February 12th, 2010

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My housemates and I bought a couch that was owned by a cat lady. I'm allergic to cats. I'm allergic to my couch. What are some cheap ways to reduce the allergens in my couch? I've read things that say "clean it" but what's the best way?

I am edit prone today.
don't stop believin:-)

thanks you guys

Ok, I don't watch the Simpsons, but after looking up Ned Flanders, he's perfect. Thanks!

So, question for those who watch the Simpsons: Would it be fair to call Homer Simpson a protagonist? (If not, alternate terms are welcome.)

A more TQC-y question: So, how long do/did you generally procrastinate before doing your homework?

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I have a feeling a similar question may have been posted recently but I went back two pages, couldnt find one and decided to post this. Don't get too angry.

If your SO didnt get you anything for Valentine's day or make any plans would you be pissed? Would you care? And what are you doing for Valentine's day/anti-valentine's day?

cut for me whining.
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Your SO has suddenly died (car crash...OK). Now you're in the search for a shiny new SO.
What is one (or more ) things you're looking for in the new SO that the old SO didn't do/have/wasn't?

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Should I venture out today or should I endure one last day in the house (due to the massive snow this week)? I don't have a car and I'm not sure how good public transportation will be.

Don't know or care, what are you NOT looking forward to?
profile, b&W

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Are you going to watch the opening ceremonies tonight for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics?

Yep! I'm very excited about the winter olympics being in Canada this year.

What are you wearing today?

I am a proud Canadian. This is what I wore to work.

DK/DC What is your background?

I'm half French and half Scottish, and born and raised in Canada.
LOL Twatlight

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TQC - Validate my laziness

Today is the last day of college before half term. I've been unwell (I has a cold). College is pissing me off with a combination of not teaching me the things I need to know, expecting me to do those things 30 seconds after being told how to do said things, being rushed to do said thing, work not being check after being rushed, people passing after not being checked properly, a couple of asswipes in my class.
I don't have an exam. I'm probably not going to pass any practical assessments today. I already feel so stressed I want to pull my hair out.

So do I go to college today or not?

Poll #1524545 Student Life

Do I go to college?

Yes you lazy Student!!!
No. Go skive at the city all day.
tardis - by animotus

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Have you ever bought a new pair of jeans, took them home, wore them, noticed a nasty ass smell coming from them, washed them a few times, wore them again and the smell came back, almost stronger?

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Good morning TQC!

So, I'm thinking about renting an apartment next year on my college campus. I... have no idea how to do this. I've never had to make monthly payments for anything and at the moment I don't even have a job. That can (hopefully) be fixed, but I'm still a little terrified at the idea. Seasoned apartment renters, how do I go about finding a good apartment without getting gypped? What should I look for and what should I avoid?

DKDC: Share your first-time-out-on-your-own stories?

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I had to talk/sneak my way into work today.  The base is shut down for "winter storm warnings" (it's 40 and raining...big deal), and the base is closed to all but "essential personnel".  My company is considered essential; I personally am not.  But, I managed to get here simply because I didn't want to waste 8 vacation hours sitting at home with nothing to do on a rainy day.

So...now that I'm here...and pretty much the only one in the office (and there's not really anything to do all day)...how should I entertain myself?

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I should make myself some buttermilk pancakes for breakfast, y/n? I have real maple syrup, none of that fake "pancake syrup" bullshit.

With or without butterscotch chips?

What are your plans for the day?
I'm going to a job fair this afternoon, maybe, if people aren't big huge idiots about driving in the "snow" (we MIGHT get an inch. lolol), but other than that I got nothin.

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What sort of music cheers you up?
What sort of music depresses you?

If you're the sort of person who hates music (who are you?), what cheers you up or depresses you?

[edit]If you listen to metal, can you recommend some good female-fronted bands (aside from Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, and Within Temptation)?

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lead me

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My school is ridiculous. IT blocks sites for no reason and I can't find decent photo hosting. Photobucket, imgur.com, and tinypic.com are all blocked. Twitpic works but it's slow and I can't do much with it. Facebook takes foreverrr on this connection. What photo hosting sites do you know of besides these?

omg finally

my kid is fiiiiiiiiinnnnnaaaaallllllyyyyy getting her braces off monday after next. i'm going to make her a gift basket full of non-braces-friendly foods and plan on including a bag of those kraft caramel squares, a couple sugar daddies, skittles, and a bunch of different kinds of gum. do you have any suggestions for what else might go in there?

how do you react when someone is tailgating you when you're driving?

what if you're going the speed limit and the person behind you is flashing their brights and honking at you? (this happened to me on my way home from work last night and i didn't do anything because that particular road is a speed trap.)

