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     1  ~ 2014 oct 05store brand mouthwashIs there a difference between generic listerine and name brand In the case of Listerine-like, store brand mouthwashes , I've always noticed that they have a definite, less-pleasing aftertaste than actual ...
     1  +2 2014 oct 03telescope damping vibrationMore telescope stuff... vibration damping - Straight Dope Message BoardWell, I'm still using the telescope described in this thread. Now I'm ready to move on to fixing some of the other problems I have with this scope.
     1  +2 2014 sep 30older 6 passenger carsCheapest 6 - passenger vehicle ? - Straight Dope Message BoardWhat's the least expensive vehicle which can carry 6 passengers , including a 6 year old , a four year old , two infants and two adults? No used ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 28this domain has been blockedthis domain is blocked - Straight Dope Message BoardThere's a website that I want to visit and recently when I've attempted to open the URL I get a message of " This domain has been blocked " on a ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 27neodymium fuelNeodymium magnets helping MPG fuel consumption? - Straight Dope I was reading about neodymium magnets being arranged in a triangle around the fuel injection line to help the MPG. I think this is hooey, ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 26terrifying nightmareDreams: what was your most terrifying nightmare ? - Straight Dope My most terrifying nightmare was a repeater, meaning I had it several times throughout my life. The last time I had it I remember exactly what ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 26hoover dam concrete dryIs the Hoover Dam concrete still curing ? - Straight Dope Message BoardThe concrete in the Hoover Dam would take 125 years to cure . However, taking that long would cause instability in the structure, and a way had ... Hoover dam 32 postsJul 28, 2011Buried alive during bridge construction26 postsMar 9, 2004More results from boards.straightdope.com
     1  +3 2014 sep 25abracadabra pocus pocusWhat's the origin of " abracadabra ," " hocus-pocus ," and "presto"?Where did the words " abracadabra ," " hocus-pocus ," and "presto" come from? ... the mysterious forces of the universe, you said, "Abracadabra.
     1  +1 2014 sep 24what consist of uploadingUpload usage - what's it consist of? - Straight Dope Message BoardI am less clear about what's meant by " upload usage". ... " upload usage" defined, or equivalently (I think), what does " upload usage" consist of?
     1  +1 2014 sep 20archaic words winterI need archaic , evocative words for " winter " and "spring As I've mentioned in approximately 12,094,594,555 threads, I'm working ona fantasy novel. The first half of it is an urban fantasy, set in ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 17used chain link free chicagoWant to get rid of chain - link fence - Straight Dope Message BoardWant to get rid of chain - link fence In My Humble Opinion (IMHO)
     1  ~ 2014 sep 16splice marijuanaSplicing THC gene into other plants - Straight Dope Message BoardSince the marijuana plant is so easily recognizable, has it ever occurred to anyone to splice the THC gene into tomatoes, for instance, or yeast, ...
     1  +100 2014 sep 15fix gouges in leather jacketHow do I " fix " a scratched leather jacket ? - Straight Dope Message My roommate scratched my $300 leather jacket . The leather isn't cut open, but it looks like someone took their nail and dragged it across the ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 14is wine brewedBeer is Brewed . Liquor is Distilled. Wine is ??? - Straight Dope Beer is brewed , but it's fermented after the brewing process. Liquor is distilled, but it's distilled from fermented materials. Wine's just fermented ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 10six sigma cultExplain Six Sigma to me (in this context) - Straight Dope Message Six Sigma is a mangement cult wherein foolish executives are conned by idiotic consultants into paying them shitloads of money to use a lot of ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 10are bullets waterproofHow " waterproof " are bullets ? - Straight Dope Message BoardPowder guns are (in my estimation) subject to failure due to wet powder. Modern day guns use bullets with casings, and may not be subject to ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 08kosher deli sloganCan you come up with a better slogan for this deli ? [Archive It's been run by his family ever since and they're all Jewish but the restaurant isn't necessarily kosher , but they can do some kosher stuff.
     1  +1 2014 sep 06electrical wire breaksHow can I trace a break in electrical wiring within walls A couple of external lighting sockets died at once. The bulbs test fine and the other lights on the circuit are on. Removing the sockets, I found no ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 06calls from nigeriaPhone calls from Nigeria , or what fresh hell is this? - Straight This morning at 6:26 AM EST, while I was driving to work, my cell phone rang. The call was from 2348135591197. When I answered, all I heard ...
