May 24th, 2006


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A less comfortable question...

I am attending a Baptist funeral this Friday; is there anything I should be warned about? What should I expect?

I've never attended one before; I really don't want to worry about anything like customs during this...I have enough on my mind as it is.

(Note: I'm non-religious, so I'm starting from scratch. Also, the funeral is being held in the Grater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada, therefore not a deep southern Baptist event. The family has Texan/Oklahoman roots, though.)
gasp zooey

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I want to teach theatre. I also want to go to college in Ohio, because I just really like Ohio.

Are there any good colleges in Ohio where I could go to get a degree to teach theatre?

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I used the word "kerfuffle" in conversation today. My mother looked at me as though I had grown an extra head. Then she accused me of making up words (i.e. "strategery") because she had honestly never heard the word before.

Poll #735117 Kerfuffle

Did you know that "kerfuffle" is a real word?


Have you ever heard a normal person use the word "kerfuffle" in conversation?

I use it all the time
Yes, often
Yes, once or twice
No, I've only heard odd people say it
No, I've never heard the word used

And because it has to be done...

Ticky box!

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Anybody here attending University of Edinburgh? Or know anything about The University of Edinburgh?
1. Does everyone who applied receive a conditional offer letter? Edinburgh wants a transcript from this past semester I have completed, and if my grades are considered good enough, then I'll be sent the unconditional offer.
2. What constitutes as "good grades" to Edinburgh's standings? I'll admit that I experienced a bit of "senioritis" this semester and the marks are not as high as my previous semester, but they are not poor either.
3. How many students are generally involved in each program of study? I've applied for Anthropology of Health and Illness, anyone here involved in that program or have any friends that are?
4. Finally, any advice you can offer an international student?
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What is the term that they use in debating, to refer to the opponent (call him A) asking the competitor (B) a question that would force the competitor to answer in a certain way, that strengthens A's stand?
Halloween 2008

Candle wax and Anti-Job songs

1. How does one go about getting spilled candle wax out of wood without scratching the wood? What about cloth?

2. Suggestions for "I hate my job" songs? (Bonus points if they're funny) Like the Flaming Lips' "Bad Days" or Todd Rundgren's "Bang on the Drum All Day."


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alright you guys.
I appear to have this dry skin thing going on on my eyelids. like, within a millimeter of my eyelashes. and in my eyelashes, I think, which feels weird if I go to scratch it(I know I shouldn't scratch it), like scales.
Mostly on my left eye.

question is:WTF?

or, in a more specific sense, how'd that happen and is there anything I cna do to make it go away since I doubt putting lotion on my eyelid is a good idea?
Rainbow BDSM

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Do you have it or know anyone that has sleep apnea? Do you know what to look for or what the symptoms are? If you have it, what are yours? How is it treated? Does it ever go away?

I'm always tired. I never feel like I get enough sleep, no matter how much I sleep. I wake up groggy, go thru my day groggy, and go to sleep groggy. I can fall asleep in a second. I'm having trouble concentrating. I snore something terrible, but I have always done that. Someone at work recently asked me if I'd ever been checked for sleep apnea, so I guess that's what brought on my questions. Should I see a doctor about this?
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gasp zooey

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Brought on by a conversation on the radio this morning:

Would you date yourself? Why or why not?

My answer:
Probably not. I mean....I can be ok at times, but half the time even I can't stand to be around me! I'm just generally not a fun person to know, and I can jump from one extreme to the other in nothing flat. So I wouldn't date myself.

i'm hip, i'm with it!

does anyone know WHY my work's messaging program would have blocked the word "spader"? it said it was "profane" and it couldn't send. is there something i'm missing out on?

i checked urban dicitonary and nothing relevant turned up.

SOLVED i IMed our tech lady, it's cause "spade" is a "derogatory term for african americans more commonly used in the post civil war era than today." our system is apparently quite knowledgeable about 19th century slang! i wonder if "trollop" is banned, too.
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Hey guys,
   So I have the Sony DSC-P41:

 Supposedly it has a self-timer option, but I've never wanted to use it till now, and I lost the instruction book.  Anyone familiar with digital cameras and know how to do this? thanks so much.

Edit: 10:28AM:  Answered! Thanks so much for such a speedy response!
real men read

Craaaaaay-zeeee on you!

