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SkulduggeryGOLD Member
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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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Pogo69SILVER Member
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Posted:
ok... I can answer 4)

a remote control has an eject button, so that I can eject a cd/dvd while still seated and get one of my kids to bring me the newly ejected disc. isaac (6) is still learning how to read, so he doesn't know which buttons to push (actually he does now, but he didn't a year ago), but he can grab the disc and hand it to me... biggrin

so in essence... it's for lazy parents...!! wink

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BirdGOLD Member
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Posted:
I can do number 1.

It because the drinking water tap comes direct from the pipe, but the non-drinking water comes from the tank thats open to have allsorts (dead rats, etc) in it.

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SkulduggeryGOLD Member
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Posted:
But I guess really my question on that one Dave is why? Why not just have all the taps come of an in pipe and not have a tank that surely gets filled from an inpipe inbetween the in pipe and the taps?

Pogo thats just lazy! spank ubblol

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jo_rhymesSILVER Member
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Posted:
I can answer number 2- i did typing at college!
J and F are your "key keys" or finger keys or something.
Basically your index fingers should rest on J and F, smile

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Pogo69SILVER Member
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Posted:
 Written by: Skulduggery


Pogo thats just lazy! spank ubblol



I've never made any secret of that... rolleyes ubblol

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BirgitBRONZE Member
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Posted:
He works 20 hours a day, he can't walk to the vcr!! hug

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Pogo69SILVER Member
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Posted:
ubblol thx, birgit... hug

another reason to stop working so much (as if I needed another)... it's getting in the way of my extreme laziness...

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SkulduggeryGOLD Member
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Posted:
 Written by: Pogo69



 Written by: Skulduggery



Pogo thats just lazy! spank ubblol





I've never made any secret of that... rolleyes ubblol





Yes I know and I just took the opportunity to spank you for it! Never let an opportunity pass you by, as they say biggrin ubblol tongue



 Written by: Jo the gorgeous one

I can answer number 2- i did typing at college!

J and F are your "key keys" or finger keys or something.

Basically your index fingers should rest on J and F





Yes, but are they for anything else? Why does my phone only have a tiny light on the 5 and no raised bump?

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BirgitBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Hey, just because Jon's away doesn't mean you can just spank all other guys instead! ubblol



On second thoughts, why not biggrin (sorry, Pogo, female solidarity and all that...)

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spinningstarletSILVER Member
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Posted:
i have a question...

WHY does the 24 hour garage sell alcohol... wouldnt that encourage people to drink and drive?

bugs me every time i go in...

Seabadgermember
25 posts

Posted:
5) no they aren't really more environmentally friendly. I think they are actually about equal. Just dammage the environment in different ways.

NYCNYC
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Location: NYC, NY, USA


Posted:
 Written by: Skulduggery



Yes, but are they for anything else? Why does my phone only have a tiny light on the 5 and no raised bump?



I got two ideas.

1) It is tactlie. I can feel a subtle difference that I'm sure that a blind person would be able to detect.

2) If you have impeeded vision you can def tell which one the 5 is. Squint, blurr your eyes til you can't see the keyboard of the phone. You can still tell the 5 by the light.

Just guessing though.

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Pogo69SILVER Member
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Posted:
 Written by: skully

Yes I know and I just took the opportunity to spank you for it! Never let an opportunity pass you by, as they say



wOOT!! bounce

 Written by: birgit

On second thoughts, why not (sorry, Pogo, female solidarity and all that...)



tongue I'm not complaining...

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Kathain_BowenGood Ol' Yarn For Hair
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Posted:
 Written by: Skulduggery


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




The Internet - As Only Wikipedia Could Answer

Anymore, I don't think you could actually just switch off the internet unless you did something quite explode-a-rific. Or, unless you bought it off of eBay.

I've been wondering, though, about Crane Flies, I was more wondering the same thing about Harvestmen. Where the hell do they all come from all of a sudden? And why do they have an obsession with my car? Everytime I go into my car, one of them jumps out like a ninja assasins coming to kill me.

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RoziSILVER Member
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Posted:
Re question 2, my mobile has raised bumps similar to a keyboard on either side of the number 5 key. But a friend's phone (conveniently and accidentally left at my place yesterday) has no bumps and no light.



