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« Reply #8775 on: November 25, 2013, 12:24:03 AM »

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.

I think that 8>5 = 8 is greater than 5, and 5<8 = 5 is less than 8.

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« Reply #8776 on: November 25, 2013, 12:25:29 AM »
I was taught that "the mouth wants to eat the bigger number "- and that visual stuck :)
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« Reply #8777 on: November 25, 2013, 01:11:55 AM »
It's interesting to see the different mnemonics for greater-than/less-than.  The way I learned it was simply that the arrow always points at the smaller side.

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« Reply #8778 on: November 25, 2013, 07:02:40 AM »
I always remember that < looks a bit like an  'L', i.e. less than. Only thing that stuck!

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« Reply #8779 on: November 25, 2013, 07:06:16 AM »
< and >
The little end is on the little number. 

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« Reply #8780 on: November 25, 2013, 08:34:58 AM »
It's interesting to see the different mnemonics for greater-than/less-than.  The way I learned it was simply that the arrow always points at the smaller side.

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to me actualy the sign is a mnemonic, so I am surprisded that people need another one.
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« Reply #8781 on: November 25, 2013, 08:38:44 AM »
I learned to read music fairly young, so when we started learning < > in school, they just looked like the symbols for crescendo (quieter, smaller sound increasing to louder, bigger sound) and decrescendo. Made it easy for me!

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« Reply #8782 on: November 25, 2013, 08:57:45 AM »
It's interesting to see the different mnemonics for greater-than/less-than.  The way I learned it was simply that the arrow always points at the smaller side.

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to me actualy the sign is a mnemonic, so I am surprisded that people need another one.
Me too. I wonder if because it was presented to us that way.

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« Reply #8783 on: November 25, 2013, 11:47:41 AM »
How long do the sealed packets of ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise last?  The ones given out in fast food restaurants. 

I put my surplus in the fridge and just noticed none of them have an expiration date.

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« Reply #8784 on: November 25, 2013, 12:03:27 PM »
They probably last nearly forever, but I throw them out at the end of each camping season and start over.  I keep them in a bag in the fridge to grab when we pack for a trip.

By the way, I am very, very careful not to take more than I think I need and still end up with way too many!

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« Reply #8785 on: November 25, 2013, 12:51:30 PM »
They probably last nearly forever, but I throw them out at the end of each camping season and start over.  I keep them in a bag in the fridge to grab when we pack for a trip.

By the way, I am very, very careful not to take more than I think I need and still end up with way too many!

I don't use them at all which is why I have a surplus.  The fast food employees throw in a handful of them, even if I say "no condiments".  I put them in the fridge at work which is why I am worrying about it - what if they go bad and I make my co-workers sick?

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« Reply #8786 on: November 25, 2013, 12:54:40 PM »
Ketchup and mustard should be good for years as long as the package isn't damaged.  Mayonnaise is the one I'd be concerned about and I'd probably try to pitch those every 6 months or so.

Maybe you could collect some in your own fridge at home and when you get a stash, pitch what's in the work fridge and replace it with your stash?
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« Reply #8787 on: November 25, 2013, 12:58:15 PM »
They probably last nearly forever, but I throw them out at the end of each camping season and start over.  I keep them in a bag in the fridge to grab when we pack for a trip.

By the way, I am very, very careful not to take more than I think I need and still end up with way too many!

I don't use them at all which is why I have a surplus.  The fast food employees throw in a handful of them, even if I say "no condiments".  I put them in the fridge at work which is why I am worrying about it - what if they go bad and I make my co-workers sick?

Store them at home for 3 months, then take to work and toss the old bag? Except for soy sauce, of course. We know that will last forever!  :)  Are you that organized? I think I would be for a year, then get tired of it - Jan 1, April 1, July 1, October 1 - nah, too much to remember. Just a thought.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8788 on: November 25, 2013, 03:57:28 PM »
How long do the sealed packets of ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise last?  The ones given out in fast food restaurants. 

I put my surplus in the fridge and just noticed none of them have an expiration date.

Cleaning the kitchen after my mother passed away, I found condiment packets that were years old.  As far as I can tell, soy sauce is forever as long as it hasn't dried up.  Somewhere around four or five years old, mustards and ketchup start turning dark in color.  My mother undoubtably would have declared them perfectly edible, but I wasn't going to try them.   :)  There weren't any mayonaise packets available to test, but jars of mayonaise are usually dated six months to a year in advance, and I've used mayo that was six months past the date and lived to tell the tale.  I'd give the mayo packets two years, especially if they have been refrigerated instead of stuffed in a drawer.

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« Reply #8789 on: November 25, 2013, 05:22:31 PM »
My stupid question:  when a restaurant charges an automatic gratuity, who gets that?  Does it go to the restaurant or to the server?

I was part of a large party (with split checks to boot) and our overworked server was amazing.  I added money to the automatic gratuity but after I walked out I wondered if she was going to get the whole amount or just the added amount (in which case I think I undertipped her).