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TQC, what do you do to motivate yourself? I have a whole house to clean and I would like to get it done by this afternoon, but I just don't want to. Ugh.

Favorite sandwich?

Do you have a favorite thing to wear? Why?
Bite me, bitch...

Calling all cooks and/or people with large families

I have limited experience cooking in general and what cooking I have done has been for a max of two people. My mom wants me to start making dinner but it's for six of us and I don't want to make the same things she does. I'm also po', so I can't do delicately braised saffron infused lobster tails with bird spit soup sauce and a caviar garnish.

Question: Do you have any recipes or know any sites with recipes that I should try out?

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I'm going to be doing an internship out of state within the year. They provide apartments for interns which have basic furniture and cooking utensils. Aside from towels, bedding, storage bins, etc. what are some house things i'll need to bring? I've started a list but surely I am not thinking of everything.

following on from my previous post...

  In Australia, our universal health care system is called Medicare (website: http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/about/whatwedo/medicare.jsp). Independent midwives who attend home births are not currently covered under Medicare. This means that if you want a trained midwife to assist you during your pregnancy and birth, it can cost around $5000.

Do you think midwives who attend home births should be covered under Medicare (making the service either free or much cheaper)? Why/why not? If you have a similar system where you live, do you know if midwives are covered? Should they be covered?
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Hello.  I'm looking for books to read or research that involve a tumultuous friendship/any type of relationship that leads to self discovery.  The two I have in mind (don't laugh, they're obviously completely different styles of books) are A Separate Peace by John Knowles and Looking for Alaska by John Greene.  The idea of one quieter character who is befriended by an enigmatic type, their friendship is complicated, maybe someone dies, etc.  What other books that follow this theme can you suggest?
Mitty box

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Are you in the Deep South?
Are you looking forward to your snowfall tonight?
Have you already gotten snow?
When was the last time your area had a recorded snowfall?

I'm not too far south, but we usually don't get this much wintry weather. I hate it and love it all at the same time.

For those of you who live in North East, do you remember the Blizzard of '92?
What about the Blizzard of '96?
Do you think this recent snowfall will be the Blizzard of 2010?

I lived in PA for the first and NJ for the second. I remember we had to climb out a window to go out and play in the snow because we had at least 3-4 feet.

kind of hard to explain..

So, I'm thinking about selling a ton of clothing online.
If I sell them on ebay, should I
a. sell them all together (I have all kinds of different things) or
b. Sell them by type of shirt (they're all shirts but like polos, sleeveless, button up, blouses, etc.)?

Is there any other way I could sell them online?

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Which of these characters would you sooner sleep with?

Tony the Tiger
Fred Flintstone
Capt'n Crunch
Snap, Crackle and Pop...enlarged to human scale
The Trix rabbit
Lucky the Leprachaun

Which of these characters would you sooner sleep with?

Daphne (Scooby Doo)
Phillip J. Fry (Futurama)
Troy McClure (Simpsons)
Quagmire (Family Guy)
Zan and Jayna (Super Friends)
Princess Clara (Drawn Together)
Frylock (ATHF)
He-Man (Masters of the Universe)
Gargamel (Smurfs)
Luanne Platter (King of the Hill)

Which of these characters would you sooner sleep with?

Captain Hook
Cindarella's stepsisters
Shan Yu

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So TQC, what colour should I paint my nails?

So, which colour/s?

Blue & black
Green & black
Blue & green
A combination of all 3
These colours suck
first love

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Have you ever gotten drunk before noon?

What were the circumstances?

How did you justify it?

Yesterday, I was bored, and we have vodka and bloody mary mix on hand. I was painting a cabinet set and thought, "Why not?"

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My co-worker sent me an electronic cookie-gram for valentine's day, except I have to take my code into the bakery to get my cookie. How lame is that? Also, what kind of cookie should I get?

Do you have school/work on Monday?

I don't! It seems like a lot of people do, which is odd since my company doesn't exactly have a lot of holiday days

What's the last thing to disappoint you?

