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Skulduggery
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

Skulduggery

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Location: Wales

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Posted:
Last night I was laying awake at 3am snuggled under my duvet waiting for sleep to come, all in vain. Why? Because my head was full of stupid questions. Ones that normally might just flick through your head and go away, but for some reason at 3am they just keep on nagging at you. So this morning I decided to try and find out the answers to some of them. Google helped out on a few but some I still didn't get answers that seemed right to me, or any answer at all, so I thought you lot might like to help out with the answers.

Feel free to ask some of your own 3am niggling questions too.

1. Where does the water come from that is in the taps in public toilets that have the "This is not drinking water" sign above them, when the tap next to them has the sign "Drinking Water"? Why don't all the taps have the same water supply?

2. Is there a reason keys J,F & 5 on a keyboard of computers/phones have a raised bump? I used to think it was solely to aid touch typists and blind people to tell where their fingers are on the keys but now I'm not so sure because on my mobile instead of a raised bump you can feel on the 5 key there is just a little light.... That would be of no help to someone blind surely.

3. Where do Crane flies (daddy longlegs) hide all year? In the autumn you see squillions of them, but for the rest of the year none. Is it because they are in a larval state over winter, spring and summer? But that would be silly because that adults live on nectar and surely there is more nectar around in summer when there are more flowers about.

4.Why do remote controls for vcr/dvd/cd/md players have an eject bitton on them? Surely if you are ejecting the disc/tape you'll have to walk up to the player to take it out and put another one in so you can press the button on the player.

5. Are washable nappies really more enviromentally friendly that disposable. All the electricity used in washing them and all the detergents it takes to get them clean must have some impact on the enviroment.

6. How does the internet really work? Could it ever just be switched off?

Ok that's all the ones I can remember for now. All attemps to answer any or all of these will be gratefully received (even the stupid ones ubblol )

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doctor_fandango
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doctor_fandango

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Posted:re water pressure...thats right skully.in big buildings the water in the wash basins and showers etc comes from a storage tank which (although fully sealed) is POTNETIALLY available to contamination, if nothing else its probably a bit stale anyways. the kitchen sinks and tank then are all fed from the mains to avoid a great reduction on pressure. and in fact in the UK (as i understand it) the water in your home is all served from the mains, however here in ireland we run the mains into a tank and distribute that round the house. thus reducing the pressure on the mains. and also. in the unlikely event of a drought each home has a reserve of 212litres (340 for any homes more than 3 bedrooms)

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spinningstarlet
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spinningstarlet

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Posted:but... surely then it cannot be all that clean to wash in either....?

*self confesed clean freak*


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doctor_fandango
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doctor_fandango

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Posted:ohy it is, the water is still filtered into the mains and sluice valve right outside the house.
plus
the tank is sealed and protected from contaminants
plus
the water is taken above the bottom of the tank to avoid solids in the water
plus
the water dosent clean you, it only rinses soap away, soap cleans you and thats clean.


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spinningstarlet
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spinningstarlet

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Posted:*yay* thats cool then. feel much better.

smile


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doctor_fandango
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doctor_fandango

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Posted: Written by: toobie



*self confesed clean freak*


you dont wash your hands with bleach and brillo pads or anything? do ya??


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"in most of our friends we're the hippies. but we have hippie friends of our own.. its like a dog having its own pet" - H. Sinoquet 19-03-2005

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spinningstarlet
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spinningstarlet

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Posted: Written by: doctor_fandango


 Written by: toobie



*self confesed clean freak*


you dont wash your hands with bleach and brillo pads or anything? do ya??



nooooooooo! i'm not that bad! i just wash my hands lots. and often.

actually i have a question similar to that of the nappys one.

the hand drier in our bathroom at work says that it is more environmentally friendly than paper towles cutting down on trees used etc etc. But what about the power it uses?!?!

i would suggest towels - like material ones, but germs breed like mad in those, so not a good idea.


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poig


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Posted:are there other elements which we have not discovered, because they may be on other planets?

