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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8760 on: November 22, 2013, 05:44:24 PM »
OK, new stupid question:  Of these marks <  >  which is 'more than' and which is 'less  than'?

I thought I had a handle on them, that this one < meant 'less than' because it pointed backwards on an imaginary number line:  3 < 4.   But then I got the update for "My Singing Monsters" and overnight my statistics went from 34 'likes' to  >1000 'likes'. Which would mean more than a thousand likes, correct?

Yup.

I learned it as the wide part of the > or < means greater because it is wider (bigger) than the narrow part (or point) which is small. So the pointy side always points to the smaller amount.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8761 on: November 22, 2013, 05:53:10 PM »
jpcher wrote:

"New question(s) . . . do snowboards have boot/latches like snow skis?"

Yes, snowboards have bindings like skis.

"I know water skis have foot holds/shoes . . . do some surfboards have the same thing?"

No, they don't.  Water skis need footholds because the person on the skis is being pulled forward so the skis would be pulled off backward if they weren't attached.  Surfboards are pushed from behind by the wave and the rider stands on it like a platform, so they don't have to be attached to the board.

"Additional question, if you watch the video: What the heck is that person hanging on to? . . . the person on snow skis at the very beginning and shown several times throughout the video. It looks like a long pole, I'm just wondering if it's attached to anything."

The camera that's recording the video you're watching is on the end of the pole.

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I rewatched the video and there it is, quite obvious if I knew what I was looking at, right in the beginning the camera attached to the pole. Some pretty impressive footage from that camera! ;D

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8762 on: November 22, 2013, 06:27:47 PM »
OK, new stupid question:  Of these marks <  >  which is 'more than' and which is 'less  than'?

I thought I had a handle on them, that this one < meant 'less than' because it pointed backwards on an imaginary number line:  3 < 4.   But then I got the update for "My Singing Monsters" and overnight my statistics went from 34 'likes' to  >1000 'likes'. Which would mean more than a thousand likes, correct?

The end with the smaller space between the lines is the smaller number - 2 < 3, or 100 > 0.
The mnemonic I made up for that sign when I was little is that it's Pac-Man, and he eats the big numbers. I was a bit of a video game nerd.

I was taught at school (30-mumble) years ago, to imagine a Very Hungry Crocodile.  He *always* wants to eat the bigger number.  I *still* have to use that imagery.

But then again, I still need to use my fingers to do the nine times table. 

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8763 on: November 22, 2013, 06:34:15 PM »
OK, new stupid question:  Of these marks <  >  which is 'more than' and which is 'less  than'?

I thought I had a handle on them, that this one < meant 'less than' because it pointed backwards on an imaginary number line:  3 < 4.   But then I got the update for "My Singing Monsters" and overnight my statistics went from 34 'likes' to  >1000 'likes'. Which would mean more than a thousand likes, correct?

The end with the smaller space between the lines is the smaller number - 2 < 3, or 100 > 0.
The mnemonic I made up for that sign when I was little is that it's Pac-Man, and he eats the big numbers. I was a bit of a video game nerd.

I was taught at school (30-mumble) years ago, to imagine a Very Hungry Crocodile.  He *always* wants to eat the bigger number.  I *still* have to use that imagery.

But then again, I still need to use my fingers to do the nine times table.

I still use those exact mnemonics (both of them) with students. They still work.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8764 on: November 22, 2013, 07:03:01 PM »
OK, new stupid question:  Of these marks <  >  which is 'more than' and which is 'less  than'?

I thought I had a handle on them, that this one < meant 'less than' because it pointed backwards on an imaginary number line:  3 < 4.   But then I got the update for "My Singing Monsters" and overnight my statistics went from 34 'likes' to  >1000 'likes'. Which would mean more than a thousand likes, correct?

The end with the smaller space between the lines is the smaller number - 2 < 3, or 100 > 0.
The mnemonic I made up for that sign when I was little is that it's Pac-Man, and he eats the big numbers. I was a bit of a video game nerd.

I was taught at school (30-mumble) years ago, to imagine a Very Hungry Crocodile.  He *always* wants to eat the bigger number.  I *still* have to use that imagery.

But then again, I still need to use my fingers to do the nine times table.

That's how I learned it too. :)

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8765 on: November 22, 2013, 10:35:16 PM »
OK, new stupid question:  Of these marks <  >  which is 'more than' and which is 'less  than'?

