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= March 13 =
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== dumbfounded ==
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PLEASE help me! I absolutely cannot find a way to contact Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of my favorite show Samurai Jack.  If somewhere you were left an email or postal address after creating a page on the hit series, ''please'' send it to me at [email removed] or respond below -Please and Thankyou (for reading, even if this can't be helped)
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::I suggest you to actually call Cartoon Network and go through their bureaucratic hell. They probably won't give you any information if you're just a fan, though. ☢ [[User:Kieff|<span style="letter-spacing:1px"><span style="font-size:110%">Ҡ</span>''i''∊''<span style="vertical-align:-0.2em;font-size:110%">ff</span>''</span>]]<span style="font-size:120%">⌇</span>[[User_talk:Kieff|<span style="font-size:110%">↯</span>]] 01:00, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Dammit Jim, I'm an encyclopedia, not a phone book for celebrities! —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 01:01, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Who exactly is Jim? [[User:Kilo-Lima|'''Kilo-Lima''']] ''<sup>[[User talk:Kilo-Lima|Vous pouvez parler]]</sup>'' 17:39, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::[[James T. Kirk]] [[User:Brian Schlosser42|Brian Schlosser42]] 17:59, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::And in today's episode, the part of [[Leonard McCoy | Dr. Leonard  "Bones" McCoy]] is being played by [[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]]. --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 19:37, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::I'm kinda trying to make that a fad. I think it's funnier than "suitly emphazi". —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 23:48, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::It's sad (for us old guys), to think that this zoomed over the head of the young 'uns. --[[User:Zeizmic|Zeizmic]] 19:01, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::I got it...[[User:64.198.112.210|64.198.112.210]] 20:38, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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== refund theft ==
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Isn't it stupid to practice [[refund theft]]?
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You may get some goods but you leave a highly visible trail that can come back to haunt you. If you're a Target executive, you have a list of stolen goods (you check your stocked items quarterly, don't you?) from all shops, a list of refund records from all shops, you can easily create a list of suspects. And then you keep an eye on them if they come again.
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Let's say if [[Claude Allen|Allen]] buys an expensive DVD recorder today and he's on the watchlist, you can ask your guys to mark the other DVD recorders (one dirt cheap RFID tag would be good enough). If Allen takes a marked DVD recorder to the counter and asks for refund, call the police.
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Do shops in the U.S. use RFID tags to counter refund theft? -- [[User:Toytoy|Toytoy]] 05:12, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:The desperate, the lazy, and the misguided often do stupid things. So do stupid people. [[User:Notinasnaid|Notinasnaid]] 09:15, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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*Yes, it's stupid to practice [[refund theft]]. So is practicing any other sort of theft.- [[User:131.211.210.13|131.211.210.13]] 10:04, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Email confirmation regulations ==
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I recently signed up to a UK National Science Week thing, and the ritual confirmation email said that it had to be confirmed "to comply with UK regulations". What are these--[[User:84.51.149.80|84.51.149.80]] 18:04, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:[http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2003/20032426.htm The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations, 2003], at a guess (which is mainly about cold calling and giving the TPS teeth; section 22 is the email bit).  From the sounds of it, they're covering themselves particularly vigorously -- if you gave them your email when you signed up then (as I read it, but IANevenremotelyAL) they only have to make sure you can opt out later.  Then again, maybe they're considering the "practical joker puts in address of their victim to get them spammed" angle. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 08:42, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Name for a baby sea lion and baby sea otter ==
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My son is doing a project for school and he needs an 11 letter word for a baby sea lion and a 5 letter word for sea otter.  Can you help.  Thanks.  Pat
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:[http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/animals/Animalbabies.shtml This page] has "whelp" for the sea otter.  I can't find anything with 11 letters for the young sea lion. --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 19:16, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Well, "babysealion" has 11 letters and "otter" has 5 letters. [[User:JIP|<font color="#CC0000">J</font><font color="#00CC00">I</font><font color="#0000CC">P</font>]] | [[User talk:JIP|Talk]] 19:26, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::[[Pinniped]] pup would work, if you don't count the space.  --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 21:59, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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== one piece pajama sleepers. ==
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Good Day,
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First thank you for your help.  I want to know what year was the blanket sleeper invented.  You can e-mail me back at (email removed to protect you from spammers, and please read the top of the page)
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Do to a family difference this question has been driving me crazy. I really appreciate it if you would clear this up for me.
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Thank you kindly,
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Laura Miltz
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:I couldn't find an answer, but I didn't like seeing the email sitting there for potential harvesting by ne'er-do-wells.  --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 21:54, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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Did you try searching under the name [[Dr. Denton]] ?  Here's a pic: [http://www.taconicalumni.org/1976.html]. I got 1865 by doing some math based on the following article: [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb3127/is_200403/ai_n7835594] [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 22:38, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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They are also called [[footy pajamas]] or [[footed pajamas]].  Here's a pic: [http://footypajamas.com/index.php?cPath=2]. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 00:00, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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==Guantanamo Bay==
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[After above five edit conflicts!] According to the Daily Mail a few days ago (a very Conservative and pro-George W. Bush newspaper), there is a technique used at Guantanamo Bay saying that the convited lies down on a board and their legs are raised. Then cling-film is placed over their nose and mouth, then water is poured onto their faces. Now, what exactly is this supposed to do the the convict. Obviously it's supposed to force them to release informarion, but how does it really "work"? Thanks! [[User:Kilo-Lima|'''Kilo-Lima''']] ''<sup>[[User talk:Kilo-Lima|Vous pouvez parler]]</sup>'' 19:33, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::I'd like to see the source for that info, please.  Specifically I want to know if they said those things do happen there, or if they are just stating a rumor they heard somewhere.  [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 22:31, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:I haven't tried it myself, but if enough water is poured onto the face, I would think the answer would be "kill". The weight of the water pushes the cling film tightly onto the nose and mouth, cutting off access to fresh air, and the convict dies of asphyxiation. At least that's an extreme case. [[User:JIP|<font color="#CC0000">J</font><font color="#00CC00">I</font><font color="#0000CC">P</font>]] | [[User talk:JIP|Talk]] 19:56, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::See [[waterboarding]]. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 20:04, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Please note that a Gitmo detainee is not "the convicted" or "convict" as they have not been tried. --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 20:12, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Yes, I suppose; but some have been and have remained there for several years. [[User:Kilo-Lima|'''Kilo-Lima''']] ''<sup>[[User talk:Kilo-Lima|Vous pouvez parler]]</sup>'' 21:20, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::They're not suspects, they're not convicts, they're not prisoners of war. If we were to ask the US Government what they '''are''', then, the reply would be "Who cares? They're bloody ragheads, and we will incarcerate them just because we can. Now shut up or we'll bomb your sorry little cheese-eating country back to stone age." Or am I exaggerating again? =) [[User:JIP|<font color="#CC0000">J</font><font color="#00CC00">I</font><font color="#0000CC">P</font>]] | [[User talk:JIP|Talk]] 21:34, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::Yes, you've gone way over the deep end.  They call them "detainees", but suspects would be a fair way to characterize them.  They are only there because the US suspects them of being terrorists.  If the US sent every turban-wearer it could there, they would have millions in custody, not just a few hundred. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 22:31, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::Sorry about that, then. But I had to express my contempt about the way the Bush administration originally handled the situation. [[User:JIP|<font color="#CC0000">J</font><font color="#00CC00">I</font><font color="#0000CC">P</font>]] | [[User talk:JIP|Talk]] 22:39, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::::You are indeed exaggerating.  We found it too tedious to bomb people back to the Stone Age, so now we bomb them only back to the Iron Age. [[User:JamesMLane|JamesMLane]]<small>&nbsp;[[User_talk:JamesMLane|t]]&nbsp;[[Special:Contributions/JamesMLane|c]]</small> 06:23, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::They're not suspects in the legal sense of the word because they don't fall under any jurisdiction. That's the whole point of gitmo, isn't it? [[User:DirkvdM|DirkvdM]] 06:53, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Finnish cheese? Is it any good? [[User:David Sneek|David Sneek]] 21:48, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Yes, actually. Finland produces rather good Edam, I eat it often on bread or Karelian pastries. Grated Polar cheese goes well with pasta, it's almost as good as Mozzarella. I am also a fan of blue cheese but I think that comes from Denmark. [[User:JIP|<font color="#CC0000">J</font><font color="#00CC00">I</font><font color="#0000CC">P</font>]] | [[User talk:JIP|Talk]] 21:52, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::Denmark has [[Danish blue]] and France has [[Bleu de Bresse|bleu]]. Both nice (if you like blue fungi). And [[Edam]] is Dutch, thank you very much. [[User:DirkvdM|DirkvdM]] 06:53, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::It would be nice if the [[Danish blue]] link were blue too. Don't look at me, I'm no expert, I just eat the stuff. [[User:DirkvdM|DirkvdM]] 06:57, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::Since I raised the question of the terminology for the detainees, and I am a US citizen, will "they" be bombing me?  I have a good idea where they could start. Also, I hope that Polar cheese doesn't have anything to do with bears!  :-)  --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 21:57, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::''Finnish'' [[Edam cheese|Edam]]?!? As a Dutchman I have to say I find this very disturbing. [[User:David Sneek|David Sneek]] 22:12, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Yes, it is Finnish Edam cheese. It is made by [[Valio]], a Finnish dairy company. No, Polar cheese does not have anything to do with bears. Not all "polar" things are [[polar bear]]s. And no matter what people tell you, there are no native polar bears in Finland. That was a myth originally dating back to the early 20th century, when the statues of normal brown bears (which '''are''' native to Finland) in the Paris World Fair had not been painted yet when the pavillion was opened. [[User:JIP|<font color="#CC0000">J</font><font color="#00CC00">I</font><font color="#0000CC">P</font>]] | [[User talk:JIP|Talk]] 22:36, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Finnish Edam worries me a bit, too - everyone knows the finest Edam comes from New Zealand! :) [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 22:53, 13 March 2006 (UTC) (who personally prefers a nice Whitestone Brie)
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:::I don't see Polar at [[List_of_cheeses#Finland]], perhaps a new article is in order? [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 02:35, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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* http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/08/opinion/08wed1.html
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: March 8, 2006
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: Editorial
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: They Came for the Chicken Farmer
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: This has been our nightmare since the Bush administration began stashing prisoners it did not want to account for in Guantánamo Bay: An ordinary man with a name something like a Taliban bigwig's is swept up in the dragnet and imprisoned without any hope of proving his innocence.
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: ... President Bush told Americans to trust in his judgment after he arrogated the right to arrest anyone, anywhere in the world, and toss people into indefinite detention. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld infamously proclaimed that the men at Guantánamo Bay were "the worst of the worst."
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: ... Far too many show no signs of being a threat to American national security. Some, it appears, did nothing at all. And they have no way to get a fair hearing because Gitmo was created outside the law.
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: Take the case of Abdur Sayed Rahman, as recounted in Monday's Times. The transcripts quote Mr. Rahman as saying he was arrested in his Pakistani village in January 2002, flown to Afghanistan, accused of being the Taliban's deputy foreign minister and then thrown into a cell in Guantánamo Bay. "I am only a chicken farmer in Pakistan," he said, adding that the Taliban official was named Abdur Zahid Rahman.
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Hopefully they catch some dairy farmers who wear cheap [[Casio]] watches as well. -- [[User:Toytoy|Toytoy]] 03:24, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Also they planned to propagate bird flu in tiny sealed envelopes, pretending it was a wedding present. They are dangerous. --[[User:Harvestman|DLL]] 18:51, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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I accidentally ran into this mixture of views, and I really don’t want to alter the opinion people have about US Government Affairs. I am an eight year USMC Vet including half of my enlistment in the thick of things overseas in Iraq. I have had duty handling detainees, and I agree that some of them do not deserve to be there. Generally they are treated well, and I am not allowed to disclose any specific techniques for "Information Extraction" But I have never seen anything quite that cruel. Unfortunately when trying to get any information from some of these people; being nice doesn’t really work all that well. For that matter just keeping them well behaved you have to show them there are consequences to acting out. They are not imprisoned (Innocent or otherwise) to be hugged, and well loved. I can hardly see myself condoning torture, or abuse to someone who is imprisoned. I was appalled by the actions of that demented Army girl who built naked Iraqi Pyramids, and there is no doubt in my mind that other similar incidents have happened numerous times by individual service members. People do abuse their power when they are ignorant. To say that George Bush is directly involved with torture techniques is all a bit ridiculous in my mind. I am not a pro or a con when it comes to our commander and chief, he disappoints me half the time and impresses me the other half. He gets blamed for everything from terrorist attacks to hurricanes which almost makes it seem as if people believe he has some God like ability to snap his fingers and fix the world if he wants to, but chooses not to. When he waited a month to declare official war the world screamed, “What’s taking you so long?” Many of those same people seem to have forgotten the thousands of American lives Jihads (Whatever you want to call them) have ended since the late seventies and now they are asking, “Why are we there?” The fact is unless you are involved you simply can’t wrap your brain around the intangibles. The Media can expose so many ulterior motives from oil, to torture, but the Media also has ulterior motives; namely sales, and political agenda. I see both sides of the fence on all of these issues, and I have been directly involved. Incidentally the old "I am only a chicken farmer!" trick has been the default story for enemy soldiers, terrorists and insurgents since everything started, what do chicken farmers use 155mm Artillery shells for? All this talk about polar bears, cheese and chicken made me hungry!
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== Arts ==
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What are the similarities between the art of literature and dances?
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:Sometimes literature can dance, like in [http://www.joergalbrecht.de/es/deutschedichter.de/werk.asp?Titel=Ganymed&ID=145 this] poem by [[Friedrich Hölderlin]]:
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::...nun eilt er,
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::Der Linkische; der spottet der Schlacken nun,
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::Und nimmt und bricht und wirft die Zerbrochenen
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::Zorntrunken, spielend, dort und da zum
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::Schauenden Ufer, und bei des Fremdlings
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::Besondrer Stimme stehen die Herden auf,
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::Es regen sich die Wälder, es hört tief Land
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::Den Stromgeist fern, und schaudernd regt im
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::Nabel der Erde der Geist sich wieder.
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:More generally, I'd say that what connects them is music. The relationship between dance and music is evident, and in literature too, the rhythms of the language, the melody of a sentence are often striving towards music. [[User:David Sneek|David Sneek]] 20:54, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::I thought I could read German, but now I'm not sure anymore. Then again, I get the same sort of feeling when I read Dutch poetry. It's all Chinese to me. [[User:DirkvdM|DirkvdM]] 07:00, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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They both have accepted forms and traditions, but continue to excite becuase of the room for personal expression in the execution. They both convey this to others in ways that are rarely overt are both seldomly done completely privately. -[[User:LambaJan|LambaJan]] 03:17, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:There were Muses for both. Danse may be practised alone or collectively, the last is less found in writing. Danses evolve, books stay (but inseminate ideas for new books).
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:You can find a text about a dance, as in Kings(number it) when David recalls his dancing. Less frequent : a dance about a text, or maybe it was a dance before a bonfire of bad books. Dancing is elaborate, but came before writing which is differently elaborate. Do your eyes dance when you read too much or when the text makes you feel dizzy ? --[[User:Harvestman|DLL]] 18:45, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Unknown Research Institute ==
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Am reposting my question from [[WP:RD/H]] for a little more discussion (even if it is against the rules):
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Does anyone know of a fledgling "Blakeley Research Institute" based in Geneva? I and some of my colleagues have been receiving encrypted mails from someone there for some time already. The cipher was Vigenère, and decryption revealed a threat of some sort to a colleague. I've checked with the police, and they say they're doing everything they can, but meanwhile, we're still getting these letters! Google didn't turn up anything, so it could be a hoax, but just checking to see if there really is no such place. After all, Google has been known to make mistakes. Thanks. [[User:Igor the Lion|<font face="Palatino Linotype" color="black">Igor the Lion</font>]][[User_talk:Igor the Lion|<font color="red"><sup>(Roar!)</sup></font>]] 22:52, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Stocks ==
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Where can I find the price of a certain stock from a certain date in history?  I'm looking for the price of Socket Communications (SCKT) on April 6, 2004.  Thanks, [[User:Dismas|Dismas]]|[[User talk:Dismas|<sup>(talk)</sup>]] 22:57, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Nevermind, found it.  [[User:Dismas|Dismas]]|[[User talk:Dismas|<sup>(talk)</sup>]]
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::Where? Tell us! -- [[Image:Flag_of_the_United_States.svg|17px]] [[User:Mac Davis|<span style="font-family:Times;color:navy;cursor:crosshair;"><em><font color=#006600>Mac Davis</font></em></span>]]] ☢ [[User talk:Mac Davis|&#xE0D;&#x19B;.]] 11:27, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::There are probably other sites that do the same but I went to CNN.com, went to the financial section, got a current quote for the stock, then I saw a link for a historical quote.  After getting to that page all you have to do is plug in the date and it'll give you the high, low, and close from that day.
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== Memory Recall ==
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How does memory recall work or how does our brains recall stored images, memories, etc.?  What does that involve and how do neurotransmitters play a role in this?
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:Short answer: Nobody knows. You should become a neuroscientist and figure it out. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 23:49, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Longer answer: See [[Memory#Physiology]]. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 23:50, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
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I used to know the answer, but my memory recall fails me at the moment. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 00:10, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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From memory (mine is still somewhat functional) and some 'original research': Neurons connect due to stimuli caused by incoming currents from the senses, forming patterns that grow stronger as the same thing is observed more often. Thus, the logic is formed that 'if I see ''this'', then ''that'' must be there too, because that has regularly been the case before '. You can also conjure up these images by thinking about them. Those are called memories. Neurotransmitters pass on the stimuli between the neurons (the name sort of gives that away). [[User:DirkvdM|DirkvdM]] 07:12, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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== wedding invitations ==
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My son is getting married on the beach this summer in California, which is home to both Bride and Groom.  My son is stationed in GA, he is in the Air Force and on a minimum budget.  On the wedding invitation we want to request gift cards or cash, as it would be difficult to mail all of the gifts to GA.  How do we gracefully make this request.  What is proper ediquite in this situation?
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::Tell people to send gift cards to California but that any other items are to be sent direct to the Georgia address. You'll find most of them opt for the former. [[User:Jameswilson|Jameswilson]] 02:28, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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Maybe something along the lines of:
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:We're honoured by your presence at this union and even more by your involvement in our lives. Even as we already express this with spirit, life, love and communication, these channels don't carry mail, and the ones that do charge a heavy premium. If you wish to express your love and joy for this occasion with a material gift, please let it be one that fits inside a little envelope.
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Or something that more suites your personality. -[[User:LambaJan|LambaJan]] 03:09, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:I'm impressed! :) &mdash; [[User:Flamingspinach|flamingspinach]] | [[User_talk:Flamingspinach|(talk)]] 03:35, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Thanks, I work extra hard for the public domain. -[[User:LambaJan|LambaJan]]
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Maybe [[Etiquette|ediquite]] has some answers too. [[User:DirkvdM|DirkvdM]] 07:15, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:[[Miss Manners]] would be spinning in her grave, if she were dead.  But she's not, although yet another question about how to properly phrase an extortion request on a wedding invitation might just do it.  1. There is no obligation on any guest to provide a gift of any kind, although traditionally most guests will do so.  2. Those that are invited to the wedding are presumably supposed to be close friends and relations who know who lives where etc.  3. If one insists on treating the wedding as little more than a glorified [[rent party]], then one should assume burden of the freight charges.  --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 14:34, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Dude, Miss Manners isn't dead. -[[User:LambaJan|LambaJan]] 02:37, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::As he said, "if she were dead".  '''''Proper''''' etiquette does not mention gifts at all.  [[User:Zoe]]|[[User talk:Zoe|<sup>(talk)</sup>]] 03:39, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::I also said "But she's not"; I'm not sure how that could have been clearer.  --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 16:33, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::Sorry, it was very late. -[[User:LambaJan|LambaJan]] 20:39, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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= March 14 =
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==From ''Filth'' by Irvine Welsh:  "the purple tin"==
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I've looked, but I can't find out what kind of beverage is referred to as "the purple tin" in the book.  I'm assuming it's some kind of cheap, potent malt liquor or lager, but what brand?.  I've been to Scotland, but didn't see any "purple tins." [[User:Brian G. Crawford|Brian G. Crawford]] 02:55, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:[[Tennents]] Super (see [http://www.irvinewelsh.net/intro.htm])&mdash;which is indeed comparable to US [[malt liquor]]. &#8212;[[User:Mirv|Charles P._]]<small>[[User talk:Mirv|(Mirv)]]</small> 05:20, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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::They're not in purple tins, they're dark blue. I don't think they're comparable to malt liquor either as Tennants Super is only about 12% alcohol by volume. [[User:AllanHainey|AllanHainey]] 12:03, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::U.S. malt liquors are less than that - between 6 and 10 % according to our article. Despite the name they are not "hard liquor". [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 16:25, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Yes, it's Tennants Super, in the purple tinnies.  Ex sponsors of [[Glasgow Rangers]], I think. They're called purple, despite being dark blue <S>because Scottish people are stupid</s>.    Um, I mean, I don't know why they're described as being purple. [[User:Proto|<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"><font color="#007700">Proto</font></span></span>]]<font color="#555555"><b>||</b></font><small>[[User_talk:Proto|<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"><font color="#007700">type</font></span></span>]]</small> 16:36, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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Thank you! [[User:Brian G. Crawford|Brian G. Crawford]] 19:04, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Party ==
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Does someone the name of a libertarian-socialistic political party in the United States?
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:What does "libertarian-socialistic" even mean? [[Libertarianism]] and [[socialism]] are very different philosophies. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 04:18, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Do you want to tell the editors of [[Libertarian socialism]], or shall I? ;) --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 08:24, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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::The [[Peace and Freedom Party (United States)|Peace and Freedom Party]], maybe?
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== Zacarias Moussaui ==
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When he first was in the news, they pronouced his name ZACK-CAR-I-US. Now why do they pronouce it ZA-CARRY-US. What's with the pronouncation change?
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:Most likely someone told them the right way to do it and they'd been guessing incorrectly before that.  Happens surprisingly often. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 08:26, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Burlington Railway in Chicago ==
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I was wondering if you would be able to locate some contact information to the Burlington Northern Railroad? I understand that they operate out of Chicago but it has been very hard to locate any actual telephone numbers and adresses.
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Hector M. Saldana
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:It's now Burlington Northern Santa Fe (there was a merger) and their head office is in Texas.  If you do a Google phrase search on their name  (or even just "burlington northern") their home page is the first hit, and like many companies, there is a "contact us" link on it -- in fact Google also gives you a direct link to that. [http://www.bnsf.com/aboutbnsf/contacts.html Here's the contacts page] with a central phone number and links for different departments. --Anonymous, 17:08 UTC, March 14, 2006.
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:If you are looking for information on the [[BNSF Railway Line | commuter line]], you might have to start with Metra. --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 17:10, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Our article on [[Burlington Northern Railroad]] gives historical information about the pre-merger company, and directs you to [[BNSF Railway]] for the article about the current company.  If in fact you mean the Chicago-area commuter line, its article at [[BNSF Railway Line]] includes the URL for its website.  At http://metrarail.com/contact-Metra.html you'll find the contact information. [[User:JamesMLane|JamesMLane]]<small>&nbsp;[[User_talk:JamesMLane|t]]&nbsp;[[Special:Contributions/JamesMLane|c]]</small> 06:38, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== orgin surname hill ==
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''[Question moved here from the Help Desk by [[User:Kilo-Lima|User:Kilo-Lima]]]''
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family name hill in 1792 in tyrell county, north carolina  where can i find the family history and where did the name hill come from?
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:Place surnames generally refer to the place the bearer of the name lived. People with the surname 'Hill' may have lived on or under a hill, or next to an important hill.  [[User:64.198.112.210|64.198.112.210]] 20:50, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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::FWIW, there are a few famous Hill families, one of them I know of well (since my SO is a descendant) is the Hills of [[Hodnet]] in [[Shropshire, England]], who can be traced back to the 14th century pretty readily - the original surname in that case was "Hull", which is simply a midlands English variety of the same name. The surname Hill is very common, and originates largely from western England, particularly from [[Devon]] north to about [[Worcestershire]]. As to where your particular ancestors with that surname came from, there are any number of good genealogy websites around which might be able to help. [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 00:42, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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== song artist and title ==
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can you please tell me what the artist and title was to a song that i heard at the tri nations rugby league games that the teams came out to.
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== where to find the history of Hamilton, Ont. Canada ==
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Hi - I am new to this web site and I am wondering where I go to search for history of cities.
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Thanks
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J
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:We have a specific article for [[History of Hamilton, Ontario]].  More generally, the search box mid-way down the left hand column (if you're on the default skin) is a good way to try and find things. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 20:57, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Changing Currency For Large Sums ==
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If I go to study in Holland, I'll want to convert about £8000 into Euros. What is the cheapest way I can do this? What are the chances of UK converting to the Euro in the next couple of months? Wont someone please think of the students!! --[[User:Username132|Username132]] 21:50, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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:There are places on the high street which will convert money commission-free, I think the Post Office may be one. Have a look around.  There's no chance of the UK adopting the Euro without at least 12 months notice, which as yet doesn't look like happening at all.<br>[[User:Slumgum|Slumgum]] 22:24, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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::They may convert the money commission-free, but the ''rate'' at which they do the conversion is usually lousy.  Banks may charge a commission, but the rates are often more attractive.  Try your bank.  Oh, and presumably you'll open a bank account in Holland, so rather than get the whole 8000 quid converted to cash (which is of course a theft risk and attracts the attention of security people) it may be easier to open the bank account and get the money [[wire transfer]]red into the new account.  --[[User:Robert Merkel|Robert Merkel]] 00:00, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Well could I open two accounts in different countries (UK and say, France) with the same bank, transfer the money to Europe and then transfer it to an account in the Netherlands? --[[User:Username132|Username132]] ([[User talk:Username132|talk]]) 10:07, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::The best and safest thing you can do is find out which banks in Holland have a reciprocal arrangement with your bank (if you're with any of the big ones, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, etc, there are banks in Holland that have such agreements), and just withdraw money over there using your UK cash card.  You'll pay no commission, get a ''far'' better exchange rate, and not have to worry about converting 8 grand in one go. You shouldn't need to bother opening an account in the Netherlands, unless you plan on working part-time when you're there (as getting paid then becomes a pain). If you do plan on working whilst you're there, then opening account wil be easier if you pick a bank chain that your bank has an agreement with (as before). [[User:Proto|<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"><font color="#007700">Proto</font></span></span>]]<font color="#555555"><b>||</b></font><small>[[User_talk:Proto|<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"><font color="#007700">type</font></span></span>]]</small> 12:27, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:By the way to answer the other part of your question, there is no chance at all that the UK would convert to Euros in the next couple of months. Even if they decided to do it today, the preparations would take years. [[User:Notinasnaid|Notinasnaid]] 15:18, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== American Currency ==
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I have a 1917 $2 bill and I am wondering how much it is worth?
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:What condition is it in ? [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 22:39, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
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I don't have a book handy, but large notes are rare.  A large $2 note is even rarer.  My advice is to check out a book on paper currency and figure out what grade it is.  Then call or email or visit some coin and currency dealers for an appraisal. [[User:Brian G. Crawford|Brian G. Crawford]] 00:57, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:[[United States two-dollar bill]] may be of interest.--[[User:Commander Keane|Commander Keane]] 02:01, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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= March 15 =
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== Social Security numbers after you die ==
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What happens to a Social Security number when a person dies? Is it recycled? Reused? If a person dies, can someone take his SSN and steal his identity, get a credit card and buy stuff? The article didn't say. --[[User:Blue387|Blue387]] 02:22, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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*The Social Security Administration does not re-use numbers (see Q20@[http://www.ssa.gov/history/hfaq.html]), and records when someone dies (their "Death Index" is useful for geneological researchers[http://www.progenealogists.com/aboutssdi.htm]), and has done so since at least 1962. Someone using a SSN of a person with a valid death certificate would probably get caught pretty quick. --[[User:Fastfission|Fastfission]] 02:39, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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**What if there was no death certificate? Someone can take the SSN of a recent dead person and steal his/her identity. I read it could happen [http://newyorkmetro.com/guides/changeyourlife/16044/index2.html here]; see #12. --[[User:Blue387|Blue387]] 03:05, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::What if a person was thought dead but actually wasn't and, when he returned to his hometown, used his number again? Would he get arrested, esp. if he had lost his ID and other means of identification? [[User:Igor the Lion|<font face="Palatino Linotype" color="black">Igor the Lion</font>]][[User_talk:Igor the Lion|<font color="red"><sup>(Roar!)</sup></font>]] 15:15, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::Check out [[Fingerprint]]s and [[DNA]]. [[User:Here7ic|Here7ic]] 04:26, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:See [http://www.slate.com/id/2081843/] for some info on that [[User:Oskar Sigvardsson|Oskar]] 01:31, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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As Finnish social security numbers include the date of birth (and are not recycled when the century changes, even that has been taken into account), someone else getting your social security number would involve that person travelling back in time and getting born at a different time. So therefore I think it's pretty impossible. [[User:JIP|<font color="#CC0000">J</font><font color="#00CC00">I</font><font color="#0000CC">P</font>]] | [[User talk:JIP|Talk]] 18:26, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Travel Question ==
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How far is it from Flachau (Austria), Seoul (South Korea), and Moscow (Russia) to Torino, Italy?
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:If this is a ''travel'' question, the distance obviously depends on the route you take.  But if you just want the great-circle distance, [http://www.indo.com/distance this web page] can compute it for you (I don't know to what accuracy).  Flachau is not in their database of place names, but you can enter the coordinates.  From my map of Austria, I make it to be at 47:20N 13:24E (degrees and minutes). --Anonymous, 03:48 UTC, March 15, 2006.
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== The Marvel Comics Charactor called Punisher ==
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I have been curious for some time about a few things pertaining to the Punisher Story lines. What was his wifes name? What was her maiden name? How many children did they have? What is the real name of his arch enemy Jigsaw? How did Jigsaw get the scars?
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Thats it for now.
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*You might look at our articles on [[Punisher]] and [[Jigsaw (comics)]], which seem to have that information in them. --[[User:Fastfission|Fastfission]] 02:36, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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== guninea pig's hearing ==
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My daughter is doing a science experiment with her guinea pig, Kiwi.  We have had Kiwi for 7 months.  Her experiment is to test the affects of different kinds of music on her guinea pig, as the control pig, and other guinea pigs.  My daughter plans on playing the flute, singing to her and playing classical, country, pop and rock music.  She appears to have very sensitive hearing.  When I walk in the room very quietly and she appears to be sound asleep, her head pops up automatically.
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Just for background information, my daughter would like to include some info on their hearing in general.  I have seen references to hearing loss testing but nothing about their actual hearing sensitivity. 
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Does anyone have any information and can point me in the right direction to get such knowledge?
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Thank you.
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type -- [[User:66.75.148.101|66.75.148.101]] 03:37, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:A google search for "[http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=guinea+pig+hearing&btnG=Google+Search&meta= guinea pig hearing]" indicated that they are used in medical experiments about human hearing loss because the configuration their inner ear is very similar to a human's.  That doesn't mean that they hear the same things, though.  --[[User:Robert Merkel|Robert Merkel]] 05:10, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Using a guinea pig for experimentation. How original. Especially when it's a flightless guinea pig. [[User:DirkvdM|DirkvdM]] 09:56, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Yes, I never tried using one that doesn't fly. -[[User:LambaJan|LambaJan]] 20:42, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Mr. Sub commercials (Canada) ==
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The Canadian sandwich chain [[Mr. Sub]] has been running a couple of really odd commercials. I'm wondering if anyone else can enlighten me with the proper interpretation.
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In the first, a man of about 30 is sitting in a basement, slowly turning a light bulb on and off with a pullchain. He then presses play on a casette player, and the ''Lone Ranger'' theme ([[William Tell Overture]]) begins to play. For a few seconds, he furiously turns the light on and off, before stopping and sitting in the dark for a couple of seconds. The screen then changes to a big graphic that reads "TRY NEW THINGS," and an announcer introduces a new sandwich.
