Questions that make you question your common sense!!?

Question by ¤ » ♫Resundra♫ « ¤™: Questions that make you question your common sense!!?
1.What is a free gift? Aren’t all “gifts” free?
2.Life is hard compared to what?
3.Why is ‘abbreviation’ such a long word?
4.What is the probability that something will happen according to the odds?
5.When companies ship Styrofoam, what do they pack it in?
6.If a mute swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap?
7.If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
8.Instead of talking to your plants, if you yelled at them would they still grow? Only to be troubled and insecure?
9.Is there another word for synonym?
10.Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”?
11.When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?
12.When you open a bag of cotton balls, is the top one meant to be thrown away?
13.Where do forest rangers go to “get away from it all”?
14.Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?
15.Why do they report power outages on TV?
16.What do you do when you see an endangered animal that is eating an endangered plant?
17.Is it possible to be totally partial?
18.If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
19.Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
20.Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?
21.Why do people who know the least know it the loudest?
22.If the funeral procession is at night, do folks drive with their headlights off?
23.If a stealth bomber crashes in a forest, will it make a sound?
24.If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is he homeless or naked?
25.When it rains, why don’t sheep shrink?
26.Should vegetarians eat animal crackers?
27.If the cops arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?
28.What’s another word for “thesaurus”?
29.Ballerinas are always on their toes. Why don’t they just get taller ballerinas?
30.You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?
31.If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?
32.If stupidity can get you into a mess, then why can’t it get you out?
33.If Ignorance is Bliss, why aren’t more people happy?
34.If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?
35.How do you tell when you run out of invisible ink?
36.If a cluttered desk is characteristic of a cluttered mind, what does an empty desk mean?
37.Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?
38.If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?
39.If nothing ever sticks to Teflon, how do they make Teflon stick to the pan?
40.Why is that when you transport something by car, it’s called shipment but when you transport something by ship it’s called cargo?
41.Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?
42.You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes–why can’t they make the whole plane out of the same substance?
43.If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
44.If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?
45.Was today really necessary?
46.Why are they called buildings, when they’re already finished? Shouldn’t they be called builts?
47.Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?
48.If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to see it do the other trees make fun of it?
49.If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
50.If it’s 0 degrees today, and it’s going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?
51.What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
52.If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?
53.Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

Best answer:

Answer by BillB
I can only answer question #51:

There have been people that have died and have been brought back to life so if you get scared to death in the 2nd half, you will not be brought back to life.

I am adding a question to your list:
54. Why do people say “excuse me” when they fart? Shouldn’t they say, “watch out”?

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Why do people ask questions like, “If you could buy a car that ran on water”?

Question by linlyons: Why do people ask questions like, “If you could buy a car that ran on water”?
Reason says it won’t work. If it did, why wouldn’t China be making millions of such cars?
They don’t have to worry about US patents.
They pay for, and burn more oil than the US today.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/alternative-fuel/gas-mileage/4276846 < == Popular Mechanics tested it and said it doesn't work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Meyer <== There was a court case that said it didn't work. Are these the same group of folks who complain about chemtrails in the sky? Pretty ordinary physics says that you cannot get more energy out of a system than you put in. But these folks claim that they improve their gas mileage 10-20-30% What's going on? And, of course, they get all uppity when you point out how wrong they are. I have noticed that some of 'em sell plans. seems to be the going rate. It's pretty sad that there are people who so desperately want to save a buck that they fall for this kind of nonsense. There are a couple things that i might add. First, consider a fuel cell: A fuel cell releases electrical energy by allowing hydrogen and oxygen to combine. This is exactly the reverse of using electrolysis to disassociate hydrogen and oxygen. And it releases energy. If it really took less energy to disassociate water than it produced, ALL of our power plants would have a closed circuit that disassociated water, then used a fuel cell to recombine them, and release the extra electricity to the grid. There would be no need to pay all that money to buy coal, oil, or natural gas. The same is true of a car. If the process truly worked, there would be a closed system that didn't involve a motor. It would be in all of the electric cars, and we'd never have to plug it in, or get gasoline. The reason that's not done is that it's easier to confuse some folks when it's combined with a gas engine. What that does is introduce external power that's difficult to separate. There is one interesting answer. <>

I honestly hadn’t though of that. However, in essence, it’s dynamic breaking that stores hydrogen to use in the fuel cell, rather than storing electricity in the battery, as the Prius does.