I thought I had a handle on them, that this one < meant 'less than' because it pointed backwards on an imaginary number line:  3 < 4.   But then I got the update for "My Singing Monsters" and overnight my statistics went from 34 'likes' to  >1000 'likes'. Which would mean more than a thousand likes, correct?

The end with the smaller space between the lines is the smaller number - 2 < 3, or 100 > 0.
The mnemonic I made up for that sign when I was little is that it's Pac-Man, and he eats the big numbers. I was a bit of a video game nerd.

I was taught at school (30-mumble) years ago, to imagine a Very Hungry Crocodile.  He *always* wants to eat the bigger number.  I *still* have to use that imagery.

But then again, I still need to use my fingers to do the nine times table.

That's how I learned it too. :)

And me!  And yes, I still have to use that as well.  ;D
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8766 on: November 23, 2013, 05:44:25 AM »
The mnemonic I made up for that sign when I was little is that it's Pac-Man, and he eats the big numbers. I was a bit of a video game nerd.

I was taught at school (30-mumble) years ago, to imagine a Very Hungry Crocodile.  He *always* wants to eat the bigger number.  I *still* have to use that imagery.

But then again, I still need to use my fingers to do the nine times table.
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Hey, I got the crocodile story too, and yes, still use it :).
But I get really confused if there's only one number, like ">50% of students filled the application", I never know if it's supposed to mean fewer or more than 50%...

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8767 on: November 23, 2013, 05:59:39 AM »

But I get really confused if there's only one number, like ">50% of students filled the application", I never know if it's supposed to mean fewer or more than 50%...

More, because the "50%" is on the pointy (small) side of the symbol.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8768 on: November 23, 2013, 09:34:28 AM »
Can animals faint?
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« Reply #8769 on: November 23, 2013, 10:43:00 AM »
I just made some pumpkin rolls and would like to freeze one until Thanksgiving. Is there anything I need to do to freeze it other than put it in the freezer? What about thawing it?

Depends on what you mean by pumpkin rolls .... is there some sort of filling that might not freeze very well?

The filling is cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar.  Here is a similar ingredient list to the one I used:

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup flour

Filling
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

These freeze beautifully. I make dozens every year for Christmas presents. First wrap in plastic wrap, then heavy-duty foil. To thaw, put them in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours, depending on size. I wait until after they are thawed to sprinkle on the powdered sugar.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8770 on: November 23, 2013, 11:44:48 AM »
Can animals faint?

Yes!!

My DH once had a dog who would pass out when they took her to the vet. It was kind of hilarious.

And now, behold: fainting goats! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_3Utmj4RPU (not true fainting, and more like muscles briefly freezing when stressed, but I couldn't resist!)

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8771 on: November 23, 2013, 11:52:34 AM »
OK, new stupid question:  Of these marks <  >  which is 'more than' and which is 'less  than'?

I thought I had a handle on them, that this one < meant 'less than' because it pointed backwards on an imaginary number line:  3 < 4.   But then I got the update for "My Singing Monsters" and overnight my statistics went from 34 'likes' to  >1000 'likes'. Which would mean more than a thousand likes, correct? 

McGreedy always eats the bigger number. So 3 < 4 is read 3 is less than 4. 5 > 4 Five is greater than four.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8772 on: November 23, 2013, 08:07:56 PM »
I just made some pumpkin rolls and would like to freeze one until Thanksgiving. Is there anything I need to do to freeze it other than put it in the freezer? What about thawing it?

Depends on what you mean by pumpkin rolls .... is there some sort of filling that might not freeze very well?

The filling is cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar.  Here is a similar ingredient list to the one I used:

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup flour

Filling
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

These freeze beautifully. I make dozens every year for Christmas presents. First wrap in plastic wrap, then heavy-duty foil. To thaw, put them in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours, depending on size. I wait until after they are thawed to sprinkle on the powdered sugar.

Awesome!  Thank you!  I'll get to putting it in the freezer right away!
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8773 on: November 24, 2013, 04:21:00 PM »
I was one of the very few in my area without the vaccination scar.  My mother said that I had the vaccine but it didn't "take", so I don't have one.

I went to elementary school in Missouri during the 1970s.

For some reason, my first mental picture of a vaccination not "taking" is that you're superman and your skin cannot be pierced by trifles such as mere needles. I'm just going to assume that this is the case, if that's okay.

Oh, crap.  My cover's blown.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8774 on: November 24, 2013, 10:44:54 PM »

OK, new stupid question:  Of these marks <  >  which is 'more than' and which is 'less  than'?




The BIG number at the BIG end.  e g 8>5.