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In the second ad, we see another man of about 30 in a room that is completely bare except for a dresser, two paintings -- perhaps the man's parents -- and two objects on the floor: a trumpet and a doll, I think. The man silently picks up those two objects, looks up at the ceiling for a second, then climbs into the open bottom drawer of the dresser. We see that he appears to have a black-and-white picture of a man (perhaps his father) attached to his lapel. He curls up and then closes the drawer from the inside. We then get the "TRY NEW THINGS" graphic.
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Maybe it's just me, but these ads seem a little arcane for a chain of sandwich shops. What the heck is going on? Is the first ad supposed to show that the guy in the basement has such a pathetic life that he turns a light bulb on and off for fun? Or is turning the light on and off to the Lone Ranger theme supposed to be his idea of "trying new things?" And I have absolutely no handle on the second ad at all. Perhaps the guy hasn't gotten over the deaths of his parents and is stuck in his childhood, but that wouldn't explain why the room is bare or, for that matter, how sandwiches come into play.
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[[User:Mwalcoff|Mwalcoff]] 04:34, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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I think the point is to catch your attention and make you aware of the brand and remember it, which worked for you.  As for a simple explanation of the contents of the ads, I think the point that yes, the man has such a pathetic life that going to eat at a different restaurant would be a good and welcome change. [[User:Brian G. Crawford|Brian G. Crawford]] 04:52, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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== A quick question in involving 'petifores' and how no one knows it's actually spelled 'petit fours'. ==
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Why are people too stupid to know that?
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:<s>[[petit fours]].</s> <small>this made more sense in an [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Miscellaneous&diff=43846823&oldid=43846794 unswizzled context]</small>&#8212;[[User:Mirv|Charles P._]]<small>[[User talk:Mirv|(Mirv)]]</small> 05:10, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Isn't it "petits fours"?  I know the problem.  It's not a question of stupidity, just ignorance.  If you've never learnt French, and/or never come across that expression before, you could hardly be blamed for not knowing that it was two words, not one, and how they were spelled.  I was sent an email recently asking whether someone was "a bonnified de facto partner".  It took me a little while to realise they meant "bona fide".  See also [[mondegreen]]s.  [[User:JackofOz|JackofOz]] 06:07, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Languages constantly borrow from other languages and mispronounce and misspell the words. English pronunciation of French words can be quite amusing ('deja vous' means 'already you', for example - and, yes, I know there should have been two accentmarks there, I'm just being lazy). I bet English is full of misspelled words. Also, many people can't even spell their own language, so, yes, stupidity (*) does come in here too. And of course the spelling of words changes within a language too. Just look at old English texts. I wonder if that is caused by one 'stupidity' piled on another over time. [[User:DirkvdM|DirkvdM]] 10:04, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::I assume by (*) you mean the stupidity of the educational authorities of our so-called greatest countries in the world, for allowing such an outcome to ever develop, or ever get anywhere near developing.  (Don't get me started.) [[User:JackofOz|JackofOz]] 13:27, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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: Are you "too stupid" to know that "question" is actually spelled "quæstionem"? Borrowed words and idioms don't need to keep their spelling, you know. --[[User:BluePlatypus|BluePlatypus]] 14:43, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::''Question'' is borrowed from Latin? Of course it comes from Latin indirectly, but that's not the same as borrowing. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 15:50, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::: It comes from Latin via French, yes. That just means both the French and English were both too stupid to get it right. And by induction, anyone not speaking Proto-Indo-European is a moron. Words change. Language changes. It's been going on forever, and drawing a line in the sand at some point in history and saying whoever crosses it is "stupid", is just patently ridiculous. --[[User:BluePlatypus|BluePlatypus]] 17:30, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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== google images ==
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how do add images to google images?
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:You don't. The Google webcrawlers should pick up the image and categorise it based on the image filename, the link text pointing to the image, and text adjacent to the image. --[[User:Canley|Canley]] 07:06, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::so lets say you upload the files to freewebs or whatever and google will eventuallly find it?--[[User:154.20.89.16|154.20.89.16]] 21:13, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::If there is a link pointing to it, Google will eventually find it, so long as the link pointing to it has a link pointing to it as well (and so forth, all the way up the chain). But it can take a few weeks before it finds it. --[[User:Fastfission|Fastfission]] 23:42, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Sharon ==
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How is the health condition of Israel's Prime Minister Sharon at this time?
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:[[Illnesses of Ariel Sharon]] has more details here on Wikipedia.  [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1139395604889&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull This article from the Jerusalem Post] (3 hrs old as of this timestamp, according to Google News) says that his hospital are saying that contrary to some reports there hasn't been any improvement, and he remains serious but stable. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 08:13, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Wood working television show ==
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There used to be a television show on about woodworking with vintage /antique tools. The host was a red headed man. I need to know his name, the name of the show, and is there a place to get a copy of his shows.
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Thanks, Ron Brumley
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:And we need to know the country you're talking a out first, and is there a way to get people to realise the importance of this bit of info before they ask so we don't have to ask them about that every time. :) [[User:DirkvdM|DirkvdM]] 10:06, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Assume U.S. Do you mean the Woodwright's Shop[http://www.uncpress.unc.edu/woodwright/] by " longtime master housewright at Colonial Williamsburg, Roy Underhill"? [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 18:46, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::In the time it took me to save my edit, I found [[Galoot]] which says Woodwright's Shop is the one I was thinking of. - [[User:Taxman|Taxman]] <sup><small>[[User talk:Taxman|Talk]]</small></sup> 21:54, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::WP:RD sez ''"Be specific - explain your question in detail if necessary, addressing exactly what you'd like answered. For information that changes from country to country (or from state to state), such as legal, fiscal or institutional matters, please specify the jurisdiction you're interested in."''
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:::One should add "such as TV programs also". --[[User:Harvestman|DLL]] 21:50, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::There is a [[PBS]] show that meets that definition, but I don't recall the name and I don't see it in the list in that article, so it may not be a PBS production, but one that my local station picks up. For all I know it would be the one Rmhermen mentioned. The people on [[Talk:The New Yankee Workshop]] would be highly likely to be able to give you the name if you are asking about the US. - [[User:Taxman|Taxman]] <sup><small>[[User talk:Taxman|Talk]]</small></sup> 21:52, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (continued from March 8th) ==
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Quake 4 is not meant to work either but it does, although its QUITE GREEN.
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== how do you do the techniques in hp photo commercial ==
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what software do i need to create the special effects in the hp tv ad with people moving in and out of album frames? if possible, can anyone tell me how this is done in detail?
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here are the hp link to the video and then a spoof done by someone who apparently knows how to do the trick.
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http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/hpads/tvpromo.html?mtxs=home-corp&mtxb=B1&mtxl=L3
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http://www.jokaroo.com/extremevideos/hpphoto.html
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:It's done using clever use of 3D [[compositing]]. I'll try and very quickly explain it: you film yourself holding an empty frame over your face and pulling a silly face. Using compositing software, you copy the image of your face out and composite it over the frame. As the frame moves around, you alter the perspective and size of the photo in 3D to correspond with the frame. There's a tutorial [http://vegas.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=33143 here] of how to do it in [[Sony Vegas]], but I reckon you could also do this in [[Adobe After Effects]], [[Apple Shake]], or any other tools with 3D compositing features. --[[User:Canley|Canley]] 11:22, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== migration ==
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what are the advantages and disadvantages of migraton?
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*The advantages are that if you migrate somewhere, you can avoid doing your own homework.  If you stay in the same place, then you are sedentary, and you have to do your own homework.  You, my friend, are thus sedentary.  But see [[migration]] for a start. [[User:Proto|<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"><font color="#007700">Proto</font></span></span>]]<font color="#555555"><b>||</b></font><small>[[User_talk:Proto|<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"><font color="#007700">type</font></span></span>]]</small> 15:23, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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: [[high-five]] to [[User:Proto|Proto]]. That response almost makes up for your sig. [[User:The bellman|The bellman]] 13:08, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Why the Western Front? ==
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Can anybody explain why Britain and France called their battlefront against the Germans in WW1 The Western Front and not the Eastern Front?  I appreciate that they had an ally, Russia, who fought on the German's Eastern Front (was that therefore the Russians Western Front?) but there was no British or French forces on that front.  A British expression for death in the war was "going West" (homewards?) so they knew they were going East to fight.  Hardly an earth-shattering puzzle but it has bothered me for ages, and despite extensive searching have not found anything.
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:I think the point is that the ''war'' had two fronts, and the western front was the western of these. 'Eastern' and 'western' were used to distinguish the fronts from one another. [[User:Markalexander100|Mark]][[User talk:Markalexander100|<sup>your words</sup>]] 16:14, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Exactly.  "Eastern Front"/"Further Western Front" and "Further Eastern Front"/"Western Front" don't have quite the same ring. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 16:31, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::It was called the [[Western Front]] in both wars [[ Western Front (World War I)]] & [[Western Front (World War II)]]. It would also seem that the Germans called it the western front as well. See the book [[All Quiet on the Western Front|Im Westen nichts Neues]]. [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 21:39, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::That and Germany was probably the reference point -- it is their "West" and "East" that are being used here. --[[User:Fastfission|Fastfission]] 23:44, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::There doesn't need to have been any reference point except the fronts themselves.  As said above, one was west of the other. --Anon, 02:51 UTC, March 16.
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:::::Of course, since the Earth is a sphere, if you went far enough East from the "Eastern Front" you would get to the "Western Front" and vice-versa.  However, obviously you would go by the shortest route.  It would have been a bit trickier if the fronts were on opposite sides of the world. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 04:21, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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==what is a risk on using a NOW account==
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== Finger chewing ==
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I am new  yet things slowly seem to come to light as though Im riding a bike. yet I cant seem to get the swing of finger chewing nails and the proceedure and the movemint of "eating food"  Please help I am desperate. and what is this ritual done for other than the obviouse
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::I can't understand the question.  Will you please clarify it by using actual sentences ?  A question mark should follow the question.  This is a question mark -> ? [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 04:13, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:You might like to read up on [[nail biting]], and [[pacifier]]. Good luck. --[[User:Shantavira|Shantavira]] 19:41, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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== best [[CD-R]] menufacturers in [[USA]] ==
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May be this is overuse of [[Wikipedia:Reference desk]] but can someone tell which are good CD-R to buy in US? Good means: cheap, lasting long (don't scratch easily and whatever else that makes it good), able to be written without going bad. Thanks. [[User:AshishG|AshishG]]<sup>[[User_talk:AshishG|talk]]</sup><sub>{{CURRENTTIME}}, [[{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}]], [[{{CURRENTYEAR}}]] ([[UTC]]).</sub>
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:I'm under the impression that the quality is very similar between different manufacturers with that product. I would suggest purchasing the cheapest ones. -[[User:LambaJan|LambaJan]] 20:45, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Hey, I'd recommend a brand name, such as Sony, Memorex, or Maxell. Even name brands can be found really cheap, especially buying them in a spindle. I find with no name brands one is more likely to end up with more coasters (people should recycle used CD-R's, just saying!), also some CD players, moreso older ones, will have trouble reading them (however it varies). The name brands are worth the extra few cents versus no name for quality alone. I think name brands are more likely to go on sale too (depends I suppose), so they may even be less expensive, also depends on where one shops. Chances may be some no name brands are made by the same company that make name brands, but that gets a little more tricky. I still get name brands nowadays, and as I said, deals are out there. Hope that helps. [[User:Willzyx|Willzyx]] 04:47, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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Personally, I think RW discs may last longer because these discs are inorganic. -- [[User:Toytoy|Toytoy]] 06:55, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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Cheap CD-Rs are not as reflective as pressed discs, which has two results: A, the laser has to work harder to read them and B, scratches and marks will have a greater effect. Ritek are the best (they are about 80% as good as a storebought CD), and Ridata and Sony are good too.
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== US Air Force Flag Insignias ==
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 +
hi there,
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my daughter is doing a project on the history of the US Air Force Flag; we are unable to answer a question and were wondering if you could help us.  We need to know the meaning/significance of the insignas on US Air Force Flag.  If you could help us, we would greatly appreciate it; if not, could you maybe point us in the right direction? thanks in advance for any help that you can give us
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susan mcglone
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(email removed.  please read the top of the page)  --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 20:06, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:There is a decent description of the flag and the symbols [http://www.jcs-group.com/military/rank/symbols.html here].  --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 22:09, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Alternatively, you could try posting the request to someone who is a member of the "Flags of the world" mailing list, since there are many vexillologists there who may be able to help. Contact details are [http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/mailme.html here]. [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 06:00, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Trying to locate a faculty member ==
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 +
A friend of mine asked me to help locate Father Gene Grolmous.  Father Grolmous was associated with St. Louis University's National Conference held in 1982, dealing with "Lessons to be Learned from the Hyatt Hotel Disastor in Kansas City".  It is believed that Father Grolmous was Assistant Professor of Speech.  He did have some poetry published.  Prior to joining the faculty there, he was at Rockhurst College.
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The friend who would like to locate him is named Chuck Hayes.  Father Grolmus was often a visitor in his home.  Chuck was also involved in the conference, having been a survivor of the Hyatt disaster.
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Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Thank you.
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Jean Allen
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(email removed. please read the top of the page) --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 20:51, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Takeover of Wikipedia ==
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Can it happen that disgruntled users, developers, or ''Britannica'' writers decide to takeover Wikipedia (or Wikimedia itself), removing all the administrator, bureaucrat, and developer rights from everybody except themselves, and blocking all the pages except talk pages?
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:In theory, for 5 minutes, someone could begin such a "reign of terror".  Until somebody comes along with database access and deletes the offending account.  In practice, with all of the backups, etc, scattered around, it's very unlikely that WP would be permanently locked out by pranksters. &mdash; [[User:Lomn|Lomn]] <small>[[User Talk:Lomn|Talk]]</small> 21:32, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::And how great is the possibility of a physical attack on Wikipedia's servers? And what if the people who take over ''are'' the ones with database access? I know it sounds paranoid, but hey, we live in an age of terrorism.
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:I would think they have better uses of their time, like cash depots. --[[User:Zeizmic|Zeizmic]] 21:48, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Haha. I ask questions, I expect answers, not sarcastic jootsing comments. I'm talking about ''Britannica'' users posing as Wikipedia service personnel. Or perhaps retired al-qaeda suicide admins. Not penniless teenagers.
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::::If one of the developers decided to bugger things up, it would create some temporary damage, but could really do nothing more in the end than 1. forcing a re-install of MediaWiki from whatever the last build was, and 2. forcing a reset to the last database dump available. Nothing long term would really be possible; it would be a one-time affair. --[[User:Fastfission|Fastfission]] 23:38, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Worst case scenario: Florida is wiped out by nuclear weapons. Jimmy along with the rest of the staff has been killed by evil squirrels, all of the developers get avian flu, and most of the American Contributers go mad from drinking to much snapple. There would still be complete wikipedia dumps available, and any one who wants can set up a fork with a DSL connection and a copy of MediaWiki in ten minutes. It would take alot to bring down Wikipedia. [[User:Oskar Sigvardsson|Oskar]] 01:27, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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Isn't this happy guy's polite questioning style somewhat familiar? --[[User:Zeizmic|Zeizmic]] 02:25, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Use CheckUser if you're trying to prove that I'm one of your abhorrent vandals and you'll end up disproving yourselves. Big laugh from my side. Anyway, I got what I want, so why bother? {{unsigned|84.154.85.140}}
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::This is interesting question! Is there is director's board like body on Wikipedia where members can talk to each other on phone (apart from talk pages) in case of emergency? [[User:AshishG|AshishG]]<sup>[[User_talk:AshishG|talk]]</sup><sub>{{CURRENTTIME}}, [[{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}]], [[{{CURRENTYEAR}}]] ([[UTC]]).</sub>
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:::Well, usually when something's wrong, people go rant about it on [[WP:IRC|our IRC channels]]. (''BTW, AshishG, shouldn't you use subst: in your signature? 'Cause it's now permanently displaying the current time instead of post time.'') [[User:Misza13|Misza]][[User:Misza13/Esperanza|<font color="green">'''13'''</font>]] <sup><u>'''[[User talk:Misza13|T]] [[Special:Contributions/Misza13|C]]'''</u></sup> 12:49, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== History ==
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Who was it that claimed to have read all the books ever written and when was it said?
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Thank you, Brad Roberts
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*Whoever they were was no doubt incorrect or lying. At no point in known human history would it ever have been possible for any individual to read all books (defined loosely) ever written. Even if numerical amounts were not a problem (i.e., not too many books), the problem of languages would probably have been, and geographical distances would definitely have been. --[[User:Fastfission|Fastfission]] 23:41, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
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::not to mention the problem of [[lost works]]. for every work that once existed but is now known only by its title (if that), there are probably many more that have vanished without trace. &#8212;[[User:Mirv|Charles P._]]<small>[[User talk:Mirv|(Mirv)]]</small> 01:34, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Well, ''technically'' the writer of the very first book could have said this before the second book was written... [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 06:02, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::[[Stéphane Mallarmé]] has that poem ''"La chair est triste, hélas! et jai lu tous les livres. Fuir! là-bas fuir! Je sens que des oiseaux sont ivres. D'être parmi l'écume inconnue et les cieux!"'' (Flesh is sad, alas, & I read every book ...) --[[User:Harvestman|DLL]] 21:43, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== ATI vs Nvidia ==
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Can someone who knows a lot about graphics cards please tell me which is the best possible graphics card out in the market. I have heard that the ATI x1900 series is the best one but I am not sure. Also, which company builds better graphics cards, ATI or Nvidia?
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: Hey, I am sure people will be divided as to which is better. Also as soon as one betters the other, the other probably responds quickly (word of the day, [[Oligopoly]]!). From a website I go to, it states "Before today, the X1900 was clearly the king of the hill in all things graphics." [http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2717&p=3 Here] is a comparison chart from that website, comparing the two (same page I got the quote from). It is dated from March 9th. So it would appear  Nvidia has responded! Hope that helps. [[User:Willzyx|Willzyx]] 02:31, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:: I should have added a wikilink: [[ATI_Technologies#Market_trends]], last paragraph of that section. So it appears it took a couple months for Nvidia to respond to ATI. [[User:Willzyx|Willzyx]] 02:41, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::: As far as notebooks go I believe the general consesus is that Nvidia is in the lead. -[[User:Ridge Racer|Ridge Racer]] 03:54, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:In any case, both of them make good graphics chipsets, and it varies from week to week who currently has the best one at a given price point.  But you're unlikely to go wrong with either. --[[User:Robert Merkel|Robert Merkel]] 03:57, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:[http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=4963 ATI vs Nvidia Smackdown!] --[[User:LarryMac|LarryMac]] 21:30, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Inside White Tower of Tower of London ==
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Does anybody know about what years the arms and armour room inside the white tower of London was added or created?
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:As a working armoury or as a museum?  Either way the exact dates seem difficult to pin down, but our article on [[Royal Armouries]] has a fair bit of information about the evolution of the collection. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 08:37, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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= March 16 =
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== FM frequency band coverage ==
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I would like to know is there any restrict law on the FM Band to keep at
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87.5 to 108 MHz ? Or Can I build a FM band radio to receive 86 to 109 MHz
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instead? 
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Thanks and Best Regards,
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William Tai
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:In what country? --Anon, 01:11 UTC, March 16, 2006.
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:According to [[FM broadcast band]] and [[FM]], FM isn't so much a band as it is a method to transmit radio (if I understand the articles correctly). [[FM broadcast band]] clearly states that you can send out FM signals at any frequency, so yes, it is possible to build a FM reciver at 108 MHz, although since no one is transmitting, I don't really know what the point would be :D [[User:Oskar Sigvardsson|Oskar]] 01:20, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::If you're in the United States, the answer is yes, the government does limit what is popularly called FM radio broadcasts to the part of the broadcast spectrum ranging from 88 to 108 MHz. The frequencies below that (76-88 MHz) are for television channels 5 and 6, although presumably that space will be freed up after analog TV goes off the air. The range from 108 to 117.975 is for aeronautical radionavigation. So there really would be no point in building a radio that went down to 86 MHz or up to 109 MHz.
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::[http://www.ntia.doc.gov/osmhome/allochrt.pdf This page] shows you what type of broadcasting is allocated to each part of the spectrum.
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:::None of the above answers is answering the  question that was asked.  The frequency allocations apply to broadcasting.  The original poster asked if it was legal (not possible) to build a receiver (not transmitter) that would receive FM signals at 86 to 109 MHz.  And again, legal questions can't be answered without knowing the country. (And even then, if this is more than a casual curiosity, you should a lawyer rather than some random people here.)  --Anonymous, 02:48 UTC, March 16.
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::My grandmother used to have a portable TV set with an analog tuner. Between channels 6 and 7, you could pick up FM radio broadcasts. -- [[User:Mwalcoff|Mwalcoff]] 02:30, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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I would be very surprised if it was illegal to build a radio ''receiver'', as opposed to transmitter, in any reasonably free jurisdiction. However you would have to be careful that you built it properly, as a badly-built receiver can emit radio signals and if these cause interference with another user you may get into trouble. Obviously if you live in a country which doesn't like it's citizens receiving outside radio broadcasts you may get into trouble. Also if you are using the receiver to eavesdrop, or intend to use it for criminal activity you will get into trouble too. [[User:DJ Clayworth|DJ Clayworth]] 22:01, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Body Question ==
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Why is it that my penis is more slanted that usual after masturbation? {{Unsigned|68.7.39.224}}
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:Maybe you rubbed it up the wrong way.<br>[[User:Slumgum|Slumgum]] 01:32, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:I don't have an answer to this question, but can I just say, I'm dying to hear what the response is! [[User:Oskar Sigvardsson|Oskar]] 01:36, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Maybe it just '''seems''' more slanted as it's returning to its flaccid state. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 02:51, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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: I noticed this also and it questioned me. If you dont mind me asking, why is that if you do not participate in sex (or masturbation) often enough your penis feels so sensitive after ejaculation? [[User:Tutmosis|Tutmosis]] 03:12, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::define "often enough" :) [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 06:03, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Publicity websites ==
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I recently was at a publicity website, by that I mean I think they produced commercials for television. It seems I didn't bookmark it, and I can't find it again. It had North American and European ads on it, that anyone could view. Some included one for Coke Zero, one for Coca Cola and the Fifa World Cup in Germany, and a CBS holiday promo done in claymation. I hate to be a burden here, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any such sites, possibly that one too! Googling did not seem to help either unfortunately. TYVM in advance! [[User:Willzyx|Willzyx]] 02:15, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Can male homosexuals still fart? ==
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It seems that due to the mechanics alone, that the routine rooting of ones anus by an plunger type device such as a engorged penis, would loosen ones anus,and it's surrounding muscle and tissue mass thus preventing it from being ever able to fart again. Would this be possible justification to go straight? Or does one of that ilk have a way to alleviate what must be a telltale inability to pass gas loudly.
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{{Unsigned|70.125.20.22}}
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:I doubt this is a serious question, but I'll answer it seriously. Receptive homosexual sex does not loosen the anal sphincter; if anything the sphincter muscles are strengthened by the exercise. Gay men can fart just as well as, if not better than, straight men. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 02:41, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:And the same goes for women who participate in receptive anal intercourse. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 02:43, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== MALE ORGASM ==
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'''Are there any ways to improve male orgasm?
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How exactly do men train themselves to have multiple orgasms?'''
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:Have fewer of them? ;)
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:Seriously, some people claim that [[tantra]] is a pathway to all manner of sexual delights.  --[[User:Robert Merkel|Robert Merkel]] 03:54, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Lots of masturbation or sex my friend. 2 times a day should do it and your on your way. Honestly, Im not kidding, works for me. [[User:Tutmosis|Tutmosis]] 03:55, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Is it just coincidence that last three questions are on ''this'' topic? [[User:AshishG|AshishG]]<sup>[[User_talk:AshishG|talk]]</sup><sub>{{CURRENTTIME}}, [[{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}]], [[{{CURRENTYEAR}}]] ([[UTC]]).</sub>
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:I've heard [[Kegel exercise]]s work wonders. [[User:Android79|<span style="color:#072764">android</span>]][[User talk:Android79|<span style="color:#c6011f">79</span>]] 05:24, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== brown baby ==
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is it true that if a white women gets pregnant from anal sex, she will have a brown baby?
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:No, the stork chooses a colour for the baby randomly. (Since anal sex can't lead to pregnancy, it must be the stork, mustn't it?) --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 08:27, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:You can't get pregnant through your ass, so this question is moot. [[User:Luigi30|Luigi30]] ([[User_talk:Luigi30|&Tau;&alpha;&lambda;&kappa;]]) 14:32, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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If a white woman has a brown baby, she's had vaginal sex with a black man; no if's, and's, or butt's. :-) [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 16:29, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:that depends on your definitions of "brown people" and "black people". Some common definitions of those terms would find your description impossible. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 16:56, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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==Images==
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Finding an answer can be very daunting in Wikipedia.... specifically, and simply... how do I tag my image? I created it. I downloaded it for general use and I am lost looking through the lists of 'How to's' and I can't find the right link.  This is the tiger beetle Cicindela t. sigmoidea  - Terry Young
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:Head over to your [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ctsigmoidea.jpg Image:Ctsigmoidea.jpg] page (nice pic, btw) and click on the edit this page link as you would any other.  Then replace the current "no source info" boilerplate with whichever of the messages [[Image tags#For image creators|here]] is appropriate to your case.  So, for instance if you want to release it under the GDFL you'd add <nowiki>{{GDFL-self}}</nowiki>. HTH. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 08:27, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== volleyball ==
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"who is the volleyball player to have won the most olympic medals(gold, silver or bronze -indoor, beach or both) in modern Olympic games?"
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:I don't think volleyball was played in Ancient Greece, they preferred more manly games, like synchronized swimming. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 16:22, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:: '''Modern''' Olympic games. :P
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::They preferred those manly games like nude wrestling.  [[User:Zoe]]|[[User talk:Zoe|<sup>(talk)</sup>]] 03:41, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Contact L. Paul Bremer ==
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I have tried every way I know to find out how to contact Ambassador Bremer to ask for an autograph and have been unsuccessful.  Can you help?  Thanks----
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: No. May I ask which approach you have persued though? [[User:Celcius|Celcius]] 16:23, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Easy. Go to [[Manchester, Vermont]] on Saturday, [[Oklahoma City]] on the 23rd or [[Grand Rapids, Michigan]] on the 27th and go to Bremer's book-signing. See [[L. Paul Bremer]]. -- [[User:Mwalcoff|Mwalcoff]] 00:09, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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== School Register Sketch ==
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Can anyone point me to a free, online script or sound recording of [[Rowan Atkinson]]'s School Register Sketch?--[[User:Keycard|'''Keycard''']] <sup>([[User talk:Keycard|talk]])</sup> 17:35, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Roman Catholicism, libertarianism and racism ==
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Can a libertarian be considered a good Catholic?
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Is there a conflict between the message of love of Catholicism and the pure hate which is racism? Can a good Catholic be a racist?
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Thank you,
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--anon.
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:Libertarianism rejects religion entirely and utterly, so no.
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:Messages of love and messages of hate naturall conflict with each other, that's obvious.
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:A good catholic can be racist if the catholic still thinks he is doing good, however God will not be happy about it, so said catholic will likely go to hell. [[User:Run!|<font size="-2" color="white" style="background:red">&nbsp;'''-- Run!'''&nbsp;</font>]] 18:16, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Oh and just to complete the triangle: libertarianism is completely disjointed from racism. [[User:Run!|<font size="-2" color="white" style="background:red">&nbsp;'''-- Run!'''&nbsp;</font>]] 18:43, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::That is not a Catholic interpretation of how to get to Hell and where exactly does all "[[Libertarianism]] rejects religion entirely and utterly,"? Doesn't sound much like the U.S. version? [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 21:23, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::Because it's based on objectivism, and anything involved with religion is subjective. [[User:Run!|<font size="-2" color="white" style="background:red">&nbsp;'''-- Run!'''&nbsp;</font>]] 22:03, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::It is more complex than that. See the details in the article. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 23:51, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:: But that's answering the opposite question: ''Can a Catholic be considered a good libertarian?''. As for the question about being a good Catholic, I'd say that you can be a good Catholic no matter what your political beliefs are. E.g. the Catholic church considers abortion a sin. In my view that doesn't mean you ''must'' vote against having legal abortion if you're Catholic. It doesn't constitute a sin in itself, there are plenty of things that are legal but considered sinful. As for racism.. If someone doesn't love their neighbor, and doesn't honestly repent for it (since it's clearly a sin), then they're not acting like a good Catholic. Or Christian or Jew or Zoroastrian or plain-old fellow human-being. --[[User:BluePlatypus|BluePlatypus]] 00:49, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Yes, but remember that if you have had an abortion, allowed a spouse to have an abortion, performed an abortion, or are known to support abortions—at least, I ''think'' those are the criteria—the Church will excommunicate you. —[[User:OneofThem|OneofThem]] 02:09, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::: See [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01046b.htm this], for instance: ''only those incur the excommunication who themselves actually and efficaciously procure the abortion''. So excommunication only applies to the doctor and the patient. It's not absolute either, for instace if the patient was unaware of the church teachings on the subject, or acted in a genuine good faith that an abortion was the moral thing to do. In the end, it's a judgement call from the local priest or bishop. --[[User:BluePlatypus|BluePlatypus]] 16:45, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Libertarianism does not "reject religion" at all. In fact, I can't think of a single religion that's incompatible with libertarianism. You just have to believe in other people's right not to follow your beliefs. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 13:05, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Sorry, badly worded on my part - what I meant to say was something along the lines of Libertarianism being an entirely secular ideology. Not that religion would be banned under it, but rather that religion would have no political power in it. Subject to the stuff in the article that is (as Rmhermen pointed out) [[User:Run!|<font size="-2" color="white" style="background:red">&nbsp;'''-- Run!'''&nbsp;</font>]] 16:53, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Libertarianism I believe is not in accordance with catholicism.  [[Epistle to the Romans|Romans 13:1-7]] demands one submits to higher government powers and pay taxes.  However, although it used to be supported, racism is not in accordance with catholicism, per all humans being equal in their natural state.  -zappa 01:24, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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There are libertarians of all manner of religions, including Catholicism. Libertarianism is a political position which holds that the government should only protect people's rights; it shouldn't interfere in people's private lives or try to control the economy. Libertarians believe that people should be allowed to practice whatever religion they choose, as long as they don't hurt others in so doing. (If your religion teaches you to steal, to attack your neighbors, or to commit human sacrifice, that's not OK to a libertarian.)
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Most libertarians are ''not'' opposed to the existence of taxes, although they would prefer taxes to be much lower than they are today! Most libertarians are "minarchists" (minimal government) rather than "anarchists" (no government).
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There is no consensus among libertarians on abortion. Some believe that a fetus is a human being and therefore has rights which should be protected. Others believe that a fetus is part of the mother and that she should not be forced to carry it to term against her will. The abortion issue (in the U.S.) is not usually as divisive or doctrinaire among libertarians as it is in mainstream politics.
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However, there are other issues on which libertarian and Catholic thought might come into conflict. For instance, there are a number of other topics on which the Catholic Church advocates restrictive laws, such as on sexual matters -- homosexuality, pornography, prostitution, contraception, and so forth. Libertarians generally consider sexual matters to be private and outside of the ambit of government. --[[User:Fubar Obfusco|FOo]] 23:05, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Marketing:Primary differences between Products & Services ==
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Hi,
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Could you please answer my question:
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"What are the primary differences between products & services?How does marketing highlight these differences?"
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Thank you....
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Praneeth C Devalraj
