 4 per person, more if storage space isn't a consideration.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hkkatie on February 28, 2011, 12:31:12 AM
How many bath towels should a family of 4 own? 

Minimum 2 per person. For less frequent laundry, I'd try to own 4 per person, more if storage space isn't a consideration.

Agreed. It's always good to have a few spares around. Also, if you are washing them frequently, might be better to have more to rotate through so they don't get worn out too quickly.


How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop??? :) Have any of you actually done it?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thr
Post by: Iris on February 28, 2011, 12:45:01 AM
How many bath towels should a family of 4 own? 

Eight million. But I'm just going by the rate DD1&2 use them up.

Quote from: Slartibartfast link=topic=91249.msg2212276#msg2212276
My dumb question: you know that little tab on your rear view mirror?  The one in the middle on the bottom? You know how at night, you can flip that little tab thingy and it makes the headlights in your rear view mirror be not as bright?  How does it do that?

I always assumed that the ceiling of the car was reflective enough to reflect the headlights enough to make the lights visible when you pointed the mirror up. A double mirror never occurred to me, although it makes much more sense. Now I want to know too!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thr
Post by: StarDrifter on February 28, 2011, 12:56:28 AM
How many bath towels should a family of 4 own? 

Eight million. But I'm just going by the rate DD1&2 use them up.

Quote from: Slartibartfast link=topic=91249.msg2212276#msg2212276
My dumb question: you know that little tab on your rear view mirror?  The one in the middle on the bottom? You know how at night, you can flip that little tab thingy and it makes the headlights in your rear view mirror be not as bright?  How does it do that?

I always assumed that the ceiling of the car was reflective enough to reflect the headlights enough to make the lights visible when you pointed the mirror up. A double mirror never occurred to me, although it makes much more sense. Now I want to know too!


I asked my Dad (a mechanic). The rearview mirror is double glazed and polarized. This means when you flip it up it's a second layer of glass and polarization will make the bright lights less bright.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarFaerie on February 28, 2011, 01:31:22 AM

My dumb question: you know that little tab on your rear view mirror?  The one in the middle on the bottom?  (Picture (http://www.jaworski.net/blog/RearviewMirror.jpg) to refresh your memory.)  You know how at night, you can flip that little tab thingy and it makes the headlights in your rear view mirror be not as bright?  How does it do that?  I assume it's something about having a double mirror inside, or something, so you're changing the angle - but I've never had the opportunity to take apart a rear-vew mirror to look.  And now DH's car has one without the little tab, and I don't know if it's supposed to do something automatically, or if he's just supposed to deal with some idiot with his brights on behind him . . .
I asked my Dad (a mechanic). The rearview mirror is double glazed and polarized. This means when you flip it up it's a second layer of glass and polarization will make the bright lights less bright.


Yep and you don't have a problem with the reflection from the front mirror because it's just reflecting the dark car roof.

New mirrors have an electrochromic layer at the front which darkens when electricity is passed through it and they have a light sensor which detects the brightness and tells the computer to dim the mirror.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 28, 2011, 01:35:49 AM
Ok, to expand on the rearview mirror thing, so it doesn't reflect back to the car behind you thereby letting them know they need to turn their brights off? Maybe that was always just wishful thinking on my part. But, I kinda wondered if they could tell that I'd had to "mute" their lights.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MariaE on February 28, 2011, 02:29:28 AM
Continuing the 'rag' questions - what is the 'belt' Margaret uses in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret"? I'm probably showing my age here, but that's the only place I've ever heard of it.
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Post by: marcel on February 28, 2011, 02:55:55 AM
Why do most people use cold water to brush their teeth?  In other things (our bodies, laundry, dishes, etc.) we use warm or hot water to get things cleaner.  Why don't most people use warm or hot water when cleaning their teeth too?  Is toothpaste formulated to work better with cold water?
I do not brush my teeth with water, I brush my teeth with toothpaste.
I only use water to rinse my toothbrush in advance, and I rinse my mouth and toothbrush afterwards with water, but that is different from other cleaning activities where I actually use the water during cleaning.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: HappilyInsane on February 28, 2011, 02:56:39 AM
Continuing the 'rag' questions - what is the 'belt' Margaret uses in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret"? I'm probably showing my age here, but that's the only place I've ever heard of it.

Before the days of the pads with adhesive on the bottom to hold them to your underwear, you had to use a "belt". Basically it was similar to a garter belt except it had the strings in the middle instead of on the sides. The pads had a tail on the front and back that went through a loop on the string to hold them in place.

Example here (NSFW) http://www.mum.org/insideMUM1.htm

(Who knew there was a "Museum of Menstruation?)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MariaE on February 28, 2011, 03:02:03 AM
Ah! I should have guessed. Thanks.

... and somehow it doesn't come as a surprise to me that there is such a museum ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: ClaireC79 on February 28, 2011, 03:22:43 AM
The letter referred to my due date as "EDC" - "Expected Date of Confinement."

My now 8 year old was born at home and had a renal abnormality (diagnosed prenatally) her paedatric notes have HOME CONFINEMENT in bold letters on the front (because obviously it's the place of birth that means she only has one kidney, I must have lost it down the sofa or something
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarFaerie on February 28, 2011, 03:36:18 AM
Ok, to expand on the rearview mirror thing, so it doesn't reflect back to the car behind you thereby letting them know they need to turn their brights off? Maybe that was always just wishful thinking on my part. But, I kinda wondered if they could tell that I'd had to "mute" their lights.



Unfortunately no. That would not be safe, or really possible.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Suze on February 28, 2011, 04:05:54 AM
Corset design also changed during the Victorian period - up until then, the corset really only came down as far as the ribcage.  It wasn't until bustles came into fashion (and steel became available) that corsets starting being an "arrow" shape, covering the entire stomach and hip area.  They just didn't have the construction materials to make them like that before the 1850's (1860's?).  So a pregnant woman could wear a corset several months into the pregnancy without too much trouble, as long as she didn't lace it as tightly.


ummm the link I posted up-thread was a reproduction of a corset Elizabeth the first wore.

the front V comes almost down to the crotch.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: blue2000 on February 28, 2011, 04:34:42 AM
Ok, to expand on the rearview mirror thing, so it doesn't reflect back to the car behind you thereby letting them know they need to turn their brights off? Maybe that was always just wishful thinking on my part. But, I kinda wondered if they could tell that I'd had to "mute" their lights.



The car behind you may see the reflection if they are paying close attention.

But I have driven with someone who has *ahem* problems with manners and road rage. If he was paying attention, it was because he was trying to bother you with the lights. People like that aren't going to lower them.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 28, 2011, 09:05:40 AM
In the Tracy Lawrence song "Paint Me A Birmingham," what is a Birmingham? I know it's a city in Alabama, but that doesn't seem to fit the song.  ???

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Post by: StarDrifter on February 28, 2011, 09:08:21 AM
Corset design also changed during the Victorian period - up until then, the corset really only came down as far as the ribcage.  It wasn't until bustles came into fashion (and steel became available) that corsets starting being an "arrow" shape, covering the entire stomach and hip area.  They just didn't have the construction materials to make them like that before the 1850's (1860's?).  So a pregnant woman could wear a corset several months into the pregnancy without too much trouble, as long as she didn't lace it as tightly.


ummm the link I posted up-thread was a reproduction of a corset Elizabeth the first wore.

the front V comes almost down to the crotch.

with regard to corsets - designs and fashions varied wildly from 'station to station' so to speak - Royalty and members of the Court in England would have worn vastly different corsetry to that of your everyday non-noble, and then French fashion was different again.

I may be mistaken, but I believe the reason Elizabeth I wore long-line corsets was to emphasize the fact that she wasn't pregnant - and didn't intend to produce any heirs? They were certainly available, but before steel was widely available they would be made of whalebones (read= very very expensive) and so minor nobles would have worn shorter corsetry simply because it was cheaper to buy three whalebones and have them hewn to shorter lengths to pinch in just the waist, whereas royalty would have had a half dozen sets of bone at their disposal to make long-line garments.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Shopaholic on February 28, 2011, 09:22:48 AM
There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?

I mean, does it mean that the metaphorical "ship" is going down or that the people leaving it are rats?

Regarding menstruation:
I read that in ancient Egypt the tampon was debuted when high-class women began sticking bits of cotton inside.
There is that book "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant - the title references the tent that women were confined to during their period.
IIRC, they would sit on straw mats which were later burned.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: wyozozo on February 28, 2011, 09:27:56 AM
Quote
True. But if you want to quote something earlier than what is available from the most recent replies page . . . Say that there's a 4-pg thread and you want to quote someone from Pg 2 . . . Is there a way to do this? Once you're in "reply" mode?
 
 
You mean like this?

Right above the smilies in the reply mode, there is a quote button. I just copy and paste the part of the conversation I want to quote between the code that the button puts in for me. I'm sure that's clear as mud.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: rose red on February 28, 2011, 09:39:22 AM
Continuing the 'rag' questions - what is the 'belt' Margaret uses in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret"? I'm probably showing my age here, but that's the only place I've ever heard of it.

Before the days of the pads with adhesive on the bottom to hold them to your underwear, you had to use a "belt". Basically it was similar to a garter belt except it had the strings in the middle instead of on the sides. The pads had a tail on the front and back that went through a loop on the string to hold them in place.

Example here (NSFW) http://www.mum.org/insideMUM1.htm

(Who knew there was a "Museum of Menstruation?)

I have to interrupt to say I'm disappointed the newer editions of the book changed from the belt to adhesives.  It was such an interesting glimpse of what women had available as "recent" as the 1970's.  I'm glad to have an older copy.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfqueen13 on February 28, 2011, 09:40:44 AM
Corset design also changed during the Victorian period - up until then, the corset really only came down as far as the ribcage.  It wasn't until bustles came into fashion (and steel became available) that corsets starting being an "arrow" shape, covering the entire stomach and hip area.  They just didn't have the construction materials to make them like that before the 1850's (1860's?).  So a pregnant woman could wear a corset several months into the pregnancy without too much trouble, as long as she didn't lace it as tightly.


ummm the link I posted up-thread was a reproduction of a corset Elizabeth the first wore.

the front V comes almost down to the crotch.

Corsets changed as waistlines changed.  The earlier corsets (circa 1520) came to the natural waist because that's where the gown waist was.  Elizabethan court wear was not safe to bend in (although away from court everything was less exaggerated).  By 1610 high waists were in and the corset moved with it.  Back down over the 17th and 18th centuries, up in the early 1800s, back down starting in the 1840s and drifting lower and lower until the early 1900s when they came down sometimes over the buttocks before mostly disappearing in the 1920s.  How a corset affected pregnancy had a whole lot to do with the fashions for non-pregnant women.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfqueen13 on February 28, 2011, 09:42:57 AM
In the Tracy Lawrence song "Paint Me A Birmingham," what is a Birmingham? I know it's a city in Alabama, but that doesn't seem to fit the song.  ???


I think it's a kind of architectural style but not one that's used much anymore.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: CakeBeret on February 28, 2011, 10:15:58 AM
How many bath towels should a family of 4 own? 

We have 8 'nice' bath towels (2 adults, 1 baby) plus about 10 junky towels. We use the junky towels for mopping up huge messes, or if all the nice bath towels are dirty.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: marcel on February 28, 2011, 10:25:26 AM
There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?

I mean, does it mean that the metaphorical "ship" is going down or that the people leaving it are rats?
It is only saying that people are leaving the methaphorical ship, not that they are rats.
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Post by: DottyG on February 28, 2011, 10:29:48 AM
Y'all are asking some great questions!  I'm learning a lot!

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Post by: DangerMouth on February 28, 2011, 10:41:01 AM
There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?

I mean, does it mean that the metaphorical "ship" is going down or that the people leaving it are rats?
It is only saying that people are leaving the methaphorical ship, not that they are rats.


I think it can be meant both ways. Rats are uninvited, they do no work for what they take, and the moment the party's over, they run off.

OTOH, everyone leaves a sinking ship, except the captain, who traditionally 'goes down with it'.

So that's my question- are captains really supposed to go down with their ship?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: blue2000 on February 28, 2011, 10:57:53 AM
There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?

I mean, does it mean that the metaphorical "ship" is going down or that the people leaving it are rats?
It is only saying that people are leaving the methaphorical ship, not that they are rats.


I think it can be meant both ways. Rats are uninvited, they do no work for what they take, and the moment the party's over, they run off.

OTOH, everyone leaves a sinking ship, except the captain, who traditionally 'goes down with it'.

So that's my question- are captains really supposed to go down with their ship?

IIRC, they are supposed to be the last one off. So if that means going down with the ship, yes.

Some co-workers were discussing a recent sunken ship, and how the captain was one of the first ones off, not the last. I guess he caught heck for that.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Pinky830 on February 28, 2011, 11:33:49 AM
There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?

I mean, does it mean that the metaphorical "ship" is going down or that the people leaving it are rats?
It is only saying that people are leaving the methaphorical ship, not that they are rats.


I think it means that if everyone is fleeing (a company, etc.) it's probably because they can tell the thing they are fleeing is doomed, and you should think about fleeing too.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on February 28, 2011, 12:05:19 PM
With the captain thing, there is actually no rule that says the captain must stay with the ship while it sinks.

There is also no rule that says women and children must get off first.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Firecat on February 28, 2011, 12:47:03 PM
There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?

I mean, does it mean that the metaphorical "ship" is going down or that the people leaving it are rats?



In the days of old wooden ships, rats in the cargo holds were pretty common (one of the reasons a ship's cat was popular). So, if the ship was starting to sink, the rats would know first because of the water coming in, and would come up running up out of the holds, trying to get off the ship.

So I think the expression can be used both ways. It can mean that the people leaving are "abandoning ship" as they perceive that it may be "sinking." And it can mean that the people leaving a bad situation first are "rats," as they're the first to leave when things get dicey.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Giggity on February 28, 2011, 01:06:56 PM
Back down over the 17th and 18th centuries, up in the early 1800s, back down starting in the 1840s and drifting lower and lower until the early 1900s when they came down sometimes over the buttocks before mostly disappearing in the 1920s.

How did they ... um ... oh, I don't think I even want to know.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfqueen13 on February 28, 2011, 01:14:31 PM
Back down over the 17th and 18th centuries, up in the early 1800s, back down starting in the 1840s and drifting lower and lower until the early 1900s when they came down sometimes over the buttocks before mostly disappearing in the 1920s.

How did they ... um ... oh, I don't think I even want to know.

Carefully. Very, very carefully.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Shopaholic on February 28, 2011, 01:15:02 PM
Back down over the 17th and 18th centuries, up in the early 1800s, back down starting in the 1840s and drifting lower and lower until the early 1900s when they came down sometimes over the buttocks before mostly disappearing in the 1920s.

How did they ... um ... oh, I don't think I even want to know.

A lady doesn't do such things!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Sterling on February 28, 2011, 01:16:31 PM
As far as lacing ones on coset.  I have one that hooks in front and laces in back.  It is steel boned.  If Ileave it tighly laced I can't hook the front by myself.  But If I hook it thenpull the laces I can actually pull the laces tight enough to be proper and give myself a smaller waist.  I I want the truely "tight" lace look then yes someone has to help.

However if you go the "tight" lace route you really couldn't do all your household chores so maids wouldn't have done that.  I don't usually do mine that way because when I wear them I am going dancing and I want to be able to move.  I also sometimes want to wear mine to work because I love the way they feel on my back.  They really are supportive.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: EngineerChick on February 28, 2011, 01:55:52 PM
OTOH, everyone leaves a sinking ship, except the captain, who traditionally 'goes down with it'.

So that's my question- are captains really supposed to go down with their ship?

IIRC, they are supposed to be the last one off. So if that means going down with the ship, yes.

Some co-workers were discussing a recent sunken ship, and how the captain was one of the first ones off, not the last. I guess he caught heck for that.

One famous case of the captain catching heck for leaving the ship early was the sinking of the MTS Oceanos, where the passengers were rescued due to the efforts of the ship's entertainers, as the crew had already left the ship.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTS_Oceanos  There was a very interesting study of this case on the Discovery Channel a few years ago.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tnpenguinbaby on February 28, 2011, 02:19:52 PM
In the Tracy Lawrence song "Paint Me A Birmingham," what is a Birmingham? I know it's a city in Alabama, but that doesn't seem to fit the song.  ???

Based on the chorus, I think he wants the artist to paint him a picture of his lost love and they lived in Birmingham.   I am a fairly literal thinker so I could be missing a whole level, however!

Well could you Paint Me A Birmingham
Make it look just the way I planned
A little house on the edge of town
Porch goin’ all the way around
Put her there in the front yard swing
Cotton dress make it, early spring
For awhile she’ll be, mine again
If you can Paint Me A Birmingham.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on February 28, 2011, 02:38:47 PM
There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?

I mean, does it mean that the metaphorical "ship" is going down or that the people leaving it are rats?



In the days of old wooden ships, rats in the cargo holds were pretty common (one of the reasons a ship's cat was popular). So, if the ship was starting to sink, the rats would know first because of the water coming in, and would come up running up out of the holds, trying to get off the ship.

So I think the expression can be used both ways. It can mean that the people leaving are "abandoning ship" as they perceive that it may be "sinking." And it can mean that the people leaving a bad situation first are "rats," as they're the first to leave when things get dicey.

This. I thought it was just a simile based on the actual event. There could be a LOT of rats on those ships, so there'd be lots of rats getting out.

Hence "Like rats leaving a sinking ship" - lots all bailing out at once in a complete hurry with no thought to anyone else.

or

"Like rats leaving a sinking ship" - naturally the rats were abandoning ship first thing, while the humans were still doing all the sailor-y things that people do to save a ship. So also refers to someone(s) deserting straight away without any thought to the other people in the situation.

So I always thought it could be a metaphor for lots of people leaving at once in a hurry, or a negative comment on conduct, or a combination of the two.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Twik on February 28, 2011, 02:46:03 PM
With the captain thing, there is actually no rule that says the captain must stay with the ship while it sinks.

There is also no rule that says women and children must get off first.

No, but it is in general assumed that when there are crew and passengers, the professionals (crew) stay until all passengers are safe. You kind of want the people who know how to work emergency systems to hang around long enough to put them in place. In the Greek cruiseliner sinking someone mentioned above, the passengers had to rely on the band to tell them what to do.

As far as the captain going down with his ship, as opposed to being the last one to leave, that was never a rule, more a matter of professional pride.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on February 28, 2011, 05:49:58 PM
There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?

I mean, does it mean that the metaphorical "ship" is going down or that the people leaving it are rats?

Regarding menstruation:
I read that in ancient Egypt the tampon was debuted when high-class women began sticking bits of cotton inside.
There is that book "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant - the title references the tent that women were confined to during their period.
IIRC, they would sit on straw mats which were later burned.


Leviticus 12 and Leviticus 15 have rules for Old Testament women on their periods, too - they're "unclean" for a week, and anyone who touches them or touches what they've been sitting or lying on is unclean until the end of the day.  "Unclean" in this case is a ceremonial thing, sort of, but it's also a practical issue.  (Many of the Jewish laws had practical scientific reasons - preventing the spread of disease, keeping food from spoiling, ensuring proper nutrition, etc.)  If you don't have a good way to keep menstrual blood contained, and you live in a hot climate with no good disease control, it makes sense for the person who is bleeding to be effectively quarantined for a while.  (There's a section for men who have "discharges," too.)

It did come in handy at least once - Rachel* hid some valuables in her seat cushion and sat on them, and when her father came looking for them she claimed it was her time of the month so he wouldn't touch the cushion and thus didn't find them.

*Woman from Genesis - Jacob meets her and falls in love, and agrees to work for her father for seven years so he can marry her.  The father tricks him into marrying her older sister Leah, so Jacob had to stay and work for her father for another seven years so he can marry Rachel too.  Then Rachel can't conceive so she gives Jacob her maidservant, and then Leah gives Jacob her maidservant, and Jacob ends up with four wives and twelve sons and Andrew Lloyd Weber wrote a musical about their dysfunctional family  :P
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 28, 2011, 05:58:45 PM
and Jacob ends up with four wives and twelve sons and Andrew Lloyd Weber wrote a musical about their dysfunctional family  :P

The way you phrased this made me laugh! :D

And, I love that play!  I've seen it several times now.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tnpenguinbaby on February 28, 2011, 06:00:12 PM
The Red Tent is such an outstanding book.  It's one of several that I make a point to re-read on a regular basis.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tallone on February 28, 2011, 06:22:18 PM
Is it really so dangerous to live in Australia? I have friends from there who I'm sure are trying to scare me when they talk about spiders and snakes, crocodiles and sharks etc etc etc and that I shouldn't come over because so many people aren't prepared and die.

But it doesn't seem to be in the news that all these naive tourists are dying over there so I think they're making it up!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Giggity on February 28, 2011, 06:28:55 PM
One of my landmen just took a job in Perth. It's supposed to run three to five years. I'll keep you posted re his welfare and what awfulness he encounters, besides the undeniable horror (to him) that the nearest Starbucks is like 1800 miles away.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dazi on February 28, 2011, 06:33:25 PM
I don't have any questions yet, but I am sure I will.   ;)  This is a great thread.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Pinky830 on February 28, 2011, 06:39:54 PM
Is it really so dangerous to live in Australia? I have friends from there who I'm sure are trying to scare me when they talk about spiders and snakes, crocodiles and sharks etc etc etc and that I shouldn't come over because so many people aren't prepared and die.

But it doesn't seem to be in the news that all these naive tourists are dying over there so I think they're making it up!

I look forward to hearing from out Oz ehellions, but Bill Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country" definitely makes Australia sound like a deathtrap. A beautiful and charming deathtrap, though.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on February 28, 2011, 07:13:20 PM
With the captain thing, there is actually no rule that says the captain must stay with the ship while it sinks.

There is also no rule that says women and children must get off first.

No, but it is in general assumed that when there are crew and passengers, the professionals (crew) stay until all passengers are safe. You kind of want the people who know how to work emergency systems to hang around long enough to put them in place. In the Greek cruiseliner sinking someone mentioned above, the passengers had to rely on the band to tell them what to do.

As far as the captain going down with his ship, as opposed to being the last one to leave, that was never a rule, more a matter of professional pride.

Oh yes, I know. I just remember reading recently somewhere how many people were surprised that there isn't an official rule regarding those things. So that captain didn't technically do anything wrong rule-wise, but...well, looked like an absolute jerk, anyway. ::)


I have friends who live in Australia. It seems like yes, it IS a death trap. Particularly with huntsman spiders! :o *shudders*
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MommyPenguin on February 28, 2011, 07:30:27 PM
Have you guys ever heard of the ship that was the origin of the phrase "women and children first?"  Reading the account always makes me tear up.  The HMS Birkenhead, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Birkenhead_%281845%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Birkenhead_%281845%29).  Basically, the ship did not have enough lifeboats for everybody on board, so the women and children were evacuated first while the men stood fast aboard.  After the ship broke in two, the captain called out that all those who could swim should leap overboard and make for the boats.  However, it was a military ship, and the military commander gave the soldiers their final order... to stand firm.  He knew that if they dove overboard and made for the lifeboats, in their panic they would overturn the lifeboats and the women and children would be killed.  Three men disregarded the order and jumped and swam for the boats anyway, but the rest of the men stood there on that ship as it broke into pieces, exhibiting a bravery that is just incredible.

Some of the men did survive, swimming to shore after the destruction of the boat, which is why we know all the details.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarDrifter on February 28, 2011, 07:42:07 PM
Is it really so dangerous to live in Australia? I have friends from there who I'm sure are trying to scare me when they talk about spiders and snakes, crocodiles and sharks etc etc etc and that I shouldn't come over because so many people aren't prepared and die.

But it doesn't seem to be in the news that all these naive tourists are dying over there so I think they're making it up!

It's not hugely dangerous - except to people who are Darwin Award candidates no matter where they go.

We do have venomous snakes - but most of them live in deserts and bushland; places that are largely uninhabited.

We certainly have venomous spiders (huntsman's don't fall into that category) and they certainly are dangerous, but it's hammered into kids from as early as preschool/kindergarten (so, age 3 or 4) that you DO NOT TOUCH the spider with the pretty red stripe! Because redbacks are common even in the inner city pretty much everyone knows to leave them alone, or spray them with the bug killer before you get rid of them.

Crocodiles only live up north, and it's always well signposted that they're known to be/have been sighted in the area. Idiots who climb onto the croc traps for 'pretty photos' deserve to lose the hand they are teasing a 12-foot killing machine with.

We also have blue-ringed octopi and box-jellyfish (the 'Squishy' in Nemo is a box-jellyfish) but every surf-lifesaver is trained in how to treat the stings.

Then there's the sharks, but they mostly ignore people.

Realistically, the most dangerous animals (to tourists who don't know better) are probably the kangaroos, because people think they're harmless, but the middle toenail on their back foot is about two to four inches long and usually fairly sharp - male kangaroos who are fighting over a female during mating season can disembowel each other with them, and every year or so a story surfaces about a tourist thinking it'll be funny to try and 'box' with a kangaroo, and getting sliced from neck to navel when the roo kicks them in self-defense.

When I put it like that (and these are just off the top of my head) Australia really does sound insanely dangerous! But then you also need to consider that the Australian continent is roughly the same size as the Continental US and we only have 20 million people living here; the large majority of the continent is uninhabited.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on February 28, 2011, 07:48:10 PM
Continuing the 'rag' questions - what is the 'belt' Margaret uses in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret"? I'm probably showing my age here, but that's the only place I've ever heard of it.

Before the days of the pads with adhesive on the bottom to hold them to your underwear, you had to use a "belt". Basically it was similar to a garter belt except it had the strings in the middle instead of on the sides. The pads had a tail on the front and back that went through a loop on the string to hold them in place.

Example here (NSFW) http://www.mum.org/insideMUM1.htm

(Who knew there was a "Museum of Menstruation?)

And if you were wearing shorts - you needed to take great care that the back "tail" was securely tucked downward......
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Suze on February 28, 2011, 07:51:55 PM
Continuing the 'rag' questions - what is the 'belt' Margaret uses in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret"? I'm probably showing my age here, but that's the only place I've ever heard of it.

Before the days of the pads with adhesive on the bottom to hold them to your underwear, you had to use a "belt". Basically it was similar to a garter belt except it had the strings in the middle instead of on the sides. The pads had a tail on the front and back that went through a loop on the string to hold them in place.

Example here (NSFW) http://www.mum.org/insideMUM1.htm

(Who knew there was a "Museum of Menstruation?)

And if you were wearing shorts - you needed to take great care that the back "tail" was securely tucked downward......

which beats me why anybody wants to wear thong underwear...

I only had to wear a belt a few times (thank goodness for sticky backs) and that was enough "butt floss" for the rest of my life.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tallone on February 28, 2011, 08:06:54 PM
Is it really so dangerous to live in Australia? I have friends from there who I'm sure are trying to scare me when they talk about spiders and snakes, crocodiles and sharks etc etc etc and that I shouldn't come over because so many people aren't prepared and die.

But it doesn't seem to be in the news that all these naive tourists are dying over there so I think they're making it up!

It's not hugely dangerous - except to people who are Darwin Award candidates no matter where they go.

We do have venomous snakes - but most of them live in deserts and bushland; places that are largely uninhabited.

We certainly have venomous spiders (huntsman's don't fall into that category) and they certainly are dangerous, but it's hammered into kids from as early as preschool/kindergarten (so, age 3 or 4) that you DO NOT TOUCH the spider with the pretty red stripe! Because redbacks are common even in the inner city pretty much everyone knows to leave them alone, or spray them with the bug killer before you get rid of them.

Crocodiles only live up north, and it's always well signposted that they're known to be/have been sighted in the area. Idiots who climb onto the croc traps for 'pretty photos' deserve to lose the hand they are teasing a 12-foot killing machine with.

We also have blue-ringed octopi and box-jellyfish (the 'Squishy' in Nemo is a box-jellyfish) but every surf-lifesaver is trained in how to treat the stings.

Then there's the sharks, but they mostly ignore people.

Realistically, the most dangerous animals (to tourists who don't know better) are probably the kangaroos, because people think they're harmless, but the middle toenail on their back foot is about two to four inches long and usually fairly sharp - male kangaroos who are fighting over a female during mating season can disembowel each other with them, and every year or so a story surfaces about a tourist thinking it'll be funny to try and 'box' with a kangaroo, and getting sliced from neck to navel when the roo kicks them in self-defense.

When I put it like that (and these are just off the top of my head) Australia really does sound insanely dangerous! But then you also need to consider that the Australian continent is roughly the same size as the Continental US and we only have 20 million people living here; the large majority of the continent is uninhabited.


See, I thought so. Americans don't go crazy about how wolves and bears eat everybody up (though they generally could!) It's just every continent has it's dangers to look out for. Still hard not to seem gullible if EVERY aussie I know says the same thing..is it like the national joke or something?  ;)

Then again, if a large part is uninhabited...I assume there's a Spiderpeople or Snakepeople Empire out there, undiscovered and waiting to strike.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on February 28, 2011, 08:33:35 PM
^ and don't forget the drop bears ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: snowfire on February 28, 2011, 08:44:55 PM
I'll just toss them a jackalope or two to keep them ocupied.  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Julian on February 28, 2011, 08:45:23 PM
^ and don't forget the drop bears ;D

and the hoop snakes!   ;D

The urbanised parts of Australia are pretty tame - the occasional redback spider or poisonous snake, and as anna_garny said, we're taught from a young age to not touch.

Crocs can be a problem up in the tropical north, particularly with the recent floods - they're tending to move out of their normal range.  Crocs are usually territorial, and stay in the same area for decades.

Irukandji jellyfish are a problem up north too - tiny little jellyfish with a deadly sting.

Huntsman spiders are big, hairy and ugly - and, unless you're arachnophobic with a dicky ticker, essentially harmless.

Probably the most dangerous creature here is the average car driver...   :o
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: RedDwarf on February 28, 2011, 09:01:16 PM
There's common sense rules that can be stuffed up or tourists don't know about them. Like- Carry water. Stay in the shade/use sunscreen if you don't want to burn horribly. Don't go out into the bush alone. Make noise so snakes are scared off. etc.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: A.P. Wulfric on February 28, 2011, 09:05:10 PM
Re: Aunt Flo- According to the world of Ayla, leather thongs and mouflon wool were used. She hasn't invented the tampon yet, but I'm sure that's coming soon. :)

My question-who decided that mint was the fresh breath signifier?  Why mint? Why not chocolate? or vanilla? or orange?  When, why and how was it established that mint should equal fresh? 

Second question-why do restaurant garden and chef salads always taste better than my own salads? Same ingredients, but I scarf those and occasionally only pick at mine-and don't make them daily.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 28, 2011, 09:23:45 PM
Quote
dicky ticker

Ummmm......WHAT?!



;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on February 28, 2011, 09:26:11 PM
Quote
dicky ticker

Ummmm......WHAT?!



;)


From the context, my best bet is "bad heart". :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarDrifter on February 28, 2011, 09:27:07 PM
Quote
dicky ticker

Ummmm......WHAT?!



;)


dodgy heart
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Anyanka on February 28, 2011, 09:32:12 PM
Re: Aunt Flo- According to the world of Ayla, leather thongs and mouflon wool were used. She hasn't invented the tampon yet, but I'm sure that's coming soon. :)


Before or after she invents the internal combustion engine?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on February 28, 2011, 09:38:14 PM
Re: Aunt Flo- According to the world of Ayla, leather thongs and mouflon wool were used. She hasn't invented the tampon yet, but I'm sure that's coming soon. :)


Before or after she invents the internal combustion engine?

LOL :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on February 28, 2011, 09:41:23 PM
Quote
dicky ticker

Ummmm......WHAT?!



;)


dodgy heart

I knew what she meant. I was just joking (hence the smiley).

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Julian on February 28, 2011, 09:43:13 PM
Quote
dicky ticker

Ummmm......WHAT?!



;)


dodgy heart

I knew what she meant. I was just joking (hence the smiley).



Tease!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Cyradis on February 28, 2011, 09:52:09 PM
^ and don't forget the drop bears ;D

and the hoop snakes!   ;D

The urbanised parts of Australia are pretty tame - the occasional redback spider or poisonous snake, and as anna_garny said, we're taught from a young age to not touch.

Crocs can be a problem up in the tropical north, particularly with the recent floods - they're tending to move out of their normal range.  Crocs are usually territorial, and stay in the same area for decades.

Irukandji jellyfish are a problem up north too - tiny little jellyfish with a deadly sting.

Huntsman spiders are big, hairy and ugly - and, unless you're arachnophobic with a dicky ticker, essentially harmless.

Probably the most dangerous creature here is the average car driver...   :o

You forgot curious emus  :o I saw one sort of menace a few rugby player sized guys at a wildlife park. And there are large lizards that stand motionless until you trip over them.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Baxter on February 28, 2011, 10:17:32 PM
Is it really so dangerous to live in Australia? I have friends from there who I'm sure are trying to scare me when they talk about spiders and snakes, crocodiles and sharks etc etc etc and that I shouldn't come over because so many people aren't prepared and die.

But it doesn't seem to be in the news that all these naive tourists are dying over there so I think they're making it up!

Its perfectly safe - watch this instructional video its very reassuring*  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNEeq5qGh8I


*not reassuring at all - contains bugs, snakes & spiders.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: GoldenGemini on February 28, 2011, 10:43:27 PM
Is it really so dangerous to live in Australia? I have friends from there who I'm sure are trying to scare me when they talk about spiders and snakes, crocodiles and sharks etc etc etc and that I shouldn't come over because so many people aren't prepared and die.

But it doesn't seem to be in the news that all these naive tourists are dying over there so I think they're making it up!

Its perfectly safe - watch this instructional video its very reassuring*  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNEeq5qGh8I


*not reassuring at all - contains bugs, snakes & spiders.

Beat me to it!  I was just about to post this.  I love this song, and I am going to the Scared Weird Little Guys Thursday night!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on February 28, 2011, 10:44:59 PM
"Come to Australia, you might accidentally get killed." :o I don't think they're joking. :P

They forgot to mention the drop bears, though. :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on February 28, 2011, 10:46:06 PM
Is it really so dangerous to live in Australia? I have friends from there who I'm sure are trying to scare me when they talk about spiders and snakes, crocodiles and sharks etc etc etc and that I shouldn't come over because so many people aren't prepared and die.

But it doesn't seem to be in the news that all these naive tourists are dying over there so I think they're making it up!

Yes, it is the national joke. Not very funny, but what the hey...

There are some very real dangers to tourists in Australia but as mentioned previously it's mostly due to ignorance. An example would be that our brilliant surf life savers pull many many tourists from the water each year to save them from drowning because they don't know to swim between the flags and head off to the part of the beach where there are no swimmers and the water looks smooth - straight into a rip. Even then, many Australians know to swim across a rip, not fight it, and tourists don't.

But I guess any country has its dangers that locals know how to minimise. I met US citizens who lived somewhere where bears used to get into their garbage bins. I was horrified that they so calmly talked about porential killers going through their bins!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on February 28, 2011, 10:50:24 PM
^We also have mountain lions come down basically to our university's campus. :D All it warrants is a public safety email.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Namárië on March 01, 2011, 12:26:40 AM
Second question-why do restaurant garden and chef salads always taste better than my own salads? Same ingredients, but I scarf those and occasionally only pick at mine-and don't make them daily.

I'm betting that restaurants have access to tastier/fresher produce. Or maybe exposure to the ingredients desensitizes you to them, so they don't taste quite as good. Or maybe it's just that you didn't have to put in the effort to prepare it! ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: petal on March 01, 2011, 01:10:52 AM
^ and don't forget the drop bears ;D

and the hoop snakes!   ;D

The urbanised parts of Australia are pretty tame - the occasional redback spider or poisonous snake, and as anna_garny said, we're taught from a young age to not touch.

Crocs can be a problem up in the tropical north, particularly with the recent floods - they're tending to move out of their normal range.  Crocs are usually territorial, and stay in the same area for decades.

Irukandji jellyfish are a problem up north too - tiny little jellyfish with a deadly sting.

Huntsman spiders are big, hairy and ugly - and, unless you're arachnophobic with a dicky ticker, essentially harmless.

Probably the most dangerous creature here is the average car driver...   :o

You forgot curious emus  :o I saw one sort of menace a few rugby player sized guys at a wildlife park. And there are large lizards that stand motionless until you trip over them.



im not too worried about emus

theres an emu farm a few km's from where i live. they do emu pies there
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarFaerie on March 01, 2011, 03:25:00 AM
If Australia were all that dangerous none of us would survive very long. For example, We do have the world's most venomous snakes but very few people die from their bites because they are shy, mostly live in rural areas and we have good antivenoms. The same goes for spiders and in fact the only really dangerous spider is the Sydney Funnel Web. Even red backs are only dangerous to the very old and young. The rest are just huge, not dangerous.

It's part of our sense of humour. We love to tease.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on March 01, 2011, 04:01:30 AM
While watching Telly tonight, the chaps on top gear were talking about saluting magpies. I have no idea why you would salute a magpie. Can anyone enlighten me?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: ZaftigWife on March 01, 2011, 04:15:09 AM
Why don't fortune cookies actually have "fortunes" in them anymore? All the ones I get now (and not just from one place - different places) have proverbs or little sayings instead of fortunes.



I HATE those!  I grumble every time I get a non-fortune "fortune."

I call those Aphorism Cookies.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: ClaireC79 on March 01, 2011, 04:15:22 AM
It's bad luck to see a single magpie and saluting it takes away the bad luck

I don't know how or why that's meant to work. You only salute magpies which are alone though - I think it's part of the one for sorrow rhyme
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: RedDwarf on March 01, 2011, 05:16:25 AM
An emu stole my Aunt's icecream when she was little. :(
Emus get VERY enthusiastic.

Oh yes, and ticks can be a problem. I went camping in Innes National Park. We didn't realise they were ticks at first but I suspected. Our tent was absolutely covered in ticks *shudder*. Also ran across a dangerous snake that was rearing up... we ran like hell then on our way back made LOTS of noise and stomped around. If we were bitten we'd have been screwed, there was no phone reception and we'd only seen two other cars of people all day and the nearest town was at least an hour away most likely more.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: blue2000 on March 01, 2011, 07:22:47 AM

My question-who decided that mint was the fresh breath signifier?  Why mint? Why not chocolate? or vanilla? or orange?  When, why and how was it established that mint should equal fresh? 


At a guess I'd say because mint leaves were readily available years ago and leave a nice taste in your mouth. Chocolate, vanilla, and oranges are good flavours, but they wouldn't have been an after-dinner snack in the middle ages! :P ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: ScubaGirl on March 01, 2011, 07:37:11 AM
Is it really so dangerous to live in Australia? I have friends from there who I'm sure are trying to scare me when they talk about spiders and snakes, crocodiles and sharks etc etc etc and that I shouldn't come over because so many people aren't prepared and die.

But it doesn't seem to be in the news that all these naive tourists are dying over there so I think they're making it up!

Yes, it is the national joke. Not very funny, but what the hey...

There are some very real dangers to tourists in Australia but as mentioned previously it's mostly due to ignorance. An example would be that our brilliant surf life savers pull many many tourists from the water each year to save them from drowning because they don't know to swim between the flags and head off to the part of the beach where there are no swimmers and the water looks smooth - straight into a rip. Even then, many Australians know to swim across a rip, not fight it, and tourists don't.

But I guess any country has its dangers that locals know how to minimise. I met US citizens who lived somewhere where bears used to get into their garbage bins. I was horrified that they so calmly talked about porential killers going through their bins!

DH and I loved our 2 week visit to Australia in 2005.  We visited Sydney, Cairns, and spent a week scuba diving off Heron Island.  The most dangerous thing for us was trying to cross the traffic circles.  We would practically give ourselves whiplash looking one way and the other for traffic.  :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tnpenguinbaby on March 01, 2011, 08:23:34 AM
My question-who decided that mint was the fresh breath signifier?  Why mint? Why not chocolate? or vanilla? or orange?  When, why and how was it established that mint should equal fresh? 

Mint's major claim to fame is that it settles your tummy.  That's why desserts are so often decorated with mint leaves - you were supposed to eat them as the last bite.  Back in the days of yore when meats were often covered with sauces to disguise the fact they were more than a bit 'off', folks chewed mint leaves to help with the inevitable gastric revolt that followed.  The fact it made your breath smell better was a bonus.  After someone invented Mylanta, (that was probably Ayle too  ;D) mint was relegated to a breath freshener  :D
Actually a better breath freshener is parsley, but I don't think "New! Improved! Wrigley's Parsley Gum!" is an advertising slogan we'll hear anytime soon LOL
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: rashea on March 01, 2011, 09:20:49 AM
Mint also has the natural effect of cooling. Since we associate cool with fresh, it makes sense that mint became known as a breath freshener. And that's more a regional thing. In other cultures they used things like licorice to freshen breath.

ETA: Putting your own corset on is much easier if it has a busk (the metal piece that lets it split in the front). Without that, you have to almost completely unlace it to get it off. And to do it up yourself you need very long laces.

The ones that went further down didn't go all the way down to the bottom of the buttocks in the back. They were also generally a less confining material.

Steel is really what changed corsets into something that can be enjoyable to wear in my opinion. It means they last longer, shape better, and do more. As a corset enthusiast (I make my own so they fit right) I love the steel bones available now, and hate the plastic things!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Bexx27 on March 01, 2011, 11:44:16 AM
I am thinking of applying for a job. The announcement asks for a "sample of work." What is that? Is it the same as a writing sample? I've applied for a lot of jobs and never seen that before. (I would call and ask, but the ad says no calls.)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: CakeBeret on March 01, 2011, 11:49:40 AM
I am thinking of applying for a job. The announcement asks for a "sample of work." What is that? Is it the same as a writing sample? I've applied for a lot of jobs and never seen that before. (I would call and ask, but the ad says no calls.)

I would say a writing sample geared towards your field. If you are applying for a management position, send a sample annual employee review. An engineering position, a sample of *whatever engineers write*. If it's a marketing position, maybe an outline of a proposed marketing campaign.

If you want to tell us what kind of position I'm sure we could help you think of something.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: wyozozo on March 01, 2011, 12:05:56 PM
Is it really so dangerous to live in Australia? I have friends from there who I'm sure are trying to scare me when they talk about spiders and snakes, crocodiles and sharks etc etc etc and that I shouldn't come over because so many people aren't prepared and die.

But it doesn't seem to be in the news that all these naive tourists are dying over there so I think they're making it up!
Wow!! I made it home safely. Maybe I won't be so lucky after this next trip! LOL Although myself and my Australian hosts did joke quite a bit about: dingos, koalas, and snakes.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 12:12:32 PM
dingos, koalas, and snakes.

Oh my.

(No, that doesn't quite fit! :D)

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 01, 2011, 12:21:35 PM
That's because you forgot the drop bears. :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 01, 2011, 12:45:36 PM
dingos, koalas, and snakes.

Oh my.

(No, that doesn't quite fit! :D)



Close enough, and someone HAD to say it. Considering your passion, I'm glad it was you.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 01:12:25 PM
When you're in a car and start to skid (by hydroplaning, driving on snow/ice, whatever), people say to "steer into the skid."  Could you explain that to me to where I can know how to do it if I need to?

Am I turning my steering wheel left or right?  I can't quite get the grasp of which way I'm supposed to turn the wheel to prevent me from flipping the car or something.

And, exactly why am I doing that?  It seems like the natural instinct would be to try to steer onto the road again, right?  Are you saying to do the opposite?  I'm confused.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: secretrebel on March 01, 2011, 01:40:09 PM
I know this one!

Let's say the car skids to the right, the means the car is going right but the wheels are still angled the way you originally had them. If you steer left, you're forcing the wheels in the opposite direction to the momentum of the car so while you *might* be able to turn the front end left the back end will then swing round risking that you will spin in the road.

If you steer *into* the skid, turning the wheels right, your wheels are then pointing the same direction as the car and you can hopefully regain traction on the ground and steer it gently back to straight again.

I hope I got that right!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on March 01, 2011, 02:05:31 PM
It's bad luck to see a single magpie and saluting it takes away the bad luck

I don't know how or why that's meant to work. You only salute magpies which are alone though - I think it's part of the one for sorrow rhyme

Thank you. We have completely different birds called magpies and we don't salute them. You ignore them or, in nesting season, duck.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Anyanka on March 01, 2011, 02:19:51 PM
Is it really so dangerous to live in Australia? I have friends from there who I'm sure are trying to scare me when they talk about spiders and snakes, crocodiles and sharks etc etc etc and that I shouldn't come over because so many people aren't prepared and die.

But it doesn't seem to be in the news that all these naive tourists are dying over there so I think they're making it up!

Its perfectly safe - watch this instructional video its very reassuring*  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNEeq5qGh8I


*not reassuring at all - contains bugs, snakes & spiders.

*snort* Thanks for that!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 01, 2011, 02:37:07 PM
That was cute. Now I have to do some research to find what the threatening platypus can do to one - I thought they were hard to find and if you did, they will ignore you if you ignore them.

Of course, I have heard about the deadly Vegemite, too.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: NutMeg on March 01, 2011, 02:44:32 PM
I know this one!

Let's say the car skids to the right, the means the car is going right but the wheels are still angled the way you originally had them. If you steer left, you're forcing the wheels in the opposite direction to the momentum of the car so while you *might* be able to turn the front end left the back end will then swing round risking that you will spin in the road.

If you steer *into* the skid, turning the wheels right, your wheels are then pointing the same direction as the car and you can hopefully regain traction on the ground and steer it gently back to straight again.

I hope I got that right!

I like to think of it as when you're training a dog, you wait until he looks like he's going to sit, and then say sit and praise him. The car wants to go one way, you turn the wheels the same direction and pretend you wanted it to happen. :P
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: mechtilde on March 01, 2011, 02:45:02 PM
That was cute. Now I have to do some research to find what the threatening platypus can do to one - I thought they were hard to find and if you did, they will ignore you if you ignore them.

Of course, I have heard about the deadly Vegemite, too.

Venomous spines.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 01, 2011, 03:12:12 PM
Back in the days of yore when meats were often covered with sauces to disguise the fact they were more than a bit 'off', folks chewed mint leaves to help with the inevitable gastric revolt that followed.
Sorry, but that isn't the case at all.  Modern people, unused to eating spiced sauces on meats (about the only remnant is the cloves on hams) have invented the "hide the taste" theory because the use of such spices seems so odd to them, without realizing that in the medieval period people just didn't try to keep fresh meat around for very long.  

If you were of a class that ate meat regularly, like the nobility, most of your meat came from market on its own two/four feet.  It was killed on-site and cooked immediately.  Wild game was also fresh-killed.  Most meat recipes of the time say "Take fayre fressh beef" or something similar.  Similarly, sauces were highly spiced, but NOT as a way to hide off tastes.  Most of the spices that are common now -- cinnamon, pepper, cloves, etc. -- were quite literally worth their weight in gold, because they came from so far away.  If you wanted a pound of peppercorns, the merchant put it on his balance scale and you put on gold coins until the scales balanced.  Spiced sauces and meats were a form of "conspicuous consumption" -- "I, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, can afford for my meat pies to have cinnamon AND cloves AND pepper."  No cook worth his salt would try to feed his lord on rotting meats, with the taste hidden under spices!

If you were lower on the scale, a middle-class merchant, for instance, you bought your meat at the butcher shop, where again it had been killed only a few hours ago.  And you took it home and cooked it that day. Your meat was seasoned with salt and fresh garden herbs, rather than expensive spices. You didn't eat meat every day.   Leftover meats were repurposed into meat pies and soups; keeping a soup simmering on the hearth was easier than trying to keep leftover meats cold!