     1  ~ 2014 sep 02car on bricksIs it OK to prop a car up on bricks ? [Archive] - Straight Dope I know it's a clichĂ© to see a car propped up on bricks after the wheels have been stolen, but I was just wondering if it does any damage to the ...
     1  +1 2014 aug 31blood loss painBleeding to death-- painful ? - Straight Dope Message BoardI can't really imagine why a loss of blood would cause pain - what nerves would be stimulated to produce any pain ? Regards ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 31magnet and laptop batteryWhat would a magnet do to my laptop ? - Straight Dope Message BoardIf I waved a magnet close to my laptop would it destroy the laptop ? .... through regions of a battery like you can those in wires you twist together.
     1  ~ 2014 aug 30it consulting ratesWhat is an appropriate hourly rate for IT consulting services I'm talking about high-level IT consulting services, like project manage and execute moving a company's business computing environment, ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 30sph cyl ax bcSo, tell me all about contact lenses [Archive] - Straight Dope According to the packagese these lenses came in, each eye gets 4 numbers: SPH , CYL , AX and BC . I'm not having much luck matching these ...
     1  +3 2014 aug 30are single mothers undateableOk men, give it to me straight - does being a single mum make a No, not completely undateable IMHO, but it does make things more difficult
     1  ~ 2014 aug 28alternative to shreddingCheap & easy alternative to shredding important papers - Straight I have a half-dozen large boxes of old papers that I need to get rid of. These are things that really ought to get shredded : bank statements, ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 27record label finders feeFinders fee for talent (music.) - Straight Dope Message BoardMy question is: is there any kind of standard " finders fee " if I am able to make an introduction to the record label and they get signed on?
     1  ~ 2014 aug 26the straight dopeThe Straight Dope - Fighting Ignorance Since 1973"Education and Condescension" - Fighting ignorance since 1973, Cecil Adams takes questions from the teeming millions, spewing forth correctness week after 
     1  ~ 2014 aug 25funny car part namesNames of weird or abscure car parts - Straight Dope Message BoardI want to stump a friend of mine b/c he thinks he is a master mechanic when it comes to cars . So give me a list of weird car parts and their ...
     1  +1 2014 aug 23whittling for moneyHow did people make a living whittling ? - Straight Dope Message BoardThese days whittling is mainly a hobby and not as living as it used to be ... I seem to remember that Heidi's Grandfather made money doing ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 22yammer chinese cloneWhy hasn't Facebook sued Yammer ? - Straight Dope Message BoardYammer is almost a pixel-perfect replica of Facebook, except it's ... website Xiaonei, it's a near perfect clone of Facebook for the Chinese market ...
     1  +100 2014 aug 22scented paper dangerSo what IS the deal with colored toilet paper ? [Archive I have heard vague rumours about the dangers of colored toilet paper ... The dyes in colored papers and the fragrances used in scent paper are ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 21wrongly addressed mailWhat to do with mail delivered to right address but wrong Related question to "What should I do with misdelivered mail ?" While that thread was about mail delivered to the wrong address my issue is 
     1  ~ 2014 aug 20harrington rods metal detectorWill Titanium set off Airport metal detectors ? - Straight Dope My son's surgeon told him his Harrington rods (titanium rods in the spine) would NOT set off metal detectors . He was right at the time (circa ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 20old gas symptomsWhat exactly does bad gas [ gas that has sat for a while] do to an I will say that the symptoms you describe don't exactly sound like what old gas does in my experience. What I usually find happens is that the ...
     1  +3 2014 aug 19where to get poppiessCan you buy fresh cut poppies anywhere? - Straight Dope Message BoardI'm looking for fresh cut poppies - is this a flower you can buy? My google-fu is weak today and all I can find is links for pods or dried flowers.
     1  ~ 2014 aug 19deer warning devicesThose deer warning devices on cars. Do they work? - Straight Dope If you live near a wooded area where deer are abundant, you will see these so- called deer warning whistles mounted on car bumpers. Do they ...