The problem with the system is that one first has to decide that fuel cells are an appropriate technology to use to power cars. I do know of the discussion, but thus far, have not seen an indication that they are as efficient as battery driven vehicles. Keep in mind that, just like a battery hydrogen is an energy storage medium. There isn’t any free hydrogen here on earth. You have to create it. Just like you create the electricity that charges a battery.

It is an interesting concept though.

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Answer by Santu Khadka
no car is raning a road

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Bread making question for bakers?

Question by lovin’ spoonful: Bread making question for bakers?
I found the following recipe recently. I wanted some opinions from bread bakers – will this recipe work? Also have you ever made a no knead bread like this before?

No Knead bread
* 1 large bowl
* 2 loaf pans ( coat them well with either butter, oil or cooking spray)
* 1 tablespoon each of yeast (active dry yeast or instant both work okay), sugar, salt, oil and vinegar
* 3 cups of warm water (you can test it on your wrist to make sure you don’t kill the yeast-which I have done often enough to know better but still manage to do on occasion)
* 6 cups flour ( you can mix 3 cups white to 3 cups wheat which is what I do)

You’ll want to set your oven for around 150-200 degree to warm it up for the proofing unless you have a warm place in your kitchen which you can use instead.

Mix the yeast with sugar and warm water in the large bowl. Let the yeast sit for around 15 minutes or until you notice it has activated and bubbled up.
Once the yeast has bubbled up add the oil and the vinegar and slowly add in the flour, after you have added in around 1/2 of the flour mixture add in the salt (if you put the salt in too early you can kill your yeast).
Once you have added all the flour carefully divide the dough evenly into the two loaf pans and put them in the oven or your proofing spot and cover with a moist towel – let them sit for around 30-40 minutes. you don’t need to handle the dough or touch the dough again.

Once the dough has risen and doubled in volume (make sure you have taken them out of the oven if that was where you proofed them) turn the oven to 375 degrees, at this point you can put decorative cuts on the top of your breads or sprinkle with sesame seeds or any other topping you might like.

Bake for 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the bread should sound hollow when tapped. you’ll want to check the bread around 40 minutes.
Take out of the oven let cool (no we’ve never let it cool- cut it, put butter on it and try not to burn your mouth and hands as you eat it straight out of the oven- trust me you’ll survive to eat another slice or loaf.)

This is a very easy simple bread to make which is great with sauces and of course butter.

Also, depending on your oven, you’ll want to start checking your bread after around 35-40 minutes. I find that in my oven at home, it takes the full 50 minutes to make this bread but at my sisters house it take less time to make in her newer oven. So you may have to test it to figure out your oven’s time. also I’ve made it in a little toaster type oven. I put in it at 350 degree for 55 minutes and it came out pretty good too.

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Answer by rogerrabbitanddoe
It is a version of a batter bread which I have made buns with before should be okay , different texture to commercial breads or kneaded breads but satisfactory for dipping etc.

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Please, need a real scientist’s answer to this long & complex question (not for school)?

Question by lordmysterious12: Please, need a real scientist’s answer to this long & complex question (not for school)?
Thanks for looking at my question. This is very complicated and more than a little unusual, so please, if you’re just guessing or think you might know, don’t answer. Please only answer if you’re actually a qualified scientist with some expertise in these fields. Thank you.

Ok. I am an (amateur/just starting out) fantasy and science fiction writer. However, I probably don’t know as much about very specific snd technical aspects of science as I should. I’m trying right now to write a big sci-fi, space opera-y, kind of epic. I wouldn’t say it’s nevcessarily “hard sci-fi”, but I DO want everything in it to at least be physically possible.

Which leads me to my dilemma, because a huge theme, a central theme in the book in fact, is a race of characters with psionic – telepathic, psychokinetic – powers. What I am trying to figure out is, is there ANY conceivable way to make this physically possible?