1. So, there's a meeting on the floor below mine today and the kitchen staff is busy making what I can only guess to be fried ham for the meeting participants' lunch. The smell has been wafting into my office area for at least an hour now. I started keeping kosher around 1998 or so, but previous to that, I did every so often eat and enjoy a piece of fried ham. Now I'm hungry and with no chance that I would eat anything of that nature any time soon, the smell is making me mildly crazy.

What's making you mildly crazy today?

2. Do you have a driver's license?
3. Do you drive several times a week/ own a car?
4. When did you get your license / how old were you?
5. What would you think of someone who is over 30 and still doesn't know how to drive?
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Something About that Name

Which is Correct?

Which is gramatically correct?

1.  Does your files reflect a police record for the above person?


2.  Do your files reflect a police record for the above person?

I'm at work and don't know which one to use in a letter.

TIA :)

VB3 Default Font

Can anyone tell me if it is possible to change the default font for the coding in Visual Basic 3? I can set the fonts for applications I create, but there doesn't seem to be a way to change the default font. I tried to figure out if I could change it with a resource editor but I couldn't find a font property. I'd really appreciate help with this!

Yes, I know VB3 is ancient, but I want to use it anyway.

self esteem

Whenever I see some one down on themselves, I'm tempted to share with them the path that helped me develop a more healthy self worth and self esteem. But then I remember that everyone is different and my method was personal to me and may not work for others.

Which has me wondering...what improved your self esteem? What path or actions in life made you stop being down on yourself and start feeling good about who you are and what you have to contribute?
misc - not a weapon


You have a brain tumor. Though there is no discomfort at the moment, this tumor would unquestionably kill you in six months. However, your life can (and will) be saved by an operation; the only downsied is that there will be a brutal incision to your frontal lobe. After the surgery, you will be significantly less intelligent. You will still be a fully functioning adult, but you will be less logical, you will have a terrible memory and you will have little ability to understand complex concepts or difficult ideas. The surgery is in two weeks.
How do you spend the next fourteen days?

(Question from Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs)

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Today the moving company is here to help my parents move out of the apartment. Yes, my parents go, I stay. :D I have been finding all sorts of things I had been looking for, including the key to my room!! 10 years looking for that darn thing people!!

Do you move around a lot?
How many times have you moved?
Where did you move to and why?
Do you like moving?
Are you allergic to dust, so that the actual packing up of things make you wanna die?

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1. My boss left me a message thanking me for making his life easy "for a change" after a huge scheduling conflict I finally gave into. Does that just mean his life's usually a pain in the ass or that I'M usually a pain in the ass? :/

2. My husband and I CANNOT agree on spending money on stock for the company he works for or not. I am 100% anti-stock (for us) - he'd spent half our income on stock if it were just up to him. How can we compromise on this?

For the record, the stock generally does well, he gets it at 15% off, but doesn't exercise any of it, so as far as I'm concerned it doesn't mean anything and I'd rather see ACTUAL MONEY. We also don't have money to spare, from my point of view.
misc - not a weapon

Two more questions from Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs

(Hopefully these are less depressing than the previous one.)

For reasons that cannot be explained, cats can suddenly read at a 12th grade level. They can't talk and they can't write, but they can read silently and understand the text. Many cats love this new skill, because they now have something to do all day while they lay around the house; however, a few cats become depressed, because reading forces them to realize the limitations of their existence (not to mention the utter frustration of being unable to express themselves).
This being the case, do you think the average cat would enjoy Garfield, or would cats find this cartoon to be an insulting caricature?

You have won a prize. The prize has two options, and you can choose either (but not both). The first option is a year in Europe with a monthly stipend of $2,000. The second option is ten minutes on the moon.
Which option do you select?

icon questions

Okay, so I'm looking for 2 icons... I just recently got a paid account and am loving the whole multiple icon thing.

The two icons I've seen floating around, but I've went through the last few posts and don't see them and I would LOVE to have them.

The first one, in tribute to douglas adams (tomorrow is the anniversary...) I'd *love* the icon about the universe being created, largely a bad thing, or something similar if you've got it.

The second is the animated one of the 2 MC Escher prints, the one where it's jumping cats that turn into birds and fly away. MC Escher is my fav artist, and I'd *love* an artistic icon.

Anyways. If you have these, identify yourself pretty pretty pretty please, and I'll credit!