If you were a farmer, you rarely tasted fresh meat.  Only in the autumn, when animals like steers and pigs were slaughtered, did you get fresh red meat, and that only for one or two meals.  The rest of the meat was salted down and/or cured and /or smoked and/or dried, to be eaten later.  A number of extant period recipes start off by telling you to soak or boil your dried, salted meat in water, then throw the now-salty water away.

Even poultry was too valuable to poorer people to slaughter often for meat.  As Tevye says, "If a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick!"

For more on medieval and Renaissance cookery, see http://www.godecookery.com/
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: jayhawk on March 01, 2011, 04:46:58 PM
I know this one!

Let's say the car skids to the right, the means the car is going right but the wheels are still angled the way you originally had them. If you steer left, you're forcing the wheels in the opposite direction to the momentum of the car so while you *might* be able to turn the front end left the back end will then swing round risking that you will spin in the road.

If you steer *into* the skid, turning the wheels right, your wheels are then pointing the same direction as the car and you can hopefully regain traction on the ground and steer it gently back to straight again.

I hope I got that right!

I like to think of it as when you're training a dog, you wait until he looks like he's going to sit, and then say sit and praise him. The car wants to go one way, you turn the wheels the same direction and pretend you wanted it to happen. :P

Nutmeg, that is BRILLIANT!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nora on March 01, 2011, 04:54:38 PM
Thank you, Elfmama. I enjoyed that a lot!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 01, 2011, 04:55:06 PM
That was cute. Now I have to do some research to find what the threatening platypus can do to one - I thought they were hard to find and if you did, they will ignore you if you ignore them.

Of course, I have heard about the deadly Vegemite, too.

Venomous spines.

Thanks. So much for my having a pet playpus. Darn! Yes, I know we cannot reproduce the environment for him to live here.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: supernova on March 01, 2011, 06:02:45 PM
An emu stole my Aunt's icecream when she was little. :(
Emus get VERY enthusiastic.


Coincidentally, a moose once bit my sister...

No, realli!   ;D


Elfmama, thank you for posting that -- I was just about to jump in.  That's my particular pet soapbox as well, and you explained it beautifully!  :)  I really wish that all the culinary "bibles" would stop republishing that myth.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Suze on March 01, 2011, 06:08:47 PM
Me three Elfmama

spice was EXPENSIVE  why would they cover tainted meat with it?

I think a lot of times we see a "masive" (to us) use of spice and forget that either the dish being made was HUGE -- or -- the spice had almost no flaver due to the length of time it had to travel to Europe -- sooooo, you had to use more of it.

and some spice use is just plain strange to the modern pallet (like cloves in **chicken?**)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 01, 2011, 06:14:48 PM

Elfmama, thank you for posting that -- I was just about to jump in.  That's my particular pet soapbox as well, and you explained it beautifully!  :)  I really wish that all the culinary "bibles" would stop republishing that myth.
This is about spices to cover the taste of old meat:

What Elfmama said makes a lot of sense.

Does that cover the use of chili peppers to cover the taste of old beef in Texas/Mexico during trail rides and hence the creation of our chili soupy stuff that I love?  I know that the cowboys couldn't just grab one of the animals for supper everyday, so that all seemed plausible to me. I know that the original chili, according to legend, did not have beans or tomatoes in it, or so is what my searching tells me.

Thanks. Luci
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 01, 2011, 06:17:58 PM
Cinnamon in venison stew.  (http://www3.telus.net/smile/images/letseat.gif)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 01, 2011, 06:28:24 PM
Cinnamon in venison stew.  (http://www3.telus.net/smile/images/letseat.gif)

Hides the taste of oak if that's what they have been eating..............

works for squirrel, too. At least that's what my dad & mom said.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: jpcher on March 01, 2011, 06:32:28 PM
I know that the cowboys couldn't just grab one of the animals for supper everyday, so that all seemed plausible to me.

(along with others talking about this subject)



But isn't that where beef jerky comes from?

I guess I always assumed that what meat wasn't eaten before it was spoiled, was "jerked" or preserved in a drying process so that it could safely be eaten later.

? ;D

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Carnation on March 01, 2011, 06:38:32 PM
There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?

I mean, does it mean that the metaphorical "ship" is going down or that the people leaving it are rats?

Regarding menstruation:
I read that in ancient Egypt the tampon was debuted when high-class women began sticking bits of cotton inside.
There is that book "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant - the title references the tent that women were confined to during their period.
IIRC, they would sit on straw mats which were later burned.



Earle Griswold invented modern day Tampax.

http://www.tampax.com/en-US/aboutTampax/aboutTampax.aspx

His son taught art at my college and was an amazing, interesting person.  He (the son) is in his late 70's now.


My question is when using those disposable toilet seat covers, which way does the flap go?

And why do they never refill the dispensers (of the above) after the initial batch is gone? ???
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 01, 2011, 06:54:37 PM

My question is when using those disposable toilet seat covers, which way does the flap go?

And why do they never refill the dispensers (of the above) after the initial batch is gone? ???

The seat cover flap goes to the back and down so that the major flow of flushing water will catch it and sweep it away.

The cleaning people are supposed to refill the dispensers when they refill the toilet paper rolls and empty the sanitary boxes and replace those bags  as they are doing regular cleaning.

If there is a probem with no seat covers, one is supposed to report it to whomever one reports other toilet problems.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 06:55:38 PM
Ok, if Carnation is going to ask that question, I'm going to ask mine (this one is kinda embarrassing, but since we're on the topic!).

Can anyone else not use those disposable seat covers because they stick to the back of your legs and are worse than just sitting on the seat as is?  Or, is that just me?  Is there a way to not have that happen?  I end up with part of the cover in the toilet getting wet and then standing up and having icky water drip all over the floor and my feet, because the dang cover is stuck to my butt.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kaypeep on March 01, 2011, 07:26:02 PM

My question is when using those disposable toilet seat covers, which way does the flap go?


The seat cover flap goes to the back and down so that the major flow of flushing water will catch it and sweep it away.


I disagree. According to the diagram attached to the seat cover dispenser in my office restroom, the flap goes in the front. I'm guessing this is because the seat is not always a solid ring, so the flap covers the open area better and catch droplets from getting on the rim of the bowl in the front.  It also seems to me that the cover stays on the seat better when the flap is in the front.  When it's in the back, the flap would get wet and start to be pulled into the toilet before I could even sit on it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on March 01, 2011, 07:34:32 PM
Ok, if Carnation is going to ask that question, I'm going to ask mine (this one is kinda embarrassing, but since we're on the topic!).

Can anyone else not use those disposable seat covers because they stick to the back of your legs and are worse than just sitting on the seat as is?  Or, is that just me?  Is there a way to not have that happen?  I end up with part of the cover in the toilet getting wet and then standing up and having icky water drip all over the floor and my feet, because the dang cover is stuck to my butt.



Totally with you!  I would rather just wipe the seat off with toilet paper and hope for the best. :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Carnation on March 01, 2011, 07:35:14 PM

My question is when using those disposable toilet seat covers, which way does the flap go?


The seat cover flap goes to the back and down so that the major flow of flushing water will catch it and sweep it away.


I disagree. According to the diagram attached to the seat cover dispenser in my office restroom, the flap goes in the front. I'm guessing this is because the seat is not always a solid ring, so the flap covers the open area better and catch droplets from getting on the rim of the bowl in the front.  It also seems to me that the cover stays on the seat better when the flap is in the front.  When it's in the back, the flap would get wet and start to be pulled into the toilet before I could even sit on it.

I must confess, that's how I've been using it.

Thank you!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 01, 2011, 07:39:49 PM
Ok, if Carnation is going to ask that question, I'm going to ask mine (this one is kinda embarrassing, but since we're on the topic!).

Can anyone else not use those disposable seat covers because they stick to the back of your legs and are worse than just sitting on the seat as is?  Or, is that just me?  Is there a way to not have that happen?  I end up with part of the cover in the toilet getting wet and then standing up and having icky water drip all over the floor and my feet, because the dang cover is stuck to my butt.

No, I'm sorry, I think it's a law of the universe that those will ever be more trouble than they are worth ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 08:02:53 PM
I feel better that I'm not alone, at least!

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 01, 2011, 08:16:27 PM
I feel better that I'm not alone, at least!



Definitely not alone.

I just hope for the best and assume I've been exposed to so many germs, hopefully my immune system is in overdrive. ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 09:03:28 PM
Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 01, 2011, 09:07:53 PM

My question is when using those disposable toilet seat covers, which way does the flap go?


The seat cover flap goes to the back and down so that the major flow of flushing water will catch it and sweep it away.


I disagree. According to the diagram attached to the seat cover dispenser in my office restroom, the flap goes in the front. I'm guessing this is because the seat is not always a solid ring, so the flap covers the open area better and catch droplets from getting on the rim of the bowl in the front.  It also seems to me that the cover stays on the seat better when the flap is in the front.  When it's in the back, the flap would get wet and start to be pulled into the toilet before I could even sit on it.


I've always assumed "back", and I don't think that I've ever seen a diagram on a dispenser.

Maybe this will end up like the Ann Landers toilet-paper-roll controversy? :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 09:09:22 PM
There's no controversy. It's over the top. Period. That's it. End of discussion.



;)


Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nurvingiel on March 01, 2011, 09:38:03 PM
^ Ahahahaha!!! ;D

Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?
Now that you mention it, this. This is my question too.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: katycoo on March 01, 2011, 09:51:46 PM
^ Ahahahaha!!! ;D

Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?
Now that you mention it, this. This is my question too.

I say Pat-tin-kin.  dunno how Mandy says it though!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 09:54:10 PM
Kam, where are you putting the emphasis? On the Pat? On the Tin? On the Kin?

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: katycoo on March 01, 2011, 09:54:57 PM
Kam, where are you putting the emphasis? On the Pat? On the Tin? On the Kin?



Emphasis on the 'tin' - Pat-TIN-kin.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Cyradis on March 01, 2011, 09:55:08 PM
^ Ahahahaha!!! ;D

Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?
Now that you mention it, this. This is my question too.

I heard Kitty Montgomery say "Pat-tin-kin" on Dharma and Greg once.

This might be a little gross...


Does anyone else cry when they throw up?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: stargazer on March 01, 2011, 09:56:42 PM
Ok, if Carnation is going to ask that question, I'm going to ask mine (this one is kinda embarrassing, but since we're on the topic!).

Can anyone else not use those disposable seat covers because they stick to the back of your legs and are worse than just sitting on the seat as is?  Or, is that just me?  Is there a way to not have that happen?  I end up with part of the cover in the toilet getting wet and then standing up and having icky water drip all over the floor and my feet, because the dang cover is stuck to my butt.

No, I'm sorry, I think it's a law of the universe that those will ever be more trouble than they are worth ;D

I agree.  If I feel like I need more than a wipe down on the seat, I would rather tear some pieces of toilet paper and lay them down and sit on them rather than those disposable covers.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: EngineerChick on March 01, 2011, 09:59:32 PM
This might be a little gross...


Does anyone else cry when they throw up?

Yes.  Not much, but I do tear up a little.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 01, 2011, 10:00:11 PM

Does anyone else cry when they throw up?


Yes, I do. I think it must be something with how that mechanism works...and the force used or something.

Plus, the fact that it's disgusting sure doesn't help.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: katycoo on March 01, 2011, 10:02:05 PM

Does anyone else cry when they throw up?

I don't but I'm also lucky to not be physically ill very often (as in, about 6 times in my life as I can recall it).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Giggity on March 01, 2011, 10:02:42 PM
For me, I figure since I regularly go in the kid's elementary school bathroom (it's right across the hall from my class - the only adult one is two floors up), I've seen most of the germs around...  :o

You use the kids' bathroom? You are gonna live forever! You're like Keith Richards, except one assumes you still look, y'know, alive.  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Giggity on March 01, 2011, 10:03:19 PM
Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?

I say it (sort of) Puh-TING-kin.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: GoldenGemini on March 01, 2011, 10:03:59 PM
Kam, where are you putting the emphasis? On the Pat? On the Tin? On the Kin?



Emphasis on the 'tin' - Pat-TIN-kin.

That's how I say it too.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 10:08:19 PM
Look what I found!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI7EegGUMSQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player
and
http://inogolo.com/pronunciation/Patinkin

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Carnation on March 01, 2011, 10:08:45 PM
Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?



I'm wondering why a dude would be named "Mandy".

(Hopefully he doesn't send gravelings after me for asking  :o)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 10:18:46 PM
Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?



I'm wondering why a dude would be named "Mandy".

(Hopefully he doesn't send gravelings after me for asking  :o)

He wasn't. It's a nickname. His real name is Mandel Bruce Patinkin.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kimblee on March 01, 2011, 10:22:47 PM
Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?



I'm wondering why a dude would be named "Mandy".

(Hopefully he doesn't send gravelings after me for asking  :o)

He wasn't. It's a nickname. His real name is Mandel Bruce Patinkin.



I know an Armand who goes by Mandy
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on March 01, 2011, 10:33:01 PM

Does anyone else cry when they throw up?


Yes, I do. I think it must be something with how that mechanism works...and the force used or something.

Plus, the fact that it's disgusting sure doesn't help.

I do, but I always figured it was just because I'm so miserable then. :(
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Cyradis on March 01, 2011, 10:38:43 PM

Does anyone else cry when they throw up?


Yes, I do. I think it must be something with how that mechanism works...and the force used or something.

Plus, the fact that it's disgusting sure doesn't help.

I do, but I always figured it was just because I'm so miserable then. :(

Physical distress often puts a strain on the emotions. I'm so glad it's not just me. I always felt ridiculous dissolving into tears whenever it happened.  :-[
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 01, 2011, 10:42:15 PM
Ok, if Carnation is going to ask that question, I'm going to ask mine (this one is kinda embarrassing, but since we're on the topic!).

Can anyone else not use those disposable seat covers because they stick to the back of your legs and are worse than just sitting on the seat as is?  Or, is that just me?  Is there a way to not have that happen?  I end up with part of the cover in the toilet getting wet and then standing up and having icky water drip all over the floor and my feet, because the dang cover is stuck to my butt.



I have no idea if they stick to me or not, because I have never ever used one.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on March 01, 2011, 10:57:46 PM
Further from Cyradis...When I have my eyebrows waxed and she's plucking a few stray hairs, it always makes me cry when she plucks hair from one specific spot. This varies from slightly weepy to full on tears (esp if Aunt Flo is due for a visit). It's one spot on one eyebrow, so it's not even symmetrical. Does this happen to other people? Does anyone know why it happens?

If it helps it is very close to another specific spot that makes me sneeze...
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kath68 on March 01, 2011, 11:35:20 PM
My left eyebrow hurts more than my right when I pluck mine.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MariaE on March 02, 2011, 12:03:56 AM
Iris, depends on what you mean. I don't actually cry, but there are a few spots that instantly force tears to my eyes. I don't get my eyebrows plucked very often, though - think 3-4 times in my entire life.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: katycoo on March 02, 2011, 12:11:01 AM
Further from Cyradis...When I have my eyebrows waxed and she's plucking a few stray hairs, it always makes me cry when she plucks hair from one specific spot. This varies from slightly weepy to full on tears (esp if Aunt Flo is due for a visit). It's one spot on one eyebrow, so it's not even symmetrical. Does this happen to other people? Does anyone know why it happens?

If it helps it is very close to another specific spot that makes me sneeze...

Nope, but I do get that when my hair is being pulled through the streaking cap - just above my ears - OUCH!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 02, 2011, 12:22:57 AM
^ Ahahahaha!!! ;D

Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?
Now that you mention it, this. This is my question too.

I heard Kitty Montgomery say "Pat-tin-kin" on Dharma and Greg once.

This might be a little gross...


Does anyone else cry when they throw up?


Every time, and i do it rather often, thanks to my awesome stomach. Even when i don't feel particularly bad and stuff is just sort of coming up and out - tears. It really freaks Gish out.  
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on March 02, 2011, 12:31:01 AM
Iris, depends on what you mean. I don't actually cry, but there are a few spots that instantly force tears to my eyes. I don't get my eyebrows plucked very often, though - think 3-4 times in my entire life.

I guess force tears to my eyes would be a good description. It's definitely not a pain thing. And you would think I would be desentitised since thanks to my natural hairy-black-caterpillars-humping-my-eyes look, it's the one area of grooming I rarely neglect.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ereine on March 02, 2011, 12:40:53 AM
How are you supposed to eat the sub (is that what's it called?) at Subway? Is there a way to do it unmessily? I always feel very self-conscious and don't dare to look at others in case they see me looking at them and see that I'm doing it totally wrong :)

I've been trying to examine how I wash my face, as I don't get water anywhere except on my face. It seems that I lean forward so my face is directly above the faucet and then sort of lift water to my face with cupped hands in sort of circular motion and try to avoid breathing. i think that it's important to be close to the sink so that the water doesn't have to travel far.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MariaE on March 02, 2011, 02:06:49 AM
Iris, depends on what you mean. I don't actually cry, but there are a few spots that instantly force tears to my eyes. I don't get my eyebrows plucked very often, though - think 3-4 times in my entire life.

I guess force tears to my eyes would be a good description. It's definitely not a pain thing. And you would think I would be desentitised since thanks to my natural hairy-black-caterpillars-humping-my-eyes look, it's the one area of grooming I rarely neglect.

Exactly. It's a automatic reaction - kind of like my knee jerking when it gets hit just right (or wrong... depending on how you look at it ;) ).

I had my eyebrows plucked for my wedding, and my DH told me to never do that again, because I looked too much like my younger sister, and it freaked him out for an instant to see the wrong sister walking up the aisle ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: NutMeg on March 02, 2011, 02:11:34 AM
I know this one!

Let's say the car skids to the right, the means the car is going right but the wheels are still angled the way you originally had them. If you steer left, you're forcing the wheels in the opposite direction to the momentum of the car so while you *might* be able to turn the front end left the back end will then swing round risking that you will spin in the road.

If you steer *into* the skid, turning the wheels right, your wheels are then pointing the same direction as the car and you can hopefully regain traction on the ground and steer it gently back to straight again.

I hope I got that right!

I like to think of it as when you're training a dog, you wait until he looks like he's going to sit, and then say sit and praise him. The car wants to go one way, you turn the wheels the same direction and pretend you wanted it to happen. :P

Nutmeg, that is BRILLIANT!

Why thank you. I was giggling to myself while writing that post, but it really helps you to remember what to do.

This might be a little gross...


Does anyone else cry when they throw up?

Depends how hard. If it's not too bad, then generally no. When I had Norwalk virus, oh man yes. That was awful. I was crying because I thought I was going to crack ribs and I just couldn't stop, or breathe even. Ugh. Still a bit mad at SO for giving that to me, I missed the only concert I've ever missed in 14 years of performing because I got Norwalk that morning.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarFaerie on March 02, 2011, 03:00:02 AM
One thing I've always wondered, How do hyphenated names work in the second generation? I mean if Miss Smith-Jones marries Mr Brown-Greene and choose to hyphenate, what do they do? Do they end up Mr & Mrs Smith-Jones-Brown-Greene or something else?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 02, 2011, 03:06:01 AM
So now this is a stupid question, but what's Norwalk virus? It sounds awful!  :-X
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 02, 2011, 03:47:08 AM
One thing I've always wondered, How do hyphenated names work in the second generation? I mean if Miss Smith-Jones marries Mr Brown-Greene and choose to hyphenate, what do they do? Do they end up Mr & Mrs Smith-Jones-Brown-Greene or something else?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-barrelled_name

A few upper-class families (e.g. Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe; Cave-Browne-Cave; Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound; Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby; Vane-Tempest-Stewart) have "triple-barrelled" surnames (sometimes created when one spouse has a double-barrelled name and the other has a single surname). Nowadays, such names are almost always abbreviated in everyday use to a single or double-barrelled version. There are even a few "quadruple-barrelled" surnames (e.g. Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, Stirling-Home-Drummond-Moray; Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax or the French/English surname Taylor-Jendernai-Eirron de Mountstuart, which is the family name for the Marquis de la Eirron) and the surname of the extinct family of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos was the quintuple-barrelled Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville. Captain Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache is sometimes quoted as the man with the most ever "barrels" in his surname (six), but in fact all but the last two of these (Tollemache-Tollemache) were forenames.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Suze on March 02, 2011, 04:29:45 AM
Fraudatifilius ?  ? ? ?

and just how do you pronounce THAT one?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 02, 2011, 04:42:22 AM
Fraudatifilius ?  ? ? ?

and just how do you pronounce THAT one?
I'm trying to figure if it's German or Latin, or some hybrid thereof.

Frow-dat-i-fil-ee-yus? (like Fraulein)
Fraw-dat-i-fil-ee-yus? (like Fraud)
Frah-oodat-i-fil-ee-yus? (split the vowels to Fra-udat)


Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: guihong on March 02, 2011, 07:51:31 AM
Why do many pediatricians' offices have P.A. after the name, as in "Children's Clinic, P.A."?

gui
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfqueen13 on March 02, 2011, 08:01:03 AM
Why do many pediatricians' offices have P.A. after the name, as in "Children's Clinic, P.A."?

gui

Pediatric Associates?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Everlee on March 02, 2011, 08:21:34 AM
Further from Cyradis...When I have my eyebrows waxed and she's plucking a few stray hairs, it always makes me cry when she plucks hair from one specific spot. This varies from slightly weepy to full on tears (esp if Aunt Flo is due for a visit). It's one spot on one eyebrow, so it's not even symmetrical. Does this happen to other people? Does anyone know why it happens?

If it helps it is very close to another specific spot that makes me sneeze...

I always sneeze when I pluck mine, too.  It's full on, four times in a row sneezing. 
So if anyone ever sees me out and my eyebrows are thick it's because I hate dealing with the sneezing!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: camlan on March 02, 2011, 08:41:01 AM
Fraudatifilius ?  ? ? ?

and just how do you pronounce THAT one?

He was British. They probably pronounced it "Frank."

(Just kidding.) He rates his own Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leone_Sextus_Denys_Oswolf_Fraudatifilius_Tollemache-Tollemache_de_Orellana_Plantagenet_Tollemache-Tollemache (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leone_Sextus_Denys_Oswolf_Fraudatifilius_Tollemache-Tollemache_de_Orellana_Plantagenet_Tollemache-Tollemache)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Poirot on March 02, 2011, 09:06:59 AM
Why do many pediatricians' offices have P.A. after the name, as in "Children's Clinic, P.A."?

gui

It may vary from state to state, but here in Pennsylvania companies are required to use their corporate designation. (Inc., LLC, LP, etc.)

P.A. Stands for Professional Association, P.C. for Professional Corporation.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MizB on March 02, 2011, 11:25:55 AM
What genius decided cheese in the crust of pizza was a good idea? Most amazing invention. . .
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 02, 2011, 11:46:22 AM
So now this is a stupid question, but what's Norwalk virus? It sounds awful!  :-X
AKA "stomach flu".  Massive bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.  Spread by persons who tend to skimp on personal hygiene like washing hands after using the toilet.  Several outbreaks have happened on cruise ships, possibly spread by unwitting carriers; either crew who worked in food service or passengers who touched common things like elevator buttons or railings or self-serve utensils.  Our recent cruise had hand-sanitizer stands set up outside every restaurant, and at dinner there was a person with a giant bottle of the stuff just outside the elevator that everyone used.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Sirius on March 02, 2011, 12:03:58 PM
So now this is a stupid question, but what's Norwalk virus? It sounds awful!  :-X
AKA "stomach flu".  Massive bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.  Spread by persons who tend to skimp on personal hygiene like washing hands after using the toilet.  Several outbreaks have happened on cruise ships, possibly spread by unwitting carriers; either crew who worked in food service or passengers who touched common things like elevator buttons or railings or self-serve utensils.  Our recent cruise had hand-sanitizer stands set up outside every restaurant, and at dinner there was a person with a giant bottle of the stuff just outside the elevator that everyone used.

If it's anything like the one I had years ago, if someone had shot me they'd have been doing me a favor.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 02, 2011, 01:24:54 PM

Why come, when i search for a word in an Outlook folder it doesn't always find it? For instance, i'll be in a folder or sub-folder and will rearch for a certain word. I can see that at least one or two emails have the word right in the subject line ... but the search results say there are none.

It's messing me up. I asked Gish, he doesn't know. I aksed a friend who does IT, they didn't know. I am so confused and frustrated.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 02, 2011, 01:28:08 PM

Why come, when i search for a word in an Outlook folder it doesn't always find it? For instance, i'll be in a folder or sub-folder and will rearch for a certain word. I can see that at least one or two emails have the word right in the subject line ... but the search results say there are none.

It's messing me up. I asked Gish, he doesn't know. I aksed a friend who does IT, they didn't know. I am so confused and frustrated.

Search is the most useless thing ever invented. Well, after toilet seat covers :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 02, 2011, 01:45:11 PM

Why come, when i search for a word in an Outlook folder it doesn't always find it? For instance, i'll be in a folder or sub-folder and will rearch for a certain word. I can see that at least one or two emails have the word right in the subject line ... but the search results say there are none.

It's messing me up. I asked Gish, he doesn't know. I aksed a friend who does IT, they didn't know. I am so confused and frustrated.

Search is the most useless thing ever invented. Well, after toilet seat covers :D

It seemed to work fine in 2003, but we recently "upgraded" to 2007 and i have to agree.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 02, 2011, 02:37:59 PM
Is it stupid to feel a little sad and disappointed that no one really cares I'm graduating with my B.A. in May? :P I'm apparently all weepy today over it, and it's ridiculous.

Also, I agree that search = fail.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 02, 2011, 02:40:04 PM
Is it stupid to feel a little sad and disappointed that no one really cares I'm graduating with my B.A. in May? :P I'm apparently all weepy today over it, and it's ridiculous.

Ah, but you're wrong about that.  WE CARE!!!!  We care A LOT!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS EISA!!!  That's wonderful news!

(See, the problem is that you're just telling the wrong people. :) )

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Poirot on March 02, 2011, 02:40:59 PM
WOO HOO Eisa!!!! You go girl!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: atirial on March 02, 2011, 02:41:35 PM
Is it stupid to feel a little sad and disappointed that no one really cares I'm graduating with my B.A. in May? :P I'm apparently all weepy today over it, and it's ridiculous.
CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL DONE!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 02, 2011, 02:43:05 PM
Awww.  :-[ Thank you, guys. ;D The grad finale was yesterday and today, and it was a little disheartening to realize that not only can I not afford anything [ :P ], I don't really need anything--most of my immediate family will have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, and almost all my extended family could care less that I exist, much less that I'm graduating. I think some of them don't even realize I've graduated high school yet! :o

*feels better* :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 02, 2011, 03:15:57 PM
Well, we care! Would love to give you a virtual party, or take you to a virtual celebration dinner, but we can send you virtual congratulations!

Those of us who have done it know what an accomplishment it is, many who haven't are working really hard on it and see you as a beacon,
and many wish they could.

Way to go! Please tell us more about what you hope for with this under your cap.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nibsey on March 02, 2011, 03:28:09 PM
My left eyebrow hurts more than my right when I pluck mine.

Me too. I always have one eyebrow done perfect and other, not so much.  ::)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 02, 2011, 03:46:35 PM
Well, we care! Would love to give you a virtual party, or take you to a virtual celebration dinner, but we can send you virtual congratulations!

Those of us who have done it know what an accomplishment it is, many who haven't are working really hard on it and see you as a beacon,
and many wish they could.

Way to go! Please tell us more about what you hope for with this under your cap.

:-[ Wow, thank you. I plan to take a year or so off and then go to grad school to get my PhD actually. ;D [Apparently I'm a sucker for punishment.] Oh, and by the way, it's in psychology. :) So then I plan to work as a therapist and work with traumatized and abused children and adolescents. :) I know it's going to take a while, but I'm determined!

Oh, and about the eyebrow plucking/waxing...I know I probably should, but it hurts too much! :P
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dazi on March 02, 2011, 03:58:23 PM
Okay...I finally thought of one.

I understand that a person has varying degrees of hair colour, but what's with the really extreme differences on the same body (that doesn't involve hair dye)?

Example:

Blond haired man, red beard

blond woman, black eyebrows

dark haired woman, blond eyelashes

well y'all get the point.........
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: jenny_islander on March 02, 2011, 04:00:44 PM
My BIL shaves because his beard is red on the left and blond on the right. 

I don't know either.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: NutMeg on March 02, 2011, 04:38:41 PM
So now this is a stupid question, but what's Norwalk virus? It sounds awful!  :-X
AKA "stomach flu".  Massive bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.  Spread by persons who tend to skimp on personal hygiene like washing hands after using the toilet.  Several outbreaks have happened on cruise ships, possibly spread by unwitting carriers; either crew who worked in food service or passengers who touched common things like elevator buttons or railings or self-serve utensils.  Our recent cruise had hand-sanitizer stands set up outside every restaurant, and at dinner there was a person with a giant bottle of the stuff just outside the elevator that everyone used.

If it's anything like the one I had years ago, if someone had shot me they'd have been doing me a favor.

Yup, take the stomach flu that most people think of and multiply it by at least 3. It's awful.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on March 02, 2011, 04:42:57 PM
Okay...I finally thought of one.

I understand that a person has varying degrees of hair colour, but what's with the really extreme differences on the same body (that doesn't involve hair dye)?

Example:

Blond haired man, red beard

blond woman, black eyebrows

dark haired woman, blond eyelashes

well y'all get the point.........

My niece's eyes are blue.  Except for the part that's hazel.  Seriously. 

Emma
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 02, 2011, 04:47:43 PM
Okay...I finally thought of one.

I understand that a person has varying degrees of hair colour, but what's with the really extreme differences on the same body (that doesn't involve hair dye)?

Example:

Blond haired man, red beard

blond woman, black eyebrows

dark haired woman, blond eyelashes

well y'all get the point.........

My niece's eyes are blue.  Except for the part that's hazel.  Seriously.  

Emma

Well, that one is easy. It is anti-zombeism, per 28 Days Later.



modified ... per, not pre
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: happygrrl on March 02, 2011, 04:49:11 PM
Is it stupid to feel a little sad and disappointed that no one really cares I'm graduating with my B.A. in May? :P I'm apparently all weepy today over it, and it's ridiculous.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! How awesome!

And FWIW, we'll be there with you in spirit, and celebrating with you!  :) It's a heck of an accomplishment, and your goals are inspiring! (And I was in the same situation when I graduated from college, as my family (ahem!) didn't know and didn't care if they did. So, my closest friends celebrated with me, and they made my day. It's sweet when you walk across that stage  :))
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: flowersintheattic on March 02, 2011, 05:11:06 PM
It's been a couple days since anyone's brought up the non-fortune fortune cookies, but I had to jump in with this one. I once received a fortune that said (and I am not making this up): "You will receive a fortune (cookie)."
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: jpcher on March 02, 2011, 05:18:38 PM
If it helps it is very close to another specific spot that makes me sneeze...

I sneeze, too, when I pluck my eyebrows?

I wonder if there's a scientific reason for that?



and Eisa: Congrats! Woo! Hoo! Going on for your PhD? Wow. I, for one am impressed . . . Good luck and encouraging (((Hugs!)))
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kimblee on March 02, 2011, 06:18:24 PM
Is it stupid to feel a little sad and disappointed that no one really cares I'm graduating with my B.A. in May? :P I'm apparently all weepy today over it, and it's ridiculous.

Ah, but you're wrong about that.  WE CARE!!!!  We care A LOT!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS EISA!!!  That's wonderful news!

(See, the problem is that you're just telling the wrong people. :) )



I care too.

You're an awesome member of the board and I wish you the very best and grandest congratulations.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: White Dragon on March 02, 2011, 06:33:39 PM
If it helps it is very close to another specific spot that makes me sneeze...

I sneeze, too, when I pluck my eyebrows?

I wonder if there's a scientific reason for that?


My theory goes like this:

You cannot sneeze and keep your eyes open.

You are plucking close to your eyes and your body possibly reads this as "dangerous things near eyes" and forces you to close your eyes to protect them.

Just my two cents.  :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: ginlyn32 on March 02, 2011, 06:39:17 PM

Why come, when i search for a word in an Outlook folder it doesn't always find it? For instance, i'll be in a folder or sub-folder and will rearch for a certain word. I can see that at least one or two emails have the word right in the subject line ... but the search results say there are none.

It's messing me up. I asked Gish, he doesn't know. I aksed a friend who does IT, they didn't know. I am so confused and frustrated.

Search is the most useless thing ever invented. Well, after toilet seat covers :D

It seemed to work fine in 2003, but we recently "upgraded" to 2007 and i have to agree.
Somewhere, Bill gates is laughing manaically.

ginlyn
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Layla Miller on March 02, 2011, 06:40:59 PM
Congratulations, Eisa!

My stupid question: how do some cars know if there's someone in the passenger seat?  DH and my car will ding at us if I'm in the passenger seat and don't put my seat belt on fast enough, but how does it even know I'm there?  For all the car knows, DH is driving alone!  Is it pressure sensors?  A guess based on both car doors opening and closing?  Invisible gnomes who live in the glove compartment?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nox on March 02, 2011, 06:57:09 PM
Quote
Okay...I finally thought of one.

I understand that a person has varying degrees of hair colour, but what's with the really extreme differences on the same body (that doesn't involve hair dye)?

Example:

Blond haired man, red beard

blond woman, black eyebrows

dark haired woman, blond eyelashes

well y'all get the point.........

I don't know about eyebrows, but I'm convinced that beard color genes must be separate from head hair color genes. All the men in my family have red beards (or auburn-ish, not bright red), but they all have different color hair on their head. Only one actually has auburn-ish hair.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Amber on March 02, 2011, 07:02:00 PM
Congratulations, Eisa!

My stupid question: how do some cars know if there's someone in the passenger seat?  DH and my car will ding at us if I'm in the passenger seat and don't put my seat belt on fast enough, but how does it even know I'm there?  For all the car knows, DH is driving alone!  Is it pressure sensors?  A guess based on both car doors opening and closing?  Invisible gnomes who live in the glove compartment?

Not a stupid question! My car and my husbands both have a sensor in them that detects if there is a certain amount of weight in the seat and then engages the air bag and the seat belt warning bell. 
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: NutMeg on March 02, 2011, 07:03:07 PM
Okay...I finally thought of one.

I understand that a person has varying degrees of hair colour, but what's with the really extreme differences on the same body (that doesn't involve hair dye)?

Example:

Blond haired man, red beard

blond woman, black eyebrows

dark haired woman, blond eyelashes

well y'all get the point.........

My niece's eyes are blue.  Except for the part that's hazel.  Seriously. 

Emma

Maybe she's a chimera (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_(genetics)). Supposedly they are much more common than we would think.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: blueberrypancakes on March 02, 2011, 07:03:18 PM
Congratulations, Eisa!

My stupid question: how do some cars know if there's someone in the passenger seat?  DH and my car will ding at us if I'm in the passenger seat and don't put my seat belt on fast enough, but how does it even know I'm there?  For all the car knows, DH is driving alone!  Is it pressure sensors?  A guess based on both car doors opening and closing?  Invisible gnomes who live in the glove compartment?

I'm assuming that there are weight sensors in the seat... If my boyfriend puts his fully loaded backpack on the passenger seat, the passenger seat belt light will go on.  
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 02, 2011, 07:30:13 PM
^Do you then put the seat belt on it? :D

Also does that mean if you like...hovered over the seat instead of sitting down, the light wouldn't go on?

I wish it was invisible gnomes now...


Also, thank you, guys.  :-[ :D I feel all warm and fuzzy now!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Pinky830 on March 02, 2011, 07:35:16 PM
Congratulations, Eisa!

My stupid question: how do some cars know if there's someone in the passenger seat?  DH and my car will ding at us if I'm in the passenger seat and don't put my seat belt on fast enough, but how does it even know I'm there?  For all the car knows, DH is driving alone!  Is it pressure sensors?  A guess based on both car doors opening and closing?  Invisible gnomes who live in the glove compartment?

I'm assuming that there are weight sensors in the seat... If my boyfriend puts his fully loaded backpack on the passenger seat, the passenger seat belt light will go on.  

One of my dogs will not sit still in the car. As she walks on and off the passenger seat, the airbag sensor lght blinks on and off.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kaypeep on March 02, 2011, 07:44:34 PM
My stupid question is something my BF and I keep debating about, and I don't know where I can get the true answer so I will post it here:

If I cut my orange juice by adding water, does it affect the amount of vitamin c and other nutritional values of the juice?  In other words, if a 12 oz glass of OJ has 100% vitamin C and I add 12 oz. of water to it (because I think the OJ is too sweet/acidic so I need to dilute it before I drink it) am I losing the 100% vitamin C?   

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 02, 2011, 07:47:34 PM
My stupid question is something my BF and I keep debating about, and I don't know where I can get the true answer so I will post it here:

If I cut my orange juice by adding water, does it affect the amount of vitamin c and other nutritional values of the juice?  In other words, if a 12 oz glass of OJ has 100% vitamin C and I add 12 oz. of water to it (because I think the OJ is too sweet/acidic so I need to dilute it before I drink it) am I losing the 100% vitamin C?   



No. You are not losing anything, but you have to drink all 24 oz to get all the vit C from the 12 oz OJ.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on March 02, 2011, 07:51:30 PM
CONGRATULATIONS, EISA!!



Who cares what anyone else thinks?  E-Hell is proud of you, all your accomplishments so far, and all your accomplishments yet to come! ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kaypeep on March 02, 2011, 07:51:37 PM
My stupid question is something my BF and I keep debating about, and I don't know where I can get the true answer so I will post it here:

If I cut my orange juice by adding water, does it affect the amount of vitamin c and other nutritional values of the juice?  In other words, if a 12 oz glass of OJ has 100% vitamin C and I add 12 oz. of water to it (because I think the OJ is too sweet/acidic so I need to dilute it before I drink it) am I losing the 100% vitamin C?   



No. You are not losing anything, but you have to drink all 24 oz to get all the vit C from the 12 oz OJ.

Aha!  That's what I keep telling him!  But he insists I'm losing 'something' by adding water!  LOL
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Horace on March 02, 2011, 07:56:49 PM
Is it stupid to feel a little sad and disappointed that no one really cares I'm graduating with my B.A. in May? :P I'm apparently all weepy today over it, and it's ridiculous.

Also, I agree that search = fail.

No it's not stupid, but we all care!! I'm also graduating this year, I vote we have an eHell virtual graduation party! :D

I have a question - why do I cough when I clean my ears with cotton buds? Is it because everything in that general area is connected? My BF does it too so I don't think it's because I'm crazy... :P

Also, re. graduating hair colour, take a look at this guy: http://www.google.co.uk/images?um=1&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=685&tbs=isch:1&&sa=X&ei=kvVuTaPwLcK1hAeb0qkx&ved=0CDIQBSgA&q=alistair+darling&spell=1 (http://www.google.co.uk/images?um=1&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=685&tbs=isch:1&&sa=X&ei=kvVuTaPwLcK1hAeb0qkx&ved=0CDIQBSgA&q=alistair+darling&spell=1) (sorry, I don't know how to do that fancy thing to hide the URL)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Cyradis on March 02, 2011, 11:45:14 PM
^ Ahahahaha!!! ;D

Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?
Now that you mention it, this. This is my question too.

I heard Kitty Montgomery say "Pat-tin-kin" on Dharma and Greg once.

This might be a little gross...


Does anyone else cry when they throw up?


Every time, and i do it rather often, thanks to my awesome stomach. Even when i don't feel particularly bad and stuff is just sort of coming up and out - tears. It really freaks Gish out.  


I have the same sort of stomach.  :( The one mercy is that it usually gives me plenty of warning.

I have another question. How would one address the second son of an Italian count?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 02, 2011, 11:54:40 PM
I tried to edit the posts above but failed.

If we have a virtual grad party, I will send DH's famous pulled pork with sauce with buns and my wonderful salad with escarole, tomatoes, olives, olive oil & vinegar & garlic & basil dressing, with chopped eggs, flaked tuna & feta on the side for those who want them.

Oh, yes! Congrats to you all!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Coruscation on March 03, 2011, 03:15:29 AM
Okay...I finally thought of one.

I understand that a person has varying degrees of hair colour, but what's with the really extreme differences on the same body (that doesn't involve hair dye)?

Example:

Blond haired man, red beard

blond woman, black eyebrows

dark haired woman, blond eyelashes

well y'all get the point.........

My hair was quite blonde until I was thirty five. My eyebrows are quite dark however. i'm not surprised though, because if you look at my hair, it graduates from dark at the roots to white blonde at the tips. I think it is technically a shade of brown but it is very sensitive to sunlight. I was incidentally, born with pitch black hair, as were my three children. My daughter has my colouration but the boys look quite brunette but I think it is becasue they keep their hair short.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: dawnfire on March 03, 2011, 06:05:40 AM
^ Ahahahaha!!! ;D

Mandy Patinkin

Say his name. Is it Pat-eenk-kin? Pat-tin-kin? Pah-teenk-kin? Something else?

Where's the accent? Where's the emphasis?
Now that you mention it, this. This is my question too.

I heard Kitty Montgomery say "Pat-tin-kin" on Dharma and Greg once.

This might be a little gross...


Does anyone else cry when they throw up?

yup,
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on March 03, 2011, 07:12:05 AM
My hair was quite blonde until I was thirty five. My eyebrows are quite dark however. i'm not surprised though, because if you look at my hair, it graduates from dark at the roots to white blonde at the tips. I think it is technically a shade of brown but it is very sensitive to sunlight. I was incidentally, born with pitch black hair, as were my three children. My daughter has my colouration but the boys look quite brunette but I think it is becasue they keep their hair short.

I have very dark hair.  My eyebrow hairs are the same color, but since they're so sparse (and the hair on my head is quite thick), they look a lot lighter.  I always end up adding some eyebrow pencil.  When I don't, I always manage to get a few comments about dyeing my hair. (They're always complimentary -- people talk about Cleopatra hair because it's very dark and straight -- but it irritates me!)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Vall on March 03, 2011, 08:36:54 AM
Okay...I finally thought of one.

I understand that a person has varying degrees of hair colour, but what's with the really extreme differences on the same body (that doesn't involve hair dye)?

I'm curious about this too.  My hair is dark brown (and gray ;D).  But the hair on my eyelashes, arms and thighs has always been very fine and light blond.  The hair on my calves is dark.  I feel a little two-toned.  How does this happen?  I wonder how common it is to have such large differences in hair color.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Seraphia on March 03, 2011, 09:11:14 AM
If it helps it is very close to another specific spot that makes me sneeze...

I sneeze, too, when I pluck my eyebrows?

I wonder if there's a scientific reason for that?


My theory goes like this:

You cannot sneeze and keep your eyes open.

You are plucking close to your eyes and your body possibly reads this as "dangerous things near eyes" and forces you to close your eyes to protect them.

Just my two cents.  :)

I've always figured it was because there are so many nerves in a face, the big ones have to end somewhere, and when they get triggered, they do funny things. Rather a good argument for acupuncture. :) I had a weird experience giving blood that made me think that, actually. As I was settling in on my recliner, the tube shifted just a little. I went from "normal odd donating feeling" to "YEOUCH!!! *twitchtwitchtwitch*" and back in a split second. I think the actual needle must have just tapped a nerve end in my arm.

I have the opposite eyebrow problem though. Mine are barely fixed in my head, which means I've overplucked them an embarrassingly large amount of times.

My question: does anyone know how to make makeup stay stuck to your face? Mine always falls off after a couple of hours. I think I'm missing a step somewhere.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 03, 2011, 09:58:13 AM

I heard Kitty Montgomery say "Pat-tin-kin" on Dharma and Greg once.

This might be a little gross...


Does anyone else cry when they throw up?

More to the point, does anyone else throw up when they cry? Or cough? I've done both, I think I may have a sensitive 'trigger'
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 03, 2011, 09:59:47 AM
Why does your nose run when you're out in the cold? Even doctors can't answer this definitively.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Giggity on March 03, 2011, 10:06:00 AM
blond woman, black eyebrows

I consider those incomplete dye jobs.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 03, 2011, 10:07:41 AM
blond woman, black eyebrows

I consider those incomplete dye jobs.

Or as my SO says: You have such lovely blonde hair, why do you dye your roots black? :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Camarynne on March 03, 2011, 10:10:08 AM
Does anyone here understand the "cousins" thing...I mean, there are cousins, second cousins, first cousin once-removed...I get the plain cousins, but how are the other ones related?

And why is it that some words start to look really strange after you type them several times? "Cousin" is one of those words apparently  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nora on March 03, 2011, 10:14:19 AM

I heard Kitty Montgomery say "Pat-tin-kin" on Dharma and Greg once.

This might be a little gross...


Does anyone else cry when they throw up?

More to the point, does anyone else throw up when they cry? Or cough? I've done both, I think I may have a sensitive 'trigger'

That I actually do, if it gets very bad. Not the other way `round though. Weird, now that I think of it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: bobsyouruncle on March 03, 2011, 10:15:33 AM

My question: does anyone know how to make makeup stay stuck to your face? Mine always falls off after a couple of hours. I think I'm missing a step somewhere.

Do you use foundation?  I've found it sticks longer if I use a liquid foundation instead of dry or skipping it.  
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on March 03, 2011, 10:20:54 AM
Regarding reusable feminine hygiene products, I understand they're starting to make a comeback.

RE: platypus being dangerous, they have a venomous spike on their back leg.  Other than that, they don't really do much. (Perrrey!  ;D).  

I cry when I hurl too.  And my nose runs.  I figure my body's saying, "Well, since some of it's coming out, might as well make it ALL come out!"

I know I have some stupid questions, I just can't think of them right now.  I'll be sure to post when I do.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Seraphia on March 03, 2011, 10:23:36 AM

My question: does anyone know how to make makeup stay stuck to your face? Mine always falls off after a couple of hours. I think I'm missing a step somewhere.

Do you use foundation?  I've found it sticks longer if I use a liquid foundation instead of dry or skipping it.  

Can you use liquid on your eyelids for eyeshadow? I've always just done little dots to cover blemishes, since I think I look strange with foundation all over. Could be I'm just not used to how I look with makeup on.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Bexx27 on March 03, 2011, 10:24:24 AM
Does anyone else cough when they eat ice-cream?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 03, 2011, 10:24:46 AM
Does anyone here understand the "cousins" thing...I mean, there are cousins, second cousins, first cousin once-removed...I get the plain cousins, but how are the other ones related?

And why is it that some words start to look really strange after you type them several times? "Cousin" is one of those words apparently  ;D

I do! I totally get this!! (soo excited, lol :D)

'Removed' is a generational thing.

-First cousins share a grandparent (they are offspring of your parent's sibs)

-First cousins once removed are the offspring of your cousins (your grandparent is their great-grandparent)

-First Cousins twice removed would be your cousin's children's children (your grandparent is their great-great-grandparent).

-Second cousins share a great grandparent.


ETA: All words sound strange if you type or say them over and over again.

Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange.


See, it begins to sound like a made-up word after a while ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 03, 2011, 10:26:37 AM
Does anyone else cough when they eat ice-cream?

No but I sneeze in the sun.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 03, 2011, 10:27:02 AM
I have almost thrown up when I cough...but it has to be that kind of hacking cough when it feels like an internal organ is about to come up. :D

I don't cough when I eat ice cream, but does anyone else get an itchy chin when they eat chocolate?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Poirot on March 03, 2011, 10:28:45 AM
Okay, I know this is a stupid question, so I only feel comfortable asking it here.  ;D For background, I have a close friend who is TTC. She sometimes mentions charting her temp, etc. I don't mind this, and don't think it's TMI. After all, it's just taking her tempurature, right?