Now I know that according to science, telekinesis is impossible. But is there any way to possibly posit how it COULD be possible, without violating physical laws?

Let’s first assume, as Arthur C. Clarke did when he wrote “Contact”, that we are dealing with an arbitrarily advanced civilization. Their technology is so far advanced that they can accomplish anything not specifically prevented by the laws of physics.

With that out of the way, think about an animal such as a strongly electric fish, like an electric ray or electric eel. They use electrocytes in their “electric organ” to blast electromagnetic energy out of their bodies. Theoretically, human brain cells, which already transmit electricity, could be modified to function in this same fashion.

Now we know that electromagnetic energy, aka photons, can move an object. This is demonstrated by the theoretical “solar sail” in space and other phenomena. Light aka photons aka electromagnetic fields, are both a particle and a wave. They have mass and they can push stuff. I suspect, however, that the amount of electromagnetic energy that would be needed to move even a small object inside a planet’s gravitational pull would be gargantuan. I doubt these theoretical cells would be up to the task.

However, assuming again that this race is arbitrarily advanced, they could nano-lathe these cells together from scratch, building them atom by atom. They wouldn’t need to copy nature’s designs, and could build atomic machinery as effecient as physically possible within that confined space.

So basically my question is – and I would imagine that arriving at the answer would require quite a bit of mathematical calculations, which aren’t exactly my strong suit either – would it be physically possible, even with these “arbitrarily perfectly efficient” cells, to physically pack enough of them into the space of a human skull to be able to generate enough electromagnetic energy to move objects around against a gravitational pull?
To mr.c ok that answers much of my question, thank you. So, ok, to theoretically have it make sense I should say that these cells have a wacky combination of atoms that are engineered to be able to build up an electric charge very fast?

I’d rather not go into conceits like subspace fields or quantum non-locality stuff, but just keep it strictly an electromagnetic phenomenon. As far as Newton’s Third Law, think of these theoretical cells as being like little radio antennas. Antennas don’t get blasted apart by reaction force when they transmit huge amounts of energy.

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Answer by nealjking
UPDATE 2:
mr.c, one can imagine & speculate about all sorts of sources of energy and power. My specific point here is that, whatever the source might be, how do you handle it without being destroyed? How does your skull channel/handle/manage 6000 MW of power without being destroyed?

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UPDATE:
– To mr.c’s answer: I think the principles of conservation of momentum and energy don’t give much scope for the ideas you are suggesting: There is nothing in modern quantum theories that gives any particular hope for these problems; and putting the solution in subsidiary universes with different rules is just saying, “Break the known rules.”

– To lordmyst’s comment: Building up an electric charge fast won’t help, because you have to get it from somewhere: If you take it from surrounding matter, you will expend enormous amounts of energy and generate huge electric fields. If you take it from somewhere else, you will be violating conservation of electric charge, a big no-no.

Antennas don’t get blasted apart because they are NOT transmitting significant amounts of energy. The radiative reaction force is real: It is what keeps the stars from collapsing immediately. If you are going to channel a macroscopic amount of force through your head, using electromagnetic fields, you have to channel the associated amount of energy. It’s going to have to be an awful lot: Notice that the Sun’s radiative power is blasting away at the Earth, but it doesn’t make much impact on the gravitational pull between them. You will need an enormous amount of radiative power to make a macroscopic effect on a spoon: For example, if you beamed light upwards against an object to hold up 1 kg against gravity, to generate a force of 1 * g = 9.8 (N) from photons of energy E and momentum E/c at a rate of n photons per second, because of the bouncing photons:
2*(E/c)*n = 9.8
Power = E*n = (9.8 * c)/2 = 19.6 * 3 *10^8 = 5.88*10^9 (W)
This is the output of a 6000-MW power plant. Where is this supposed to come from, and how are your cells supposed to handle it?

