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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5775 on: September 29, 2012, 11:34:18 AM »
I've often found in old books that instead of saying 'twenty-four' they used to say 'four and twenty', when did they stopped doing that and switched around?
Was it only used for someones age (the last time I read it it was about someones age, can't remember the other times)?
Was it used with other numbers, like five and thirty or something?

It seems weird that they even use to say it that way, I mean, it's not logic at all is it?

That's the way numbers are built in my language, too! (Dutch) And in German.   :D

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« Reply #5776 on: September 29, 2012, 05:11:59 PM »
Ketchup vs Catsup

I've checked and discussed this before with others.  Most sources say ketchup and catsup are the same thing, just with a different spelling.  I actually don't care for either, but I don't think they are the same at all.  How do others feel? 

To me ketchup is:
Sweeter
Thicker
darker red
Has more Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

Catsup is:
Runnier
brighter orange red
Has a less smooth texture
Has just a bit of cayenne pepper taste
More vinegar
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« Reply #5777 on: September 29, 2012, 05:19:52 PM »
Ketchup vs Catsup

I've checked and discussed this before with others.  Most sources say ketchup and catsup are the same thing, just with a different spelling.  I actually don't care for either, but I don't think they are the same at all.  How do others feel? 

To me ketchup is:
Sweeter
Thicker
darker red
Has more Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

Catsup is:
Runnier
brighter orange red
Has a less smooth texture
Has just a bit of cayenne pepper taste
More vinegar

Honestly, I don't even notice what it says as long as I realize it is about that red color and has a tomato on the label.  Now I am going to do a test... because I love ketchup/catsup!  I used to eat ketchup/catsup sandwiches when I was a kid, just bread and ketchup/catsup.
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« Reply #5778 on: September 30, 2012, 01:37:38 AM »
Re:  Cruise Control

I have just recently discovered the 'cancel' button.  It is effectively the same as braking but doesn't trigger the lights.  And it allows you to 'resume' to the previous setting.  If you turn it off, you have to reset it when you turn it back on.

So if I'm going to be going back to the same speed shortly, I'll use 'Cancel'.  If my speed will be changing, sometimes I'll use 'Off'.

Although I did save the guy behind me a speeding ticket once by tapping the brakes to disengage the cruise.  I spotted a car on the side of the road quite a ways up ahead.  Even though it wasn't marked, I immediately thought 'That's a cop' and tapped my brakes.  Guy behind me slowed down with me; guy behind him pulled out and passed both of us.  And was immediately pulled over.

My car doesn't have it, but Mr. Sirius' car does, and he loves it.  I can never get it to work.  He's patiently explained it to me when he's let me drive on trips (usually it takes a crowbar to get him out of the driver's seat) but I've never gotten it to work properly.  I do exactly what he does, and nothing happens.  Then again, it's always been obvious to me that his car likes him and not me.

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« Reply #5779 on: September 30, 2012, 03:31:03 AM »
We're more likely to just call it tomato sauce. I made a batch yesterday, it had canned tomatoes (because fresh are expensive at the moment), onions, spices, brown sugar, white wine vinegar and a touch of chilli.

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« Reply #5780 on: September 30, 2012, 09:55:08 AM »
Here's a question which has always bugged me. I'm watching a movie where the men are out on an egg hunt. (It's set 40,000 years ago, so don't get hung up on the morality of egg hunting). How do they know that the egg has an I fertilized yolk inside rather than a baby bird?do all female birds lay an egg every day? Or is that just chickens?

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5781 on: September 30, 2012, 10:29:30 AM »
Re:  Cruise Control

I have just recently discovered the 'cancel' button.  It is effectively the same as braking but doesn't trigger the lights.  And it allows you to 'resume' to the previous setting.  If you turn it off, you have to reset it when you turn it back on.

So if I'm going to be going back to the same speed shortly, I'll use 'Cancel'.  If my speed will be changing, sometimes I'll use 'Off'.

Although I did save the guy behind me a speeding ticket once by tapping the brakes to disengage the cruise.  I spotted a car on the side of the road quite a ways up ahead.  Even though it wasn't marked, I immediately thought 'That's a cop' and tapped my brakes.  Guy behind me slowed down with me; guy behind him pulled out and passed both of us.  And was immediately pulled over.