Today, I heard an advertisement on the radio for an ovulation prediction system with what I think is a specific thermometer. Based on the commercial, I am now confused about how this process works.

 My question is does the thermometer take your tempurature orally or, ummmmm, elsewhere? Becuase if it's elsewhere, then maybe I don't want to hear about her taking that tempurature every morning, kwim?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nora on March 03, 2011, 10:29:20 AM

My question: does anyone know how to make makeup stay stuck to your face? Mine always falls off after a couple of hours. I think I'm missing a step somewhere.

Do you use foundation?  I've found it sticks longer if I use a liquid foundation instead of dry or skipping it.  

Can you use liquid on your eyelids for eyeshadow? I've always just done little dots to cover blemishes, since I think I look strange with foundation all over. Could be I'm just not used to how I look with makeup on.

I just use moisturizer. Foundation feels like too much, but skin cream, wait a minute, then make-up works like a charm!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nora on March 03, 2011, 10:32:25 AM

 My question is does the thermometer take your tempurature orally or, ummmmm, elsewhere? Becuase if it's elsewhere, then maybe I don't want to hear about her taking that tempurature every morning, kwim?

I totally KWYM!

I found this:

How to take your Basal Body Temperature

Your Basal Body Temperature can be taken orally with a special BBT thermometer. Ideally, a larger thermometer that registers from 96 to 100 degrees (in easy-to-read one-tenth degree increments) is recommended. Digital thermometers are also available. Remember, you are attempting to discern as little as a two-tenths of a degree of difference in temperature, so selecting a quality thermometer and following directions are crucial.


Sooooo, I'm gonna go with: probably not TMI.  ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Seraphia on March 03, 2011, 10:36:46 AM

 My question is does the thermometer take your tempurature orally or, ummmmm, elsewhere? Becuase if it's elsewhere, then maybe I don't want to hear about her taking that tempurature every morning, kwim?

I totally KWYM!

I found this:

How to take your Basal Body Temperature

Your Basal Body Temperature can be taken orally with a special BBT thermometer. Ideally, a larger thermometer that registers from 96 to 100 degrees (in easy-to-read one-tenth degree increments) is recommended. Digital thermometers are also available. Remember, you are attempting to discern as little as a two-tenths of a degree of difference in temperature, so selecting a quality thermometer and following directions are crucial.


Sooooo, I'm gonna go with: probably not TMI.  ;)

Oh good. I thought it was "elsewhere" too.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Poirot on March 03, 2011, 10:38:44 AM

 My question is does the thermometer take your tempurature orally or, ummmmm, elsewhere? Becuase if it's elsewhere, then maybe I don't want to hear about her taking that tempurature every morning, kwim?

I totally KWYM!

I found this:

How to take your Basal Body Temperature

Your Basal Body Temperature can be taken orally with a special BBT thermometer. Ideally, a larger thermometer that registers from 96 to 100 degrees (in easy-to-read one-tenth degree increments) is recommended. Digital thermometers are also available. Remember, you are attempting to discern as little as a two-tenths of a degree of difference in temperature, so selecting a quality thermometer and following directions are crucial.


Sooooo, I'm gonna go with: probably not TMI.  ;)

Thanks Nora, what a relief!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: ClaireC79 on March 03, 2011, 10:58:49 AM
I've thrown up through coughing before, I had pneumonia but it was a good month that every time I coughed I vomited - no wonder I lost so much weight
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: HushHush on March 03, 2011, 11:48:29 AM

 My question is does the thermometer take your tempurature orally or, ummmmm, elsewhere? Becuase if it's elsewhere, then maybe I don't want to hear about her taking that tempurature every morning, kwim?

I totally KWYM!

I found this:

How to take your Basal Body Temperature

Your Basal Body Temperature can be taken orally with a special BBT thermometer. Ideally, a larger thermometer that registers from 96 to 100 degrees (in easy-to-read one-tenth degree increments) is recommended. Digital thermometers are also available. Remember, you are attempting to discern as little as a two-tenths of a degree of difference in temperature, so selecting a quality thermometer and following directions are crucial.


Sooooo, I'm gonna go with: probably not TMI.  ;)

Oh good. I thought it was "elsewhere" too.

You can take it vaginally and its more accurate than orally but most charters I know take it orally.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nora on March 03, 2011, 12:01:18 PM
No white after labor day, what is up with that? It's been annoying the snot out of me since the first time I heard it on some american tv show 15 years ago, and I can't find two sources that agree on the reason for this rule! So frustrating to a poor, ignorant, extremely nosey european!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: LilyRose on March 03, 2011, 12:09:07 PM

I heard Kitty Montgomery say "Pat-tin-kin" on Dharma and Greg once.

This might be a little gross...


Does anyone else cry when they throw up?

More to the point, does anyone else throw up when they cry? Or cough? I've done both, I think I may have a sensitive 'trigger'

If I'm crying hard enough I do. Just a few tears running down, no. But actually crying yes.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: LilyRose on March 03, 2011, 12:11:35 PM
If it helps it is very close to another specific spot that makes me sneeze...

I sneeze, too, when I pluck my eyebrows?

I wonder if there's a scientific reason for that?


My theory goes like this:

You cannot sneeze and keep your eyes open.

You are plucking close to your eyes and your body possibly reads this as "dangerous things near eyes" and forces you to close your eyes to protect them.

Just my two cents.  :)

I've always figured it was because there are so many nerves in a face, the big ones have to end somewhere, and when they get triggered, they do funny things. Rather a good argument for acupuncture. :) I had a weird experience giving blood that made me think that, actually. As I was settling in on my recliner, the tube shifted just a little. I went from "normal odd donating feeling" to "YEOUCH!!! *twitchtwitchtwitch*" and back in a split second. I think the actual needle must have just tapped a nerve end in my arm.

I have the opposite eyebrow problem though. Mine are barely fixed in my head, which means I've overplucked them an embarrassingly large amount of times.

My question: does anyone know how to make makeup stay stuck to your face? Mine always falls off after a couple of hours. I think I'm missing a step somewhere.

Have you tried using a primer? They have them for face as well as separate ones for eyes to help with keeping eyeshadow on.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: CakeBeret on March 03, 2011, 12:12:02 PM
Is it stupid to feel a little sad and disappointed that no one really cares I'm graduating with my B.A. in May? :P I'm apparently all weepy today over it, and it's ridiculous.

Also, I agree that search = fail.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

I felt the same way when I graduated. Luckily my trusty Ehellsions were here to congratulate me. :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on March 03, 2011, 01:24:45 PM
Does anyone here understand the "cousins" thing...I mean, there are cousins, second cousins, first cousin once-removed...I get the plain cousins, but how are the other ones related?

And why is it that some words start to look really strange after you type them several times? "Cousin" is one of those words apparently  ;D

Count back to a common ancestor.  If it's one generation to a common ancestor (ie, go back past your parents and you share grandparents -- aunts & uncles' kids) then you're first cousins.  If it's two generations, you're second cousins, etc.  You use the lowest number of generations, then start adding removes.  So let's take my first cousin's daughter.  Count back to a common ancestor -- my grandparents, one generation.  But because she has one more level to go (they're her great-grandparents), we're first cousins once removed. 

A lot of people ignore the remove and add everything together.  So my first cousin's daughter might be called my second cousin (first cousin plus one remove equals 2!).  That's not strictly correct but is used commonly in some areas.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 03, 2011, 01:30:17 PM

I heard Kitty Montgomery say "Pat-tin-kin" on Dharma and Greg once.

This might be a little gross...


Does anyone else cry when they throw up?

More to the point, does anyone else throw up when they cry? Or cough? I've done both, I think I may have a sensitive 'trigger'

I do, but i know i have a sensitive trigger. Crying, coughing, hiccups, strong smells, just about anything can set me off. I'm probably not a good indicator.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 03, 2011, 01:31:36 PM
Does anyone else cough when they eat ice-cream?

A lot of times, yes, now that you mention it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Everlee on March 03, 2011, 01:49:26 PM
blond woman, black eyebrows

I consider those incomplete dye jobs.

I actually know a girl who has really light blond hair and jet black eyebrows.  I've known her since Kindergarten and they've always been that way.  She gets a lot of those comments, too, but it really is natural.  So not completely far-fetched.
My husband has a sandy brown hair color and a fire engine red beard.   ???
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kimblee on March 03, 2011, 01:54:27 PM
blond woman, black eyebrows

I consider those incomplete dye jobs.

I actually know a girl who has really light blond hair and jet black eyebrows.  I've known her since Kindergarten and they've always been that way.  She gets a lot of those comments, too, but it really is natural.  So not completely far-fetched.
My husband has a sandy brown hair color and a fire engine red beard.   ???

People calling me a "Bottle Blonde" is why I almost blinded myself using facial bleach on my eyebrows. (It dripped)

I still dye just my eyebrows.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Moray on March 03, 2011, 02:35:37 PM
Does anyone else cough when they eat ice-cream?

Not ice cream specifically, but sometimes really sweet things, like milk chocolate or suckers will make me cough like crazy.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: White Dragon on March 03, 2011, 02:41:49 PM
To help clarify the cousins thing - cousins are measured by how many generations they have to count before they find a common ancestor.

Alpha and Alphetta have two kids: Adam and Amy.

Adam and Amy are brother and sister.
Adam marries Alice, Amy marries Allan

Adam and Alice have a kid, Ben
Amy and Allan have a kid, Barb

Ben and Barb are first cousins.
You have to go back past one generation (Adam/Amy) to get to the ancestors they share (Alpha, Alphetta - their grandparents)

Ben marries Beth - they have Carl
Barb marries Bruce - they have Cathy

Cathy and Carl are second cousins.
They have to go back past two generations (Ben/Barb, then Amy/Adam) to get to the shared ancestor (Alpha, Alphetta - great grandparents)

Ben and Cathy are first cousins, once removed as are Barb and Carl. The "C's" are not the same generations as the "B's" are are one extra step away (once removed) from the first cousin relationship.

Try drawing it as a tree with Alpha and Alphetta at the top.
Everyone one the same "line" has a cousin relationship to each other (first, second, etc)
Everyone who has a diagonal relationship (ie: Ben to his first cousin's kid Cathy) are "removed" relationships. Ben would be a first cousin, 3 times removed to most of the E generation - except his own descendents- for example. And the "E" generation would be fourth cousins to each other

Clear as mud?

(I end up having to explain this to my various extended cousins at every reunion because our family patricarch was very prolific and the generations can span 30 years. So I can have second cousins, once removed, who are my age.)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 03, 2011, 02:44:00 PM
THAT MAKES SENSE!!!!  I think that's the first time that concept has kinda started taking hold in my mind.  Thanks WD!

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 03, 2011, 02:56:11 PM
blond woman, black eyebrows

I consider those incomplete dye jobs.

I actually know a girl who has really light blond hair and jet black eyebrows.  I've known her since Kindergarten and they've always been that way.  She gets a lot of those comments, too, but it really is natural.  So not completely far-fetched.
My husband has a sandy brown hair color and a fire engine red beard.   ???

I've known so many men with brown or sandy hair, whose beards come in red. What's up with that?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Poirot on March 03, 2011, 02:59:19 PM
Hastings has dark brown hair (well he DID at one time).  ;) His beard is red (mostly) kind of red/white striped like a candy cane.  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Moray on March 03, 2011, 03:04:59 PM
White Dragon, I have puzzled over the cousins thing for years. This is the first time I've EVER understood it even a little. Thank you!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 03, 2011, 03:10:03 PM
blond woman, black eyebrows

I consider those incomplete dye jobs.

I actually know a girl who has really light blond hair and jet black eyebrows.  I've known her since Kindergarten and they've always been that way.  She gets a lot of those comments, too, but it really is natural.  So not completely far-fetched.
My husband has a sandy brown hair color and a fire engine red beard.   ???

I too grew up with blonde hair and dark eyebrows (not black, but dark brown). Once, when I was 19 or so, a guy in a bar told me that if I was going to bleach my hair, I should bleach my eyebrows too, because I looked so "unnatural." Well, I was 100% natural. At that point, no hair dye had ever touched my hair.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: supernova on March 03, 2011, 04:00:42 PM

 My question is does the thermometer take your tempurature orally or, ummmmm, elsewhere? Becuase if it's elsewhere, then maybe I don't want to hear about her taking that tempurature every morning, kwim?

I totally KWYM!

I found this:

How to take your Basal Body Temperature

Your Basal Body Temperature can be taken orally with a special BBT thermometer. Ideally, a larger thermometer that registers from 96 to 100 degrees (in easy-to-read one-tenth degree increments) is recommended. Digital thermometers are also available. Remember, you are attempting to discern as little as a two-tenths of a degree of difference in temperature, so selecting a quality thermometer and following directions are crucial.


Sooooo, I'm gonna go with: probably not TMI.  ;)

Oh good. I thought it was "elsewhere" too.

You can take it vaginally and its more accurate than orally but most charters I know take it orally.

Um.  Okay.  I'm catching the TMI train here, but...

...how do women not know when they're ovulating?

Maybe I'm different or weird, but I get mittelschmerz pains, and I also get a specific type of internal lubrication that only happens when the, uh, factory is in production mode.

Izzit just me?  Would I have been a smashing success at the rhythm method?

Oh, and yes, I cry when I sing to the porcelain throne/do the technicolor yawn.  Every time.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 03, 2011, 04:07:44 PM
Um.  Okay.  I'm catching the TMI train here, but...

...how do women not know when they're ovulating?

Maybe I'm different or weird, but I get mittelschmerz pains, and I also get a specific type of internal lubrication that only happens when the, uh, factory is in production mode.

Izzit just me?  Would I have been a smashing success at the rhythm method?

Oh, and yes, I cry when I sing to the porcelain throne/do the technicolor yawn.  Every time.


Hurrah for mittelschmerz, and , ah, other indicators. I think that not everyone has such regular indicators, tho. And now I'm over 50, and still menstruating, but my cycle's gone to hell. I'd think it a sad, cruel joke if I got pg now :(
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Poirot on March 03, 2011, 04:11:53 PM
Um.  Okay.  I'm catching the TMI train here, but...

...how do women not know when they're ovulating?

Maybe I'm different or weird, but I get mittelschmerz pains, and I also get a specific type of internal lubrication that only happens when the, uh, factory is in production mode.

Izzit just me?  Would I have been a smashing success at the rhythm method?

Oh, and yes, I cry when I sing to the porcelain throne/do the technicolor yawn.  Every time.



I got the mittelschmerz, but my mother taught me they were "middle spurts"  ;D But not every month, so they weren't really reliable. Anyway I was 'fertile Myrtle' and my bigger problem was NOT getting pregnant.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: blue2000 on March 03, 2011, 04:45:38 PM
Um.  Okay.  I'm catching the TMI train here, but...

...how do women not know when they're ovulating?


I have no idea when any of this happens. Seriously.

On reflection, I used to have massive problems with my time of the month, and now I don't have most of those - I have other massive health problems. If there are specific problems that are caused by ovulation, I would have no way to tell.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 03, 2011, 04:48:10 PM

Um.  Okay.  I'm catching the TMI train here, but...

...how do women not know when they're ovulating?

Maybe I'm different or weird, but I get mittelschmerz pains, and I also get a specific type of internal lubrication that only happens when the, uh, factory is in production mode.

Izzit just me?  Would I have been a smashing success at the rhythm method?

Oh, and yes, I cry when I sing to the porcelain throne/do the technicolor yawn.  Every time.


My mom did the total rhythm method thing. She will not only swear that she picked the time of each birth, but that she chose the gender beforehand.

The only messup was with my YDS, as my ODS was messing with my mom's calandar. So she not only realized she was pg way before the rabbit died, she knew she'd be having a girl, instead of the boy she was planning for.

Izzit true? I dunno, but it's what my mom says.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: HushHush on March 03, 2011, 05:24:12 PM
Changes in the cervical mucous and ovarian pain are indicators that you're ovulating but the temperature rise and dip are sometimes the easiest ways to tell you've ovulated when other indications aren't so clear.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: alkira6 on March 03, 2011, 05:54:17 PM
Oddly enough, I always (always!) know when I'm ovulations. The day the egg pops I get a pain and my temp rises three whole degrees. Yes, 3 :o . At this point my husband tells me when I'm "ripe", as he puts it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on March 03, 2011, 06:00:41 PM

Um.  Okay.  I'm catching the TMI train here, but...

...how do women not know when they're ovulating?

Maybe I'm different or weird, but I get mittelschmerz pains, and I also get a specific type of internal lubrication that only happens when the, uh, factory is in production mode.

Izzit just me?  Would I have been a smashing success at the rhythm method?

Oh, and yes, I cry when I sing to the porcelain throne/do the technicolor yawn.  Every time.


Put me in the "I have no clue" category.

Only diligent attention to the calendar keeps everything from being a surprise.

I use an online site to track; the site calculated the cycle length, and I duly mark the calendar and plan accordingly. 

Emma 
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: EngineerChick on March 03, 2011, 06:15:24 PM
Is it stupid to feel a little sad and disappointed that no one really cares I'm graduating with my B.A. in May? :P I'm apparently all weepy today over it, and it's ridiculous.

It is not stupid to feel that way, but as others have posted before me, we care.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Does anyone else cry when they throw up?

More to the point, does anyone else throw up when they cry? Or cough? I've done both, I think I may have a sensitive 'trigger'

I have, when I cried or coughed really hard, but not often. 

I don't really have a sensitive smell trigger (which is fortunate, as I have had to clean some rather smelly things in my life), but if I brush the back of my tongue too hard or too long, I will hurl.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Pinky830 on March 03, 2011, 07:11:04 PM
Regarding the temp charting thing...I charted my temperature for a few months when we were trying for my son, and well over a year for my daughter. The number one question every single person asks you about it is, "Um, where do you put the thermometer?" So it's not just y'all...

I started getting a big kick out of pausing for a beat and saying innocently, "In your mouth."

I can never, ever tell when I'm ovulating. The mittelschmirtz thing was completely random with me. And both times, I got pregnant a day or so after the chart said I should have. Temp charting was very, very interesting, though. I was really fascinated with the rise and fall every month.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 03, 2011, 07:16:55 PM
If your cycle is really random, it can sometimes be hard to tell ovulation from PMS from getting the flu  :-\  We've been trying to get pregnant for a year now and since you have to play scrabble BEFORE you ovulate (and your temperature changes), even keeping track with a basal thermometer wouldn't do me much good because I can vary from 2-12 weeks.  We're relying on the "blind luck and give it enough time" method  :P
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: White Dragon on March 03, 2011, 07:41:52 PM
Quote
My mom did the total rhythm method thing. She will not only swear that she picked the time of each birth, but that she chose the gender beforehand.

The only messup was with my YDS, as my ODS was messing with my mom's calandar. So she not only realized she was pg way before the rabbit died, she knew she'd be having a girl, instead of the boy she was planning for.

Izzit true? I dunno, but it's what my mom says.

It is somewhat possible.
Going from memory here, so if I'm wrong, somebody jump in.
The "male component" of reproduction has a lifespan of (IIRC) 2-3 days.
One gender of this component is fast, the other is longer lived (I forget which is which).

So playing scrabble in the early phase of the ovulation cycle is more likely to catch the fast ones.
Delaying the scrabble a bit is more likely to catch the longer lived ones.

Someone with a very good knowledge of their cycle could use this information to increase their likelihood of having a baby of a particular gender.
Not an absolute thing by any means, but a swing of the statistics.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 03, 2011, 07:55:11 PM
Further from Cyradis...When I have my eyebrows waxed and she's plucking a few stray hairs, it always makes me cry when she plucks hair from one specific spot. This varies from slightly weepy to full on tears (esp if Aunt Flo is due for a visit). It's one spot on one eyebrow, so it's not even symmetrical. Does this happen to other people? Does anyone know why it happens?

If it helps it is very close to another specific spot that makes me sneeze...

I always sneeze when I pluck mine, too.  It's full on, four times in a row sneezing. 
So if anyone ever sees me out and my eyebrows are thick it's because I hate dealing with the sneezing!


I always sneezed nonstop when I tried to do my own - when the esthetician does it, only once or twice.

Have you thought about having a pro do it?  I have my upper lips and brows waxed/plucked at the hair salon about every three months, and it's only about $20 on top of my hair bill.  Needless to say, they do a far better job as well.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 03, 2011, 08:06:46 PM
If your cycle is really random, it can sometimes be hard to tell ovulation from PMS from getting the flu  :-\  We've been trying to get pregnant for a year now and since you have to play scrabble BEFORE you ovulate (and your temperature changes), even keeping track with a basal thermometer wouldn't do me much good because I can vary from 2-12 weeks.  We're relying on the "blind luck and give it enough time" method  :P


That's just it.  You can't really use the temperature method in order to determine when to "do it" in a particular month, because by the time your temperature rises, you've already ovulated and are past the best time to conceive.  The idea is to examine the charts over a period of two or three months and try to determine a pattern.  Some women do notice a temperature drop right before ovulation, and it rises right afterwards, so that's helpful.

I thought there were more accurate hormone-detection kids available in drugstores these days for those who are TTC?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Pinky830 on March 03, 2011, 08:21:14 PM
If your cycle is really random, it can sometimes be hard to tell ovulation from PMS from getting the flu  :-\  We've been trying to get pregnant for a year now and since you have to play scrabble BEFORE you ovulate (and your temperature changes), even keeping track with a basal thermometer wouldn't do me much good because I can vary from 2-12 weeks.  We're relying on the "blind luck and give it enough time" method  :P


That's just it.  You can't really use the temperature method in order to determine when to "do it" in a particular month, because by the time your temperature rises, you've already ovulated and are past the best time to conceive.  The idea is to examine the charts over a period of two or three months and try to determine a pattern.  Some women do notice a temperature drop right before ovulation, and it rises right afterwards, so that's helpful.

I thought there were more accurate hormone-detection kids available in drugstores these days for those who are TTC?

Those kits are trying to pinoint the LH surge that happens right before ovulation. The surge is VERY brief and hard to catch. Plus the test itself is a pain. They're expensive, for one thing. You have to do it in the afternoon with several hours' worth of urine, so you have to go around holding it for a really uncomfortable length of time. I tried them a few times and they just weren't worth it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: CrazyDaffodilLady on March 03, 2011, 08:41:45 PM
The cousin thing

A quick way to determine the relation is this:

Determine the common ancestor and add up the “grands” and “greats” in the title.  I.e., Grandparent = 1, Great great grandparent = 3.  If the total is 1, you’re first cousins.  If it’s five, you’re fifth cousins.   

If you’re not of the same generation (say, for one of you, it’s a grandparent, for the other it’s a great grandparent), take the lower number.  Then subtract the lower number from the higher to determine the “removed” factor.

Example: Your great grandparents (2) are my great great great great grandparents (5).  We are second cousins three times removed.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 03, 2011, 08:57:06 PM

My question: does anyone know how to make makeup stay stuck to your face? Mine always falls off after a couple of hours. I think I'm missing a step somewhere.

Do you use foundation?  I've found it sticks longer if I use a liquid foundation instead of dry or skipping it.  

Can you use liquid on your eyelids for eyeshadow? I've always just done little dots to cover blemishes, since I think I look strange with foundation all over. Could be I'm just not used to how I look with makeup on.

Primer is the answer!  Eyeshadow primer is usually a pretty neutral-colored liquid, and you put it on before you add eyeshadow.  It helps keep it from migrating (especially if you have oily skin).  There is also face primer (generally translucent rather than neutral-colored), and it helps keep foundation in place.

Also, using really good eyeshadow can help.  I've stopped using drugstore brands, because they aren't very intensely pigmented.  I really prefer using slightly more high-end brands that have more pigment.  Since they show up better, I don't have to use as much, and they don't seem to wear off nearly as quickly.

I have also found that the key to not looking strange when wearing a full face of foundation is blush.  It's a sort of amateur mistake to cover everything up with foundation and then call it good.  No matter how good a job you've done, you'll look bizarre, and as if your makeup is really heavy.  Brush some natural-colored blush along your cheekbones, however, and your skin suddenly looks dewy and perfect.

I just had my makeup done for my wedding, with the Temptu airbrushing that Sephora has.  It covers things up super well, and so before I had blush, I seriously looked like a zombie.  Even though the makeup itself was pretty weightless and not-obvious.  Less than a minute later, with a light application of a peachy blush, and I suddenly looked glowing and had a "Makeup?  What makeup?" look to my skin.  It was kind of absurdly dramatic.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 03, 2011, 08:58:56 PM
Re: menstrual cycles

I had no idea that anyone could actually feel when they ovulated.  This is an entirely foreign concept to me. :)  Then again, I've had a rather artificial cycle since I was 18 (and had a somewhat irregular one before that), so I keep track of things based on how many pills are left in my package for the month. ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kath68 on March 03, 2011, 09:10:00 PM
Here's my stupid question which my DH and I have debated at length. Is noon 12am or 12pm?

I now don't refer at all to 12am or 12pm but just say noon or midnight.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 03, 2011, 09:12:07 PM
Here's my stupid question which my DH and I have debated at length. Is noon 12am or 12pm?

I now don't refer at all to 12am or 12pm but just say noon or midnight.

Noon is 12:00 p.m.  Midnight is 12:00 a.m.  Basically, Noon "starts" the afternoon, and Midnight "starts" the morning.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: flowersintheattic on March 03, 2011, 09:13:02 PM
Re: menstrual cycles

I had no idea that anyone could actually feel when they ovulated.  This is an entirely foreign concept to me. :)  Then again, I've had a rather artificial cycle since I was 18 (and had a somewhat irregular one before that), so I keep track of things based on how many pills are left in my package for the month. ;)

I had no idea until roughly two minutes ago, either, Dindrane...  :)

Here's my stupid question which my DH and I have debated at length. Is noon 12am or 12pm?

I now don't refer at all to 12am or 12pm but just say noon or midnight.

I've always heard noon as 12 PM and midnight as 12 AM, but I don't know if that's technically right.

And my question: I know that everyone's fingers shrink and swell with the weather, but how much is normal? And what do you guys do with engagement/wedding rings? Let them be a little loose when it's cold or a little tight when it's warm?

(And speaking of rings, how do rings get re-sized? Do jewelers cut out a part and reform the band? Or do they melt it down and remake it?)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 03, 2011, 09:16:05 PM
Noon is 12 pm

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 03, 2011, 09:19:05 PM
Midnight is 12 AM. I had trouble with it until I was told mistakenly that AM means after midnight. So 12:01 would have to be 12:01 AM.

Technically you are correct: http://www.coolquiz.com/trivia/explain/docs/time.asp

I found this information in a couple more sites, too.

I think the 12 AM is  in use as a shorthand.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 03, 2011, 09:19:57 PM
For swelling:

My fingers change kind of a lot.  I probably have an entire ring size difference between my cold fingers and my hot fingers.  Except for really extreme circumstances, my fingers never get so cold my rings fall off, and they rarely get so hot I can't remove my rings.  If I can't get my rings off, I usually just soak my hands in cold water until they cool off and shrink a bit.

As far as sizing, I generally size my rings to sort of split the difference.  So they'll be a little uncomfortable if I'm really hot, and they'll be a little bit loose if I'm really cold, but most of the time they are more or less the right size.

For resizing:

Unless I'm mistaken, the first thing a jeweler does is snip the ring.  They will remove excess metal to size it down and then reshape the band.  They will stretch it out (kind of like pulling the two edges apart) and then add metal to size it up.  I have my grandmother's wedding and engagement rings, and my mom has another ring that was hers.  My mom and I both have like maybe size 7ish fingers, but my grandmother's were more like a size 4.  In other words, tiny.  The jeweler who resized the ring my mom has wasn't entirely sure he could do it, because it is an eternity band with channel set stones, and he was afraid they'd start to pop out if he pulled the cut sides apart to make it larger (fortunately, he was able to manage it just fine).  When he resized my wedding ring, most of what I ended up paying for was platinum to add to the ring.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: guihong on March 03, 2011, 09:44:36 PM
Does water go down the drain clockwise south of the equator?  And if so, where does the effect come in?  How far south of the equator?

And if I can have a second question:  Are there Outback Steakhouses in Australia?  Or are those hopeless cliche's and stereotypes?  When I watched Survivor Amazing Race, gah-the other night, I didn't hear anyone who sounded like Crocodile Dundee, nor did I see a single head of cattle (or much grass to support one).

gui
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: GoldenGemini on March 03, 2011, 09:51:05 PM
Does water go down the drain clockwise south of the equator?  And if so, where does the effect come in?  How far south of the equator?

And if I can have a second question:  Are there Outback Steakhouses in Australia?  Or are those hopeless cliche's and stereotypes?  When I watched Survivor the other night, I didn't hear anyone who sounded like Crocodile Dundee, nor did I see a single head of cattle (or much grass to support one).

gui

We have an Outback Jack near us, but it has only just opened and is the only one I have ever heard of.  Don't know if they are the same.  I'd say a lot of it is cliches and stereotypes, though!

Most of the cattle is on stations closer to the middle of the country.  Round here it's sheep.

My brother and one of my best friends both sound like Croc Dundee.  Mind you, we did grow up out in the country.  I can sound similar to him if I want to, but I try to modulate my speech MUCH more than that!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Seraphia on March 03, 2011, 10:35:09 PM

My question: does anyone know how to make makeup stay stuck to your face? Mine always falls off after a couple of hours. I think I'm missing a step somewhere.

Do you use foundation?  I've found it sticks longer if I use a liquid foundation instead of dry or skipping it.  

Can you use liquid on your eyelids for eyeshadow? I've always just done little dots to cover blemishes, since I think I look strange with foundation all over. Could be I'm just not used to how I look with makeup on.

Primer is the answer!  Eyeshadow primer is usually a pretty neutral-colored liquid, and you put it on before you add eyeshadow.  It helps keep it from migrating (especially if you have oily skin).  There is also face primer (generally translucent rather than neutral-colored), and it helps keep foundation in place.

Also, using really good eyeshadow can help.  I've stopped using drugstore brands, because they aren't very intensely pigmented.  I really prefer using slightly more high-end brands that have more pigment.  Since they show up better, I don't have to use as much, and they don't seem to wear off nearly as quickly.

I have also found that the key to not looking strange when wearing a full face of foundation is blush.  It's a sort of amateur mistake to cover everything up with foundation and then call it good.  No matter how good a job you've done, you'll look bizarre, and as if your makeup is really heavy.  Brush some natural-colored blush along your cheekbones, however, and your skin suddenly looks dewy and perfect.

I just had my makeup done for my wedding, with the Temptu airbrushing that Sephora has.  It covers things up super well, and so before I had blush, I seriously looked like a zombie.  Even though the makeup itself was pretty weightless and not-obvious.  Less than a minute later, with a light application of a peachy blush, and I suddenly looked glowing and had a "Makeup?  What makeup?" look to my skin.  It was kind of absurdly dramatic.

That could be it then. My skin tone is odd - I blush lobster-red on whitewhite skin, so I never bothered with blush. I always figured it was rather unnecessary. I guess it's going to be a makeover weekend. :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 03, 2011, 10:38:23 PM
Does water go down the drain clockwise south of the equator?  And if so, where does the effect come in?  How far south of the equator?
gui
No. The coriolis effect only works on large bodies of water (like oceans). On the small scale, the physical structure of the sink/bath surrounding the drain determines which way the water goes down the drain.
It can theoretically be shown with sinks, but you need really peculiar conditions to do it. Ordinary sinks and toilets are too irregular and chaotic to allow the coriolis effect to act on the water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriolis_effect#Draining_in_bathtubs_and_toilets
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 03, 2011, 10:39:34 PM
Seraphia, I have very pink skin (that is also quite fair), and my cheeks tend to stay pink all the time.  I definitely went through some considerable time thinking it was silly to add color when I'd just spent a ton of time getting rid of the color I didn't want!

At this point, I look at it as getting to choose the shade of pink (peachy-pink is more flattering to me than the bright pink of my natural flush), and getting to control where it is (just on my cheekbones, rather than all over my cheeks down to my jaw).  But it definitely keeps the makeup looking natural rather than overdone, even though I wear kind of a lot of it on a regular basis.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: CuriousParty on March 03, 2011, 10:41:01 PM
The cousin thing

A quick way to determine the relation is this:

Determine the common ancestor and add up the “grands” and “greats” in the title.  I.e., Grandparent = 1, Great great grandparent = 3.  If the total is 1, you’re first cousins.  If it’s five, you’re fifth cousins.   

If you’re not of the same generation (say, for one of you, it’s a grandparent, for the other it’s a great grandparent), take the lower number.  Then subtract the lower number from the higher to determine the “removed” factor

Example: Your great grandparents (2) are my great great great great grandparents (5).  We are second cousins three times removed.

THANK YOU!!!   I swear I'm pasting this into a email so I can keep it for the next family reunion!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 03, 2011, 10:51:56 PM
For the cousins thing, it might help somewhat to actually put your real relatives into a family tree.  It's a little bit easier to see who is related to whom and in what generation they belong that way.

But, honestly, at some point it's also helpful to give up and just call everyone your cousin. :)  I find it really interesting to trace family relationships, but I am beginning to reach a point where the most specific I'll get is "my grandma's cousin."  If it takes more to describe the relationship than that, I just call them "my cousin" and am done with it. ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 03, 2011, 11:19:06 PM
If your cycle is really random, it can sometimes be hard to tell ovulation from PMS from getting the flu  :-\  We've been trying to get pregnant for a year now and since you have to play scrabble BEFORE you ovulate (and your temperature changes), even keeping track with a basal thermometer wouldn't do me much good because I can vary from 2-12 weeks.  We're relying on the "blind luck and give it enough time" method  :P


That's just it.  You can't really use the temperature method in order to determine when to "do it" in a particular month, because by the time your temperature rises, you've already ovulated and are past the best time to conceive.  The idea is to examine the charts over a period of two or three months and try to determine a pattern.  Some women do notice a temperature drop right before ovulation, and it rises right afterwards, so that's helpful.

I thought there were more accurate hormone-detection kids available in drugstores these days for those who are TTC?

Those kits are trying to pinoint the LH surge that happens right before ovulation. The surge is VERY brief and hard to catch. Plus the test itself is a pain. They're expensive, for one thing. You have to do it in the afternoon with several hours' worth of urine, so you have to go around holding it for a really uncomfortable length of time. I tried them a few times and they just weren't worth it.


Thanks, that's what I'd wondered about.  We have about 2 year's worth of temperture charts that we used before DS #1 finally got started. Daily basal temperatures are a real pain, that's why I was wondering why people would still do it if there was an easy alternative. Obviously it's not that easy.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: katycoo on March 03, 2011, 11:32:36 PM
And if I can have a second question:  Are there Outback Steakhouses in Australia?  Or are those hopeless cliche's and stereotypes? 

Yes, there's one 2 minutes from my house.  Althoguht other than 'steak' I don't consider much of the menu to be Australian in any way.  And I am also amused by the use of American organe cheese in their meals - even here.  Our cheese is yellow.

When I watched Survivor the other night, I didn't hear anyone who sounded like Crocodile Dundee, nor did I see a single head of cattle (or much grass to support one).

People who speak with an 'ocker' twang are general from rural or outer suburban areas.  There can also be a bit of a class distinction on the broadness of the accent.

And we don't keep cows in the city but some suburban areas which were once rural but have been taken over by expansion have random paddocks.  Otherwise you need to go inland to find cows.

I'm not watching Amazing Race.  Are people over here?  What's happening?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 03, 2011, 11:41:03 PM
I've always sort of imagined that Crocodile Dundee is to Australia what Fargo is to Minnesota.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on March 04, 2011, 12:54:10 AM
Further from Cyradis...When I have my eyebrows waxed and she's plucking a few stray hairs, it always makes me cry when she plucks hair from one specific spot. This varies from slightly weepy to full on tears (esp if Aunt Flo is due for a visit). It's one spot on one eyebrow, so it's not even symmetrical. Does this happen to other people? Does anyone know why it happens?

If it helps it is very close to another specific spot that makes me sneeze...

I always sneeze when I pluck mine, too.  It's full on, four times in a row sneezing. 
So if anyone ever sees me out and my eyebrows are thick it's because I hate dealing with the sneezing!


I always sneezed nonstop when I tried to do my own - when the esthetician does it, only once or twice.

Have you thought about having a pro do it?  I have my upper lips and brows waxed/plucked at the hair salon about every three months, and it's only about $20 on top of my hair bill.  Needless to say, they do a far better job as well.

I do have a pro do it. I am as attached to my eyebrow waxer as I am to my hairdresser. But she knows when she gets that one spot when she's tweezing after waxing, I'm going to cry and then a minute later sneeze. Part of the reason that she does a better job than I do is because she doesn't avoid the sensitive spot :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarDrifter on March 04, 2011, 02:03:13 AM
I've always sort of imagined that Crocodile Dundee is to Australia what Fargo is to Minnesota.

and this is why we made you an honorary Aussie, Cathy... because you're exactly right!

The Crocodile Dundee accent (and Steve Irwin's for that matter) is very exaggerated. Most of us are a lot more neutral, and I remember when I was in high school I did really well in French. My French-born French teacher said that I should go to Uni and become a translator, apparently Australians are prized as translators because we have so little of our own accent that we find it very easy to adapt how we pronounce words in foreign languages.

The only problem? I would have had to go to Canberra (900kms away from home and v.v expensive) to study.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 04, 2011, 02:13:54 AM
And my question: I know that everyone's fingers shrink and swell with the weather, but how much is normal? And what do you guys do with engagement/wedding rings? Let them be a little loose when it's cold or a little tight when it's warm?

(And speaking of rings, how do rings get re-sized? Do jewelers cut out a part and reform the band? Or do they melt it down and remake it?)

When DH proposed, he gave me his great-grandmother's ring.  It was a size too big.  (I have very skinny fingers.)  When we went to get it sized down, they accidentally sized it up - just melting the existing metal and stretching it a bit.  Then we made them size it back down, and they snipped some of the metal out and re-formed it.  The result had a brittle section because they took gold out to make it smaller but didn't add any to make it bigger  >:(  I finally ended up taking the ring to a different jeweler who added a bit more metal to make the whole thing the correct thickness and keep it from bending/breaking.  So they can do either way, but I think a good jeweler should at least keep the structural integrity of the ring . . .

(ETA: it's now a size 5 and a 2mm band, so it's literally the smallest size the jewelry store would keep in stock anyway.  The difference might not be as noticeable with a thicker/bigger ring.)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Spoder on March 04, 2011, 03:20:27 AM
Okay, I have one that's been bugging me for years.

Why do Americans refer to the clothing store 'Gap' as 'the Gap'? I see it all the time in books etc., as in 'I went to the mall and hit the sales at Target, WalMart and the Gap'. No other store seems to be referred to as 'the such-and-such', just [the] Gap.

Am I missing something really obvious?  :-[

(In Australia, we just call it 'Gap'. Or, if you're me, 'that overpriced store with really boring clothes'  ;))
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Bexx27 on March 04, 2011, 06:19:05 AM
Quote
My mom did the total rhythm method thing. She will not only swear that she picked the time of each birth, but that she chose the gender beforehand.

The only messup was with my YDS, as my ODS was messing with my mom's calandar. So she not only realized she was pg way before the rabbit died, she knew she'd be having a girl, instead of the boy she was planning for.

Izzit true? I dunno, but it's what my mom says.

It is somewhat possible.
Going from memory here, so if I'm wrong, somebody jump in.
The "male component" of reproduction has a lifespan of (IIRC) 2-3 days.
One gender of this component is fast, the other is longer lived (I forget which is which).

So playing scrabble in the early phase of the ovulation cycle is more likely to catch the fast ones.
Delaying the scrabble a bit is more likely to catch the longer lived ones.

Someone with a very good knowledge of their cycle could use this information to increase their likelihood of having a baby of a particular gender.
Not an absolute thing by any means, but a swing of the statistics.

The Y's are faster and and X's are longer-lived. So if you're trying for a girl, you would want to play scrabble a few days before you ovulate because the X's are more likely to still be alive and ready to fertilize. If you want a boy, you would play scrabble while you're ovulating.

Of course, it's all based on tendencies, so you might raise your chances of one gender or the other with these methods, but you can't guarantee anything. The only really effective way of choosing your child's gender is implanting an embryo of said gender...or you could adopt a pre-gendered child.  ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: secretrebel on March 04, 2011, 07:36:50 AM
Why do Americans refer to the clothing store 'Gap' as 'the Gap'? I see it all the time in books etc., as in 'I went to the mall and hit the sales at Target, WalMart and the Gap'. No other store seems to be referred to as 'the such-and-such', just [the] Gap.

It originally used 'The Gap' as its trade mark and is incorporated under that name. Sorry, it's a really boring answer!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_(clothing_retailer)#The_Gap_Trademark
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: minky on March 04, 2011, 08:14:19 AM
Why do Americans refer to the clothing store 'Gap' as 'the Gap'? I see it all the time in books etc., as in 'I went to the mall and hit the sales at Target, WalMart and the Gap'. No other store seems to be referred to as 'the such-and-such', just [the] Gap.

It originally used 'The Gap' as its trade mark and is incorporated under that name. Sorry, it's a really boring answer!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_(clothing_retailer)#The_Gap_Trademark


Commercials used "The Gap", as in, "The Gap means Levis and a whole lot more!"
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Namárië on March 04, 2011, 08:48:34 AM
I am reminded of something I used to wonder all the time: what does "fall into the Gap" mean?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tnpenguinbaby on March 04, 2011, 08:57:42 AM
(And speaking of rings, how do rings get re-sized? Do jewelers cut out a part and reform the band? Or do they melt it down and remake it?)

I can help - DH is a silversmith  ;)  If the ring is just a wee bit too small, they get your correct size using the ring gauge.  Then they drop your ring onto a ring mandrel (long tapered steel rod with size markings) and gently tap all the way around until it expands to the size desired.  This is good for rings that only need to go up maybe 1/2 a size or so.  To make it much bigger, they cut the band and if the ring has stones, they attach a heat sink to the bands on either side of the stones.  A heat sink is a metal wire with a lower heating point than the metal of which the ring is made.  That way when they solder/melt the new piece in, the heat doesn't hit the area where the stones are and knock them out of the setting.  Same thing when it has to be made smaller, except they just cut out the bit and then solder the ends back together.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Shopaholic on March 04, 2011, 09:37:41 AM
Quote
My mom did the total rhythm method thing. She will not only swear that she picked the time of each birth, but that she chose the gender beforehand.

The only messup was with my YDS, as my ODS was messing with my mom's calandar. So she not only realized she was pg way before the rabbit died, she knew she'd be having a girl, instead of the boy she was planning for.

Izzit true? I dunno, but it's what my mom says.

It is somewhat possible.
Going from memory here, so if I'm wrong, somebody jump in.
The "male component" of reproduction has a lifespan of (IIRC) 2-3 days.
One gender of this component is fast, the other is longer lived (I forget which is which).

So playing scrabble in the early phase of the ovulation cycle is more likely to catch the fast ones.
Delaying the scrabble a bit is more likely to catch the longer lived ones.

Someone with a very good knowledge of their cycle could use this information to increase their likelihood of having a baby of a particular gender.
Not an absolute thing by any means, but a swing of the statistics.

The Y's are faster and and X's are longer-lived. So if you're trying for a girl, you would want to play scrabble a few days before you ovulate because the X's are more likely to still be alive and ready to fertilize. If you want a boy, you would play scrabble while you're ovulating.

Of course, it's all based on tendencies, so you might raise your chances of one gender or the other with these methods, but you can't guarantee anything. The only really effective way of choosing your child's gender is implanting an embryo of said gender...or you could adopt a pre-gendered child.  ;)

I have also heard of diets aimed at getting a preferred gender. Something along the lines of if you eat acidic foods you are more likely to get a girl.
The woman who told me about it swears it works - but having one child of a preferred gender after trying this method doesn't really count as statistics to me.

I also had no idea women could feel when they ovulate.
I know my chest hurts and I become extremely klutzy (even more than usual) the week before my period.
Apparently klutziness is common before periods.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MariaE on March 04, 2011, 01:22:40 PM
I am reminded of something I used to wonder all the time: what does "fall into the Gap" mean?

This is from the London Underground (tube) where on some stations there's quite a gap between the trains and the platform. That's also why the trains will have a recording, "Mind the gap".

(and anybody who's ever been to London will now hear that with the exact right infliction ;) )
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on March 04, 2011, 01:26:15 PM
I am reminded of something I used to wonder all the time: what does "fall into the Gap" mean?

This is from the London Underground (tube) where on some stations there's quite a gap between the trains and the platform. That's also why the trains will have a recording, "Mind the gap".

(and anybody who's ever been to London will now hear that with the exact right infliction ;) )

And BART's "Watch the Gap" just isn't the same.  :)

Emma
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: bobsyouruncle on March 04, 2011, 01:26:59 PM
I am reminded of something I used to wonder all the time: what does "fall into the Gap" mean?

This is from the London Underground (tube) where on some stations there's quite a gap between the trains and the platform. That's also why the trains will have a recording, "Mind the gap".

(and anybody who's ever been to London will now hear that with the exact right infliction ;) )

Actually I think "Fall into the Gap" is part of an older Gap(clothing store) ad campaign.

but I DO now have "Mind the gap" stuck in my head (lol - I love London!)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Everlee on March 04, 2011, 01:28:28 PM
I am reminded of something I used to wonder all the time: what does "fall into the Gap" mean?

This is from the London Underground (tube) where on some stations there's quite a gap between the trains and the platform. That's also why the trains will have a recording, "Mind the gap".

(and anybody who's ever been to London will now hear that with the exact right infliction ;) )

Actually I think "Fall into the Gap" is part of an older Gap(clothing store) ad campaign.

but I DO now have "Mind the gap" stuck in my head (lol - I love London!)

Yeah it's an old Gap slogan.  I always assumed it meant to "fall" into their store when walking by.   :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Jess13 on March 04, 2011, 02:05:25 PM
Does anyone else cough when they eat ice-cream?

No but I sneeze in the sun.

I do too. We studied this briefly in 10th grade and it's something about a photosensitivity to the sun and our sneeze reaction working together.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: stargazer on March 04, 2011, 02:45:47 PM
I get a REALLY intense pain in my nose when I change from the very cold outdoors to the warm indoors, or vice versa.  Like almost crippling pain that thankfully only lasts for a few seconds.  Does anyone else get this?  What is this?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on March 04, 2011, 03:10:28 PM
Does anybody here experience a change in pressure when taking a light rail/train through an underground tunnel?

There were a bunch of histrionic high school students on the train this morning, and three or four of them grabbed their ears and winced as we went under the bay, much as I might wince if I felt the pressure change in flying. 

Not feeling the pressure change myself, I don't know if it was simply further melodrama on their part, or if there truly was some change they might have found uncomfortable.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on March 04, 2011, 03:32:24 PM

And if I can have a second question:  Are there Outback Steakhouses in Australia?  Or are those hopeless cliche's and stereotypes?  When I watched Survivor Amazing Race, gah-the other night, I didn't hear anyone who sounded like Crocodile Dundee, nor did I see a single head of cattle (or much grass to support one).

gui

The Crocodile Dundee accent is more like an extremely rural accent. I've only heard a few people speak with an accent that broad and I lived in rural NSW for many years. We tend to talk about "the" Australian accent in reality we have a lot of regional variation.