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You seem to be slightly confusing two separate concepts:
– “Solar sails” which catch light energy (and thus momentum) to ride outward from the Sun
– “cells” that are designed from step one to somehow facilitate transfer of electromagnetic energy against gravitational pull

There are two major problems with your concept:
– Conservation of momentum: If something in a skull is doing something to transmit force to an external object, there has to be something that receives the equal-and-opposite reaction force, according to Newton’s 3rd law. You don’t want to have this something be in your brain: The sensible way to move a spoon is to pick it up, not to dent your brain!
– Using electromagnetic energy: If the something that receives the reaction force is not your brain but an external source (in the solar-sail case, the outgoing radiation field of the Sun), you have to catch enough energy and momentum to do the job. In the solar-sail case, this comes from the large area of the sail, that can capture a large-enough amount of solar energy. If this energy is to be captured in the neighborhood of your head, you can’t capture very much momentum in that relatively small area, without needing an enormous amount of electromagnetic power near your head. Blowing up your head to move a spoon also seems like a cost-ineffective way to do the job.

Of course, I am not even addressing the question of the mechanism to be used: My point is that, even without addressing the specific mechanism, that general conservation principles of momentum and energy impose very difficult conditions to meet.

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Is Kony 2012 FRAUD? Just Asking Questions!

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Q&A: Oil spill stopage question?

Question by Toni: Oil spill stopage question?
i work for an oil company and we made an oops causing oil to spill. since it is summer i want to drive around on my boat and drink some beers instead of dealing with the oil spill. how is the best way to stop it from leaking. we tried top kill junk shot and top hat but it is still leaking. what is best way?

Best answer:

Answer by ashar ali
i think you should continue what you are doing its the only best possible way

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can someone answer these questions for me please?

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Question by msmithcc: can someone answer these questions for me please?
1. The O2 (diatomic oxygen) in the atmosphere
a. was present since the earth was formed.
b. was emitted by volcanoes.
c. is the result of sunlight decomposing water vapor.
d. was produced by photosynthesis.

2.A planet that consists largely of compressed gases is
a. Mercury.
b. Venus.
c. Mars.
d. Jupiter.

3. Planets travel in
a. Nearly circular ellipses
b. Oblong ellipses
c. Circles
d. It depends on the planet

4. The spectrum of a star can provide information of which one or more of the following?
a. the star’s magnetic field
b. the star’s temperature
c. the star’s relative motion toward or away from us
d. the star’s composition

5. Nuclear reactions in the sun’s interior convert
a. hydrogen into helium.
b. helium into hydrogen.
c. carbon into nitrogen.
d. uranium into plutonium.

6. At the end of its lifespan, a very heavy star
a. breaks up into several smaller stars.
b. cools down into a white dwarf.
c. expands into a red giant.
d. explodes into a supernova.

Best answer:

Answer by SueBeeRoo
I’m not gonna help you cheat on your take home test.

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Atheists, can you answer these questions?

Question by Guy: Atheists, can you answer these questions?
I can believe that the Universe could form without the help of a Supreme Intelligent Mind,
I can also accept that the Universe could form by Big Bang.

But it’s illogical to believe that heavy elements like Uranium, Plutonium, Thorium could form accidentally. They have too many protons and neutrons in their nucleus.

It’s logical to believe that light elements: Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Oxygen could form by Big Bang or by nuclear fusion in stars because people can produce them by nuclear reactions in the laboratory, but to believe elements with hundreds of protons and neutrons could form by random chance is a BLASPHEMY

Also, what makes matter turn into energy and energy into matter? How can energy stay together into electrons and quark particles for so much time without fading away?
How do you explain that, out of 6 quark types, only 2 are stable? Out of the whole lepton and quark family, only 3 types of particles can form stable matter?

Isn’t it a Supreme Mind that holds energy together into a particle? How did the laws of physics and the laws of matter and energy that we study today come into existence? Weren’t they designed?
Out of the whole quark family:
up, charm, top, down, strange, bottom

Only up and down can form stable matter

Out of the lepton family
electron, miuon, tau, neutrino

Only the electron can form stable matter

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Answer by Sirensong sunshine
oh, you’re so close.

If you don’t know (and I don’t) please, please don’t default to the supernatural. Keep looking

What about the elements that HAVE been artificially created by humans? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/10/061020-new-element.html

We don’t know – yet. Perhaps we never will. But why make a REALLY illogical leap from ‘i don’t know” to some kind of supreme being? What makes that force a sentient entity? Let alone the christian god. And why doesn’t it show up. At all?