Thanks!!!! <3
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If 3

if you had to interview any porn star, who would you pick, and what would your first question be?

if you were forced to choose one thing more important in life than love, what would you pick?

if you could produce a film about safe sex for kids, what would it be like? 

if you had to pick a book title that most accurately sums up your love life, what book title would you pick?
i am

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why must relationships be so confusing??

i jsut don't get it. its too bad its not as easy as just hooking up. it actually involves work! how does anyone ever make sense of such thing? the way i see it, if someone trully likes you, the distance between a few (lets say 5) cities away shouldn't be a problem, now should it? but that just means that you're not worth the drive and that's the harsh reality of it all. so now what?
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Ok, I'm having yet more problems with my iPod mini.

The previous problem was I turned my iPod on one day, it said I had 'x' songs, but if I went through my playlist/albums/artists/songs list, nothing showed. If I put it on the computer and looked at it through iTunes, it said 'X' amount of space was taken, but no songs were listed.

I wound up having to reformat it two times before it solved the problem.

I just turned it on to listen to music, and the songs show, but the music doesn't play. The play button will show in the upper-lefthand corner, but the song bar won't fill, and the time will stay as '0:00 - 1:44'. I reset it three times to no avail.

Has anyone had this problem, or should I just reformat it yet again?
lead me

five random summer questions.

1a. I've been out of school for two and a half weeks now, so on my days off of work I don't have very much to do besides clean house (which I'm doing today). And I have a bad habit of sitting on the internet and just surfing for hours. I think I've gained some weight -- my clothes are tighter, but I don't have a scale. We don't have the pool ready yet, so what else can I do to lose a pound or two? I can't go for a walk or go jogging because I have a knee condition that I haven't maintained like I should have and I'm not supposed to do walking for exercise until I have my knees stronger (I'm so bad), so what's some stuff I can do on the living room floor?

1b. Do you have one of those giant exercise ball things? What exactly do you do with them?

2. Favorite sunscreen?

3. How do you have fun when it's too hot to do anything outside?

4. For pool owners -- What do you do when the water won't hold stabilizer?

5. What's the most annoying thing about summer?

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am i the only person who grew up with saved by the bell and still hates it?
I just always thought it was so hokey and cheesy and awful.
And not in the good way.

I am a college student attending a school about 2-3 hours away from home.
I need to come home to get a job this summer (the town here is basically deserted during the summer)
What is my best bet for finding a job right away?
What places (retail or food service) can one apply online?
ami and alexandria 08

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Does anyone remember that special episode of Sesame Street a loooong time ago that had like a singing/speaking king-type guy and something dealing with striped gym socks? I think there was something with a rolling or bouncing red ball, perhaps?
I really wish I could remember it!
If anyone remembers, thanks in advance!
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The Receptionist Classic

Parking Lot Woes

So there's this assclown that works somewhere in the complex where my office is. More than a few times, this person has parked his/her car so close to mine that I have to climb in from the passenger's side or from the backseat. I can't open my driver door more than about, oh, three inches. This person was also kind enough to park behind me one day (parallel parking area) and parked 2 inches from my back bumper. (Yes, I got out my ruler and measured.) I had about a foot in front of me to work with.

My co-workers witnessed this person's knack for great parking last week when we all went to get into my car to go to lunch. I had to climb in through the back, then back the car up so they could get in.

If it were a once-in-a-while thing, I'd just let it go. But this has been happening once or twice a week for a couple of months now.

Now, say you were me. Next time this nice, thoughtful person parks so damn close, would you leave a nice little note on their car? What would it say? (I'm thinking "You fucking do this one more time and so help me God, I will have your car shoved into the fucking river" is probably not the best idea.)

Would you also take the license plate number and car description to the lady up in the leasing office that is known for being all up in people's business anyways (but gets things done) and have her find out what this person's major malfunction is and maybe have a talk with them about it?
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lulu guinness clutch

rearview mirrors

What are some ways (other than hitting a garbage can) that you could break your passenger side rearview mirror?
Preferably ways that wouldn't be the fault of the driver.

What are some quick ways to fix a rearview mirror that is currently hanging on by a wire?