I guess it depends on what make and what model.

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SkulduggeryGOLD Member
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8,428 posts
Location: Wales


Posted:
Whilst awake last night I thought about the toilet taps one more and I'm begining to think its a water pressure thing. Mains tap water is supplied at around 2 bars (I think) and the more taps that are open at the same time the pressure at each tap will drop until, if there are enough taps in a row the one at the end would not receive any water. Maybe the header tank prevents that happening?

Another question that came to me was, is it true that shark never sleep? I don't mean lay on the bottom and doze under a seaweed blanket, I know they have to keep moving at all times or they drown. What I mean is do they have a brain that can keep them swimming whilst the rest of it switches off and sleeps, or do they just not need sleep?

Thanks for the replies people grouphug

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colemanSILVER Member
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Posted:
sleep in animals can very different to our idea of sleep.

sharks are fish and it is not clear if fish require sleep like mammals birds and reptiles do.

dolphins sleep in a weird fashion - its suspected that only half of their brain sleeps at a time.

birds' muscles don't relax like they do in other animals during sleep which means they can stay perched or floating on water while sleeping (which they only do for about 2-3 minutes at a time).

some birds are even thought to sleep during flight.


you have a light on your number five so its easy to find the centre of the keypad in the dark.


you have bumps on your keyboard so that when you learn to touch type, you can orient your fingers easily.


crane fly hide in the mud all year as larvae.
there are lots of different types.
some of them eat grass and plants: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profiles0206/leatherjackets.asp


washable nappies are much more environmentally friendly if you boil wash them once a day with very little detergent.


eject buttons on remote controls are handy when the button on the unit breaks.
or when your friend is changing the cd but doesn't know what buttons to press on your stereo.
also handy for resetting a dvd player when it goes funny.


my silly question is: what sort of person would even consider watching david cameron's video blog?


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hamamelisBRONZE Member
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Posted:
I'm sure this isn't the case in public toilets, but where I work the water comes from our own borehole supply,
and needs to go through a sterilizer before it's 'safe' to drink ( I used to drink it all the time as a kid and I was never ill) so.. we only run a sterilizer on the pipes that are going to be drinking water, as it's cheaper.

And yes, craneflies are in their larval form all winter-spring-most-of-summer. the food it can get in the adult form is not so important for their overall survival as the food the larvae can get.
In fact, some species don't feed at all as an adult, and the ones that do only get a few extra days of life out of it.
Far better if they spend the part of the year when food is most abundant in the form where they can get most use from it.


So there.

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alien_oddityCarpal \'Tunnel
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Posted:
dose anyone know if a zebra is black with white stripes or white with black stripes??? ubblol

mausBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Cole- The Oracle


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MotleyGOLD Member
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Posted:
6) Im pretty sure daddy longlegs dont eat! The larva eat loads then pupate and emerge as daddy longlegs which live for only about 5 days to reproduce and then die, they dont eat during this period of their lifecyle afaik, tho i could be wrong

SezzieSILVER Member
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Posted:
5) The Environment Agency in the UK did a big study on disposable nappies versus washable ones and basically came to the conclusion that there wasn't much difference when you factored in the energy needed to wash them etc.. The results were fairly controversial though as the study was based on people washing them in their home and didn't consider the energy savings of bulk washing etc done by the environmental re-usable nappy companies that are around.

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NYCNYC
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Location: NYC, NY, USA


Posted:
 Written by: Kathain_Bowen



 Written by: Skulduggery



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







The Internet - As Only Wikipedia Could Answer



Anymore, I don't think you could actually just switch off the internet unless you did something quite explode-a-rific. Or, unless you bought it off of eBay.







Neeto to see the internet explained on the internet.



I actually clicked on this link about internet censorship and found it very interesting. Especially to see what governments are restricting what kinds of internet sites. Crazy stuff. No BBC in China and practially no internet at all in Cuba. What the heck do those people do at work? Probably just bring a deck of cards and play solitaire manually.