     1  +1 2014 aug 19mon petit amieMa petite or mon petite - Straight Dope Message BoardOne used ma petite and one used mon petite. ... "Ma petite amie" is a way of saying "my girlfriend" and " mon petit ami " is a way of saying "my ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 17no purchase necessaryThe Straight Dope: Why do contests say " no purchase required"?Dear Straight Dope: I've always wondered, why do so many contests have " no purchase necessary " in their rules? It seems like every contest ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 16buddha big earsThe Straight Dope: Why do statues of Buddha have long earlobes Long ears are part of Buddhist iconography, which is if anything ... The Buddha's head is usually enlarged (sometimes by a large bump on top) ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 16diy decaf coffeeDo-it-yourself decaffeinated coffee ? - Straight Dope Message BoardI like to drink coffee . I make it drip-style, using ground coffee from a can. Sometimes when it's late and I won't have any decaf on hand I'll want a ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 10health benefits network" Health Benefits Network " - real?? - Straight Dope Message BoardI received in the mail today a "Pharmacy Discount Card" from " Health Benefits Network ." I have never heard of this organization. They don't ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 10tasteless easter jokesI need an Easter joke [Archive] - Straight Dope Message Board[Archive] I need an Easter joke Mundane Pointless Stuff I Must Share ... regaled each other with our most tasteless Easter/religion jokes.
     1  +3 2014 aug 10candles for the officeCandles in the office ? [Archive] - Straight Dope Message BoardI'm the IT manager at my company. Seeing as winter is coming, in the supervisor meeting today I expressed concern about the use of candles .
     1  +2 2014 aug 09click here to claimCongratulations!! You have WON! Click here to claim your prize "You have 2 messages waiting for you. Click here to read." "Warning. Your internet conncetion is not optimized. Click here to fasttrack your ...
     1  +37 2014 aug 08ceramic safety razorWhy are there no shaving razors with long lasting ceramic blades why are there no ceramic shaving razors on the market? .... For the less adventurous, old-fashioned safety razors offer the convenience ...
     1  +3 2014 aug 07womens favourite mens aftershaveGirls, what's your favourite mens aftershave or fragrance Help me Girls, what's your favourite aftershave or men's fragrance you love ... But there is no scent that will make you God's gift to women .
     1  ~ 2014 aug 07ready made seafood brothWhy can't I find seafood stock at my local supermarket? - Straight Knorr makes seafood stock bouillon cubes. Look in the pre - made sauce area for this. Alternatively, go to an Hispanic market and look for Knorr ...
     1  ~ 2014 aug 05hitachi magic wand retailersWhere to buy a Hitachi Magic Wand in store ? (need answer fastish That said, not sure where to buy things in person any more. It's too late to buy on line and I'd like to be able to get this tomorrow somewhere in ...
     1  +3 2014 aug 04ms excel consulting marketis there such a job as " Microsoft Excel consultant"? - Straight The finance industry has a common need for that but some other businesses do as well.
     1  ~ 2014 aug 03doolally on sudofedSick? Pit the illness here [Archive] - Straight Dope Message BoardOh, and I also have an elbow injury that is driving me doolally . .... that I would go through a half a box of Kleenex until the Sudafed kicked in.
     1  ~ 2014 aug 03quantum leap finalFinal Episode of Quantum Leap - Straight Dope Message BoardFinal Episode of Quantum Leap General Questions. ... In the last episode, Sam leaps to the date August 4, 1953 - the date of his birth.
     1  ~ 2014 aug 02accounting for paypal feesAccounting Question: Paypal Fees and Ledger Entries - Straight Fee -$2.61 USD Okay, fine. Uncle sent me $79.63 and Paypal charged me $2.61 for the privilege of receiving Cecil's payment. I open up ...
     1  +2 2014 aug 02ebooks message boardseBook on Forums/ Message Boards now out! - Straight Dope Message BoardThis is currently an eBook only, but I hope to have a print version available in about six weeks. The introductory price is $0.99 (with equivalents ... Frederic Brown Ebooks 20 posts19 Apr 2012Not all Ebooks are created equal?13 posts26 Nov 2010Cheapest practical way to read ebooks ?14 posts16 Dec 2009Hey, free ebooks !9 posts21 Sep 2000More results from boards.straightdope.com
     1  ~ 2014 aug 01no purchase necessary law... wondered, why do so many contests have " no purchase necessary " in their rules? ... The explanation has to do with U.S. broadcasting laws .
