April 23rd, 2009


clearly you are all zoologists

Why do humans tend to have solid one-mass bowel movements whereas grazing creatures such as gazelles defecate in small round pellets? Is there some biological advantage?

edit: My query is moreso on the specific rounded shape of the defecation, not so much the obvious differences such as diet and lifestyle. Why do we not poop perfect spheres?
Gaga: Elegant

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1. Do you use 2-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioner? What brand?
2. What is your favorite ice cream?
3. If you are a college student, is this your last week of classes? It seems a lot of my friends are taking their finals this week or the next, but I have three weeks left.
4. Do you watch Desperate Housewives? Would you agree or disagree with the opinion that the show is one of the only positive portrayals of women on TV? I've never seen an episode.
Naked Lunch

Left me here...

Hmmph. I just found out through back channels that a former love of mine is getting married. What is particularly bad about it is that I am almost solely responsible for our downfall. I will call her S. It's hard. I know I am supossed to be the upstanding human being and wish her the best and hey, I really do. I feel really shitty about what happened. I think it's hard for me because...well it's hard for me right now because...I have been feeling rejected by Amanda. And after all the trouble I went through and all the shit I thought out and contingencies planned out...I'm done. Finished with that. It blows when you see all your friends and exes hitching up, making lives for themselves and here you are, older than most of them, almost 29...and you have...NOTHING happening for you. I am supposed to be a buddhist, a man who is quite aware of the impermanence and suffering of this world. But as much as I remind myself of this (and it really is true...nothing is forever...NOTHING), it is hard to come to terms with this. I know one of my greatest downfalls is comparing my life to others'. Their happiness, success, knowledge, money, status. I know that I shouldn't do that. But it sucks. I have spent my 20s in a daze and then in a dark cloud of college research and social isolation. I'm about to come out into the BIG 3-0. And what do I have? I have a degree. I have booksmarts. I have a worldview. That's about it. As a social human being, I find myself, an adult, inept, fearful, wanting to dive off a cliff. This is the truth. If I knew where to get cyanide pills, I'd look into it. I'm done kids.

So the question is...well...what the fuck? I am feeling annoyed at A and then just inadequate, a failure over all. I welcome all criticism and comments.
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If I have two buckets, one with water and one without, is it possible to siphon the water from one to the other if they're on the same level? They're too heavy to lift up, FYI. What would I have to do to transfer the water from one to the other?

EDIT: Ok, it's a punching bag like this:

The black base is filled with water and the opening is at the top of the base. I need to get rid of the water. The punching bag is indoors in an apartment so I can't just dump it outside.
so, wow, hey


I swear the poll option hates me right now.  It isn't working.  I guess I'll just ask for your answer in the comments and check them tomorrow when I get home from school.

Which should I make the next time I bake something?

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do act differently before you get sick?

for example like with me i get really pissed off and snappy at everyone and my mom says she knows when im getting sick because of this lol

do you get sick a lot?

I'm all jittery, my mind is going 100 miles a minute, and it's wonderful!

When was the last time you pulled an all-nighter? As in, you literally stayed up all night, working on something or whatever it is you stayed up for.

My paper is due in seven and a half hours, and it's a quarter of the way done right now. I've got a can of Monster to sip on, a five-hour energy shot if need be, and I bought some ice cream just for the fuck of it. I should be all set, right?

Does anybody else's sleep schedule get fucked as easily as mine does? Since I'm staying up all night tonight, I know I'm gonna be nocturnal for the next four or five days because of it. And that stinks.

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Quick, this is important:

Spinach, artichoke hearts, ricotta, romano, provolone and mozzarella with alfredo sauce.

Macaroni noodles, ricotta, cheddar, romano, asiago with sharp cheddar sauce.

Ricotta, romano, provolone, mozzarella, asiago with marinara or meat sauce.

Ricotta, romano, provolone, mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni and meat sauce.

Five Cheese Lasagna topped with our homemade parmesan alfredo sauce.

Five Cheese Lasagna topped with a baked romano chicken breast and tomato cream sauce.