We're 6 days behind on the Amazing race so I've only seen the Sydney episode (we'll see ep 2 tomorrow night, I hope the Cowboys aren't eliminated  :(  ) Obviously you wouldn't see any cattle there because it's a city. But if I'm right they're going to central Australia next? I can't answer specifically because I don't know exactly where they are but fwiw, I'm on the eastern coast of NSW. Starting at the coast and travelling inland you get 
right on the coast - towns and cities
slightly inland - agriculture that needs reasonable amounts of water - fruit, vineyards, dairy farms (with cows :) ) and sadly more and more suburbs where there used to be farms and also turf farms (ptooie)
a mountain range (the great dividing range)
the tablelands - grasslands where you will find beef cattle, fields of canola (rapeseed), more fruit that's been forced there by the suburbs as you go further west on the tablelands cattle farming requires too much rain, so you see more sheep and wheat which need less rain
then
desert - miles and miles and miles and miles of bloody desert. You won't see any cattle here, because there's no grass. In bits where it isn't actually desert you get massive farms where they have so much land and so few cattle (per acre) that the cattle can roam in ENORMOUS paddocks and find enough grass to feed themselves. If you look at a map of central Australia, especially Queensland you will see little names dotted all over the map in the middle of nowhere. These are not towns, they are homesteads of these enormous farms.
Then you finish crossing the desert and hit WA. I don't know WA well so my tour ends here :)

Phew! Didn't mean to write an essay, sorry. As I said, I don't know where they specifically are, but there are loads of places in central Australia far too dry for cattle.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nora on March 04, 2011, 03:39:58 PM
Does anybody here experience a change in pressure when taking a light rail/train through an underground tunnel?

There were a bunch of histrionic high school students on the train this morning, and three or four of them grabbed their ears and winced as we went under the bay, much as I might wince if I felt the pressure change in flying. 

Not feeling the pressure change myself, I don't know if it was simply further melodrama on their part, or if there truly was some change they might have found uncomfortable.

Yes. I had lot's of ear infections when I was a kid, and my ear canals are small. I wince when I go under water in a metro/high up in a trolley cart.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Bethalize on March 04, 2011, 03:58:21 PM
Does anybody here experience a change in pressure when taking a light rail/train through an underground tunnel?

I do. Less so now but I still wait for my ears to pop. It was horrible as a child.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Twik on March 04, 2011, 04:13:14 PM
Does anyone else cough when they eat ice-cream?

No but I sneeze in the sun.

I do too. We studied this briefly in 10th grade and it's something about a photosensitivity to the sun and our sneeze reaction working together.

THere is a name for this syndrome, but darned if I can ever remember it. But I will always remember hearing about it and telling my Mom, "See? It's not just me!"
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: supernova on March 04, 2011, 04:17:24 PM
Twik:  Photic sneezing.  :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: lilfox on March 04, 2011, 04:18:44 PM
I get a REALLY intense pain in my nose when I change from the very cold outdoors to the warm indoors, or vice versa.  Like almost crippling pain that thankfully only lasts for a few seconds.  Does anyone else get this?  What is this?

I get a twinge in my nose, but it's not too bad unless the temp swing is seriously huge.  Possibly related, my ears really bother me in cold - I can't go jogging in temps less than 55 F without an earband because I'll get that crippling pain inside my ears.

Because we're looking at new bathroom sinks, my stupid question is: WHY are all the standard bathroom sinks designed so the faucet is within an inch of the back of the sink?  You practically can't wash your hands without scraping your knuckles on the sink.  So annoying.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dazi on March 04, 2011, 04:25:00 PM
I get a REALLY intense pain in my nose when I change from the very cold outdoors to the warm indoors, or vice versa.  Like almost crippling pain that thankfully only lasts for a few seconds.  Does anyone else get this?  What is this?

I get a twinge in my nose, but it's not too bad unless the temp swing is seriously huge.  Possibly related, my ears really bother me in cold - I can't go jogging in temps less than 55 F without an earband because I'll get that crippling pain inside my ears.

Because we're looking at new bathroom sinks, my stupid question is: WHY are all the standard bathroom sinks designed so the faucet is within an inch of the back of the sink?  You practically can't wash your hands without scraping your knuckles on the sink.  So annoying.

They are meant to have an arched faucet. Something like this http://www.lowes.com/pd_306203-22910-FW6B0006BNC_4294857098_4294937087_?productId=1244311&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Bathroom%2BFaucets_4294857098_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1 

not these http://www.lowes.com/pd_291760-37749-WL2230K_4294857098_4294937087_?productId=3055631&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Bathroom%2BFaucets_4294857098_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1

I also get the nose and ear thing with extreme temp changes
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 04, 2011, 04:33:32 PM

Because we're looking at new bathroom sinks, my stupid question is: WHY are all the standard bathroom sinks designed so the faucet is within an inch of the back of the sink?  You practically can't wash your hands without scraping your knuckles on the sink.  So annoying.

They are meant to have an arched faucet. Something like this http://www.lowes.com/pd_306203-22910-FW6B0006BNC_4294857098_4294937087_?productId=1244311&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Bathroom%2BFaucets_4294857098_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1 

not these http://www.lowes.com/pd_291760-37749-WL2230K_4294857098_4294937087_?productId=3055631&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Bathroom%2BFaucets_4294857098_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1

I also get the nose and ear thing with extreme temp changes
And why does the cheap sink faucet (Dazi's #2) have nearly round handles with just a few shallow indentations?  I prefer to turn the water off while I soap my hands (so it doesn't go to waste) and trying to turn that faucet off with soapy hands is next to impossible.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dazi on March 04, 2011, 04:41:45 PM
^^^I have no idea  :-\
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Post by: Pinky830 on March 04, 2011, 05:01:23 PM
Re Outback Steakhouse, I heard once that it was started by two guys from Florida whose only knowledge of Australia was seeing Crocodile Dundee.

It seems like I heard that Paul Hogan had made a pariah out of himself in Oz for doing the movie, because it had so many absurd stereotypes. Being from an area that is subject to a lot of mean-spirited stereotypes, I can sympathize.

Edited to fix a typo
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Post by: Iris on March 04, 2011, 05:49:39 PM
^I don't recall anyone particularly caring at the time. Everyone I knew LOVED the movie. It was just silly and fun.
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Post by: Glaceon on March 04, 2011, 07:50:41 PM
I cough when I eat ice cream sometimes.  It used to happen a lot when I was little.  I remember my little sister and me trying to stifle the coughs so mom wouldn't take our ice cream away.
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Post by: Amasi on March 04, 2011, 08:41:08 PM
My grandmother coughs whenever she eats ice cream. She says it's her lactose intolerance. I cough whenever I drink a McDonalds milkshake.
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Post by: kherbert05 on March 04, 2011, 10:01:39 PM
For the cousins thing, it might help somewhat to actually put your real relatives into a family tree.  It's a little bit easier to see who is related to whom and in what generation they belong that way.

But, honestly, at some point it's also helpful to give up and just call everyone your cousin. :)  I find it really interesting to trace family relationships, but I am beginning to reach a point where the most specific I'll get is "my grandma's cousin."  If it takes more to describe the relationship than that, I just call them "my cousin" and am done with it. ;)

It kind of depends. I have a hard time with names and for some reason sorting the relationships helps. I do it by siblings though

My cousins Shelly's mother and our Father are siblings so

Shelly is 1st cousin to sis and I

Shelly has Sandy and Christie Sis has Loren and Brett

Those 4 are 2 generations from the siblings so they are 2nd cousins

Christie has Ben and Cam who are the same age bracket as Loren and Brett

Ben and Cam's great-grandmother is sibling to Loren and Brett's grandfather

You go with the closest relationship so they are 2nd cousins, but Ben and Cam are a generation down from Loren and Brett so it is 2nd cousins once removed.

I can actually picture this all in my head and that visual with their names on brackets helps me keep things straight.

In 3rd grade the beast that taught my class had us draw our family trees. Most of the kids did their parents/siblings. Some did grandparents/aunts/uncles/cousins.

Mine went back to my great-grandparents and a couple of great-great grand parents and included all the 1st and 2nd cousins at the time - even some third. (Note I know all these people except the great and great great grandparents and for them I know all their stories)

The Beast accused me of making it up. Mom coolly told her she was welcome to take off for me misspelling a couple of the Irish names and mixing up a couple of the Arthur Edward with the Edward Arthur (3 different branches have combos of those names and 1/2 the guys go by their 2nd names not their first) - but every single part of that was true. She brought in our baby books as proof (both had extensive family trees).
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Post by: Everlee on March 04, 2011, 10:47:59 PM
Does anybody here experience a change in pressure when taking a light rail/train through an underground tunnel?

There were a bunch of histrionic high school students on the train this morning, and three or four of them grabbed their ears and winced as we went under the bay, much as I might wince if I felt the pressure change in flying.  

Not feeling the pressure change myself, I don't know if it was simply further melodrama on their part, or if there truly was some change they might have found uncomfortable.

Yes. I had lot's of ear infections when I was a kid, and my ear canals are small. I wince when I go under water in a metro/high up in a trolley cart.

My ears will get all stuffy when I drive my car over hills on the road.  It doesn't even have to be a very big hill.  On the interstate going into St. Louis there's one little spot that makes my ears hurt every time.  No one else in the car experiences it but me.
The Metro goes underground and it never seems to bother me for some reason.



Does anyone else sneeze when they see the sun?

*edited to add that I went back a couple pages and saw that someone else had posted the same thing.  Glad it wasn't just me!
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Post by: kareng57 on March 04, 2011, 11:10:08 PM
Quote
My mom did the total rhythm method thing. She will not only swear that she picked the time of each birth, but that she chose the gender beforehand.

The only messup was with my YDS, as my ODS was messing with my mom's calandar. So she not only realized she was pg way before the rabbit died, she knew she'd be having a girl, instead of the boy she was planning for.

Izzit true? I dunno, but it's what my mom says.

It is somewhat possible.
Going from memory here, so if I'm wrong, somebody jump in.
The "male component" of reproduction has a lifespan of (IIRC) 2-3 days.
One gender of this component is fast, the other is longer lived (I forget which is which).

So playing scrabble in the early phase of the ovulation cycle is more likely to catch the fast ones.
Delaying the scrabble a bit is more likely to catch the longer lived ones.

Someone with a very good knowledge of their cycle could use this information to increase their likelihood of having a baby of a particular gender.
Not an absolute thing by any means, but a swing of the statistics.

The Y's are faster and and X's are longer-lived. So if you're trying for a girl, you would want to play scrabble a few days before you ovulate because the X's are more likely to still be alive and ready to fertilize. If you want a boy, you would play scrabble while you're ovulating.

Of course, it's all based on tendencies, so you might raise your chances of one gender or the other with these methods, but you can't guarantee anything. The only really effective way of choosing your child's gender is implanting an embryo of said gender...or you could adopt a pre-gendered child.  ;)

I have also heard of diets aimed at getting a preferred gender. Something along the lines of if you eat acidic foods you are more likely to get a girl.
The woman who told me about it swears it works - but having one child of a preferred gender after trying this method doesn't really count as statistics to me.

I also had no idea women could feel when they ovulate.
I know my chest hurts and I become extremely klutzy (even more than usual) the week before my period.
Apparently klutziness is common before periods.


I believe that there was a book published regarding this quite a few years ago - maybe 30 years?  I think it was called "Boy or Girl, Now you Can Choose" or something like that.

In the end, I believe that the methods they suggested would maybe give you something like a 57% chance of the chosen sex.  IMO that's pretty negligible, compared to straight random.

Re the pre-ovulation pain - I started getting that when I was about 45.  It sure would have been more helpful 18 years earlier when we were TTC and going through some pretty high-tech stuff in order to do so.....
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Post by: dawnfire on March 05, 2011, 03:20:35 AM
why do i get goosebumps when i have a sneezing fit?

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Post by: RedDwarf on March 05, 2011, 05:19:07 AM
I don't know but most people's nipples go hard when they sneeze too... something else that happens when cold. I've never checked for goosebumps!
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Post by: Redsoil on March 05, 2011, 06:20:52 AM
People can tell when they ovulate?  Just like that?  Wow - learn something new every day!  I would have no idea if, or when I ovulate, but then my "cycle" (ha!) is all over the place. 

Going against the grain on the "Aussie accent" thing here.  I know quite a lot of people who sound like Crocodile Dundee!  I am in a rural area, and grew up "out west", which was even more rural, so I have a different experience to other posters.  Obviously, the level varies, with some people I know sounding very "Ocker" and quite a lot of us speaking with what I'd call a middle Australia accent.  My husband has quite a broad drawl, as does his brother.  They also have the habit of calling everyone "mate".  "Thanks for that mate", "G'day mate",  "How's it goin' mate?"  Every so often, the drawl becomes so broad that I have to ask hubby to repeat his words, enunciating so I can understand!  Quite a lot of farmers have "the drawl" - some more than others!
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Post by: Luci on March 05, 2011, 08:19:15 AM
On threads, why do people quote someone and not add to it. Is that an automatic "POD"?

Sometimes when I am quoting I hit the wrong button and have to go back to edit it, so at first that's what I thought might be happpening. Then I realized that sometimes a poster doesn't realign the curser, making the post end up within the quoted section, so I always check that out too.

Thanks.
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Post by: DangerMouth on March 05, 2011, 08:23:26 AM
On threads, why do people quote someone and not add to it. Is that an automatic "POD"?

Sometimes when I am quoting I hit the wrong button and have to go back to edit it, so at first that's what I thought might be happpening. Then I realized that sometimes a poster doesn't realign the curser, making the post end up within the quoted section, so I always check that out too.

I think that sometimes they'll see a blank space and not realize they are typing inside the quote, so it looks as if there is no response.

Thanks.
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Post by: StressedGroom on March 05, 2011, 10:53:36 AM
Why do threads like this go off on "Feminine" tagents?  >:D


Why come, when i search for a word in an Outlook folder it doesn't always find it? For instance, i'll be in a folder or sub-folder and will rearch for a certain word. I can see that at least one or two emails have the word right in the subject line ... but the search results say there are none.

It's messing me up. I asked Gish, he doesn't know. I aksed a friend who does IT, they didn't know. I am so confused and frustrated.



Down load Xobni, the free version searchs your inbox and offline folders, it is great.


When flossing what are you supposed to do with the large chunks that come out?  Should you swallow them, spit them out? 
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Post by: Luci on March 05, 2011, 11:21:39 AM
When flossing what are you supposed to do with the large chunks that come out?  Should you swallow them, spit them out? 

Whatever feels best to you, but please don't share the information with us and don't leave them on the furniture or carpet.
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Post by: Luci on March 05, 2011, 11:37:37 AM
Why do threads like this go off on "Feminine" tagents?  >:D

We are mostly women, but we do love the male point of view. Do you remember War Baby? He is beloved by us all.

I am really good at skimming some posts, as witness the recent ovulation sharing. Been there, done that, over it, no wisdom to impart.

If you decide to read them, it may give incite about what all of the women in your life, especially your wife, are going through. They are not porn, just icky.
 
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Post by: MommyPenguin on March 06, 2011, 05:59:50 PM
There's actually a recent study about the fact that what you eat can have an affect on which sex child you have.  High-calorie diets, salty foods, bananas, cereal, and eating breakfast seem related to having a boy.  They aren't sure *why*, though.  Does it affect the woman's environment that the sperm have to swim through?  They don't know whether it's causality or just correlation.  I can tell you from experience, though, that I tried it, just for fun, along with attempting to time my cycle, and still had a girl.  :)

My brother and I both photic sneeze, which my husband thinks is hilarious.  I think one of my daughters does, too.  What's really weird is that my mom has sneezing fits after eating certain meals.  Pancakes, for instance, will lead to a whole long bout of sneezing.  It really embarrasses her, so she's definitely not faking it.  We tease her that she's rating the meal... a five-sneeze meal is okay, an eight-sneeze one is great!

Anybody really good at recognizing a South African accent?  I was watching this video on YouTube and the woman speaking reminds me of my cousins who grew up there.  I wanted to comment and ask the person who posted it, but I guess that would be rather nosy.
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Post by: A.P. Wulfric on March 06, 2011, 06:13:32 PM
I would guess that some of our South African posters would be able to help you. :)  I know TMar and WolfWench qualify. 

As far as sneezes-all the females in my family sneeze after we eat peppermint.  None of the males do. 
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Post by: Jocelyn on March 06, 2011, 07:15:06 PM
Oh, and now I have a question. Am I the only one who doesn't brush their teeth right when they wake up? I get why you would want to, but I cannot imagine trying to eat or drink anything after with everything tasting like minty toothpaste. 
For years, I'd brush my teeth with just water before breakfast, to get rid of the morning mouth, and then use toothpaste after breakfast. Then, cinnamon toothpaste was invented. ;)
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Post by: baglady on March 06, 2011, 07:17:37 PM
Why don't fortune cookies actually have "fortunes" in them anymore? All the ones I get now (and not just from one place - different places) have proverbs or little sayings instead of fortunes.



I HATE those!  I grumble every time I get a non-fortune "fortune."

Ah, yes. But sometimes so appropriate. We have one posted on the board at our bar now that says:

            The definition of courage is to have an open bar.

I may point that our to engaged couples.

That's a whole lot better that 'You will meet a dark stranger and come into money and a storm will sink your boat.'!

Don't forget that you're supposed to add "in bed" or "between the sheets" to the end of every fortune. So "The definition of courage is to have an open bar ... in bed."

OK, I'm ashamed to admit at my age that I don't know this one, but I rarely wear makeup. When applying foundation, where do you stop? At the jawline or down the neck? When I used to wear it regularly I stopped at the jawline and it was really obvious. Which leads me to my second question: How do you choose the foundation color that blends with your skin? I'm Caucasian and can't tell "medium pale" from "medium medium," KWIM?

Because I am so clueless about foundation, I generally only wear blush and lip color on the rare occasions I feel compelled to wear makeup. But having 52-year-old skin I would *like* to be able to wear foundation the right way to cover up all those 52-year-old imperfections.

(I don't wear eye makeup because my eyes are very large and don't need it.)
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Post by: Dindrane on March 06, 2011, 07:19:29 PM
I sneeze when too much light gets in my eyes.  I've always assumed that it's at least partially related to my eye color (blue), since I think that means I have fewer layers of pigment in my iris, and thus am more sensitive to light in general.  It would make sense, if that is true, because I can get such sneezing fits even when it's cloudy, if it's bright enough.

It's really terrible when I'm driving.  It means I have to wear sunglasses far more often than most other people, since I generally can't even do without on overcast days. :P
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Post by: Jocelyn on March 06, 2011, 07:19:58 PM
RE: corsets, does anyone know how pregnant women managed?  Did they get a nine-month reprieve from wearing them?  Did tightly laced stays hurt the developing fetus?
 
When women had to stay at home once they started showing, it was a real temptation to lace up so you could still go out in the world. The incidence of children with club feet was much higher in those days...so yes, it DID harm the fetus.
I read a book once written by a pioneer woman, who told that her mother always wore 'Mother Hubbards' (smocks) at home, without a corset, so she actually didn't know her mother was pregnant until she was told to take her younger siblings and go to the neighbor's. And IIRC, she was a teenager at the time! The mind boggles, a mother not telling her teenaged daughter that she was expecting.
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Post by: StarDrifter on March 06, 2011, 07:24:28 PM

OK, I'm ashamed to admit at my age that I don't know this one, but I rarely wear makeup. When applying foundation, where do you stop? At the jawline or down the neck? When I used to wear it regularly I stopped at the jawline and it was really obvious. Which leads me to my second question: How do you choose the foundation color that blends with your skin? I'm Caucasian and can't tell "medium pale" from "medium medium," KWIM?

Because I am so clueless about foundation, I generally only wear blush and lip color on the rare occasions I feel compelled to wear makeup. But having 52-year-old skin I would *like* to be able to wear foundation the right way to cover up all those 52-year-old imperfections.

(I don't wear eye makeup because my eyes are very large and don't need it.)

with foundation, the idea is that you 'blend' it in around your jawline - when you are trying on different shades you should try them on your jawline because that's where your skin-tones are the most contrasting. If you rarely wear makeup but want to start, I'd recommend going to a big department store, armed with a credit card, and spending some serious money on good quality makeup, including a primer, foundation and a powder. If you get a good assistant and explain that you are clueless but willing to learn, they will (usually) help you out.

Alternatively, find a friend whose makeup style you like and who you think looks great when they are made up and ask them for some hints and tips.
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Post by: Jocelyn on March 06, 2011, 07:24:38 PM


Ah, yes. But sometimes so appropriate. We have one posted on the board at our bar now that says:

            The definition of courage is to have an open bar.
 
A group of us went out for lunch from work, and one of my colleagues got: You are about to become poorer by $8.95.
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Post by: Dindrane on March 06, 2011, 07:27:05 PM
OK, I'm ashamed to admit at my age that I don't know this one, but I rarely wear makeup. When applying foundation, where do you stop? At the jawline or down the neck? When I used to wear it regularly I stopped at the jawline and it was really obvious. Which leads me to my second question: How do you choose the foundation color that blends with your skin? I'm Caucasian and can't tell "medium pale" from "medium medium," KWIM?

Because I am so clueless about foundation, I generally only wear blush and lip color on the rare occasions I feel compelled to wear makeup. But having 52-year-old skin I would *like* to be able to wear foundation the right way to cover up all those 52-year-old imperfections.

(I don't wear eye makeup because my eyes are very large and don't need it.)

When wearing makeup, you're "supposed" to stop in the vicinity of the jaw line, but you also have to make sure you blend it in well so that it's not obvious.  Having the correct shade of foundation makes this far easier, because there's not as much that you need to blend.

The best way to choose a shade of foundation is, honestly, to just try a bunch out (on your face, not on the back of your hand).  The differences are very subtle, but they make a difference when you're wearing it.  Generally, the correct shade of foundation is the one that disappears into your skin in all different types of light.  If you can see it on your skin after applying a swatch of it, it's probably not the right color.

The other thing with foundation that I didn't realize until somewhat recently is that, even though they often display them as though there are (for instance) 9 different shades of one type, there generally really are not.  Usually, there's only really 3 shades, light, medium, and dark.  But within each shade, there will be color variations based on undertones.  So the light makeup, for instance, will have a cool-light, a neutral-light, and a warm-light.  The cool colors have more pink, the warm colors have more brown or yellow, and the neutral ones are more balanced.  That's the subtle difference in colors that are so hard to pick out, and why you really have to just try a few different shades before you can really figure out which is the right one.

But, of course, once you know which undertones your skin has, it's a heck of a lot easier to guess which shades of foundation will look right.

If you're not used to wearing makeup, and you want to try some out, I really like mineral makeup.  It feels relatively weightless on the skin, and it's easy to blend (so you can wear as much or as little as you like).  Lots of people like Bare Escentuals, but I really prefer Everyday Minerals.  You can get foundation samples from Everyday Minerals for free (it's only sold online), and their samples are large enough that you'd be able to test out shades and then wear one (or two) for a few trials before you need to think about buying a full size or getting a different sample.
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Post by: Bethalize on March 06, 2011, 07:31:41 PM
OK, I'm ashamed to admit at my age that I don't know this one, but I rarely wear makeup. When applying foundation, where do you stop? At the jawline or down the neck? When I used to wear it regularly I stopped at the jawline and it was really obvious.
Which leads me to my second question: How do you choose the foundation color that blends with your skin? I'm Caucasian and can't tell "medium pale" from "medium medium," KWIM?

Foundation stops at the jawline. Your face has to stop somewhere. I go a little over blend the edges of mine in with moisturiser.

It takes me a long time to get the right foundation. I book an appointment with the rep and go and get my face matched. I go home wearing it and then come back and buy it. Clarins lady in Macys Manhatten sorted me out last time. When a rep puts foundation on your skin it should blend almost straight in. I get the rep to do it because it's not just colour, it's skin tone as well. I like a matte face myself. Then there's range. My very pale friends swear by Clinique as being one of the few brands that cater for them. I used to use them but I've moved up to Clarins now I'm in my 30s. And when I say "up" I mean "up" in price. Hopefully also quality! Older ladies I know seem to swear by Lancombe or Elizabeth Arden. It's mostly down to which finish is flattering. Dewy skin looks good at 20 but dewy foundation on a 35 year old with red blotched doesn't!

I also have a separate tube of stuff for my eyes and a concealer for odd bits. I didn't get on with green foundation but use a mousse foundation first, then a liquid.

Moisturiser is all important for wearing foundation as you get older. Dry skin does not take foundation well. I use a serum, a moisturiser and directly before I put my makeup on something called Beauty Flash Balm. I exfoliate at strategic points as well.

I'm not trying to get you to buy into this. I wouldn't wear foundation at all if my skin tone didn't need evening out. I think it's a horrible anti-woman conspiracy to make us all try to look young and fertile. I'd love to feel I can do without it, but rosacea and eczema mean that's not happening any time soon.
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Post by: Jocelyn on March 06, 2011, 07:33:58 PM
There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?
Rats are happy to infest a ship so long as it is dry and a food source, but will not hesitate to come out of cover and try to get to safety if the ship gets into trouble. Metaphorically applied to humans who distance themselves from something they previously benefitted from, at the first sign of trouble.
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Post by: Spoder on March 06, 2011, 08:17:47 PM
OK, I'm ashamed to admit at my age that I don't know this one, but I rarely wear makeup. When applying foundation, where do you stop? At the jawline or down the neck? When I used to wear it regularly I stopped at the jawline and it was really obvious. Which leads me to my second question: How do you choose the foundation color that blends with your skin? I'm Caucasian and can't tell "medium pale" from "medium medium," KWIM?

Because I am so clueless about foundation, I generally only wear blush and lip color on the rare occasions I feel compelled to wear makeup. But having 52-year-old skin I would *like* to be able to wear foundation the right way to cover up all those 52-year-old imperfections.

(I don't wear eye makeup because my eyes are very large and don't need it.)

When wearing makeup, you're "supposed" to stop in the vicinity of the jaw line, but you also have to make sure you blend it in well so that it's not obvious.  Having the correct shade of foundation makes this far easier, because there's not as much that you need to blend.

The best way to choose a shade of foundation is, honestly, to just try a bunch out (on your face, not on the back of your hand).  The differences are very subtle, but they make a difference when you're wearing it.  Generally, the correct shade of foundation is the one that disappears into your skin in all different types of light.  If you can see it on your skin after applying a swatch of it, it's probably not the right color.

The other thing with foundation that I didn't realize until somewhat recently is that, even though they often display them as though there are (for instance) 9 different shades of one type, there generally really are not.  Usually, there's only really 3 shades, light, medium, and dark.  But within each shade, there will be color variations based on undertones.  So the light makeup, for instance, will have a cool-light, a neutral-light, and a warm-light.  The cool colors have more pink, the warm colors have more brown or yellow, and the neutral ones are more balanced.  That's the subtle difference in colors that are so hard to pick out, and why you really have to just try a few different shades before you can really figure out which is the right one.

But, of course, once you know which undertones your skin has, it's a heck of a lot easier to guess which shades of foundation will look right.

If you're not used to wearing makeup, and you want to try some out, I really like mineral makeup.  It feels relatively weightless on the skin, and it's easy to blend (so you can wear as much or as little as you like).  Lots of people like Bare Escentuals, but I really prefer Everyday Minerals.  You can get foundation samples from Everyday Minerals for free (it's only sold online), and their samples are large enough that you'd be able to test out shades and then wear one (or two) for a few trials before you need to think about buying a full size or getting a different sample.

Ooh, yes!! Baglady, I ordered a set of samples from the Everyday Minerals website (on Dindrane's recommendation) a few months ago. It only cost me the $5 postage (all the way to Western Australia, mind!) and I got 5 little pots that have lasted AGES. I mean, they're only tiny, but you really do use so little that you get quite a few applications. If you don't wear makeup every day, like me, you'll get a few weeks 'play time' out of them.  ;D. This is a great, low-pressure way to figure out what looks best.

I have found that one of them is the perfect shade and coverage for my skin and will be purchasing a full-sized version soon. Thanks, Dindrane!
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Post by: Luci on March 06, 2011, 09:04:26 PM
I apply foundation under my jaw and include the funny tabs and lobes of the ears, as I was taught.

I hate mineral makeup. It makes a mess and doesn't cover well enough for me and comes off far to easily. I either have to wear a cape when it is applied or try to get dressed afterward, and it makes a mess in the sink or on the dresser that has to be cleaned up right then.
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Post by: Eisa on March 06, 2011, 09:13:53 PM

When women had to stay at home once they started showing, it was a real temptation to lace up so you could still go out in the world. The incidence of children with club feet was much higher in those days...so yes, it DID harm the fetus.


I wish I could blame mine on my mom wearing a corset. :P But nope. No one knows why. ??? Unless it's from when she fell on her stomach at 6 months or so.

I don't like cinnamon toothpaste. I have to use Sensodyne. My teeth are super sensitive. :(

I also don't hardly ever wear makeup, so no help on that, I'm afraid. :P
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Post by: Glaceon on March 06, 2011, 09:16:44 PM
I also use Everyday Minerals when I bother to wear makeup.  I like that they don't have bismuth oxychloride.  It makes me break out.
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Post by: WolfWay on March 06, 2011, 10:43:33 PM
I would guess that some of our South African posters would be able to help you. :)  I know TMar and WolfWench qualify. 
Happy to help. PM me the link to the video and I'll let you know if you're right about the accent or not. (Or at least take my best guess, SAfrican accents can be a bit varied).  :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ms_Cellany on March 06, 2011, 10:49:07 PM
What does "stupid is as stupid does" mean?

It means that stupidity is demonstrated by stupid acts. If you act stupid, people will think you're stupid.

It also meant a heck of a lot of money for Tom Hanks by saying it! ;)



Or, you or others may *think* you're stupid, but if you don't act stupid, you're not.

"Handsome is as handsome does" is a similar one - if you look good but act bad, you're not truly handsome.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ereine on March 07, 2011, 12:11:56 AM
This is something I've been wondering about: This is the first time (since I was a baby) that I live somewhere with a bath tub. We have an awful water pressure and it takes maybe 20 minutes (at least) to fill the tub. When people in books take baths they seem to fill instantly. I get that it would get boring if the described how the characters waited and waited for it to fill, but how long does it usually take?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 07, 2011, 12:25:15 AM
This is something I've been wondering about: This is the first time (since I was a baby) that I live somewhere with a bath tub. We have an awful water pressure and it takes maybe 20 minutes (at least) to fill the tub. When people in books take baths they seem to fill instantly. I get that it would get boring if the described how the characters waited and waited for it to fill, but how long does it usually take?
Where I live, about 3-5 minutes to fill a bath. We have high pressure. But other places I've lived in the same city (but higher up altitude-wise) I'd be looking at 20 minutes to fill the same sized bath.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: judecat on March 07, 2011, 02:54:38 AM
This is something I've been wondering about: This is the first time (since I was a baby) that I live somewhere with a bath tub. We have an awful water pressure and it takes maybe 20 minutes (at least) to fill the tub. When people in books take baths they seem to fill instantly. I get that it would get boring if the described how the characters waited and waited for it to fill, but how long does it usually take?

Starting with me in an empty tub -- it takes long enough for me to wash and rinse my hair (using a cup and filling it from the faucet -- we didn't have a shower when I was a teen) wet, lather, rinse, repeat.  I'd rather bath in shampoo water,  than try to rinse my hair in bath water.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 07, 2011, 03:55:10 AM
In the US, seats in public restrooms have a little section missing in the front but in homes they are complete. Why?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tiv on March 07, 2011, 04:27:02 AM
In the US, seats in public restrooms have a little section missing in the front but in homes they are complete. Why?

This made me curious, and since I'm awake, I decided to go poking around for an answer. Seems that the Uniform Plumbing Code in the US actually requires these seats in public restrooms. Some say it's due to sanitation/health reasons. Others claim it's cheaper. Some states have even banned black toilet seats in public restrooms, stating they can "mask unsanitary conditions."

The history of the toilet now seems interesting. :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: bigozzy on March 07, 2011, 04:37:08 AM
This is something I've been wondering about: This is the first time (since I was a baby) that I live somewhere with a bath tub. We have an awful water pressure and it takes maybe 20 minutes (at least) to fill the tub. When people in books take baths they seem to fill instantly. I get that it would get boring if the described how the characters waited and waited for it to fill, but how long does it usually take?
Where I live, about 3-5 minutes to fill a bath. We have high pressure. But other places I've lived in the same city (but higher up altitude-wise) I'd be looking at 20 minutes to fill the same sized bath.

Depends what you fill it with, bathtub gin takes a while!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarDrifter on March 07, 2011, 05:12:54 AM
This is something I've been wondering about: This is the first time (since I was a baby) that I live somewhere with a bath tub. We have an awful water pressure and it takes maybe 20 minutes (at least) to fill the tub. When people in books take baths they seem to fill instantly. I get that it would get boring if the described how the characters waited and waited for it to fill, but how long does it usually take?
Where I live, about 3-5 minutes to fill a bath. We have high pressure. But other places I've lived in the same city (but higher up altitude-wise) I'd be looking at 20 minutes to fill the same sized bath.

Depends what you fill it with, bathtub gin takes a while!

Last I checked, a standard hotel room spa takes 56 magnums of Dom Perignon to fill it up.... so about an hour.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kess on March 07, 2011, 05:52:29 AM
I would guess that some of our South African posters would be able to help you. :)  I know TMar and WolfWench qualify. 

As far as sneezes-all the females in my family sneeze after we eat peppermint.  None of the males do. 

I sneeze after any type of mint, but only on an empty (or relatively empty) stomach.  If it's with a meal I'm fine.  My friends in school used to give me polos or similar at breaktime just to laugh at me sneezing. :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Carnation on March 07, 2011, 09:18:05 AM
This is something I've been wondering about: This is the first time (since I was a baby) that I live somewhere with a bath tub. We have an awful water pressure and it takes maybe 20 minutes (at least) to fill the tub. When people in books take baths they seem to fill instantly. I get that it would get boring if the described how the characters waited and waited for it to fill, but how long does it usually take?

Starting with me in an empty tub -- it takes long enough for me to wash and rinse my hair (using a cup and filling it from the faucet -- we didn't have a shower when I was a teen) wet, lather, rinse, repeat.  I'd rather bath in shampoo water,  than try to rinse my hair in bath water.

If you ever again have to live under such primitive ;) conditions, try what I did. Get one of those removable shower hoses that hooks up to the spigot and wash your hair while leaning over the tub.   

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Bright on March 07, 2011, 11:18:28 AM
In the US, seats in public restrooms have a little section missing in the front but in homes they are complete. Why?

This made me curious, and since I'm awake, I decided to go poking around for an answer. Seems that the Uniform Plumbing Code in the US actually requires these seats in public restrooms. Some say it's due to sanitation/health reasons. Others claim it's cheaper. Some states have even banned black toilet seats in public restrooms, stating they can "mask unsanitary conditions."

The history of the toilet now seems interesting. :)

Wow that's a great question. It's the same for many UK toilets in public too, although certainly not all of them. I'd never even thought about that.

 

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: bluedahlia on March 07, 2011, 11:30:57 AM
Last I checked, a standard hotel room spa takes 56 magnums of Dom Perignon to fill it up.... so about an hour.

LOL!  How do you know this?  Or do I not want to know?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 07, 2011, 11:53:20 AM
RE: corsets, does anyone know how pregnant women managed?  Did they get a nine-month reprieve from wearing them?  Did tightly laced stays hurt the developing fetus?
 
When women had to stay at home once they started showing, it was a real temptation to lace up so you could still go out in the world. The incidence of children with club feet was much higher in those days...so yes, it DID harm the fetus.
I read a book once written by a pioneer woman, who told that her mother always wore 'Mother Hubbards' (smocks) at home, without a corset, so she actually didn't know her mother was pregnant until she was told to take her younger siblings and go to the neighbor's. And IIRC, she was a teenager at the time! The mind boggles, a mother not telling her teenaged daughter that she was expecting.
But then the daughter might ask embarrassing questions, like "How did the baby get in there?" and that would lead to discussions about sex.   Much better to let the children believe that the doctor brought the baby with him in his black bag.

I read an account where a servant girl was pregnant, wore tight lacing all the way through, and when the baby was born, it died because it was so horribly deformed.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 07, 2011, 11:58:09 AM
This is something I've been wondering about: This is the first time (since I was a baby) that I live somewhere with a bath tub. We have an awful water pressure and it takes maybe 20 minutes (at least) to fill the tub. When people in books take baths they seem to fill instantly. I get that it would get boring if the described how the characters waited and waited for it to fill, but how long does it usually take?
Where I live, about 3-5 minutes to fill a bath. We have high pressure. But other places I've lived in the same city (but higher up altitude-wise) I'd be looking at 20 minutes to fill the same sized bath.

Depends what you fill it with, bathtub gin takes a while!

Last I checked, a standard hotel room spa takes 56 magnums of Dom Perignon to fill it up.... so about an hour.

And if you are filling it with milk, it doesn't have to be pausturized.

Up to the armpits is plenty ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 07, 2011, 12:00:47 PM
In the US, seats in public restrooms have a little section missing in the front but in homes they are complete. Why?
Yurgh.  I don't care one way or the other about the missing section, but whoever invented the public toilet seat that is contoured so that it digs into your thighs when you sit down ought to be roasted over live coals!  I'm not in there to sit back and leisurely read my book! I just want to do my business and get out, so making it uncomfortable is not necessary.   >:(
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Jaelle on March 07, 2011, 12:25:22 PM
OK ... does anyone know why, when you're hit or hurt yourself in very cold weather, it hurts so much more?

DH, player of hockey, brought this one up. :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Suze on March 07, 2011, 12:30:29 PM
OK ... does anyone know why, when you're hit or hurt yourself in very cold weather, it hurts so much more?

DH, player of hockey, brought this one up. :)

your nerve endings are already "tramatised" by the cold?

got no clue really
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 07, 2011, 12:33:44 PM
Ooooh, that's a good question.

I don't know. Unless it has something to do with the way your blood vessels act in cold, maybe?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: rose red on March 07, 2011, 01:08:17 PM
The sneezing posts reminded me.  Does anyone else sneeze when you accidentally yank your hair too hard (for example, hitting a knot when combing)?  Am I the only weirdo?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tnpenguinbaby on March 07, 2011, 01:21:22 PM
And if you are filling it with milk, it doesn't have to be pausturized.

Up to the armpits is plenty ;D

>snort<  That's terrible!  >giggle<
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MommyPenguin on March 07, 2011, 02:32:56 PM
The sneezing posts reminded me.  Does anyone else sneeze when you accidentally yank your hair too hard (for example, hitting a knot when combing)?  Am I the only weirdo?

My husband sneezes if he has to pull out any sort of facial hair (not just nose hair, but also if there's an eyebrow hair that gets yanked or if he has to pull one for some reason.

Also, he coughs when he hears the word "salt."  There's some sort of mental trigger there, obviously, but he's not quite sure what it is.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 07, 2011, 03:03:55 PM
And if you are filling it with milk, it doesn't have to be pausturized.

Up to the armpits is plenty ;D

>snort<  That's terrible!  >giggle<

Oh, dear! I didn't get that until now! Do I have to turn in my motherhood card?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: wyozozo on March 07, 2011, 05:38:09 PM
Does anyone else get that "lockjaw" feeling when they take the first bite of something sweet? You know the one, it brings tears to your eyes......
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 07, 2011, 05:47:52 PM
^Sometimes, yes. It has to be REALLY sweet for me to get that, though, since I have a ginormous sweet tooth.

Also, I do not sneeze when I hit a knot usually, but I do cry. Copiously. :P I have a very, very sensitive scalp. :(

And now I am slightly curious as to whether or not anyone else has seborrheic dermatitis and a sensitive scalp at the same time, too? Like are they connected maybe?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: jpcher on March 07, 2011, 05:58:39 PM
And if you are filling it with milk, it doesn't have to be pausturized.

Up to the armpits is plenty ;D

>snort<  That's terrible!  >giggle<

Oh, dear! I didn't get that until now! Do I have to turn in my motherhood card?

Sigh. Here is my motherhood card . . . I didn't get it either, until I read your post, Luci45.

(sniggle, giggle, snort, snort!) ;D


(But curious, why turn in the motherhood card if you didn't get it?)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Giggity on March 07, 2011, 06:03:35 PM
Does anyone else get that "lockjaw" feeling when they take the first bite of something sweet? You know the one, it brings tears to your eyes......

I get that with really sour pickles. I start drooling in the back of my mouth, and it feels like my back teeth will need to be pried open to insert pickly goodness.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: HorseFreak on March 07, 2011, 06:03:55 PM
Does anyone else get that "lockjaw" feeling when they take the first bite of something sweet? You know the one, it brings tears to your eyes......

I get a major jaw cramp after my first couple sips of alcohol. It's weird, but it goes away in 10 seconds or so.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 07, 2011, 06:06:25 PM
Does anyone else get that "lockjaw" feeling when they take the first bite of something sweet? You know the one, it brings tears to your eyes......

Yes! It is such a strange sensation!

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 07, 2011, 06:14:44 PM
And if you are filling it with milk, it doesn't have to be pausturized.

Up to the armpits is plenty ;D

>snort<  That's terrible!  >giggle<

Oh, dear! I didn't get that until now! Do I have to turn in my motherhood card?

Sigh. Here is my motherhood card . . . I didn't get it either, until I read your post, Luci45.

(sniggle, giggle, snort, snort!) ;D


(But curious, why turn in the motherhood card if you didn't get it?)

Because I had forgotten that part and don't feel worthy? Yup, not worthy. I just asked for other opinions, not demanded your card.

I guess we are both still good.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on March 07, 2011, 06:58:16 PM
And if you are filling it with milk, it doesn't have to be pausturized.

Up to the armpits is plenty ;D

>snort<  That's terrible!  >giggle<

Oh, dear! I didn't get that until now! Do I have to turn in my motherhood card?

Sigh. Here is my motherhood card . . . I didn't get it either, until I read your post, Luci45.

(sniggle, giggle, snort, snort!) ;D


(But curious, why turn in the motherhood card if you didn't get it?)

I have no motherhood card to turn in, so I don't get it.  Explain? :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: jpcher on March 07, 2011, 07:12:42 PM
I'm still not clear on the motherhood card . . .

But I'll happily explain the joke (now that I get it!) ;D

Milk in the bath does not need to be pasteurized (past your eyes.) Up to the armpits will do.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Anyanka on March 07, 2011, 07:52:33 PM
Some-body owes me for an ear-worm removal.

That Benny Hill song has now taken root. :o
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Pinky830 on March 07, 2011, 08:21:01 PM
Does anyone else get that "lockjaw" feeling when they take the first bite of something sweet? You know the one, it brings tears to your eyes......

I get a major jaw cramp after my first couple sips of alcohol. It's weird, but it goes away in 10 seconds or so.

I do that too, but not every time. I don't know what the variable is.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 07, 2011, 09:49:38 PM
I'm not sure what motherhood has to do with the milk bath joke either.  ???


I heard a variation a hundred or so years ago when I was a child. Young woman goes to the store and tells the clerk she needs a lot of milk, as the doctor has recommended a milk bath. The clerk asks, "Pasteurized?" and the young woman responds, "No, just up to my neck."
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 07, 2011, 10:10:18 PM
OK, next stupid question (and possibly TMI answer): when you shower using a fixed showerhead, how do you get the soap out from between your legs?  I take baths (hatehateHATE showers!) and the few times that I've been forced by circumstances to take showers, I never figured this one out.  Washcloths?  Cupping hands full of water, throwing it in the general direction and hoping enough splashes to do some good? Headstands? Don't soap there in the first place? (What's the point of showering, then?) ???
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: guihong on March 07, 2011, 10:18:42 PM
I didn't think you were supposed to use soap in that direction  :-[.  Way too strong and harsh.  To answer: Cupped hands and throwing, or one of those plant waterers with a squirt.  The Europeans have the right idea with bidets.

Q: Why does my cat tear around the house like a demented bat after she's used the litter box, especially after a solid?  Sort of an "AHHHHH!!" moment??
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 07, 2011, 10:21:33 PM
Does anyone else get that "lockjaw" feeling when they take the first bite of something sweet? You know the one, it brings tears to your eyes......

I get a major jaw cramp after my first couple sips of alcohol. It's weird, but it goes away in 10 seconds or so.

I do that too, but not every time. I don't know what the variable is.
I'm sure its your salivary glands cramping. Personal theory.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 07, 2011, 11:30:43 PM
I'm still not clear on the motherhood card . . .

But I'll happily explain the joke (now that I get it!) ;D

Milk in the bath does not need to be pasteurized (past your eyes.) Up to the armpits will do.

Oh, thank you. Nothing worse than having to explain your own joke :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ondine on March 07, 2011, 11:36:56 PM
I'd like to know why my 6" 145lb boyfriend can eat anything he wants and not gain any weight, while I have to be careful otherwise I pack on unhealthy pounds. I had to start watching when I was 24 - I'm 28 now. Perseus is 27 and he still eats like a teenage boy. What's up with that?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MariaE on March 07, 2011, 11:43:31 PM
OK, next stupid question (and possibly TMI answer): when you shower using a fixed showerhead, how do you get the soap out from between your legs?  I take baths (hatehateHATE showers!) and the few times that I've been forced by circumstances to take showers, I never figured this one out.  Washcloths?  Cupping hands full of water, throwing it in the general direction and hoping enough splashes to do some good? Headstands? Don't soap there in the first place? (What's the point of showering, then?) ???

I've actually always been told not to use soap there, so I never do. Something about it messing up the internal balance of bacteria. Anyways, I just use water.

I think bidets are going out of fashion these days. It's been years and years since I saw one last.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on March 08, 2011, 01:05:21 AM
OK, next stupid question (and possibly TMI answer): when you shower using a fixed showerhead, how do you get the soap out from between your legs?  I take baths (hatehateHATE showers!) and the few times that I've been forced by circumstances to take showers, I never figured this one out.  Washcloths?  Cupping hands full of water, throwing it in the general direction and hoping enough splashes to do some good? Headstands? Don't soap there in the first place? (What's the point of showering, then?) ???

I've actually always been told not to use soap there, so I never do. Something about it messing up the internal balance of bacteria. Anyways, I just use water.

I think bidets are going out of fashion these days. It's been years and years since I saw one last.

I was told that too, for that exact reason. I never use soap in that particular region and I've not noticed anyone avoiding me...
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Shopaholic on March 08, 2011, 01:16:49 AM
I'd like to know why my 6" 145lb boyfriend can eat anything he wants and not gain any weight, while I have to be careful otherwise I pack on unhealthy pounds. I had to start watching when I was 24 - I'm 28 now. Perseus is 27 and he still eats like a teenage boy. What's up with that?

Men in general have a higher metabolism rate. Never compete with a man regarding weight loss.

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I've actually always been told not to use soap there, so I never do. Something about it messing up the internal balance of bacteria. Anyways, I just use water.

I was told to use JUST soap and water - no overpriced "natural" "organic" "probiotic" stuff. Just soap and water. The area is capable of self-regulation.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ferrets on March 08, 2011, 01:54:42 AM
Some-body owes me for an ear-worm removal.

That Benny Hill song has now taken root. :o

Have you ever experienced the delights of The Benny Hillifier?

Allow me (http://bennyhillifier.com/). ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 08, 2011, 08:04:47 AM
I'd like to know why my 6" 145lb boyfriend can eat anything he wants and not gain any weight, while I have to be careful otherwise I pack on unhealthy pounds. I had to start watching when I was 24 - I'm 28 now. Perseus is 27 and he still eats like a teenage boy. What's up with that?

Men in general have a higher metabolism rate. Never compete with a man regarding weight loss.

But especially not a man in his 20s.  Female metabolisms tend to slow down sooner than male ones, because most men aren't even completely done growing until they're in their mid 20s.