Oh, and blasphemy is a victimless crime.

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Harper Questions NRC Inspector General About Yucca Mountain

US Representative Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) questions the inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) during a Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy hearing examining “The NRC Inspector General Report on the ‘NRC Chairman’s Unilateral Decision to Terminate NRC’s Review of the DOE Yucca Mountain Repository License Application.'”
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I have a question about ethnicity. I mean no insult, I am most serious.?

Question by valentina: I have a question about ethnicity. I mean no insult, I am most serious.?
They are hateful about it. It is my HEALTH. I am not ashamed. I was proud of my parents. My Mom had black hair which
glinted blue in the sun. She had dark skin, very brown eyes. No body hair except under her arms, pubic area. I am not talking disrespectfully of my mother. I lovedher.
Dad was mixed German/Jewish, and maybe other. He had light hair. Grey eyes. I have green eyes,
lighter skin, and blond hair.Now greying platinum
and silver. I am told green eyes , genetically are the same as brown eyes.

In reading, years ago, they always said American
Natives had no beards or body hair, yet they say
they pulled out their beards and body hair. Which is true? I do not recall the
Blacks I knew having leg or arm hair, yet they had
chest hair.

Am I off base here. Does body hair have ethnic
implications.

I would like to know my ethnicity for reasons of pride,
for reasons of health. I have a terrible lactose intolerance which I have had since a child. No one
would tell me what it was. It was funny to them. I suffered horribly from this. When my second child was born and I went on WW, started drinking skim milk
(I never drank milk, it made me very sick) I began having almost terminal diarrhea, no one would tell me anything. I stopped drinking milk again, or eating dairy.
The low fat dairy kills me. So….I take ca when I can.
The supplements do not help. I developed a colon
problem on top of this. There are genetic lactose
intolerances, then there are acquired intolerances.
I have both.

I can eat cheese. Oddly enough, it does not bother me.
Some. I could eat yogurt. Now I cannot eat the low fat
yogurt, suddenly. I can eat some of the regular.

Please tell me about ethnicity and body hair.
Get a life, don’t be insulted. I am me, and I have
ethnic origins. No one would be ashamed of me at all
if they knew the truth. I am not a scud missile.
I want to know about lactose intolerances and racial issues, ethnicity. I cannot find what I want to know
in the books, they are so delicate.

I had stroke level BP at one time, no one would tell
me. I found out by accident. My parents had H
BP, both. My son does. My son has blond hair like
me, my daughter has the coloring of her Dad, who
by the way had a black haired Mom with dark skin
just like mine.

HELP.

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Answer by St N
I can’t help you with this one, but I suggest you contact a name university with an anthropology department and see if they can help. I know that some First Nation people have facial hair, but whether they are genetically pure or mixed I don’t know. I have also heard that lactose intolerance is ethnically connected. Talk to the profs and get some straight answers.

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Oil leak stopage question?

Question by nestboopsie: Oil leak stopage question?
i work for an oil company and we made an oops causing oil to spill. since it is summer i want to drive around on my boat and drink some beers instead of dealing with the oil spill. how is the best way to stop it from leaking. we tried top kill junk shot and top hat but it is still leaking. what is best way?

Best answer:

Answer by Tim
the best bet is to make a bigger hole in your boat and try to cap that. if for some reason that doesn’t help, simply add more holes to take pressure off the first one!

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Q&A: Oil spill stopage question?

Question by Toni: Oil spill stopage question?
i work for an oil company and we made an oops causing oil to spill. since it is summer i want to drive around on my boat and drink some beers instead of dealing with the oil spill. how is the best way to stop it from leaking. we tried top kill junk shot and top hat but it is still leaking. what is best way?

Best answer:

Answer by Elle
The hole could have already been plugged by sealing the area. Which many engineers had the solution to this. Now as far as cleaning the oil spilled the Dutch had a really good system that our bureaucratic government turned down.

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May I have your opinion for this “Polls and Surveys” question?