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:See [[Product (business)]] and [[Service]] [[User:Run!|<font size="-2" color="white" style="background:red">&nbsp;'''-- Run!'''&nbsp;</font>]] 18:42, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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Us doing your homework for you would be a service, while the finished homework would be a product. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 00:38, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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== aim-120c ==
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If possible, could you please define what the acronym AIM as in AIM-9x, AIM-120c, or AIM-132 missiles mean.
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Thank you,
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John E. Weaver
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john.weaver@ngc.com
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:It stands for Air Intercept Missle. [[User:Dismas|Dismas]]|[[User talk:Dismas|<sup>(talk)</sup>]] 19:36, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Actually, it does not.  The US military uses a system of designations at each letter, which can be found [http://www.designation-systems.net/usmilav/afi16-401(i).pdf here] on page 20. AIM (such as an [[AIM-9 Sidewinder]] is an air-launched air/space interception guided missile. Contrast with AGM, an air-launched ground attack guided missile such as the [[AGM-65 Maverick]], or LGM for silo-launched ground attack guided missile like the [[LGM-30 Minuteman]]. &mdash; [[User:Lomn|Lomn]] <small>[[User Talk:Lomn|Talk]]</small> 19:43, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::According to your source on page 20 of 28, AIM means A - air, I - aerial/space intercept, M - missile. So Air Intercept Missile, as the first respondant said. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 21:19, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::This is somewhat a semantic question (and the Language desk could answer it better) but "AIM" is a different case than say, "RADAR", where the letters are taken specifically from "RAdio Detection And Ranging".  In this case, it's a code system that tries to correspond to the actual meaning, but the same code produces an example like that of the ICBM listed: "LGM" is not a standard [[acronym]] of any sort.  "AIM" ''appears'' as an acronym by fortunate circumstance, but it's not designed as one. &mdash; [[User:Lomn|Lomn]] <small>[[User Talk:Lomn|Talk]]</small> 21:33, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== where to find specific congress alterations? ==
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i am doing some research for school about the alteration of congress biographies.  how can i find out what exactly was altered by the hill staffers (specifics)  i tried looking at the histories and just got lost.  any suggestions?  thanks
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:Wikipedia has an article about this at [[Wikipedia:Congressional_Staffer_Edits|Congressional Staffer Edits]]. You can find one of the edits [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Marty_Meehan&diff=19099433&oldid=17926016 here]. --[[User:Cadaeib|Cadaeib]] 22:56, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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== I have a three pence coin. ==
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I have some old coins and I have a British three pence coin, date 1942, with King George VI on the obverse. It looks like this [http://pages.tias.com/8515/PictPage/1921680084.html one]. What is the value of this coin? The article on three pence coins did not say. --[[User:Blue387|Blue387]] 21:04, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:You'll have to check on the specifics of [[British currency]] before [[decimalisation]], but I think it took 240 [[pence]] to equal one [[Pound Sterling|pound]]. &mdash; [[User:Lomn|Lomn]] <small>[[User Talk:Lomn|Talk]]</small> 22:00, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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It's still worth three pence in the U.K., but to a collector in the U.S. it may be worth about $1 as a curiosity. [[User:Brian G. Crawford|Brian G. Crawford]] 23:40, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:It's certainly not worth three pence! The currency decimalised in 1971; whilst the ''pound'' stayed at the same value, it went from a pound composed of 240 pence to one composed of 100 "new pence". After a while, once the chance of direct confusion went away, the "new" got dropped sometime in the 1980s (you still sometimes see "NEW PENCE" or "NEW PENNY" on older circulating 1p/2p coins).
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:As such, were it still legal tender, it'd have a face value of slightly over 1p. It ''isn't'' legal tender, though, so isn't even worth that - I doubt a bank would be willing to take it. It's only got curiosity value, and probably doesn't have much value to a collector - there'll be no shortage of currency like this kicking around. [[User:Shimgray|Shimgray]] | [[User talk:Shimgray|talk]] | 00:01, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Unfortunately half the population kept a set of old coins when Britain went decimal because "they'll be worth something one day". [[User:Jameswilson|Jameswilson]] 00:25, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::They are of value - they have just been used here as a teaching tool to illustrate the history of British money, a rather dry subject. Oh, you meant monetary value... [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 14:14, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::I was confused by the entry on [[Maundy money]], which says that that type of coin minted before decimalisation is still worth face value.  As for my comment on collector value, I'm just going by prices I've seen at coin stores in the U.S. [[User:Brian G. Crawford|Brian G. Crawford]] 21:08, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Cyber ==
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What are the differences between robots,androids and cyborgs?
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: Robots: completely mechanical/electronical
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: Cyborgs and Androids: Have biological components. Ex: Human with a robotic arm. [[User:Tutmosis|Tutmosis]] 23:43, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Not exactly. From the articles:
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::[[Robot]]s "is a mechanical device that can perform preprogrammed physical tasks. A robot may act under the direct control of a human...or autonomously",
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::[[cyborg]] "a portmanteau of cybernetic organism, is used to designate an organism which is a mixture of organic and mechanical (synthetic) parts."
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::[[android]] "is an artificially created robot, an automaton, that resembles a human being usually both in appearance and behavior.". [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 23:48, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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A cyborg is half-man, half-machine. An android is an independant, intelligent machine that is close to people in behaviour. A robot is any machine that is capable of movement and has some degree of autonomousness.
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== Rossby wave ==
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I was wondering why the [[Rossby wave]] is the slowest ocean current. Why is it so slow, I mean, it doesn't make sense that different waves have different speeds when they're all right by each other. Your answer would be greatly appreciated! -----Karlee
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: Im nom expert, but [[Ocean current]] article gives clues:
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:: '''Surface current''': Driven by wind, so wind speed changes and so does the speed of the current.
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:: '''Deep ocean''': driven by density and temperature. Again this are things that change.
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[[User:Tutmosis|Tutmosis]] 23:48, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
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= March 17 =
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== suicide ==
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what is the most popular method of suicide? and why? [[User:Im in ur house|Im in ur house]] 02:04, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:I'm glad you didn't do it. -[[User:LambaJan|LambaJan]] 02:21, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Natural causes.  [[User:Zoe]]|[[User talk:Zoe|<sup>(talk)</sup>]] 03:43, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Suicide by homework. [[User:Luigi30|Luigi30]] ([[User_talk:Luigi30|&Tau;&alpha;&lambda;&kappa; &tau;&omicron; m&epsilon;]]) 03:54, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::When a politician says and does too many stupid things ... the political suicide is remarkable. Popular also, depending on which side you stand. --[[User:Harvestman|DLL]] 06:24, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:You may wish to look at [[Epidemiology and methodology of suicide]].
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:Smoking seems to be a common one. [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 08:16, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::I agree with you. --[[User:Nkcs|Nkcs]] 07:30, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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==progressives and progress?==
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Why is it that liberals who ironically adopt the name "progressives" would have us all go back to the stone age and drive around in tiny primative compact cars? Isn't it oddly against progress to abandon yers of reasearch leading to effective, modern machines like Sport Utility Vehihcles, and to abandon them why? because trees and wildlife are people too? because those evil oil barons are trying to run a business? oh no, gasp, must revert to primitive car technology because liberals are afraid of progress--[[User:Demos ocracy|Demos ocracy]] 02:26, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Well, usually they're talking about social progress, as opposed to technological.  The word "conservative" also has issues, since it's often unclear what they're "conserving."  Certainly not gas, in this context.  [[User:Moink|moink]] 02:30, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Of course, technological progress can also been seen in terms of less polluting technologies, public transport initiatives and a wide variety of scientific research generally supported by liberals.  I could question whether SUVs are typically "effective".  And having put years of research into something is not in itself a reason to keep it - years of research have gone into [[eugenic]]s, but I wouldn't want to promote that theory. [[User:Warofdreams|Warofdreams]] ''[[User talk:Warofdreams|talk]]'' 02:54, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Progress? Big, gas-guzzling behemoths are so 1950s. The gas-powered car dates to, what, the 1880s? Hydrogen-fueled cars, maglev trains, intelligent transportation systems -- now that's progressive. -- [[User:Mwalcoff|Mwalcoff]] 02:56, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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* No point in answering this, as the user who asked it has been blocked indefinitely as a troll account. I'd say the above is just another trolling attempt. --[[User:BluePlatypus|BluePlatypus]] 03:21, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:*POV and trolling are very interesting in sociology study. Now people can understand why US and Kyoto do not mix easily. The desire for consummation and progress is strong and every argument is taken in that direction only. --[[User:Harvestman|DLL]] 06:23, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Well, I think it's sad this user has been blocked, because he could have contributed a lot to [[Transportation in the stone age]]. [[User:David Sneek|David Sneek]] 13:30, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::I hope they weren't blocked for this question, which, while showing strong POV, isn't what I would call "trolling", which is just trying to pick a fight. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 14:24, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::: I don't think anyone gets blocked for a single edit, no matter how bad. I'd suggest looking at the user's edit history. --[[User:BluePlatypus|BluePlatypus]] 16:06, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::I checked the user's contribs, a troll. [[User:Yeltensic42|Yeltensic]][[Special:Emailuser/Yeltensic42|42]] <small>[[User talk:Yeltensic42|don't]] [[Special:Contributions/Yeltensic42|panic]]</small> 00:17, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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== sorry to bother: Streak color of dolomite ? ==
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(I fixed your title to actually be of some use in finding the question. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 14:26, 17 March 2006 (UTC))
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what is the [[streak color]] of a [[diatomite]]?
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Use [[common sense]], my child. The streak colour of diatomite is white. --antiestablishmentarianist
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:Are we talking [[dolomite]] or [[diatomite]]?--[[User:Commander Keane|Commander Keane]] 18:09, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::It doesn't matter, they're both white. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 18:44, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Commonwealth Games 1974 Number of Days ==
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Hi
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I'd like to know how may days the Commonwealth Games 1974 were on for.
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Thanks,
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Hanna
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:It was held from 24 January to 2 February 1974. More info can be found [http://www.commonwealthgames.org.au/GamesInfo/PastGames/1974/1974.htm here]. [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 08:22, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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== my question: Erosion of southern tip of Canada ? ==
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(I fixed your title, as the original made no mention of your actual question, which is, after all, the purpose of a title, here.)
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I recently heard on the radio that the southernmost point of Canada was washing away, and that the bridge remains. They also said that the sign for 'no swimming' washed up on a beach in Ohio. The sign will however probably be replaced, but nobody will probably swim right now anyways because Lake Erie is cold this time of year.--antiestablishmentarianist
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:Actually, that isn't a question. What sort of answer are you looking for? [[User:Notinasnaid|Notinasnaid]] 11:09, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::I take it they are asking us to verify the truth of their statement.  I'm not sure it's the southernmost point of all of Canada, but the southernmost point of Ontario ([[Pelee Island]]) is in Lake Erie, so it's quite possible a sign could cross the lake and end up in Ohio.  Also, shores naturally change over time, with some areas eroding and some areas growing.  However, our article on that island doesn't mention any net erosion. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 13:53, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::The southernmost point on the mainland is at [[Point Pelee National Park]] - that point is a thin spit of land that changes often. The southernmost inhabited point is on [[Pelee Island]] and the southernmost point is on [[Middle Island (Canada)]] and had until recently been owned by an American family. It, however, is an undeveloped bird refuge and shouldn't have had a "no swimming" sign. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 14:09, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::Why wouldn't there be a "no swimming" sign on the shore of a bird sanctuary ? [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 14:18, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::Can't be entirely sure but it is an "undeveloped" island only reached by private boat. None of the ferries run to it. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 15:37, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Following off a comment above the current water temp is 1°C or 34°F[http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/eswt-00.html] Bit cool for swimming, indeed. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 15:40, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:I visited Point Pelee in September 2005.  It's suspicious to me that it was reported that "the" no swimming sign was washed away, as there are ''many'' no swimming signs at Point Pelee, and several of them also warn against even wading, since the currents are so swift at Pelee Point.  There was also a diagram at the visitor's center showing how the shape of the sandbar had changed over the years--although it does change shape on a regular basis due to the action of the currents, it does not seem to be getting any smaller, at least judging by the diagram I saw.  While individual grains of sand are frequently washed away by the current, I'm sure, sand is also deposited there by the currents, leading to no net change in the size of the point. But then, there's no bridge at Point Pelee, so the radio report may not have been talking about that at all. [[User:Chuck Carroll|Chuck]] 15:47, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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By chance a Canajun friend of mine forwarded me two articles today on this very subject.  Read [http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2006/03/16/pelee060316.html this] and [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060316.wsand0315/BNStory/National/home this].  Short answer: yes, it's [[Point Pelee National Park|Point Pelee]], and the bit about the No Swimming sign is confirmed, too.  —[[User:Ummit|Steve Summit]] ([[User talk:Ummit|talk]]) 04:26, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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'''SILENCE, MORTAL FOOLS!''' This was no question. I just wanted to see how people would react if someone didn't actually ask a question, but rather state a fact. Thank you for taking part in my experiment. It's amazing how so many people replyed to something that isn't even a question, when so many other real questions go unanswered or get a short answer. --antiestablishmentarianist
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:We can't help it. We are compelled to provide information as best we can; it is an enforced penance for the hubris and condescention of our previous, even less worthy existences.  We could use sympathy, not abuse, so please, chill out, immortal buffoon. —[[User:Ummit|Steve Summit]] ([[User talk:Ummit|talk]]) 15:10, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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== big fish little fish ==
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Does anyone know what the phrase "big fish, little fish, cardboard box" means? I'm sure it's a bit rude, but how? Thanks very much, o Refernce Desk. --[[User:Dangherous|Dangherous]] 11:48, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:I have heard it as an idiot's guide to dancing in clubs -- you make the shapes described in front of you with your arms.  "Big fish" is arms crossed over at approx. the elbows with the hands pointing vertically, "little fish" is the same but just hands crossed at the wrists and then "cardboard box" is two movements -- arms parallel at the sides and then top and bottom of a square.  Repeat until bored/drunk enough to start following your "natural sense of rhythm". --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 12:30, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::I'm a big fan of 'Make a box, put it on the shelf'.  I'll be ripping the dancefloor up with that bad boy tonight. [[User:Proto|<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"><font color="#007700">Proto</font></span></span>]]<font color="#555555"><b>||</b></font><small>[[User_talk:Proto|<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"><font color="#007700">type</font></span></span>]]</small> 14:13, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Why is North "up"? ==
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Why do maps of the world show North as being "up" and South as being "down"? Who decided that maps should be shown in this way and not the other way around or even on their side?
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:The Ancient Greeks decided.  Judging by [http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Cartography.html this webpage] (which has plenty more information for you if you want it), north-at-the-top in fact relates to the re-adoption of the ancient Greek standard following the translation of Ptolemy's ''Geography'' (IIRC prior to that, maps in Western Europe tended to have Jerusalem in the East at the top.)  You may like [http://www.gpsart.co.uk/publications/publications_pages/pub_499.htm this artwork] by [[Ross Sinclair]]. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 15:12, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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: The Australians have maps with the south upwards. Mostly as a novelty item though. --[[User:BluePlatypus|BluePlatypus]] 16:04, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::NZers too - the maps from The [[Wizard of New Zealand]] are an example of that. [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 05:55, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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I don't see how it much matters which direction is up, as long as everyone does it the same way.  Otherwise, you would always have to find the key to figure out which way to hold up (whichever direction you are used to being up), and then you couldn't always read the possibly upside-down text. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 16:37, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:I think it would do people good to look at an "upside-down" or "sideways" map once in a while. I can't stand it when people say things like "Georgia is above Florida". No, Georgia is north of Florida. They are perpendicular directions. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 18:33, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Slightly off-topic but road atlases of Britain used to start with Map1 of the far north and finish with Map100 (whatever) of the south coast. But now they all start in the south and work upwards. [[User:Jameswilson|Jameswilson]] 00:00, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::You actually do see maps or diagrams with directions other than north at the top sometimes. Mostly these are diagrams of a building, group of buildings, the route of a single transit line, or some other small area like that.  Often they are drawn so that the direction  people  are facing when they look at the diagram (or the direction the transit vehicle will be moving) are at the top. A lot of people like this; others find it really annoying. It depends on how you process geographical information.  (One solution is to always place them so that the person looking at the thing is facing north, but that's not always practical either.) Also, if a city has a rectilinear street grid that's not aligned to the compass points, like Manhattan or Toronto, then maps are very often oriented so that north is roughly at the top, but the grid streets are horizontal and vertical (and again, similarly for building plans that would otherwise have north at the top). And I have occasionally seen city maps with east or west at the top for no obvious reason. --Anonymous, 01:50 UTC, March 18, 2006.
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::"Up" could have been aligned with any direction (and not just the 4 cardinal points either), but North was chosen.  It wasn't just a random arbitrary thing.  I think North was considered the "primary" direction, and "up" the primary orientation, so it was natural they be aligned.  To this day, only a North arrow is shown on maps, with all other directions being calculated by reference to North.  But why North?  Something to do with magnetism, perhaps? (although that would just give a North-South axis, not North specifically).  And why "up"?  The Greeks wrote starting from the top of the page, not from the bottom, which seems a sensible way of doing things (unless you want to obscure or smudge what you've just written with your hand/arm).  To get to the top of the page from a central position, you have to look up.  So "up" seems to have a sense of "beginning" or "origin" about it.  This would also explain why 12 o'clock on a traditional clock is always shown at the North position.  Unfortunately, it doesn't explain why piano keys are ordered in ascending pitch from left to right, rather than descending.  I think there's more to this question than meets the eye.    [[User:JackofOz|JackofOz]] 02:05, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::Sorry, Jack, I think you have cause and effect reversed.  The other things you describe are the result of north being shown at the top of maps, not the cause.  (Okay, except for magnetism, but a compass needle has two ends: it points south as well as north.) --Anon, 02:25 UTC, March 18.
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:::The real reason North is up is because "your betters" live there and you should look up to them. (removes tongue from cheek). [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 02:10, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Feh. The cold weather's got to your head there, methinks :). Anyway, it varies a bit from culture to culture. The medieval Chinese put east at the top of their maps, IIRC. [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 05:55, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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OK, the answer is that north is easiest to determine astronomically, for those in the northern hemisphere, by using the North Star.  So, when looking up at the North Star ([[Polaris]]), it would be convenient to have a map which also had north in the up direction. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 03:44, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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Since [[The West Wing (TV)]] was recently our featured article, one may be interested in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Block_of_Cheese_Day#Map_projections the Wikipedia summary of a relevant episodic discussion].  [[User:Jahiegel|Joe]] 03:57, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Editing my page ==
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I am an actress and i just added my own page on Wikipedia! My question is, how do I insert the "Filmography" section and "external links" to my website...etc? {{unsigned|Nuniestar}}
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:I hope you're a ''notable'' actress under [[WP:BIO|the criteria for the inclusion of biographies]], otherwise your page is likely to be deleted fairly quickly (no offence meant; I'm sure you're a perfectly lovely person even if you turn out not to be notable by WP standards).  But to answer the more general question, section headings are done with pairs of multiple equal signs. eg <nowiki>==Section heading==</nowiki> produces a main heading, <nowiki>===Minor heading===</nowiki> a subheading. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 17:47, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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I'm not quite sure what you are asking, but here are the answers in any case:
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1) If you want to know how to add sections to a Wikipedia article, pick the "+" sign next to "edit this page" to add a new section.
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2) If you want to know how to add a link from Wikipedia to an external site, do it like this:
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<nowiki>
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*Fancy Actress official web site: [http://www.fancyactress.com]
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</nowiki>
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[[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 17:56, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:I don't have a plus-sign on my "edit this page" (monobook skin on safari). In any event, to create a new subject header, you do it in the following format:
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::<nowiki>==Header name==</nowiki>
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:--[[User:Fastfission|Fastfission]] 18:34, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Didn't you already have to do that to create this section? [[User:Yeltensic42|Yeltensic]][[Special:Emailuser/Yeltensic42|42]] <small>[[User talk:Yeltensic42|don't]] [[Special:Contributions/Yeltensic42|panic]]</small> 00:05, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::When you press the + button, or the link at the top of the Ref Desk that duplicates its function, you get an option to type in a heading in a separate little text box, so you wouldn't learn the wiki markup if that's your only exposure to setting up sections. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 09:49, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::Oh, that's right. I always forget that, since I rarely use that feature. I usually use the edit link for the last section, then clear the name of that section from the edit summary. [[User:Yeltensic42|Yeltensic]][[Special:Emailuser/Yeltensic42|42]] <small>[[User talk:Yeltensic42|don't]] [[Special:Contributions/Yeltensic42|panic]]</small> 01:22, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Background music ==
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I hope someone has the answer to my inquiry. The latest academy awards show paid tribute to bigraphical movies that had been made over the years.I would like to know the title of the background music that was played during that segment. Does anyone know the title name? Thanking you in advance[[User:Prhet|Prhet]] 17:17, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Warship Fuel Type ==
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Can you please tell me what type of fuel was used by HMS Dreadnought (1906)when she entered service.  Also, if possible, in which year she(and other British capital ships) were converted from coal to oil burning.
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[[User:82.26.149.128|82.26.149.128]] 19:26, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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Christopher Streatfeild-James
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Coal, see [[HMS Dreadnought (1906)]]. --[[User:145.94.41.95|145.94.41.95]] 19:58, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Our article does't mention any conversion to oil - but it was scrapped in 1923. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 21:36, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Oil was scrapped in 1923? [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 02:26, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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The ship was scrapped then - it was decommissioned in 1919. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 03:36, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Damn.  If oil had been scrapped in 1923, maybe we'd all be a whole lot better off now.  [[User:JackofOz|JackofOz]] 02:32, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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::That's a relatively short life for a warship.  I suppose the rapidly changing technology of the time made it quickly obsolete. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 02:31, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Dreadnought was obsolescent, certainly - she was the oldest "modern" battleship then in service in the world. But 1923 was also the year of the Washington Treaty, which meant an awful lot of old ships got scrapped, regardless of merit... [[User:Shimgray|Shimgray]] | [[User talk:Shimgray|talk]] | 17:26, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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==Unknown instruments==
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My two year old brother has this instrument that I don't know is. It is wooden and circular with a wooden handle. On the side of the circle, there is a ball attached with a piece of string; also the smae opposite this side of the circle. It works by twsiting your wrist back and forth and the wooden balls hit this unusual piece of plastic. It then makes the noise. Does anybody know what instrument this is, or is it just made up? Thanks! '''[[User:Kilo-Lima/Esperanza|<font color="green">K</font>]]'''[[User:Kilo-Lima|ilo-Lima]]|<sup>[[User talk:Kilo-Lima|(talk)]]</sup> 19:39, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Apparently it is known as a Den-Den Daiko[http://www.tambourine.net/Pages/list2.html], poss. Japanese or Tibetan in origin, as seen in [[The Karate Kid]]. [http://www.paradisedriveinn.com/wholesale/music8.html pictures]''[[User_talk:Kwh|KWH]]'' 20:27, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Pardon, apparently it was in [[The Karate Kid, Part II]]. ''[[User_talk:Kwh|KWH]]'' 20:42, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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== lyrics for this song..... ==
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Hii......
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I dont know if this is the right place to ask this question....but i am desparate...... i made this acoustic instrumental... and i am really stuck with the lyrics....!! i got no idea of what to write.... i was hoping that anyone could give me some tips or some website where they have some tips....
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oh..and you can listen to the song if you want at [http://jayant.dmusic.com my solo]....
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Thanks a lot..!! [[User:Jayant412|Jayant,]][[WP:EA|<font color="green">17 Years,</font>]][[User_talk:Jayant412| India]] • [[Special:Contributions/Jayant412|contribs]] 20:07, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Is the title of your song "Again" ? I liked it. What did you think about when you created it ? What would you like to tell, something cool about life, something a little sad, funny ? --[[User:Harvestman|DLL]] 21:39, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== What is really up? Solar system and galaxy... ==
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Following on from the question 'why is north up', what is the relationship between the solar ecliptic and the galactic ecliptic (if those are the correct terms)?  Is the disc of the solar system parallel to the disc of the galaxy? [[User:Markalexander100|Mark]][[User talk:Markalexander100|<sup>your words</sup>]] 22:53, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:No, they're not parallel, not even close.  I can't easily find the answer to the question asked, but  according to the [[galactic coordinate system]] article, the galactic north pole is at about declination 27&deg;; thus the galactic axis is at an angle of about 63&deg; to the Earth's axis; As is well known, the Earth's axis is in turn at an angle of  about 23&deg; from the perpendicular to plane of the Earth's orbit (the ecliptic).  So the ("solar") ecliptic plane and the galactic plane must be at least about 40&deg; apart and maybe more than that. If you can find a sky chart that shows both the ecliptic and the Milky Way, just look at the angle formed where they cross.  That's it. --Anonymous, 02:11 UTC, March 18, 2006.
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:If you look up at night in a rural area, you can see a strip of stars marking the galactic disc. And it's not above the equator ;) [[User:Run!|<font size="-2" color="white" style="background:red">&nbsp;'''-- Run!'''&nbsp;</font>]] 10:03, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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Thanks. :) [[User:Markalexander100|Mark]][[User talk:Markalexander100|<sup>your words</sup>]] 11:08, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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==beers? in the US?==
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I know the legal age around here to '''buy''' alchohol is usually 21 but it's not illegal to drink before then? right? only to buy it, like during probibition?--[[User:Beers|Beers]] 23:02, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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It's also illegal to drink alcohol if you're under 21 everywhere I've been in the U.S.  I think there are exceptions for religious observances like Holy Eucharist and Passover.  I've known a couple of people who have been arrested for possessing alcohol while under the age of 21. [[User:Brian G. Crawford|Brian G. Crawford]] 23:08, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:They also made religious exceptions during Prohibition. [[User:Yeltensic42|Yeltensic]][[Special:Emailuser/Yeltensic42|42]] <small>[[User talk:Yeltensic42|don't]] [[Special:Contributions/Yeltensic42|panic]]</small> 00:03, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::In Michigan, you can get caught for "minor in possession" of alcohol even if it is found in a breath test. Internal possession. Around here, that mainly concerns those who go over to Windsor for Ontario lower drinking age. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 03:34, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::It actually depends on the state. See [http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/]. -- [[User:70.27.57.22|70.27.57.22]] 03:44, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::What are you saying depends on the state?  [[IANAL]] but to the best of my knowledge, in the United States of which I've been a citizen all my life, you may not possess or buy alcohol until you are 21 years of age.  It became the law in every state somewhere in the 80's.  Before that there were a few states that still allowed 18 year olds to buy (and consume) alcohol.  It was even part of the plot of an episode of ''[[Family Ties]]'' where Alex went over the border to another state to get drunk with his friends.  [[User:Dismas|Dismas]]|[[User talk:Dismas|<sup>(talk)</sup>]] 06:22, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::The age doesn't depend on the state, but only 31 states specifically prohibit ''consumption''. See [http://www.icap.org/PolicyIssues/YoungPeoplesDrinking/AgeLawsTable/tabid/219/Default.aspx].
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::::Interestingly enough, ''Family Ties'' took place in [[Ohio]], which was one of the last states to be forced to raise its drinking age. People might have driven ''to'' Ohio to buy alcohol, but not ''from'' Ohio. -- [[User:70.27.57.22|70.27.57.22]] 15:22, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::Wouldn't it be fun to be the last state with a drinking age of 18 ?  Then not only would you have your own drunken teens to contend with, but you would also import them from other states. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 02:26, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::::You also still see "alcohol tourism" from dry counties. [[User:Yeltensic42|Yeltensic]][[Special:Emailuser/Yeltensic42|42]] <small>[[User talk:Yeltensic42|don't]] [[Special:Contributions/Yeltensic42|panic]]</small> 01:25, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== GNU/Linux picture ==
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[[Image:Tux-gnu-dynamic-duo.jpg|thumbnail]]
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A while back on some Wikipedia page I saw a picture depicting the [[GNU]] wildebeest and the [[Linux]] penguin ([[Tux]]) as superheroes. Does anyone know that picture and where it's located? [[User:Punkmorten|Punkmorten]] 23:10, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Was it this one from commons, perhaps? [[User:bookofjude|Jud]][[User:Bookofjude/Esperanza|<font color="green">e</font>]] <small>([[User_talk:Bookofjude|talk]],[[Special:Contributions/Bookofjude|contribs]],[[Special:Emailuser/Bookofjude|email]])</small> 23:29, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:: Here's the same picture in colour. [[Image:Gnu-and-penguin-color-300x276.png|thumb|200px|right|The same picture, but in colour.]] --[[User:Cadaeib|Cadaeib]] 23:39, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Thanks. [[User:Punkmorten|Punkmorten]] 08:57, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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Typical Stallman propaganda. The linux penguin is a little faggy boy wonder to the mighty androgenous gnu.
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{{clear}}
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== I have a question!  Silver album ? ==
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(Made title actually useful. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 02:16, 19 March 2006 (UTC))
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If a record goes silver,how many records has it sold?750,000? {{unsigned|Aba williams2002@hotmail.com}}
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:According to [[RIAA certification]], there is actually no silver classification. RIAA is America-only, though. I'm not sure if we have an article on non-American sales classifications. [[User:bookofjude|Jud]][[User:Bookofjude/Esperanza|<font color="green">e</font>]] <small>([[User_talk:Bookofjude|talk]],[[Special:Contributions/Bookofjude|contribs]],[[Special:Emailuser/Bookofjude|email]])</small> 23:39, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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:See [[Gold album]] for list of countries and the silver classification. [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 23:41, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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== What is the difference? England ? Britain ? UK ? ==
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(Made title actually useful. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 02:17, 19 March 2006 (UTC))
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I would like to know if there is any  difference between United Kingdom,England & Great Britain
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:See [[United Kingdom]], [[England]], [[Scotland]], [[Wales]], [[Northern Ireland]] &  [[United Kingdom (disambiguation)]]. [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 23:41, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
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::You're forgetting [[Great Britain]]. =P --[[User:Nkcs|Nkcs]] 02:00, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::Doing my best to. [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 02:02, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::What about [[British Isles]]?  [[User:JackofOz|JackofOz]] 02:18, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Might as well give a short answer here.  England is a historic kingdom. Great Britain is the island where it is located, also containing Scotland and Wales. The United Kingdom includes (and mentions in its full name) Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In terms of international relationships, the UK is the "country" that people deal with, i.e. an indepedent state; but for historical reasons, England is also called a country. Confusing things further is that the terms  "England" and "(Great) Britain" are very often used informally when the UK is meant, and even in official use "British" can be the adjective for the UK. --Anonymous, 02:18 UTC, March 18, 2006.
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::And to continue just a little further, the British Isles are the whole chain of islands (of which Great Britain is the largest). It includes the whole of the UK plus the Republic of Ireland, plus a few small territories which belong to the UK but which have some degree of independence (The [[Channel Islands]] and the [[Isle of Man]]). [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 06:00, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:: Also, some languages don't make use of the name "United Kingdom" in any form, and just say "Great Britain" formally and informally when actually referring to the UK. --[[User:BluePlatypus|BluePlatypus]] 15:20, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::And don't forget the [[Commonwealth of Nations]], formerly the British Commonwealth, which includes just about every English speaking country, except the United States, and several that aren't, such as [[India]]. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 02:04, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::India is very much an English-speaking country.  It has 23 official languages, of which Hindi and English are the main two.  The Commonwealth is veering a long way from the original question. It does include some possessions of the UK, but most Commonwealth countries do not fit that bill.  [[User:JackofOz|JackofOz]] 02:20, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::Some Americans (yes, more than one) I've spoken to on the internet have asked me if England was in [[London]]...  I sighed, and said that some of it is.  '''[[User:Slumgum|Slumgum]]''' | [[User_talk:Slumgum|yap]] | [[Special:Contributions/Slumgum|stalk]] | 02:17, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::India, in fact, is the most populous English-speaking country in the world. (It also has more official languages than any other country). [[User:Yeltensic42|Yeltensic]][[Special:Emailuser/Yeltensic42|42]] <small>[[User talk:Yeltensic42|don't]] [[Special:Contributions/Yeltensic42|panic]]</small> 01:49, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::Actually, I have a question of my own...I've heard of London being the capital of England, but how is that? I thought England didn't actually exist as a political entity. [[User:Yeltensic42|Yeltensic]][[Special:Emailuser/Yeltensic42|42]] <small>[[User talk:Yeltensic42|don't]] [[Special:Contributions/Yeltensic42|panic]]</small> 01:51, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::Every US state has a capital, so why not every British state?  '''[[User:Slumgum|Slumgum]]''' | [[User_talk:Slumgum|yap]] | [[Special:Contributions/Slumgum|stalk]] | 02:00, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::::This question is discussed in some length at [[Talk:London]].  [[User:JackofOz|JackofOz]] 02:18, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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= March 18 =