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87wt2gxq7


87wt2gxq7

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Posted: Written by: poig


are there other elements which we have not discovered, because they may be on other planets?



doubt it, the periodic table's all fullup! wink


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NOn


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Posted: Written by: toobie


 Written by: doctor_fandango


 Written by: toobie



*self confesed clean freak*


you dont wash your hands with bleach and brillo pads or anything? do ya??



nooooooooo! i'm not that bad! i just wash my hands lots. and often.

actually i have a question similar to that of the nappys one.

the hand drier in our bathroom at work says that it is more environmentally friendly than paper towles cutting down on trees used etc etc. But what about the power it uses?!?!

i would suggest towels - like material ones, but germs breed like mad in those, so not a good idea.



i read an article about this> paper towels v hand dryers! here!

back to the ship in a bottle, i know they have to do the thing with the string and the sails, but surely you can't build the rest of it in a bottle?? i'm sure there is some other way of getting them in, unless you build it mostly, then split it into pieces that fit the neck and join them in the bottle, then raise the sails...

i think the match thing has to do with getting an egg through the neck of a bottle...


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87wt2gxq7

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Posted:GRR!! Okay, not a sleepless 3am question but a drifting off into sleep at 10.30pm question:

why can I do a 4-beat btb waistwrap on the side where the poi are moving upwards in front of my body, but only a 3-beat on the side where they're moving downwards?!
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spinningstarlet
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spinningstarlet

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Posted: Written by: NOn


 Written by: toobie


 Written by: doctor_fandango


 Written by: toobie



*self confesed clean freak*


you dont wash your hands with bleach and brillo pads or anything? do ya??



nooooooooo! i'm not that bad! i just wash my hands lots. and often.

actually i have a question similar to that of the nappys one.

the hand drier in our bathroom at work says that it is more environmentally friendly than paper towles cutting down on trees used etc etc. But what about the power it uses?!?!

i would suggest towels - like material ones, but germs breed like mad in those, so not a good idea.



i read an article about this> paper towels v hand dryers! here!





Decisions Decisions.... but the paper towels can be re-cyled too....

*sigh*


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Dunc
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

Dunc

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Posted:I'm with the guy at the end of the article. I wipe them on my jeans and carry on my merry wway without using either

Let's relight this forum ubblove

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UnclassifiedLeggyGirl
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UnclassifiedLeggyGirl

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Posted: Written by: poig


are there other elements which we have not discovered, because they may be on other planets?



ummmm......surely if the elements havent been discovered then we would not know if they exist?! it is a very big possibility though


ummmm...........anybody have any suggestions as to what i can put here?!

mjk is monitoring your interwebs!

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doctor_fandango
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

doctor_fandango

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Posted:i often wondered abt the expanse of our knowlege and what lies beyond what we dont know yet.

my primary scvhool teacher planted the seed of this thought when i was under his wonderful tutorage.

"think about this room... whats outside it.."

the school

"and outside that?"

Dublin

outside that

Ireland

...

went on for a while and we eventually came to the universe and nobody had an answer.. except "theres nothing after the edge of the universe

. "how do you know theres nothing else? maybe theres something there, we just cant see it yet" realy got me thinking



brought up the point of the pinicle of scientific knowlege issues aswell, like in 1491 the general concensus of the weastern world was that world was flat

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There's no place like 127.0.0.1, There's no place like 127.0.0.1, There's no place like 127.0.0.1,

"in most of our friends we're the hippies. but we have hippie friends of our own.. its like a dog having its own pet" - H. Sinoquet 19-03-2005

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mcp
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mcp

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Posted:6) yes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_backbone
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There are only a few very phat connections across oceans, destroy those, some satelites, and you've disconnected continents from each other.

Further destruction of the main phone exchanges and the country internal backbones would render the internet down to city wide probably. But it'd take a hella ton of work.

The only thing that could really turn the internet 'off' is a nuclear world war.


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doctor_fandango
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doctor_fandango

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Posted:neuclear war...destruction of backbones...!!! omg , mcp's a terrorist!!! get her!!!

There's no place like 127.0.0.1, There's no place like 127.0.0.1, There's no place like 127.0.0.1,

"in most of our friends we're the hippies. but we have hippie friends of our own.. its like a dog having its own pet" - H. Sinoquet 19-03-2005

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