Question by Samurai Hoghead: May I have your opinion for this “Polls and Surveys” question?
The question requires simply “agree” or “disagree” for an answer. I apologize, but I have a stalker (how flattering) and I must chose my words carefully when asking or answering, lest the censor strikes…

I have no political view outside centrist and it then is a non-issue, and I do not speak to any issue were morality may come into question

I also apologize also for length of this question, but it’s essential.

In the middle of the last century I was born into a country called the USA. It was 16 years after my birth that we made it to the moon. It was a time predating personal computers, or decent calculators for that matter, disposable bottles, CFCs, AIDS, and all kinds of other diversions. But, it was history forgotten, now jumping up and demanding its due from all of us.

AUTOMATION! That was the order of the day. I was fascinated. “Automat! Put in a quarter and get a piece of pie? Sign me up!” Assembly lines, robotic welders and painting machines, unmanned vehicles, etc., all promising more “leisure time.” Building the machines, ever better to provide even more “leisure time” kept the factories going and the people manning them employed. And “leisure time” has been delivered as promised. But, even as more daily tasks are being relegated to the automatons, more precise work, the work that was the realm of the artisans, the promised “leisure time” was a bit longer in its full coming, but it is finally here.

The catch is, “leisure time” turned out to be a euphemism for “unemployment.” Who’da thunk it?

Global warming?

Not a surprise. Not new either. Right on schedule, actually… We “hippies” pointed out the shortcomings of denuding thousands of acres of rain forest on a daily basis as far back as the mid sixties. We said, “You know, vegetation breathes in CO2 and exhales O2. We‘re chopping down the earths (and by extension our) filtration system.” Damn the CO2! Full speed ahead! Chop it and sell it as quick as possible.

The oil crisis? Turned out we didn’t learn from that either. Not the one a couple summers ago, but the one in 1973. OPEC tightened up on the choker to remind us who holds the power of the oil. The difference?

Well, the older one drove us into action. Implementation of a 55 mph national speed limit (how come most times when I see a bumper sticker reading “No Blood For Oil” it’s on a on an overpriced bumper doing 80 mph and up?), which saw a corresponding decrease in highway fatalities, year round daylight savings time and whatever else we needed to do. Songs were written. (“There’s only so much oil in the ground” Tower of Power).

“Energy alternatives NOW!”

But that was then.

And point having been made, OPEC turned the spigot back on and we again started sucking up the crude as fast as we could, like greedy suckling pigs. Pedal to the metal and Hallelujah! Crisis over, right? Yeah. That worked out real well, hunh? Gee, golly and gosh, 30 years later, we’re back in the same soup. But the soup is thicker this time around, with contributions from Exxon, BP, and the two other pipelines ruptured in the last few days, threatening lake Michigan and other low wetlands in the already impacted Gulf.

This soup is a very expensive appetizer and the menu is likely to grow longer.

But still the black gold flows. Thanks to BP for the “top kill” (applies to well head, as well as marine life). The final solution?

The side kill. The new relief well drilling, which puts the wheels back in action for the next boo-boo.

So. In the USA, outside a few wind turbines and limited use of solar power, we haven’t done a damned thing since the mid sixties to better our power grid or transport us. The party is over and its time we pay up, but don’t try to tell me this is a problem that cropped up six or eight years ago.

Would you agree or disagree?

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Answer by ѕαяα иєє∂ѕ α иєω иαмє
Cool story, bro

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Railroad Commission questions ERCOT, energy industry performance

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Solar Sail physics question?

Question by Kevin S: Solar Sail physics question?
A solar sail allows a spacecraft to use radiation pressure for propulsion, similar to the way wind propels a sailboat. The sails of such spacecraft are made out of enormous reflecting panels. The area of the panels is maximized to catch the largest number of incident photons, thus maximizing the momentum transfer from the incident radiation.

For such spacecraft to work, the force from the radiation pressure exerted by the photons must be greater than the gravitational attraction to the star emitting the photons. The critical parameter is the area density (mass per unit area) of the sail.