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== Board Game ==
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I am looking for a game that I played about a month back. I dont remember what it was called but I thought someone here might know about it. Its a game where someone reads the begining of a saying and the other players guess the ending. The reader then reads the endings that all players wrote down and the real one. The players guess which one it the real answer. I know that there are 20 spaces on the board and each question starts off like: Theres an old German saying... or any other country/language you can think of. If anyone could help that would be great!! [[User:Ztocchi|Zach]] 00:52, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:It sounds a little like [[Balderdash]]... —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 03:06, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Nah, I dont think so, thats a different one. --[[User:70.39.37.218|70.39.37.218]] 03:45, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:It's not Balderdash (though it would make an interesting variation of it - one correct saying ending, several false ones, everyone guess which is the correct one). Can't help with what it is, though. [[User:Grutness|Grutness]]...''<small><font color="#008822">[[User_talk:Grutness|wha?]]</font></small>'' 06:02, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Sounds a bit like a version of [[Consequences]] to me.  And that article suggests it might be [[Mad Libs]], though the "old German saying" bit sounds a bit high-brow for Mad Libs. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 09:46, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::On reflection, it doesn't sound like [[Consequences]]; I was getting mixed up with the "20 spaces" thing to think that they all flowed on from one another. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 09:56, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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== File Formats ==
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Today I came across a file which I'm sure is a movie file, but came to me without an extension. Does anyone know of an easy way to determine it's original encoding? -[[User:Ridge Racer|Ridge Racer]] 01:02, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Uh... I just googled it and I found [http://avicodec.duby.info/ AVICodec]. Try that one? ☢ [[User:Kieff|<span style="letter-spacing:1px"><span style="font-size:110%">Ҡ</span>''i''∊''<span style="vertical-align:-0.2em;font-size:110%">ff</span>''</span>]]<span style="font-size:120%">⌇</span>[[User_talk:Kieff|<span style="font-size:110%">↯</span>]] 01:07, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Under any Unix, you can use [[file (Unix)|file]]. --[[User:CesarB|cesarb]] 01:12, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::No such luck here (Windows), but thanks Kieff, I thought it was an mpeg and it turns out it was actually a wmv. -[[User:Ridge Racer|Ridge Racer]] 01:19, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Firefighting/Red Card ==
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I am seeking to get my Red Card as soon as possible, so that I can fight fire in the west this summer.  I understand that it is fairly easy to do and only requires two classes and a pack test.  However, I live in Iowa and can't find classes offered close to me.  Where in the closest place that I could take the tests and when?
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:This site looks to have some good information: [http://www.kansasforests.org/fire/training/redcard.shtml] [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 03:09, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Using Court Briefs as Resources ==
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I was reading in the "reliable source" section that court transcripts pass the verifiablity test. The only source I could find for an alternative viewpoint for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1%27%C3%ADs_Under_the_Provisions_of_the_Covenant one of the Wiki pages] was documentation for [http://www.lawlibrary.state.mt.us/dscgi/ds.py/View/Collection-11013 a Montana court case] containing the briefs for the plaintiff (alternative viewpoint), the respondent (primary viewpoint) and the state supreme court’s ruling.
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My question is: Do court briefs and rulings like these pass the verifiability test or are they considered to be too opinionated? Can they be used as a reference? Thanks. [[User:Davecornell|Davecornell]] 05:49, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Sure, the source only has to verify the statement that the point of view in question is held.  As long as the presentation of the information ''here on Wikipedia'' is NPOV the sources can be biased as all get out. --[[User:Bth|Bth]] 09:53, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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If you say it as "so-and-so holds the opinion that...", then sure, that's fine.  If you say "it's a known fact that..." followed by some wacky defense lawyer's dubious self-serving theory, then that would be very wrong. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 01:57, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== firepaw.com ==
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'''LISTEN UP, MORTAL FOOLS!'''. Tell me, what is the purpose of the website www.firepaw.com ??? It has nothing to do with firepaw.org, mind you. The site just has 1 page, and nothing else! '''''.''''' --antiestablishmentariansist
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:Looks like it could be a furry website under construction. Why on earth would we know? I've delinked your website in-case this a sneaky google-bomb attempt (since it has no merit as an actual question). [[User:Run!|<font size="-2" color="white" style="background:red">&nbsp;'''-- Run!'''&nbsp;</font>]] 10:00, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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'''THANK YOU, THEN''' '''Now tell me what the purpose of something.com is!''' --antiestablishmentarianist
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:Someone's idea of a joke, probably thought up at 3am after a whole keg of beers. Next question.
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:And please stop writing in bold. &mdash; [[User:QuantumEleven|QuantumEleven]] | [[User_talk:QuantumEleven|(talk)]] 13:10, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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::The guy created something.com and waits for people who want to buy something, like all trained sellers do. --[[User:Harvestman|DLL]] 21:27, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Inflatable Purple Unicorns ==
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What was Wikipedia's 1,000,000th article?
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Who was Wikipedia's 1,000,000th registered user?
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--[[User:172.136.16.23|172.136.16.23]] 10:01, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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[[Jordanhill railway station]]. Not sure about the user. [[User:Run!|<font size="-2" color="white" style="background:red">&nbsp;'''-- Run!'''&nbsp;</font>]] 10:07, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:The millionth user was [[User:Romulus32|Romulus32]], according to the [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2006-02-27/News_and_notes|Wikipedia Signpost]]. --[[User:Cadaeib|Cadaeib]] 19:58, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Hmmm, so that means most users write less than one article ?  I've written many already, so I guess I can retire and draw a pension now. :-)  01:50, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::That depends - were you a registered user? [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 02:48, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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Okay, thanks for the info. --[[User:172.156.88.10|172.156.88.10]] 04:47, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== wolfs and dogs==
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Of the races of dogs that exist in the world which is the race that more looks like  a wolf?
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:Domestic dogs, i assume. Well it's not an easy line to draw between "domestic dog" and "wild dog" (since some wolves are domesticated somewhere but are still considered dominated by wild instincts). I suggest starting with our [[Dog]] article and looking for pictures and links to websites with pictures. [[User:Run!|<font size="-2" color="white" style="background:red">&nbsp;'''-- Run!'''&nbsp;</font>]] 14:42, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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:[[Wolfdog]], [[Huskies]], etc. [[User:Rmhermen|Rmhermen]] 14:52, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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BTW, they are called breeds of dogs, not races.  That way, we don't need to give any of them [[Affirmative Action]] benefits or other racial quotas. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 01:45, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Don't huskies have races? Pulling [[sledge]]s? -- '''[[User:Slumgum|Slumgum]]''' | [[User_talk:Slumgum|yap]] | [[Special:Contributions/Slumgum|stalk]] | 01:48, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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::They do, at least until [[Susan Butcher]]s them for pulling too slowly. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 03:54, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::See [[Iditarod]]. [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 09:07, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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There are also wolf-dog hybrids, but their illegal in some states/counties/provinces. The [[Saarloos wolfhond]] is one of these. --antiestablishmentarianist
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== What are the possible CRM & KMS Integration applications? ==
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Dear All,
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My company is a CRM solutions provider company. We are looking for softwares that can be integrated with ours. This will be beneficial for both the companies.
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For example we have integrated our Defect Tracking System with Perforce SCM. So as a result if a Perforce software is sold and people asks for a Defect Tracking software, our Defect Tracking Software will be a natural choice(along with some other vendors). The opposite also holds true.
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Another example is whenever our software is sold a third party HTML editor gets sold because it's embedded in our solution.
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We have other modules like Sales Force Automation, Marketing Automation, Customer Helpdesk, Employee Helpdesk, CRM Portals, Knowledge Management System, Asset Management, Mobile CRM etc.
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It will be of great help if anybody can suggest me other possible integrations/embedding which will result in sales enquiries for the above modules whenever the other software is sold. Call Center,ERP are some of the common integration possibilities. Apart from these two please suggest other applications which are very popular and will result in adding value to our eCRM suite.
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Thanks is advance for your time and help.
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Best Regards
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Pat
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:Boy, have you got the wrong audience here.  The people who are crazy enough to give answers to crazy people, are not business types.  You need to find people in suits with 3-letter names stamped on their collective foreheads. --[[User:Zeizmic|Zeizmic]] 15:25, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Arm and Leg weights ==
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I wanted to ask how heavy weights should I buy at the start for arms if I weight 60KG and second what are the advantages and disadvantages of using/wearing Weights all day, and taking them off at night.
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And how long would it take for me to get used to the new weight and be able to buy heavier weights and what would be the limit for a human body to build up from weights. I mean, I think it's not possible to wear about 3KG at start and then add 3 more, and more, I mean there has to be a limit, and what would it be?
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:You're pretty small, so get the lightest weights you can find.  When they no longer seem heavy, move up to the next weight, and so on.  [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 01:39, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Bubble gum ==
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How is bubblegum distibuted throughout the world? For whom are they produced? Are there any gum factories or companies in Canada and if so who and where?
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: 1) On the soles of people's shoes, mostly. But also by more conventional means. 2) People who like chewing. 3) Try searching for it, looks like [[Wrigley Company]] has a factory in Canada somewhere. --[[User:BluePlatypus|BluePlatypus]] 22:07, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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why are you asking?  just curious.
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== congressmen edits ==
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i have found the specific edits on meehan and am looking for more.  any links or suggestions?  thanks
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*Check out [[Wikipedia:Congressional Staffer Edits]]. --[[User:Fastfission|Fastfission]] 23:03, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
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thanks, i did check it out before.  how do i sort through it?  and how do i know who altered it (staffers)?
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i was just wondering if there was a shortcut
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:All we have are the IP addresses (the sets of four numbers) which correspond with what their internet service provider (ISP) has assigned them. So we can see that most of them are through Congress because that is what their ISP has listed those particular edits as being, and apparently we can even tell which branch of Congress it is. Other than that... no easy way to know unless they identify themselves. If you go down to the "Senate" section of the list you'll see that some of them are fairly well annotated for what they have done, if you click on the "contribs" next to the IP address it will show you all of their edits. Hope that helps. --[[User:Fastfission|Fastfission]] 21:47, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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= March 19 =
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== boldersgate searies ==
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Do you know when the games of the rest of the searies comming out for playstation 2
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:Do you mean the [[Baldur's Gate]] series ?  That article contains a link to their web site (at the bottom).  Try looking there.  [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 03:22, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Corporate Mergers and Buyouts ==
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What happens to a person if they get terminated from a company, get a new job, and later the company they work for now is bought or merged with the company that they got terminated from?
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:That would be up to the new owners. --Anon, 06:01 UTC, March 19, 2006.
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::I would think it would be unlikely they would be fired again, because of the former firing, at any rate.  An exception might be made if they were caught engaging in seriously unethical behavior, like stealing from the former company.  Then again, in large companies nobody may even notice that a new employee from a merger is a formerly fired employee. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 13:53, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Living World Two Vets. ==
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Can you tell me how many World War 2 vets are still living.  Also how many of these vets live in Indiana.
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Thanks
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Tom
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:[http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/amwars.html This] suggests there's currently about 3.45m veterans living in the US (by the US defintion of 'veteran', at least). Indiana has about 2.1% of the US population... about 70-75,000 veterans in Indiana, assuming reasonable distribution across the country. [[User:Shimgray|Shimgray]] | [[User talk:Shimgray|talk]] | 17:22, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== This picture: real? ==
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Do you think that this picture is real? : http://www.ratemypoo.com/ratemy/poo?image=239282
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--[[Slim Shady]]
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:Geez, thanks for making me look at that !  Yes, I think it's real, but the bottle may be smaller than you think, perhaps an airline or minibar beer bottle. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 13:47, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== places of tourist intrest in Russia ==
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I would like to kno of plcesof toursit interest in Russia, especially those not too far from Moscow
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Thanks
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^^^
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http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2789206-cat-Tourist+Attractions+&+Sightseeing-moscow_things_to_do-i
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== British Sailing Ship Aquitania ==
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Does anybody know the following information about the SS Aquitania?
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1. How long was it docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1918?
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2. Where was it en-route to?
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3. Did any passengers die on board ship?
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4. If so, what of, and what are their names?
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Also, can anyone dig up some passenger lists for the trip from Liverpool, UK, which docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Novemeber 28th, 1918?
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I'm asking because my great-grandfather was on it, and would like to know what happened to him.
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Thanks a lot if you can help [[User:Givnan|CCLemon]] 07:02, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Well so far the only person I could find on it was [http://hometown.aol.com/reubique/451413.htm Kenneth Gerald Freeman]. Also after some searching I got [http://www.liv.ac.uk/~archives/ this] from the University of Livepool. The Cunard archives are not available but it gives a couple of links that might be able to help. [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 09:01, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Graphics glitches. ==
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A friend of mine runs a copy of ''Far Cry'' on his PC. The graphics card is quite good and modern; it runs Unreal Tournament 2004 at 50fps and above, runs Photoshop just fine, etc. However, in Far Cry, there are often large patches of black replacing textures -- at some points, the green ground will be replaced by a large square of black, and stays there during movement, even though the blades of grass, dead bodies, etc appear above it normally.
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A seperate question: his PC also randomly turns itself off quite suddenly. There's just the PC and monitor plugged into the powerpoint, the house is new and can handle the electricity recquired, and the case and components are room temperature or cooler when it happens. Aside from a bad power supply unit, what could be wrong?
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Thanks to any who respond.
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::His PC's power settings may be set to turn the PC off after a certain amount of time. Check Control Panel -> battery settings (i think that's what it is in English). As far as the other problem goes, i can't help you there. [[User:Givnan|CCLemon]] 07:59, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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Make sure all drivers are updated.  I was gonna say it might be an overheating issue, but if it's just happening in that one game, it's probably just a game-specific bug.  Some games just don't work well with certain graphics cards :-P  '''<font color="#0055aa">[[User:Cyde|Cyde&nbsp;Weys]]</font>''' 08:01, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Those problems with the graphics are quite common...i think they are called artifacts....If your graphics card is overclocked or if its clock speed is not high enough....it causes that problem... tell your friend to test it on another graphics card... And for the other problem.... there might be something wrong with the SNPS of the computer.... or just check the power settings of the computer....[[User:Jayant412|Jayant,]][[WP:EA|<font color="green">17 Years,</font>]][[User_talk:Jayant412| India]] • [[Special:Contributions/Jayant412|contribs]] 09:23, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:As for the restarting thing, I assume it's the PSU (power supply unit). So you should start by swapping that for a verified working one. If you've already tried that, try changing the memory (if there are two sticks of RAM remove one at a time and see if that solves it, and if it doesn't try it with fresh working memory). And if that doesn't work, try unplugging all unnecessary stuff - sound cards, non-vital drives, network cards etc. to see if you can narrow down the problem to one thing. If it's not that, it might be the processor - try changing that. Past that it's probably a motherboard problem, at which point you are stuck. Of course, the problem with this method is that you need a friend with a lot of spare PC bits. [[User:Sum0|Sum0]] 21:40, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Non-specific facts! ==
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Hi, I would be greatfull if someone could help me with the following - I work as an Inventory Controller in a large warehouse.  One of my collegues has sent me a mail asking if it would be ok to store some equipment in the warehouse.  They have stated that the total volume of the equipment is 191.25 CDM. What does CDM mean?
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I don't wont to show my ignorance by asking my collegue.  Please advice. Thanks. -- Brian
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:It means [[cubic decimetre]]. One cubic decimetre is the same as one [[litre]]. ☢ [[User:Kieff|<span style="letter-spacing:1px"><span style="font-size:110%">Ҡ</span>''i''∊''<span style="vertical-align:-0.2em;font-size:110%">ff</span>''</span>]]<span style="font-size:120%">⌇</span>[[User_talk:Kieff|<span style="font-size:110%">↯</span>]] 16:38, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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You shouldn't be so embarrassed to ask your colleague.  After he answered you would just reply "Oh, we don't use that measurement, we use...", and he should understand your confusion. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 17:54, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:And besides, according to the [[SI]] standard, the proper symbol for cubic decimeters is dm with a superscript 3: '''dm³'''.  I've never seen '''CDM''' used before (though I'm not surprised if there are people somewhere who use it regularly), so I'm not surprised if you haven't either. --Anonymous, 19:28 UTC, March 19, 2006.
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== Villians from Sitcoms ==
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Do you know of any [[villians]] from [[sitcoms]] like "[[Malcolm In The Middle]]" and "[[Friends]]"?
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:Well, Malcolm's brother Reese frequently plays the villain, at least from Malcolm's POV, but not always. [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 19:45, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Lois and Craig are much worse. IMO. -- '''[[User:Slumgum|Slumgum]]''' | [[User_talk:Slumgum|yap]] | [[Special:Contributions/Slumgum|stalk]] | 20:23, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Friends, being a sitcom filled with siny happy people holding hands, only has two characters that come anywhere close to being villains: Mr. Heckles, the downstairs neighbour in the early seasons; and Ursula Buffay, Phoebe's twin sister. Other than that, the only people that act "villanous" are usually unnamed bit parts in single episodes. Also, from Ross's perspective, Susan Bunch, his ex-wife Carol's lesbian life partner, is somewhat of a villain. Under a very, '''very''' loose definition of the term villain, you can include Eddie, the crazy guy who moved in with Chandler when Joey moved out; Janice, Chandler's ex-girlfriend who annoys everyone immesurably; and Mark, the person basically responsible for Ross and Rachel breaking up. If you want a sitcom where there's plenty of villains to choose from, try [[Seinfeld]]. --[[User:Aramgutang|Aram]]'''[[User talk:Aramgutang|գուտանգ]]''' 21:13, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::On Seinfeld, the main group of friends are arguably villains. [[User:Yeltensic42|Yeltensic]][[Special:Emailuser/Yeltensic42|42]] <small>[[User talk:Yeltensic42|don't]] [[Special:Contributions/Yeltensic42|panic]]</small> 01:32, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== What are the best American colleges for Political Science? ==
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I mean, I've been asking everyone, yknow.
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== Historical British Army Ranks ==
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Re:  Staff Sergeant Major
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I am unable to find any mention of the above noted rank in any of your web pages.
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I understand the rank did exist at Sandhurst and persons so appointed were 'instructors of instructors.'
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently appointed a number of people to the rank once again as at one time that organization did have 'staff sergeant majors.'
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I would appreciate any information which may be forthcoming in the above regard.
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Thank you.
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Alan
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--[[User:Ernestalan|Ernestalan]] 19:30, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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*We have an article at [[Staff Sergeant Major]]... [[User:Shimgray|Shimgray]] | [[User talk:Shimgray|talk]] | 19:51, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Sleep Naked ==
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Why some people go to sleep naked?
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:Why would anyone wear clothes in bed? [[User:Notinasnaid|Notinasnaid]] 20:37, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:It's hard to find good pajamas for adults, at least in the US, and wearing day clothes is uncomfortable. —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 21:25, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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::So they can be ready to answer the door. [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 23:35, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::.... or knock on the door ...  [[User:JackofOz|JackofOz]] 00:42, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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::::What? —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 00:52, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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:::::That was a slightly salacious reference to what adults do in bed with each other when they're naked.  I'm sure you can work it out.  [[User:JackofOz|JackofOz]] 00:56, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Seems like a facetious question.  ("Facetious" in this case from its etymological roots: "having more than one facet ... two-faced ... duplicitous ... not entirely forthright ... bogus" (but also with the more modern implications: "impish, prankish, etc").
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:One obvious retort would be: '''why do some/many people bathe in the nude?'''  (obviously because this is a situation in which any [[clothing]] would just get in the way).  More generally there are some people who don't feel compelled to wear clothing in the privacy of their own bed, bath, or perhaps in their homes in general. Of course there are people who consider most clothing to be an unnatural affectation ... and artifact of our culture.  (They often call themselves [[Clothes free movement|naturist]]s; while others often refer to them as "nudists"). For some this is a political, social or spiritual matter.  For others it's a simple matter of pragmatism.  (For example a couple who are intimate may prefer to sleep in the nude simply because it affords them more opportunity for spontaneous indulgence in their [[sex]]ual relations; in counterpoint the "[[nightie]], and especially the [[babydoll]] is primarily an [[erotic]] garment).  Another question one might ask would be: '''what purposes are served by [[pajamas]], night gowns or other bed clothes?'''  Obvious answers might include: supplemental insulation (for colder climes or seasons), insulation for any midnight trips to the lavatory or for during midnight snacks, insurance of the ability to rapidly answer the door or flee during fire or other emergency, absorbence of perspiration (keeping the sheets and blankets cleaner?), and, of course personal preference and habit.  Of course many of those purposes can be readily served by simply keeping a robe and slippers within arm's reach of the bed.  Ultimately the choice of bed time attire is mostly dictated by custom, habit and personal preference.  Our [[culture]] plays a dominant role in how our parents were raised, and in turn how the raise us ... and this forms he basis for many of our habits and prejudices (preferences). When I answer a question like this I really try to show how much of the answer is already covered by existing WP articles.  [[User:JimD|JimD]] 01:31, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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The main reason (for me) is because I find it more comfortable. [[User:Thryduulf|Thryduulf]] 01:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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:"If God had meant for us to be nudists, we all would have been born buck naked." [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 02:04, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Was King Arthur Real? ==
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Hi, I'm doing a report for my PRE.AP. English class on an Unsolved Mystery. And I have chosen the topic 'Was King Arthur Real', and I was looking on this site for any information to that subject, and came up empty handed. And so, I was wondering if there was anything on here or on another web site that could be helpful to my report, could you please e-mail me the web site name or link? That would be so much help! Thanks for your time!
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-K.C.
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:The far-too-clever answer is to turn in a paper saying "No, [[Arthur, Prince of Wales]] died before he became king". But what you want, I think, is our article on the [[historical basis for King Arthur]]. [[User:Shimgray|Shimgray]] | [[User talk:Shimgray|talk]] | 21:31, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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==Alzheimer's disease==
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Can anyone tell me if Alzheimers is an Hereditary Condition, {{Unsigned|Phldcksy}}
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:There seems to be some genetic component - see [[Alzheimer's disease]].  --[[User:Robert Merkel|Robert Merkel]] 22:34, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Stroblianthus dyerianus ==
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What climate type is Strobilanthus dyerianus found?
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:Sure you don't mean ''[[Strobilanthes]] dyerianus'', with an ''E''? —[[User:Keenan Pepper|Keenan Pepper]] 22:46, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Free Web Hosting ==
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What is the best free web hosting out there? I like Freewebs but I have a problem with loading every individual file from my site.--[[User:154.20.89.16|154.20.89.16]] 23:14, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Armour Institute Chicago ==
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In researching my great uncle, Rev. William Alvin Bartlett, who was Pastor of Plymouth Church in Chicago during the great fire, one of his church members was Joseph Armour. He was called from Chicago to Washington D.C.
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In his final sermon,November 11, 1894 from The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. Dr. Bartlett spoke:
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"With Joseph Armour I spied out the ground and laid the foundation for what is today the great Armour Institute. We selected the site on the prarie, as it then was, for a mission of Plymouth Church; but Mr. Armour delayed deeding the property until he began to get other conceptions; and at his death, he committed the work to his brother, who has carried it on to its present magnificent proportions.
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Could this appear anywhere in Wikipedia? The web sites give credit another minister.
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== Article donation ==
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I was wondering, how do I donate an article and what are the requirements?
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--[[User:72.197.201.129|72.197.201.129]] 23:59, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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:You don't really "donate" articles...you just write them! Don't cut and paste content from copyrighted webpages. Donate your time to write quality articles on any topic you like - as long as it's notable, and presented in a neutral fashion. To start off, just type in the article name in the search box to your left, and then follow the instructions that show up on the screen. Somewhere at the top of the screen it would say "edit this page" or "create an article". Hope this helps, and if you have any questions, feel free to come back, or drop by my talk page! --[[User:HappyCamper|HappyCamper]] 00:01, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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= March 20 =
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== continuation of "article donation" question ==
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It doesn't say "Create an article" at the top of the screen, and I don't see how editing an existing article would go toward contributing a new one.  Please clarify.
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--[[User:Aleph1.0|Aleph1.0]] 00:15, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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:Once you have a title use the search box to look and see if the article already exsists. If not then again using the search box click on "Go" at the top will be a read link that will allow you to create the article with the title you choose. [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 00:26, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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::In the long run editing an article may help to create a new on. If you look at somthing like [[Montreal]] you will see that it's a large article. As you scroll down there is a link to [[History of Montreal]]. The Montreal article has been added to and got so large that a new article History of Montreal was created. [[User:CambridgeBayWeather|CambridgeBayWeather]] [[User_talk:CambridgeBayWeather|(Talk)]] 00:31, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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:BTW, it's "red", not "read". Freudian slip? '''[[User:Slumgum|Slumgum]]''' | [[User_talk:Slumgum|yap]] | [[Special:Contributions/Slumgum|stalk]] | 00:32, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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::Yes, a purple link is a read link. :-) [[User:StuRat|StuRat]] 01:59, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Can blind people jump? ==
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This is a question that has been bugging me for a while: are congenitally completely blind people capable of successfully jumping horizontally, for example across a stream? It seems to me that visual-spatial coordination would be vital to such a task, and so I don't know if a blind person would possess the ability to do make the jump. --[[User:Jp3z|jp3z]] 00:28, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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:I'm sure someone would physically be able to do it, but judging the distance and how (and when) to land would be very difficult. <br>'''[[User:Slumgum|Slumgum]]''' | [[User_talk:Slumgum|yap]] | [[Special:Contributions/Slumgum|stalk]] | 00:35, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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Of course they are capable of jumping.  They might not have the accuracy of a seeing person, but they can do it.  The only cases where a blind person wouldn't be able to jump would be if they couldn't use their legs or something like that.
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In short, the ability to see is independent of the ability to use your legs, and vice versa, so the blind people that retain control of their legs can jump.--[[User:Aleph1.0|Aleph1.0]] 00:39, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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The question was if they could "successfully" jump.  It would seem that anyone could perform some quick and very inexpensive experiments by simply trying to jump across some small innocuous obstacles with one's eyes closed (or wearing blindfolds).  Obviously gauging distance and landing surface would be difficult (or impossible) and it's possible that maintaining balance on landing might also pose additional challenges.  Of course a congenitally blinding person might be able to fare better than a sighted person who was blindfolded.  They have considerably more experience maintaining their balance without visual cues which most of us take for granted. [[User:JimD|JimD]] 01:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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:The [[Paralympics]] includes a long jump and triple jump for blind athletes and a high jump for athletes with limited vision. So yes, blind people can jump. Unless they're white :). -- [[User:Mwalcoff|Mwalcoff]] 01:57, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Animals in Asia ==
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An animal that is reputed to commit mass suicide by running headlong off cliffs (minglem)
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:Are you thinking of [[Lemming]]s? -- '''[[User:Slumgum|Slumgum]]''' | [[User_talk:Slumgum|yap]] | [[Special:Contributions/Slumgum|stalk]] | 00:38, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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Why would they run headlong off cliffs?  I think that only suicidal humans, flying squirrels, birds, and other animals that can fly would run off cliffs.
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:Lemmings don't really run off cliffs, it's a persistent myth. [[User:Yeltensic42|Yeltensic]][[Special:Emailuser/Yeltensic42|42]] <small>[[User talk:Yeltensic42|don't]] [[Special:Contributions/Yeltensic42|panic]]</small> 01:27, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== actor ==
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is there an actor whose every film (and stage performance if any) have been a success?
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thanks
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:Impossible to answer without a particular definition of "success". Getting all ones lines right, critical acclaim, film/play makes a profit, film/play is a blockbuster? Anyone with one acting credit to their name could conceivably fit this bill in some way or another. --[[User:Canley|Canley]] 01:59, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Real Estate: Needing Assistance. Thank You! ==
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Ref: Real Estate Property
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What is the difference between the two (last 6 words)............
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DEFAULT BY SELLER: If the Seller fails to perform any of the covenants of this contract, the aforesaid money paid by the Buyer, at the option of the buyer, shall be returned to the Buyer on demand; or the Buyer shall have "ONLY THE RIGHT OF SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE"
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and........."THE RIGHT OF SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE?" Thank You!
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: A [http://www.google.com/search?q=%22specific+performance%22+law+%22real+estate%22&sourceid=mozilla&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8  Google search] on the terms: '''"specific peformance,"''' '''law''' and '''"real estate"''' (quoted as indicated) provides a wealth of explanations to this principle.  The gist of it: this clause limits the buyer from suing for damages (monetary compensation) and allows only for any suit to require the seller to perform whatever duties were spelled out in the provisions of the contract.  In other words if I were the seller and there were some clause that regarding a termite inspection or tenting and extermination ... and I failed to provide those ... you could sue to require me to perform those but you couldn't pay someone to do it and then sue me for damages.  Of course you should really discuss any legal questions with a qualified attorney ... one who is a specialist in your locality and in the branch of law at hand (real estate in this case). [[User:JimD|JimD]] 02:02, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== College Tuition Statistics ==
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Hello,
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I was wondering if it would be possible to get infomation on specific college tuition fees since 1996 (what the average student was paying each year).  I will be making a scatter plot with these costs.  I need the information for Rhode Island School of Design, and Parsons School of Design.  It would be great if you could provide me with that infomation. Thank you for your time.
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:Can't get it online, but find a high school guidance counselor who keeps back copies of the annual college review books. [[User:Alteripse|alteripse]] 02:06, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Sports Facts ==
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What was the origial meaning of the letter E in ESPN??
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:It spells it out on the first line of the [[ESPN]] article.  [[User:Dismas|Dismas]]|[[User talk:Dismas|<sup>(talk)</sup>]] 03:41, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
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== Linking to pages ==
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I recently linked to a page on the Wikipedia iPod page.  The link to www.ePodSupport.com was extremely relevant and has very high quality information, even if it is my own site.  I recently got a letter from a user and had the link deleted saying that I can't use Wikipedia to post commercial links.  In no way is my site for commercial purposes.  The goal of the site is to help iPod users, especially in converting DVDs.  The site functions well and is updated almost constantly.  It is perfectly relevant and has very high-quality content, so I encourage you to take a look and see if the claim I make is true (I am very confident).  I just want to know whether I should re-post the link or keep it off.  Thank you, andsorry for the rambling.
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--ekozie