It's likely his metabolism will start to slow down soon, though, and then he'll have to be a little more careful about what he eats.  But still don't compete with him on weight loss, because you'll probably always lose. :P
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: ginlyn32 on March 08, 2011, 09:32:40 AM
I'd like to know why my 6" 145lb boyfriend can eat anything he wants and not gain any weight, while I have to be careful otherwise I pack on unhealthy pounds. I had to start watching when I was 24 - I'm 28 now. Perseus is 27 and he still eats like a teenage boy. What's up with that?

Because Diety was being mean when he created Men and Women?

I don't know but it will catch up to him around 35 or 40...especially if he has a non-physical job (like sitting at a desk all day).

ginlyn
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ondine on March 08, 2011, 09:54:17 AM
He's an electrican/carpenter - so he's constantly on the move/doing a lot of physical work. He's probably burning off the calories a lot faster because his job requires a lot of physical work.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ms_Cellany on March 08, 2011, 10:02:14 AM
He's an electrican/carpenter - so he's constantly on the move/doing a lot of physical work. He's probably burning off the calories a lot faster because his job requires a lot of physical work.

Same reason The Sweetie stays so slim. She has a very physical job and is constantly schlepping stuff/walking around. I'm deskbound.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Giggity on March 08, 2011, 10:05:00 AM
Some-body owes me for an ear-worm removal.

That Benny Hill song has now taken root. :o

That's my little brother's ring tone. Imagine my surprise when it went off at 6:35 last Thursday morning. Little Bro was on his way to work and wanted to tell me he liked my new haircut. And after that, I had the song ALL FREAKIN DAY.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: mechtilde on March 08, 2011, 12:38:19 PM
Having a physical job can make a massive amount of difffrence to calorie expenditure. DH once worked out that in his previous job he was eating 4000 calories a day and his weight was stable.

I have an odd one- in the son Harper Valley PTA Mrs Johnson makes the remark that one of the other mothers "Sure uses a lot of ice when he's away". (i.e. the lady's husband) What is she hinting at? We don't have much of a tradition of ice deliveries here in the UK.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 08, 2011, 12:41:16 PM
Having a physical job can make a massive amount of difffrence to calorie expenditure. DH once worked out that in his previous job he was eating 4000 calories a day and his weight was stable.

I have an odd one- in the son Harper Valley PTA Mrs Johnson makes the remark that one of the other mothers "Sure uses a lot of ice when he's away". (i.e. the lady's husband) What is she hinting at? We don't have much of a tradition of ice deliveries here in the UK.

Having parties? (Ice for the drinks?)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: supernova on March 08, 2011, 12:51:11 PM
Was the ice still being delivered, perchance, by the ice man?   ;D

(biting my lip to keep from making a very obvious but naughty joke)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: lilfox on March 08, 2011, 01:32:49 PM
Here's my stupid question of the day:

Why are all clothing items that are meant to be worn on the lower half (excepting the skirt and the kilt) plural?
Pants, Slacks
Boxers, Briefs, Panties, Underpants
Shorts, Capris
Chaps
Leggings, Stockings, Nylons (okay, Hose is an exception)

And they are plural because you say a pair of pants.  Why?  Because we have two legs?  We also have two arms, why isn't a shirt called a shirts?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 08, 2011, 01:44:07 PM
Was the ice still being delivered, perchance, by the ice man?   ;D

(biting my lip to keep from making a very obvious but naughty joke)

Yes, my assumption is that the woman is taking more ice deliveries while her husband's away than she might otherwise do.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on March 08, 2011, 01:57:40 PM
Here's my stupid question of the day:

Why are all clothing items that are meant to be worn on the lower half (excepting the skirt and the kilt) plural?
Pants, Slacks
Boxers, Briefs, Panties, Underpants
Shorts, Capris
Chaps
Leggings, Stockings, Nylons (okay, Hose is an exception)

And they are plural because you say a pair of pants.  Why?  Because we have two legs?  We also have two arms, why isn't a shirt called a shirts?

I believe this stems from medieval clothesmaking.  Hose were actually called "hosen"

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=breeches&searchmode=none

gives the etymology of "breeches" and related words.  "Pants" were "Pantaloons" but I would not be surprised if the plural is a result of similar etymology.

I would guess it's because pants and their various kindred were, at some point, two, non-joined, leg coverings. Even after the patterning changed to join the pieces, the names remained. 

Emma
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 08, 2011, 03:05:03 PM
I think it's because "I put my pant on one leg at a time" sounds silly. ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ms_Cellany on March 08, 2011, 03:09:37 PM
Here's my stupid question of the day:

Why are all clothing items that are meant to be worn on the lower half (excepting the skirt and the kilt) plural?
Pants, Slacks
Boxers, Briefs, Panties, Underpants
Shorts, Capris
Chaps
Leggings, Stockings, Nylons (okay, Hose is an exception)

And they are plural because you say a pair of pants.  Why?  Because we have two legs?  We also have two arms, why isn't a shirt called a shirts?

Trousers used to literally be a "pair of trews" - a "trew" being a single-leg garment that was tied to your shirt.

And a "bodice" is actually two "bodies" - one "body" being half of what goes around your torso.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: VorFemme on March 08, 2011, 04:04:29 PM
Having a physical job can make a massive amount of difffrence to calorie expenditure. DH once worked out that in his previous job he was eating 4000 calories a day and his weight was stable.

I have an odd one- in the son Harper Valley PTA Mrs Johnson makes the remark that one of the other mothers "Sure uses a lot of ice when he's away". (i.e. the lady's husband) What is she hinting at? We don't have much of a tradition of ice deliveries here in the UK.

Having parties? (Ice for the drinks?)

In the MOVIE version (with Barbara Eden) - the lady was drinking a lot of Scotch over ice.........so I'd go for "alcololic".

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on March 08, 2011, 04:13:43 PM
Having a physical job can make a massive amount of difffrence to calorie expenditure. DH once worked out that in his previous job he was eating 4000 calories a day and his weight was stable.

I have an odd one- in the son Harper Valley PTA Mrs Johnson makes the remark that one of the other mothers "Sure uses a lot of ice when he's away". (i.e. the lady's husband) What is she hinting at? We don't have much of a tradition of ice deliveries here in the UK.

Having parties? (Ice for the drinks?)

I figured it was saying that she was sleeping with the ice delivery man.  Sort of like saying she was having a lot of milk delivered -- the milkman was the stereotypical affair for the housewife.  Neither ice nor milk is delivered much anymore, so it's lost a bit of its sense. :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Hillia on March 08, 2011, 05:07:39 PM
Here's my stupid question of the day:

Why are all clothing items that are meant to be worn on the lower half (excepting the skirt and the kilt) plural?
Pants, Slacks
Boxers, Briefs, Panties, Underpants
Shorts, Capris
Chaps
Leggings, Stockings, Nylons (okay, Hose is an exception)

And they are plural because you say a pair of pants.  Why?  Because we have two legs?  We also have two arms, why isn't a shirt called a shirts?

I believe this stems from medieval clothesmaking.  Hose were actually called "hosen"

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=breeches&searchmode=none

gives the etymology of "breeches" and related words.  "Pants" were "Pantaloons" but I would not be surprised if the plural is a result of similar etymology.

I would guess it's because pants and their various kindred were, at some point, two, non-joined, leg coverings. Even after the patterning changed to join the pieces, the names remained. 

Emma

But then you hear the fashion gurus (Tim Gunn, Clinton and Stacy) talking about a 'pant'...'so you made this high-waisted pant'...'you should look for a pant in a dark neutral' etc.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 08, 2011, 05:13:27 PM
Here's my stupid question of the day:

Why are all clothing items that are meant to be worn on the lower half (excepting the skirt and the kilt) plural?
Pants, Slacks
Boxers, Briefs, Panties, Underpants
Shorts, Capris
Chaps
Leggings, Stockings, Nylons (okay, Hose is an exception)

And they are plural because you say a pair of pants.  Why?  Because we have two legs?  We also have two arms, why isn't a shirt called a shirts?

I believe this stems from medieval clothesmaking.  Hose were actually called "hosen"

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=breeches&searchmode=none

gives the etymology of "breeches" and related words.  "Pants" were "Pantaloons" but I would not be surprised if the plural is a result of similar etymology.

I would guess it's because pants and their various kindred were, at some point, two, non-joined, leg coverings. Even after the patterning changed to join the pieces, the names remained. 

Emma

But then you hear the fashion gurus (Tim Gunn, Clinton and Stacy) talking about a 'pant'...'so you made this high-waisted pant'...'you should look for a pant in a dark neutral' etc.

Now that just sounds pretentious.

I do like using somewhat archaic or old fashioned words like 'trews' or 'ken', though. But I'm not pretentious, I'm quirky ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 08, 2011, 05:19:09 PM
OK, now that we've settled the plural pants question -- why do the arms of your shirt have a special name (sleeves) but the legs of your pants don't?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: VorFemme on March 08, 2011, 06:21:03 PM
Because sleeves were originally seperate parts of the garment as well - Elizabeth Tudor laced hers on and spent time selecting the "correct" sleeve for the outfit of the day much as we might select a scarf.........and her skirt, underskirt, bodice, and a few other parts of the ensemble were the same way - all distinct pieces to be put on one at a time.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 08, 2011, 07:11:12 PM
All that kind of makes you wonder why a dress is a singular garment, then. :P  It seems as though, until quite recently, it was not singular at all!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: flowersintheattic on March 08, 2011, 08:47:55 PM

OK, I'm ashamed to admit at my age that I don't know this one, but I rarely wear makeup. When applying foundation, where do you stop? At the jawline or down the neck? When I used to wear it regularly I stopped at the jawline and it was really obvious. Which leads me to my second question: How do you choose the foundation color that blends with your skin? I'm Caucasian and can't tell "medium pale" from "medium medium," KWIM?

Because I am so clueless about foundation, I generally only wear blush and lip color on the rare occasions I feel compelled to wear makeup. But having 52-year-old skin I would *like* to be able to wear foundation the right way to cover up all those 52-year-old imperfections.

(I don't wear eye makeup because my eyes are very large and don't need it.)

with foundation, the idea is that you 'blend' it in around your jawline - when you are trying on different shades you should try them on your jawline because that's where your skin-tones are the most contrasting. If you rarely wear makeup but want to start, I'd recommend going to a big department store, armed with a credit card, and spending some serious money on good quality makeup, including a primer, foundation and a powder. If you get a good assistant and explain that you are clueless but willing to learn, they will (usually) help you out.

Alternatively, find a friend whose makeup style you like and who you think looks great when they are made up and ask them for some hints and tips.

I wear liquid foundation, and blend into my neck, but I also have the tendency to break out along the skin between my chin and my neck.

I don't know if anyone can answer this, or if it's even a stupid question, but what causes accents? I can kind of understand accents from people who normally speak a different language (the accent of a German native speaking English, say), but what causes the Canadian accent? The English one? The Southern US accent? Is this even something that's known?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: baglady on March 08, 2011, 09:06:52 PM
I'm pretty sure Mrs. Taylor's ice usage had to do with the increased cocktail consumption surrounding her extracurricular Scrabble. The song is from the 1960s, and ice deliveries were a thing of the past by then. (The reference to miniskirts indicates that the song was also *set* in the 1960s and not a period piece.)

(Although how Mrs. Johnson would *know* how much ice Mrs. T. was going through, without the iceman -- er -- coming is a mystery. Right up there with why one would leave a cake out in the rain and how Neil expected the chair to respond to his existential crisis.)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: stargazer on March 08, 2011, 09:39:44 PM

Q: Why does my cat tear around the house like a demented bat after she's used the litter box, especially after a solid?  Sort of an "AHHHHH!!" moment??

Victory lap.  At least that's what we call it in our house when our older cat does it.  Either that or he's just racing away from his poo as fast as possible (leaving it uncovered, no less - he's in such a hurry to get away from it).
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Post by: Brentwood on March 08, 2011, 10:06:40 PM

Q: Why does my cat tear around the house like a demented bat after she's used the litter box, especially after a solid?  Sort of an "AHHHHH!!" moment??

Victory lap.  At least that's what we call it in our house when our older cat does it.  Either that or he's just racing away from his poo as fast as possible (leaving it uncovered, no less - he's in such a hurry to get away from it).

Gah! Dino won't bury his either. Drives me nuts.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StarDrifter on March 08, 2011, 10:45:12 PM

I don't know if anyone can answer this, or if it's even a stupid question, but what causes accents? I can kind of understand accents from people who normally speak a different language (the accent of a German native speaking English, say), but what causes the Canadian accent? The English one? The Southern US accent? Is this even something that's known?

I'd love to know this too!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: squeakers on March 08, 2011, 10:51:30 PM
OK, next stupid question (and possibly TMI answer): when you shower using a fixed showerhead, how do you get the soap out from between your legs?  I take baths (hatehateHATE showers!) and the few times that I've been forced by circumstances to take showers, I never figured this one out.  Washcloths?  Cupping hands full of water, throwing it in the general direction and hoping enough splashes to do some good? Headstands? Don't soap there in the first place? (What's the point of showering, then?) ???

Use a cup to splash it or use your hand and cup closely to that area to catch runoff/spray and rinse.  You are supposed to use soap on that part.. it's the internal part that it's a no-no to use anything on. The v@gina is self-regulating.. the mons is not.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: blue2000 on March 08, 2011, 10:52:49 PM

I don't know if anyone can answer this, or if it's even a stupid question, but what causes accents? I can kind of understand accents from people who normally speak a different language (the accent of a German native speaking English, say), but what causes the Canadian accent? The English one? The Southern US accent? Is this even something that's known?

From what I understand... you are born knowing how to form any sound in any language. When you start making sounds and words, you naturally copy the people around you - who will use certain ones and not others. If you only use those sounds growing up, your brain will gradually lose the ability to form alternate sounds, and you will use the same ones from your childhood all of your life.

So a New Yorker who cannot for the life of them talk like a Texan is in the same situation as a German person trying to copy English sounds. They know the words, but their brain isn't used to those particular sounds, and they come out funny - with an 'accent'.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 08, 2011, 10:56:25 PM
OK, next stupid question (and possibly TMI answer): when you shower using a fixed showerhead, how do you get the soap out from between your legs?  I take baths (hatehateHATE showers!) and the few times that I've been forced by circumstances to take showers, I never figured this one out.  Washcloths?  Cupping hands full of water, throwing it in the general direction and hoping enough splashes to do some good? Headstands? Don't soap there in the first place? (What's the point of showering, then?) ???

Use a cup to splash it or use your hand and cup closely to that area to catch runoff/spray and rinse.  You are supposed to use soap on that part.. it's the internal part that it's a no-no to use anything on. The v@gina is self-regulating.. the mons is not.

I was going to say that too...soap shouldn't be used internally, but the external area and surrounding area needs to be cleaned just like any other external body part.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on March 08, 2011, 11:03:32 PM
Why are all clothing items that are meant to be worn on the lower half (excepting the skirt and the kilt) plural?
Pants, Slacks
Boxers, Briefs, Panties, Underpants

In S.A. it's easy to tell if someone's first language is Afrikaans. They say things like, "I am going to wear a jean tomorrow." (They mean a pair of jeans.)

So of course when we make fun of ourselves culturally, we'll say something like, "I are wearing a jean pant." (I am wearing a pair of denim pants.) My first language is English so it's even funnier.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 08, 2011, 11:21:20 PM
Why are all clothing items that are meant to be worn on the lower half (excepting the skirt and the kilt) plural?
Pants, Slacks
Boxers, Briefs, Panties, Underpants

In S.A. it's easy to tell if someone's first language is Afrikaans. They say things like, "I am going to wear a jean tomorrow." (They mean a pair of jeans.)

So of course when we make fun of ourselves culturally, we'll say something like, "I are wearing a jean pant." (I am wearing a pair of denim pants.) My first language is English so it's even funnier.
Wif a belt? (Sorry, SAfrican dig at Afrikaans grammar/pronounciation).  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 09, 2011, 12:34:23 AM


I don't know if anyone can answer this, or if it's even a stupid question, but what causes accents? I can kind of understand accents from people who normally speak a different language (the accent of a German native speaking English, say), but what causes the Canadian accent? The English one? The Southern US accent? Is this even something that's known?

From infancy onward, you model your speech patterns on the language you hear around you.  Babies younger than (IIRC) six months old make all sorts of noises, but after about six months they pretty much only make phonemes found in their caregivers' language.  Babies in bilingual households make the "native" pronunciations for both languages.

Accents form because of natural variation - people tend to stay in one place for large chunks of their lives, so over generations people in Area A might evolve longer vowels than people in Area B.  Children born in Area A hear adults in Area A using longer vowels, so they learn to use the longer vowels in their speech, so THEIR children learn to use the longer vowels, etc.  The languages can diverge substantially over the generations - look at Spain-Spanish and Mexico-Spanish, for example.  Accents can blend, too - the "American" accent is a mix of lots of other languages' accents overlaid on British English.  For a more local example, look at any university campus where the majority of the students come from diverse areas of the country - the "accent" on campus will be different than the local accent.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Miss Vertigo on March 09, 2011, 12:40:36 AM
Right; this may be a *really* stupid question, but:

Say you've got a George Foreman grill, and say that you bought the one without the removable plates because it was the cheapest and you really are that dim (schoolboy error #1).

How on earth do you clean the darn thing properly?

I mean, yes, you can put washing up liquid on it and scrub it with a cloth something but that never seems to get rid of everything, and I'm presuming you can't dunk the whole thing in a sink of water (with the lead hanging out, obviously) because of the electrics, right?

???

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nurvingiel on March 09, 2011, 12:43:42 AM
^ That is really interesting.

Okay, this has been bugging me for a couple days. I would post in the Fridge Logic thread, but I did not actually see the scene in question.

Troy spoilers:


I tuned in Troy right when Hector and Patriclus (Patricus?) are duelling. Patriclus is killed and the Mermadons realize that he disguised himself as Achilles. Achilles's buddy has to go back and tell him that his cousin is dead, and Achilles is really angry.

But I couldn't help but wonder... didn't he notice them leave? I know he was busy making love not war to Hector's cousin at the time, but surely he would have noticed his entire unit and their horses, chariots etc. galloping off to war?

What am I missing?

Speaking of accents, I like how everyone in the movie was randomly British. ;D

Right; this may be a *really* stupid question, but:

Say you've got a George Foreman grill, and say that you bought the one without the removable plates because it was the cheapest and you really are that dim (schoolboy error #1).

How on earth do you clean the darn thing properly?

I mean, yes, you can put washing up liquid on it and scrub it with a cloth something but that never seems to get rid of everything, and I'm presuming you can't dunk the whole thing in a sink of water (with the lead hanging out, obviously) because of the electrics, right?

???
I'd just take a soapy cloth and wipe it down until all the bits and grease is gone. Then wipe it off with a damp, non-soapy cloth.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Miss Vertigo on March 09, 2011, 12:49:54 AM
I'd just take a soapy cloth and wipe it down until all the bits and grease is gone. Then wipe it off with a damp, non-soapy cloth.

That's what I do at the moment, and it does seem to get all the bits off, but sometimes I just want to give it a good old soak, y'know?

I think at some point I'll end up buying a better one because this annoys me so much, but thought I'd see if there was an obvious answer I'd missed.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 09, 2011, 12:55:33 AM
I'd just take a soapy cloth and wipe it down until all the bits and grease is gone. Then wipe it off with a damp, non-soapy cloth.

Heaven help me, but when I first saw this response I thought we were still talking about cleaning something other than a George Foreman grill.

 :-[
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 09, 2011, 12:57:10 AM
Troy spoilers:


I tuned in Troy right when Hector and Patriclus (Patricus?) are duelling. Patriclus is killed and the Mermadons realize that he disguised himself as Achilles. Achilles's buddy has to go back and tell him that his cousin is dead, and Achilles is really angry.

But I couldn't help but wonder... didn't he notice them leave? I know he was busy making love not war to Hector's cousin at the time, but surely he would have noticed his entire unit and their horses, chariots etc. galloping off to war?

What am I missing?
Patroclus.

I haven't seen the movie in 6 years, but I have to ask: Was it his entire encampment that went off to fight, or only some of the encampment population? If its only part of the encampment, then the camp itself would be so loud I'm not sure he would hear them leaving over the day-to-day noise of the camp life in general. If it was the entire camp population that left to fight, then the deafening silence would have been a big clue.
 

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 09, 2011, 01:07:54 AM
Quote
Speaking of accents, I like how everyone in the movie was randomly British. ;D

Oh, that was a horrible movie, accent-wise.

Why does everyone sound more intelligent with a British accent? You take an average American thug vs. an average British one, and the British one always sounds cooler (probably just me?)

And why-oh-why is your accent ridiculed if you are an American trying to speak French, but French people get a pass when speaking English with a French accent? No one ever says of of a French person "her accent is horrible", when 'zshe ees speeeking like zis', everyone thinks eet ees sharming.

(probably the most charming accent I've ever run into was little old chinese men in Hong Kong or Burma speaking perfect 'Queens English' with a British accent :))
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 09, 2011, 01:08:46 AM
I'd just take a soapy cloth and wipe it down until all the bits and grease is gone. Then wipe it off with a damp, non-soapy cloth.

Heaven help me, but when I first saw this response I thought we were still talking about cleaning something other than a George Foreman grill.

 :-[

LOL. And then take the wire brush and... ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 09, 2011, 01:15:18 AM
Quote
Speaking of accents, I like how everyone in the movie was randomly British. ;D

Oh, that was a horrible movie, accent-wise.

Why does everyone sound more intelligent with a British accent? You take an average American thug vs. an average British one, and the British one always sounds cooler (probably just me?)
It's not just you, I promise.   ;D

And why-oh-why is your accent ridiculed if you are an American trying to speak French, but French people get a pass when speaking English with a French accent? No one ever says of of a French person "her accent is horrible", when 'zshe ees speeeking like zis', everyone thinks eet ees sharming.
There's a lot more flexibility/acceptability to people speaking english with a thick accent because for so many people around the world it's a common second language. I'd be interested to know if there is so much geographical variation in pronounciation/accents in other languages.

How much variation is there between Canadian French speakers and France-raised French speakers?

How much variation between German-rasied German speakers and Austrian German speakers?

Can you pinpoint geographical origins of first-language Russian speakers like you can in first-language English speakers?

Logic says it must be true, but I'm curious to know if there is as much variation in pronounciation/accents for first language speakers of other languages as there is in English (say Southern Texas vs Upper class British vs Australian. All first language English speakers with widely different accents).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 09, 2011, 01:16:08 AM
I'd just take a soapy cloth and wipe it down until all the bits and grease is gone. Then wipe it off with a damp, non-soapy cloth.

Heaven help me, but when I first saw this response I thought we were still talking about cleaning something other than a George Foreman grill.

 :-[

LOL. And then take the wire brush and... ;D
It puts the lotion on its skin, or it gets the hose. (I may be quoting that wrong, it's been a while since I've seen the movie).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nurvingiel on March 09, 2011, 01:38:51 AM
Troy spoilers:


I tuned in Troy right when Hector and Patriclus (Patricus?) are duelling. Patriclus is killed and the Mermadons realize that he disguised himself as Achilles. Achilles's buddy has to go back and tell him that his cousin is dead, and Achilles is really angry.

But I couldn't help but wonder... didn't he notice them leave? I know he was busy making love not war to Hector's cousin at the time, but surely he would have noticed his entire unit and their horses, chariots etc. galloping off to war?

What am I missing?
Patroclus.

I haven't seen the movie in 6 years, but I have to ask: Was it his entire encampment that went off to fight, or only some of the encampment population? If its only part of the encampment, then the camp itself would be so loud I'm not sure he would hear them leaving over the day-to-day noise of the camp life in general. If it was the entire camp population that left to fight, then the deafening silence would have been a big clue.
That's a good point. I was sure that all the Myrmidons went. Why wouldn't they?

I'd just take a soapy cloth and wipe it down until all the bits and grease is gone. Then wipe it off with a damp, non-soapy cloth.

Heaven help me, but when I first saw this response I thought we were still talking about cleaning something other than a George Foreman grill.

 :-[
Ahahahaha!!! ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 09, 2011, 02:01:10 AM
I'd just take a soapy cloth and wipe it down until all the bits and grease is gone. Then wipe it off with a damp, non-soapy cloth.

Heaven help me, but when I first saw this response I thought we were still talking about cleaning something other than a George Foreman grill.

 :-[

Oh my goodness, I did, too! :o :-[ I was like...bits and grease? WHAT?!


Also, from the song, at least, I know it's: "It puts the lotion on its skin. Or else it gets the hose again."
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: mechtilde on March 09, 2011, 02:28:36 AM
About the German speakers- yes, there is a massive variation in dialects. Such a wide variation that sometimes people who live 10 miles apart would have difficulty in understanding each other. This is within all German speaking areas. Most Germans who speak dialect are effectively bilingual, using dialect with family and friends, and Hochdeutsch at school, work etc. If Dh is speaking his dialect, other Germans cannot understand him at all (although someone who speaks Pennsylvania Dutch would stand a better chance!), yet he speaks Hochdeutsch with almost no regional accent.

Although the "Official German" (Hochdeutsch) spoken within Germany and Austria is pretty much the same language with a few small differences, the German spoken in Switzerland as the official German is very different, and Hochdeutsch speakers cannot understand it. Possibly some people living close tio the Swiss border might have a similar dialect.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Alex the Seal on March 09, 2011, 03:32:57 AM
OK, next stupid question (and possibly TMI answer): when you shower using a fixed showerhead, how do you get the soap out from between your legs?  I take baths (hatehateHATE showers!) and the few times that I've been forced by circumstances to take showers, I never figured this one out.  Washcloths?  Cupping hands full of water, throwing it in the general direction and hoping enough splashes to do some good? Headstands? Don't soap there in the first place? (What's the point of showering, then?) ???

Use a cup to splash it or use your hand and cup closely to that area to catch runoff/spray and rinse.  You are supposed to use soap on that part.. it's the internal part that it's a no-no to use anything on. The v@gina is self-regulating.. the mons is not.

I was going to say that too...soap shouldn't be used internally, but the external area and surrounding area needs to be cleaned just like any other external body part.

Leaning forward can make the 'splash and rinse' maneuvers easier, because you don't have to splash directly upwards. So you were kind of on the right track with headstands, Elfmama  :P
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 09, 2011, 03:33:03 AM
Troy spoilers:


I tuned in Troy right when Hector and Patriclus (Patricus?) are duelling. Patriclus is killed and the Mermadons realize that he disguised himself as Achilles. Achilles's buddy has to go back and tell him that his cousin is dead, and Achilles is really angry.

But I couldn't help but wonder... didn't he notice them leave? I know he was busy making love not war to Hector's cousin at the time, but surely he would have noticed his entire unit and their horses, chariots etc. galloping off to war?

What am I missing?
Patroclus.

I haven't seen the movie in 6 years, but I have to ask: Was it his entire encampment that went off to fight, or only some of the encampment population? If its only part of the encampment, then the camp itself would be so loud I'm not sure he would hear them leaving over the day-to-day noise of the camp life in general. If it was the entire camp population that left to fight, then the deafening silence would have been a big clue.
That's a good point. I was sure that all the Myrmidons went. Why wouldn't they?

Is the camp only soldiers? If they're settling in for a long haul siege, there'd be other non-fighters in the camp (washer women, cooks, servants, slaves). I'm pretty sure every single person in the entire camp didn't just up and leave. What about leaving guards behind to make sure stuff didn't get stolen or food/water poisoned?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 09, 2011, 03:36:16 AM
About the German speakers- yes, there is a massive variation in dialects. Such a wide variation that sometimes people who live 10 miles apart would have difficulty in understanding each other. This is within all German speaking areas. Most Germans who speak dialect are effectively bilingual, using dialect with family and friends, and Hochdeutsch at school, work etc. If Dh is speaking his dialect, other Germans cannot understand him at all (although someone who speaks Pennsylvania Dutch would stand a better chance!), yet he speaks Hochdeutsch with almost no regional accent.

Although the "Official German" (Hochdeutsch) spoken within Germany and Austria is pretty much the same language with a few small differences, the German spoken in Switzerland as the official German is very different, and Hochdeutsch speakers cannot understand it. Possibly some people living close tio the Swiss border might have a similar dialect.
Cool! Thanks for that information. I'm always fascinated by other languages.

(purely out of curiosity, do you have any idea what sort of accent Arnold Swarzennegar has when he speaks German? I've always wondered. I heard somewhere he had a heavy rural accent, but I have no idea if that's true.  ;D )
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Snooks on March 09, 2011, 07:12:03 AM
Right; this may be a *really* stupid question, but:

Say you've got a George Foreman grill, and say that you bought the one without the removable plates because it was the cheapest and you really are that dim (schoolboy error #1).

How on earth do you clean the darn thing properly?

I mean, yes, you can put washing up liquid on it and scrub it with a cloth something but that never seems to get rid of everything, and I'm presuming you can't dunk the whole thing in a sink of water (with the lead hanging out, obviously) because of the electrics, right?

???



Use the scrapy thing that comes with it to get all the big lumps of grease off then spray some grease cutting stuff on it, leave it for 10 minutes and use a sponge to wipe it down.  You'll need to rinse the grease out of the sponge a few times until you're just wiping with water.  As for the grease that drips on the edge I have no answer, my 8 year old George is disgusting on the edge so I just try not to touch it/look at it!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 09, 2011, 07:26:36 AM
I tuned in Troy right when Hector and Patriclus (Patricus?) are duelling. Patriclus is killed and the Mermadons realize that he disguised himself as Achilles. Achilles's buddy has to go back and tell him that his cousin is dead, and Achilles is really angry.

But I couldn't help but wonder... didn't he notice them leave? I know he was busy making love not war to Hector's cousin at the time, but surely he would have noticed his entire unit and their horses, chariots etc. galloping off to war?

What am I missing?
According to Homer, Achilles was sulking in his tent over having to give up a war captive.  He's always struck me as a very SS person, so it's entirely possible that he DID hear them arming up and leaving and thought "HA!! See how far they can get without ME being there!"
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Wonderflonium on March 09, 2011, 08:29:30 AM
Also, from the song, at least, I know it's: "It puts the lotion on its skin. Or else it gets the hose again."

Song?

Also: What's a Mary Sue?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on March 09, 2011, 08:42:46 AM
Also, from the song, at least, I know it's: "It puts the lotion on its skin. Or else it gets the hose again."

Song?

Also: What's a Mary Sue?

No, it's from Silence of the Lambs. :)

Mary Sue is a fanfiction term originally. (Where you write stories taking place within some existing fictional world, like your favorite TV show.)  She's an original character by the author inserted into the world and is immediately recognized as the wonderful, fabulous, awesome Special Person (tm) she is.  She's smart and funny and witty, and of course drop-dead beautiful. (Usually with rippling hair the color of burnished copper and piercing violet eyes, or something similarly overblown. ;))  The author's favorite character of course falls in love with her, and she's generally related to one or more of the other characters.  She's perfect and wonderful, and her only character flaws are the cute ones that make her even more endearing.  The only person who doesn't like her is the author's least favorite character, and it's an illustration of how terrible that character is.

So generally, it's used for any character who's brought into an existing group and is immediately perfect and beloved.  For example, a lot of people called Hannah on Bones a Mary Sue because she was dropped into the crowd and they all loved her.  She was Booth's love, Brennan's best friend, immediately befriended Booth's child, and had no character flaws. 

The male term is usually "Gary Stu", though I've also seen "Marty Stu".
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: goblue2539 on March 09, 2011, 08:47:00 AM
I tuned in Troy right when Hector and Patriclus (Patricus?) are duelling. Patriclus is killed and the Mermadons realize that he disguised himself as Achilles. Achilles's buddy has to go back and tell him that his cousin is dead, and Achilles is really angry.

But I couldn't help but wonder... didn't he notice them leave? I know he was busy making love not war to Hector's cousin at the time, but surely he would have noticed his entire unit and their horses, chariots etc. galloping off to war?

What am I missing?
According to Homer, Achilles was sulking in his tent over having to give up a war captive.  He's always struck me as a very SS person, so it's entirely possible that he DID hear them arming up and leaving and thought "HA!! See how far they can get without ME being there!"

In the Iliad, Achilles was forced to give up his captive to Agamemnon, which he considered a huge insult.  Therefore, he refused to fight at all until the woman was returned to him.  However, Patroclus begged to be allowed to take their troops out in order to prevent the Trojans from burning the Greek ships.  Achilles agreed, so he knew the whole time that his troops were fighting.  If I remember correctly, he even suggested Patroclus use his armor to fool the Trojans into thinking that Achilles had returned to the fighting.  His reputation alone scared them into backing off.  But, after Patroclus was killed, Achilles realized what his anger had cost him, and went back into the war.  The prophecy had said that the Greeks would only be able to win if Achilles was fighting, but it also said that he would die in Troy.

I may not be 100%, but I did have to read the whole Iliad for my Greek myth class.  
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 09, 2011, 08:48:30 AM

Can you pinpoint geographical origins of first-language Russian speakers like you can in first-language English speakers?

Logic says it must be true, but I'm curious to know if there is as much variation in pronounciation/accents for first language speakers of other languages as there is in English (say Southern Texas vs Upper class British vs Australian. All first language English speakers with widely different accents).

I was going to say that this doesn't exactly answer your question, but I once knew a young lady whose mother was from Birmingham UK and father from coastal Mississippi USA. She had the cutest accent that was a combination of the two. She was living near St. Louis MO at the time.

I have often wondered what would happen to her if she did learn another language.
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Also, when I was in speech correction for a lateral 'S' in college, a young man in my class was a French major and had learned to properly say the 'S' in French. When he found out that was all we were doing, he said, "Oh, for Pete's sake!" and walked out. He only came back for the final interview to be approved for his teaching certificate.

Interestingly to me, I was the only one I knew with the lateral 'S'. It was corrected long before I had children. One of them had the problem, too, but got it corrected in 4th grade instead of college.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ms_Cellany on March 09, 2011, 08:49:56 AM

Logic says it must be true, but I'm curious to know if there is as much variation in pronounciation/accents for first language speakers of other languages as there is in English (say Southern Texas vs Upper class British vs Australian. All first language English speakers with widely different accents).


"An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him. / The moment he talks, he makes some other Englishman despise him."

Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 09, 2011, 08:52:04 AM
Mary Sue is also sometimes used for a character that is actually original to a book or tv show.  In that situation, people might use it to refer to a character that has the traits of a Mary Sue (gorgeous, everyone loves her, no real character flaws except adorable ones, etc.), even though the character was written by the original author.

That is, actually, one of the more common criticisms of Bella Swan in Twilight that I've seen, to give a concrete example.

The other facet of Mary Sues (whether in fanfiction or elsewhere) is that they are supposed to be sort of an author substitute.  A random character who is too perfect might not be a Mary Sue, because the idea is that the author has created a perfect character for the purpose of inserting themselves (or, really, an idealized version of themselves) into the story.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Wonderflonium on March 09, 2011, 08:52:55 AM
Also, from the song, at least, I know it's: "It puts the lotion on its skin. Or else it gets the hose again."

Song?

Also: What's a Mary Sue?

No, it's from Silence of the Lambs. :)

That's what I thought, but then I thought maybe some band made it into a song, and if that were the case, I'd really need to hear that song.  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on March 09, 2011, 09:11:19 AM
The other facet of Mary Sues (whether in fanfiction or elsewhere) is that they are supposed to be sort of an author substitute.  A random character who is too perfect might not be a Mary Sue, because the idea is that the author has created a perfect character for the purpose of inserting themselves (or, really, an idealized version of themselves) into the story.

*Cough* Wesley Crusher *Cough*

It wasn't a coincidence that Gene Roddenberry's name was Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, oh no. I bet he was devastated that the fans hated Wesley on sight. Even Wil Wheaton didn't like Wesley!!!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: bigozzy on March 09, 2011, 09:40:47 AM
The other facet of Mary Sues (whether in fanfiction or elsewhere) is that they are supposed to be sort of an author substitute.  A random character who is too perfect might not be a Mary Sue, because the idea is that the author has created a perfect character for the purpose of inserting themselves (or, really, an idealized version of themselves) into the story.

*Cough* Wesley Crusher *Cough*

It wasn't a coincidence that Gene Roddenberry's name was Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, oh no. I bet he was devastated that the fans hated Wesley on sight. Even Wil Wheaton didn't like Wesley!!!


I for one, kept hoping he would don a red top for an away mission.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on March 09, 2011, 10:09:53 AM
Right; this may be a *really* stupid question, but:

Say you've got a George Foreman grill, and say that you bought the one without the removable plates because it was the cheapest and you really are that dim (schoolboy error #1).

How on earth do you clean the darn thing properly?

I mean, yes, you can put washing up liquid on it and scrub it with a cloth something but that never seems to get rid of everything, and I'm presuming you can't dunk the whole thing in a sink of water (with the lead hanging out, obviously) because of the electrics, right?

???



Use the scrapy thing that comes with it to get all the big lumps of grease off then spray some grease cutting stuff on it, leave it for 10 minutes and use a sponge to wipe it down.  You'll need to rinse the grease out of the sponge a few times until you're just wiping with water.  As for the grease that drips on the edge I have no answer, my 8 year old George is disgusting on the edge so I just try not to touch it/look at it!

Would a vinegar/water spray work?  Vinegar cuts through grease and you don't have to worry about having a soapy taste to your food (the vinegar smell/taste dissipates when it dries.)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: bobsyouruncle on March 09, 2011, 10:24:24 AM
Right; this may be a *really* stupid question, but:

Say you've got a George Foreman grill, and say that you bought the one without the removable plates because it was the cheapest and you really are that dim (schoolboy error #1).

How on earth do you clean the darn thing properly?

I mean, yes, you can put washing up liquid on it and scrub it with a cloth something but that never seems to get rid of everything, and I'm presuming you can't dunk the whole thing in a sink of water (with the lead hanging out, obviously) because of the electrics, right?

???



Use the scrapy thing that comes with it to get all the big lumps of grease off then spray some grease cutting stuff on it, leave it for 10 minutes and use a sponge to wipe it down.  You'll need to rinse the grease out of the sponge a few times until you're just wiping with water.  As for the grease that drips on the edge I have no answer, my 8 year old George is disgusting on the edge so I just try not to touch it/look at it!

Would a vinegar/water spray work?  Vinegar cuts through grease and you don't have to worry about having a soapy taste to your food (the vinegar smell/taste dissipates when it dries.)

Or baking soda mixed with some water?  I'm not sure if it would be too abrasive though.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ms_Cellany on March 09, 2011, 10:34:09 AM
Right; this may be a *really* stupid question, but:

Say you've got a George Foreman grill, and say that you bought the one without the removable plates because it was the cheapest and you really are that dim (schoolboy error #1).

How on earth do you clean the darn thing properly?

I mean, yes, you can put washing up liquid on it and scrub it with a cloth something but that never seems to get rid of everything, and I'm presuming you can't dunk the whole thing in a sink of water (with the lead hanging out, obviously) because of the electrics, right?

???



Use the scrapy thing that comes with it to get all the big lumps of grease off then spray some grease cutting stuff on it, leave it for 10 minutes and use a sponge to wipe it down.  You'll need to rinse the grease out of the sponge a few times until you're just wiping with water.  As for the grease that drips on the edge I have no answer, my 8 year old George is disgusting on the edge so I just try not to touch it/look at it!

Would a vinegar/water spray work?  Vinegar cuts through grease and you don't have to worry about having a soapy taste to your food (the vinegar smell/taste dissipates when it dries.)

Or baking soda mixed with some water?  I'm not sure if it would be too abrasive though.

I use a baking soda paste for SO many things. It's never scratched anything. And the best fun is using a vinegar/water spray to get the last of it off!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MariaE on March 09, 2011, 10:40:25 AM
What is evaporated milk? And assuming it's something not available in Denmark, what can I use as a substitute?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: bobsyouruncle on March 09, 2011, 10:41:07 AM
Right; this may be a *really* stupid question, but:

Say you've got a George Foreman grill, and say that you bought the one without the removable plates because it was the cheapest and you really are that dim (schoolboy error #1).

How on earth do you clean the darn thing properly?

I mean, yes, you can put washing up liquid on it and scrub it with a cloth something but that never seems to get rid of everything, and I'm presuming you can't dunk the whole thing in a sink of water (with the lead hanging out, obviously) because of the electrics, right?

???



Use the scrapy thing that comes with it to get all the big lumps of grease off then spray some grease cutting stuff on it, leave it for 10 minutes and use a sponge to wipe it down.  You'll need to rinse the grease out of the sponge a few times until you're just wiping with water.  As for the grease that drips on the edge I have no answer, my 8 year old George is disgusting on the edge so I just try not to touch it/look at it!

Would a vinegar/water spray work?  Vinegar cuts through grease and you don't have to worry about having a soapy taste to your food (the vinegar smell/taste dissipates when it dries.)

Or baking soda mixed with some water?  I'm not sure if it would be too abrasive though.

I use a baking soda paste for SO many things. It's never scratched anything. And the best fun is using a vinegar/water spray to get the last of it off!

I'm seriously beginning to think that baking soda and vinegar are true miracle products! (thanks to another thread I've actually been using baking soda as shampoo and apple cider vinegar as conditioner for awhile now and I love it!)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: think2x on March 09, 2011, 10:41:59 AM
^^
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And the best fun is using a vinegar/water spray to get the last of it off!

LOL -it sounds like you really like cleaning!  (Come onnn over!)


I do have a question. Why do men have nipples? It's not like they serve any anatomical function. Since there are so many science types here, I'm finally asking that out loud.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on March 09, 2011, 10:53:33 AM
What is evaporated milk? And assuming it's something not available in Denmark, what can I use as a substitute?

Evaporated milk is milk which has had a lot of the water removed by evaporating the water out of it. 

http://www.ochef.com/664.htm

suggests cream or buttermilk as substitutes. 

http://www.ehow.com/how_4619623_make-evaporated-milk.html

tells you how its made and how to make it yourself (but since milk:evaporated milk is over a 2:1 ratio (2 1/4 cups milk for 1 cup evaporated milk) it may not be worth it).  The article says you save 20-40 cents over the canned product (in the U.S.), but it takes 1 to 3 hours, as well.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: audrey11 on March 09, 2011, 11:11:50 AM
Also, from the song, at least, I know it's: "It puts the lotion on its skin. Or else it gets the hose again."

Song?

Also: What's a Mary Sue?

No, it's from Silence of the Lambs. :)



That's what I thought, but then I thought maybe some band made it into a song, and if that were the case, I'd really need to hear that song.  ;D

It's called Lotion by the Greenskeepers.  You really do need to hear it.   ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Wonderflonium on March 09, 2011, 11:33:21 AM
Also, from the song, at least, I know it's: "It puts the lotion on its skin. Or else it gets the hose again."

Song?

Also: What's a Mary Sue?

No, it's from Silence of the Lambs. :)


That's what I thought, but then I thought maybe some band made it into a song, and if that were the case, I'd really need to hear that song.  ;D

It's called Lotion by the Greenskeepers.  You really do need to hear it.   ;D

When I get home from work, I'm so finding that song!!!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 09, 2011, 11:56:34 AM
^Yep, I was just about to say that! :D It is SO creepy!


Also, Mary Sues are called Canon Sues when the author does them, I think [like Bella :P ].
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: General Jinjur on March 09, 2011, 12:32:49 PM
I'd just take a soapy cloth and wipe it down until all the bits and grease is gone. Then wipe it off with a damp, non-soapy cloth.

That's what I do at the moment, and it does seem to get all the bits off, but sometimes I just want to give it a good old soak, y'know?

I think at some point I'll end up buying a better one because this annoys me so much, but thought I'd see if there was an obvious answer I'd missed.

This is what I do. If the food was greasy, I remove the food from the grill (duh), unplug it, then very carefully pour about a half cup water on the cooking surface. Pretty much everything will sizzle right off and land in the grease catcher. If the food in question is not greasy, I spritz on some nonstick spray before cooking, then do the water. Even with the spray, though, non-greasy food requires a bit of scrubbing.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 09, 2011, 12:36:31 PM
Right; this may be a *really* stupid question, but:

Say you've got a George Foreman grill, and say that you bought the one without the removable plates because it was the cheapest and you really are that dim (schoolboy error #1).

How on earth do you clean the darn thing properly?

I mean, yes, you can put washing up liquid on it and scrub it with a cloth something but that never seems to get rid of everything, and I'm presuming you can't dunk the whole thing in a sink of water (with the lead hanging out, obviously) because of the electrics, right?

???



Use the scrapy thing that comes with it to get all the big lumps of grease off then spray some grease cutting stuff on it, leave it for 10 minutes and use a sponge to wipe it down.  You'll need to rinse the grease out of the sponge a few times until you're just wiping with water.  As for the grease that drips on the edge I have no answer, my 8 year old George is disgusting on the edge so I just try not to touch it/look at it!

Would a vinegar/water spray work?  Vinegar cuts through grease and you don't have to worry about having a soapy taste to your food (the vinegar smell/taste dissipates when it dries.)

Or baking soda mixed with some water?  I'm not sure if it would be too abrasive though.

I use a baking soda paste for SO many things. It's never scratched anything. And the best fun is using a vinegar/water spray to get the last of it off!

And I'd like to thank the poster who confused the GF grill with cleaning the girly bits :P

I think this thread is ruined for me ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: rashea on March 09, 2011, 12:48:47 PM
I'd just take a soapy cloth and wipe it down until all the bits and grease is gone. Then wipe it off with a damp, non-soapy cloth.

That's what I do at the moment, and it does seem to get all the bits off, but sometimes I just want to give it a good old soak, y'know?

I think at some point I'll end up buying a better one because this annoys me so much, but thought I'd see if there was an obvious answer I'd missed.

This is what I do. If the food was greasy, I remove the food from the grill (duh), unplug it, then very carefully pour about a half cup water on the cooking surface. Pretty much everything will sizzle right off and land in the grease catcher. If the food in question is not greasy, I spritz on some nonstick spray before cooking, then do the water. Even with the spray, though, non-greasy food requires a bit of scrubbing.

Well, the easy way to do it is to let the surface cool, and then give it to the dog, who returns it perfectly clean of grease and bits, and then I just need to clean the dog spit off it.

I don't soak mine, but I do run it under the faucet and let it dry completely before using it again. I know I shorten the life of it this way, but that's a choice I've made.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ms_Cellany on March 09, 2011, 12:58:15 PM

Well, the easy way to do it is to let the surface cool, and then give it to the dog, who returns it perfectly clean of grease and bits, and then I just need to clean the dog spit off it.


Dog spit, is, unfortunately, right up there with barnacle adhesive...

and ETA that I once advised a friend to use his dog to clean up after a drunk friend "left dog food" in his car. The dog had fun but appeared to not get tipsy from the experience.

I'm extremely pragmatic at times. Friend was horrified at the suggestion before he saw the logic.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kitty-cat on March 09, 2011, 12:58:46 PM
^^
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And the best fun is using a vinegar/water spray to get the last of it off!

LOL -it sounds like you really like cleaning!  (Come onnn over!)


I do have a question. Why do men have nipples? It's not like they serve any anatomical function. Since there are so many science types here, I'm finally asking that out loud.

Don't quote me on this, but humans basically have the same shape, it's if you are male or female that determines what happens to the specifics.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 09, 2011, 01:05:14 PM


Well, the easy way to do it is to let the surface cool, and then give it to the dog, who returns it perfectly clean of grease and bits, and then I just need to clean the dog spit off it.


Brilliant!