Poll #735435 John Galliano

Do you know who John Galliano is?

not really, but I've heard of him
this is what my user name is from


Is it racsist to wonder what ethnic background someone is from?
Based on their physical charecteristics.
I mean, surely mearly noticing someone is from a different ethnic persuasion to you is not rascist, where as if you then decided because of that they are somehow less than you is rascist, right?
I see it kinda like etymology but of people.
Or is it still somehow wrong just to notice those differences in the first place?

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I've had my license for two months, and today I got in my first accident, a "fender bender" whereupon I rear-ended the person in front of me.

Needless to say, I'm distraught.

How many fender benders have you been in? how many of them were actually your fault? are they really that big of a deal? how long did your insurance business take to go through? how much was done in damages?

Costco/Kirkland Dog Bed

This may be a long shot BUT I am trying to find anyplace that might sell an older style of a Kirkland dog bed I bought at Costco a few years ago.

(Costco is like a warehouse store like Sam's or BJ's)

Kirkland is Costco's own brand.

I can't find it anywhere, not on Costco's site, not on ebay, and I'm not finding anything via Google nor can I seem to find any sort of "Kirkland" site.

Any ideas? It was a fab bed and now that I have another dog, I need two!!!

(It was like $20 at Costco. The same size bed at Petsmart, for example, is $80. You can see why I'd like to track down the Costco kind).

Edit: I do have a membership to Costco and they do sell dog beds, just not the one I want. Must be a discontinued style, so I need advice as to where I might could locate an older Kirkland dog bed (ebay, but haven't found any there).

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Self cleaning


What is your favorite accent to hear?

Are there any accents you just plain don't like?

Have you ever wondered what your fellow TQCers sound like?

Edited to add one I forgot...

Are there any accents you consider more formal sounding? Less formal sounding?

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Why is the drug in tylenol called acetaminophen in the united states and paracetamol everywhere else?

I mean, Wiki explains that there are different names, one US one and one International one... but why?

Also: I remember a friend getting me to try out an internet/phone thing. You could call other people on the internet, you could call other people on their real phones, and I'm sure people on real phones could call you but I'm not sure. I think the interface looked a bit like a phone crossed with a calculator(buttons!), and I think the name had an X in it.
And it was free. (which, yeah, I'm sure there was spyware on it, but if there was they didn't set it up the way Kazaa was where they made you keep it.)
Go! (or a similar + free service)

School funds....

Okay, I have been put on Academic Suspension. Which means that I can't get FAFSA funds for the Fall semester unless I fight it. I had a really good reason for failing my classes three years ago (Schizoaffective with bipolar tendencies, on meds that weren't effective in treating it and basically put me to sleep more hours than I was awake). However, my dr. won't write out the diagnosis (apparently there are liability issues I am not aware of). So I can't get the proof I need.

So I need to come up with about 1500 dollars for the fall semester (books, tuition and supplies).

Anyone have any ideas for me?

I am 40, single mom, with three kids and poor credit. No one is going to loan me the money


I was just prescribered inderal for my nervousness and racing heart issues. I read up on it and all but i was just wondering if anyone has taken it for the same sort of reason and what was your experience with it.
Question Mark


Hi folks,

I'm asking this question on behalf of a friend who is new to the Palm range of PDAs.

Firstly, does anyone know of any Palm PDA communities?

Failing that, he's copied some music onto his Palm but is having trouble organising it. He's after some software that can help him copy the files with some structure, or organise it on the Palm. It wasn't obvious to me how to do it. Again, failing that some music playback software that makes playback light work? He's using RealPlayer, and it isn't light work.

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Hi folks,

Elliptical trainers... any good?

I'm looking at buying one second-hand, as I'm just after something to generally exercise on (there's no nice areas to walk in or cycle around here).

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Please help me out with something that has kept me awake at night:

What the HELL is a mailllot? I think it's some sort of swim suit, but is it swimable? Newport News sells them for uber-cheap, and they are really cute, but can you go [well, wading at least for me] in them? What about water slides? Are they see through?

Speaking of which, has any one seen any of the H&M swim suits this year? Are they cute? The only one I have been seeing is that Garish American Flag one in magazines. I'm patriotic and all, but that just invokes images of Will Ferrel in SNL with his American Flag thong.

What is a good prepaid plan? What conditions for a phone plan must you have?