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March 13

dumbfounded

PLEASE help me! I absolutely cannot find a way to contact Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of my favorite show Samurai Jack. If somewhere you were left an email or postal address after creating a page on the hit series, please send it to me at [email removed] or respond below -Please and Thankyou (for reading, even if this can't be helped)

I suggest you to actually call Cartoon Network and go through their bureaucratic hell. They probably won't give you any information if you're just a fan, though. ☢ Ҡiff 01:00, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Dammit Jim, I'm an encyclopedia, not a phone book for celebrities! —Keenan Pepper 01:01, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Who exactly is Jim? Kilo-Lima Vous pouvez parler 17:39, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
James T. Kirk Brian Schlosser42 17:59, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
And in today's episode, the part of Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy is being played by Keenan Pepper. --LarryMac 19:37, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm kinda trying to make that a fad. I think it's funnier than "suitly emphazi". —Keenan Pepper 23:48, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
It's sad (for us old guys), to think that this zoomed over the head of the young 'uns. --Zeizmic 19:01, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
I got it...64.198.112.210 20:38, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

refund theft

Isn't it stupid to practice refund theft?

You may get some goods but you leave a highly visible trail that can come back to haunt you. If you're a Target executive, you have a list of stolen goods (you check your stocked items quarterly, don't you?) from all shops, a list of refund records from all shops, you can easily create a list of suspects. And then you keep an eye on them if they come again.

Let's say if Allen buys an expensive DVD recorder today and he's on the watchlist, you can ask your guys to mark the other DVD recorders (one dirt cheap RFID tag would be good enough). If Allen takes a marked DVD recorder to the counter and asks for refund, call the police.

Do shops in the U.S. use RFID tags to counter refund theft? -- Toytoy 05:12, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

The desperate, the lazy, and the misguided often do stupid things. So do stupid people. Notinasnaid 09:15, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Email confirmation regulations

I recently signed up to a UK National Science Week thing, and the ritual confirmation email said that it had to be confirmed "to comply with UK regulations". What are these--84.51.149.80 18:04, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations, 2003, at a guess (which is mainly about cold calling and giving the TPS teeth; section 22 is the email bit). From the sounds of it, they're covering themselves particularly vigorously -- if you gave them your email when you signed up then (as I read it, but IANevenremotelyAL) they only have to make sure you can opt out later. Then again, maybe they're considering the "practical joker puts in address of their victim to get them spammed" angle. --Bth 08:42, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Name for a baby sea lion and baby sea otter

My son is doing a project for school and he needs an 11 letter word for a baby sea lion and a 5 letter word for sea otter. Can you help. Thanks. Pat

This page has "whelp" for the sea otter. I can't find anything with 11 letters for the young sea lion. --LarryMac 19:16, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, "babysealion" has 11 letters and "otter" has 5 letters. JIP | Talk 19:26, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Pinniped pup would work, if you don't count the space. --LarryMac 21:59, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

one piece pajama sleepers.

Good Day,

First thank you for your help. I want to know what year was the blanket sleeper invented. You can e-mail me back at (email removed to protect you from spammers, and please read the top of the page)

Do to a family difference this question has been driving me crazy. I really appreciate it if you would clear this up for me.

Thank you kindly, Laura Miltz

I couldn't find an answer, but I didn't like seeing the email sitting there for potential harvesting by ne'er-do-wells. --LarryMac 21:54, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Did you try searching under the name Dr. Denton ? Here's a pic: [1]. I got 1865 by doing some math based on the following article: [2] StuRat 22:38, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

They are also called footy pajamas or footed pajamas. Here's a pic: [3]. StuRat 00:00, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Guantanamo Bay

[After above five edit conflicts!] According to the Daily Mail a few days ago (a very Conservative and pro-George W. Bush newspaper), there is a technique used at Guantanamo Bay saying that the convited lies down on a board and their legs are raised. Then cling-film is placed over their nose and mouth, then water is poured onto their faces. Now, what exactly is this supposed to do the the convict. Obviously it's supposed to force them to release informarion, but how does it really "work"? Thanks! Kilo-Lima Vous pouvez parler 19:33, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

I'd like to see the source for that info, please. Specifically I want to know if they said those things do happen there, or if they are just stating a rumor they heard somewhere. StuRat 22:31, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
I haven't tried it myself, but if enough water is poured onto the face, I would think the answer would be "kill". The weight of the water pushes the cling film tightly onto the nose and mouth, cutting off access to fresh air, and the convict dies of asphyxiation. At least that's an extreme case. JIP | Talk 19:56, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
See waterboarding. Rmhermen 20:04, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Please note that a Gitmo detainee is not "the convicted" or "convict" as they have not been tried. --LarryMac 20:12, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, I suppose; but some have been and have remained there for several years. Kilo-Lima Vous pouvez parler 21:20, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
They're not suspects, they're not convicts, they're not prisoners of war. If we were to ask the US Government what they are, then, the reply would be "Who cares? They're bloody ragheads, and we will incarcerate them just because we can. Now shut up or we'll bomb your sorry little cheese-eating country back to stone age." Or am I exaggerating again? =) JIP | Talk 21:34, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, you've gone way over the deep end. They call them "detainees", but suspects would be a fair way to characterize them. They are only there because the US suspects them of being terrorists. If the US sent every turban-wearer it could there, they would have millions in custody, not just a few hundred. StuRat 22:31, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Sorry about that, then. But I had to express my contempt about the way the Bush administration originally handled the situation. JIP | Talk 22:39, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
You are indeed exaggerating. We found it too tedious to bomb people back to the Stone Age, so now we bomb them only back to the Iron Age. JamesMLane t c 06:23, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
They're not suspects in the legal sense of the word because they don't fall under any jurisdiction. That's the whole point of gitmo, isn't it? DirkvdM 06:53, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
Finnish cheese? Is it any good? David Sneek 21:48, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, actually. Finland produces rather good Edam, I eat it often on bread or Karelian pastries. Grated Polar cheese goes well with pasta, it's almost as good as Mozzarella. I am also a fan of blue cheese but I think that comes from Denmark. JIP | Talk 21:52, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Denmark has Danish blue and France has bleu. Both nice (if you like blue fungi). And Edam is Dutch, thank you very much. DirkvdM 06:53, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
It would be nice if the Danish blue link were blue too. Don't look at me, I'm no expert, I just eat the stuff. DirkvdM 06:57, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
Since I raised the question of the terminology for the detainees, and I am a US citizen, will "they" be bombing me? I have a good idea where they could start. Also, I hope that Polar cheese doesn't have anything to do with bears!  :-) --LarryMac 21:57, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Finnish Edam?!? As a Dutchman I have to say I find this very disturbing. David Sneek 22:12, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, it is Finnish Edam cheese. It is made by Valio, a Finnish dairy company. No, Polar cheese does not have anything to do with bears. Not all "polar" things are polar bears. And no matter what people tell you, there are no native polar bears in Finland. That was a myth originally dating back to the early 20th century, when the statues of normal brown bears (which are native to Finland) in the Paris World Fair had not been painted yet when the pavillion was opened. JIP | Talk 22:36, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Finnish Edam worries me a bit, too - everyone knows the finest Edam comes from New Zealand! :) Grutness...wha? 22:53, 13 March 2006 (UTC) (who personally prefers a nice Whitestone Brie)
I don't see Polar at List_of_cheeses#Finland, perhaps a new article is in order? Rmhermen 02:35, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
March 8, 2006
Editorial
They Came for the Chicken Farmer
This has been our nightmare since the Bush administration began stashing prisoners it did not want to account for in Guantánamo Bay: An ordinary man with a name something like a Taliban bigwig's is swept up in the dragnet and imprisoned without any hope of proving his innocence.
... President Bush told Americans to trust in his judgment after he arrogated the right to arrest anyone, anywhere in the world, and toss people into indefinite detention. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld infamously proclaimed that the men at Guantánamo Bay were "the worst of the worst."
... Far too many show no signs of being a threat to American national security. Some, it appears, did nothing at all. And they have no way to get a fair hearing because Gitmo was created outside the law.
Take the case of Abdur Sayed Rahman, as recounted in Monday's Times. The transcripts quote Mr. Rahman as saying he was arrested in his Pakistani village in January 2002, flown to Afghanistan, accused of being the Taliban's deputy foreign minister and then thrown into a cell in Guantánamo Bay. "I am only a chicken farmer in Pakistan," he said, adding that the Taliban official was named Abdur Zahid Rahman.

Hopefully they catch some dairy farmers who wear cheap Casio watches as well. -- Toytoy 03:24, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Also they planned to propagate bird flu in tiny sealed envelopes, pretending it was a wedding present. They are dangerous. --DLL 18:51, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

I accidentally ran into this mixture of views, and I really don’t want to alter the opinion people have about US Government Affairs. I am an eight year USMC Vet including half of my enlistment in the thick of things overseas in Iraq. I have had duty handling detainees, and I agree that some of them do not deserve to be there. Generally they are treated well, and I am not allowed to disclose any specific techniques for "Information Extraction" But I have never seen anything quite that cruel. Unfortunately when trying to get any information from some of these people; being nice doesn’t really work all that well. For that matter just keeping them well behaved you have to show them there are consequences to acting out. They are not imprisoned (Innocent or otherwise) to be hugged, and well loved. I can hardly see myself condoning torture, or abuse to someone who is imprisoned. I was appalled by the actions of that demented Army girl who built naked Iraqi Pyramids, and there is no doubt in my mind that other similar incidents have happened numerous times by individual service members. People do abuse their power when they are ignorant. To say that George Bush is directly involved with torture techniques is all a bit ridiculous in my mind. I am not a pro or a con when it comes to our commander and chief, he disappoints me half the time and impresses me the other half. He gets blamed for everything from terrorist attacks to hurricanes which almost makes it seem as if people believe he has some God like ability to snap his fingers and fix the world if he wants to, but chooses not to. When he waited a month to declare official war the world screamed, “What’s taking you so long?” Many of those same people seem to have forgotten the thousands of American lives Jihads (Whatever you want to call them) have ended since the late seventies and now they are asking, “Why are we there?” The fact is unless you are involved you simply can’t wrap your brain around the intangibles. The Media can expose so many ulterior motives from oil, to torture, but the Media also has ulterior motives; namely sales, and political agenda. I see both sides of the fence on all of these issues, and I have been directly involved. Incidentally the old "I am only a chicken farmer!" trick has been the default story for enemy soldiers, terrorists and insurgents since everything started, what do chicken farmers use 155mm Artillery shells for? All this talk about polar bears, cheese and chicken made me hungry!

Arts

What are the similarities between the art of literature and dances?

Sometimes literature can dance, like in this poem by Friedrich Hölderlin:
...nun eilt er,
Der Linkische; der spottet der Schlacken nun,
Und nimmt und bricht und wirft die Zerbrochenen
Zorntrunken, spielend, dort und da zum
Schauenden Ufer, und bei des Fremdlings
Besondrer Stimme stehen die Herden auf,
Es regen sich die Wälder, es hört tief Land
Den Stromgeist fern, und schaudernd regt im
Nabel der Erde der Geist sich wieder.
More generally, I'd say that what connects them is music. The relationship between dance and music is evident, and in literature too, the rhythms of the language, the melody of a sentence are often striving towards music. David Sneek 20:54, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
I thought I could read German, but now I'm not sure anymore. Then again, I get the same sort of feeling when I read Dutch poetry. It's all Chinese to me. DirkvdM 07:00, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

They both have accepted forms and traditions, but continue to excite becuase of the room for personal expression in the execution. They both convey this to others in ways that are rarely overt are both seldomly done completely privately. -LambaJan 03:17, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

There were Muses for both. Danse may be practised alone or collectively, the last is less found in writing. Danses evolve, books stay (but inseminate ideas for new books).
You can find a text about a dance, as in Kings(number it) when David recalls his dancing. Less frequent : a dance about a text, or maybe it was a dance before a bonfire of bad books. Dancing is elaborate, but came before writing which is differently elaborate. Do your eyes dance when you read too much or when the text makes you feel dizzy ? --DLL 18:45, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Unknown Research Institute

Am reposting my question from WP:RD/H for a little more discussion (even if it is against the rules):

Does anyone know of a fledgling "Blakeley Research Institute" based in Geneva? I and some of my colleagues have been receiving encrypted mails from someone there for some time already. The cipher was Vigenère, and decryption revealed a threat of some sort to a colleague. I've checked with the police, and they say they're doing everything they can, but meanwhile, we're still getting these letters! Google didn't turn up anything, so it could be a hoax, but just checking to see if there really is no such place. After all, Google has been known to make mistakes. Thanks. Igor the Lion(Roar!) 22:52, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Stocks

Where can I find the price of a certain stock from a certain date in history? I'm looking for the price of Socket Communications (SCKT) on April 6, 2004. Thanks, Dismas|(talk) 22:57, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Nevermind, found it. Dismas|(talk)
Where? Tell us! -- File:Flag of the United States.svg Mac Davis] ☢ ญƛ. 11:27, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
There are probably other sites that do the same but I went to CNN.com, went to the financial section, got a current quote for the stock, then I saw a link for a historical quote. After getting to that page all you have to do is plug in the date and it'll give you the high, low, and close from that day.

Memory Recall

How does memory recall work or how does our brains recall stored images, memories, etc.? What does that involve and how do neurotransmitters play a role in this?

Short answer: Nobody knows. You should become a neuroscientist and figure it out. —Keenan Pepper 23:49, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Longer answer: See Memory#Physiology. —Keenan Pepper 23:50, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

I used to know the answer, but my memory recall fails me at the moment. StuRat 00:10, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

From memory (mine is still somewhat functional) and some 'original research': Neurons connect due to stimuli caused by incoming currents from the senses, forming patterns that grow stronger as the same thing is observed more often. Thus, the logic is formed that 'if I see this, then that must be there too, because that has regularly been the case before '. You can also conjure up these images by thinking about them. Those are called memories. Neurotransmitters pass on the stimuli between the neurons (the name sort of gives that away). DirkvdM 07:12, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

wedding invitations

My son is getting married on the beach this summer in California, which is home to both Bride and Groom. My son is stationed in GA, he is in the Air Force and on a minimum budget. On the wedding invitation we want to request gift cards or cash, as it would be difficult to mail all of the gifts to GA. How do we gracefully make this request. What is proper ediquite in this situation?

Tell people to send gift cards to California but that any other items are to be sent direct to the Georgia address. You'll find most of them opt for the former. Jameswilson 02:28, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Maybe something along the lines of:

We're honoured by your presence at this union and even more by your involvement in our lives. Even as we already express this with spirit, life, love and communication, these channels don't carry mail, and the ones that do charge a heavy premium. If you wish to express your love and joy for this occasion with a material gift, please let it be one that fits inside a little envelope.

