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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7635 on: May 18, 2013, 08:01:35 PM »
new stupid question ...
I usually have owned dark cars, but I recently got a light colored one.  I seem to notice a lot of wasps buzzing around my new car.  Why?

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« Reply #7636 on: May 21, 2013, 11:19:54 AM »
that_one_girl wrote:

"I usually have owned dark cars, but I recently got a light colored one.  I seem to notice a lot of wasps buzzing around my new car.  Why?"

Because it's a Honda.

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« Reply #7637 on: May 21, 2013, 11:48:16 AM »
^I am not getting it. Help!
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« Reply #7638 on: May 21, 2013, 03:17:06 PM »
This is an old reference to a cartoon that I don't even recall the name of any more.  One of the characters would ask questions that seemed to make little sense, and another would answer with technically correct but entirely irrelevant facts in an attempt to seem erudite.  So when she asked why there might be a reason why a light colored car would draw wasps, it seemed like a good setup.

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« Reply #7639 on: May 21, 2013, 03:31:56 PM »
This is an old reference to a cartoon that I don't even recall the name of any more.  One of the characters would ask questions that seemed to make little sense, and another would answer with technically correct but entirely irrelevant facts in an attempt to seem erudite.  So when she asked why there might be a reason why a light colored car would draw wasps, it seemed like a good setup.

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« Reply #7640 on: May 21, 2013, 08:01:48 PM »
Did First Class children on the Titanic (or any steamship, actually) eat off the same menu as their parents or even at the same time/table?  Except for a glance of one young girl in the Cameron movie, and some license with the 1953 movie, you see no children in the fancy dining room.  The menu has some pretty fancy things on it; I suppose if Filet Mignon Lili didn't float their boat (ha), there was always bread and vegetables.



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« Reply #7641 on: May 21, 2013, 08:43:37 PM »
new stupid question ...
I usually have owned dark cars, but I recently got a light colored one.  I seem to notice a lot of wasps buzzing around my new car.  Why?

Possibly, the colour of the car looks more like whatever the wasps have evolved to be attracted to, in their eyes (they don't see the exact same area of the EM spectrum as us). A giant juicy caterpillar or something. Your car might be absolutely fluorescent in UV for all anyone knows.

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« Reply #7642 on: May 21, 2013, 08:45:53 PM »
And here's one for the insulin dependent diabetics out there.  If your blood sugar is getting a little high, does insulin immediately make you feel better?

I ask because there are two animals in the family who are insulin dependent, my cat Willow and DD's Old Dog.  Now I figured that I'd have to pry Willow out from under the bed twice a day to give her the insulin, but it doesn't work that way.  About 15-20 minutes before she's due to get her shot, she comes and hollers at me.  Old Dog does the same thing, without the hollering.  He just lays his head on your knee and sighs. They stand quietly for the shots without attempting to run away or avoid the needle. It can't be because we feed them at the same time, because Willow ignores the food about half the time, and only licks  up a bit of gravy off her wet food the other half. 

So the only thing we can figure is that the animals know that the shot helps them.  How?  I would not have thought that it's a "magic bullet" type painkiller, but that since it's a systemic substance, it's absorbed gradually. 
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« Reply #7643 on: May 21, 2013, 09:20:21 PM »
Did First Class children on the Titanic (or any steamship, actually) eat off the same menu as their parents or even at the same time/table?  Except for a glance of one young girl in the Cameron movie, and some license with the 1953 movie, you see no children in the fancy dining room.  The menu has some pretty fancy things on it; I suppose if Filet Mignon Lili didn't float their boat (ha), there was always bread and vegetables.

My guess is that they stayed in the cabin and got their meals in there, so they wouldn't be a bother to the adults in their eyes.
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« Reply #7644 on: May 21, 2013, 10:35:47 PM »
Did First Class children on the Titanic (or any steamship, actually) eat off the same menu as their parents or even at the same time/table?  Except for a glance of one young girl in the Cameron movie, and some license with the 1953 movie, you see no children in the fancy dining room.  The menu has some pretty fancy things on it; I suppose if Filet Mignon Lili didn't float their boat (ha), there was always bread and vegetables.

My guess is that they stayed in the cabin and got their meals in there, so they wouldn't be a bother to the adults in their eyes.


There's a wonderful little poem about a child's experience on an Atlantic crossing That may explain a bit of this.

'When the porthole light goes dark and green because of the seas outside,
When the ship goes BUMP with a wiggle between
And the steward falls in rhe soup tureen
and the trunks begin to slide.

When Nanny falls to the ground in a heap
And Mama begs you to let her sleep,
And you haven't been bathed or fed or dressed,
You should know by now, if you haven't guessed.
You're at 50 north and at 40 west.'

At the time, First Class passengers often had much less contact with their children than is common today.  Children were mostly left in the care of Nannies or nurses and First Class cabins normally had attached cabins where children and their caretakers stayed.  The poem tells us that a young child's breakfast was normally eaten in the cabin. 

It might not have been true on the Titanic but slightly later ships had a separate dining room for children and their caretakers.  First Class menus were quite extensive but there was no special menu for children and the food they were served was chosen by their parents.  The reference in the poem to the steward 'falling in the soup tureen' indicated that children were served at table. 

Please remember that this was an era in which children were not expected to survive  on pizza, chicken nuggets or Mac&Cheese.  Little kids may have been helped at table by their caretakers but they were served food very similar to what their parents ate.  It was also expected that children would BEHAVE at table.  A good child might be rewarded by being allowed to have luncheon with her/his parents but that kid had better be GOOD! 

Also, food on these ships was not quite as fancy as we would like to believe.  Many of the First Class passengers were Britons and Americans who were meat and potato people. Fairly simple beef, pork or mutton dishes were the norm.  Children of the time would have no problem eating this sort of food. 

Oh, BTW, at the time, Mac&Cheese was called Macaroni a la Reine. 

 
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« Reply #7645 on: May 22, 2013, 10:19:57 AM »
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It can differ among congregations, but there's a Wikipedia page that covers a good chunk of it.
I read the Wiki link and it was very interesting.  So now I have my own stupid question.  If all the work things indicated are forbidden, what can one do?  How would a Sabbath day be generally spent?  I cannot imagine not doing at least a few things on the list everyday so I just cannot picture what one would do all day that wouldn't violate some of the restrictions as some things I think of as leisure, like gardening, are part of the restrictions.

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« Reply #7646 on: May 22, 2013, 10:23:09 AM »
A possibly stupid question: Is there an equivalent of the BBC news website in the US?

Where does one go in terms of American news sites if you want a simple report of what's happening rather than something tied to a TV network?

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« Reply #7647 on: May 22, 2013, 10:35:24 AM »
NPR - National Public Radio

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« Reply #7648 on: May 22, 2013, 11:39:33 AM »
fountainof wrote:

"How would a Sabbath day be generally spent?"

Many of those I've known who are more orthodox about these things spend Sabbath days vacationing (trip to the beach or park or some such thing) or socializing.

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« Reply #7649 on: May 22, 2013, 11:54:49 AM »
fountainof wrote:

"How would a Sabbath day be generally spent?"

Many of those I've known who are more orthodox about these things spend Sabbath days vacationing (trip to the beach or park or some such thing) or socializing.

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But how?  If you can't walk more than X steps, and can't start the car because that's the equivalent to 'starting a fire', how do you get there?  Is it OK to take a cab or bus, because then some gentile is 'starting a fire'? 
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