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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8820 on: December 11, 2013, 12:22:44 PM »
Oleo=margarine, I use butter or shortening instead.

And on a related note:
Why is it called "shortening"? Where does that term came from?

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shortening (n.) 1540s, "action of making short," verbal noun from shorten. Meaning "butter or other fat used in baking" (1796) is from shorten in the sense "make crumbly" (1733), from short (adj.) in the secondary sense of "easily crumbled" (early 15c.), which perhaps arose via the notion of "having short fibers." This is the short in shortbread and shortcake.

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« Reply #8821 on: December 11, 2013, 02:20:02 PM »
Whilst we're talking about cooking...are powdered sugar and icing sugar the same thing?

Yes they are.  Powdered sugar, icing sugar, and confectioner's sugar are all names for the same thing---extra finely ground fluffy sugar.
It also has anti-caking stuff in it. 

My MIL called it 4X sugar.  She gave me her Xmas cookie recipe () at DH's request, and I had to ask her what the devil it was.
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« Reply #8822 on: December 12, 2013, 05:22:27 PM »
New question --

I just bought a new treadmill (delivered from Amazon.) The instructions say to plug it into a surge protector instead of directly into the wall outlet.

Is this really necessary? What would happen if I plugged it directly into the wall?

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« Reply #8823 on: December 12, 2013, 05:25:14 PM »
My guess is they're recommending the surge protector because if you do blow a fuse while it is plugged directly into the wall, you could damage the machine.

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« Reply #8824 on: December 12, 2013, 05:28:04 PM »
I'm guessing if there's a power surge, it could fry the electronics (display, etc). They probably put that in there just so someone can't demand a replacement after a lightning strike kills the treadmill. Depending on where you live, it's likely not much of a risk (unless there's something I don't know).


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« Reply #8825 on: December 13, 2013, 12:01:54 AM »
Whilst we're talking about cooking...are powdered sugar and icing sugar the same thing?

Yes they are.  Powdered sugar, icing sugar, and confectioner's sugar are all names for the same thing---extra finely ground fluffy sugar.

But if it's icing mixture, there's cornflour in there too.
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« Reply #8826 on: December 13, 2013, 12:39:24 AM »
Whilst we're talking about cooking...are powdered sugar and icing sugar the same thing?

Yes they are.  Powdered sugar, icing sugar, and confectioner's sugar are all names for the same thing---extra finely ground fluffy sugar.
It also has anti-caking stuff in it. 

My MIL called it 4X sugar.  She gave me her Xmas cookie recipe () at DH's request, and I had to ask her what the devil it was.

Icing mixture has anti caking agents (usually corn flour) but icing sugar is the pure stuff hence it gets way more lumpy and always needs sifting. It also sets harder

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« Reply #8827 on: December 13, 2013, 08:26:54 AM »
Whilst we're talking about cooking...are powdered sugar and icing sugar the same thing?

Yes they are.  Powdered sugar, icing sugar, and confectioner's sugar are all names for the same thing---extra finely ground fluffy sugar.
It also has anti-caking stuff in it. 

My MIL called it 4X sugar.  She gave me her Xmas cookie recipe () at DH's request, and I had to ask her what the devil it was.

The number of Xs is to indicate either the number of times the sugar was sifted or the size of the grains of sugar--there are various definitions out there.

Domino's Sugar (a fairly common brand in the US) used to have "10X" printed in a quite large font on its boxes of powdered sugar, so a lot of people started calling powdered sugar "10X sugar." My mom did, as did all the women in her family. The 10X is still there on the box, but it's printed a lot smaller these days.
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« Reply #8828 on: December 13, 2013, 09:02:41 AM »
As a child, I always thought that 'Ten X' was Domino's trade name for confectioner's sugar.  Thanks for clearing that up. 

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« Reply #8829 on: December 13, 2013, 09:14:25 PM »
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« Reply #8830 on: December 14, 2013, 11:11:59 PM »
Recently when the USA TV Network shows promos for their shows, they end with the phrase "Characters Welcome".  What does that mean?
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« Reply #8831 on: December 15, 2013, 12:31:34 AM »
Recently when the USA TV Network shows promos for their shows, they end with the phrase "Characters Welcome".  What does that mean?

I've always assumed it means they like quirky, off-the-wall characters - people with character.
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« Reply #8832 on: December 15, 2013, 06:39:45 AM »
New question --

I just bought a new treadmill (delivered from Amazon.) The instructions say to plug it into a surge protector instead of directly into the wall outlet.

Is this really necessary? What would happen if I plugged it directly into the wall?
Your treadmill will run fine without the surge protector. 

Your new treadmill has fragile electronics in the control box and/or display.   The surge protector protects those electronics from small power surges, like when your partner turns off a power tool or when a drunk driver hits the power pole in your front yard and when the power company repairs the damage. 

A surge protector will not protect your treadmill or other electronics from a lightning strike, even if that strike does not take out the power to your house.  I learned that the hard way.  I lost a washing machine to lightning.  It was on a surge arrester when the electronics in the control panel were fried. 

I live in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.  That's on the edge of Tornado Alley.  I get lots of storms.  My house is up on a ridge, making it even more vulnerable.  I keep my washer, dryer, and microwave oven unplugged when they are not in use.  I unplug the computer when storms are forecast and I'm not planning to be home.  If I'm home when a storm rolls in I unplug the garage door opener. 

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« Reply #8833 on: December 16, 2013, 01:01:17 PM »
New question --

I just bought a new treadmill (delivered from Amazon.) The instructions say to plug it into a surge protector instead of directly into the wall outlet.

Is this really necessary? What would happen if I plugged it directly into the wall?
Your treadmill will run fine without the surge protector. 

Your new treadmill has fragile electronics in the control box and/or display.   The surge protector protects those electronics from small power surges, like when your partner turns off a power tool or when a drunk driver hits the power pole in your front yard and when the power company repairs the damage. 

A surge protector will not protect your treadmill or other electronics from a lightning strike, even if that strike does not take out the power to your house.  I learned that the hard way.  I lost a washing machine to lightning.  It was on a surge arrester when the electronics in the control panel were fried. 

I live in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.  That's on the edge of Tornado Alley.  I get lots of storms.  My house is up on a ridge, making it even more vulnerable.  I keep my washer, dryer, and microwave oven unplugged when they are not in use.  I unplug the computer when storms are forecast and I'm not planning to be home.  If I'm home when a storm rolls in I unplug the garage door opener.

I lost a surge protector/power strip to lightning. It hit the house, literally melted holes in the solid metal fuse box frame (two, one incoming and one outgoing, and you could see the spray from where the molten metal had exploded), went up the lines to my bedroom and arced through the power strip back onto itself. Luckily nothing was plugged in and the loose papers I lived with were far enough away that they didn't catch fire, but there was smoke and there's still a charred mark on the floor in that room. All we lost that night was the fuse box, and the power company replaced it for us, but it was terrifying to be home alone that night.

Surge protectors are great for small surges (heater kicking on, someone turning on the microwave, any other minor fluctuations) but nothing will protect anything plugged into the wall from lightning.

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« Reply #8834 on: December 17, 2013, 08:54:17 AM »
There are lightning protection systems for homes and businesses.  I was once in a LTR with a man who designed and installed them.  It's a fascinating field.  He did systems for colleges, churches, government buildings, residences and even trees on golf courses.  If DH and I ever have a home built, it will have lightning protection.