Spinach & Artichoke Lasagna topped with alfredo sauce and petite baked salmon filet.

Five Cheese Lasagna topped with tomato cream sauce and grilled shrimp.

Italian Meats Lasagna with tomato meat sauce and a big homemade meatball.

Red & White Lasagna with homemade alfredo sauce and roasted portabella mushroom.

Five Cheese Lasagna with fresh steamed broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes and marinara.

Which of these sounds the most delicious?

If you could only eat vegetarian or fish (not shellfish) which would you get?
Calvin balloon

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To the TQC-er who asked about her cat who was losing hair...
What did the vet say?? I was thinking about you last night.

To everyone else who isn't her....
What's the first thing you do in the morning?

For me, it's making coffee. I get that started even before I hit up the bathroom and shower!
Geek Grrl

Can you help my group TQC?

If you are a college/university student between the ages of 18 and 25, we need your help! My group in my Gender and Society class have a presentation next week, and we need more survey responses. I have turned anonymous posting on, so if you don't feel like identifying yourself, you don't have to. Your name and location will not be used in any account.

Please go to:


This is How We Do It

Out of sheer curiosity, for those of you out there who have ever tried to lose weight, exercise more, eat better, etc., what was your main source of inspiration to keep trying?

For example:
* to be healthier
* to be sexier
* to be better than someone else
* to piss off an ex
* to fit into a certain outfit
* an upcoming event or season
* so on and so forth...

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You may or may not remember when I asked for help with a topic for my research paper. Thanks to TQC, I ended up with 'The Application and Evolution of Iconic Baltimore Print Designs.' It hasn't been graded yet, but it's looking pretty darn successful!

Now I have two papers left to write for two different classes. I'm not convinced that I can't use the same topic for both papers (I may even be able to use the same paper for both classes).

One is a 'research paper demonstrating original thought' about anything that has to do with language for my Syntax class. One is a 'persuasive paper relating to my major (English/technology/design)' for my Writing class.

What, in your opinion, should I do:

A. Try to turn the Baltimore print design paper into something I could argue for my persuasive paper and use something else for my language-themed research paper;
B. Try to write both papers on 'The Notion of Correctness and Bad Language;'
c. Try to write both papers on 'Advertising and Rhetorical Devices;'
D. Do something completely different?


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Has anyone here ever taken beta blockers for performance anxiety? I am presenting some research at school tomorrow and my doc gave me some to combat my fear of speaking in front of crowds.

If you do take them (and if it’s not too personal of a question) what do you take them for? Do they work well for you? Anything I should expect?


Hopefully an Australian can answer this for me. Is Brahma Lodge, South Australia, a suburb in the sense of being a neighborhood within a city, or is it an actual city? Google tells me it is a suburb, but I know in some places a suburb is also a city/town. According to the map, it looks like a neighborhood but I'm just a stupid American.
text - something to say

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So there's this janitor in my all-girls dorm who drives me crazy. Any time he sees me he catches me and starts chatting and won't get the hint that I'm in a rush (because usually he catches me on my way to class). Last semester he walked in on me in the bathroom while I was brushing my teeth in my bathrobe. This morning he grabbed my arm without any preamble and I was like WUT.

He's not a creeper so much as just completely unaware (or deliberately ignoring) the many social registers between us (and I don't mean "social registers" like "he's a Janitor and I am a College Student" but rather "I really don't know this dude and he's seen me without pants"). He seems like a pretty nice guy but ACK.

TQC, what would you do in this situation? Would you just try to avoid him (which is virtually impossible) or would you tell him to GTFO?

I don't want to act like a snob but he's making me srsly uncomfortable.

Green thumb-less

Last summer I bought an aloe vera plant from the farmers market (it was very small and in a ziploc baggie)
I placed it on my counter with some other stuff and forgot about it until we moved 6 weeks ago. It still looked healthy and my husband said it was probably in a dormant state due to the coolness by the window.

SO here it is springtime and I put it in a pot with a sandy soil mix and it's starting to turn brown in some spots.