I wish i had thought of that.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 09, 2011, 01:47:10 PM
That reminds me of when we just wanted to use the dog as a dishwasher because he returned the plates and everything licked perfectly clean. :D Then just a quick swipe with the sponge and voila! ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: marksgirl on March 09, 2011, 01:51:41 PM
When does a person decide if they are left or right handed? My DD is two and I think she will be a lefty( her late Pappa would be so proud!) but is it too soon to tell?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 09, 2011, 01:57:22 PM
I don't know, but I think my parents could just about always tell I was a leftie, as I held everything in my left hand. They made a few half-hearted attempts at correcting me, but any time they put something in my right hand, I immediately transferred it back to my left. ;D

So she might be a leftie...probably just wait and see?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 09, 2011, 02:06:54 PM
When does a person decide if they are left or right handed? My DD is two and I think she will be a lefty( her late Pappa would be so proud!) but is it too soon to tell?

Usually sometime between two and three :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: HorseFreak on March 09, 2011, 02:12:37 PM
^^
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And the best fun is using a vinegar/water spray to get the last of it off!

LOL -it sounds like you really like cleaning!  (Come onnn over!)


I do have a question. Why do men have nipples? It's not like they serve any anatomical function. Since there are so many science types here, I'm finally asking that out loud.

All humans start with the same basic form, but the influence of testosterone in males turns development of gender characteristics into what we know as male. I don't want to get too deep, but we all basically start with the same raw material and they form different structures based on your gender. Nipples are standard equipment :). Normal mammals have are XY (male) or XX (female). Some weird stuff happens when there's a mistake and you end up with XXY (like male calico cats since you need two X's to get both the orange and the other color on the same body).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: NutMeg on March 09, 2011, 02:27:35 PM
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Speaking of accents, I like how everyone in the movie was randomly British. ;D

Oh, that was a horrible movie, accent-wise.

Why does everyone sound more intelligent with a British accent? You take an average American thug vs. an average British one, and the British one always sounds cooler (probably just me?)
It's not just you, I promise.   ;D

And why-oh-why is your accent ridiculed if you are an American trying to speak French, but French people get a pass when speaking English with a French accent? No one ever says of of a French person "her accent is horrible", when 'zshe ees speeeking like zis', everyone thinks eet ees sharming.
There's a lot more flexibility/acceptability to people speaking english with a thick accent because for so many people around the world it's a common second language. I'd be interested to know if there is so much geographical variation in pronounciation/accents in other languages.

How much variation is there between Canadian French speakers and France-raised French speakers?

How much variation between German-rasied German speakers and Austrian German speakers?

Can you pinpoint geographical origins of first-language Russian speakers like you can in first-language English speakers?

Logic says it must be true, but I'm curious to know if there is as much variation in pronounciation/accents for first language speakers of other languages as there is in English (say Southern Texas vs Upper class British vs Australian. All first language English speakers with widely different accents).


A lot. My family is Swiss, some of whom speak French and some of whom speak Swiss-German. Swiss-German is basically a different language. Swiss French and France French are fairly close, it's more on the order of, say, someone from California and someone from Alberta. France French and Québécois are very different. Mostly mutually intelligible, but man do the accents sound weird. I'm used to European French, so Québécois sounds really bizarre to me, even though I am Canadian. I'm not really familiar with Acadian French (the other French speaking community in Canada), so no answers there. Here is a website (http://www.republiquelibre.org/cousture/FRANC2.HTM) that might clarify a bit.

I do have a question. Why do men have nipples? It's not like they serve any anatomical function. Since there are so many science types here, I'm finally asking that out loud.

I presume it's because an embryo starts basically the same, regardless of gender, and then differential features develop, eg. the Müllerian duct system develops into most of the female reproductive system in female embryos, and withers away in male embryos. But it has to be there in the early stages of development, I think it would have a hard time developing at all if it had to wait until the differential development started.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ferrets on March 09, 2011, 02:35:05 PM
Why does everyone sound more intelligent with a British accent? You take an average American thug vs. an average British one, and the British one always sounds cooler (probably just me?)

Because, dahling, we simply, intrinsically, are.

And don't you forget it, you damned colonials. >:D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 09, 2011, 03:54:45 PM
When does a person decide if they are left or right handed? My DD is two and I think she will be a lefty( her late Pappa would be so proud!) but is it too soon to tell?

I don't think anyone actually "decides" that, and two is probably too soon to tell. I'm left-handed, and I never made a decision to be left-handed; it's simply my strongly dominant hand. I'd just observe your daughter as she continues to develop and see which hand she ultimately uses most often. If she likes to color, you could put a crayon on the table and see which hand she usually uses to reach for it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: rashea on March 09, 2011, 04:01:59 PM

Well, the easy way to do it is to let the surface cool, and then give it to the dog, who returns it perfectly clean of grease and bits, and then I just need to clean the dog spit off it.


Dog spit, is, unfortunately, right up there with barnacle adhesive...


Huh, the soap nuts work pretty well on it, so I guess that's part of my solution too. They seem to cut through the dog spit.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 09, 2011, 05:38:43 PM
Swiss-French and France-French do have some major variations - the Swiss have numbers for "seventy" and "ninety," for example  :P  My teacher (in high school) grew up on the Swiss side of the border, and he said the French kids used to tease them "Tu es sweeesh!" making fun of their accent.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Sebastienne on March 09, 2011, 06:25:21 PM
Re: cleaning the George Foreman.  As soon as the food comes off of it, shut off the power, put a double layer of damp paper towels on the grill, and close it.  It will basically steam-clean itself.  Once it's cool, just use another damp towel to get all the leftover stuff off.  Trust--this works.

I wouldn't recommend this method for cleaning girly parts, however.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on March 09, 2011, 06:43:09 PM
*Cough* Wesley Crusher *Cough*

It wasn't a coincidence that Gene Roddenberry's name was Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, oh no. I bet he was devastated that the fans hated Wesley on sight. Even Wil Wheaton didn't like Wesley!!!

I liked Wesley.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: jayhawk on March 09, 2011, 07:21:35 PM
Martin Mull (remember him?  Comedian in the 80's, I believe) said that men have nipples so they can find their cigarettes when they're drunk (picture him fishing around in his shirt pocket).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 09, 2011, 07:31:11 PM


I don't know if anyone can answer this, or if it's even a stupid question, but what causes accents? I can kind of understand accents from people who normally speak a different language (the accent of a German native speaking English, say), but what causes the Canadian accent? The English one? The Southern US accent? Is this even something that's known?

From infancy onward, you model your speech patterns on the language you hear around you.  Babies younger than (IIRC) six months old make all sorts of noises, but after about six months they pretty much only make phonemes found in their caregivers' language.  Babies in bilingual households make the "native" pronunciations for both languages.

Accents form because of natural variation - people tend to stay in one place for large chunks of their lives, so over generations people in Area A might evolve longer vowels than people in Area B.  Children born in Area A hear adults in Area A using longer vowels, so they learn to use the longer vowels in their speech, so THEIR children learn to use the longer vowels, etc.  The languages can diverge substantially over the generations - look at Spain-Spanish and Mexico-Spanish, for example.  Accents can blend, too - the "American" accent is a mix of lots of other languages' accents overlaid on British English.  For a more local example, look at any university campus where the majority of the students come from diverse areas of the country - the "accent" on campus will be different than the local accent.

An aside - eventually most children develop the accent of their peers rather than the accent of their parents.  But I wonder what the real age-threshold is for this?  Of course it must vary - but most kids I knew who immigrated to Canada from other English-speaking countries before about age 10 quickly adopted "Canadian" accents.  Those who came as teens tended to keep their "home" accents.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: NutMeg on March 09, 2011, 07:39:30 PM
kareng, my mum came to Canada from England when she was four, no accent. My aunt came when she was almost 10, she has a British accent when talking to someone with a British accent, and Canadian when talking to a Canadian.

Swiss-French and France-French do have some major variations - the Swiss have numbers for "seventy" and "ninety," for example  :P  My teacher (in high school) grew up on the Swiss side of the border, and he said the French kids used to tease them "Tu es sweeesh!" making fun of their accent.

My high school French teacher wouldn't let me the alternates for seventy and ninety (not sure how to spell them... septant and nanant, or septont and nanont?). It was so annoying.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: jpcher on March 09, 2011, 07:47:24 PM
Re: cleaning the George Foreman.  As soon as the food comes off of it, shut off the power, put a double layer of damp paper towels on the grill, and close it.  It will basically steam-clean itself.  Once it's cool, just use another damp towel to get all the leftover stuff off.  Trust--this works.

I wouldn't recommend this method for cleaning girly parts, however.


LOL!  ;D

But will it work for a splurted-on lap-top screen after taking a sip of soda just before reading the bold above?



Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: jpcher on March 09, 2011, 07:56:42 PM
My stupid question: Why does a word that you've spelled correctly come up with that squiggly red underline, only to do a spell check and the suggested change is exactly the same way you've spelled it?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: blue2000 on March 09, 2011, 08:14:37 PM
kareng, my mum came to Canada from England when she was four, no accent. My aunt came when she was almost 10, she has a British accent when talking to someone with a British accent, and Canadian when talking to a Canadian.


I used to laugh at my mother - she had a normal accent most of the time, but she spoke with a distinct German accent when talking to her German-speaking mother.

And now sometimes I find myself yelling at the cats in the same accent, even though I never learned much German and my parents spoke English at home!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nurvingiel on March 09, 2011, 08:39:01 PM
kareng, my mum came to Canada from England when she was four, no accent. My aunt came when she was almost 10, she has a British accent when talking to someone with a British accent, and Canadian when talking to a Canadian.


I used to laugh at my mother - she had a normal accent most of the time, but she spoke with a distinct German accent when talking to her German-speaking mother.

And now sometimes I find myself yelling at the cats in the same accent, even though I never learned much German and my parents spoke English at home!
And my Grandma came when she was in her early thirties, and her accent (I am sure) hasn't changed one smidgen. I guess as we grow up our accent becomes more "fixed:.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 09, 2011, 08:58:23 PM
From what I remember of Sociolinguistics, I believe the age threshold is 10-12. If you move as a teenager somewhere new, you are much less likely to pick up that accent [unless perhaps you are consciously trying to...and even then, I would think you would need a gift for accents]. I know someone from Russia who moved here when she was 15, and she's 22 now. And her Russian accent is pretty strong, although definitely not as strong as her mother's.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 09, 2011, 09:35:55 PM

And I'd like to thank the poster who confused the GF grill with cleaning the girly bits :P

I think this thread is ruined for me ;D

I am tickled pink to have been of service.  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 09, 2011, 10:41:29 PM
Quote
Speaking of accents, I like how everyone in the movie was randomly British. ;D

Oh, that was a horrible movie, accent-wise.

Why does everyone sound more intelligent with a British accent? You take an average American thug vs. an average British one, and the British one always sounds cooler (probably just me?)
It's not just you, I promise.   ;D

And why-oh-why is your accent ridiculed if you are an American trying to speak French, but French people get a pass when speaking English with a French accent? No one ever says of of a French person "her accent is horrible", when 'zshe ees speeeking like zis', everyone thinks eet ees sharming.
There's a lot more flexibility/acceptability to people speaking english with a thick accent because for so many people around the world it's a common second language. I'd be interested to know if there is so much geographical variation in pronounciation/accents in other languages.

How much variation is there between Canadian French speakers and France-raised French speakers?

How much variation between German-rasied German speakers and Austrian German speakers?

Can you pinpoint geographical origins of first-language Russian speakers like you can in first-language English speakers?

Logic says it must be true, but I'm curious to know if there is as much variation in pronounciation/accents for first language speakers of other languages as there is in English (say Southern Texas vs Upper class British vs Australian. All first language English speakers with widely different accents).


A lot. My family is Swiss, some of whom speak French and some of whom speak Swiss-German. Swiss-German is basically a different language. Swiss French and France French are fairly close, it's more on the order of, say, someone from California and someone from Alberta. France French and Québécois are very different. Mostly mutually intelligible, but man do the accents sound weird. I'm used to European French, so Québécois sounds really bizarre to me, even though I am Canadian. I'm not really familiar with Acadian French (the other French speaking community in Canada), so no answers there. Here is a website (http://www.republiquelibre.org/cousture/FRANC2.HTM) that might clarify a bit.

Thanks!

I had a French-Canadian friend who referred to the Canadian French he spoke as "Funny French". He said he had all sorts of issues trying to make himself understood in France. His favourite example was the word for something like a sleeveless jersey in Canadian French was the word for something like a medieval chain mail vest in France French. He apparently baffled and amused his hosts in equal measure.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 09, 2011, 10:48:45 PM
I do have a question. Why do men have nipples? It's not like they serve any anatomical function. Since there are so many science types here, I'm finally asking that out loud.

I presume it's because an embryo starts basically the same, regardless of gender, and then differential features develop, eg. the Müllerian duct system develops into most of the female reproductive system in female embryos, and withers away in male embryos. But it has to be there in the early stages of development, I think it would have a hard time developing at all if it had to wait until the differential development started.
They can actually serve an anatomical function since some men can apparently breastfeed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_lactation
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on March 09, 2011, 10:49:28 PM
*Cough* Wesley Crusher *Cough*
It wasn't a coincidence that Gene Roddenberry's name was Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, oh no. I bet he was devastated that the fans hated Wesley on sight. Even Wil Wheaton didn't like Wesley!!!
I liked Wesley.

My mother liked Jar Jar.

I still made fun of her.  ;D  >:D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 09, 2011, 10:49:38 PM
I do have a question. Why do men have nipples? It's not like they serve any anatomical function. Since there are so many science types here, I'm finally asking that out loud.

I presume it's because an embryo starts basically the same, regardless of gender, and then differential features develop, eg. the Müllerian duct system develops into most of the female reproductive system in female embryos, and withers away in male embryos. But it has to be there in the early stages of development, I think it would have a hard time developing at all if it had to wait until the differential development started.
They can actually serve an anatomical function since some men can apparently breastfeed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_lactation


If nothing else, they are also an erogenous zone.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 09, 2011, 10:51:40 PM
When does a person decide if they are left or right handed? My DD is two and I think she will be a lefty( her late Pappa would be so proud!) but is it too soon to tell?

I don't think anyone actually "decides" that, and two is probably too soon to tell. I'm left-handed, and I never made a decision to be left-handed; it's simply my strongly dominant hand. I'd just observe your daughter as she continues to develop and see which hand she ultimately uses most often. If she likes to color, you could put a crayon on the table and see which hand she usually uses to reach for it.
Handedness can show up in fetuses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handedness

Quote
There is strong evidence that prenatal testosterone contributes to brain organization. One theory is that high levels of prenatal testosterone results in a higher incidence of left-handedness. This could be why there are more left-handed males than females and also the increased incidence of left-handedness in male twins.

Some other studies have been done that show the possibility of handedness occurring as early as in the womb which would indicate a biological process.

For example, in one study, ultrasound observations of fetal thumb sucking showed that nine of ten fetuses were more likely to be sucking their right hand's thumb. Newborns also show a preference for one side of their body over the other. In one study, 65 percent of the infants turned their head to the right when they were lying on their back in a crib. Fifteen percent preferred to face toward the left and the remaining 20 percent showed no preference. These preferences for the right or the left were linked with handedness later in development.

The article I quoted above has lots of different theories at to the origin of handedness and is an interesting read.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 09, 2011, 10:52:35 PM
I do have a question. Why do men have nipples? It's not like they serve any anatomical function. Since there are so many science types here, I'm finally asking that out loud.

I presume it's because an embryo starts basically the same, regardless of gender, and then differential features develop, eg. the Müllerian duct system develops into most of the female reproductive system in female embryos, and withers away in male embryos. But it has to be there in the early stages of development, I think it would have a hard time developing at all if it had to wait until the differential development started.
They can actually serve an anatomical function since some men can apparently breastfeed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_lactation


If nothing else, they are also an erogenous zone.
Not sure if that's an actual function or accidental bi-product of their existence.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 09, 2011, 10:53:53 PM
I do have a question. Why do men have nipples? It's not like they serve any anatomical function. Since there are so many science types here, I'm finally asking that out loud.

I presume it's because an embryo starts basically the same, regardless of gender, and then differential features develop, eg. the Müllerian duct system develops into most of the female reproductive system in female embryos, and withers away in male embryos. But it has to be there in the early stages of development, I think it would have a hard time developing at all if it had to wait until the differential development started.
They can actually serve an anatomical function since some men can apparently breastfeed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_lactation


If nothing else, they are also an erogenous zone.
Not sure if that's an actual function or accidental bi-product of their existence.

Not sure how I'd classify that either, but I know a few people who consider it a plus.  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: stargazer on March 09, 2011, 11:20:40 PM
*Cough* Wesley Crusher *Cough*
It wasn't a coincidence that Gene Roddenberry's name was Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, oh no. I bet he was devastated that the fans hated Wesley on sight. Even Wil Wheaton didn't like Wesley!!!
I liked Wesley.

My mother liked Jar Jar.
I still made fun of her.  ;D  >:D

Wow.  She is the first person I have ever heard of that liked him (or had the moxie to admit it out loud!).   :) Worst character ever.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 09, 2011, 11:25:41 PM
I do have a question. Why do men have nipples? It's not like they serve any anatomical function. Since there are so many science types here, I'm finally asking that out loud.

I presume it's because an embryo starts basically the same, regardless of gender, and then differential features develop, eg. the Müllerian duct system develops into most of the female reproductive system in female embryos, and withers away in male embryos. But it has to be there in the early stages of development, I think it would have a hard time developing at all if it had to wait until the differential development started.
They can actually serve an anatomical function since some men can apparently breastfeed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_lactation


If nothing else, they are also an erogenous zone.

Or an anti-erogenous zone, depending.

ETA: I've know more than one guy go into a fetal curl..
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 09, 2011, 11:30:38 PM
My stupid question: Why does a word that you've spelled correctly come up with that squiggly red underline, only to do a spell check and the suggested change is exactly the same way you've spelled it?

Sometimes you spelled it wrong and just don't see the difference because you're not looking that closely, and sometimes the word just isn't in your computer's dictionary :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 09, 2011, 11:31:52 PM
I can't remember what the word was anymore, but it said that, say, "conversation" was correct, but "conversations" was not. :o [That wasn't the word, but can't remember anymore...it was one, however, where the plural -s was perfectly appropriate!]
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 09, 2011, 11:36:51 PM
I can't remember what the word was anymore, but it said that, say, "conversation" was correct, but "conversations" was not. :o [That wasn't the word, but can't remember anymore...it was one, however, where the plural -s was perfectly appropriate!]
I once had an older version of Microsoft word attempt to correct "Where have you been?" to "Where has you was?"  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MariaE on March 09, 2011, 11:56:08 PM
*Cough* Wesley Crusher *Cough*
It wasn't a coincidence that Gene Roddenberry's name was Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, oh no. I bet he was devastated that the fans hated Wesley on sight. Even Wil Wheaton didn't like Wesley!!!
I liked Wesley.

My mother liked Jar Jar.
I still made fun of her.  ;D  >:D

Wow.  She is the first person I have ever heard of that liked him (or had the moxie to admit it out loud!).   :) Worst character ever.

I liked Jar Jar!! And I sometimes feel like I'm the only person on the planet to actually do so. I was sad to discover he had such a small part in the two next movies.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Coruscation on March 10, 2011, 12:24:54 AM
When does a person decide if they are left or right handed? My DD is two and I think she will be a lefty( her late Pappa would be so proud!) but is it too soon to tell?

I don't think anyone actually "decides" that, and two is probably too soon to tell. I'm left-handed, and I never made a decision to be left-handed; it's simply my strongly dominant hand. I'd just observe your daughter as she continues to develop and see which hand she ultimately uses most often. If she likes to color, you could put a crayon on the table and see which hand she usually uses to reach for it.
Handedness can show up in fetuses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handedness

Quote
There is strong evidence that prenatal testosterone contributes to brain organization. One theory is that high levels of prenatal testosterone results in a higher incidence of left-handedness. This could be why there are more left-handed males than females and also the increased incidence of left-handedness in male twins.

Some other studies have been done that show the possibility of handedness occurring as early as in the womb which would indicate a biological process.

For example, in one study, ultrasound observations of fetal thumb sucking showed that nine of ten fetuses were more likely to be sucking their right hand's thumb. Newborns also show a preference for one side of their body over the other. In one study, 65 percent of the infants turned their head to the right when they were lying on their back in a crib. Fifteen percent preferred to face toward the left and the remaining 20 percent showed no preference. These preferences for the right or the left were linked with handedness later in development.

The article I quoted above has lots of different theories at to the origin of handedness and is an interesting read.



Interesting article. It did miss the theory I have heard, that organisms need to have some dominance to one side, otherwise the brain finds it hard to process the motor control. The book where I read that theory stated that even prehistoric scorpions are 'clawed', ninety percent of their battle wounds are on the left side, indicated that 90% of the scorpions were using their right claw as their primary weapon.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: guihong on March 10, 2011, 01:10:20 AM
Why do we say "disgruntled" or "discombobulated", but never "gruntled" or "combobulated"?   Why isn't anyone ever "gruntled"?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 10, 2011, 01:28:06 AM
Why do we say "disgruntled" or "discombobulated", but never "gruntled" or "combobulated"?   Why isn't anyone ever "gruntled"?
I remember reading something somewhere (yeah, that's helpful!  ::) ) about how the positive versions of those words (gruntled and combobulated) fell out of common usage and we've only been left with the negative versions (disgruntled or discombobulated).

http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/unpaired.htm

this article has a collection of such apparently unpaired words where the positive version of the word has fallen out of common usage (e.g. we still use "unkempt" but "kempt" has been dropped)

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And the term disgruntled that started this exploration is actually not that old. It is first recorded as an adjective by the OED only in 1847, though its verb disgruntle had first appeared about 1680. That was the inversion of the even older verb gruntle which was a form of the verb grunt used for frequently-repeated action; both grunt and gruntle were used of people expressing a sound “as of discontent, dissent, effort or fatigue” and hence took on something of the sense of grumble (though the words are unrelated). Though the dis- prefix can often indicate a negative, here it acts to intensify the root word.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-dis1.htm
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kherbert05 on March 10, 2011, 04:51:43 AM
I'm pretty sure Mrs. Taylor's ice usage had to do with the increased cocktail consumption surrounding her extracurricular Scrabble. The song is from the 1960s, and ice deliveries were a thing of the past by then. (The reference to miniskirts indicates that the song was also *set* in the 1960s and not a period piece.)

(Although how Mrs. Johnson would *know* how much ice Mrs. T. was going through, without the iceman -- er -- coming is a mystery. Right up there with why one would leave a cake out in the rain and how Neil expected the chair to respond to his existential crisis.)

Not that far in the past though - at least not in the rural south. According to family stories my great grandmother didn't trust new fangled refrigerators. After all an Ice Box stayed cold even if the power went out. Also grocery stores didn't sell bag iced for parties yet (Least not my grandfather's grocery store). So even after you stopped buying block ice for the ice box, you would buy drink ice for parties that was delivered.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: mechtilde on March 10, 2011, 04:58:56 AM
^ Hmmm- so secret parties or the handsome iceman? I had suspected something like that!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kherbert05 on March 10, 2011, 05:02:34 AM
When does a person decide if they are left or right handed? My DD is two and I think she will be a lefty( her late Pappa would be so proud!) but is it too soon to tell?

It is pretty much hard wired into the brain and messing with it can cause learning disabilities. I've been told by the docs that if my 3rd grade teacher had not tried to force me to be left handed instead of semi ambidextrous the bad parts of the dysgraphia wouldn't have been so pronounced.

(Not saying you would mess with it but I keep running into people who object to lefties for stupid reasons).  
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kherbert05 on March 10, 2011, 05:14:52 AM

Interesting article. It did miss the theory I have heard, that organisms need to have some dominance to one side, otherwise the brain finds it hard to process the motor control. The book where I read that theory stated that even prehistoric scorpions are 'clawed', ninety percent of their battle wounds are on the left side, indicated that 90% of the scorpions were using their right claw as their primary weapon.

In my family we can predict who is going to be more ambidextrous. Those kids don't crawl properly. Instead of crawling we bear walk.

Crawling on hands and knees left hand and right leg move together, right hand and left leg move together.

Bear walk - Rear in the air on hands and balls of feet. Left hand left leg move together, right hand right leg move together.

The more ambidextrous of us have bad sense of direction. Not as in getting lost but can't tell right from left and sometimes up from down. Sometimes it is like our brains can turn things around and inside out easier. For example if I'm distracted or tired I can read upside down. When we first got document cameras on campus I was forever projecting something upside down and not realizing it because I could read it. (I think that was when my AP decided I'm totally nuts. She wasn't sure if I was joking or really couldn't see that the thing was upside down).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: bigozzy on March 10, 2011, 05:16:49 AM

Interesting article. It did miss the theory I have heard, that organisms need to have some dominance to one side, otherwise the brain finds it hard to process the motor control. The book where I read that theory stated that even prehistoric scorpions are 'clawed', ninety percent of their battle wounds are on the left side, indicated that 90% of the scorpions were using their right claw as their primary weapon.

In my family we can predict who is going to be more ambidextrous. Those kids don't crawl properly. Instead of crawling we bear walk.



I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous! ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kess on March 10, 2011, 05:48:54 AM
Why do we say "disgruntled" or "discombobulated", but never "gruntled" or "combobulated"?   Why isn't anyone ever "gruntled"?

If a pig loses its voice is it disgruntled?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 10, 2011, 06:27:07 AM
Why do we say "disgruntled" or "discombobulated", but never "gruntled" or "combobulated"?   Why isn't anyone ever "gruntled"?

If a pig loses its voice is it disgruntled?
Argh. (and thank you).  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MommyPenguin on March 10, 2011, 06:42:07 AM
An aside - eventually most children develop the accent of their peers rather than the accent of their parents.  But I wonder what the real age-threshold is for this?  Of course it must vary - but most kids I knew who immigrated to Canada from other English-speaking countries before about age 10 quickly adopted "Canadian" accents.  Those who came as teens tended to keep their "home" accents.

Oh, no!  Please tell me this isn't true.  Otherwise we need to move right away, before my daughter starts talking about a need to "pahk the cahr in Hahvud Yahd!"

(It's even on the phone system!  "Yoor cuhl will be ahnwuhed in the ooduh in which it was ruhseeved."

What *I* wonder is why we regard some accents/dialects as more attractive than others.  I can understand some... for instance, I believe that in Britain, the accents denote class, and so people the accents convey class personality.  But that's not true in America.  Many people love the Southern accent but hate Southerners, or like New England but dislike the Boston or Maine dialect.  It's not universal, of course, but in general it seems like certain accents are regarded more highly than others (Southern liked by most Americans, New York disliked by most).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: mechtilde on March 10, 2011, 06:43:41 AM
I live in an area with a very strong regional accent- my children have picked it up a little, but they don't have strong accents.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: marcel on March 10, 2011, 07:43:36 AM
When does a person decide if they are left or right handed? My DD is two and I think she will be a lefty( her late Pappa would be so proud!) but is it too soon to tell?
You do not decide this off course.
It is usually clear about the age of 4. The most important thing for a parent though is to realize that even though you think you know what hand your child uses, you can be completely wrong, so it is best not to put to much emphasis on handedness, and don't try to force a hand on your child.

The latter can be done with the best of intentions, and completely unnotced, but still be harmfull for the child.

example (one of many): No dear, you are left handed, here are some special scissors for you. To a child this means that (s)he has to use the special scissors, even though (s)he prefers the other ones.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Layla Miller on March 10, 2011, 08:08:35 AM
Why do we say "disgruntled" or "discombobulated", but never "gruntled" or "combobulated"?   Why isn't anyone ever "gruntled"?

And to quote 10 Things I Hate About You: "I know you can be overwhelmed and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?"
DH and I had a conversation like this with "scathe."  I hear a lot about people being "unscathed" or giving someone a "scathing" look, but I pretty much never hear someone use "scathe" as a verb.  I think it's time to bring that word back!  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: mechtilde on March 10, 2011, 08:09:47 AM
I've heard of scathing used as an adjective- as in "Scathing criticism"
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Layla Miller on March 10, 2011, 08:12:57 AM
I've heard of scathing used as an adjective- as in "Scathing criticism"
Yup, me too (see above post with "scathing look").  Just not as a verb, in which someone is actually scathed.  :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfqueen13 on March 10, 2011, 08:25:40 AM
From what I remember of Sociolinguistics, I believe the age threshold is 10-12. If you move as a teenager somewhere new, you are much less likely to pick up that accent [unless perhaps you are consciously trying to...and even then, I would think you would need a gift for accents]. I know someone from Russia who moved here when she was 15, and she's 22 now. And her Russian accent is pretty strong, although definitely not as strong as her mother's.

That makes sense to me.  I was 9 when we moved from the US to Yorkshire, UK and I picked up a very strong accent in the 3 years we were there.  It's mostly faded but still pops up from time to time, especially if I've been watching a lot of British TV, I've been drinking or I'm in a specific headspace.  I still think in an accent most of the time as well.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Wonderflonium on March 10, 2011, 08:32:34 AM
Also, from the song, at least, I know it's: "It puts the lotion on its skin. Or else it gets the hose again."

Song?

Also: What's a Mary Sue?

No, it's from Silence of the Lambs. :)


That's what I thought, but then I thought maybe some band made it into a song, and if that were the case, I'd really need to hear that song.  ;D

It's called Lotion by the Greenskeepers.  You really do need to hear it.   ;D

When I get home from work, I'm so finding that song!!!

HOLY MOLEY!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on March 10, 2011, 09:19:04 AM
My mother liked Jar Jar.
I still made fun of her.  ;D  >:D
Wow.  She is the first person I have ever heard of that liked him (or had the moxie to admit it out loud!).   :) Worst character ever.
I liked Jar Jar!! And I sometimes feel like I'm the only person on the planet to actually do so. I was sad to discover he had such a small part in the two next movies.

My mother also liked Dobby (from the HP movies) and Neelix (from Star Trek Voyager). The woman was not right.  ;D I miss my mom.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Poirot on March 10, 2011, 09:34:06 AM
My mother liked Jar Jar.
I still made fun of her.  ;D  >:D
Wow.  She is the first person I have ever heard of that liked him (or had the moxie to admit it out loud!).   :) Worst character ever.
I liked Jar Jar!! And I sometimes feel like I'm the only person on the planet to actually do so. I was sad to discover he had such a small part in the two next movies.

My mother also liked Dobby (from the HP movies) and Neelix (from Star Trek Voyager). The woman was not right.  ;D I miss my mom.

Please don't lump my precious Dobby in with that idiot Jar-Jar! Dobby just lifted his head and gave a soft growl.  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: mechtilde on March 10, 2011, 10:09:29 AM
Cool! Thanks for that information. I'm always fascinated by other languages.

(purely out of curiosity, do you have any idea what sort of accent Arnold Swarzennegar has when he speaks German? I've always wondered. I heard somewhere he had a heavy rural accent, but I have no idea if that's true.  ;D )


Arnold Schwartzenegger does, indeed, have a very strong rural Austrian accent. When his films were dubbed into German they used a German actor, instead of getting him to do it. Unlike Andrew Sachs, who did the German dubbing for Fawlty Towers himself, still with a fake Spanish accent!

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 10, 2011, 10:27:10 AM
Cool! Thanks for that information. I'm always fascinated by other languages.

(purely out of curiosity, do you have any idea what sort of accent Arnold Swarzennegar has when he speaks German? I've always wondered. I heard somewhere he had a heavy rural accent, but I have no idea if that's true.  ;D )


Arnold Schwartzenegger does, indeed, have a very strong rural Austrian accent. When his films were dubbed into German they used a German actor, instead of getting him to do it. Unlike Andrew Sachs, who did the German dubbing for Fawlty Towers himself, still with a fake Spanish accent!


Bwahaha! Wonderful!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 10, 2011, 10:34:06 AM
My mother liked Jar Jar.
I still made fun of her.  ;D  >:D
Wow.  She is the first person I have ever heard of that liked him (or had the moxie to admit it out loud!).   :) Worst character ever.
I liked Jar Jar!! And I sometimes feel like I'm the only person on the planet to actually do so. I was sad to discover he had such a small part in the two next movies.

My mother also liked Dobby (from the HP movies) and Neelix (from Star Trek Voyager). The woman was not right.  ;D I miss my mom.

I like them all! (We all know how you and I have different tastes. Now at least I have a backer in your mother!)

The one whom I found most like a cartoon character, oddly was Wesley. He just was too, too good to be true and had way too many responsibilities for his age and experience. He was more of a Pippi - all on his own and could do anything he wanted, although he supposedly had supervision from his mother and the captain. I guess he is too close to being a real person for me to accept all the time.

The others were given a role in the context of the story and a place and pretty much stuck to it after they were defined.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ms_Cellany on March 10, 2011, 10:40:36 AM
Why do we say "disgruntled" or "discombobulated", but never "gruntled" or "combobulated"?   Why isn't anyone ever "gruntled"?
I remember reading something somewhere (yeah, that's helpful!  ::) ) about how the positive versions of those words (gruntled and combobulated) fell out of common usage and we've only been left with the negative versions (disgruntled or discombobulated).

http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/unpaired.htm

this article has a collection of such apparently unpaired words where the positive version of the word has fallen out of common usage (e.g. we still use "unkempt" but "kempt" has been dropped)

Quote
And the term disgruntled that started this exploration is actually not that old. It is first recorded as an adjective by the OED only in 1847, though its verb disgruntle had first appeared about 1680. That was the inversion of the even older verb gruntle which was a form of the verb grunt used for frequently-repeated action; both grunt and gruntle were used of people expressing a sound “as of discontent, dissent, effort or fatigue” and hence took on something of the sense of grumble (though the words are unrelated). Though the dis- prefix can often indicate a negative, here it acts to intensify the root word.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-dis1.htm


Although the opposite of "inept" is "apt," IIRC.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 10, 2011, 10:59:47 AM
From what I remember of Sociolinguistics, I believe the age threshold is 10-12. If you move as a teenager somewhere new, you are much less likely to pick up that accent [unless perhaps you are consciously trying to...and even then, I would think you would need a gift for accents]. I know someone from Russia who moved here when she was 15, and she's 22 now. And her Russian accent is pretty strong, although definitely not as strong as her mother's.

That makes sense to me.  I was 9 when we moved from the US to Yorkshire, UK and I picked up a very strong accent in the 3 years we were there.  It's mostly faded but still pops up from time to time, especially if I've been watching a lot of British TV, I've been drinking or I'm in a specific headspace.  I still think in an accent most of the time as well.

I remember hearing somewhere that if you like a place or are comfortable there you are more likely to pick up the accent than from somewhere you don’t like. I'm not sure if it's 100% true, but it makes sense to me.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: General Jinjur on March 10, 2011, 11:18:19 AM
I remember reading something somewhere (yeah, that's helpful!  ::) ) about how the positive versions of those words (gruntled and combobulated) fell out of common usage and we've only been left with the negative versions (disgruntled or discombobulated).

http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/unpaired.htm

this article has a collection of such apparently unpaired words where the positive version of the word has fallen out of common usage (e.g. we still use "unkempt" but "kempt" has been dropped)


I read that in a Bill Bryson book - either "Made in America" or "Mother Tongue," probably the latter. That narrows it down a little  :D Both books are great reading for word nerds!

Re accents, I spent 27 years in California, then moved to the Midwest. I felt right at home and picked up the accent right away! Anyways, gotta go, gotta pick up some-a dem bratwurst sassages at da Jewels....
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 10, 2011, 11:27:30 AM
Re accents, I spent 27 years in California, then moved to the Midwest. I felt right at home and picked up the accent right away! Anyways, gotta go, gotta pick up some-a dem bratwurst sassages at da Jewels....

Excuse me. Where is that supposed to be from? I've lived in the midwest all my life and never heard that one. Raised in southern IL, school in central IL, lived in norther IL 42 years. visited all over.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Red1979 on March 10, 2011, 11:40:35 AM
Okay...I finally thought of one.

I understand that a person has varying degrees of hair colour, but what's with the really extreme differences on the same body (that doesn't involve hair dye)?

Example:

Blond haired man, red beard

blond woman, black eyebrows

dark haired woman, blond eyelashes

well y'all get the point.........

Red hair can originate from several different changes on the MC1R-gene. If one of these changes is present on both chromosomes then the respective individual is likely to have red hair.

I believe that the blonde hair, red beard means that you have one chromosome has the recessive gene for blonde and the other one for red hair.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Giggity on March 10, 2011, 11:41:56 AM
I've heard of scathing used as an adjective- as in "Scathing criticism"

I just had the most scathingly brilliant idea ...
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: baglady on March 10, 2011, 11:44:08 AM
GLOSS

I know a little man both ept and ert.
An intro-? extro-? No, he’s just a vert.
Sheveled and couth and kempt, pecunious, ane,
His image trudes upon the ceptive brain.

When life turns sipid and the mind is traught,
The spirit soars as I would sist it ought.
Chalantly then, like any gainly goof,
My digent self is sertive, choate, loof.

David McCord (1897-1997)
The Oxford Book of American Light Verse


Re accents: I went to college with a fellow whose father was a WWII vet and mother was a French war bride. They spoke French at home, but as far as I know he went to English-speaking schools from kindergarten on up (they lived on Long Island). But in college he still had a very thick French accent -- his sister didn't, she spoke perfectly unaccented English -- and when he got drunk he could *only* speak French.

He was an odd duck -- I think he hung on to his "French" identity because he got to play martyr with it ("Waaah! Nobody likes me because I am foreign!")
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: EmmaJ. on March 10, 2011, 11:59:12 AM
Right; this may be a *really* stupid question, but:

Say you've got a George Foreman grill, and say that you bought the one without the removable plates because it was the cheapest and you really are that dim (schoolboy error #1).

How on earth do you clean the darn thing properly?

I mean, yes, you can put washing up liquid on it and scrub it with a cloth something but that never seems to get rid of everything, and I'm presuming you can't dunk the whole thing in a sink of water (with the lead hanging out, obviously) because of the electrics, right?

???



My neighbor taught me a neat trick on grilling fish on my George Foreman.  Take a sheet of aluminum foil and fold in half.  Put on the opened grill with the foil fold against the hinges.  Put your fish on the grill - but in between the aluminum foil.  The foil prevents the fish from falling apart as you remove it after grilling. 

But, I was thinking - couldn't the same aluminum foil trick be used for messy/greasy food?  Little or no cleanup needed.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: goblue2539 on March 10, 2011, 12:06:21 PM
I've heard of scathing used as an adjective- as in "Scathing criticism"

I just had the most scathingly brilliant idea ...

Your scathingly brilliant ideas always get ME into trouble!

:)  Love that movie
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: padua on March 10, 2011, 12:10:30 PM
Cool! Thanks for that information. I'm always fascinated by other languages.

(purely out of curiosity, do you have any idea what sort of accent Arnold Swarzennegar has when he speaks German? I've always wondered. I heard somewhere he had a heavy rural accent, but I have no idea if that's true.  ;D )

Arnold Schwartzenegger does, indeed, have a very strong rural Austrian accent. When his films were dubbed into German they used a German actor, instead of getting him to do it. Unlike Andrew Sachs, who did the German dubbing for Fawlty Towers himself, still with a fake Spanish accent!

he's from Graz (Austria). when i lived in Austria, we'd drive by the area he was supposed to have grown up in to see if we could spot someone who'd resemble his mom.
no luck.
i learned my german when i lived in austria. i was there for 1 1/2 years, and only learned by speaking (as opposed to reading, writing, or even going to a classroom). when i came back to the university, i took a german class to try to keep my german. my professor would constantly point out that i sounded like a hick who lived in the country.
i stopped taking german classes after that semester.
 personally, i find the austrian and swiss accents quite melodic and beautiful.

does anyone else get hiccups from certain foods? i get them when i eat bread or potato products. i have no idea why.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Firecat on March 10, 2011, 12:12:00 PM
Right; this may be a *really* stupid question, but:

Say you've got a George Foreman grill, and say that you bought the one without the removable plates because it was the cheapest and you really are that dim (schoolboy error #1).

How on earth do you clean the darn thing properly?

I mean, yes, you can put washing up liquid on it and scrub it with a cloth something but that never seems to get rid of everything, and I'm presuming you can't dunk the whole thing in a sink of water (with the lead hanging out, obviously) because of the electrics, right?

???



I had one of those. What I used to do was open it and sort of angle it so that the lower end was projecting a bit over the edge of the sink. Then I'd use soapy water to wash it, and pour clean water over it from a glass or something to rinse. It worked fairly well.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Pinky830 on March 10, 2011, 12:21:38 PM
Speaking of showers, what do most women use for shaving their legs? My mom used soap and water so that's what I do, but I don't know if other people use shaving cream.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Delia DeLyons on March 10, 2011, 12:27:06 PM
Speaking of showers, what do most women use for shaving their legs? My mom used soap and water so that's what I do, but I don't know if other people use shaving cream.

     I use Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Cream.  It's rather lovely... lotion like.  And comes in very pretty soft scents.

     If I'm in a hurry though, or out of the cream, I use soap instead.


ETA the name of the stuff I use... it's not the gel in the pressurized can, but the cream in the upside down bottle

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfqueen13 on March 10, 2011, 12:28:42 PM
Speaking of showers, what do most women use for shaving their legs? My mom used soap and water so that's what I do, but I don't know if other people use shaving cream.

MrsJWine posted a thread about this a while back. Some of the answers were fascinating.  I use baby oil or cheap conditioner.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Nurvingiel on March 10, 2011, 12:31:36 PM
I use soap and water like your Mom. That's what my own Mom uses too.

I'm too lazy to go look for the other answers. 42 pages! Great thread Dotty. ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: rose red on March 10, 2011, 12:58:10 PM
For shaving legs, I use body wash or hair conditioner.  Things I already have on hand.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 10, 2011, 01:12:39 PM
I use Skintimate shaving gel. If I'm out, I use hair conditioner.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Morticia on March 10, 2011, 01:20:26 PM
Shave in or against the direction of growth?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 10, 2011, 01:21:28 PM
I shave in the direction of hair growth. Going against the direction of hair growth seems to encourage ingrown hairs.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 10, 2011, 01:22:47 PM
>snip<

does anyone else get hiccups from certain foods? i get them when i eat bread or potato products. i have no idea why.

Yes! I don't bother eating pancakes anymore because they gurantee that i am going to have hiccups for hours afterward.

For a while everything was giving me hiccups - once for 7 painful hours - but that was due to stomach issues. I don't know what's up with pancakes.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 10, 2011, 01:24:17 PM
Shave in or against the direction of growth?

It depends on where. *cough* :-[

Also I use shower gel or conditioner.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 10, 2011, 01:25:43 PM
I've heard of scathing used as an adjective- as in "Scathing criticism"

I just had the most scathingly brilliant idea ...

Your scathingly brilliant ideas always get ME into trouble!

:)  Love that movie

Is this a contest? Trouble with Angels, the one with Haley Mills
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: General Jinjur on March 10, 2011, 01:32:14 PM
Re accents, I spent 27 years in California, then moved to the Midwest. I felt right at home and picked up the accent right away! Anyways, gotta go, gotta pick up some-a dem bratwurst sassages at da Jewels....

Excuse me. Where is that supposed to be from? I've lived in the midwest all my life and never heard that one. Raised in southern IL, school in central IL, lived in norther IL 42 years. visited all over.

Southside Chicago, and yes, that accent does exist.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 10, 2011, 01:43:34 PM
Ouch! Glad they don't call John Williams.  (He is a Chicago talk show host, to non Chocagoans who don't know.)

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on March 10, 2011, 01:50:47 PM
Speaking of showers, what do most women use for shaving their legs? My mom used soap and water so that's what I do, but I don't know if other people use shaving cream.

I have one of those clever razors where the shaving bit is sort of embedded in a bar of moisturising soap, so it takes care of itself. I love it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Pinky830 on March 10, 2011, 01:52:13 PM
>snip<

does anyone else get hiccups from certain foods? i get them when i eat bread or potato products. i have no idea why.

Yes! I don't bother eating pancakes anymore because they gurantee that i am going to have hiccups for hours afterward.

For a while everything was giving me hiccups - once for 7 painful hours - but that was due to stomach issues. I don't know what's up with pancakes.



Bulky foods like bread can do that because a glob of food will get stuck in your esophagus without you realizing it. The vagus nerve runs right next to there, and the stimulation goes down the line to your diaphragm and causes muscle contractions. Drink a large glass of water in BIG gulps to get it out. If that doesn't work, eat a big spoonful of sugar, again in one hard gulp.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 10, 2011, 01:52:48 PM
Why does everyone sound more intelligent with a British accent? You take an average American thug vs. an average British one, and the British one always sounds cooler (probably just me?)

Because, dahling, we simply, intrinsically, are.

And don't you forget it, you damned colonials. >:D
Shouldn't that be 'ah' instead of 'are'?  >:D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ferrets on March 10, 2011, 01:54:26 PM
Why does everyone sound more intelligent with a British accent? You take an average American thug vs. an average British one, and the British one always sounds cooler (probably just me?)

Because, dahling, we simply, intrinsically, are.

And don't you forget it, you damned colonials. >:D
Shouldn't that be 'ah' instead of 'are'?  >:D

I was slightly rolling that 'R'. It needed to be present. ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Giggity on March 10, 2011, 01:57:04 PM
he's from Graz (Austria). when i lived in Austria, we'd drive by the area he was supposed to have grown up in to see if we could spot someone who'd resemble his mom.
no luck.

I just tried to imagine the little-old-lady version of Arnold, and my brain quit working and I had to reboot it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 10, 2011, 01:57:51 PM
When does a person decide if they are left or right handed? My DD is two and I think she will be a lefty( her late Pappa would be so proud!) but is it too soon to tell?

I don't think anyone actually "decides" that, and two is probably too soon to tell. I'm left-handed, and I never made a decision to be left-handed; it's simply my strongly dominant hand. I'd just observe your daughter as she continues to develop and see which hand she ultimately uses most often. If she likes to color, you could put a crayon on the table and see which hand she usually uses to reach for it.
Handedness can show up in fetuses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handedness

Quote
There is strong evidence that prenatal testosterone contributes to brain organization. One theory is that high levels of prenatal testosterone results in a higher incidence of left-handedness. This could be why there are more left-handed males than females and also the increased incidence of left-handedness in male twins.

Some other studies have been done that show the possibility of handedness occurring as early as in the womb which would indicate a biological process.

For example, in one study, ultrasound observations of fetal thumb sucking showed that nine of ten fetuses were more likely to be sucking their right hand's thumb. Newborns also show a preference for one side of their body over the other. In one study, 65 percent of the infants turned their head to the right when they were lying on their back in a crib. Fifteen percent preferred to face toward the left and the remaining 20 percent showed no preference. These preferences for the right or the left were linked with handedness later in development.

The article I quoted above has lots of different theories at to the origin of handedness and is an interesting read.


Cool!  Might explain my own ambidexterity.  I turn my head to the left, sufficiently so that my skull is rather flat in that area.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 10, 2011, 02:06:01 PM
I can't remember what the word was anymore, but it said that, say, "conversation" was correct, but "conversations" was not. :o [That wasn't the word, but can't remember anymore...it was one, however, where the plural -s was perfectly appropriate!]
I once had an older version of Microsoft word attempt to correct "Where have you been?" to "Where has you was?"  ;D

WordPerfect does it too.  It HATES passive voice!  I wrote "Drinking songs are best accompanied by lots of ale or other beverage, and companions who’ll sing along with the choruses."

WordPerfect wants to change it to "Drinking lots of ale or other beverage, and companions best accompany songs who will sing along with the choruses." Um, what? ???
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 10, 2011, 02:33:31 PM
Okay, about the shaving, I've been wondering something for awhile.