Or something that more suites your personality. -LambaJan 03:09, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

I'm impressed! :) — flamingspinach | (talk) 03:35, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, I work extra hard for the public domain. -LambaJan

Maybe ediquite has some answers too. DirkvdM 07:15, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Miss Manners would be spinning in her grave, if she were dead. But she's not, although yet another question about how to properly phrase an extortion request on a wedding invitation might just do it. 1. There is no obligation on any guest to provide a gift of any kind, although traditionally most guests will do so. 2. Those that are invited to the wedding are presumably supposed to be close friends and relations who know who lives where etc. 3. If one insists on treating the wedding as little more than a glorified rent party, then one should assume burden of the freight charges. --LarryMac 14:34, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
Dude, Miss Manners isn't dead. -LambaJan 02:37, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
As he said, "if she were dead". Proper etiquette does not mention gifts at all. User:Zoe|(talk) 03:39, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
I also said "But she's not"; I'm not sure how that could have been clearer. --LarryMac 16:33, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Sorry, it was very late. -LambaJan 20:39, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

March 14

From Filth by Irvine Welsh: "the purple tin"

I've looked, but I can't find out what kind of beverage is referred to as "the purple tin" in the book. I'm assuming it's some kind of cheap, potent malt liquor or lager, but what brand?. I've been to Scotland, but didn't see any "purple tins." Brian G. Crawford 02:55, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Tennents Super (see [4])—which is indeed comparable to US malt liquor. —Charles P._(Mirv) 05:20, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
They're not in purple tins, they're dark blue. I don't think they're comparable to malt liquor either as Tennants Super is only about 12% alcohol by volume. AllanHainey 12:03, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
U.S. malt liquors are less than that - between 6 and 10 % according to our article. Despite the name they are not "hard liquor". Rmhermen 16:25, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, it's Tennants Super, in the purple tinnies. Ex sponsors of Glasgow Rangers, I think. They're called purple, despite being dark blue because Scottish people are stupid. Um, I mean, I don't know why they're described as being purple. Proto||type 16:36, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Thank you! Brian G. Crawford 19:04, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Party

Does someone the name of a libertarian-socialistic political party in the United States?

What does "libertarian-socialistic" even mean? Libertarianism and socialism are very different philosophies. —Keenan Pepper 04:18, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
Do you want to tell the editors of Libertarian socialism, or shall I? ;) --Bth 08:24, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
The Peace and Freedom Party, maybe?

Zacarias Moussaui

When he first was in the news, they pronouced his name ZACK-CAR-I-US. Now why do they pronouce it ZA-CARRY-US. What's with the pronouncation change?

Most likely someone told them the right way to do it and they'd been guessing incorrectly before that. Happens surprisingly often. --Bth 08:26, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Burlington Railway in Chicago

I was wondering if you would be able to locate some contact information to the Burlington Northern Railroad? I understand that they operate out of Chicago but it has been very hard to locate any actual telephone numbers and adresses. Hector M. Saldana

It's now Burlington Northern Santa Fe (there was a merger) and their head office is in Texas. If you do a Google phrase search on their name (or even just "burlington northern") their home page is the first hit, and like many companies, there is a "contact us" link on it -- in fact Google also gives you a direct link to that. Here's the contacts page with a central phone number and links for different departments. --Anonymous, 17:08 UTC, March 14, 2006.
If you are looking for information on the commuter line, you might have to start with Metra. --LarryMac 17:10, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
Our article on Burlington Northern Railroad gives historical information about the pre-merger company, and directs you to BNSF Railway for the article about the current company. If in fact you mean the Chicago-area commuter line, its article at BNSF Railway Line includes the URL for its website. At http://metrarail.com/contact-Metra.html you'll find the contact information. JamesMLane t c 06:38, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

orgin surname hill

[Question moved here from the Help Desk by User:Kilo-Lima]

family name hill in 1792 in tyrell county, north carolina where can i find the family history and where did the name hill come from?

Place surnames generally refer to the place the bearer of the name lived. People with the surname 'Hill' may have lived on or under a hill, or next to an important hill. 64.198.112.210 20:50, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
FWIW, there are a few famous Hill families, one of them I know of well (since my SO is a descendant) is the Hills of Hodnet in Shropshire, England, who can be traced back to the 14th century pretty readily - the original surname in that case was "Hull", which is simply a midlands English variety of the same name. The surname Hill is very common, and originates largely from western England, particularly from Devon north to about Worcestershire. As to where your particular ancestors with that surname came from, there are any number of good genealogy websites around which might be able to help. Grutness...wha? 00:42, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

song artist and title

can you please tell me what the artist and title was to a song that i heard at the tri nations rugby league games that the teams came out to.

where to find the history of Hamilton, Ont. Canada

Hi - I am new to this web site and I am wondering where I go to search for history of cities. Thanks J

We have a specific article for History of Hamilton, Ontario. More generally, the search box mid-way down the left hand column (if you're on the default skin) is a good way to try and find things. --Bth 20:57, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Changing Currency For Large Sums

If I go to study in Holland, I'll want to convert about £8000 into Euros. What is the cheapest way I can do this? What are the chances of UK converting to the Euro in the next couple of months? Wont someone please think of the students!! --Username132 21:50, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

There are places on the high street which will convert money commission-free, I think the Post Office may be one. Have a look around. There's no chance of the UK adopting the Euro without at least 12 months notice, which as yet doesn't look like happening at all.
Slumgum 22:24, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
They may convert the money commission-free, but the rate at which they do the conversion is usually lousy. Banks may charge a commission, but the rates are often more attractive. Try your bank. Oh, and presumably you'll open a bank account in Holland, so rather than get the whole 8000 quid converted to cash (which is of course a theft risk and attracts the attention of security people) it may be easier to open the bank account and get the money wire transferred into the new account. --Robert Merkel 00:00, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Well could I open two accounts in different countries (UK and say, France) with the same bank, transfer the money to Europe and then transfer it to an account in the Netherlands? --Username132 (talk) 10:07, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
The best and safest thing you can do is find out which banks in Holland have a reciprocal arrangement with your bank (if you're with any of the big ones, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, etc, there are banks in Holland that have such agreements), and just withdraw money over there using your UK cash card. You'll pay no commission, get a far better exchange rate, and not have to worry about converting 8 grand in one go. You shouldn't need to bother opening an account in the Netherlands, unless you plan on working part-time when you're there (as getting paid then becomes a pain). If you do plan on working whilst you're there, then opening account wil be easier if you pick a bank chain that your bank has an agreement with (as before). Proto||type 12:27, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
By the way to answer the other part of your question, there is no chance at all that the UK would convert to Euros in the next couple of months. Even if they decided to do it today, the preparations would take years. Notinasnaid 15:18, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

American Currency

I have a 1917 $2 bill and I am wondering how much it is worth?

What condition is it in ? StuRat 22:39, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

I don't have a book handy, but large notes are rare. A large $2 note is even rarer. My advice is to check out a book on paper currency and figure out what grade it is. Then call or email or visit some coin and currency dealers for an appraisal. Brian G. Crawford 00:57, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

United States two-dollar bill may be of interest.--Commander Keane 02:01, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

March 15

Social Security numbers after you die

What happens to a Social Security number when a person dies? Is it recycled? Reused? If a person dies, can someone take his SSN and steal his identity, get a credit card and buy stuff? The article didn't say. --Blue387 02:22, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

  • The Social Security Administration does not re-use numbers (see Q20@[5]), and records when someone dies (their "Death Index" is useful for geneological researchers[6]), and has done so since at least 1962. Someone using a SSN of a person with a valid death certificate would probably get caught pretty quick. --Fastfission 02:39, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
    • What if there was no death certificate? Someone can take the SSN of a recent dead person and steal his/her identity. I read it could happen here; see #12. --Blue387 03:05, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
What if a person was thought dead but actually wasn't and, when he returned to his hometown, used his number again? Would he get arrested, esp. if he had lost his ID and other means of identification? Igor the Lion(Roar!) 15:15, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Check out Fingerprints and DNA. Here7ic 04:26, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
See [7] for some info on that Oskar 01:31, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

As Finnish social security numbers include the date of birth (and are not recycled when the century changes, even that has been taken into account), someone else getting your social security number would involve that person travelling back in time and getting born at a different time. So therefore I think it's pretty impossible. JIP | Talk 18:26, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Travel Question

How far is it from Flachau (Austria), Seoul (South Korea), and Moscow (Russia) to Torino, Italy?

If this is a travel question, the distance obviously depends on the route you take. But if you just want the great-circle distance, this web page can compute it for you (I don't know to what accuracy). Flachau is not in their database of place names, but you can enter the coordinates. From my map of Austria, I make it to be at 47:20N 13:24E (degrees and minutes). --Anonymous, 03:48 UTC, March 15, 2006.

The Marvel Comics Charactor called Punisher

I have been curious for some time about a few things pertaining to the Punisher Story lines. What was his wifes name? What was her maiden name? How many children did they have? What is the real name of his arch enemy Jigsaw? How did Jigsaw get the scars?

Thats it for now.

guninea pig's hearing

My daughter is doing a science experiment with her guinea pig, Kiwi. We have had Kiwi for 7 months. Her experiment is to test the affects of different kinds of music on her guinea pig, as the control pig, and other guinea pigs. My daughter plans on playing the flute, singing to her and playing classical, country, pop and rock music. She appears to have very sensitive hearing. When I walk in the room very quietly and she appears to be sound asleep, her head pops up automatically.

Just for background information, my daughter would like to include some info on their hearing in general. I have seen references to hearing loss testing but nothing about their actual hearing sensitivity.

Does anyone have any information and can point me in the right direction to get such knowledge?

Thank you. type -- 66.75.148.101 03:37, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

A google search for "guinea pig hearing" indicated that they are used in medical experiments about human hearing loss because the configuration their inner ear is very similar to a human's. That doesn't mean that they hear the same things, though. --Robert Merkel 05:10, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Using a guinea pig for experimentation. How original. Especially when it's a flightless guinea pig. DirkvdM 09:56, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, I never tried using one that doesn't fly. -LambaJan 20:42, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Mr. Sub commercials (Canada)

The Canadian sandwich chain Mr. Sub has been running a couple of really odd commercials. I'm wondering if anyone else can enlighten me with the proper interpretation.

In the first, a man of about 30 is sitting in a basement, slowly turning a light bulb on and off with a pullchain. He then presses play on a casette player, and the Lone Ranger theme (William Tell Overture) begins to play. For a few seconds, he furiously turns the light on and off, before stopping and sitting in the dark for a couple of seconds. The screen then changes to a big graphic that reads "TRY NEW THINGS," and an announcer introduces a new sandwich.

In the second ad, we see another man of about 30 in a room that is completely bare except for a dresser, two paintings -- perhaps the man's parents -- and two objects on the floor: a trumpet and a doll, I think. The man silently picks up those two objects, looks up at the ceiling for a second, then climbs into the open bottom drawer of the dresser. We see that he appears to have a black-and-white picture of a man (perhaps his father) attached to his lapel. He curls up and then closes the drawer from the inside. We then get the "TRY NEW THINGS" graphic.

Maybe it's just me, but these ads seem a little arcane for a chain of sandwich shops. What the heck is going on? Is the first ad supposed to show that the guy in the basement has such a pathetic life that he turns a light bulb on and off for fun? Or is turning the light on and off to the Lone Ranger theme supposed to be his idea of "trying new things?" And I have absolutely no handle on the second ad at all. Perhaps the guy hasn't gotten over the deaths of his parents and is stuck in his childhood, but that wouldn't explain why the room is bare or, for that matter, how sandwiches come into play.

Mwalcoff 04:34, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

I think the point is to catch your attention and make you aware of the brand and remember it, which worked for you. As for a simple explanation of the contents of the ads, I think the point that yes, the man has such a pathetic life that going to eat at a different restaurant would be a good and welcome change. Brian G. Crawford 04:52, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

A quick question in involving 'petifores' and how no one knows it's actually spelled 'petit fours'.

Why are people too stupid to know that?

petit fours. this made more sense in an unswizzled contextCharles P._(Mirv) 05:10, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Isn't it "petits fours"? I know the problem. It's not a question of stupidity, just ignorance. If you've never learnt French, and/or never come across that expression before, you could hardly be blamed for not knowing that it was two words, not one, and how they were spelled. I was sent an email recently asking whether someone was "a bonnified de facto partner". It took me a little while to realise they meant "bona fide". See also mondegreens. JackofOz 06:07, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Languages constantly borrow from other languages and mispronounce and misspell the words. English pronunciation of French words can be quite amusing ('deja vous' means 'already you', for example - and, yes, I know there should have been two accentmarks there, I'm just being lazy). I bet English is full of misspelled words. Also, many people can't even spell their own language, so, yes, stupidity (*) does come in here too. And of course the spelling of words changes within a language too. Just look at old English texts. I wonder if that is caused by one 'stupidity' piled on another over time. DirkvdM 10:04, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
I assume by (*) you mean the stupidity of the educational authorities of our so-called greatest countries in the world, for allowing such an outcome to ever develop, or ever get anywhere near developing. (Don't get me started.) JackofOz 13:27, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Are you "too stupid" to know that "question" is actually spelled "quæstionem"? Borrowed words and idioms don't need to keep their spelling, you know. --BluePlatypus 14:43, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Question is borrowed from Latin? Of course it comes from Latin indirectly, but that's not the same as borrowing. —Keenan Pepper 15:50, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
It comes from Latin via French, yes. That just means both the French and English were both too stupid to get it right. And by induction, anyone not speaking Proto-Indo-European is a moron. Words change. Language changes. It's been going on forever, and drawing a line in the sand at some point in history and saying whoever crosses it is "stupid", is just patently ridiculous. --BluePlatypus 17:30, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

google images

how do add images to google images?

You don't. The Google webcrawlers should pick up the image and categorise it based on the image filename, the link text pointing to the image, and text adjacent to the image. --Canley 07:06, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
so lets say you upload the files to freewebs or whatever and google will eventuallly find it?--154.20.89.16 21:13, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
If there is a link pointing to it, Google will eventually find it, so long as the link pointing to it has a link pointing to it as well (and so forth, all the way up the chain). But it can take a few weeks before it finds it. --Fastfission 23:42, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Sharon

How is the health condition of Israel's Prime Minister Sharon at this time?

Illnesses of Ariel Sharon has more details here on Wikipedia. This article from the Jerusalem Post (3 hrs old as of this timestamp, according to Google News) says that his hospital are saying that contrary to some reports there hasn't been any improvement, and he remains serious but stable. --Bth 08:13, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Wood working television show

There used to be a television show on about woodworking with vintage /antique tools. The host was a red headed man. I need to know his name, the name of the show, and is there a place to get a copy of his shows.

Thanks, Ron Brumley

And we need to know the country you're talking a out first, and is there a way to get people to realise the importance of this bit of info before they ask so we don't have to ask them about that every time. :) DirkvdM 10:06, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Assume U.S. Do you mean the Woodwright's Shop[8] by " longtime master housewright at Colonial Williamsburg, Roy Underhill"? Rmhermen 18:46, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
In the time it took me to save my edit, I found Galoot which says Woodwright's Shop is the one I was thinking of. - Taxman Talk 21:54, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
WP:RD sez "Be specific - explain your question in detail if necessary, addressing exactly what you'd like answered. For information that changes from country to country (or from state to state), such as legal, fiscal or institutional matters, please specify the jurisdiction you're interested in."
One should add "such as TV programs also". --DLL 21:50, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
There is a PBS show that meets that definition, but I don't recall the name and I don't see it in the list in that article, so it may not be a PBS production, but one that my local station picks up. For all I know it would be the one Rmhermen mentioned. The people on Talk:The New Yankee Workshop would be highly likely to be able to give you the name if you are asking about the US. - Taxman Talk 21:52, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (continued from March 8th)

Quake 4 is not meant to work either but it does, although its QUITE GREEN.

how do you do the techniques in hp photo commercial

what software do i need to create the special effects in the hp tv ad with people moving in and out of album frames? if possible, can anyone tell me how this is done in detail?

here are the hp link to the video and then a spoof done by someone who apparently knows how to do the trick.

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/hpads/tvpromo.html?mtxs=home-corp&mtxb=B1&mtxl=L3

http://www.jokaroo.com/extremevideos/hpphoto.html

It's done using clever use of 3D compositing. I'll try and very quickly explain it: you film yourself holding an empty frame over your face and pulling a silly face. Using compositing software, you copy the image of your face out and composite it over the frame. As the frame moves around, you alter the perspective and size of the photo in 3D to correspond with the frame. There's a tutorial here of how to do it in Sony Vegas, but I reckon you could also do this in Adobe After Effects, Apple Shake, or any other tools with 3D compositing features. --Canley 11:22, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

migration

what are the advantages and disadvantages of migraton?

  • The advantages are that if you migrate somewhere, you can avoid doing your own homework. If you stay in the same place, then you are sedentary, and you have to do your own homework. You, my friend, are thus sedentary. But see migration for a start. Proto||type 15:23, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
high-five to Proto. That response almost makes up for your sig. The bellman 13:08, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Why the Western Front?

Can anybody explain why Britain and France called their battlefront against the Germans in WW1 The Western Front and not the Eastern Front? I appreciate that they had an ally, Russia, who fought on the German's Eastern Front (was that therefore the Russians Western Front?) but there was no British or French forces on that front. A British expression for death in the war was "going West" (homewards?) so they knew they were going East to fight. Hardly an earth-shattering puzzle but it has bothered me for ages, and despite extensive searching have not found anything.

I think the point is that the war had two fronts, and the western front was the western of these. 'Eastern' and 'western' were used to distinguish the fronts from one another. Markyour words 16:14, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Exactly. "Eastern Front"/"Further Western Front" and "Further Eastern Front"/"Western Front" don't have quite the same ring. --Bth 16:31, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
It was called the Western Front in both wars Western Front (World War I) & Western Front (World War II). It would also seem that the Germans called it the western front as well. See the book Im Westen nichts Neues. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 21:39, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
That and Germany was probably the reference point -- it is their "West" and "East" that are being used here. --Fastfission 23:44, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
There doesn't need to have been any reference point except the fronts themselves. As said above, one was west of the other. --Anon, 02:51 UTC, March 16.
Of course, since the Earth is a sphere, if you went far enough East from the "Eastern Front" you would get to the "Western Front" and vice-versa. However, obviously you would go by the shortest route. It would have been a bit trickier if the fronts were on opposite sides of the world. StuRat 04:21, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

what is a risk on using a NOW account

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Finger chewing

I am new yet things slowly seem to come to light as though Im riding a bike. yet I cant seem to get the swing of finger chewing nails and the proceedure and the movemint of "eating food" Please help I am desperate. and what is this ritual done for other than the obviouse

I can't understand the question. Will you please clarify it by using actual sentences ? A question mark should follow the question. This is a question mark -> ? StuRat 04:13, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
You might like to read up on nail biting, and pacifier. Good luck. --Shantavira 19:41, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

best CD-R menufacturers in USA

May be this is overuse of Wikipedia:Reference desk but can someone tell which are good CD-R to buy in US? Good means: cheap, lasting long (don't scratch easily and whatever else that makes it good), able to be written without going bad. Thanks. AshishGtalk02:40, November 19, 2019 (UTC).

I'm under the impression that the quality is very similar between different manufacturers with that product. I would suggest purchasing the cheapest ones. -LambaJan 20:45, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Hey, I'd recommend a brand name, such as Sony, Memorex, or Maxell. Even name brands can be found really cheap, especially buying them in a spindle. I find with no name brands one is more likely to end up with more coasters (people should recycle used CD-R's, just saying!), also some CD players, moreso older ones, will have trouble reading them (however it varies). The name brands are worth the extra few cents versus no name for quality alone. I think name brands are more likely to go on sale too (depends I suppose), so they may even be less expensive, also depends on where one shops. Chances may be some no name brands are made by the same company that make name brands, but that gets a little more tricky. I still get name brands nowadays, and as I said, deals are out there. Hope that helps. Willzyx 04:47, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Personally, I think RW discs may last longer because these discs are inorganic. -- Toytoy 06:55, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Cheap CD-Rs are not as reflective as pressed discs, which has two results: A, the laser has to work harder to read them and B, scratches and marks will have a greater effect. Ritek are the best (they are about 80% as good as a storebought CD), and Ridata and Sony are good too.

US Air Force Flag Insignias

hi there, my daughter is doing a project on the history of the US Air Force Flag; we are unable to answer a question and were wondering if you could help us. We need to know the meaning/significance of the insignas on US Air Force Flag. If you could help us, we would greatly appreciate it; if not, could you maybe point us in the right direction? thanks in advance for any help that you can give us

susan mcglone

(email removed. please read the top of the page) --LarryMac 20:06, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

There is a decent description of the flag and the symbols here. --LarryMac 22:09, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Alternatively, you could try posting the request to someone who is a member of the "Flags of the world" mailing list, since there are many vexillologists there who may be able to help. Contact details are here. Grutness...wha? 06:00, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Trying to locate a faculty member

A friend of mine asked me to help locate Father Gene Grolmous. Father Grolmous was associated with St. Louis University's National Conference held in 1982, dealing with "Lessons to be Learned from the Hyatt Hotel Disastor in Kansas City". It is believed that Father Grolmous was Assistant Professor of Speech. He did have some poetry published. Prior to joining the faculty there, he was at Rockhurst College.

The friend who would like to locate him is named Chuck Hayes. Father Grolmus was often a visitor in his home. Chuck was also involved in the conference, having been a survivor of the Hyatt disaster.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Jean Allen

(email removed. please read the top of the page) --LarryMac 20:51, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Takeover of Wikipedia

Can it happen that disgruntled users, developers, or Britannica writers decide to takeover Wikipedia (or Wikimedia itself), removing all the administrator, bureaucrat, and developer rights from everybody except themselves, and blocking all the pages except talk pages?

In theory, for 5 minutes, someone could begin such a "reign of terror". Until somebody comes along with database access and deletes the offending account. In practice, with all of the backups, etc, scattered around, it's very unlikely that WP would be permanently locked out by pranksters. — Lomn Talk 21:32, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
And how great is the possibility of a physical attack on Wikipedia's servers? And what if the people who take over are the ones with database access? I know it sounds paranoid, but hey, we live in an age of terrorism.
I would think they have better uses of their time, like cash depots. --Zeizmic 21:48, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Haha. I ask questions, I expect answers, not sarcastic jootsing comments. I'm talking about Britannica users posing as Wikipedia service personnel. Or perhaps retired al-qaeda suicide admins. Not penniless teenagers.
If one of the developers decided to bugger things up, it would create some temporary damage, but could really do nothing more in the end than 1. forcing a re-install of MediaWiki from whatever the last build was, and 2. forcing a reset to the last database dump available. Nothing long term would really be possible; it would be a one-time affair. --Fastfission 23:38, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Worst case scenario: Florida is wiped out by nuclear weapons. Jimmy along with the rest of the staff has been killed by evil squirrels, all of the developers get avian flu, and most of the American Contributers go mad from drinking to much snapple. There would still be complete wikipedia dumps available, and any one who wants can set up a fork with a DSL connection and a copy of MediaWiki in ten minutes. It would take alot to bring down Wikipedia. Oskar 01:27, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Isn't this happy guy's polite questioning style somewhat familiar? --Zeizmic 02:25, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Use CheckUser if you're trying to prove that I'm one of your abhorrent vandals and you'll end up disproving yourselves. Big laugh from my side. Anyway, I got what I want, so why bother? — 84.154.85.140 (Talk | contribs) {{{2}}} (left unsigned)
This is interesting question! Is there is director's board like body on Wikipedia where members can talk to each other on phone (apart from talk pages) in case of emergency? AshishGtalk02:40, November 19, 2019 (UTC).
Well, usually when something's wrong, people go rant about it on our IRC channels. (BTW, AshishG, shouldn't you use subst: in your signature? 'Cause it's now permanently displaying the current time instead of post time.) Misza13 T C 12:49, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

History

Who was it that claimed to have read all the books ever written and when was it said? Thank you, Brad Roberts

  • Whoever they were was no doubt incorrect or lying. At no point in known human history would it ever have been possible for any individual to read all books (defined loosely) ever written. Even if numerical amounts were not a problem (i.e., not too many books), the problem of languages would probably have been, and geographical distances would definitely have been. --Fastfission 23:41, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
not to mention the problem of lost works. for every work that once existed but is now known only by its title (if that), there are probably many more that have vanished without trace. —Charles P._(Mirv) 01:34, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, technically the writer of the very first book could have said this before the second book was written... Grutness...wha? 06:02, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Stéphane Mallarmé has that poem "La chair est triste, hélas! et jai lu tous les livres. Fuir! là-bas fuir! Je sens que des oiseaux sont ivres. D'être parmi l'écume inconnue et les cieux!" (Flesh is sad, alas, & I read every book ...) --DLL 21:43, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

ATI vs Nvidia

Can someone who knows a lot about graphics cards please tell me which is the best possible graphics card out in the market. I have heard that the ATI x1900 series is the best one but I am not sure. Also, which company builds better graphics cards, ATI or Nvidia?

Hey, I am sure people will be divided as to which is better. Also as soon as one betters the other, the other probably responds quickly (word of the day, Oligopoly!). From a website I go to, it states "Before today, the X1900 was clearly the king of the hill in all things graphics." Here is a comparison chart from that website, comparing the two (same page I got the quote from). It is dated from March 9th. So it would appear Nvidia has responded! Hope that helps. Willzyx 02:31, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
I should have added a wikilink: ATI_Technologies#Market_trends, last paragraph of that section. So it appears it took a couple months for Nvidia to respond to ATI. Willzyx 02:41, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
As far as notebooks go I believe the general consesus is that Nvidia is in the lead. -Ridge Racer 03:54, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
In any case, both of them make good graphics chipsets, and it varies from week to week who currently has the best one at a given price point. But you're unlikely to go wrong with either. --Robert Merkel 03:57, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
ATI vs Nvidia Smackdown! --LarryMac 21:30, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Inside White Tower of Tower of London

Does anybody know about what years the arms and armour room inside the white tower of London was added or created?

As a working armoury or as a museum? Either way the exact dates seem difficult to pin down, but our article on Royal Armouries has a fair bit of information about the evolution of the collection. --Bth 08:37, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

March 16

FM frequency band coverage

I would like to know is there any restrict law on the FM Band to keep at 87.5 to 108 MHz ? Or Can I build a FM band radio to receive 86 to 109 MHz instead?

Thanks and Best Regards,

William Tai

In what country? --Anon, 01:11 UTC, March 16, 2006.
According to FM broadcast band and FM, FM isn't so much a band as it is a method to transmit radio (if I understand the articles correctly). FM broadcast band clearly states that you can send out FM signals at any frequency, so yes, it is possible to build a FM reciver at 108 MHz, although since no one is transmitting, I don't really know what the point would be :D Oskar 01:20, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
If you're in the United States, the answer is yes, the government does limit what is popularly called FM radio broadcasts to the part of the broadcast spectrum ranging from 88 to 108 MHz. The frequencies below that (76-88 MHz) are for television channels 5 and 6, although presumably that space will be freed up after analog TV goes off the air. The range from 108 to 117.975 is for aeronautical radionavigation. So there really would be no point in building a radio that went down to 86 MHz or up to 109 MHz.
This page shows you what type of broadcasting is allocated to each part of the spectrum.
None of the above answers is answering the question that was asked. The frequency allocations apply to broadcasting. The original poster asked if it was legal (not possible) to build a receiver (not transmitter) that would receive FM signals at 86 to 109 MHz. And again, legal questions can't be answered without knowing the country. (And even then, if this is more than a casual curiosity, you should a lawyer rather than some random people here.) --Anonymous, 02:48 UTC, March 16.
My grandmother used to have a portable TV set with an analog tuner. Between channels 6 and 7, you could pick up FM radio broadcasts. -- Mwalcoff 02:30, 16 March 2006 (UTC)


I would be very surprised if it was illegal to build a radio receiver, as opposed to transmitter, in any reasonably free jurisdiction. However you would have to be careful that you built it properly, as a badly-built receiver can emit radio signals and if these cause interference with another user you may get into trouble. Obviously if you live in a country which doesn't like it's citizens receiving outside radio broadcasts you may get into trouble. Also if you are using the receiver to eavesdrop, or intend to use it for criminal activity you will get into trouble too. DJ Clayworth 22:01, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Body Question

Why is it that my penis is more slanted that usual after masturbation? Template:Unsigned

Maybe you rubbed it up the wrong way.
Slumgum 01:32, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
I don't have an answer to this question, but can I just say, I'm dying to hear what the response is! Oskar 01:36, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Maybe it just seems more slanted as it's returning to its flaccid state. —Keenan Pepper 02:51, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
I noticed this also and it questioned me. If you dont mind me asking, why is that if you do not participate in sex (or masturbation) often enough your penis feels so sensitive after ejaculation? Tutmosis 03:12, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
define "often enough" :) Grutness...wha? 06:03, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Publicity websites

I recently was at a publicity website, by that I mean I think they produced commercials for television. It seems I didn't bookmark it, and I can't find it again. It had North American and European ads on it, that anyone could view. Some included one for Coke Zero, one for Coca Cola and the Fifa World Cup in Germany, and a CBS holiday promo done in claymation. I hate to be a burden here, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any such sites, possibly that one too! Googling did not seem to help either unfortunately. TYVM in advance! Willzyx 02:15, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Can male homosexuals still fart?

