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BS: simple stuff we might not know

Mr Red 21 Jan 18 - 06:47 AM
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Donuel 20 Jan 18 - 07:45 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Mr Red
Date: 21 Jan 18 - 06:47 AM

There are traces sometimes of an absorbed twin.

Can result in chimeric people, & plays havoc with (so called) DNA fingerprinting.
I believe they also get described as "Mosaic" because the DNA differs from body part to body part.

And because I collect 4 leaf clover**, the smell of milk at certain times of the year smells remarkably like the clover when I open the bus ticket (eg) that they get put in. GF lives on a dairy farm.

** Guinness World Record stands at 110,000 - if I continue for 100 years I may beat that!


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Senoufou
Date: 21 Jan 18 - 04:31 AM

I believe the grass contains carbohydrate which is converted by the cow into fat as it travels along the rumen. I don't think it contains fat per se.
(We have three dairy herds of Holsteins in our village and know the farmer and his wife well.)


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 21 Jan 18 - 02:36 AM

I just today went to an engaging tour and lecture in an historical farm house, about life in the 1700s. Much of the lecture took place in the kitchen. And I learned something I didn t know about butter. If a cow eats hay, the butter is white. If a cow eats grass the butter is yellow- because grass -believe it or not -has a lot of fat.

Grass ! Grass, like the grass on your lawn, is fatty! Does this give me reason to ignore my nutritionist 's advice to eat more salads?


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Jan 18 - 07:45 AM

Its kinda common.

1 in 8 of us absorbed a twin while our mothers were pregnant.
At the end of 9 months only 1 in 80 are delivered twins.

There are traces sometimes of an absorbed twin. A parchment like flat patch on the skin or an external bean like formation. Sometimes the remains are internal and sometimes there is no trace.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Mr Red
Date: 20 Jan 18 - 06:14 AM

Clue's in the name ..........

Elvis is an anagram of lives


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: JennieG
Date: 20 Jan 18 - 05:56 AM

You're right, you know! Perhaps Elvis never even entered the building, let alone left it?


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: frogprince
Date: 19 Jan 18 - 09:05 PM

If they were twins, how do they know if it was really Elvis that lived ?


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: JennieG
Date: 19 Jan 18 - 05:09 PM

So was Elvis Presley - his twin brother was stillborn.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Jan 18 - 04:43 PM

things I didn't know for ages:

recently heard that when John Lennon was born,
he was the sole survivor of a pair of twins.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: mg
Date: 18 Jan 18 - 03:46 PM

how about keeping them in those baconkeepers like tuppreware. They are absolutely fantastic..can get them for $2 sometimes...great for bacon, but also all sorts of meats, vegetables, cheese etc...they will reform a chaotic refrigerator.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Thompson
Date: 18 Jan 18 - 09:09 AM

Oh yeah, headphones (and earbuds). What do yiz keep them in? I mostly keep mine in flat boxes that I got with sets of bicycle lights designed for giving away - not everyone accepts to boxes with the lights, so I have a few plastic click-shut boxes to spare.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 17 Jan 18 - 06:17 PM

Bluetooth is so flamin' clunky, yet it's beautiful when it works. It. Lets me watch footie on me pad when Mrs Steve is watching hospital soaps and it lets me listen to sublime classical music on YouTube when she's gone to bed. One of me Christmas presents was a classy pair of Sony Bluetooth cordless headphones. Also, I can speak to people on me phone in the car without touching anything at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: mg
Date: 17 Jan 18 - 04:33 PM

i can't make my cellphone quit locking itself all the time.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Thompson
Date: 17 Jan 18 - 02:52 AM

Bluetooth is weird. I have a Bluetooth speaker I sometimes use when teaching. It won't connect to the computer when there's a roomful of students with mobile phones - presumably its little brain gets confused.

Cycling 6 miles 5 days a week can lower you chance of contracting cancer by 45% and of heart disease by 41%, according to
this study of a quarter of a million commuters over five years by Glasgow University.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Jan 18 - 09:46 AM

I have a hard time setting my computer to link to Bluetooth devices.
It must be something basic I am doing wrong.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Mr Red
Date: 15 Jan 18 - 06:48 AM

But do they know where they are?

Lost assumes concern, whereas some may wander to discover. Which means they are gained!

Take a ball of string with you!


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 15 Jan 18 - 06:39 AM

"Not all those who wander are lost"


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Jan 18 - 06:18 AM

They certainly aren't our 'friends' are they Thompson?
Bloodsuckers!


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Thompson
Date: 15 Jan 18 - 05:50 AM

God, yes. One of the things I hate most about the capitalist way is the fact that companies want to strip you rather than serve you fairly.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Jan 18 - 03:45 AM

Always challenge any increased renewal quotes you get, for any kind of insurance (home, car, travel etc). It's worth phoning the company and telling them you've been on a comparison site. They always, always offer you a better deal.

