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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5775 on: October 01, 2012, 01:06:00 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.

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.

Under no circumstances Google "balut."

What am I, 14 again?  You tell me not to do something and that's why I immediately go do...

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« Reply #5776 on: October 01, 2012, 01:58:01 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.

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.

Under no circumstances Google "balut."

What am I, 14 again?  You tell me not to do something and that's why I immediately go do...

LOL! My curiosity would have bitten me as well, but I've heard of balut before. I really don't want to see any pics (or use up all the brain bleach trying to get rid of them).
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5777 on: October 01, 2012, 07:44:20 AM »
I'm a 47 year old who had to fight the urge to Google...
Why do I still have the strong urge to do some things I'm advised not to do?

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« Reply #5778 on: October 01, 2012, 08:06:22 AM »
I'm a 47 year old who had to fight the urge to Google...
Why do I still have the strong urge to do some things I'm advised not to do?
...Glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem...
I got a laser pointer for the cat.  It had a sticker, don't point at eyes, or don't look at the laser or something similar.  It would NOT have occured to me to look at it, until they said that...and now I wonder what it looks like....

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« Reply #5779 on: October 01, 2012, 08:09:30 AM »
I sometimes grab the office mail from up front when I need a stroll in the afternoon to wake up and get the blood moving again.

Regular envelopes don't interest me at all.  I grab one marked Personal and/or Confidential?  I immediately want to know what is in that envelope.  I'd never look but it just makes me insanely curious.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5780 on: October 01, 2012, 08:51:03 AM »
I'm a 47 year old who had to fight the urge to Google...
Why do I still have the strong urge to do some things I'm advised not to do?
...Glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem...
I got a laser pointer for the cat.  It had a sticker, don't point at eyes, or don't look at the laser or something similar.  It would NOT have occured to me to look at it, until they said that...and now I wonder what it looks like....

From what I hear, it looks like pain...
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5781 on: October 01, 2012, 09:05:03 AM »
Actually, the regular commercial laser pointers won't damage your eye unless you really intentionally stare into them for quite a while.  Which some people do   ::)  Stronger lasers, though, will blind you in much less time.

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« Reply #5782 on: October 01, 2012, 11:49:35 AM »
Carotte wrote:

"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?"

The history is (as Amava said) that some languages do assemble numbers like that.  For English, it's either a Germanic speaker directly translating or a change of word order to fit the meter of a poem or song, or a figure of speech like the twist used in the Gettysburg Address.

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"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?"

The main reason to buy something on layaway is to make sure it doesn't sell out before you can afford it.  And in most places, layaway is a delayed purchase, where you don't get the item until you've paid the full price, so most places can handle "returns" if you decide you don't want it after you've paid part of it.  There will usually be rules about forfeit in the case of clearance or seasonal items and such, but most of the time they can just reshelve it (it never left their possession so it's still new goods) so they'll give you back what you paid in, minus the fees, if you change your mind.

Vall wrote:

"Why do I still have the strong urge to do some things I'm advised not to do?"

I don't know, but whatever you do, don't try to look up "reverse psychology".

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5783 on: October 01, 2012, 12:09:56 PM »
Don't you mean "Don't try not to refrain from abstaining to fail to not look up reverse psychology?"

Or am I speaking Bizarro language?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5784 on: October 01, 2012, 12:26:36 PM »
I'm a 47 year old who had to fight the urge to Google...
Why do I still have the strong urge to do some things I'm advised not to do?
...Glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem...
I got a laser pointer for the cat.  It had a sticker, don't point at eyes, or don't look at the laser or something similar.  It would NOT have occured to me to look at it, until they said that...and now I wonder what it looks like....

From what I hear, it looks like pain...

To me, it just looks like light. My super bright LED flashlight (which i of course shined right into my eye upon receiving ) was much more dramatic.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5785 on: October 01, 2012, 04:13:15 PM »
I'm a 47 year old who had to fight the urge to Google...
Why do I still have the strong urge to do some things I'm advised not to do?
...Glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem...
I got a laser pointer for the cat.  It had a sticker, don't point at eyes, or don't look at the laser or something similar.  It would NOT have occured to me to look at it, until they said that...and now I wonder what it looks like....

I couldn't resist the urge to Google it. It was awesome  ;D I'm 36 and should be well past that.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5786 on: October 01, 2012, 04:39:01 PM »
I should know this by now . . .

A white dress with black polka dots (dots being about 2") is a no-no for a wedding, right?

What about an all black dress?




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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5787 on: October 01, 2012, 04:54:01 PM »
I'm a 47 year old who had to fight the urge to Google...
Why do I still have the strong urge to do some things I'm advised not to do?
...Glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem...
I got a laser pointer for the cat.  It had a sticker, don't point at eyes, or don't look at the laser or something similar.  It would NOT have occured to me to look at it, until they said that...and now I wonder what it looks like....

From what I hear, it looks like pain...

To me, it just looks like light. My super bright LED flashlight (which i of course shined right into my eye upon receiving ) was much more dramatic.

I have no personal experience, I was basing it on a student who had a laser pointer shined in his eyes by another student. There was no lasting damage thankfully but he was hospitalised for a day or so. I don't know how long he was exposed to it.

I'm intrigued that you have apparently experimented though. Do you get very bored sometimes?  ;)
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5788 on: October 01, 2012, 04:56:43 PM »
I should know this by now . . .

A white dress with black polka dots (dots being about 2") is a no-no for a wedding, right?

What about an all black dress?

According to tradition an all black dress is a no-no and a white dress with black polka dots is borderline depending on the ratio of colours if you kwim.

These days though things are more relaxed and I have seen plenty of black dresses at weddings. So I think it's more a local custom thing now. It would depend on how tradition-bound your region is. Not very helpful, sorry.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5789 on: October 01, 2012, 05:55:48 PM »
I should know this by now . . .

A white dress with black polka dots (dots being about 2") is a no-no for a wedding, right?

What about an all black dress?

According to tradition an all black dress is a no-no and a white dress with black polka dots is borderline depending on the ratio of colours if you kwim.

These days though things are more relaxed and I have seen plenty of black dresses at weddings. So I think it's more a local custom thing now. It would depend on how tradition-bound your region is. Not very helpful, sorry.
Unless the bride's chosen gown is covered with black polka dots or it was YOUR wedding gown, I think you'd be OK.  The stricture against not wearing white at the wedding is so that it doesn't look like you're trying to upstage the bride. "Look at me, I used to be a bride too!" or "Look at me, I could be a bride too!  All I need is a bridegroom!" (Originally I wrote "so that people aren't confused about who is the bride", but she's the one walking up the aisle, right? ;) )
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