What the hell did I do wrong?
How can I fix it?
If i can't keep a simple plant alive how will I ever manage with children when that time comes????

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My left upper thigh/lower buttcheek keeps feeling like something really hot is blasting on it, like an oven or a space heater. But there are no heat sources! Why is my skin/flesh/nervous system freaking out? It is not otherwise irritated, there are no "burny" products on it like Icy Hot or anything either.

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I've mentioned before that i'm helping my sister and dad throw my mom a surprise 50th birthday party. I'm preparing the invitations to be sent out and i'm a little confused about addressing the envelope. It's a casual dinner party, so should I address it to "The Jones Family", or do something like "Mr. and Mrs. Greg Jones and family"?  I don't want to give the impression that this is a formal event.

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What were some of the more serious accidents/shenanigans you got yourself into as a kid?

Once, when I was around 3-4, I sat right down on an ant hill and proceeded to be stung by a swarm of red ants. I had to be rushed to the hospital.

And then, another time, when I was like 8 or 9, my sister and I went to go pick the fruit off some cactuses in the back yard to eat because we heard that's what the Indians did. We didn't wear gloves, so our hands just got completely covered with microscopic cactus spines that my mom had to use a magnifying glass and tweezers to remove over a period of hours.

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If your boyfriend of 3 years continued to talk to your ex best friend, even though she continues to talk shit about you and hates your guts, would you be mad? Mad enough to break up? He's not cheating on me with her, but we were all friends before she started to hate me and he feels that even though she's a "psycho bitch", he still continues to talk and hang out with her. What do you do/feel/say?

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If you are married, were married, or are even in the process of planning a wedding:

1. How much was the total cost?
2. Did you create a budget ahead of time? If so, did you go over/under it?
3. Who paid for it?
4. Where did you hold the wedding? The reception?
5. How many people did you plan for?
6. How much did you pay for a photographer, and what kind of package did you get?
7. Looking back, is there anything you would do differently?
Georgie - Smiles

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What are your favourite techniques to bump up your wordcount when you're writing an essay?

If you don't care about my homework, what movies do you know word-for-word?
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So it's time for me to get a new phone and I would have a discount on an iphone/ other phones, but I already have an itouch I got for free, so is it extremely pointless to want an iphone??

I always wish my itouch could call people so I can have it all in one.

What would I do with my itouch if i get the phone? Backup? Use both??

If you have an iphone do you like it?

Working/ Volunteering abroad

I was wondering if any of you have ever done any volunteer work or had gotten a job somewhere in a different country like Portugal, for example.

Ive been looking into spending the summer in Portugal and I have a place to stay and things like  all I need now is a way there, I was thinking maybe a job or some sort of organizattion that does work there would be able to help.

Do any of you know any? or have any ideas?
Kissing Parts

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"The more clearly you recognize who you do not want to be, then, the clearer your sense of identity and purpose will be."

So, TQC, what do you NOT want to be?

I don't want to be close-minded, judgmental, overly angry, or mediocre, to name a few.

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How can I add money to my Paypal account without getting someone else to pay me, and if I don't have a US bank account? Is there any way apart from opening a second account and paying from that account into my main one?

For the person recieving money through Paypal what's the difference between being paid by CC Paypal, and Paypal funds straight from the account? Does it clear faster or something?

I figure someone here in the all-knowing TQC might be able to help.

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my 15 year old sister stole my car (not borrowed without asking, she actually stole it and ran away from home).

what are the chances i will get it back not-destroyed? if i even get it back at all :(
when she is found, how should i kill her?

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I have a case of the dumb.

If someone were to work a "9-day fortnight work schedule," what does that mean? Fourteen days on the job, nine off?

edit: Okay, solved. New question:

If you could sit in the audience of any TV show, which show would you choose?

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I just found out a Sonic is coming to (relatively) close to my area, at least it's one I can get to.

Oh wise Sonic-consumers, what is the most glorious meal to order from this establishment to initiate me into the ways of this fast-food giant?

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Hey guys, I have a problem (again).