     1  ~ 2014 jul 31dual screen window switcherKeyboard shortcut: move maximized window between monitors in dual On my dual monitor system, all I have to do is grab the window in the top bar, and .... will switch my active window over to the other monitor.
     1  ~ 2014 jul 31subliminal tapes while sleepingThe Straight Dope: Do subliminal tapes played while you sleep Do subliminal tapes played while you sleep really work? July 17, 1987. Dear Cecil: A couple years ago a friend of mine who owns a small recording studio ...
     1  ~ 2014 jul 28pair of pantsThe Straight Dope: Why do we say a " pair of pants " when there's Dear Cecil: Why do we say "a pair of pants " when there is only one article of clothing involved? I have been told it's because there are two legs, ...
     1  ~ 2014 jul 26wasps in chimneyWasps coming out of my chimney (you bet I need help fast Maybe 2-3 wasps per hour are lazily coming down the chimney and into the house. I'm not climbing on the roof ( wasps or not), and I'm not ...
     1  ~ 2014 jul 26stranded without gasHow do you deal with finding yourself stranded at night with no last night I was on a long drive, when I went to buy gas my card was rejected. I had another card and cash, but what if I didn't? someone had ...
     1  ~ 2014 jul 25using two scalesStupid question: Weighing yourself with 2 scales - Straight Dope The only scales I can find to purchase only weigh up to around 250 pounds, which I'm over. So I figured I'd buy 2 scales , put one foot on each ...
     1  ~ 2014 jul 25therapist the rapistTherapist=The Rapist - Other words like this? - Straight Dope But once they were crammed together to form a web name, they were all pretty wrong! "www dot therapist dot com" was one of them. I'll see if I ...
     1  +4 2014 jul 25fine tipped wax pencilBest markers to write on, wipe off, laminated paper. - Straight Something fine-tipped, not too smudgy, that wipes off clean. ... Fine point grease pencils seem like such an obvious thing—they must be ...
     1  ~ 2014 jul 22a la main purseHelp me help my mom declutter!! Batch 2 - $5 ONLY !! - Bags and #2 - Camo bag (messenger, methinks) - can't find a brand but there's a paw print on it for some ... The other side of the tag says " a la main "
     1  ~ 2014 jul 22dig well stoneHow did they build/ dig water wells? [Archive] - Straight Dope Look around for somebody that has a well digging machine. ... In the old days, you might construct a stone cylinder to keep the dirt walls from ...
     1  ~ 2014 jul 19why shelf paperWhat is the purpose of shelf paper ? - Straight Dope Message Boardwould occasionally explode in the pantry. We put down shelf paper every summer to keep ants out. They make kinds with built-in insecticide.
     1  +1 2014 jul 18paypal revealing billing addressHow much information does PayPal give to the other party If you are a registered PayPal user, your name, e-mail address , date of sign-up
     1  ~ 2014 jul 18honey in coffeeHoney in coffee - hot, or not? - Straight Dope Message BoardI was going to come in here and say that you should NEVER put honey in coffee ! What's wrong with you, you have to be weird and not use ...
     1  ~ 2014 jul 17forged bill of saleforging bill of sale ? what should i do? - Straight Dope Message Boardok so here is the story. i bought a car 2 months ago or so and me and the seller forgot/did not sign a bill of sale . anyway i needed the bill of sale  ... stolen car and forged signature on stolen tirlr12 posts15 May 2014Can you forge someone's signature *with their ...34 posts16 Jun 2011More results from boards.straightdope.com
     1  ~ 2014 jul 16its just lunch costhow much does " it's just lunch " cost - Straight Dope Message BoardFor those not familiar with this dating service, the idea is that they set you up with lunch dates. I take the " it's just lunch " part to be sort of, don't ...
     2  ~ 2014 oct 05chef hat shapesThe Straight Dope: What's the origin of the chef's hat ?The chef's hat originated when a royal cook in the emply of King Henry VIII ... the chef's high position entitled him to wear a "crown" of sorts, in the same shape as ...