This ridiculous palaver every year makes me fume. They're obviously counting on people not having the time or inclination to challenge or negotiate. But I nearly always get the premiums down to what they were originally. (Perhaps it's my very stern schoolteacher voice!)


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: leeneia
Date: 14 Jan 18 - 08:41 PM

I use masking tape and a marker to identify food in plastic containers. Put the tape on the front of the box, not the top.

It's so nice to open the fridge and easily read what's in there.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Thompson
Date: 14 Jan 18 - 03:30 PM

Yeah, I roll underclothes, very soothing as a weekly ceremony. And I fold vests and shirts and the like flat. And trousers: fold them vertically so the crotch sticks out, then fold them along the line towards that.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Senoufou
Date: 14 Jan 18 - 02:43 PM

Especially when you 'fold tail over' Nigel! :)


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Jan 18 - 02:35 PM

folding T-Shirts, Sweat shirts, Towels etc.
lay flat front down, fold tail over,


That gets me into a strange position on the floor ;)


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Mr Red
Date: 14 Jan 18 - 05:32 AM

AND...... I am on a roll here ............

Quite often I roll underclothes, T-Shirt and socks inside trousers (also in a roll). That way I can pull my dancing clothes out as a set, or my day clothes depending on purpose.

Neat? or Lazy? or Forward planning?

Also: worn T-Shirts (changed 2/3/4 per dance in the summer) are left inside out through wash/dry so I know which are used and any fading starts from the inside. Because I dry in the (eco-friendly) sun & air.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Mr Red
Date: 14 Jan 18 - 05:17 AM

folding T-Shirts, Sweat shirts, Towels etc.

lay flat front down, fold tail over, fold sleeves in. Roll into a tube.
Store vertically in rucksack. Horizontally in draws & shelves. Removing from rucksack is easier. Ditto draws, shelves you may need to restrain the ones on top but because there is less surface area it is still easier than laying them flat one on top of each other.
Added bonus you can see more items in one vista - so choosing is easier, unless you are bad at choosing!

Hint it doesn't work so well on a draw full of red T-Shirts! (70 since you ask).

However I have a trick of: folding more than just the sleeve on one side and roll from the other. This puts any logo partially in view. Very useful because I like my logo to have some humour and some jokes are better than others in certain circumstances.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Thompson
Date: 14 Jan 18 - 02:58 AM

I just can't work sewing machines; a dressmaker friend has offered to show me my way around it, but I haven't got around to bringing my machine up to her. Can never work out how the tension works.

Hmm, more tips - well, fixing towel rails on the walls for hanging pots and their lids is a handy one; if you get those steel rails with S hooks, the pots can look pretty decorative.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: JennieG
Date: 13 Jan 18 - 07:14 PM

The "leading edge" is the tip of the thread as it comes off the spool, before you cut your piece of thread.

There are two main ways that sewing thread is wound onto spools, S twist and Z twist. Modern sewing machines usually have two spool pins, one vertical and one horizontal (my vintage machines have one vertical pin) and which pin you use depends on whether your thread is S or Z twist. Information half way down the page here .


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Thompson
Date: 13 Jan 18 - 06:28 AM

When threading a needle, put the needle eye onto the thread, rather than the thread into the needle eye!

Sewers, is thread always wound onto the spool the same way? In other words, will the "leading edge" be the edge you cut or the edge that you hold as you unreel the thread?

A handy way to save work (and feel wonderfully tidy) when making beds is to put the duvet cover, sheet and one of the pillowcases into the remaining pillowcase in the set, and tuck it closed. That way, you have a couple of bundles of bed sets in your hot press, rather than fishing around for sheet, pillowcases and duvet cover at random.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: DMcG
Date: 13 Jan 18 - 04:58 AM

Leeneia:

When hand sewing, put the leading end of the thread into the eye of the needle. There will be less tangling, possibly none.
You can make this mistake-proof by threading the needle before the length you will use is even cut.

Nigel:
An interesting tip, and one I didn't know.
How does it reduce tangling?
If it is because of the way the thread is 'laid up' (individual threads twisted and combined) does this mean that it depends on handedness?
So should a left-handed sewer thread the newly cut end to the needle?

I thought I might get a good clue on this from my left handed daughter who, amongst jobs in a crowded life, has spent time professionally as a hand embroiderer, including for Scandinavian royalty. Her somewhat uninformative answer? "I cut both ends and loop the thread to avoid tying a knot"


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: JennieG
Date: 13 Jan 18 - 12:34 AM

Nigel - yes, during manufacture thread is twisted one way. If you run a length of thread between finger and thumb you can feel it's smoother one way than the other. Sewing against the twist leads to tangling and knotting, sewing with the twist is easier.

As one who has spent many an hour with needle and thread I know whereof I speak.

Threading is also helped by cutting a diagonal 'point' on the thread with fine sharp scissors first, not as difficult as it sounds!