It seems that due to the mechanics alone, that the routine rooting of ones anus by an plunger type device such as a engorged penis, would loosen ones anus,and it's surrounding muscle and tissue mass thus preventing it from being ever able to fart again. Would this be possible justification to go straight? Or does one of that ilk have a way to alleviate what must be a telltale inability to pass gas loudly. Template:Unsigned

I doubt this is a serious question, but I'll answer it seriously. Receptive homosexual sex does not loosen the anal sphincter; if anything the sphincter muscles are strengthened by the exercise. Gay men can fart just as well as, if not better than, straight men. —Keenan Pepper 02:41, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
And the same goes for women who participate in receptive anal intercourse. —Keenan Pepper 02:43, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

MALE ORGASM

Are there any ways to improve male orgasm? How exactly do men train themselves to have multiple orgasms?

Have fewer of them? ;)
Seriously, some people claim that tantra is a pathway to all manner of sexual delights. --Robert Merkel 03:54, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Lots of masturbation or sex my friend. 2 times a day should do it and your on your way. Honestly, Im not kidding, works for me. Tutmosis 03:55, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Is it just coincidence that last three questions are on this topic? AshishGtalk02:40, November 19, 2019 (UTC).
I've heard Kegel exercises work wonders. android79 05:24, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

brown baby

is it true that if a white women gets pregnant from anal sex, she will have a brown baby?

No, the stork chooses a colour for the baby randomly. (Since anal sex can't lead to pregnancy, it must be the stork, mustn't it?) --Bth 08:27, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
You can't get pregnant through your ass, so this question is moot. Luigi30 (Ταλκ) 14:32, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

If a white woman has a brown baby, she's had vaginal sex with a black man; no if's, and's, or butt's. :-) StuRat 16:29, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

that depends on your definitions of "brown people" and "black people". Some common definitions of those terms would find your description impossible. Rmhermen 16:56, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Images

Finding an answer can be very daunting in Wikipedia.... specifically, and simply... how do I tag my image? I created it. I downloaded it for general use and I am lost looking through the lists of 'How to's' and I can't find the right link. This is the tiger beetle Cicindela t. sigmoidea - Terry Young

Head over to your Image:Ctsigmoidea.jpg page (nice pic, btw) and click on the edit this page link as you would any other. Then replace the current "no source info" boilerplate with whichever of the messages here is appropriate to your case. So, for instance if you want to release it under the GDFL you'd add {{GDFL-self}}. HTH. --Bth 08:27, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

volleyball

"who is the volleyball player to have won the most olympic medals(gold, silver or bronze -indoor, beach or both) in modern Olympic games?"

I don't think volleyball was played in Ancient Greece, they preferred more manly games, like synchronized swimming. StuRat 16:22, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Modern Olympic games. :P
They preferred those manly games like nude wrestling. User:Zoe|(talk) 03:41, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Contact L. Paul Bremer

I have tried every way I know to find out how to contact Ambassador Bremer to ask for an autograph and have been unsuccessful. Can you help? Thanks----

No. May I ask which approach you have persued though? Celcius 16:23, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Easy. Go to Manchester, Vermont on Saturday, Oklahoma City on the 23rd or Grand Rapids, Michigan on the 27th and go to Bremer's book-signing. See L. Paul Bremer. -- Mwalcoff 00:09, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

School Register Sketch

Can anyone point me to a free, online script or sound recording of Rowan Atkinson's School Register Sketch?--Keycard (talk) 17:35, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Roman Catholicism, libertarianism and racism

Can a libertarian be considered a good Catholic?

Is there a conflict between the message of love of Catholicism and the pure hate which is racism? Can a good Catholic be a racist?

Thank you,

--anon.

Libertarianism rejects religion entirely and utterly, so no.
Messages of love and messages of hate naturall conflict with each other, that's obvious.
A good catholic can be racist if the catholic still thinks he is doing good, however God will not be happy about it, so said catholic will likely go to hell.  -- Run!  18:16, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Oh and just to complete the triangle: libertarianism is completely disjointed from racism.  -- Run!  18:43, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
That is not a Catholic interpretation of how to get to Hell and where exactly does all "Libertarianism rejects religion entirely and utterly,"? Doesn't sound much like the U.S. version? Rmhermen 21:23, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Because it's based on objectivism, and anything involved with religion is subjective.  -- Run!  22:03, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
It is more complex than that. See the details in the article. Rmhermen 23:51, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
But that's answering the opposite question: Can a Catholic be considered a good libertarian?. As for the question about being a good Catholic, I'd say that you can be a good Catholic no matter what your political beliefs are. E.g. the Catholic church considers abortion a sin. In my view that doesn't mean you must vote against having legal abortion if you're Catholic. It doesn't constitute a sin in itself, there are plenty of things that are legal but considered sinful. As for racism.. If someone doesn't love their neighbor, and doesn't honestly repent for it (since it's clearly a sin), then they're not acting like a good Catholic. Or Christian or Jew or Zoroastrian or plain-old fellow human-being. --BluePlatypus 00:49, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, but remember that if you have had an abortion, allowed a spouse to have an abortion, performed an abortion, or are known to support abortions—at least, I think those are the criteria—the Church will excommunicate you. —OneofThem 02:09, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
See this, for instance: only those incur the excommunication who themselves actually and efficaciously procure the abortion. So excommunication only applies to the doctor and the patient. It's not absolute either, for instace if the patient was unaware of the church teachings on the subject, or acted in a genuine good faith that an abortion was the moral thing to do. In the end, it's a judgement call from the local priest or bishop. --BluePlatypus 16:45, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Libertarianism does not "reject religion" at all. In fact, I can't think of a single religion that's incompatible with libertarianism. You just have to believe in other people's right not to follow your beliefs. —Keenan Pepper 13:05, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Sorry, badly worded on my part - what I meant to say was something along the lines of Libertarianism being an entirely secular ideology. Not that religion would be banned under it, but rather that religion would have no political power in it. Subject to the stuff in the article that is (as Rmhermen pointed out)  -- Run!  16:53, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Libertarianism I believe is not in accordance with catholicism. Romans 13:1-7 demands one submits to higher government powers and pay taxes. However, although it used to be supported, racism is not in accordance with catholicism, per all humans being equal in their natural state. -zappa 01:24, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

There are libertarians of all manner of religions, including Catholicism. Libertarianism is a political position which holds that the government should only protect people's rights; it shouldn't interfere in people's private lives or try to control the economy. Libertarians believe that people should be allowed to practice whatever religion they choose, as long as they don't hurt others in so doing. (If your religion teaches you to steal, to attack your neighbors, or to commit human sacrifice, that's not OK to a libertarian.)

Most libertarians are not opposed to the existence of taxes, although they would prefer taxes to be much lower than they are today! Most libertarians are "minarchists" (minimal government) rather than "anarchists" (no government).

There is no consensus among libertarians on abortion. Some believe that a fetus is a human being and therefore has rights which should be protected. Others believe that a fetus is part of the mother and that she should not be forced to carry it to term against her will. The abortion issue (in the U.S.) is not usually as divisive or doctrinaire among libertarians as it is in mainstream politics.

However, there are other issues on which libertarian and Catholic thought might come into conflict. For instance, there are a number of other topics on which the Catholic Church advocates restrictive laws, such as on sexual matters -- homosexuality, pornography, prostitution, contraception, and so forth. Libertarians generally consider sexual matters to be private and outside of the ambit of government. --FOo 23:05, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Marketing:Primary differences between Products & Services

Hi, Could you please answer my question:

"What are the primary differences between products & services?How does marketing highlight these differences?"


Thank you....

Praneeth C Devalraj

See Product (business) and Service  -- Run!  18:42, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Us doing your homework for you would be a service, while the finished homework would be a product. StuRat 00:38, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

aim-120c

If possible, could you please define what the acronym AIM as in AIM-9x, AIM-120c, or AIM-132 missiles mean.

Thank you,

John E. Weaver

john.weaver@ngc.com

It stands for Air Intercept Missle. Dismas|(talk) 19:36, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Actually, it does not. The US military uses a system of designations at each letter, which can be found here on page 20. AIM (such as an AIM-9 Sidewinder is an air-launched air/space interception guided missile. Contrast with AGM, an air-launched ground attack guided missile such as the AGM-65 Maverick, or LGM for silo-launched ground attack guided missile like the LGM-30 Minuteman. — Lomn Talk 19:43, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
According to your source on page 20 of 28, AIM means A - air, I - aerial/space intercept, M - missile. So Air Intercept Missile, as the first respondant said. Rmhermen 21:19, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
This is somewhat a semantic question (and the Language desk could answer it better) but "AIM" is a different case than say, "RADAR", where the letters are taken specifically from "RAdio Detection And Ranging". In this case, it's a code system that tries to correspond to the actual meaning, but the same code produces an example like that of the ICBM listed: "LGM" is not a standard acronym of any sort. "AIM" appears as an acronym by fortunate circumstance, but it's not designed as one. — Lomn Talk 21:33, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

where to find specific congress alterations?

i am doing some research for school about the alteration of congress biographies. how can i find out what exactly was altered by the hill staffers (specifics) i tried looking at the histories and just got lost. any suggestions? thanks

Wikipedia has an article about this at Congressional Staffer Edits. You can find one of the edits here. --Cadaeib 22:56, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

I have a three pence coin.

I have some old coins and I have a British three pence coin, date 1942, with King George VI on the obverse. It looks like this one. What is the value of this coin? The article on three pence coins did not say. --Blue387 21:04, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

You'll have to check on the specifics of British currency before decimalisation, but I think it took 240 pence to equal one pound. — Lomn Talk 22:00, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

It's still worth three pence in the U.K., but to a collector in the U.S. it may be worth about $1 as a curiosity. Brian G. Crawford 23:40, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

It's certainly not worth three pence! The currency decimalised in 1971; whilst the pound stayed at the same value, it went from a pound composed of 240 pence to one composed of 100 "new pence". After a while, once the chance of direct confusion went away, the "new" got dropped sometime in the 1980s (you still sometimes see "NEW PENCE" or "NEW PENNY" on older circulating 1p/2p coins).
As such, were it still legal tender, it'd have a face value of slightly over 1p. It isn't legal tender, though, so isn't even worth that - I doubt a bank would be willing to take it. It's only got curiosity value, and probably doesn't have much value to a collector - there'll be no shortage of currency like this kicking around. Shimgray | talk | 00:01, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Unfortunately half the population kept a set of old coins when Britain went decimal because "they'll be worth something one day". Jameswilson 00:25, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
They are of value - they have just been used here as a teaching tool to illustrate the history of British money, a rather dry subject. Oh, you meant monetary value... Rmhermen 14:14, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I was confused by the entry on Maundy money, which says that that type of coin minted before decimalisation is still worth face value. As for my comment on collector value, I'm just going by prices I've seen at coin stores in the U.S. Brian G. Crawford 21:08, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Cyber

What are the differences between robots,androids and cyborgs?

Robots: completely mechanical/electronical
Cyborgs and Androids: Have biological components. Ex: Human with a robotic arm. Tutmosis 23:43, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Not exactly. From the articles:
Robots "is a mechanical device that can perform preprogrammed physical tasks. A robot may act under the direct control of a human...or autonomously",
cyborg "a portmanteau of cybernetic organism, is used to designate an organism which is a mixture of organic and mechanical (synthetic) parts."
android "is an artificially created robot, an automaton, that resembles a human being usually both in appearance and behavior.". Rmhermen 23:48, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

A cyborg is half-man, half-machine. An android is an independant, intelligent machine that is close to people in behaviour. A robot is any machine that is capable of movement and has some degree of autonomousness.

Rossby wave

I was wondering why the Rossby wave is the slowest ocean current. Why is it so slow, I mean, it doesn't make sense that different waves have different speeds when they're all right by each other. Your answer would be greatly appreciated! -----Karlee

Im nom expert, but Ocean current article gives clues:
Surface current: Driven by wind, so wind speed changes and so does the speed of the current.
Deep ocean: driven by density and temperature. Again this are things that change.

Tutmosis 23:48, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

March 17

suicide

what is the most popular method of suicide? and why? Im in ur house 02:04, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

I'm glad you didn't do it. -LambaJan 02:21, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Natural causes. User:Zoe|(talk) 03:43, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Suicide by homework. Luigi30 (Ταλκ το mε) 03:54, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
When a politician says and does too many stupid things ... the political suicide is remarkable. Popular also, depending on which side you stand. --DLL 06:24, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
You may wish to look at Epidemiology and methodology of suicide.
Smoking seems to be a common one. Grutness...wha? 08:16, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I agree with you. --Nkcs 07:30, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

progressives and progress?

Why is it that liberals who ironically adopt the name "progressives" would have us all go back to the stone age and drive around in tiny primative compact cars? Isn't it oddly against progress to abandon yers of reasearch leading to effective, modern machines like Sport Utility Vehihcles, and to abandon them why? because trees and wildlife are people too? because those evil oil barons are trying to run a business? oh no, gasp, must revert to primitive car technology because liberals are afraid of progress--Demos ocracy 02:26, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Well, usually they're talking about social progress, as opposed to technological. The word "conservative" also has issues, since it's often unclear what they're "conserving." Certainly not gas, in this context. moink 02:30, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Of course, technological progress can also been seen in terms of less polluting technologies, public transport initiatives and a wide variety of scientific research generally supported by liberals. I could question whether SUVs are typically "effective". And having put years of research into something is not in itself a reason to keep it - years of research have gone into eugenics, but I wouldn't want to promote that theory. Warofdreams talk 02:54, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Progress? Big, gas-guzzling behemoths are so 1950s. The gas-powered car dates to, what, the 1880s? Hydrogen-fueled cars, maglev trains, intelligent transportation systems -- now that's progressive. -- Mwalcoff 02:56, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
  • No point in answering this, as the user who asked it has been blocked indefinitely as a troll account. I'd say the above is just another trolling attempt. --BluePlatypus 03:21, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
  • POV and trolling are very interesting in sociology study. Now people can understand why US and Kyoto do not mix easily. The desire for consummation and progress is strong and every argument is taken in that direction only. --DLL 06:23, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, I think it's sad this user has been blocked, because he could have contributed a lot to Transportation in the stone age. David Sneek 13:30, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I hope they weren't blocked for this question, which, while showing strong POV, isn't what I would call "trolling", which is just trying to pick a fight. StuRat 14:24, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I don't think anyone gets blocked for a single edit, no matter how bad. I'd suggest looking at the user's edit history. --BluePlatypus 16:06, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I checked the user's contribs, a troll. Yeltensic42 don't panic 00:17, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

sorry to bother: Streak color of dolomite ?

(I fixed your title to actually be of some use in finding the question. StuRat 14:26, 17 March 2006 (UTC))

what is the streak color of a diatomite?

Use common sense, my child. The streak colour of diatomite is white. --antiestablishmentarianist

Are we talking dolomite or diatomite?--Commander Keane 18:09, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
It doesn't matter, they're both white. —Keenan Pepper 18:44, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Commonwealth Games 1974 Number of Days

Hi I'd like to know how may days the Commonwealth Games 1974 were on for. Thanks, Hanna

It was held from 24 January to 2 February 1974. More info can be found here. Grutness...wha? 08:22, 17 March 2006 (UTC)


my question: Erosion of southern tip of Canada ?

(I fixed your title, as the original made no mention of your actual question, which is, after all, the purpose of a title, here.)

I recently heard on the radio that the southernmost point of Canada was washing away, and that the bridge remains. They also said that the sign for 'no swimming' washed up on a beach in Ohio. The sign will however probably be replaced, but nobody will probably swim right now anyways because Lake Erie is cold this time of year.--antiestablishmentarianist

Actually, that isn't a question. What sort of answer are you looking for? Notinasnaid 11:09, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I take it they are asking us to verify the truth of their statement. I'm not sure it's the southernmost point of all of Canada, but the southernmost point of Ontario (Pelee Island) is in Lake Erie, so it's quite possible a sign could cross the lake and end up in Ohio. Also, shores naturally change over time, with some areas eroding and some areas growing. However, our article on that island doesn't mention any net erosion. StuRat 13:53, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
The southernmost point on the mainland is at Point Pelee National Park - that point is a thin spit of land that changes often. The southernmost inhabited point is on Pelee Island and the southernmost point is on Middle Island (Canada) and had until recently been owned by an American family. It, however, is an undeveloped bird refuge and shouldn't have had a "no swimming" sign. Rmhermen 14:09, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Why wouldn't there be a "no swimming" sign on the shore of a bird sanctuary ? StuRat 14:18, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Can't be entirely sure but it is an "undeveloped" island only reached by private boat. None of the ferries run to it. Rmhermen 15:37, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Following off a comment above the current water temp is 1°C or 34°F[9] Bit cool for swimming, indeed. Rmhermen 15:40, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I visited Point Pelee in September 2005. It's suspicious to me that it was reported that "the" no swimming sign was washed away, as there are many no swimming signs at Point Pelee, and several of them also warn against even wading, since the currents are so swift at Pelee Point. There was also a diagram at the visitor's center showing how the shape of the sandbar had changed over the years--although it does change shape on a regular basis due to the action of the currents, it does not seem to be getting any smaller, at least judging by the diagram I saw. While individual grains of sand are frequently washed away by the current, I'm sure, sand is also deposited there by the currents, leading to no net change in the size of the point. But then, there's no bridge at Point Pelee, so the radio report may not have been talking about that at all. Chuck 15:47, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

By chance a Canajun friend of mine forwarded me two articles today on this very subject. Read this and this. Short answer: yes, it's Point Pelee, and the bit about the No Swimming sign is confirmed, too. —Steve Summit (talk) 04:26, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

SILENCE, MORTAL FOOLS! This was no question. I just wanted to see how people would react if someone didn't actually ask a question, but rather state a fact. Thank you for taking part in my experiment. It's amazing how so many people replyed to something that isn't even a question, when so many other real questions go unanswered or get a short answer. --antiestablishmentarianist

We can't help it. We are compelled to provide information as best we can; it is an enforced penance for the hubris and condescention of our previous, even less worthy existences. We could use sympathy, not abuse, so please, chill out, immortal buffoon. —Steve Summit (talk) 15:10, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

big fish little fish

Does anyone know what the phrase "big fish, little fish, cardboard box" means? I'm sure it's a bit rude, but how? Thanks very much, o Refernce Desk. --Dangherous 11:48, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

I have heard it as an idiot's guide to dancing in clubs -- you make the shapes described in front of you with your arms. "Big fish" is arms crossed over at approx. the elbows with the hands pointing vertically, "little fish" is the same but just hands crossed at the wrists and then "cardboard box" is two movements -- arms parallel at the sides and then top and bottom of a square. Repeat until bored/drunk enough to start following your "natural sense of rhythm". --Bth 12:30, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm a big fan of 'Make a box, put it on the shelf'. I'll be ripping the dancefloor up with that bad boy tonight. Proto||type 14:13, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Why is North "up"?

Why do maps of the world show North as being "up" and South as being "down"? Who decided that maps should be shown in this way and not the other way around or even on their side?

The Ancient Greeks decided. Judging by this webpage (which has plenty more information for you if you want it), north-at-the-top in fact relates to the re-adoption of the ancient Greek standard following the translation of Ptolemy's Geography (IIRC prior to that, maps in Western Europe tended to have Jerusalem in the East at the top.) You may like this artwork by Ross Sinclair. --Bth 15:12, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
The Australians have maps with the south upwards. Mostly as a novelty item though. --BluePlatypus 16:04, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
NZers too - the maps from The Wizard of New Zealand are an example of that. Grutness...wha? 05:55, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

I don't see how it much matters which direction is up, as long as everyone does it the same way. Otherwise, you would always have to find the key to figure out which way to hold up (whichever direction you are used to being up), and then you couldn't always read the possibly upside-down text. StuRat 16:37, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

I think it would do people good to look at an "upside-down" or "sideways" map once in a while. I can't stand it when people say things like "Georgia is above Florida". No, Georgia is north of Florida. They are perpendicular directions. —Keenan Pepper 18:33, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Slightly off-topic but road atlases of Britain used to start with Map1 of the far north and finish with Map100 (whatever) of the south coast. But now they all start in the south and work upwards. Jameswilson 00:00, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
You actually do see maps or diagrams with directions other than north at the top sometimes. Mostly these are diagrams of a building, group of buildings, the route of a single transit line, or some other small area like that. Often they are drawn so that the direction people are facing when they look at the diagram (or the direction the transit vehicle will be moving) are at the top. A lot of people like this; others find it really annoying. It depends on how you process geographical information. (One solution is to always place them so that the person looking at the thing is facing north, but that's not always practical either.) Also, if a city has a rectilinear street grid that's not aligned to the compass points, like Manhattan or Toronto, then maps are very often oriented so that north is roughly at the top, but the grid streets are horizontal and vertical (and again, similarly for building plans that would otherwise have north at the top). And I have occasionally seen city maps with east or west at the top for no obvious reason. --Anonymous, 01:50 UTC, March 18, 2006.
"Up" could have been aligned with any direction (and not just the 4 cardinal points either), but North was chosen. It wasn't just a random arbitrary thing. I think North was considered the "primary" direction, and "up" the primary orientation, so it was natural they be aligned. To this day, only a North arrow is shown on maps, with all other directions being calculated by reference to North. But why North? Something to do with magnetism, perhaps? (although that would just give a North-South axis, not North specifically). And why "up"? The Greeks wrote starting from the top of the page, not from the bottom, which seems a sensible way of doing things (unless you want to obscure or smudge what you've just written with your hand/arm). To get to the top of the page from a central position, you have to look up. So "up" seems to have a sense of "beginning" or "origin" about it. This would also explain why 12 o'clock on a traditional clock is always shown at the North position. Unfortunately, it doesn't explain why piano keys are ordered in ascending pitch from left to right, rather than descending. I think there's more to this question than meets the eye. JackofOz 02:05, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Sorry, Jack, I think you have cause and effect reversed. The other things you describe are the result of north being shown at the top of maps, not the cause. (Okay, except for magnetism, but a compass needle has two ends: it points south as well as north.) --Anon, 02:25 UTC, March 18.
The real reason North is up is because "your betters" live there and you should look up to them. (removes tongue from cheek). CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 02:10, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Feh. The cold weather's got to your head there, methinks :). Anyway, it varies a bit from culture to culture. The medieval Chinese put east at the top of their maps, IIRC. Grutness...wha? 05:55, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

OK, the answer is that north is easiest to determine astronomically, for those in the northern hemisphere, by using the North Star. So, when looking up at the North Star (Polaris), it would be convenient to have a map which also had north in the up direction. StuRat 03:44, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Since The West Wing (TV) was recently our featured article, one may be interested in the Wikipedia summary of a relevant episodic discussion. Joe 03:57, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Editing my page

I am an actress and i just added my own page on Wikipedia! My question is, how do I insert the "Filmography" section and "external links" to my website...etc? — Nuniestar (Talk | contribs) {{{2}}} (left unsigned)

I hope you're a notable actress under the criteria for the inclusion of biographies, otherwise your page is likely to be deleted fairly quickly (no offence meant; I'm sure you're a perfectly lovely person even if you turn out not to be notable by WP standards). But to answer the more general question, section headings are done with pairs of multiple equal signs. eg ==Section heading== produces a main heading, ===Minor heading=== a subheading. --Bth 17:47, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

I'm not quite sure what you are asking, but here are the answers in any case:

1) If you want to know how to add sections to a Wikipedia article, pick the "+" sign next to "edit this page" to add a new section.

2) If you want to know how to add a link from Wikipedia to an external site, do it like this:

*Fancy Actress official web site: [http://www.fancyactress.com]

StuRat 17:56, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

I don't have a plus-sign on my "edit this page" (monobook skin on safari). In any event, to create a new subject header, you do it in the following format:
==Header name==
--Fastfission 18:34, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Didn't you already have to do that to create this section? Yeltensic42 don't panic 00:05, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
When you press the + button, or the link at the top of the Ref Desk that duplicates its function, you get an option to type in a heading in a separate little text box, so you wouldn't learn the wiki markup if that's your only exposure to setting up sections. --Bth 09:49, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Oh, that's right. I always forget that, since I rarely use that feature. I usually use the edit link for the last section, then clear the name of that section from the edit summary. Yeltensic42 don't panic 01:22, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Background music

I hope someone has the answer to my inquiry. The latest academy awards show paid tribute to bigraphical movies that had been made over the years.I would like to know the title of the background music that was played during that segment. Does anyone know the title name? Thanking you in advancePrhet 17:17, 17 March 2006 (UTC)


Warship Fuel Type

Can you please tell me what type of fuel was used by HMS Dreadnought (1906)when she entered service. Also, if possible, in which year she(and other British capital ships) were converted from coal to oil burning. 82.26.149.128 19:26, 17 March 2006 (UTC) Christopher Streatfeild-James

Coal, see HMS Dreadnought (1906). --145.94.41.95 19:58, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Our article does't mention any conversion to oil - but it was scrapped in 1923. Rmhermen 21:36, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Oil was scrapped in 1923? CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 02:26, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

The ship was scrapped then - it was decommissioned in 1919. Rmhermen 03:36, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Damn. If oil had been scrapped in 1923, maybe we'd all be a whole lot better off now. JackofOz 02:32, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
That's a relatively short life for a warship. I suppose the rapidly changing technology of the time made it quickly obsolete. StuRat 02:31, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Dreadnought was obsolescent, certainly - she was the oldest "modern" battleship then in service in the world. But 1923 was also the year of the Washington Treaty, which meant an awful lot of old ships got scrapped, regardless of merit... Shimgray | talk | 17:26, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Unknown instruments

My two year old brother has this instrument that I don't know is. It is wooden and circular with a wooden handle. On the side of the circle, there is a ball attached with a piece of string; also the smae opposite this side of the circle. It works by twsiting your wrist back and forth and the wooden balls hit this unusual piece of plastic. It then makes the noise. Does anybody know what instrument this is, or is it just made up? Thanks! Kilo-Lima|(talk) 19:39, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Apparently it is known as a Den-Den Daiko[10], poss. Japanese or Tibetan in origin, as seen in The Karate Kid. picturesKWH 20:27, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Pardon, apparently it was in The Karate Kid, Part II. KWH 20:42, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

lyrics for this song.....

Hii......

I dont know if this is the right place to ask this question....but i am desparate...... i made this acoustic instrumental... and i am really stuck with the lyrics....!! i got no idea of what to write.... i was hoping that anyone could give me some tips or some website where they have some tips.... oh..and you can listen to the song if you want at my solo.... Thanks a lot..!! Jayant,17 Years, Indiacontribs 20:07, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Is the title of your song "Again" ? I liked it. What did you think about when you created it ? What would you like to tell, something cool about life, something a little sad, funny ? --DLL 21:39, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

What is really up? Solar system and galaxy...

Following on from the question 'why is north up', what is the relationship between the solar ecliptic and the galactic ecliptic (if those are the correct terms)? Is the disc of the solar system parallel to the disc of the galaxy? Markyour words 22:53, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

No, they're not parallel, not even close. I can't easily find the answer to the question asked, but according to the galactic coordinate system article, the galactic north pole is at about declination 27°; thus the galactic axis is at an angle of about 63° to the Earth's axis; As is well known, the Earth's axis is in turn at an angle of about 23° from the perpendicular to plane of the Earth's orbit (the ecliptic). So the ("solar") ecliptic plane and the galactic plane must be at least about 40° apart and maybe more than that. If you can find a sky chart that shows both the ecliptic and the Milky Way, just look at the angle formed where they cross. That's it. --Anonymous, 02:11 UTC, March 18, 2006.
If you look up at night in a rural area, you can see a strip of stars marking the galactic disc. And it's not above the equator ;)  -- Run!  10:03, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. :) Markyour words 11:08, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

beers? in the US?