My car doesn't have it, but Mr. Sirius' car does, and he loves it.  I can never get it to work.  He's patiently explained it to me when he's let me drive on trips (usually it takes a crowbar to get him out of the driver's seat) but I've never gotten it to work properly.  I do exactly what he does, and nothing happens.  Then again, it's always been obvious to me that his car likes him and not me.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5782 on: September 30, 2012, 10:45:09 AM »
Here's a question which has always bugged me. I'm watching a movie where the men are out on an egg hunt. (It's set 40,000 years ago, so don't get hung up on the morality of egg hunting). How do they know that the egg has an I fertilized yolk inside rather than a baby bird?do all female birds lay an egg every day? Or is that just chickens?

They didn't care what level of development the egg was in.

Domestic chickens are bred to lay about an egg a day during their prime, ostriches lay an average of 60 a year according to one source, kiwis one a season, and robins lay 2 or 3 clutches year.

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« Reply #5783 on: September 30, 2012, 03:29:35 PM »
How exactly does layaway work?  Wouldn't it just be more effective to save up and go buy the items?  Do you get your money back if you change your mind?

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« Reply #5784 on: September 30, 2012, 04:11:09 PM »
Yes, dietcoke, it would be more effective to save up - but this is America, darn it! Why save?  ;)

For a small fee, you choose your item(s) and they put them aside for you. You go back once/week to make payments, et voila! By Christmas you are the proud owner. Economists and consumer watchdogs don't like it - you're essentially paying interest on your purchase before you even own it.

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« Reply #5785 on: September 30, 2012, 04:30:13 PM »
However, if you musthaveneedtohavehavetohave it, layaway DOES mean that you can't spend the money you have socked away for it, because it's already spent.
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« Reply #5786 on: September 30, 2012, 05:30:28 PM »
However, if you musthaveneedtohavehavetohave it, layaway DOES mean that you can't spend the money you have socked away for it, because it's already spent.
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Or that something sells out before you get it. This may not be important if you want to get a TV but it is for one of a kind items, like a painting or an antique.

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« Reply #5787 on: September 30, 2012, 06:30:53 PM »
However, if you musthaveneedtohavehavetohave it, layaway DOES mean that you can't spend the money you have socked away for it, because it's already spent.
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Or that something sells out before you get it. This may not be important if you want to get a TV but it is for one of a kind items, like a painting or an antique.

I know people who use it for things like Christmas toys or a seasonal wardrobe for their children because

1) It means that you can buy early in the season/year before there's a bunfight for the last Tickle-Me-Elmo (or whatever) and/or there's a full selection of clothes in your child's size, but you don't actually NEED the items cluttering up your home for a while.
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2) If you are buying a few hundred dollars worth of things the $2 fee is a trifling amount to pay for the conveniences outlined in (1). If you combine a lay-by (as they are called in Aus) with a toy sale you will actually spend a lot more than $2 extra to buy things at the time you need them.

I actually wish I was organised enough to do the same thing. We don't really do lay-by for things like tvs etc, we get them on interest free.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5788 on: September 30, 2012, 07:29:32 PM »
Here's a question which has always bugged me. I'm watching a movie where the men are out on an egg hunt. (It's set 40,000 years ago, so don't get hung up on the morality of egg hunting). How do they know that the egg has an I fertilized yolk inside rather than a baby bird?do all female birds lay an egg every day? Or is that just chickens?

They didn't care what level of development the egg was in.

Domestic chickens are bred to lay about an egg a day during their prime, ostriches lay an average of 60 a year according to one source, kiwis one a season, and robins lay 2 or 3 clutches year.

If the egg is fertilized, it doesn't instantly develop into a chick and even if there is a chick inside, it's still a source of protein. Some cultures especially prize those eggs.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5789 on: September 30, 2012, 10:00:56 PM »
Here's a question which has always bugged me. I'm watching a movie where the men are out on an egg hunt. (It's set 40,000 years ago, so don't get hung up on the morality of egg hunting). How do they know that the egg has an I fertilized yolk inside rather than a baby bird?do all female birds lay an egg every day? Or is that just chickens?

They didn't care what level of development the egg was in.

Domestic chickens are bred to lay about an egg a day during their prime, ostriches lay an average of 60 a year according to one source, kiwis one a season, and robins lay 2 or 3 clutches year.

If the egg is fertilized, it doesn't instantly develop into a chick and even if there is a chick inside, it's still a source of protein. Some cultures especially prize those eggs.

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