I think I have bipolar disorder. I'm afraid of my doctor because he's mean and scary. What do I do? I don't think I can keep doing this, my friends are starting to get concerned.

funny - balloon - prick

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"Important Announcement

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You can continue enjoying your GeoCities service until then — we just wanted you to let you know about the closure as soon as possible. We'll share more details this summer. For now, please visit the help center for more information."

Any thoughts TQC?

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1. What are some things that are timeless to you?

2. On the contrary, what are some things that, to you, represent ephemerality?

3. What kinds of things represent the passage of time? (I was thinking something along the lines of hair, which grows with the passage of time).

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If you have ever grown your hair long, how did you keep from getting bored and wanting to get it all cut off into a fantastic shorter haircut?

Or do you know any interesting haircuts for longer hair? Mine doesn't really have any style, it's just there.

If you don't care about haircuts, will you go to http://www.sometimesredsometimesblue.com/ and tell me if you get red or blue?

I got red.


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When you reach the end of the tube of toothpaste, do you find it easier to simply squeeze the toothpaste directly into your mouth and then brush or do you still apply it to the toothbrush?

Do you brush your teeth once, twice or more times per day?

Do you shower once, twice or more times per day?

Do you poop once, twice or more times per day?

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Poll #1388898 Surreal poll

What would you like on your fish sticks?

Facial hair

Your fish sticks are getting cold. What are you doing?

Rearranging my collection of meat
"Mommy, there is fire on the moon!"
Looking for the aardvark. It's invisible again
Tiptoeing through the emus

There's something in my soup. What is it?

Amy Winehouse
Third Reich

Did you like your fish? What adjective would you use to describe your fish sticks?

people |  rapp ; poetic/pathetic

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if you were going to dress as "crippling self-doubt" or "self-deprecation," how would you dress?

how would you dress as the emotion that you display the most?

do you have any good superstitions? as a craps player and a dungeons and dragons nerd, i'm very dice superstitious myself.

Thesis question

For my thesis I need to write a biography about someone who was young (between 10 and 30) during the 1960s. The sixties were obviously an awesome time, but everybody who has studied at least some history (or music) knows that the focus usually is on America and Europe. Therefore I'd like to try a new approach. So my question here is: who was young during the sixties, wouldn't mind to be interviewed about his/her experiences during that time and is from either Eastern Europa, Australia/New Zealand or Japan?
If you qualify for all three, please do drop a comment in which you shortly describe where you did what during the sixties. If you don't qualify for the last one, I'm still interested in your story but if possible I'd prefer someone from those countries. If you're uncomfortable spilling bits of your live on the internet that easily just tell me and I'll give you my e-mail.

Thanks in advance for helping me out! :)
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There's this pain in my ear and I'm not sure what it is from. I've never had a pimple in my ear so it could be that, but I also use earplugs so I'm thinking that they caused.. whatever's hurting. What do you think? How does a pimple feel like in an ear, and lets say it pops - how long will that take to feel better again?

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What's the longest amount of time you've been sick?

What's the most amount of work you've ever missed due to illness?

What's the sickest you've ever been?

How sick have you been, and yet still gone to work? Why did you go to work if you were that sick?
Kill Bill - Elle
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I'm getting a new laptop but cannot afford and will likely not be able to afford a mac unless I ask my mother, which I won't. So: which laptop do you recommend otherwise, and why?

What productive things have you done today?
macaroni murder lady

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I don't use canned fish, aside from tuna, but my husband is cooking salmon cakes and he sent me to the store to buy 7oz of canned salmon. This is simple, right? NO. There I saw, in the same brand, with the same label, a 14oz can (soup can shape/size) and a 7oz can (tuna can shape/size), each for the same price. Is this a trap? What is with that? What is the difference?

Edit: In my further internettings, I have found that it's likely the big can was skin-bones-n-all, while the small can I bought is boneless & skinless. Does that sound logical?



i just wiped down the stove, a gas stove, with clorox multisurface cleaner with bleach. of course i risned it by wiping it down a couple times with a watery sponge but now im paranoid that when i turn on one of the burners i will die by explosion.

so, am i going to die? is rinsing that way enough or do i need to do more? 
so, wow, hey

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My sister's dog is due to have puppies at the end of May and she's letting me have one.  Would you get a girl or a boy?  Any reason why?