My husband has been out of town for two weeks and was supposed to return today, which is awesome, except he was supposed to fly out of Atlanta. Two canceled flights later, I'm thinking he won't make it today. We were supposed to be having a fun v-day weekend out of town this weekend, complete with a couples' 10k :(
Apolo flag

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Do you know what Victoria's Secret is?
What kind of sauce should I make with my pasta today?
Have you ever been someone's one phone call? Who was it for? Is the one phne call really the king of all phone calls?

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A career as a porn actor/actress and being a prostitute: In your opinion, are they essentially the same thing, essentially different, not related beyond both being sex professions, etc?
yummy beer!, yummy

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So I skimmed back through today's posts and didn't see it - apologies if I missed it.

Did you know that the new season of "Survivor" is its 20TH here in the US?? There was a moment in last night's premiere that just cracked me up (and don't let the title fool you - it's a little misleading):

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what's the last moment that made you laugh out loud and/or took you by surprise?
zombie baby cede! :D

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I found a box of tea packets in the kitchen. Considering I boil the water, how old would the tea have to be before I need to worry about death? 
(This shit could easily be from before 2000)

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So I'm a nursing student and will be starting clinicals in the fall. I really, really want to get some related work experience this summer.

I won't get out of school until the beginning of May and I go to school half way across the country. Should I start applying for jobs now or is it too soon?

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The friends I usually hang out with on weekends ALL went home for the weekend. It's freaking me out. Three of them were going home for Valentine's Day and then they ALL followed. The only ones left are going to a frat and I haaaaaaaaate frats.

So I am extremely bored and snowed in my dorm for the next two days. What can I do to entertain myself? I have very limited TV channels and almost no books. Any fun websites other than Sporcle and Facebook? ENTERTAIN MEEEEEEEEEEEE
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This morning I transfered $20-something from my savings account to my checking account, online. IT automatically took the money out of my savings but didn't put it in my checking.
How long should I wait before calling the bank and having them figure out where my money is?

Every other time I've made a transfer online it goes into the other account right away.

Edit: Thanks, I tried called and "due to inclement weather [they] are experiencing extremely long hold times" so I'm just going to go to the bank tomorrow morning and see what's up, if it's still not in my account tomorrow.

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I'm writing a fictional story for fun, and there's a particular character I need a name for. He's the 'bad guy' in the story and I'd like to find a name that fits. So, TQC, what names sound like sinister/bad guy names to you? Be as creative as you want to!
MISC - moustache

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I'm trying to remember two computer games I played as a kid. One was in the early to mid 90s, the other was around 2000.

First game: You could choose from a variety of scenes, like the wild west, put things into the scene, like trains and horses, and then it would animate the scene. I don't think it was KidPix, because I played it on my home computer and my parents wouldn't have sprung for that. I think the version I had was a demo.

Second game: You played a British explorer with a moustache whose job it was to fly around the world and take pictures.

Help? (x-posted to whatwasthatone)

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I've had the most stressful few weeks TQC, and now I want some awesome girly pampering time. Except I want it cheap, because I'm a poor poor student. I know that some training places do treatments cheaply because they need people to practise on, but my Google-Fu is failing because I don't know how to word it best.

TL;DR: What's the best thing to search for when I want an inexpensive beauty treatment?

DK/DC: what's your week been like?

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Is TQC going to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies? I'm thuper excited!

Canadian TQCers and others who care: who do you think is going to light the Olympic Flame? I hope it's Terry Fox's mom.

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I still have not received a W-2 from one of my employers. The FAFSA deadline for the most aid money is on Sunday, and so I NEED to file my taxes as soon as possible. I've stalked called my employer like crazy, but they refuse to fax it or do it online. What do I do? I tried to use my pay stubs as information but they're missing a whole bunch of info that I need (EIN, taxes withheld) and the office for questions like this is closed for the weekend (not that they ever answer, anyway).
2017 cat

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Do bobby pins make the airport metal detector go off?

It seems that sometimes I've had my hair clipped back and it didn't(and sometimes it did)..but I can't remember whether I clipped it with bobby pins..


I just read The Glass Castle and loved it. What are some other nonfiction memoirs that you enjoy? I read Waiter Rant and am in the process of hunting down The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

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I work in a clothing store and we're doing a wee fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Care. A customer has made a cake & for £1 you get to 3 tries at guessing the weight of the cake. Since it's Valentines Day on Sunday, the cake has hearts on it & we have a tiny amount of love themed decorations.

It's running today & tomorrow but so far it hasn't been very popular.

I'm going in tomorrow on my day off to try and get as much raised as possible. Any suggestions as to how I can acheive this? 