I know the legal age around here to buy alchohol is usually 21 but it's not illegal to drink before then? right? only to buy it, like during probibition?--Beers 23:02, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

It's also illegal to drink alcohol if you're under 21 everywhere I've been in the U.S. I think there are exceptions for religious observances like Holy Eucharist and Passover. I've known a couple of people who have been arrested for possessing alcohol while under the age of 21. Brian G. Crawford 23:08, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

They also made religious exceptions during Prohibition. Yeltensic42 don't panic 00:03, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
In Michigan, you can get caught for "minor in possession" of alcohol even if it is found in a breath test. Internal possession. Around here, that mainly concerns those who go over to Windsor for Ontario lower drinking age. Rmhermen 03:34, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
It actually depends on the state. See [11]. -- 70.27.57.22 03:44, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
What are you saying depends on the state? IANAL but to the best of my knowledge, in the United States of which I've been a citizen all my life, you may not possess or buy alcohol until you are 21 years of age. It became the law in every state somewhere in the 80's. Before that there were a few states that still allowed 18 year olds to buy (and consume) alcohol. It was even part of the plot of an episode of Family Ties where Alex went over the border to another state to get drunk with his friends. Dismas|(talk) 06:22, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
The age doesn't depend on the state, but only 31 states specifically prohibit consumption. See [12].
Interestingly enough, Family Ties took place in Ohio, which was one of the last states to be forced to raise its drinking age. People might have driven to Ohio to buy alcohol, but not from Ohio. -- 70.27.57.22 15:22, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Wouldn't it be fun to be the last state with a drinking age of 18 ? Then not only would you have your own drunken teens to contend with, but you would also import them from other states. StuRat 02:26, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
You also still see "alcohol tourism" from dry counties. Yeltensic42 don't panic 01:25, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

GNU/Linux picture

A while back on some Wikipedia page I saw a picture depicting the GNU wildebeest and the Linux penguin (Tux) as superheroes. Does anyone know that picture and where it's located? Punkmorten 23:10, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Was it this one from commons, perhaps? Jude (talk,contribs,email) 23:29, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Here's the same picture in colour.
File:Gnu-and-penguin-color-300x276.png
The same picture, but in colour.
--Cadaeib 23:39, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks. Punkmorten 08:57, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Typical Stallman propaganda. The linux penguin is a little faggy boy wonder to the mighty androgenous gnu.

I have a question! Silver album ?

(Made title actually useful. StuRat 02:16, 19 March 2006 (UTC))

If a record goes silver,how many records has it sold?750,000? — Aba williams2002@hotmail.com (Talk | contribs) {{{2}}} (left unsigned)

According to RIAA certification, there is actually no silver classification. RIAA is America-only, though. I'm not sure if we have an article on non-American sales classifications. Jude (talk,contribs,email) 23:39, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
See Gold album for list of countries and the silver classification. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 23:41, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

What is the difference? England ? Britain ? UK ?

(Made title actually useful. StuRat 02:17, 19 March 2006 (UTC))

I would like to know if there is any difference between United Kingdom,England & Great Britain

See United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & United Kingdom (disambiguation). CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 23:41, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
You're forgetting Great Britain. =P --Nkcs 02:00, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Doing my best to. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 02:02, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
What about British Isles? JackofOz 02:18, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Might as well give a short answer here. England is a historic kingdom. Great Britain is the island where it is located, also containing Scotland and Wales. The United Kingdom includes (and mentions in its full name) Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In terms of international relationships, the UK is the "country" that people deal with, i.e. an indepedent state; but for historical reasons, England is also called a country. Confusing things further is that the terms "England" and "(Great) Britain" are very often used informally when the UK is meant, and even in official use "British" can be the adjective for the UK. --Anonymous, 02:18 UTC, March 18, 2006.
And to continue just a little further, the British Isles are the whole chain of islands (of which Great Britain is the largest). It includes the whole of the UK plus the Republic of Ireland, plus a few small territories which belong to the UK but which have some degree of independence (The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). Grutness...wha? 06:00, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Also, some languages don't make use of the name "United Kingdom" in any form, and just say "Great Britain" formally and informally when actually referring to the UK. --BluePlatypus 15:20, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
And don't forget the Commonwealth of Nations, formerly the British Commonwealth, which includes just about every English speaking country, except the United States, and several that aren't, such as India. StuRat 02:04, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
India is very much an English-speaking country. It has 23 official languages, of which Hindi and English are the main two. The Commonwealth is veering a long way from the original question. It does include some possessions of the UK, but most Commonwealth countries do not fit that bill. JackofOz 02:20, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Some Americans (yes, more than one) I've spoken to on the internet have asked me if England was in London... I sighed, and said that some of it is. Slumgum | yap | stalk | 02:17, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
India, in fact, is the most populous English-speaking country in the world. (It also has more official languages than any other country). Yeltensic42 don't panic 01:49, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Actually, I have a question of my own...I've heard of London being the capital of England, but how is that? I thought England didn't actually exist as a political entity. Yeltensic42 don't panic 01:51, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Every US state has a capital, so why not every British state? Slumgum | yap | stalk | 02:00, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
This question is discussed in some length at Talk:London. JackofOz 02:18, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

March 18

Board Game

I am looking for a game that I played about a month back. I dont remember what it was called but I thought someone here might know about it. Its a game where someone reads the begining of a saying and the other players guess the ending. The reader then reads the endings that all players wrote down and the real one. The players guess which one it the real answer. I know that there are 20 spaces on the board and each question starts off like: Theres an old German saying... or any other country/language you can think of. If anyone could help that would be great!! Zach 00:52, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

It sounds a little like Balderdash... —Keenan Pepper 03:06, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Nah, I dont think so, thats a different one. --70.39.37.218 03:45, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
It's not Balderdash (though it would make an interesting variation of it - one correct saying ending, several false ones, everyone guess which is the correct one). Can't help with what it is, though. Grutness...wha? 06:02, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Sounds a bit like a version of Consequences to me. And that article suggests it might be Mad Libs, though the "old German saying" bit sounds a bit high-brow for Mad Libs. --Bth 09:46, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
On reflection, it doesn't sound like Consequences; I was getting mixed up with the "20 spaces" thing to think that they all flowed on from one another. --Bth 09:56, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

File Formats

Today I came across a file which I'm sure is a movie file, but came to me without an extension. Does anyone know of an easy way to determine it's original encoding? -Ridge Racer 01:02, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Uh... I just googled it and I found AVICodec. Try that one? ☢ Ҡiff 01:07, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Under any Unix, you can use file. --cesarb 01:12, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
No such luck here (Windows), but thanks Kieff, I thought it was an mpeg and it turns out it was actually a wmv. -Ridge Racer 01:19, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Firefighting/Red Card

I am seeking to get my Red Card as soon as possible, so that I can fight fire in the west this summer. I understand that it is fairly easy to do and only requires two classes and a pack test. However, I live in Iowa and can't find classes offered close to me. Where in the closest place that I could take the tests and when?

This site looks to have some good information: [13] Rmhermen 03:09, 18 March 2006 (UTC)


Using Court Briefs as Resources

I was reading in the "reliable source" section that court transcripts pass the verifiablity test. The only source I could find for an alternative viewpoint for one of the Wiki pages was documentation for a Montana court case containing the briefs for the plaintiff (alternative viewpoint), the respondent (primary viewpoint) and the state supreme court’s ruling. My question is: Do court briefs and rulings like these pass the verifiability test or are they considered to be too opinionated? Can they be used as a reference? Thanks. Davecornell 05:49, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Sure, the source only has to verify the statement that the point of view in question is held. As long as the presentation of the information here on Wikipedia is NPOV the sources can be biased as all get out. --Bth 09:53, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

If you say it as "so-and-so holds the opinion that...", then sure, that's fine. If you say "it's a known fact that..." followed by some wacky defense lawyer's dubious self-serving theory, then that would be very wrong. StuRat 01:57, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

firepaw.com

LISTEN UP, MORTAL FOOLS!. Tell me, what is the purpose of the website www.firepaw.com ??? It has nothing to do with firepaw.org, mind you. The site just has 1 page, and nothing else! . --antiestablishmentariansist

Looks like it could be a furry website under construction. Why on earth would we know? I've delinked your website in-case this a sneaky google-bomb attempt (since it has no merit as an actual question).  -- Run!  10:00, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

THANK YOU, THEN Now tell me what the purpose of something.com is! --antiestablishmentarianist

Someone's idea of a joke, probably thought up at 3am after a whole keg of beers. Next question.
And please stop writing in bold. — QuantumEleven | (talk) 13:10, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
The guy created something.com and waits for people who want to buy something, like all trained sellers do. --DLL 21:27, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Inflatable Purple Unicorns

What was Wikipedia's 1,000,000th article? Who was Wikipedia's 1,000,000th registered user? --172.136.16.23 10:01, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Jordanhill railway station. Not sure about the user.  -- Run!  10:07, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

The millionth user was Romulus32, according to the Wikipedia Signpost. --Cadaeib 19:58, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Hmmm, so that means most users write less than one article ? I've written many already, so I guess I can retire and draw a pension now. :-) 01:50, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
That depends - were you a registered user? Rmhermen 02:48, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Okay, thanks for the info. --172.156.88.10 04:47, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

wolfs and dogs

Of the races of dogs that exist in the world which is the race that more looks like a wolf?

Domestic dogs, i assume. Well it's not an easy line to draw between "domestic dog" and "wild dog" (since some wolves are domesticated somewhere but are still considered dominated by wild instincts). I suggest starting with our Dog article and looking for pictures and links to websites with pictures.  -- Run!  14:42, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Wolfdog, Huskies, etc. Rmhermen 14:52, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

BTW, they are called breeds of dogs, not races. That way, we don't need to give any of them Affirmative Action benefits or other racial quotas. StuRat 01:45, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Don't huskies have races? Pulling sledges? -- Slumgum | yap | stalk | 01:48, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
They do, at least until Susan Butchers them for pulling too slowly. StuRat 03:54, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
See Iditarod. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 09:07, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

There are also wolf-dog hybrids, but their illegal in some states/counties/provinces. The Saarloos wolfhond is one of these. --antiestablishmentarianist

What are the possible CRM & KMS Integration applications?

Dear All,

My company is a CRM solutions provider company. We are looking for softwares that can be integrated with ours. This will be beneficial for both the companies.

For example we have integrated our Defect Tracking System with Perforce SCM. So as a result if a Perforce software is sold and people asks for a Defect Tracking software, our Defect Tracking Software will be a natural choice(along with some other vendors). The opposite also holds true.

Another example is whenever our software is sold a third party HTML editor gets sold because it's embedded in our solution.

We have other modules like Sales Force Automation, Marketing Automation, Customer Helpdesk, Employee Helpdesk, CRM Portals, Knowledge Management System, Asset Management, Mobile CRM etc.

It will be of great help if anybody can suggest me other possible integrations/embedding which will result in sales enquiries for the above modules whenever the other software is sold. Call Center,ERP are some of the common integration possibilities. Apart from these two please suggest other applications which are very popular and will result in adding value to our eCRM suite.

Thanks is advance for your time and help.

Best Regards Pat

Boy, have you got the wrong audience here. The people who are crazy enough to give answers to crazy people, are not business types. You need to find people in suits with 3-letter names stamped on their collective foreheads. --Zeizmic 15:25, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Arm and Leg weights

I wanted to ask how heavy weights should I buy at the start for arms if I weight 60KG and second what are the advantages and disadvantages of using/wearing Weights all day, and taking them off at night. And how long would it take for me to get used to the new weight and be able to buy heavier weights and what would be the limit for a human body to build up from weights. I mean, I think it's not possible to wear about 3KG at start and then add 3 more, and more, I mean there has to be a limit, and what would it be?

You're pretty small, so get the lightest weights you can find. When they no longer seem heavy, move up to the next weight, and so on. StuRat 01:39, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Bubble gum

How is bubblegum distibuted throughout the world? For whom are they produced? Are there any gum factories or companies in Canada and if so who and where?

1) On the soles of people's shoes, mostly. But also by more conventional means. 2) People who like chewing. 3) Try searching for it, looks like Wrigley Company has a factory in Canada somewhere. --BluePlatypus 22:07, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

why are you asking? just curious.

congressmen edits

i have found the specific edits on meehan and am looking for more. any links or suggestions? thanks


thanks, i did check it out before. how do i sort through it? and how do i know who altered it (staffers)? i was just wondering if there was a shortcut

All we have are the IP addresses (the sets of four numbers) which correspond with what their internet service provider (ISP) has assigned them. So we can see that most of them are through Congress because that is what their ISP has listed those particular edits as being, and apparently we can even tell which branch of Congress it is. Other than that... no easy way to know unless they identify themselves. If you go down to the "Senate" section of the list you'll see that some of them are fairly well annotated for what they have done, if you click on the "contribs" next to the IP address it will show you all of their edits. Hope that helps. --Fastfission 21:47, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

March 19

boldersgate searies

Do you know when the games of the rest of the searies comming out for playstation 2

Do you mean the Baldur's Gate series ? That article contains a link to their web site (at the bottom). Try looking there. StuRat 03:22, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Corporate Mergers and Buyouts

What happens to a person if they get terminated from a company, get a new job, and later the company they work for now is bought or merged with the company that they got terminated from?

That would be up to the new owners. --Anon, 06:01 UTC, March 19, 2006.
I would think it would be unlikely they would be fired again, because of the former firing, at any rate. An exception might be made if they were caught engaging in seriously unethical behavior, like stealing from the former company. Then again, in large companies nobody may even notice that a new employee from a merger is a formerly fired employee. StuRat 13:53, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Living World Two Vets.

Can you tell me how many World War 2 vets are still living. Also how many of these vets live in Indiana.

Thanks

Tom

This suggests there's currently about 3.45m veterans living in the US (by the US defintion of 'veteran', at least). Indiana has about 2.1% of the US population... about 70-75,000 veterans in Indiana, assuming reasonable distribution across the country. Shimgray | talk | 17:22, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

This picture: real?

Do you think that this picture is real? : http://www.ratemypoo.com/ratemy/poo?image=239282 --Slim Shady

Geez, thanks for making me look at that ! Yes, I think it's real, but the bottle may be smaller than you think, perhaps an airline or minibar beer bottle. StuRat 13:47, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

places of tourist intrest in Russia

I would like to kno of plcesof toursit interest in Russia, especially those not too far from Moscow

Thanks ^^^ http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2789206-cat-Tourist+Attractions+&+Sightseeing-moscow_things_to_do-i

British Sailing Ship Aquitania

Does anybody know the following information about the SS Aquitania?

1. How long was it docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1918? 2. Where was it en-route to? 3. Did any passengers die on board ship? 4. If so, what of, and what are their names?

Also, can anyone dig up some passenger lists for the trip from Liverpool, UK, which docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Novemeber 28th, 1918?

I'm asking because my great-grandfather was on it, and would like to know what happened to him.

Thanks a lot if you can help CCLemon 07:02, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Well so far the only person I could find on it was Kenneth Gerald Freeman. Also after some searching I got this from the University of Livepool. The Cunard archives are not available but it gives a couple of links that might be able to help. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 09:01, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Graphics glitches.

A friend of mine runs a copy of Far Cry on his PC. The graphics card is quite good and modern; it runs Unreal Tournament 2004 at 50fps and above, runs Photoshop just fine, etc. However, in Far Cry, there are often large patches of black replacing textures -- at some points, the green ground will be replaced by a large square of black, and stays there during movement, even though the blades of grass, dead bodies, etc appear above it normally.

A seperate question: his PC also randomly turns itself off quite suddenly. There's just the PC and monitor plugged into the powerpoint, the house is new and can handle the electricity recquired, and the case and components are room temperature or cooler when it happens. Aside from a bad power supply unit, what could be wrong?

Thanks to any who respond.

His PC's power settings may be set to turn the PC off after a certain amount of time. Check Control Panel -> battery settings (i think that's what it is in English). As far as the other problem goes, i can't help you there. CCLemon 07:59, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Make sure all drivers are updated. I was gonna say it might be an overheating issue, but if it's just happening in that one game, it's probably just a game-specific bug. Some games just don't work well with certain graphics cards :-P Cyde Weys 08:01, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Those problems with the graphics are quite common...i think they are called artifacts....If your graphics card is overclocked or if its clock speed is not high enough....it causes that problem... tell your friend to test it on another graphics card... And for the other problem.... there might be something wrong with the SNPS of the computer.... or just check the power settings of the computer....Jayant,17 Years, Indiacontribs 09:23, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
As for the restarting thing, I assume it's the PSU (power supply unit). So you should start by swapping that for a verified working one. If you've already tried that, try changing the memory (if there are two sticks of RAM remove one at a time and see if that solves it, and if it doesn't try it with fresh working memory). And if that doesn't work, try unplugging all unnecessary stuff - sound cards, non-vital drives, network cards etc. to see if you can narrow down the problem to one thing. If it's not that, it might be the processor - try changing that. Past that it's probably a motherboard problem, at which point you are stuck. Of course, the problem with this method is that you need a friend with a lot of spare PC bits. Sum0 21:40, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Non-specific facts!

Hi, I would be greatfull if someone could help me with the following - I work as an Inventory Controller in a large warehouse. One of my collegues has sent me a mail asking if it would be ok to store some equipment in the warehouse. They have stated that the total volume of the equipment is 191.25 CDM. What does CDM mean?

I don't wont to show my ignorance by asking my collegue. Please advice. Thanks. -- Brian

It means cubic decimetre. One cubic decimetre is the same as one litre. ☢ Ҡiff 16:38, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

You shouldn't be so embarrassed to ask your colleague. After he answered you would just reply "Oh, we don't use that measurement, we use...", and he should understand your confusion. StuRat 17:54, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

And besides, according to the SI standard, the proper symbol for cubic decimeters is dm with a superscript 3: dm³. I've never seen CDM used before (though I'm not surprised if there are people somewhere who use it regularly), so I'm not surprised if you haven't either. --Anonymous, 19:28 UTC, March 19, 2006.

Villians from Sitcoms

Do you know of any villians from sitcoms like "Malcolm In The Middle" and "Friends"?

Well, Malcolm's brother Reese frequently plays the villain, at least from Malcolm's POV, but not always. StuRat 19:45, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Lois and Craig are much worse. IMO. -- Slumgum | yap | stalk | 20:23, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Friends, being a sitcom filled with siny happy people holding hands, only has two characters that come anywhere close to being villains: Mr. Heckles, the downstairs neighbour in the early seasons; and Ursula Buffay, Phoebe's twin sister. Other than that, the only people that act "villanous" are usually unnamed bit parts in single episodes. Also, from Ross's perspective, Susan Bunch, his ex-wife Carol's lesbian life partner, is somewhat of a villain. Under a very, very loose definition of the term villain, you can include Eddie, the crazy guy who moved in with Chandler when Joey moved out; Janice, Chandler's ex-girlfriend who annoys everyone immesurably; and Mark, the person basically responsible for Ross and Rachel breaking up. If you want a sitcom where there's plenty of villains to choose from, try Seinfeld. --Aramգուտանգ 21:13, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
On Seinfeld, the main group of friends are arguably villains. Yeltensic42 don't panic 01:32, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

What are the best American colleges for Political Science?

I mean, I've been asking everyone, yknow.

Historical British Army Ranks

Re: Staff Sergeant Major

I am unable to find any mention of the above noted rank in any of your web pages.

I understand the rank did exist at Sandhurst and persons so appointed were 'instructors of instructors.'

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently appointed a number of people to the rank once again as at one time that organization did have 'staff sergeant majors.'

I would appreciate any information which may be forthcoming in the above regard.

Thank you. Alan --Ernestalan 19:30, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Sleep Naked

Why some people go to sleep naked?

Why would anyone wear clothes in bed? Notinasnaid 20:37, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
It's hard to find good pajamas for adults, at least in the US, and wearing day clothes is uncomfortable. —Keenan Pepper 21:25, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
So they can be ready to answer the door. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 23:35, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
.... or knock on the door ... JackofOz 00:42, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
What? —Keenan Pepper 00:52, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
That was a slightly salacious reference to what adults do in bed with each other when they're naked. I'm sure you can work it out. JackofOz 00:56, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Seems like a facetious question. ("Facetious" in this case from its etymological roots: "having more than one facet ... two-faced ... duplicitous ... not entirely forthright ... bogus" (but also with the more modern implications: "impish, prankish, etc").
One obvious retort would be: why do some/many people bathe in the nude? (obviously because this is a situation in which any clothing would just get in the way). More generally there are some people who don't feel compelled to wear clothing in the privacy of their own bed, bath, or perhaps in their homes in general. Of course there are people who consider most clothing to be an unnatural affectation ... and artifact of our culture. (They often call themselves naturists; while others often refer to them as "nudists"). For some this is a political, social or spiritual matter. For others it's a simple matter of pragmatism. (For example a couple who are intimate may prefer to sleep in the nude simply because it affords them more opportunity for spontaneous indulgence in their sexual relations; in counterpoint the "nightie, and especially the babydoll is primarily an erotic garment). Another question one might ask would be: what purposes are served by pajamas, night gowns or other bed clothes? Obvious answers might include: supplemental insulation (for colder climes or seasons), insulation for any midnight trips to the lavatory or for during midnight snacks, insurance of the ability to rapidly answer the door or flee during fire or other emergency, absorbence of perspiration (keeping the sheets and blankets cleaner?), and, of course personal preference and habit. Of course many of those purposes can be readily served by simply keeping a robe and slippers within arm's reach of the bed. Ultimately the choice of bed time attire is mostly dictated by custom, habit and personal preference. Our culture plays a dominant role in how our parents were raised, and in turn how the raise us ... and this forms he basis for many of our habits and prejudices (preferences). When I answer a question like this I really try to show how much of the answer is already covered by existing WP articles. JimD 01:31, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

The main reason (for me) is because I find it more comfortable. Thryduulf 01:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

"If God had meant for us to be nudists, we all would have been born buck naked." StuRat 02:04, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Was King Arthur Real?

Hi, I'm doing a report for my PRE.AP. English class on an Unsolved Mystery. And I have chosen the topic 'Was King Arthur Real', and I was looking on this site for any information to that subject, and came up empty handed. And so, I was wondering if there was anything on here or on another web site that could be helpful to my report, could you please e-mail me the web site name or link? That would be so much help! Thanks for your time! -K.C.

The far-too-clever answer is to turn in a paper saying "No, Arthur, Prince of Wales died before he became king". But what you want, I think, is our article on the historical basis for King Arthur. Shimgray | talk | 21:31, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Alzheimer's disease

Can anyone tell me if Alzheimers is an Hereditary Condition, Template:Unsigned

There seems to be some genetic component - see Alzheimer's disease. --Robert Merkel 22:34, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Stroblianthus dyerianus

What climate type is Strobilanthus dyerianus found?

Sure you don't mean Strobilanthes dyerianus, with an E? —Keenan Pepper 22:46, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Free Web Hosting

What is the best free web hosting out there? I like Freewebs but I have a problem with loading every individual file from my site.--154.20.89.16 23:14, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Armour Institute Chicago

In researching my great uncle, Rev. William Alvin Bartlett, who was Pastor of Plymouth Church in Chicago during the great fire, one of his church members was Joseph Armour. He was called from Chicago to Washington D.C.

In his final sermon,November 11, 1894 from The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. Dr. Bartlett spoke:

"With Joseph Armour I spied out the ground and laid the foundation for what is today the great Armour Institute. We selected the site on the prarie, as it then was, for a mission of Plymouth Church; but Mr. Armour delayed deeding the property until he began to get other conceptions; and at his death, he committed the work to his brother, who has carried it on to its present magnificent proportions.

Could this appear anywhere in Wikipedia? The web sites give credit another minister.

Article donation

I was wondering, how do I donate an article and what are the requirements?

--72.197.201.129 23:59, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

You don't really "donate" articles...you just write them! Don't cut and paste content from copyrighted webpages. Donate your time to write quality articles on any topic you like - as long as it's notable, and presented in a neutral fashion. To start off, just type in the article name in the search box to your left, and then follow the instructions that show up on the screen. Somewhere at the top of the screen it would say "edit this page" or "create an article". Hope this helps, and if you have any questions, feel free to come back, or drop by my talk page! --HappyCamper 00:01, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

March 20

continuation of "article donation" question

It doesn't say "Create an article" at the top of the screen, and I don't see how editing an existing article would go toward contributing a new one. Please clarify.

--Aleph1.0 00:15, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Once you have a title use the search box to look and see if the article already exsists. If not then again using the search box click on "Go" at the top will be a read link that will allow you to create the article with the title you choose. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 00:26, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
In the long run editing an article may help to create a new on. If you look at somthing like Montreal you will see that it's a large article. As you scroll down there is a link to History of Montreal. The Montreal article has been added to and got so large that a new article History of Montreal was created. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 00:31, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
BTW, it's "red", not "read". Freudian slip? Slumgum | yap | stalk | 00:32, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, a purple link is a read link. :-) StuRat 01:59, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Can blind people jump?

This is a question that has been bugging me for a while: are congenitally completely blind people capable of successfully jumping horizontally, for example across a stream? It seems to me that visual-spatial coordination would be vital to such a task, and so I don't know if a blind person would possess the ability to do make the jump. --jp3z 00:28, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

I'm sure someone would physically be able to do it, but judging the distance and how (and when) to land would be very difficult.
Slumgum | yap | stalk | 00:35, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Of course they are capable of jumping. They might not have the accuracy of a seeing person, but they can do it. The only cases where a blind person wouldn't be able to jump would be if they couldn't use their legs or something like that.

In short, the ability to see is independent of the ability to use your legs, and vice versa, so the blind people that retain control of their legs can jump.--Aleph1.0 00:39, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

The question was if they could "successfully" jump. It would seem that anyone could perform some quick and very inexpensive experiments by simply trying to jump across some small innocuous obstacles with one's eyes closed (or wearing blindfolds). Obviously gauging distance and landing surface would be difficult (or impossible) and it's possible that maintaining balance on landing might also pose additional challenges. Of course a congenitally blinding person might be able to fare better than a sighted person who was blindfolded. They have considerably more experience maintaining their balance without visual cues which most of us take for granted. JimD 01:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

The Paralympics includes a long jump and triple jump for blind athletes and a high jump for athletes with limited vision. So yes, blind people can jump. Unless they're white :). -- Mwalcoff 01:57, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Animals in Asia

An animal that is reputed to commit mass suicide by running headlong off cliffs (minglem)

Are you thinking of Lemmings? -- Slumgum | yap | stalk | 00:38, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Why would they run headlong off cliffs? I think that only suicidal humans, flying squirrels, birds, and other animals that can fly would run off cliffs.

Lemmings don't really run off cliffs, it's a persistent myth. Yeltensic42 don't panic 01:27, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

actor

is there an actor whose every film (and stage performance if any) have been a success? thanks

Impossible to answer without a particular definition of "success". Getting all ones lines right, critical acclaim, film/play makes a profit, film/play is a blockbuster? Anyone with one acting credit to their name could conceivably fit this bill in some way or another. --Canley 01:59, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Real Estate: Needing Assistance. Thank You!

Ref: Real Estate Property

What is the difference between the two (last 6 words)............

DEFAULT BY SELLER: If the Seller fails to perform any of the covenants of this contract, the aforesaid money paid by the Buyer, at the option of the buyer, shall be returned to the Buyer on demand; or the Buyer shall have "ONLY THE RIGHT OF SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE"

and........."THE RIGHT OF SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE?" Thank You!

A Google search on the terms: "specific peformance," law and "real estate" (quoted as indicated) provides a wealth of explanations to this principle. The gist of it: this clause limits the buyer from suing for damages (monetary compensation) and allows only for any suit to require the seller to perform whatever duties were spelled out in the provisions of the contract. In other words if I were the seller and there were some clause that regarding a termite inspection or tenting and extermination ... and I failed to provide those ... you could sue to require me to perform those but you couldn't pay someone to do it and then sue me for damages. Of course you should really discuss any legal questions with a qualified attorney ... one who is a specialist in your locality and in the branch of law at hand (real estate in this case). JimD 02:02, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

College Tuition Statistics

Hello, I was wondering if it would be possible to get infomation on specific college tuition fees since 1996 (what the average student was paying each year). I will be making a scatter plot with these costs. I need the information for Rhode Island School of Design, and Parsons School of Design. It would be great if you could provide me with that infomation. Thank you for your time.

Can't get it online, but find a high school guidance counselor who keeps back copies of the annual college review books. alteripse 02:06, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Sports Facts

What was the origial meaning of the letter E in ESPN??

It spells it out on the first line of the ESPN article. Dismas|(talk) 03:41, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Linking to pages

I recently linked to a page on the Wikipedia iPod page. The link to www.ePodSupport.com was extremely relevant and has very high quality information, even if it is my own site. I recently got a letter from a user and had the link deleted saying that I can't use Wikipedia to post commercial links. In no way is my site for commercial purposes. The goal of the site is to help iPod users, especially in converting DVDs. The site functions well and is updated almost constantly. It is perfectly relevant and has very high-quality content, so I encourage you to take a look and see if the claim I make is true (I am very confident). I just want to know whether I should re-post the link or keep it off. Thank you, andsorry for the rambling.

--ekozie

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