PS: Are there any stores that have shorts on sale yet? Even Capris? Are they in TJ Maxx yet? I need to buy about eight pairs, but I don't feel like blowing my refund check on Abercrombie.
random//my dumb face

Baking issue

I have a recipe for coffee brownies that calls for 15 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Naturally I just used all but one stick of the unsalted butter on my boyfriend's cookies. I have half a stick of Parkay and two little tubs of Country Crock, whatever that is. (Is that margerine?)

Would it be okay to use that instead? This is the easiest coffee brownie recipe I've found! and running out to get more unsalted butter is out of the question. :(
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I adopted a blue heeler/kelpie cross in Maryland, and I am looking for a local-ish name.

Any "Maryland-ish" names for a male dog?

Something that is striking/uncommon/unique, would either make you think either "Maryland!" or "What's that name from?"

I tend not to like "people" names, so non-people names are a bonus! =)
Bad Day/oops/embarrassed

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Really stupid question...

I just started a new job, and the health insurance through offered through the company is $36 biweekly.. does that mean they charge me twice a week $36? Or something entirely different? I'm working this gig only 20 hours a week, so I'm kind of afraid this may not be worth it.

Someone please explain the whole insurance thing to me, please..

Food gift help!

I'm graduating from high school this year, and since I'm anticipating being a broke college student in three months, I'd rather not spend much money on grad presents for all of my friends. That said, I still want to give them something, so I thought I'd make them little mini-gift bags with baked goods, etc. -- cookies, candies, fudge, whatnot (I'd love to include cupcakes, but can't really think of a safe way to package them). I have some experience baking but very little experience with candy/fudge. Any ideas on what to make that would keep/package well and still be delicious (and cute)? Any presentation ideas?

x-posted to bakery, kitchenfaq, ask_me_anything, thequestionclub.
coexistence ex.

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Does anyone have access into the New Yorker's archives?

I want to read the short story, "Brokeback Mountain" by Annie Proulx but i don't have an account. Does anyone have it or a membership to the New Yorker?

Thank you.
bathroom tiles [personal - do not take!]

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What do you think of people that are over 22/23 that still go to college?

I ask because my mom thinks everyone that's over 23 that go to college is stupid. And she said she's so embarrassed she wants to die if I'm one of them. LOL.
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Quinn Twin

Oven Fried Chicken ... with Panko?

I'm making some orange chicken at home tonight and I even got some Panko (Japanese bread crumbs - if you're unfamiliar, they're just basically bigger crumbs). However, as I am also trying to keep things as healthy as possible, I'd like to know if I can do a shake-n-bake kinda thing instead of the traditional frying. I realize it won't be as crispy as if I fried it, but I'm willing to sacrifice that for the benefits. But if it's not going to stick, I won't bother, or I'll at least fry them enough to get the coating to stick and then finish them in the oven. I don't won't everyone to suffer their breading coming off in the orange sauce. Help?


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what are cheap ways to call the states from (sydney) australia / call australia from the states?

i'm assuming i'd be using a land line, but i'm not entirely sure. they say i can get a card and call for ausralia $.5/ minute, whatever that means (i'm in the states).


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"What one moment for you defines what it's like to be alive on this planet. What's your takeaway? ... Fake yuppie experiences that you had to spend money on, like white water rafting or elephant rides in Thailand don't count. I want to hear some small moment from your life that proves you're really alive." (Generation X - Douglas Coupland)

What are your moments? Please tell me.
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Celebrity Crushes

What is the longest crush you have had on a celebrity? Is it sad to have a crush on a celebrity?

I know some people think its really lame to fancy celebrities but I am sure everyone has had a crush on one at some point in their life.

People think I am sad for loving Phillip Schofield. Some of you may not know who he is as he is a British celebrity but I have loved him since I was 7 years old. So for 20 years now...I just think he is amazing. He was a kids tv presenter when I was a kid and has gone on to be a presenter of many shows but mainly known now in the UK for presenting This Morning a daytime lifestyle type show. I am very realistic about my crush but can't help but love it when I see him on the tv ;) hehe

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I remember reading a Live Journal entry a little while ago in which the author penned an entry about how a cat was really just like a weird roommate who woke you up at three a.m. by sitting on you and peering at you before they threw up and ran away (and did some other stuff, I believe). The entry was accompanied by pictures.

Would anyone have a link to this? It was pretty popular, I believe - it was passed around metaquoes and the cat communities a few dozen times but I just can't seem to find it.