When you shave your armpits (for those of you who do), can you successfully get rid of the hair by shaving in just one direction?

I have finally worked out a system in which I shave in 6 different directions (4 of which are angled to go from, for instance, top left to bottom right), because skipping any one of those means I am left with stubble.

Am I just a freak of nature whose hair grows in too many different directions, or do other people have to go to rather extreme lengths with their underarms as well?

As far as what I shave with, I use Kiss My Face Moisture Shave.  It's more like a lotion than a gel or cream, but it has an ingredient in it that makes it foam a little like soap.  I find it works really well, is more cost effective than shaving cream (partly because it comes in a pump bottle, so it's easier to control how much you're using at once), and leaves my legs smoother and nicer-feeling than any of my other choices.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: LilyRose on March 10, 2011, 02:41:32 PM


When you shave your armpits (for those of you who do), can you successfully get rid of the hair by shaving in just one direction?



Usually, I can get it with just one direction.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: goblue2539 on March 10, 2011, 02:59:51 PM
When you shave your armpits (for those of you who do), can you successfully get rid of the hair by shaving in just one direction?


I don't have to go to quite the same extreme, but I do have to go more than one direction.  Usually I'm ok if I go from top to bottom, rinse and reverse to go bottom to top.  Sometimes, I'll have a stray that i have to adjust the angle for and go over one more time.

I use the Skintimate Gel too.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 10, 2011, 03:00:33 PM
Tangential shaving question, for those of you who are blind as a bat like me:

Shave with your contacts in, so you can see your legs, or without contacts, so you can see your armpits?  I hate that I have to pick one!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 10, 2011, 03:23:15 PM
When you shave your armpits (for those of you who do), can you successfully get rid of the hair by shaving in just one direction?


Oh, heck no. I do the same acrobatics you do.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 10, 2011, 03:26:54 PM
I'm left-handed [and it seems...left-everything! :D ], but which side I lie down on depends on which side of the bed I'll be facing. For instance, my bed at my parents' house is such that lying down on my left side means my back will be against the wall and I'll be facing out, so I prefer that. My dorm bed, on the other hand, means that I have to be on my right side to be facing out with my back against the wall...so I do that more now. I guess I just prefer my back against the wall!  :-[

Also, I only really shave in one direction...but my underarm hair is pretty sparse, anyway. And I don't shave my legs very often either, because that hair grows slowly and is all fine and blonde, so it's pretty hard to see unless I'm turning into a woolly mammoth. :P Other areas, however, *ahem*, require multiple directions.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: NutMeg on March 10, 2011, 03:32:19 PM
Cool! Thanks for that information. I'm always fascinated by other languages.

(purely out of curiosity, do you have any idea what sort of accent Arnold Swarzennegar has when he speaks German? I've always wondered. I heard somewhere he had a heavy rural accent, but I have no idea if that's true.  ;D )

Arnold Schwartzenegger does, indeed, have a very strong rural Austrian accent. When his films were dubbed into German they used a German actor, instead of getting him to do it. Unlike Andrew Sachs, who did the German dubbing for Fawlty Towers himself, still with a fake Spanish accent!

he's from Graz (Austria). when i lived in Austria, we'd drive by the area he was supposed to have grown up in to see if we could spot someone who'd resemble his mom.
no luck.
i learned my german when i lived in austria. i was there for 1 1/2 years, and only learned by speaking (as opposed to reading, writing, or even going to a classroom). when i came back to the university, i took a german class to try to keep my german. my professor would constantly point out that i sounded like a hick who lived in the country.
i stopped taking german classes after that semester.
 personally, i find the austrian and swiss accents quite melodic and beautiful.

does anyone else get hiccups from certain foods? i get them when i eat bread or potato products. i have no idea why.
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I get hiccups when I eat jalapenos. They go away after a little bit though, thank goodness. I love jalapenos.

My armpits need to be shaved in two directions. Then I usually need to try my darnedest to flatten out the lower part of my armpit, because the tendons always create this valley that is impossible to shave, and I always have a bunch of hairs left there. It's a pain. I shave without any visual aids. I go by touch. I use a shaving gel, I have really sensitive skin so it's necessary.

They say that a larger part of your motor cortex is devoted to your dominant hand... I want to figure out if that is true for me. I am somewhat ambidextrous, for a couple of reasons. One, I broke my right pinky when I was about seven, and had it in a cast for months. During this time I had to write with my left hand. Around this age, I started playing piano. Then when I was 10, I started playing the French Horn. This is the only brass instrument that requires the left hand to work the valves, so I have disturbing amount of dexterity in my left hand for someone who is primarily right handed. Some things I prefer to use my left hand for, it just feels more natural. I was only right handed when I was small, I think I just developed this as I got better at the horn.

I sleep on the left side of the bed, curled up on my left side. I like to have my legs tucked up, and if I face the other way I end up kneeing SO, which he frowns upon. Apparently once I fall asleep though, I turn onto my back with my knees sticking up. SO finds this amusing.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Coruscation on March 10, 2011, 03:47:54 PM
Why do we say "disgruntled" or "discombobulated", but never "gruntled" or "combobulated"?   Why isn't anyone ever "gruntled"?

And to quote 10 Things I Hate About You: "I know you can be overwhelmed and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?"
DH and I had a conversation like this with "scathe."  I hear a lot about people being "unscathed" or giving someone a "scathing" look, but I pretty much never hear someone use "scathe" as a verb.  I think it's time to bring that word back!  ;D

The galactic Milieu series has a character was called "The Dreadful Scathe".

Also, I am remembering the conversaton about Ruth and Ruthless in "An affair With An Older Woman.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 10, 2011, 04:41:50 PM
Also, I'm very right-handed, and I've only just now stopped to think about that the side of the bed that is now "mine" is the right side, and I generally fall asleep on my right side.  I rarely stay that way, of course, but I almost always start out on my right side.  Interesting. :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: baglady on March 10, 2011, 04:48:38 PM
Tangential shaving question, for those of you who are blind as a bat like me:

Shave with your contacts in, so you can see your legs, or without contacts, so you can see your armpits?  I hate that I have to pick one!

I do the pits in the shower, lensless, and the legs at the sink, lens* in. (That's bathroom sink!)

Shaving pits and threading a needle are the two things I do better without vision correction than with.

*Not a typo. Since my cataract surgery on one eye, I only wear one lens -- in the other.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 10, 2011, 05:21:21 PM
Dindrane: I shave under my arms in one direction. Never had any trouble getting it all.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: VorFemme on March 10, 2011, 05:50:53 PM
For the Germans who wonder how the "Southern USA" accent is regarded - think the way Arnold Swartezenegger's native accent is regarded (way back in the rural area) with a bit of "your parents might be too closely related to marry since both your parents and your grandparents met at family reunions & fell in love" - how closely related depends on which state in the South).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on March 10, 2011, 06:48:52 PM
Tangential shaving question, for those of you who are blind as a bat like me:

Shave with your contacts in, so you can see your legs, or without contacts, so you can see your armpits?  I hate that I have to pick one!

I do the pits in the shower, lensless, and the legs at the sink, lens* in. (That's bathroom sink!)

Shaving pits and threading a needle are the two things I do better without vision correction than with.

*Not a typo. Since my cataract surgery on one eye, I only wear one lens -- in the other.

How do you shave at the sink without getting soap and water flecks all over?  I can't even manage to shave on the edge of the tub without making the bathroom look like I locked a few hyper active toddlers in there with spray soap and a hose!  I have to be all the way in the tub or in the shower, both of which require acrobatics to get all of the hair.  And I use a combination of soap, shampoo, conditioner and gel to shave-just whatever I have.  I tend to like the bodywashes they make for men the best, actually.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 10, 2011, 07:39:11 PM
For the Germans who wonder how the "Southern USA" accent is regarded - think the way Arnold Swartezenegger's native accent is regarded (way back in the rural area) with a bit of "your parents might be too closely related to marry since both your parents and your grandparents met at family reunions & fell in love" - how closely related depends on which state in the South).

Yeah, in the US, I think a 'southern' accent is often regarded as a bit hick. Maybe 'cute' or sometimes 'genteel', but unless you are actually in the south, it's not usually considered upper class.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: deety on March 10, 2011, 08:00:41 PM

I get hiccups when I eat jalapenos. They go away after a little bit though, thank goodness. I love jalapenos.


DH does this, hiccups with jalapenos/spicy food.  He read that the hiccups are the body's warning for poison-- so quit eating the spicy food!  So now I tease him every time he eats something and hiccups.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: VorFemme on March 10, 2011, 08:25:12 PM
For the Germans who wonder how the "Southern USA" accent is regarded - think the way Arnold Swartezenegger's native accent is regarded (way back in the rural area) with a bit of "your parents might be too closely related to marry since both your parents and your grandparents met at family reunions & fell in love" - how closely related depends on which state in the South).

Yeah, in the US, I think a 'southern' accent is often regarded as a bit hick. Maybe 'cute' or sometimes 'genteel', but unless you are actually in the south, it's not usually considered upper class.

The American South had "plantations" instead of individual farms or industry - there were a lot of these that were owned by British upper class who sent younger sons to manage the plantations...........the nobility affected a drawl........the "accent" of the region is also a "drawl" - although some two hundred years have probably caused some linguistic shifts........but that is supposed to be one of the "sources" of the regional accent.

Apparently the various Eastern Seaboard colonies were largely settled by people from the same (or neighboring) regions in England - so the accent in that state/area still reflects the "source" region's accent back in England - with variations on who else might have been in the area already (New York was originally New Amsterdam) and linguistic shift over the centuries in both regions causing the accents to drift apart.

But linquistics is only a hobby of mine at the "Trivial Pursuit" level - so my information may be slightly out of date on the latest academic studies..........
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Glaceon on March 10, 2011, 08:35:49 PM
I use just soap and water to shave, unless it's a special occasion.  Of course these days I've gotten lazy and I don't shave very often.  Against the growth on my legs, with it on the underarms.  I do have to go in a few different angles on the underarms but never against the growth.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 10, 2011, 08:37:10 PM
Why does everyone sound more intelligent with a British accent? You take an average American thug vs. an average British one, and the British one always sounds cooler (probably just me?)

Because, dahling, we simply, intrinsically, are.

And don't you forget it, you damned colonials. >:D


I know.  I once had a British acquaintance with a fairly upper-class accent.  She could swear like a truck driver, and somehow still sound so refined.......
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 10, 2011, 08:39:47 PM
Cool! Thanks for that information. I'm always fascinated by other languages.

(purely out of curiosity, do you have any idea what sort of accent Arnold Swarzennegar has when he speaks German? I've always wondered. I heard somewhere he had a heavy rural accent, but I have no idea if that's true.  ;D )


Arnold Schwartzenegger does, indeed, have a very strong rural Austrian accent. When his films were dubbed into German they used a German actor, instead of getting him to do it. Unlike Andrew Sachs, who did the German dubbing for Fawlty Towers himself, still with a fake Spanish accent!




A "dubbing" puzzle.....

In the hilarious movie The Gods Must Be Crazy - when it was released on video, it was dubbed by American actors.  I wonder why?  It's not as though Americans would have difficulty understanding South African accents, and it kind of took away from the movie IMO.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 10, 2011, 08:46:20 PM
From what I remember of Sociolinguistics, I believe the age threshold is 10-12. If you move as a teenager somewhere new, you are much less likely to pick up that accent [unless perhaps you are consciously trying to...and even then, I would think you would need a gift for accents]. I know someone from Russia who moved here when she was 15, and she's 22 now. And her Russian accent is pretty strong, although definitely not as strong as her mother's.


Oh yes, of course.  I wouldn't expect anyone who, as a teen, had to learn a new language when he/she moved to a different country -  to then speak the language accent-free a few years later.

I was referring to people who moved to a region/country where the language was still the same, but the accent quite different.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StressedGroom on March 10, 2011, 08:50:01 PM
Cool! Thanks for that information. I'm always fascinated by other languages.

(purely out of curiosity, do you have any idea what sort of accent Arnold Swarzennegar has when he speaks German? I've always wondered. I heard somewhere he had a heavy rural accent, but I have no idea if that's true.  ;D )


Arnold Schwartzenegger does, indeed, have a very strong rural Austrian accent. When his films were dubbed into German they used a German actor, instead of getting him to do it. Unlike Andrew Sachs, who did the German dubbing for Fawlty Towers himself, still with a fake Spanish accent!




A "dubbing" puzzle.....

In the hilarious movie The Gods Must Be Crazy - when it was released on video, it was dubbed by American actors.  I wonder why?  It's not as though Americans would have difficulty understanding South African accents, and it kind of took away from the movie IMO.

I love when BBC America has the announcements with the heavy Scottish accent recommending you turn on the closed captions if you can't understand what they are saying.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 10, 2011, 08:51:40 PM
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Speaking of accents, I like how everyone in the movie was randomly British. ;D

Oh, that was a horrible movie, accent-wise.

Why does everyone sound more intelligent with a British accent? You take an average American thug vs. an average British one, and the British one always sounds cooler (probably just me?)
It's not just you, I promise.   ;D

And why-oh-why is your accent ridiculed if you are an American trying to speak French, but French people get a pass when speaking English with a French accent? No one ever says of of a French person "her accent is horrible", when 'zshe ees speeeking like zis', everyone thinks eet ees sharming.
There's a lot more flexibility/acceptability to people speaking english with a thick accent because for so many people around the world it's a common second language. I'd be interested to know if there is so much geographical variation in pronounciation/accents in other languages.

How much variation is there between Canadian French speakers and France-raised French speakers?

How much variation between German-rasied German speakers and Austrian German speakers?

Can you pinpoint geographical origins of first-language Russian speakers like you can in first-language English speakers?

Logic says it must be true, but I'm curious to know if there is as much variation in pronounciation/accents for first language speakers of other languages as there is in English (say Southern Texas vs Upper class British vs Australian. All first language English speakers with widely different accents).


A lot. My family is Swiss, some of whom speak French and some of whom speak Swiss-German. Swiss-German is basically a different language. Swiss French and France French are fairly close, it's more on the order of, say, someone from California and someone from Alberta. France French and Québécois are very different. Mostly mutually intelligible, but man do the accents sound weird. I'm used to European French, so Québécois sounds really bizarre to me, even though I am Canadian. I'm not really familiar with Acadian French (the other French speaking community in Canada), so no answers there. Here is a website (http://www.republiquelibre.org/cousture/FRANC2.HTM) that might clarify a bit.

Thanks!

I had a French-Canadian friend who referred to the Canadian French he spoke as "Funny French". He said he had all sorts of issues trying to make himself understood in France. His favourite example was the word for something like a sleeveless jersey in Canadian French was the word for something like a medieval chain mail vest in France French. He apparently baffled and amused his hosts in equal measure.



They are definitely different.  Dh grew up in Quebec during the 1960s (English speaking, but all students had to learn some French).  I grew up in BC with high-school French.  Neither of us is anywhere close to being bilingual - but when we later travelled in Quebec, he did better with his "Quebecois".  When we visited the French island of St. Pierre (off Newfoundland), I did better with "classic" French.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: flowersintheattic on March 10, 2011, 09:41:41 PM
Speaking of showers, what do most women use for shaving their legs? My mom used soap and water so that's what I do, but I don't know if other people use shaving cream.

I have one of those clever razors where the shaving bit is sort of embedded in a bar of moisturising soap, so it takes care of itself. I love it.

This is going to sound weird, but I use conditioner. Like, hair conditioner. It works really well, and I buy the large bottles of Suave, so it's super cheap and long-lasting.
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Post by: Brentwood on March 10, 2011, 09:44:43 PM
Speaking of showers, what do most women use for shaving their legs? My mom used soap and water so that's what I do, but I don't know if other people use shaving cream.

I have one of those clever razors where the shaving bit is sort of embedded in a bar of moisturising soap, so it takes care of itself. I love it.

This is going to sound weird, but I use conditioner. Like, hair conditioner. It works really well, and I buy the large bottles of Suave, so it's super cheap and long-lasting.

It's not weird at all - I think it's pretty common.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: flowersintheattic on March 10, 2011, 09:52:12 PM
Speaking of showers, what do most women use for shaving their legs? My mom used soap and water so that's what I do, but I don't know if other people use shaving cream.

I have one of those clever razors where the shaving bit is sort of embedded in a bar of moisturising soap, so it takes care of itself. I love it.

This is going to sound weird, but I use conditioner. Like, hair conditioner. It works really well, and I buy the large bottles of Suave, so it's super cheap and long-lasting.

It's not weird at all - I think it's pretty common.

In my excitement to discuss shaving, I missed the other responses that mention conditioner. I just know that my friends all look at me like I have two heads when I mention it!  ;D
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Post by: M-theory on March 10, 2011, 10:09:26 PM
I use soap. I've tried everything from shaving cream to conditioner to the super pricey shave lotion from Lush, and I find that plain old soap gives me the best shave.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 10, 2011, 10:10:16 PM
Cool! Thanks for that information. I'm always fascinated by other languages.

(purely out of curiosity, do you have any idea what sort of accent Arnold Swarzennegar has when he speaks German? I've always wondered. I heard somewhere he had a heavy rural accent, but I have no idea if that's true.  ;D )


Arnold Schwartzenegger does, indeed, have a very strong rural Austrian accent. When his films were dubbed into German they used a German actor, instead of getting him to do it. Unlike Andrew Sachs, who did the German dubbing for Fawlty Towers himself, still with a fake Spanish accent!




A "dubbing" puzzle.....

In the hilarious movie The Gods Must Be Crazy - when it was released on video, it was dubbed by American actors.  I wonder why?  It's not as though Americans would have difficulty understanding South African accents, and it kind of took away from the movie IMO.
They dubbed it with American accents?! Gah! I'm so glad I haven't heard the dubbed version, I'd probably claw my ears off. I grew up watching that movie, so I know how it should sound and the American accents would probably sound like that New York accented dubbing they did on Arnold Swarzennegar in one of his early American movies (Hercules in New York, I think).

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Post by: kareng57 on March 10, 2011, 10:11:40 PM
Speaking of showers, what do most women use for shaving their legs? My mom used soap and water so that's what I do, but I don't know if other people use shaving cream.

I have one of those clever razors where the shaving bit is sort of embedded in a bar of moisturising soap, so it takes care of itself. I love it.


I too love it.  Believe it or not, one of my sons gave me the Intuition razor for Christmas a couple of years ago - and I am now an addict.  No more fussing with shaving cream that may or may not contain aloe (I'm allergic to it).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 10, 2011, 10:15:16 PM
Cool! Thanks for that information. I'm always fascinated by other languages.

(purely out of curiosity, do you have any idea what sort of accent Arnold Swarzennegar has when he speaks German? I've always wondered. I heard somewhere he had a heavy rural accent, but I have no idea if that's true.  ;D )


Arnold Schwartzenegger does, indeed, have a very strong rural Austrian accent. When his films were dubbed into German they used a German actor, instead of getting him to do it. Unlike Andrew Sachs, who did the German dubbing for Fawlty Towers himself, still with a fake Spanish accent!




A "dubbing" puzzle.....

In the hilarious movie The Gods Must Be Crazy - when it was released on video, it was dubbed by American actors.  I wonder why?  It's not as though Americans would have difficulty understanding South African accents, and it kind of took away from the movie IMO.
They dubbed it with American accents?! Gah! I'm so glad I haven't heard the dubbed version, I'd probably claw my ears off. I grew up watching that movie, so I know how it should sound and the American accents would probably sound like that New York accented dubbing they did on Arnold Swarzennegar in one of his early American movies (Hercules in New York, I think).



I know, we first saw it in the "original" version in the cinema.  Of course it was a fairly low-budget movie - not great cinematography - but overall quite well done.  While we're Canadian, and somewhat used to South African accents, I really don't think that they were so extreme as to justify the dubbing.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 10, 2011, 10:35:53 PM
Cool! Thanks for that information. I'm always fascinated by other languages.

(purely out of curiosity, do you have any idea what sort of accent Arnold Swarzennegar has when he speaks German? I've always wondered. I heard somewhere he had a heavy rural accent, but I have no idea if that's true.  ;D )


Arnold Schwartzenegger does, indeed, have a very strong rural Austrian accent. When his films were dubbed into German they used a German actor, instead of getting him to do it. Unlike Andrew Sachs, who did the German dubbing for Fawlty Towers himself, still with a fake Spanish accent!




A "dubbing" puzzle.....

In the hilarious movie The Gods Must Be Crazy - when it was released on video, it was dubbed by American actors.  I wonder why?  It's not as though Americans would have difficulty understanding South African accents, and it kind of took away from the movie IMO.
They dubbed it with American accents?! Gah! I'm so glad I haven't heard the dubbed version, I'd probably claw my ears off. I grew up watching that movie, so I know how it should sound and the American accents would probably sound like that New York accented dubbing they did on Arnold Swarzennegar in one of his early American movies (Hercules in New York, I think).



I know, we first saw it in the "original" version in the cinema.  Of course it was a fairly low-budget movie - not great cinematography - but overall quite well done.  While we're Canadian, and somewhat used to South African accents, I really don't think that they were so extreme as to justify the dubbing.
Then again, perception/understanding of accents can be odd. One of my coworkers is completely fluent in English (bi-lingual actually), but she can barely understand Stephen Fry (and the rest of the QI cast) because she says "their British accents are soooooo thick and difficult to understand". That baffles me utterly. His Majesty Stephen Fry (as he's called in my house) has the loveliest pronounciation, but apparently to her ears it's hard to understand.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Anyanka on March 10, 2011, 10:43:55 PM
kareng, my mum came to Canada from England when she was four, no accent. My aunt came when she was almost 10, she has a British accent when talking to someone with a British accent, and Canadian when talking to a Canadian.


My high school French teacher wouldn't let me the alternates for seventy and ninety (not sure how to spell them... septant and nanant, or septont and nanont?). It was so annoying.

DD1 was 2 when we moved to Quebec. Some of her words have a North-East or Brum accent depending on whether I or Dh says them other wise her English is a Quebecois Anglophone accent.

DD2 and DS have a more pronounced QA accent..apart from the rude words they pick up from us.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Kath68 on March 10, 2011, 10:46:45 PM
Someone mentioned accents further back. This made me think of something I have wondered occasionally.

Do animals have accents? For example does, a German Shephard, living in China, sound different from a German Shephard living in Australia?
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Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on March 10, 2011, 10:52:56 PM
In the hilarious movie The Gods Must Be Crazy - when it was released on video, it was dubbed by American actors.  I wonder why?  It's not as though Americans would have difficulty understanding South African accents, and it kind of took away from the movie IMO.

Do you know that the first Mad Max movie was dubbed with American accents? On the DVD set I have, you can either have the dubbed one (sound #1) or the original Aussie one (sound #2). I remember my parents were watching it (they were over 70 and didn't know how to change the language tracks) and I said, "Would you rather have the original?" and changed it. They were like, "Wow, that's so much better!!!"

It is - Mad Max characters with American accents? Blasphemy!!!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: KenveeB on March 10, 2011, 10:57:46 PM
Someone mentioned accents further back. This made me think of something I have wondered occasionally.

Do animals have accents? For example does, a German Shephard, living in China, sound different from a German Shephard living in Australia?

I have no idea, but I would've loved to hear my dog Kaitlin talk.  She was born in south Wales, grew up in London (in a house full of Texans), and moved to Texas when she was grown.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 10, 2011, 10:58:45 PM
kareng, my mum came to Canada from England when she was four, no accent. My aunt came when she was almost 10, she has a British accent when talking to someone with a British accent, and Canadian when talking to a Canadian.


I used to laugh at my mother - she had a normal accent most of the time, but she spoke with a distinct German accent when talking to her German-speaking mother.

And now sometimes I find myself yelling at the cats in the same accent, even though I never learned much German and my parents spoke English at home!
And my Grandma came when she was in her early thirties, and her accent (I am sure) hasn't changed one smidgen. I guess as we grow up our accent becomes more "fixed:.


My maternal German-speaking grandmother did not learn English until she started school - the same as with her multiple siblings.  I don't think that her parents (immigrants to Canada) ever learned much English so she'd have had to kept up with German while they were still alive - I believe that they both died fairly young, while she was in her early 30s.

Still - if you don't use it, you lose it.  When I knew her, she couldn't even count to 10 in German anymore and had absolutely no German accent.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 10, 2011, 11:01:30 PM
Someone mentioned accents further back. This made me think of something I have wondered occasionally.

Do animals have accents? For example does, a German Shephard, living in China, sound different from a German Shephard living in Australia?
Yes.

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/latest-questions/question/2428/

I'm trying to find some sort of actual scientific paper to back this up, but general consensus seems to be yes, they do. I remember a piece about it on QI.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Coruscation on March 10, 2011, 11:38:55 PM
Someone mentioned accents further back. This made me think of something I have wondered occasionally.

Do animals have accents? For example does, a German Shephard, living in China, sound different from a German Shephard living in Australia?

I think they do. Huskies for example can't bark if brought up purely with other Huskies. They can if they are around other dogs. Ours was 4-6 months old when he moved from a Husky only house to a mixed house. He has learned to bark but he's really dreadful at it, a high pitched yapping like a lap dog.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 11, 2011, 12:26:26 AM
  No more fussing with shaving cream that may or may not contain aloe (I'm allergic to it).

I'm not the only one? :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Shopaholic on March 11, 2011, 01:21:00 AM
I also use conditioner for shaving, but I am exceptionally bad at it and always leave large patches of hair.
Conditioner is also fabulous for getting flour and dough out of hair (don't ask me how I know that, but let me tell you it took some time to figure out).

I lived in the USA for 5 years (ages 5-10, and again at 13) and read a lot in English, so I have a very good North Eastern American accent. My sister lived there at ages 2-7, and again at 10, reads a lot and has a very affected American accent (but I think this has more to do with her character than anything else). My little sister was born in the USA, lived there until the age of 2, again at ages 6 and 14 and has an Israeli accent when speaking English.

I noticed that for some reason I feel bad speaking English with a good accent around other Israelis, so I adopt a slight accent. Does this happen to anyone else? Also, for the life of me I cannot mimic a full-blown Israeli accent when speaking English (and it's nothing like Ziva's on NCIS).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 11, 2011, 02:23:48 AM
It has never occurred to me until now that perhaps it is not actually normal to have painful itching all over my body, starting with my legs, every time I take a shower.  :-\ Today perhaps, it was exacerbated by shaving, but I don't ordinarily shave my legs until months have passed, and I'm starting to resemble an alpaca. ;) [Just kidding...maybe. :P ] Does anyone else itch all over after taking a shower? It happens after baths, too. It doesn't seem to matter much if the water is hot, tepid, or what have you. That's truly odd that I've never realized that's likely abnormal before!  :-[

Perhaps I should also be checking all my shower stuff labels...I'm really not good at checking up on if something does have aloe in it...

Oh! And now that the thought is in my head, I was also curious about whether dogs from different places had different "accents." ;D That is so, so cool that they do!

Does anyone speak Welsh? How does the voiceless "l" sound fit into every day language? We were learning about lateral sounds today, which is basically all the "l" sounds, and he made that sound and for the life of me, I could not figure out how on earth you do it!  :-[
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 11, 2011, 02:33:50 AM
It has never occurred to me until now that perhaps it is not actually normal to have painful itching all over my body, starting with my legs, every time I take a shower.  :-\ Today perhaps, it was exacerbated by shaving, but I don't ordinarily shave my legs until months have passed, and I'm starting to resemble an alpaca. ;) [Just kidding...maybe. :P ] Does anyone else itch all over after taking a shower? It happens after baths, too. It doesn't seem to matter much if the water is hot, tepid, or what have you. That's truly odd that I've never realized that's likely abnormal before!  :-[

Perhaps I should also be checking all my shower stuff labels...I'm really not good at checking up on if something does have aloe in it...
Check your PMs (I didn't want to put medical stuff in reply).  :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 11, 2011, 02:34:22 AM
:( Oh, that would suck. Although I don't seem to have a problem with like washing dishes or being out in the rain. It's just the shower/bath. Ah well, if I am, that's certainly not going to be helping my personal hygiene issues... :P

My sister's apparently allergic to cold, herself. :o When she goes out in it and is not SUPER bundled up, she gets a blotchy rash all over her legs. She even has problems simply being in a cool/cold house or room right now. It sounds awful, especially considering that it's, you know, Idaho, and we basically have winter, more winter, deep winter, and road construction for seasons.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Everlee on March 11, 2011, 06:57:43 AM
It has never occurred to me until now that perhaps it is not actually normal to have painful itching all over my body, starting with my legs, every time I take a shower.  :-\ Today perhaps, it was exacerbated by shaving, but I don't ordinarily shave my legs until months have passed, and I'm starting to resemble an alpaca. ;) [Just kidding...maybe. :P ] Does anyone else itch all over after taking a shower? It happens after baths, too. It doesn't seem to matter much if the water is hot, tepid, or what have you. That's truly odd that I've never realized that's likely abnormal before!  :-[

Perhaps I should also be checking all my shower stuff labels...I'm really not good at checking up on if something does have aloe in it...

Oh! And now that the thought is in my head, I was also curious about whether dogs from different places had different "accents." ;D That is so, so cool that they do!

Does anyone speak Welsh? How does the voiceless "l" sound fit into every day language? We were learning about lateral sounds today, which is basically all the "l" sounds, and he made that sound and for the life of me, I could not figure out how on earth you do it!  :-[

Maybe the waters drying out your skin.  I get really itchy after showers to and lotion seems to help.  Word of advice, do not put scented lotion on recently shaved skin.  Agghh!!!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Redsoil on March 11, 2011, 07:19:18 AM
Shaving made easy - electric razor!   ;D  So much better than taking chunks of skin out of my legs ( literally  :P  - thin skin).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: zyrs on March 11, 2011, 07:57:20 AM
It has never occurred to me until now that perhaps it is not actually normal to have painful itching all over my body, starting with my legs, every time I take a shower.  :-\ Today perhaps, it was exacerbated by shaving, but I don't ordinarily shave my legs until months have passed, and I'm starting to resemble an alpaca. ;) [Just kidding...maybe. :P ] Does anyone else itch all over after taking a shower? It happens after baths, too. It doesn't seem to matter much if the water is hot, tepid, or what have you. That's truly odd that I've never realized that's likely abnormal before!  :-[

Perhaps I should also be checking all my shower stuff labels...I'm really not good at checking up on if something does have aloe in it...

Oh! And now that the thought is in my head, I was also curious about whether dogs from different places had different "accents." ;D That is so, so cool that they do!

Does anyone speak Welsh? How does the voiceless "l" sound fit into every day language? We were learning about lateral sounds today, which is basically all the "l" sounds, and he made that sound and for the life of me, I could not figure out how on earth you do it!  :-[

I get this, but I have an allergy to chlorine. 
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 11, 2011, 08:17:49 AM
It has never occurred to me until now that perhaps it is not actually normal to have painful itching all over my body, starting with my legs, every time I take a shower.  :-\ Today perhaps, it was exacerbated by shaving, but I don't ordinarily shave my legs until months have passed, and I'm starting to resemble an alpaca. ;) [Just kidding...maybe. :P ] Does anyone else itch all over after taking a shower? It happens after baths, too. It doesn't seem to matter much if the water is hot, tepid, or what have you. That's truly odd that I've never realized that's likely abnormal before!  :-[

Perhaps I should also be checking all my shower stuff labels...I'm really not good at checking up on if something does have aloe in it...

Oh! And now that the thought is in my head, I was also curious about whether dogs from different places had different "accents." ;D That is so, so cool that they do!

Does anyone speak Welsh? How does the voiceless "l" sound fit into every day language? We were learning about lateral sounds today, which is basically all the "l" sounds, and he made that sound and for the life of me, I could not figure out how on earth you do it!  :-[

Maybe the waters drying out your skin.  I get really itchy after showers to and lotion seems to help.  Word of advice, do not put scented lotion on recently shaved skin.  Agghh!!!

I get this too. Try bathing with tepid, not hot water, and apply lotion or oil even before you dry off.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Dindrane on March 11, 2011, 08:22:21 AM
I have really dry skin, which can get really itchy after showers if the air is particularly dry.  It was to the point, actually, that when I was studying abroad in Ireland, I had to stop showering every day because my skin just could not even begin to handle it.  I'd have to slather myself with lotion after each shower to keep my skin from being so dry it hurt to move too much (because it would lose some elasticity).

I still sometimes have that problem in the winter, especially when it's a colder one than usual, but it helps that I still shower only every other day.

And now I have to wonder -- does my coming out and admitting that (something I pretty much never do) make anyone think I'm crazy and/or not as clean as I ought to be? :P
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tnpenguinbaby on March 11, 2011, 08:53:05 AM
In regards to the shaving questions here's another one.  Everyone mentions shaving their legs, underarms and 'other bits'.  What is the point of shaving the 'other bits'?  Hygiene?  Aesthetics?  Boredom?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: General Jinjur on March 11, 2011, 08:53:26 AM
On accents: My paternal grandmother was from Mexico, and had a heavy accent, so much so that she was difficult to understand. I had always assumed she'd come to the US as an adult, but it turns out she came here at the age of six! I would have expected that someone absorbing a second language at such a young age wouldn't have much of an accent at all.

On shaving: I am a complete klutz who wounds myself all the time with razors. To prevent that, I switched to an electric razor...and then got a bunch of ingrown hairs, one of which became infected with cellulitis and required heavy-duty antibiotics to deal with. My doctor told me that as someone who is prone to ingrown hairs I should never use an electric razor, but instead exfoliate and then shave with a razor.

I still wound myself routinely, but so far, no more infected hair follicles.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 11, 2011, 08:55:22 AM
Doctors in my area are now recommending that people do not shower every day - 3 days in general. Other days, just cleanse the privates and underarms.

Of course, in the summer most of us wouldn't want to try to get away with that, but it has helped a couple of people I know, and they are not offensive.

I am blessed with skin that acts like skin and can take just about anything. I couldn't quite understand it when everyone was complaining about shaving. I used to shave everyday and never used lotion afterwards and had no problems. I could even use antiperspirant right after shaving. Don't hate me. I have lots of other issues that you don't, so we are even.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: ClaireC79 on March 11, 2011, 09:16:26 AM
Does anyone speak Welsh? How does the voiceless "l" sound fit into every day language? We were learning about lateral sounds today, which is basically all the "l" sounds, and he made that sound and for the life of me, I could not figure out how on earth you do it!  :-[

I speak a bit and the kids are fluent but don't get what you mean by a voiceless l

ok googled it and it's ll, it's a bit like the sound you make at the being of things like 'clan', it's in quite a lot of Welsh words
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 11, 2011, 09:51:45 AM
In regards to the shaving questions here's another one.  Everyone mentions shaving their legs, underarms and 'other bits'.  What is the point of shaving the 'other bits'?  Hygiene?  Aesthetics?  Boredom?

Combination of all three :)  (Highlight to read) Pubic hair can trap odors, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting (so that area can't breathe).  It also gets fluids on it - blood sweat and vaginal secretions and urine - and even if you shower every day those fluids are still there until your next shower, kwim?  It's just not possible to get all those fluids off with only toilet paper, if you have lots of hair down there.  Shaving (or trimming, which is a heckuva lot easier) lets you keep the hair in check so you can actually get that area clean with one of those "personal wipes" (basically baby wipes but marketed to adult women) whenever you want to.  There are Scrabble benefits to having a less-scary nether region, too :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on March 11, 2011, 10:02:58 AM
I have really dry skin, which can get really itchy after showers if the air is particularly dry.  It was to the point, actually, that when I was studying abroad in Ireland, I had to stop showering every day because my skin just could not even begin to handle it.  I'd have to slather myself with lotion after each shower to keep my skin from being so dry it hurt to move too much (because it would lose some elasticity).

I still sometimes have that problem in the winter, especially when it's a colder one than usual, but it helps that I still shower only every other day.

And now I have to wonder -- does my coming out and admitting that (something I pretty much never do) make anyone think I'm crazy and/or not as clean as I ought to be? :P

If you are, then so am I because I can only bathe every other day in the wintertime (I mean a full on shower.  I do clean up the important parts in between times.   :P)  I even had to go get a lotion for those with extra super dry skin. 

I long for summer and it's humidity.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 11, 2011, 10:07:03 AM
Someone mentioned accents further back. This made me think of something I have wondered occasionally.

Do animals have accents? For example does, a German Shephard, living in China, sound different from a German Shephard living in Australia?

I think they do. Huskies for example can't bark if brought up purely with other Huskies. They can if they are around other dogs. Ours was 4-6 months old when he moved from a Husky only house to a mixed house. He has learned to bark but he's really dreadful at it, a high pitched yapping like a lap dog.

That’s what Kilik (our Husky) sounds like. It’s so funny! Our other dog is a little sweetheart, but her bark sounds like she might tear your head off – I love it, she sounds scary.  But the big black scary looking fella has a puppy-like “Yip yip yip!”
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ereine on March 11, 2011, 10:22:33 AM
I've heard of good things about using lotion (or oil maybe) while in the shower, like it was soap or something (so cover yourself with and rinse), someone was recommended it by her doctor and said that it improved her dry skin a lot.

(I'm also probably very dirty, I hate showering and only do it every other day, unless I've been exercising. I dislike getting my hair wet, even though it's not very long it takes two hours to air dry and I don't like to blow dry it often)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: tnpenguinbaby on March 11, 2011, 10:41:04 AM
In regards to the shaving questions here's another one.  Everyone mentions shaving their legs, underarms and 'other bits'.  What is the point of shaving the 'other bits'?  Hygiene?  Aesthetics?  Boredom?

Combination of all three :) 

LOL that makes sense!  My problem is I'm rather round, so any shaving not involving a leg or arm is going to involve mirrors  >:D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Bethalize on March 11, 2011, 11:13:12 AM
In regards to the shaving questions here's another one.  Everyone mentions shaving their legs, underarms and 'other bits'.  What is the point of shaving the 'other bits'?  Hygiene?  Aesthetics?  Boredom?

If you're a porn star it's hygiene. Can't catch crabs if there's nothing for them to cling to. If you are super confident it's to wear teeny tiny bikini bottoms without showing hair. If you're a normal person you've got false conciousness and are turning yourself into a prepubescent girl as a form of social suppression based on the evolutionary bias of the male of the species to procreate with younger, more fertile females. Prostitutes in ancient Egypt used to for hygiene and identification.

In the same way women started shaving their armpits around 1915 when sleeveless dresses and advertising combined, the rise of pubic hair removal started when BDSM porn actors began mainstreaming in the 1980s. The Victorians had some great painters who liked their women hairless and passive, but that taps into the "innocence" ideal of the prepubescent. Passive, controllable, unformed. I don't know offhand how much influence Ruskin has on this but it wouldn't surprise me at all...

So there you go. I think it's the normalisation of pornography. ETA The rest of those points are academic i.e. thoughts that are accepted in some circles, served up for your consideration with a splash of irony added by me.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 11, 2011, 11:38:08 AM
I have really dry skin, which can get really itchy after showers if the air is particularly dry.  It was to the point, actually, that when I was studying abroad in Ireland, I had to stop showering every day because my skin just could not even begin to handle it.  I'd have to slather myself with lotion after each shower to keep my skin from being so dry it hurt to move too much (because it would lose some elasticity).

I still sometimes have that problem in the winter, especially when it's a colder one than usual, but it helps that I still shower only every other day.

And now I have to wonder -- does my coming out and admitting that (something I pretty much never do) make anyone think I'm crazy and/or not as clean as I ought to be? :P

Nah, I bathe (fully) 2-3 times a week during the winter. (in the summer, it could be 2-3 times a day). If you aren't actually sweating or getting dirty from an activity, what's the point of washing off those beneficial oils?

Bathing every day is a pretty recent notion, in terms of human evolution. I got sucked into the 'bathe and wash your hair every day' thing in high school (when I was a kid, we had Saturday night baths). It took a lot of years and a very expensive stylist to tell me to cut out the daily hair washing, and yeah, my skin is just happier when I'm not washing the oil off every 24 hours.

OTOH, my 11yo nephew is hitting puberty and frankly, he stinks. Even during the winter. I think that people's hormones and metabolism should dertermine how often they need to bathe. Certain things just slow down as you age, I don't shave my legs more than once a month these days (at 50, still perimenopausal).
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WolfWay on March 11, 2011, 11:50:05 AM
I have really dry skin, which can get really itchy after showers if the air is particularly dry.  It was to the point, actually, that when I was studying abroad in Ireland, I had to stop showering every day because my skin just could not even begin to handle it.  I'd have to slather myself with lotion after each shower to keep my skin from being so dry it hurt to move too much (because it would lose some elasticity).

I still sometimes have that problem in the winter, especially when it's a colder one than usual, but it helps that I still shower only every other day.

And now I have to wonder -- does my coming out and admitting that (something I pretty much never do) make anyone think I'm crazy and/or not as clean as I ought to be? :P

Nah, I bathe (fully) 2-3 times a week during the winter. (in the summer, it could be 2-3 times a day). If you aren't actually sweating or getting dirty from an activity, what's the point of washing off those beneficial oils?

Bathing every day is a pretty recent notion, in terms of human evolution. I got sucked into the 'bathe and wash your hair every day' thing in high school (when I was a kid, we had Saturday night baths). It took a lot of years and a very expensive stylist to tell me to cut out the daily hair washing, and yeah, my skin is just happier when I'm not washing the oil off every 24 hours.

That's all very well, but I gym 6 days a week. If I didn't wash at least 6 days a week I'd smell like a charnal house. :(
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StressedGroom on March 11, 2011, 11:59:15 AM
Someone mentioned accents further back. This made me think of something I have wondered occasionally.

Do animals have accents? For example does, a German Shephard, living in China, sound different from a German Shephard living in Australia?

According to David Sedaris they do:

"...when I'm traveling abroad, my first question usually relates to barnyard animals. "What do your roosters say?" is a good icebreaker, as every country has its own unique interpretation. In Germany, where dogs bark "vow vow" and both the frog and the duck say "quack," the rooster greets the dawn with a hearty "kik-a-ricki." Greek roosters crow "kiri-a-kee," and in France they scream "coco-rico," which sounds like one of those horrible premixed cocktails with a pirate on the label. When told that an American rooster says "cock-a-doodle-doo," my hosts look at me with disbelief and pity."

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ1202-DEC_SEDARIS#ixzz1GJaioNCt

It actually better to hear him read the whole thing, its hilarious.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 11, 2011, 12:07:24 PM
I have really dry skin, which can get really itchy after showers if the air is particularly dry.  It was to the point, actually, that when I was studying abroad in Ireland, I had to stop showering every day because my skin just could not even begin to handle it.  I'd have to slather myself with lotion after each shower to keep my skin from being so dry it hurt to move too much (because it would lose some elasticity).

I still sometimes have that problem in the winter, especially when it's a colder one than usual, but it helps that I still shower only every other day.

And now I have to wonder -- does my coming out and admitting that (something I pretty much never do) make anyone think I'm crazy and/or not as clean as I ought to be? :P

Nah, I bathe (fully) 2-3 times a week during the winter. (in the summer, it could be 2-3 times a day). If you aren't actually sweating or getting dirty from an activity, what's the point of washing off those beneficial oils?

Bathing every day is a pretty recent notion, in terms of human evolution. I got sucked into the 'bathe and wash your hair every day' thing in high school (when I was a kid, we had Saturday night baths). It took a lot of years and a very expensive stylist to tell me to cut out the daily hair washing, and yeah, my skin is just happier when I'm not washing the oil off every 24 hours.

That's all very well, but I gym 6 days a week. If I didn't wash at least 6 days a week I'd smell like a charnal house. :(

Well, I did say If you aren't actually sweating.... If you are, and experience dry skin, try taking your showers in tepid, not hot water. This is actually pretty easy to do at the gym, as most shower rooms seem to be over-heated anyway.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Shiraz_Much? on March 11, 2011, 12:08:43 PM
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If you're a normal person you've got false conciousness and are turning yourself into a prepubescent girl as a form of social suppression based on the evolutionary bias of the male of the species to procreate with younger, more fertile females.

Oh, yeah, that's it completely! Thank you so much for that on line psychoanalysis! It is just what i needed!

 ::) Seriously? You need to take that there? You can't just live and let live? Had to get a dig in? Really?

Really!  I think that is really over-analyzing things quite a bit.  Honestly.  



Edited to fix quotes.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: WhiteTigerCub on March 11, 2011, 12:29:25 PM
^ Hmmm- so secret parties or the handsome iceman? I had suspected something like that!

Yeah, and if I remember right the ice man had a very nice upper torso that made the women drool as they watched him carry the ice  :D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ferrets on March 11, 2011, 12:33:33 PM
In regards to the shaving questions here's another one.  Everyone mentions shaving their legs, underarms and 'other bits'.

You can count me out of that 'everyone'. I don't shave a thing (except my head on occasion). :)

And whilst of course it's every individual's right to decide what of their hair they wish to remove or leave, I think Bethalize has a definite point. We're socially conditioned to be scared of/disgusted by hair present anywhere but the head on women, and I have major problems with the ideology that presents shaven women as the default standard (as opposed to simply "women who happen to shave"). It's an aesthetically-driven ideal - if shaving is so absolutely vital for hygiene reasons, then why doesn't society present the shaven-all-over man as the similar default standard for that gender?

/steps off soapbox
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 11, 2011, 12:36:04 PM
^ Hmmm- so secret parties or the handsome iceman? I had suspected something like that!

Yeah, and if I remember right the ice man had a very nice upper torso that made the women drool as they watched him carry the ice  :D

Diet Coke break! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdrE1VMxzoE)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Poirot on March 11, 2011, 12:38:36 PM
In regards to the shaving questions here's another one.  Everyone mentions shaving their legs, underarms and 'other bits'.  What is the point of shaving the 'other bits'?  Hygiene?  Aesthetics?  Boredom?

If you're a porn star it's hygiene. Can't catch crabs if there's nothing for them to cling to. If you are super confident it's to wear teeny tiny bikini bottoms without showing hair. If you're a normal person you've got false conciousness and are turning yourself into a prepubescent girl as a form of social suppression based on the evolutionary bias of the male of the species to procreate with younger, more fertile females. Prostitutes in ancient Egypt used to for hygiene and identification.

In the same way women started shaving their armpits around 1915 when sleeveless dresses and advertising combined, the rise of pubic hair removal started when BDSM porn actors began mainstreaming in the 1980s. The Victorians had some great painters who liked their women hairless and passive, but that taps into the "innocence" ideal of the prepubescent. Passive, controllable, unformed. I don't know offhand how much influence Ruskin has on this but it wouldn't surprise me at all...

So there you go. I think it's the normalisation of pornography.



Huh?? I assure you, I am not a porn star, and psychobabble rarely actually applies to real-life. Gross generalizations of people's motives are rude, IMO.

I rarely shave my legs (because I'm getting old and really don't need to), and shave my armpits because I stink otherwise. I keep the girly bits neat (but not shaved) because I prefer it so.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 11, 2011, 12:41:27 PM
Does anyone speak Welsh? How does the voiceless "l" sound fit into every day language? We were learning about lateral sounds today, which is basically all the "l" sounds, and he made that sound and for the life of me, I could not figure out how on earth you do it!  :-[

I speak a bit and the kids are fluent but don't get what you mean by a voiceless l

ok googled it and it's ll, it's a bit like the sound you make at the being of things like 'clan', it's in quite a lot of Welsh words

Yes, that sound! Sorry, I wasn't quite sure how it was spelled in Welsh/if it had a particular spelling, but yes. I stared at my professor like he was making alien noises--it sounded so cool, but I haven't the faintest how you do it!