     2  ~ 2014 oct 02toilet cover boardToilet lid : up or down? - Straight Dope Message BoardI was raised always to put the lid down after I use the toilet .
     2  +5 2014 oct 01wwii relics in the desertWW2 Desert Relics - Straight Dope Message BoardI am a new member from the United Kingdom, recently I read in a news report that a British Long Range Desert truck from WW2 , 1943. had ...
     2  +1 2014 oct 01why do we say carrotHow does this mind trick work?Read this [Archive] - Straight Dope They would almost always say " carrot ." I have tried this on many people myself, and they really do almost always say carrot . The best theories I  ...
     2  -1 2014 oct 01plumbers putty setting timePractical Q's on Plumber's Putty , Dope, Tape - Straight Dope (After re-doing all my work the first time , it seemed the plumber's putty ... a) Plumber's putty (for the drain flange) does not say how long to let set  ...
     2  -1 2014 sep 29welcome to thailand tomtom lyricsStrangers addressing you in your language in a foreign country It includes the English lyrics : " Tom, Tom , where you go last night? I love Muang Thai , I like Patpong." Muang Thai being one version of " Thailand . ... You'll know by the reaction pretty quickly whether its welcome or not.
     2  ~ 2014 sep 28scategories answersHelp me cheat at Scattergories - Straight Dope Message BoardHelp me cheat at Scattergories In My Humble Opinion (IMHO) ... against the rules ), the category can't be used in the answer (no Kitchenware ...
     2  ~ 2014 sep 24pressure cooker explodedHow common are/were pressure cooker explosions (while cooking In this thread, several posters have recounted stories of pressure cooker explosions that happened while cooking. In India at least, pressure ...
     2  ~ 2014 sep 23soup to nutsWhat's the origin of the expression, "from soup to nuts "?In the United States in the middle of the 20th century, the expression developed into "from soup to nuts ." At many meals, soup is often the first course and a ...
     2  -1 2014 sep 22rx recipeThe Straight Dope: What does the pharmacist's symbol " Rx " mean?The simple, quick answer--but not the only (or most romantic) one--is that Rx is an abbreviation for the Latin word "recipere" or " recipe ," which ...
     2  ~ 2014 sep 21serious inquiries only" serious inquiries only please" - Straight Dope Message BoardI see " SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE" in ads all the time. Did these sellers get prank phone calls concerning what it is they are selling?
     2  -1 2014 sep 20air raid freshman"Dazed And Confused"--What were " Air Raids " - Straight Dope In the movie, it was basically how you describe it - a senior girl yells " Air Raid !" and the freshman girl has to get down on the ground. There's ...
     2  +3 2014 sep 20hunters plaidDo any hunters still wear that old-fashioned red flannel check It seems to me that the vast majority of hunters nowadays wear camo. ... On the other hand, red plaid like that is pretty common winter garb.
     2  -1 2014 sep 20ruffles vs laysWhat is the difference between Ruffles and Wavy Lays ? - Straight This is something I've been wondering. They're made by the same people, both fried, made of potatoes, and have ridges to allow for dip ...
     2  +1 2014 sep 18gallery2 date noGallery2 : replace ( not delete and reupload) photo? - Straight Dope Is there anyone familiar enough with Gallery2 software who can tell me .... Found the build date , if not the core version: Jul 24200922:36:41.
     2  +1 2014 sep 18inexelsis dejoIn Excelsis Deo : How to pronounce it and what does it mean It might be worth a mention that it only makes sense as the phrase "gloria in excelsis deo " - I imagine you're just not reading "gloria" as a foreign ...
     2  +6 2014 sep 17event mu doperDoper Parents - C-Section? - Straight Dope Message BoardThe little tyvek suits mu husband wore were pretty cute! Oh and
     2  ~ 2014 sep 16agony booth battlefield earthbad Movie recaps: The Agony Booth and others [Archive] - Straight One caveat about the Agony Booth : they're not nearly as smart as they think ... Jabootu's reviews of Battlefield Earth are classic, as are their ...
     2  ~ 2014 sep 14linebacker wire maintenanceTelephone wire maintenance plan - should I keep paying for it [Archive] Telephone wire maintenance plan - should I keep paying for it? ... Wisconsin users of Ameritech's Linebacker wiring service are to ...
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