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What's your favorite geologic era?

Do you hold grudges longer against people you know well or those you barely know?

Play-Doh or plasticine?

Why do poster frames cost so much?
Clem & Joely

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((Dammit, so you can't edit a new poll into an already open entry can you?))

Well, here's the question, rephrased, anyway.

Is one of your main responses to the idea of a god or higher power: "then why do bad things happen in the world/why is there pain & suffering?"?

Possible answers I wanted to have:
- Yes
-No, I have other reasons and this one does not affect my point of view.
-I do believe in a god or higher power.

I'm fine with people believing in whatever they do, but I find it surprising that so many peoples' reason for not believing a god is because of pain and suffering.
legs motherfucker

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Annoying piercing question, sorry... but I promise its not a "how much did it hurt":

Anyway, I want to get my nose pierced. Anyone out there who has/had theirs pierced... how much did it swell (if it did swell) and for how long did it swell?
-I know I could ask a piercing or body mod community, but you guys are faster to responses.

Unrelated, do you have any family members that just seem to have something against you for no good reason? Tell me stories?
-My aunt does, I think its because she has a kid my age and she always compares us to make my cousin seem better. Whenever I do anything new, she's always demeaning. I got my first job at a grocery store when I was 16 and at my birthday party when my dad told her I just got the job she loudly exclaimed that I'd never talk to anyone and I'd be awful at the job.

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My mum has some strange phrases/sayings that she uses often. These are some I can remember, there's probably quite a few more. (Some of them I've heard other people use on occasion) Collapse )

What are some weird phrases/words that you or someone you know uses?

Does your SO snore? How do you cope with it?
My bf's snoring has got really really loud lately. I often wake up through the night & cannot get back to sleep because of it. So I go to sleep on the sofa & he'll get offended that I'm not sleeping with him. He doesn't realise just how loud it can be.
Peggy Blink

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What are some fucking hilarious April Fool's jokes?
My boyfriend and I have a few friends that have gotten engaged since Thanksgiving (a total of 8 couples!), so we're going to change our Facebook relationship statuses to "engaged" and I am going to take a picture with a ring on and freak everyone out for a day. We've been dating a little less than a year, and I'm in the process of a divorce, so it'd be funny to see my family flip out.
Failing that, I need something more awesome.

Have you ever fallen for an April Fools joke?
sigur ros birds

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I'm trying to remember the name of a country. I'm pretty sure it's tropical. The only definitive thing I remember is that they have a huge multi-day festival that occurs every 400ish days. Does this ring a bell for anyone?

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There's a girl...

Who's my age (18) and is the daughter of a lawyer.
I've never been in a fight before.

With that in mind, how much trouble do you think I'd get in for punching this girl in the face?

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 If you could pick one, which would you read? The Awakening by Kate Chopin or Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Our teacher is letting us pick but I'm horrible at making decision.

If you haven't read either of those books what book do you think everyone should read?
Peggy Blink

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Okay, scenario:
Say for the past three nights, you have not been able to sleep because it is so hot in your room. Your room mate has a bedroom with a door leading to the back yard. Your room mate is also your landlady, so it's REALLY her house. Anyway, your bedroom is very small and windowless. WITHOUT the heat, you have to blow a box fan at full blast to feel comfortable. You find the thermostat set to 83 degrees. Your bedroom feels more like 90. There is no circulating air whatsoever in your room because, again, no window. Your room mate has mentioned several times that she should insulate her windows and put film over the door in her room, but hasn't. She also has a space heater. To top it off, the $40 box of chocolate you bought your SO for Valentine's Day melted because you hid it under your bed. You wake up drenched in sweat because it is so fucking hot.

Would it be rational for you to turn off the thermostat and leave a passive aggressive note on it?
If not, what would you do?

I think I might move my bed out to the living room and crack a window tomorrow while she's gone so she gets the hint.

I'm not paying rent for a few months, saving money, and moving out of here. Then telling the fire dept. that she's renting the room because it IS apparently illegal to rent a room without windows.


Do you only seem to attract crazies?  Details?
The last one was messed up from past relationship troubles and could never look me in the eyes, the one I am (was?) planning to ask out is on meds for being crazy which make her hallucinate and have blank spots in her memory during which time she does odd/out of character things.

Seriously, what's with all the crazy people?

Are you self-conscious about your music?  What do you most want for people to not know you listen to? 
Someone grabbed my ipod today and I was D: until I got it back.