Consider a perfectly reflecting mirror oriented so that solar radiation of intensity I is incident upon, and perpendicular to, the reflective surface of the mirror. If the mirror has surface area A, what is F_rad, the magnitude of the average force due to the radiation pressure of the sunlight on the mirror?
Express your answer in terms of the intensity I, the mirror’s surface area A, and the speed of light c.

F_rad = 2IA/c

To solve the second part of this problem you will need to know the following:

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the mass of the sun, M sun= 2.0 x 1030 kg,
*
the intensity of sunlight as a function of the distance from the sun,

Sun(R) = 3.2 x 10251/R2 (W/m2)
and

*
the gravitational constant G=6.67 x 10-11m3/(kg*s2)

Part B

Suppose that the mirror described in Part A is initially at rest a distance away from the sun. What is the critical value of area density for the mirror at which the radiation pressure exactly cancels out the gravitational attraction from the sun?

Express your answer numerically, to two significant figuress, in units of kilograms per meter squared.

Best answer:

Answer by ramoncordini Colegram
Cool, I just found it at http://digbeaut.com/297972/reflecting-mirror

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obmaba oil spill junk shot top hat question?

Question by nestboopsie: obmaba oil spill junk shot top hat question?
obmaba oil spill junk shot do he? why he no do the top kill work? do he top hat work to stop the oil? do he how he why he do junk shot?

Best answer:

Answer by tonalc2
It is not Obama’s oil spill, it is BP’s.

The junk shot and top hat didn’t work because of the extreme pressure of the geyser.

Now you can return to your trolling.

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Chem. Questions. The primary reaction inside stars changes?

Question by Lizzy B: Chem. Questions. The primary reaction inside stars changes?
Cant figure these questions out at all please help!

The primary reaction inside stars changes
A. hydrogen to helium.
B. helium to hydrogen.
C. uranium to plutonium.
D. nitrogen to carbon.

Based on its location on the periodic table, an element that is not naturally occuring is
A. terbium (Tb).
B. curium (Cm).
C. holmium (Ho).
D. lutetium (Lu).

The half-life of cobalt 60 is 5.3 years. What fraction of a sample remains after 21.2 years?
A. one half
B. one quarter
C. one eighth
D. one sixteenth

Best answer:

Answer by greendawn
1 is B (As happens in the sun)

2 is B (Cm is beyond Uranium, its atomic number is 96, so it doesn’t occur naturally)

3. is B (5.3/21.2 = 1/4)

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Britney Spears POLL 15 questions about Brit (haters not allowed!)?

Question by : Britney Spears POLL 15 questions about Brit (haters not allowed!)?
This is just for fun, for all us Britney fans out there :)
Answer these:

1. What is your favourite Britney…
a) music video
b) song
c) album
d) movie / TV show guest appearance
e) tour

2. What singer would you like Britney to do a duet with? (you can choose anyone, even people who died)

3. Do you agree that JJ looks exactly like baby Brit? (Britney on the left, JJ on the right)
http://blogs.babble.com/famecrawler/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/britney-spears-jayden-james-federline.jpg

4. Do you think Britney looks better…
blonde – http://stylescenes.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/09/09/britneyspe_giffo_12047756_600.jpg
brunette (picture on the left) – http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/04_02/britney2304_468x376.jpg
red head – http://www.redseduce.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/fake-but-sexy-red-hair-colur-of-Britney-Spears.jpg
jet black – http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3313/3183472303_f36be2e139.jpg
dark purple – http://blog.themavenreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/britney_womanizer_600.jpg

5. Do you think Britney and her new boyfriend Jason make a cute couple?
http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/fp/Britney+Jason+Kids+Visit+Botanical+Gardens+q6q7bgg4i7Dl.jpg

6. What do you think of Britney’s look in this picture? lol
http://lemonpepper.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/britney_spears_brunette.jpg

7. Do you think Britney should make more movies or stick to singing?

8. If you could meet Britney and say only one thing to her, what would it be?

9. What song do you think Britney should do a cover of?

10. Which of Britney’s non-single songs do you think she should have done a music video for?

11. How and when did you become a Britney fan?

12. Do you think Britney will still be making music in 10 years?

13. What is your favourite Britney outfit? (Post a link to a picture, please)

14. Do you think she should finnish the music video for Outrageous?

15. And finally, have you ever seen Britney live? How was it?

So there you go, hope you had fun :)
Any mean hater comments will be reported, so you can just leave now if you don’t like her.