PS.  My last dog, that we had for over 14 years, was a male.
Coffee cups

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Inspired by cestqui's sunglasses post...

Are prescription sunglasses beneficial? I used to wear contacts but had serious problems with them and am now restricted to glasses. I don't want to damage my eyes, but am also lacking in money these days.
Justin Timberlake Beyonce

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TQC Please help me make a major decision in my life. I have been employed by the same school district for the passed 4 years doing ABA therapy. I have recently interviewed and am waiting for my references to be checked by a private clinic that does ABA. Below are the pros and cons of each job. What should I do? (pros and cons under the cut). FIXED!


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That'll do, Pig

Bacon Beer

On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you about the blend of Babe and brew?

10. OMG This is awesome! I just made a mess of my shorts
9. It's pretty damn amazing. I'm greatly looking forward to this concoction
8. I'm definitely intrigued. I'm going to order some
7. It looks pretty interesting. I'll probably wait til more people to try it first
6. I like beer. I like bacon. Mixing them up seems a little strange but...sure, I'll try it
5. It's weird but harmless enough. I'll try a sip
4. Pretty damn strange. Um, none for me thanks
3. This is a horrible idea
2. WTF! Seriously, get that shit away from me
1. I don't drink alcohol and my religion prohibits me from consuming pork. This product offends me to the very core

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1. Are you planning on going to any music festivals this year? If so, which ones?
If not, which festivals do you wish you could go see?

2. If you were putting together your dream music festival, which bands would you have as the headliners? (including dead artists)

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I have a bunch of tv series on my external hd that I want to burn to dvds. Do I have to transfer them back to my laptop to burn them or not? My iMovie isn't recognizing the files on my Mybook.

For the idgaf crowd:

What is your favorite Friends episode?

What is the name of a local morning radio show where you live?
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I normally would just wing this but I'm dealing with three currencies and don't want to lose a bunch of money in transaction fees.

I am going to be in London for three days. How much money should I convert to pounds? I don't plan on buying souvenirs and I'm going to get an Oyster Card.

Or should I just not take cash and use ATMs as needed?

Moulding the soft brains of youth

My friend's nephew is about to turn two and we've decided that since he is a Child of the Future it is our duty to teach him to speak Internet. We already taught him to substitute "nom" for "yum".

What other words and phrases should we teach him? We also want him to be awesome and cool, what words could we teach him to make him more popular with his preschool buddies? (at the moment he is conquering some social roadblocks in the form of hitting and biting)

What day of the week will your next birthday be on? Are you happy about it? I just realised my 18th is a Sunday which is vaguely annoying.
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I'm looking for help with Air Tran Airways because their automated service line doesn't have the option to speak with a human unless I'm booking a flight.

Does anyone know if a backpack is considered a piece of carry-on, or can it be considered a personal item that I can have in addition to my suitcase?

ETA: Thank you all for your help!

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What is the hardest/most incomprehensible book you've ever attempted to read?

Ugh, one my classes has a lot of really crazy required reading, and I am having a tough time getting through it.  I normally can handle 'hard' reading, but some of this is just ridiculous.

Example, from Laura Riding's Anarchism is Not Enough

"The only productive design is designed waste. Designed creation results in nothing but the destruction of the designer; it is impossible to add to what is; all is and is made. Energy that attempts to make in the sense of making a numerical increase in the sum of made things is spitefully returned to itself unused. It is a would-be-happy-ness ending in unanticipated and disordered unhappiness. Energy that is aware of the impossibility of positive construction devotes itself to an order using-up and waste of itself: to an anticipated unhappiness which, because it has design, foreknowledge, is the nearest approach to happiness. Undesigned unhappiness and designed happiness both mean anarchism. Anarchism is not enough."

Seriously, wtf?  I have no idea how I'm supposed to write about this.