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Seabadgermember
25 posts

Posted:
 Written by: Motley


6) Im pretty sure daddy longlegs dont eat! The larva eat loads then pupate and emerge as daddy longlegs which live for only about 5 days to reproduce and then die, they dont eat during this period of their lifecyle afaik, tho i could be wrong



I think your right, If I remember correctly (which I may not) they actually have no mouth and so can't eat.

As for the whole water thing I enquired into this today, the drinking tap often comes strait off the mains and so is safe to drink.
The tap for hand washing will come from a large water tank. This means that even when there is a problem with water supply there will still be hand washing water but becasue it sits arround in that big tank germs 'sort of gather' so it isn't safe to drink.

DuncGOLD Member
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Posted:
5) It depends on the washing method and which disposable's you compare them too. It's a very vague science tho mostly because of the lack of exact data from all the various and sundry manufacturers and their differing methods of total supply from raw materials to end consumer purchase. I wrote a hugh post for the discussion forum about it once but got to around 1000 words,realised I was half way through and gave up.

But the factors involved as I saw them are:

Washable:
Detergent type (biodegradable, and what the life of the degradation actually is, pollution caused on the way)
Manufacture efficiencies (from cotton pulling to transport to sewing, machine efficiencies etc)
Washing method (bulk, machine, hand, pre soak, total soak)
Drying method (tumble, spinning, bulk, natural)

Dispoable:
Dispoing method and damage caused: ie is landfill better than the end of your garden? Surprisingly they will rot quicker in a normal garden due to the greater amount of biological entities around them, unlike landfill where there are far fewer bugs etc to help kickstart and complete the biodegrading process
Manufacture efficiencies (raw material inc oil drilling for plastics, transport, which is far greater when divided into the end product that is only used once instead of hundreds, ney thousands of times)

Now there's also a totally 100% biodegradable nappy available that's made from 100% renewable sources. This throws a whole new mix into the question, especially if the manufacturing technologies are highly efficient and cause little waste products.

There's also a million more factore I can't be bothered to go into now, see how I got to 1000 words!

Personally, we chose washable, at the time it was the soundest choice. We use very little detergent and will be using the same set of nappies for baby number two. When that one is finished using them we will sell them to another family who can then use them for the life of many other babies, which massivly reduces the environmental cost per nappy.

And after all that it doesn't answer your question at all but it does give you way more to think about at 3am wink

Let's relight this forum ubblove


GnorBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Dunc have you seen these
laundry balls
My brother uses these and they are brilliant. Very little dodgy suds produced so much better. Initail outlay is a bit heavy but no having to spoon out detergent, also no helper putting $40 of detergent in a wash like we had one time wink

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The balls last ages and ages so work out to be fair value.

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Posted:
my question is why do parents tell you to grow up and become more mature etc. yet when you do, they tell you not to be in a rush to grow up?

another one (which everybody else probably knows, but i dont): how do they get them ships into the glass bottles?!

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

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Posted:
the nappy thing is like every eco dilemma. but i would say that washable in the long run across many many sh1tting babies, probably works out more eco friendly, and like my mum did for years you can use them for all sorts of things after the pooing has stopped - polishing rags, mess mopperuppers etc etc... Also you can get eco friendly alternatives to detergent like those that Gnor has, and various others, and you can wash things in a sink... Probably the most eco option is to let your baby run free and just clean up after it, but then the house would get pretty smelly...

as for ships in glass bottles, doesn't it involve a match, or soemthing to suck out the oxygen and suck the boat in then once it's in there you raise the sails? i think that's what my grandad told me, he had a couple...

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87wt2gxq7veteran
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Posted:
emogal,



It's probably because they care about you and want you to have the best start in your life in the hypercrazy world that they know they'll lose you to eventually. So they ask you to practice being grown-up so that you become good at making decisions in a reasoned and mature manner.



But they're also attached to you and you're an enormous part of their life. So when you show that you're being mature, it reminds them that you're not going to be under their wings for long. And that's probably quite a painful thing to realise. So on some level they don't want you to grow up.



be patient with them, so that they can learn patience from you.



And I heard you build the ship outside the bottle with the mast and sails folded down, then you slip it into the bottle and pull the sails up with a tiny piece of string.

spinningstarletSILVER Member
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Posted:
i thought thats how they do it too... one way to find out - here

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