Also, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who itches! ;D I'm going to try out the lotion right after, I think, and see if that helps, anyway. For the record, I can shower once every 3 days up to like...once every week. :-[ Which I know is probably immensely disgusting, but just...kind of works for me, I guess. I hate showers and baths like the plague...mainly 'cause of the itching!

Edited for TMI and inappropriate content-Ticia
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ticia on March 11, 2011, 01:43:34 PM
Inappropriate content (And TMI about your intimate relationships) is still inappropriate even if it's in the coffee break folder. Knock it off or the thread will be closed.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 11, 2011, 02:51:34 PM
New stupid question:

Do old people really smell all that different?

I ask because this last visit we were told that our house smells like Grandpa's. (He was 92, we are 66 & 67.)

We have ionic air cleaners going all the time, we clean the house regularly using different cleaning agents than my dad did, we don't have a flatulence problem that we notice, bathe with different products, and we cook different foods often.

Then Brian on "Still Standing" (the source of ALL important and accurate information, of course) said something about old people's beginning to  break down internally. (You never know what cool facts are dropped in some of those shows!)

It made me feel really selfconscious.
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Post by: ClaireC79 on March 11, 2011, 03:10:45 PM
Yes they do smell different, but I can't explain it
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Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on March 11, 2011, 03:16:56 PM
Yes they do smell different, but I can't explain it

I think it might be that the "in" (trendy) smells change as the decades go by. Older people prefer the scents they got used to younger in life... scents which are now associated with "old people".

This is just my own pet theory, of course, and has only one piece of anecdotal evidence which I shall now present:

A few months ago I was in Crabtree & Evelyn looking for their Rosewater Eau Fraiche. Could not find it anywhere (I eventually found an almost full tester, which they sold to me for half price). The lady at the one store kept saying, "Try this; it has floral scents!" And every new scent they had me try smelled to me "like an old lady's parlour". So it seems that scents also go in and out of fashion. But I'm still not wearing any of their newfangled scents because I do NOT want to smell like an old lady's parlour, thank you very much!
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: judecat on March 11, 2011, 03:44:50 PM
My mother liked Jar Jar.
I still made fun of her.  ;D  >:D
Wow.  She is the first person I have ever heard of that liked him (or had the moxie to admit it out loud!).   :) Worst character ever.
I liked Jar Jar!! And I sometimes feel like I'm the only person on the planet to actually do so. I was sad to discover he had such a small part in the two next movies.

My mother also liked Dobby (from the HP movies) and Neelix (from Star Trek Voyager). The woman was not right.  ;D I miss my mom.

Nothing wrong with liking Dobby, Dobby is adorable  or Neelix either.  Definitely something wrong with liking JarJar
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Bibliophile on March 11, 2011, 03:54:37 PM
Yes they do smell different, but I can't explain it

POD.  I got both of my grandpa's old cars...  Both had little old man smell in them.  It's hard to explain...
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on March 11, 2011, 04:04:59 PM
My mother liked Jar Jar.
I still made fun of her.  ;D  >:D
Wow.  She is the first person I have ever heard of that liked him (or had the moxie to admit it out loud!).   :) Worst character ever.
I liked Jar Jar!! And I sometimes feel like I'm the only person on the planet to actually do so. I was sad to discover he had such a small part in the two next movies.

My mother also liked Dobby (from the HP movies) and Neelix (from Star Trek Voyager). The woman was not right.  ;D I miss my mom.

Nothing wrong with liking Dobby, Dobby is adorable  or Neelix either.  Definitely something wrong with liking JarJar

Actually, I think of Dobby and JarJar as the answer to the genre's demanded ingenue, so the female lead can be capable.  *Somebody* has to be the ingenue; in the science fiction/fantasy genres, it's usually a lead female.  Putting this characterization on somebody else allows the lead female to be capable.    
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StressedGroom on March 11, 2011, 04:10:04 PM
Yes they do smell different, but I can't explain it

I think it might be that the "in" (trendy) smells change as the decades go by. Older people prefer the scents they got used to younger in life... scents which are now associated with "old people".

This is just my own pet theory, of course, and has only one piece of anecdotal evidence which I shall now present:

A few months ago I was in Crabtree & Evelyn looking for their Rosewater Eau Fraiche. Could not find it anywhere (I eventually found an almost full tester, which they sold to me for half price). The lady at the one store kept saying, "Try this; it has floral scents!" And every new scent they had me try smelled to me "like an old lady's parlour". So it seems that scents also go in and out of fashion. But I'm still not wearing any of their newfangled scents because I do NOT want to smell like an old lady's parlour, thank you very much!

I was talking to a girl in a bar back in my single bar going days, and I couldn't figure what it was about her that was turning me off.  It finally hit me, she smelled like lilacs, my aunt smelled like lilacs and I could not accept that a woman in her twenties would want to smell like an old lady.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 11, 2011, 04:13:53 PM
Yes they do smell different, but I can't explain it

I think it might be that the "in" (trendy) smells change as the decades go by. Older people prefer the scents they got used to younger in life... scents which are now associated with "old people".

This is just my own pet theory, of course, and has only one piece of anecdotal evidence which I shall now present:

A few months ago I was in Crabtree & Evelyn looking for their Rosewater Eau Fraiche. Could not find it anywhere (I eventually found an almost full tester, which they sold to me for half price). The lady at the one store kept saying, "Try this; it has floral scents!" And every new scent they had me try smelled to me "like an old lady's parlour". So it seems that scents also go in and out of fashion. But I'm still not wearing any of their newfangled scents because I do NOT want to smell like an old lady's parlour, thank you very much!


I love their Rosewater scents. Last time i used it before work the girl that sat next to me said she smelled "Old lady smell" :(
So ... i think you have something there, not just about floral scents; but the trends themselves.
Too bad for me; i was given all my grandmothers perfumes and i love them.


ETA: I bet by the time i am an old lady they will be back in fashion and then if i wore them people would wonder why i am trying to smell like a young girl  :P


Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Iris on March 11, 2011, 04:35:16 PM
Yes they do smell different, but I can't explain it

I think it might be that the "in" (trendy) smells change as the decades go by. Older people prefer the scents they got used to younger in life... scents which are now associated with "old people".

This is just my own pet theory, of course, and has only one piece of anecdotal evidence which I shall now present:

A few months ago I was in Crabtree & Evelyn looking for their Rosewater Eau Fraiche. Could not find it anywhere (I eventually found an almost full tester, which they sold to me for half price). The lady at the one store kept saying, "Try this; it has floral scents!" And every new scent they had me try smelled to me "like an old lady's parlour". So it seems that scents also go in and out of fashion. But I'm still not wearing any of their newfangled scents because I do NOT want to smell like an old lady's parlour, thank you very much!

My mum (late 60s) smells different because of liking the old fashioned scents and also because she likes talcum powder etc, but my Grandmother (before she passed away aged 89) had an entirely different kind of 'different smell'. I assumed that it was because very old people are often on a plethora of medications that probably alter their body chemistry. Just like very sick people smell unusual (and I know that's incredibly insensitive but I just mention it in context of the medication issue), or people who drink a lot of coffee or eat a lot of garlic smell different. So I think there's probably not-so-old-really old people smell and really-old old people smell.

I should add this is just my theory. I have no evidence at all other than my nose and my ancestors.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: rose red on March 11, 2011, 04:42:39 PM
Is there anybody else who don't care for the smell of flowers?  My whole life, I've been told flowers smell good but they smell "bitter" to me.  I much prefer the fruit scents.  I wonder if it's biological, like the taste of cilantro?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 11, 2011, 05:30:38 PM
Re: Old people's smell.

Thanks. I guess it's not sour or rotten or unclean, just meds and choices of scents, so I'll try to get over it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DottyG on March 11, 2011, 05:34:54 PM

Dang it all.  Y'all, come on. :(

Please, please, please don't post things that you know are going to get the thread closed down.  This was intended to be a light-hearted thread of things you've just not known who to ask things of before.  Like my original example of what a "well-known" phrase actually means.

A post like this is the surest way to get the mods to shut it down. :(

ETA:  Read a bit further and saw that it did, indeed, catch the eye of a mod.

(Protective of my thread here - I've learned too much valuable stuff here to see it closed down.)



Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: artk2002 on March 11, 2011, 06:57:41 PM
Does anyone speak Welsh? How does the voiceless "l" sound fit into every day language? We were learning about lateral sounds today, which is basically all the "l" sounds, and he made that sound and for the life of me, I could not figure out how on earth you do it!  :-[

I was first tenor in a Welsh choir for many years, despite not speaking the language...

There is no "voiceless l".  The "ll" is one consonant -- "ll" comes after "lz" in a Welsh dictionary.  The easiest way that I've been taught is to place the tip of your tongue against the back of your upper teeth and sort of hiss around it.  Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:IPA_for_Welsh) describes it as "A voiceless alveolar lateral fricative with no English equivalent; similar to the voiceless l in please but with considerably more friction."  So try saying "please" but blow harder!

Other Welsh pronunciation:  "Th" is unvoiced as in "thin".  "dd" is voiced as in "this".  "F" is a voiced sound "v", while "ff" is the soft version "fine".  Vowels are a bit more of a challenge.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on March 11, 2011, 07:32:16 PM
Is Ingomar a boy's name or a girl's name?  It's a new email contact at work and it's been driving me nuts all day (I can't get on baby name sites from here, yet eHell is fine.   ::) )
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: DangerMouth on March 11, 2011, 07:35:35 PM
What exactly was she and Billy Joe McCallister throwing off the Tallahatchie Bridge?
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Post by: Slartibartfast on March 11, 2011, 07:37:43 PM
Is Ingomar a boy's name or a girl's name?  It's a new email contact at work and it's been driving me nuts all day (I can't get on baby name sites from here, yet eHell is fine.   ::) )

Boy, according to the internets :P
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Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on March 11, 2011, 07:42:03 PM
Is Ingomar a boy's name or a girl's name?  It's a new email contact at work and it's been driving me nuts all day (I can't get on baby name sites from here, yet eHell is fine.   ::) )

Boy, according to the internets :P

I guessed right! Yay me! It's been making me crazy all day, and despite exchanging some 30 emails with a long chain of people, there wasn't a single gender-indicating pronoun for poor Ingomar.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: MommyPenguin on March 11, 2011, 08:31:14 PM
Is there anybody else who don't care for the smell of flowers?  My whole life, I've been told flowers smell good but they smell "bitter" to me.  I much prefer the fruit scents.  I wonder if it's biological, like the taste of cilantro?

I'm with you!  Flowers don't smell bitter to me, they just don't have much scent at all, and what scent they have is rather dull.  I tend to prefer fruit scents for things like perfume, deodorant, body wash, shampoo, etc., or sometimes things like vanilla.  I don't have a very strong sense of smell in general, though.  Do you?  And I like cilantro okay, no taste of soap, although it tastes like soap to my mom!  :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 11, 2011, 08:37:31 PM
  No more fussing with shaving cream that may or may not contain aloe (I'm allergic to it).

I'm not the only one? :D


Yeah, I first found out when I tried a bikini-area dipilatory containing aloe.  Great way to find out........ :(

From what you're saying, I gather that no one believes you, either?  Aloe is supposed to be so universally soothing after all.  One person who does believe me is my sister, because she is allergic, too.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 11, 2011, 08:59:07 PM
Someone mentioned accents further back. This made me think of something I have wondered occasionally.

Do animals have accents? For example does, a German Shephard, living in China, sound different from a German Shephard living in Australia?

I think they do. Huskies for example can't bark if brought up purely with other Huskies. They can if they are around other dogs. Ours was 4-6 months old when he moved from a Husky only house to a mixed house. He has learned to bark but he's really dreadful at it, a high pitched yapping like a lap dog.

That’s what Kilik (our Husky) sounds like. It’s so funny! Our other dog is a little sweetheart, but her bark sounds like she might tear your head off – I love it, she sounds scary.  But the big black scary looking fella has a puppy-like “Yip yip yip!”

Does he make the hideous mock-growling noise as well?  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: rose red on March 11, 2011, 09:33:44 PM
Is there anybody else who don't care for the smell of flowers?  My whole life, I've been told flowers smell good but they smell "bitter" to me.  I much prefer the fruit scents.  I wonder if it's biological, like the taste of cilantro?

I'm with you!  Flowers don't smell bitter to me, they just don't have much scent at all, and what scent they have is rather dull.  I tend to prefer fruit scents for things like perfume, deodorant, body wash, shampoo, etc., or sometimes things like vanilla.  I don't have a very strong sense of smell in general, though.  Do you?  And I like cilantro okay, no taste of soap, although it tastes like soap to my mom!  :)

No I don't, unless it's really strong.  People will say "I smell X" or "I smell Y" and then I will have to concentrate really hard for it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: wendelenn on March 11, 2011, 09:40:31 PM
What exactly was she and Billy Joe McCallister throwing off the Tallahatchie Bridge?

http://www.filibustercartoons.com/billyjoe.htm
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Sirius on March 11, 2011, 09:41:18 PM
Having a physical job can make a massive amount of difffrence to calorie expenditure. DH once worked out that in his previous job he was eating 4000 calories a day and his weight was stable.

I have an odd one- in the son Harper Valley PTA Mrs Johnson makes the remark that one of the other mothers "Sure uses a lot of ice when he's away". (i.e. the lady's husband) What is she hinting at? We don't have much of a tradition of ice deliveries here in the UK.

Having parties? (Ice for the drinks?)

I figured it was saying that she was sleeping with the ice delivery man.  Sort of like saying she was having a lot of milk delivered -- the milkman was the stereotypical affair for the housewife.  Neither ice nor milk is delivered much anymore, so it's lost a bit of its sense. :)

Which is why my mother had to have a chat with my 3-year-old older sister.  I was born with flaming red hair, and this was back in the era of home delivery of milk, and our milkman had red hair.  Apparently Sis overheard my mother joking that I got my red hair from the milkman, so she proceeded to tell everyone she met including the pastor of their church that I got my red hair from the milkman.  
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 11, 2011, 09:54:08 PM
Having a physical job can make a massive amount of difffrence to calorie expenditure. DH once worked out that in his previous job he was eating 4000 calories a day and his weight was stable.

I have an odd one- in the son Harper Valley PTA Mrs Johnson makes the remark that one of the other mothers "Sure uses a lot of ice when he's away". (i.e. the lady's husband) What is she hinting at? We don't have much of a tradition of ice deliveries here in the UK.

Having parties? (Ice for the drinks?)

I figured it was saying that she was sleeping with the ice delivery man.  Sort of like saying she was having a lot of milk delivered -- the milkman was the stereotypical affair for the housewife.  Neither ice nor milk is delivered much anymore, so it's lost a bit of its sense. :)

Which is why my mother had to have a chat with my 3-year-old older sister.  I was born with flaming red hair, and this was back in the era of home delivery of milk, and our milkman had red hair.  Apparently Sis overheard my mother joking that I got my red hair from the milkman, so she proceeded to tell everyone she met including the pastor of their church that I got my red hair from the milkman.  

Oops! Your mother must have forgotten the adage about little pitchers and their big ears. ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 11, 2011, 11:04:03 PM
  No more fussing with shaving cream that may or may not contain aloe (I'm allergic to it).

I'm not the only one? :D


Yeah, I first found out when I tried a bikini-area dipilatory containing aloe.  Great way to find out........ :(

From what you're saying, I gather that no one believes you, either?  Aloe is supposed to be so universally soothing after all.  One person who does believe me is my sister, because she is allergic, too.

Ouch. :o I found out when putting solarcaine on my sunburned face. Um...yeah. I'm sure some of it was that it might have gotten into a scraped-up place...I think that's what made my face swell so badly, but I got a rash all over my face, and it was super painful. My mom believes me because she's the one who called the doctor about it, and the doctor said to stop using the solarcaine, I'm allergic to aloe [it couldn't be the -caine stuff...I've had it multiple times since then and been fine]. But yeah...people have a hard time seeing how I could be allergic to aloe a lot.

For some reason, people have a similarly hard time believing I could be allergic to chickens. I had to help raise one for AP Biology and every time I went into that room, I instantly stuffed up...and when I had to touch the baby chick, my hands itched like crazy. But apparently I'm the only one ever who's allergic to chickens. ;)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Luci on March 11, 2011, 11:11:25 PM
A lot of people are allergic to feathers, so I can easily imagine them having trouble in a chicken house or other enclosed space with birds.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on March 12, 2011, 12:45:25 AM
Here's my "stupid question" regarding taste.

My brother and SIL often make fun of me when I say I can't taste certain things. For example, if you give me a sandwich with ham and tomato on it, I cannot taste ham & tomato. I can tell there's meat and tomato in my mouth by the texture, but it's like the tastes cancel each other out. Yet if I eat ham with mustard or cheese, it's fine. And I love tomatoes. I just can't eat them with ham (or bacon). Is that even possible?

I also can't eat raw fish, the kind they serve in sushi restaurants (aka sashimi, such as tuna or salmon). If I put it in my mouth I can feel there is something there, but I can't taste anything.

Has this ever happened to anyone?

My next question is about "breaking wind" so I will put it in yellow.

My entire life I have had trouble with, well, farting. I can't control them at all. Until I was an adult I didn't even know that some people CAN control them. My abusive aunt and uncle used to swear at me and call me names when I would fart in their presence - and yet I couldn't stop myself no matter what I did. I found out when I was in my 30s that I have a spastic colon - could that be the reason? I've also found that as long as I eat every four to five hours, I don't actually break wind. But if I don't eat within that time frame, all heck breaks loose even if I eat after that. Why?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: hobish on March 12, 2011, 02:32:57 AM
Someone mentioned accents further back. This made me think of something I have wondered occasionally.

Do animals have accents? For example does, a German Shephard, living in China, sound different from a German Shephard living in Australia?

I think they do. Huskies for example can't bark if brought up purely with other Huskies. They can if they are around other dogs. Ours was 4-6 months old when he moved from a Husky only house to a mixed house. He has learned to bark but he's really dreadful at it, a high pitched yapping like a lap dog.

That’s what Kilik (our Husky) sounds like. It’s so funny! Our other dog is a little sweetheart, but her bark sounds like she might tear your head off – I love it, she sounds scary.  But the big black scary looking fella has a puppy-like “Yip yip yip!”

Does he make the hideous mock-growling noise as well?  ;D

Yes he does, and i am glad to have been filled in by Husky owners of that dog sound and the talky-whiny noise.
"AwroAwrRawrowrw."
I like the mock-growling noise. He only makes it so far when playing with Jayna; but i am glad to know it is there.

Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ferrets on March 12, 2011, 05:05:50 AM
For some reason, people have a similarly hard time believing I could be allergic to chickens. I had to help raise one for AP Biology and every time I went into that room, I instantly stuffed up...and when I had to touch the baby chick, my hands itched like crazy. But apparently I'm the only one ever who's allergic to chickens. ;)

I get the same disbelief for being allergic to rabbits (no other animal, so far as I know, just rabbits). Apparently wanting to claw out one's (itching, reddened, watering, swollen-almost-closed) eyes after exposure to Mr. Bun is not proof enough...

People say "But you have a cat, and you're fine with him!" (Yes, yes I do. That might be because he's not a rabbit. ::))
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: blue2000 on March 12, 2011, 10:42:56 AM
Here's my "stupid question" regarding taste.

My brother and SIL often make fun of me when I say I can't taste certain things. For example, if you give me a sandwich with ham and tomato on it, I cannot taste ham & tomato. I can tell there's meat and tomato in my mouth by the texture, but it's like the tastes cancel each other out. Yet if I eat ham with mustard or cheese, it's fine. And I love tomatoes. I just can't eat them with ham (or bacon). Is that even possible?

I also can't eat raw fish, the kind they serve in sushi restaurants (aka sashimi, such as tuna or salmon). If I put it in my mouth I can feel there is something there, but I can't taste anything.

Has this ever happened to anyone?

If I have a ham and tomato sandwich with thin ham, the tomato seems to overwhelm the ham taste, and yet the tomato itself tastes watery and bland. Raw fish tastes very similar to me - watery bland lumps of nothing. Celery, oddly, also has very little taste for me because it makes my mouth go numb. So I'd say yes, it is possible.

Since there are 'supertasters', maybe we just happen to be 'non-tasters'. ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kherbert05 on March 12, 2011, 11:26:21 AM



They are definitely different.  Dh grew up in Quebec during the 1960s (English speaking, but all students had to learn some French).  I grew up in BC with high-school French.  Neither of us is anywhere close to being bilingual - but when we later travelled in Quebec, he did better with his "Quebecois".  When we visited the French island of St. Pierre (off Newfoundland), I did better with "classic" French.

One of my Uncles is a translator for the Canadian Government. He told my Dad he actually has to translate among the Quebec French, Arcadian French, and the French French. Often the the representatives will refuse to even try and understand the different versions,  but if an English only/primary speaker is involved 8 times out of 10 they will all switch to English. (Note I was a kid when I heard this - Uncle might have been pulling Dad's leg. )
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: blue2000 on March 12, 2011, 11:54:27 AM
It is possible for Quebec French and France French to understand each other, but I have heard that relations between them are strained sometimes, so they may not want to. I don't know about Arcadian French.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Eisa on March 12, 2011, 02:43:35 PM
For some reason, people have a similarly hard time believing I could be allergic to chickens. I had to help raise one for AP Biology and every time I went into that room, I instantly stuffed up...and when I had to touch the baby chick, my hands itched like crazy. But apparently I'm the only one ever who's allergic to chickens. ;)

I get the same disbelief for being allergic to rabbits (no other animal, so far as I know, just rabbits). Apparently wanting to claw out one's (itching, reddened, watering, swollen-almost-closed) eyes after exposure to Mr. Bun is not proof enough...

People say "But you have a cat, and you're fine with him!" (Yes, yes I do. That might be because he's not a rabbit. ::))

ROFL :D I'm allergic to cats, but at least most people are familiar enough with that, that it's fine. Except for the stupid people who act like "you can't be THAT allergic!" and try to plop a cat in my lap. :o Um...if I haven't taken Zyrtec, my eyes swell, itch, and water, I keep sneezing, and my throat feels like it's full of broken glass, plus I start having an asthma attack. Just a guess, but I think just possibly, I'm very allergic to cats. :P
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 12, 2011, 02:48:36 PM
Because a lot of people use the excuse "I'm allergic" when they mean "I don't like", the cat people may think you are also using such an excuse.  And if you don't like cats, it must be because you have never met one as adorable as their Precious Puddy Tat.  If you would only hold Precious, pet Precious, love Precious, you would get over your silly dislike.  ::) ::) ::)  That Precious appears to give you unpleasant symptoms is all in your head. 
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Brentwood on March 12, 2011, 03:08:30 PM
For some reason, people have a similarly hard time believing I could be allergic to chickens. I had to help raise one for AP Biology and every time I went into that room, I instantly stuffed up...and when I had to touch the baby chick, my hands itched like crazy. But apparently I'm the only one ever who's allergic to chickens. ;)

I get the same disbelief for being allergic to rabbits (no other animal, so far as I know, just rabbits). Apparently wanting to claw out one's (itching, reddened, watering, swollen-almost-closed) eyes after exposure to Mr. Bun is not proof enough...

People say "But you have a cat, and you're fine with him!" (Yes, yes I do. That might be because he's not a rabbit. ::))

People believe in cat allergies but not rabbit allergies? That's so nonsensical.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: NutMeg on March 12, 2011, 04:49:59 PM
I think the issue is more that some people believe in animal allergies, but that there is only one kind. So if you aren't allergic to cats, you can't possibly be allergic to anything else.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: VorFemme on March 12, 2011, 06:05:12 PM
What exactly was she and Billy Joe McCallister throwing off the Tallahatchie Bridge?

http://www.filibustercartoons.com/billyjoe.htm

How is the MOVIE version related to the Beverly Hillbillies?

Answer - the director of the movie version of the song PLAYED Jethro Bodine in the original tv series.

Apparently he went to talk to the songwriter when he was getting ready to make the movie - so he'd know what was thrown off the bridge.

Apparently the singer was more concerned with the rest of the song to have thought about WHAT was being thrown at all..........
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on March 12, 2011, 06:38:26 PM
Is your blood time the same as one of your parents? Or is it like eye color where it's one thing, but with the genes for another thing?  Can two A+ have, say, an O- baby?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 12, 2011, 06:48:23 PM
Is your blood time the same as one of your parents? Or is it like eye color where it's one thing, but with the genes for another thing?  Can two A+ have, say, an O- baby?


Yes.  The gene for Rh positive is D, for Rh negative it's d.  To be Rh negative, you have to be dd.

If both parents had the genotype AO (meaning they were type A, but carried the O gene) and Dd, it's certainly possible that they could have an OOdd child (blood type O, Rh negative).  They could not have a child with type B or AB blood, however.  Both of my parents were Rh positive but my sister is Rh negative, meaning that my parents would each have to be Dd.

Just in the last few years, though, eye colour has been found to be a lot more complex than people previously thought.  My eyes are brown, Dh's are kind of hazel-green.  One DS has brown eyes, the other has blue eyes.  However, both Dh's father and mine had blue eyes.  That explains it, but it's really not that simple.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on March 12, 2011, 06:55:57 PM
Is your blood time the same as one of your parents? Or is it like eye color where it's one thing, but with the genes for another thing?  Can two A+ have, say, an O- baby?


Yes.  The gene for Rh positive is D, for Rh negative it's d.  To be Rh negative, you have to be dd.

If both parents had the genotype AO (meaning they were type A, but carried the O gene) and Dd, it's certainly possible that they could have an OOdd child (blood type O, Rh negative).  They could not have a child with type B or AB blood, however.  Both of my parents were Rh positive but my sister is Rh negative, meaning that my parents would each have to be Dd.

Just in the last few years, though, eye colour has been found to be a lot more complex than people previously thought.  My eyes are brown, Dh's are kind of hazel-green.  One DS has brown eyes, the other has blue eyes.  However, both Dh's father and mine had blue eyes.  That explains it, but it's really not that simple.

I knew eye color was more complex than the charts I did in high school, but wasn't sure how blood type worked really.  Someone had told me that siblings would have all the same blood type and I just kept thinking "but...we have different genes. Similiar, sure.  Possible, sure. Always identical?  I dunno..." 
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: HorseFreak on March 12, 2011, 07:09:27 PM
Is your blood time the same as one of your parents? Or is it like eye color where it's one thing, but with the genes for another thing?  Can two A+ have, say, an O- baby?

This site is pretty straightforward: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/traits/blood/
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 12, 2011, 07:50:58 PM
Is your blood time the same as one of your parents? Or is it like eye color where it's one thing, but with the genes for another thing?  Can two A+ have, say, an O- baby?


Yes.  The gene for Rh positive is D, for Rh negative it's d.  To be Rh negative, you have to be dd.

If both parents had the genotype AO (meaning they were type A, but carried the O gene) and Dd, it's certainly possible that they could have an OOdd child (blood type O, Rh negative).  They could not have a child with type B or AB blood, however.  Both of my parents were Rh positive but my sister is Rh negative, meaning that my parents would each have to be Dd.

Just in the last few years, though, eye colour has been found to be a lot more complex than people previously thought.  My eyes are brown, Dh's are kind of hazel-green.  One DS has brown eyes, the other has blue eyes.  However, both Dh's father and mine had blue eyes.  That explains it, but it's really not that simple.

I knew eye color was more complex than the charts I did in high school, but wasn't sure how blood type worked really.  Someone had told me that siblings would have all the same blood type and I just kept thinking "but...we have different genes. Similiar, sure.  Possible, sure. Always identical?  I dunno..." 


No, whoever told you that siblings would always have the same blood type was clearly wrong.  Your instincts were correct.  And actually, blood type is a lot more complex than ABO/Rh (although those are the only ones routinely tested for when a blood bank is labelling donated blood) - there are hundreds of different blood groups.  Among siblings - only identical twins would have the exact same blood type.

Because there are hundreds of different blood groups, there's really no such thing as being a "similar" blood type.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Glaceon on March 12, 2011, 07:59:53 PM
So, Snorlax and I are both A+.  Does that mean that Piplup is too, or could she be something else? 
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Jess13 on March 12, 2011, 08:10:17 PM
So, Snorlax and I are both A+.  Does that mean that Piplup is too, or could she be something else? 

She could be A or O depending on your parents and their genetics and what genes you have.
As for the +, if you're both Dd with the +, she could end up dd and be -.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfmama on March 12, 2011, 08:17:48 PM
Piplup could be A+, A-, O+, or O-. 

My DH is A+, I'm A-.  Elfqueen is O+, and her sister is A-.  So Elfsister and I could give blood to DH or each other, Elfqueen could give blood to her father, but not her sister or me, and he could not give blood to any of us.

That's assuming they would let us donate to each other -- we might have Mad Cow and have been prohibited from blood bank donating for many years.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 12, 2011, 08:40:43 PM
Piplup could be A+, A-, O+, or O-.  

My DH is A+, I'm A-.  Elfqueen is O+, and her sister is A-.  So Elfsister and I could give blood to DH or each other, Elfqueen could give blood to her father, but not her sister or me, and he could not give blood to any of us.

That's assuming they would let us donate to each other -- we might have Mad Cow and have been prohibited from blood bank donating for many years.


But again, it's really never that simple. On the surface, maybe - but that's on the assumption that the recipient has never developed any blood antibodies.  Usually of course the only way for this to happen would be if a blood-donation recipient developed an antibody after a transfusion.  Just because the blood-service tests for ABO and Rh (really, they only test for one Rh antigen, there are in fact 5) doesn't mean that everything is risk-free.  And it's still possible for a pregnant woman to be sensitized.  Just because most Western world countries monitor for blood D sensitivity doesn't mean that some women don't fall through the cracks.  Also, many people don't seem to be aware that other blood groups can cause haemolytic disease of the newborn.  They're much less common, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist.

Your scenario - I'm not sure whether or not it's hypothetical, but I don't believe that any hospital, in an emergency, would take transfusions from a close relative designated for the patient, without matching.  If it's that much of an emergency, there just is not time, quite frankly.  If a patient lands in the ER bleeding critically - perhaps from an aneurysm - the hospital likely will not waste time doing even an emergency/quick cross-match but will use unmatched O negative blood.  Of course, once the patient's blood type has been established they will do routine cross matches.

Edited to add: in an extreme emergency, the willingness/ability for a relative to donate would be a moot point, anyway.  It would generally take at least 40 minutes or so - probably closer to an hour - for the blood-donation station to be set up and the blood collected.  That would be too long for the recipient.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Elfqueen13 on March 12, 2011, 08:57:30 PM
Piplup could be A+, A-, O+, or O-. 

My DH is A+, I'm A-.  Elfqueen is O+, and her sister is A-.  So Elfsister and I could give blood to DH or each other, Elfqueen could give blood to her father, but not her sister or me, and he could not give blood to any of us.

That's assuming they would let us donate to each other -- we might have Mad Cow and have been prohibited from blood bank donating for many years.

But again, it's really never that simple. On the surface, maybe - but that's on the assumption that the recipient has never developed any blood antibodies.  Usually of course the only way for this to happen would be if a blood-donation recipient developed an antibody after a transfusion.  Just because the blood-service tests for ABO and Rh (really, they only test for one Rh antigen, there are in fact 5) doesn't mean that everything is risk-free.  And it's still possible for a pregnant woman to be sensitized.  Just because most Western world countries monitor for blood D sensitivity doesn't mean that some women don't fall through the cracks.  Also, many people don't seem to be aware that other blood groups can cause haemolytic disease of the newborn.  They're much less common, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist.

Your scenario - I'm not sure whether or not it's hypothetical, but I don't believe that any hospital, in an emergency, would take transfusions from a close relative designated for the patient, without matching.  If it's that much of an emergency, there just is not time, quite frankly.  If a patient lands in the ER bleeding critically - perhaps from an aneurysm - the hospital likely will not waste time doing even an emergency/quick cross-match but will use unmatched O negative blood.  Of course, once the patient's blood type has been established they will do routine cross matches.

Some hospitals will allow relatives to bank blood for someone with specific illnesses (can't think of which ones off the top of my head). 
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: chibichan on March 12, 2011, 09:05:30 PM
I'm not sure this qualifies as a stupid question , but I need help from our more computer literate E-Hellions .

I have had a Hotmail acount for many years . Lately , pictures / images in the e-mail body are showing up as blank boxes with a little red X in the corner . My company has a new logo for your e-mail signatures . We were told to cut and paste it into our existing sig , but all I get is the blank box .

I cannot find anyway to fix this ! Please help me O Tech-savvy ones ! 
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: White Dragon on March 12, 2011, 10:13:20 PM
For some reason, people have a similarly hard time believing I could be allergic to chickens. I had to help raise one for AP Biology and every time I went into that room, I instantly stuffed up...and when I had to touch the baby chick, my hands itched like crazy. But apparently I'm the only one ever who's allergic to chickens. ;)

I get the same disbelief for being allergic to rabbits (no other animal, so far as I know, just rabbits). Apparently wanting to claw out one's (itching, reddened, watering, swollen-almost-closed) eyes after exposure to Mr. Bun is not proof enough...

People say "But you have a cat, and you're fine with him!" (Yes, yes I do. That might be because he's not a rabbit. ::))

I am moderately allergic to cats, even though I am owned by two of them.
It is only a problem if I have to deal with a large amount of fur/dander.

I am, however, very allergic to Siamese and Burmese. No one believes me because they are the "hypo-allerginic" cats.
Well, whatever it is that makes other people *less* sensitive to them is reversed with me.
Ask me about the night I spent awake, upright in bed gasping and wondering if I'd have to wake my host up to request a trip to the ER.
Turned out her Siamese liked to nap on the guest-bed pillow...

ROFL :D I'm allergic to cats, but at least most people are familiar enough with that, that it's fine. Except for the stupid people who act like "you can't be THAT allergic!" and try to plop a cat in my lap. :o Um...if I haven't taken Zyrtec, my eyes swell, itch, and water, I keep sneezing, and my throat feels like it's full of broken glass, plus I start having an asthma attack. Just a guess, but I think just possibly, I'm very allergic to cats. :P
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ereine on March 13, 2011, 12:32:33 AM
I think the issue is more that some people believe in animal allergies, but that there is only one kind. So if you aren't allergic to cats, you can't possibly be allergic to anything else.

My sister is very allergic to some things (they suspected that she had asthma but apparently she doesn't but will probably get it, it runs in our family) and has a cat and my mother has hard time believing that the cat isn't making it worse, even though my sister has been tested and was found to be allergic to cows and rabbits.

I remember when we were taught about eye colors at school one girl asked how could she have brown eyes when her parents had blue eyes (or the other way around, whichever was supposed to be impossible). The teacher (who wasn't too good and hated us and probably all students) said that her father was probably the mail man then.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 13, 2011, 01:37:55 AM
Others have talked about blood types and given links, but I'm going to give it a try too - partly so if I do have it wrong, someone can correct me :-)

You get one half your blood type from each of your parents.  The letters (for simplicity's sake) can be A, B, or "O" which basically stands for "neither".  So you can get

AA --> shows up as type A
AO --> also type A
AB --> shows up as type AB, the "universal recipient"
BB --> type B
BO --> also shows as type B
OO --> type O, the "universal donor"

If you got an A from your mother and an O (so, neither A nor B) from your father, you'll show up as having type A blood.  However, it's possible for your child to have type O, if your spouse carries the "O" also.  If you get A's from both your parents, you'll still be type A blood, but you child can only be type A (if he/she gets an "A" from your spouse) or AB (if he/she gets a "B" from your spouse), since you will pass on the "A" no matter what.

The + and - are a separate thing, but they have to do whether you have a particular antibody in your blood.  In addition to transfusions, they can cause problems for pregnant women - if a woman has a negative blood type, they will likely miscarry if they don't get medical intervention.  (If Baby #1 is a positive blood type, the woman's body builds up antibodies against it because her body doesn't know how to deal with the baby's blood.  Usually Baby #1 is fine, but any future babies with positive blood types are likely to be miscarried.)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on March 13, 2011, 09:34:17 AM
Wow, thanks for all the information!! I'd been thinking that I'm probably A (both parents are A pos), but think I'll just ask the doctor next time I'm in since I'm curious now.  I've had to read and reread all the posts, but I think I (mostly) get it now.  :)

Because there are hundreds of different blood groups, there's really no such thing as being a "similar" blood type.

I meant that we probably have more DNA in common than I would with the average stranger on the street, and was trying to mash that knowledge in my head with the information that blood types are more complex than the punnett squares we used in biology.  Of course, I could have that a little off too lol.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: StressedGroom on March 13, 2011, 01:35:56 PM
I'm not sure this qualifies as a stupid question , but I need help from our more computer literate E-Hellions .

I have had a Hotmail acount for many years . Lately , pictures / images in the e-mail body are showing up as blank boxes with a little red X in the corner . My company has a new logo for your e-mail signatures . We were told to cut and paste it into our existing sig , but all I get is the blank box .

I cannot find anyway to fix this ! Please help me O Tech-savvy ones ! 

Are you reading it in Outlook or Outlook Express?  There should be a bar at the top of the e-mail telling you that it prevented loading images for your protection and give you the option to download them.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on March 13, 2011, 01:47:10 PM
I've got another one.  From Anne of Green Gables: I, too, wonder what it means to "bring someone up by hand" and whether or not it's better than the typical child-raising process.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Ticia on March 13, 2011, 02:00:15 PM
From my limited Googling, just now, To "Bring someone up by hand" means to feed an infant without nursing it.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 13, 2011, 02:35:18 PM
Others have talked about blood types and given links, but I'm going to give it a try too - partly so if I do have it wrong, someone can correct me :-)

You get one half your blood type from each of your parents.  The letters (for simplicity's sake) can be A, B, or "O" which basically stands for "neither".  So you can get

AA --> shows up as type A
AO --> also type A
AB --> shows up as type AB, the "universal recipient"
BB --> type B
BO --> also shows as type B
OO --> type O, the "universal donor"

If you got an A from your mother and an O (so, neither A nor B) from your father, you'll show up as having type A blood.  However, it's possible for your child to have type O, if your spouse carries the "O" also.  If you get A's from both your parents, you'll still be type A blood, but you child can only be type A (if he/she gets an "A" from your spouse) or AB (if he/she gets a "B" from your spouse), since you will pass on the "A" no matter what.

The + and - are a separate thing, but they have to do whether you have a particular antibody in your blood.  In addition to transfusions, they can cause problems for pregnant women - if a woman has a negative blood type, they will likely miscarry if they don't get medical intervention.  (If Baby #1 is a positive blood type, the woman's body builds up antibodies against it because her body doesn't know how to deal with the baby's blood.  Usually Baby #1 is fine, but any future babies with positive blood types are likely to be miscarried.)


Re the last paragraph - Rh negative women (who are not treated with RhoGam) carrying an Rh positive fetus don't always become sensitized - even before it could be prevented, this only happened to a minority of Rh negative mothers.  Some peoples' immune systems are just more "reactive" than others'.  Fetuses of sensitized mothers certainly sometimes are miscarried but they can also be born severely anaemic and jaundiced.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: A.P. Wulfric on March 13, 2011, 02:44:35 PM
Another literary one-
In "the Mammoth Hunters"-Tulie and Talut are brother and sister, yet they have two different hearth names. Talut is of the Lion Hearth (and thus he named the Lion Camp) while Tulie is of the Aurochs hearth.  When Tulie's two oldest children make plans to start their own camp, it will be the name "Aurochs camp."  Will both Deegie (Daughter) and Tarneg (son) both be of the Aurochs hearth?  If not, what is the other option? Frebec was given rights to the Hearth of the Crane, so it appears to be matrilocal.  But Tarneg grew up at the Auroch's hearth.....will he then take on the hearth of his wife? 

So, back to the original question, did both Tulie and Talut grow up in the Auroch's hearth, and Talut took on the Lion Hearth when he married Nezzie? Because that doesn't make sense either-Nezzie is probably of the Fox Hearth, like her brother, Wymez. 

Kudos if you understand a word of this. :)
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Bethalize on March 13, 2011, 02:55:05 PM


 But Tarneg grew up at the Auroch's hearth.....will he then take on the hearth of his wife? 

This is why Vincent of Mammoth camp was so keen to mate with Ayla. He was of the Mammoth hearth so his camp was called Mammoth but it's not really his hearth until he mates.

So, back to the original question, did both Tulie and Talut grow up in the Auroch's hearth, and Talut took on the Lion Hearth when he married Nezzie? Because that doesn't make sense either-Nezzie is probably of the Fox Hearth, like her brother, Wymez. 

Tulie and Talut were both Aurochs. Nezzie's hearth was Lion. Wymez would have the hearth of his mate, Ranec's mother. If she had a hearth of course, being an outsider.

Of course there might have been a small inconsistency or error. Probably the only one in the series though  ;D
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kherbert05 on March 13, 2011, 03:00:23 PM
I've got another one.  From Anne of Green Gables: I, too, wonder what it means to "bring someone up by hand" and whether or not it's better than the typical child-raising process.

According to my Nanna (from PEI) it means bring up a child not your own, saving the child's life after maternal death by hand feeding the infant in a time before formulas and bottles.

Basically Mrs. Thomas was saying you should behave and be grateful to me because I didn't let you starve to death.

There was also the connotation that Anne should serve the family to pay them back because her debt to them could not be repaid. The idea of a child "living on charity" of strangers or family comes up several times in Lucy Maud Montgomery's books.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: chibichan on March 13, 2011, 07:12:51 PM
I'm not sure this qualifies as a stupid question , but I need help from our more computer literate E-Hellions .

I have had a Hotmail acount for many years . Lately , pictures / images in the e-mail body are showing up as blank boxes with a little red X in the corner . My company has a new logo for your e-mail signatures . We were told to cut and paste it into our existing sig , but all I get is the blank box .

I cannot find anyway to fix this ! Please help me O Tech-savvy ones ! 

Are you reading it in Outlook or Outlook Express?  There should be a bar at the top of the e-mail telling you that it prevented loading images for your protection and give you the option to download them.

Thanks Stressed Groom ! I will see if that works .
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 13, 2011, 07:30:59 PM
Piplup could be A+, A-, O+, or O-. 

My DH is A+, I'm A-.  Elfqueen is O+, and her sister is A-.  So Elfsister and I could give blood to DH or each other, Elfqueen could give blood to her father, but not her sister or me, and he could not give blood to any of us.

That's assuming they would let us donate to each other -- we might have Mad Cow and have been prohibited from blood bank donating for many years.

But again, it's really never that simple. On the surface, maybe - but that's on the assumption that the recipient has never developed any blood antibodies.  Usually of course the only way for this to happen would be if a blood-donation recipient developed an antibody after a transfusion.  Just because the blood-service tests for ABO and Rh (really, they only test for one Rh antigen, there are in fact 5) doesn't mean that everything is risk-free.  And it's still possible for a pregnant woman to be sensitized.  Just because most Western world countries monitor for blood D sensitivity doesn't mean that some women don't fall through the cracks.  Also, many people don't seem to be aware that other blood groups can cause haemolytic disease of the newborn.  They're much less common, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist.

Your scenario - I'm not sure whether or not it's hypothetical, but I don't believe that any hospital, in an emergency, would take transfusions from a close relative designated for the patient, without matching.  If it's that much of an emergency, there just is not time, quite frankly.  If a patient lands in the ER bleeding critically - perhaps from an aneurysm - the hospital likely will not waste time doing even an emergency/quick cross-match but will use unmatched O negative blood.  Of course, once the patient's blood type has been established they will do routine cross matches.

Some hospitals will allow relatives to bank blood for someone with specific illnesses (can't think of which ones off the top of my head). 


Oh, I'm not disputing that at all, but it's a different situation.  In the scenario that you're mentioning, there's still plenty of time to do proper cross-matching.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 13, 2011, 07:47:44 PM
Wow, thanks for all the information!! I'd been thinking that I'm probably A (both parents are A pos), but think I'll just ask the doctor next time I'm in since I'm curious now.  I've had to read and reread all the posts, but I think I (mostly) get it now.  :)

Because there are hundreds of different blood groups, there's really no such thing as being a "similar" blood type.

I meant that we probably have more DNA in common than I would with the average stranger on the street, and was trying to mash that knowledge in my head with the information that blood types are more complex than the punnett squares we used in biology.  Of course, I could have that a little off too lol.


You could ask the doctor, but unless there's been a reason to test for blood type, he/she might not know, either.  I believe that in some jurisdictions infants are routinely tested, but not everywhere.  I didn't know my type until I was 18 and became a regular blood donor.  The same with Dh - he too only knew because he was a donor.

I still don't know my (adult) kids' types.  Alas, I can't donate anymore because there's a miniscule chance that a hormone treatment that I used while TTC might have contained human brain tissue...
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on March 13, 2011, 08:08:11 PM
Wow, thanks for all the information!! I'd been thinking that I'm probably A (both parents are A pos), but think I'll just ask the doctor next time I'm in since I'm curious now.  I've had to read and reread all the posts, but I think I (mostly) get it now.  :)

Because there are hundreds of different blood groups, there's really no such thing as being a "similar" blood type.

I meant that we probably have more DNA in common than I would with the average stranger on the street, and was trying to mash that knowledge in my head with the information that blood types are more complex than the punnett squares we used in biology.  Of course, I could have that a little off too lol.


You could ask the doctor, but unless there's been a reason to test for blood type, he/she might not know, either.  I believe that in some jurisdictions infants are routinely tested, but not everywhere.  I didn't know my type until I was 18 and became a regular blood donor.  The same with Dh - he too only knew because he was a donor.

I still don't know my (adult) kids' types.  Alas, I can't donate anymore because there's a miniscule chance that a hormone treatment that I used while TTC might have contained human brain tissue...

Don't they write it down when you have a blood draw? Or are they too busy looking for whatever they're actually drawing the blood for?
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Information_queen on March 13, 2011, 08:24:28 PM
When does a person decide if they are left or right handed? My DD is two and I think she will be a lefty( her late Pappa would be so proud!) but is it too soon to tell?

My mom knew with me really early. She would hand me things and I would switch them to my left hand, pick up things left handed, etc. It was obvious. She would deliberately put it in my right hand, and I always switched it.

My brother was the exact opposite.

I'm thinking we did this possibly as early as 12-18 months. Not sure, but from what my mom has said I've gathered it was pretty early.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: Coruscation on March 13, 2011, 09:21:25 PM
My right handers showed very early, before two they did everything with their right. The leftie was more ambidextrous and kept us guessing for a while. I am extremely right handed though, I can't even knit continental it uses the left hand too much.
Title: Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
Post by: kareng57 on March 13, 2011, 10:41:41 PM
Wow, thanks for all the information!! I'd been thinking that I'm probably A (both parents are A pos), but think I'll just ask the doctor next time I'm in since I'm curious now.  I've had to read and reread all the posts, but I think I (mostly) get it now.  :)

Because there are hundreds of different blood groups, there's really no such thing as being a "similar" blood type.

I meant that we probably have more DNA in common than I would with the average stranger on the street, and was trying to mash that knowledge in my head with the information that blood types are more complex than the punnett squares we used in biology.  Of course, I could have that a little off too lol.


You could ask the doctor, but unless there's been a reason to test for blood type, he/she might not know, either.  I believe that in some jurisdictions infants are routinely tested, but not everywhere.  I didn't know my type until I was 18 and became a regular blood donor.  The same with Dh - he too only knew because he was a donor.

I still don't know my (adult) kids' types.  Alas, I can't donate anymore because there's a miniscule chance that a hormone treatment that I used while TTC might have contained human brain tissue...

Don't they write it down when you have a blood draw? Or are they too busy looking for whatever they're actually drawing the blood for?


No, and quite frankly I'm a bit puzzled about your question.

Blood-type does not magically turn up with whatever othe