Hey guys. I just got my report card in the mail (I'm a junior in high school) and I got high honors for the first time since I was about..10. My parents were very impressed and want to reward me for it. The thing is, I don't really know what to ask for. What do you think is an appropriate reward for good grades?

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 Should I get this freckle checked out. My mom had skin cancer so every little thing freaks me out. Since I can't figure out how to post big pictures/ fail at life, here's the link: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=abkvoj&s=5

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GIRLS with medium to long hair:

If you have some photos of your hair handy, or if you're willing to ask someone nearby to take a some shots, could you post some? Your face doesn't need to be in the shot, just the hair.

(Why, you ask? I'm doing drawings of hair).
regina happy

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If you're graduating this year, who is your commencement speaker?
Or if you've already graduated, who WAS your commencement speaker?

I was supposed to graduate in June and was super excited to find out who was speaking since it was J.K. Rowling last year. But now I'm not graduating in June and they announced Secretary of Energy Steven Chu as speaker so I'm hoping it will be someone more ~exciting~ next year.
broken cock

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I'm trying to make a playlist for the gym. I have some decent songs from the Itunes Cardio playlist, but I need more. I remember awhile ago someone posting a playlist from the show "How I met your mother" That was something like slap your mothers ass kick her teeth in most awesome playlist. Something like that. Who knows of the rubbish I speak of?
Cadbury Creme Egg

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Tonight I was walking home from work when I walked by a man standing on the other side of the street wearing one of these costumes. I couldn't see his eyes through the costume but from the direction his body was angled, I could tell he was watching me as I walked down the street. There is rarely anyone in the street I was walking down, and he wasn't carrying pamphlets or anything so it wasn't a promotional thing. The man was alone, and there were no kids around to be enthralled by his costume. He just stood there. Hands by his side. Watching me.

What the fuck was this dude up to, you guys?

xray love

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What is your opinion on matching tattoos? I would never consider one for a boyfriend, but my best friend and I have been talking about getting one. What's your take on matching tattoos with a friend? Anyone have one?

(We met at Kindergarten orientation day and we're 27 now :o) So it's not an "Omg new BFF of the now" situation)
sammy is a bitchface sometimes...i'm a b
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What are some good (read: polite) ways of telling a friend from the east coast that I really don't feel like its the right time for me to be putting her up for a few weeks (possibly a month and a bit depending on how things go) in late July as she tries to move out here and find a job?

Should I just flat out say that or try and wiggle my way out of this?

We are not close friends necessarily. I met her through some random message board and we talk a couple times a week (sometimes not so frequently) online and I like her but I don't really feel like it's a good idea for this to go down if I haven't really met her in person and I only know her as much as a person can know some one online. She's a really sensitive person and takes things the wrong way from what I can tell (she has the issue of whining a little about non existent drama) so I'm not sure that just telling her that flat out would go over so well so I've stalled by saying I'll just have to see what my schedule is like cause I may be on vacation.

The kicker is that she has an aunt and a cousin who she is close with here and yet she's asking me if she can stay with me for a while when again, she only knows me as much as two people can know each other without ever really meeting or at least talking on a consistent basis instead of a few times a month over the course of 8 or 10 months.
Rogue night elf

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Are any of you ChaCha guides?

I've seen both very positive and negative experiences about it, specifically not getting paid. If you are/were a guide, did you get paid? Or ever not get paid? Do you like working for them?

For those not guides, what are the funniest/oddest questions you have asked chacha? And what was the response?

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What are the usual toppings for your local hot dog?

When I lived in NYC it was those red-colored stewed onions, sauerkraut, ketchup, mustard. In RI the predominant dog dish seems to be the hot wiener, which comes with "meat sauce" (not to be confused with chili), chopped raw onions, and celery salt.
kitty + books

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so a while ago i started watching smallville from the beginning. i'm at the beginning of season 6 now. my question: are we supposed to like lana? DOES anyone like lana? or do you want to punch her in the face as much as i do?

if you don't watch SV: what's stressing you out right now?

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When you go out to eat with just one other person, do you sit side by side?
Do you think this is weird? Because I do.