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: DaveRo
Date: 12 Jan 18 - 05:29 PM

kendall wrote: if you see a ships green light it means you have the right of way.
Sometimes.
Stanron wrote: Navigation lights on a boat show green on the forward right quarter, red on the forward left quarter and white astern.
among other lights.
Lights on buoyed channels show red on the left and green on the right on entering a channnel
in some parts of the world.

Heard the story about the US warship and the lighthouse?


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Stanron
Date: 12 Jan 18 - 05:08 PM

I used to know all this by heart but now had to look it up to be sure. Navigation lights on a boat show green on the forward right quarter, red on the forward left quarter and white astern.

Lights on buoyed channels show red on the left and green on the right on entering a channnel, obviously the opposite on leaving.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Jan 18 - 02:05 PM

I thought someone said the lights and right of way is opposite in Europe. Maybe its a dyslexic thing. I dunno. I hope the US Navy doesn't hire people like me, it could cause accidents.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: kendall
Date: 11 Jan 18 - 10:06 PM

Well, I'm surprised that anyone would respond to this pure trivia.
Actually, the red light goes on the port side. If you see the red light you must give way for that ship has the right of way. One way to remember is port is red (wine) starboard is green. if you see a ships green light it means you have the right of way.


That old saying "Under the weather" means sick below decks. "On the binnacle list" means the same.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Mr Red
Date: 11 Jan 18 - 05:48 AM

When checking tyre pressures at a service station: remove all caps first

For someone like me, that'd be a sure-fire way to lose tyre caps.


you only do it once! I put them in the dip near the speedo. Soon as I look at my speed I see the problem. I once put them on the flute near the windscreen wipers. When I finally realised - they had blown away.

Then it's the 'punty end'?

So right you don't even know! The rod that glass blowers use to hold a glass object, while making, is called a punty rod because it is pointed. This is not the hollow one that they use to form the bubble. When finishing the open end of (say) a goblet, they attach it to the punty rod then cut and smooth the open end. In fact really old goblets and wine glasses have a rough bottom where they severed the punty rod. These days a blow torch is used to smooth that off. There was a TV wordless documentary recently showing this (BBC4 not currently available, I'm afraid).


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Jackaroodave
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 12:07 PM

"Surely 'suttle' is also to do with margins (between gross & tare weight."

Well shoot, never knew that! Apparently there are superfine filaments connecting our ignorance as well as our knowledge.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Senoufou
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 07:54 AM

When approaching a nervous animal of any species, do not look directly at it. Turn your head away and sit down. You then become non-confrontational, and it will relax.
Of course, if it's a lion or a bear, this may not be the best advice!


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 07:26 AM

Surely 'suttle' is also to do with margins (between gross & tare weight)


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Jackaroodave
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 07:11 AM

"I still remember when, as a child, I realised that the river Tems that I'd heard about and the river Thames that I'd read about were the same waterway. Clang."

I didn't realize until I was 11 that "suttle" and "subtle" were the same word. In my mind they had sliightly different meanings because of their different usage patterns in speech and text.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 07:03 AM

I thought the net margin was where the fish may still escape?

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Hrothgar
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 06:52 AM

Gross margin is the selling price less the cost of the item sold.

Nett margin is what is left after expenses.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 06:19 AM

Surely the Punt has been replaced by the You-row ;)


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Michael
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 05:25 AM

Then it's the 'punty end'?


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: DaveRo
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 04:59 AM

Nigel Parsons wrote: ... toward the 'pointy end'
Unless it's a punt ;)


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: BobL
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 04:35 AM

When checking tyre pressures at a service station: remove all caps first

For someone like me, that'd be a sure-fire way to lose tyre caps.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 04:20 AM

As I heard it (In Boy Scouts many decades ago). It started as 'Starboard & larboard' but due to mishearing shouted orders, larboard was re-named 'port'.
Remembering this, the left/right bit is easy. larboard was on the left, and has been renamed 'port'. (when facing foreward - toward the 'pointy end')


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 04:13 AM

Leeneia:

When hand sewing, put the leading end of the thread into the eye of the needle. There will be less tangling, possibly none.
You can make this mistake-proof by threading the needle before the length you will use is even cut.


An interesting tip, and one I didn't know.
How does it reduce tangling?
If it is because of the way the thread is 'laid up' (individual threads twisted and combined) does this mean that it depends on handedness?
So should a left-handed sewer thread the newly cut end to the needle?


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: DaveRo
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 03:40 AM

Most satellite dishes in the UK point to one of the Astra satellites at about 28° east (of south). So SSE. Mine is a Sky dish which now gets Freesat. Useful also when looking at pictures on property websites to see which side gets the sun.

Other satellites are anywhere from about 30°E to 30°W. Presumably at higher latitudes the scope is less.


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Subject: RE: BS: simple stuff we might not know
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 03:23 AM

The red light goes on the right. right?

A good way of remembering

Is there any red port wine left

DtG


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