These are my answers:
1.
a) Toxic
b) Toxic (love it!)
c) This is a hard choice, but… Blackout
d) Crossroads, it’s so sweet :)
e) The Circus Starring: Britney Spears Tour

2. Lady GaGa, she’s my fave after Britney. That would be amazing!

3. Yes, he’s like a mini boy version of her, so cute! <3

4. Blonde, it’s more britney. But either way she looks amazing

5. Yeah :) They’re cute

6. Funny! haha I love the shirt, I want one

7. Yes, but she should keep singing too

8. I love you so much, you are amazing!! <3 <3
Don’t listen to the haters, they’re idiots!

9. Umberella by Rihanna. That song was written for Britney (litterly),
I would love to hear her version of it.
Also Telephone by Lady GaGa, it was also written for Brit. It was supposed to go on Circus

10. Kill the Lights, Mannequin and Freakshow

11. I was about 10 years old, it was around the time My Prerogative came out.
I saw the video for Toxic on MTV and I fell in love :)
Then I bought My Prerogative just cause Toxic was on it,
and then I started listening to more of her music.
And now I’m obsessed (in a non-stalker way lol) I love you Brit!

12. I don’t know, but I hope so! <3

13. I really love the outfit in Toxic, when she has black hair (can’t find a link)
Also this one haha but I don’t know if it counts as an outfit… http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_cAldTY6NkKg/SbK07g5G8MI/AAAAAAAAAQM/oabRPwjIbrs/s400/britneyspearstoxic1.jpg

14. Yes, that would be awesome!

15. Yes! I saw The Circus Starring: Britney in July 2009. The 13th to be exact.
It was amazing! <3
It was really funny when they did the magic tricks, cause it didn’t work haha
Britney looks even better in person, and I’m not just saying that :)

Best answer:

Answer by Jessica
1- a- Circus
b- If u seek amy
c-Circus
d-How i met your mother
e- The Circus tour

2- Ke$ha
3- Yeah and hes super cute
4- Blonde
5-Yeah
6-She looks ok
7- She should do both
8- If u could work with any artist who would it be
9-TiK ToK
10- Shattered glass
11- I was around 8 and toxic was popular
12- I Don’t think she will be
13-http://photos.posh24.com/p/591408/l/ciara/style_tip_glittery_dresses.jpg
14 -Yeah
15- Yeah it was a fantastic show i hope they release it on dvd

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Some science questions?

1. Which of the following statements describes the interaction between magnetic poles?
(1 point)
Like poles attract each other.
Like poles repel each other, and opposite poles attract each other.
Opposite poles repel each other.
Like poles attract each other, and opposite poles repel each other.
2. Which of the following statements is true about Earth’s magnetic poles?
(1 point)
They are located at Earth’s geographic poles.
They are the areas where Earth’s magnetic field is weakest.
They are the areas where Earth’s magnetic field is strongest.
Earth has four magnetic poles.
3. Which of the following statements is true about ferromagnetic materials?
(1 point)
All ferromagnetic materials are permanent magnets.
Ferromagnetic materials that are permanent magnets have domains that are randomly oriented.
Ferromagnetic materials that are permanent magnets have domains that remain aligned for long periods of time.
Ferromagnetic materials do not have domains and cannot be magnetized.
4. If the current in a wire is directed upward, what is the direction of the magnetic field produced by the current?
(1 point)
counterclockwise in the horizontal plane
clockwise in the horizontal plane
in the same direction as the current
in the opposite direction to the current
5. Which of the following statements is true about a current-carrying wire in a magnetic field?
(1 point)
Reversing the current direction will cause the force deflecting the wire to be parallel to the magnetic field.
Reversing the current direction will cause the force deflecting the wire to be perpendicular to the magnetic field but in the opposite direction.
Reversing the current direction will cause the force deflecting the wire to be parallel to the velocity of the charge.
Reversing the current direction will not affect the force deflecting the wire.
6. How can the voltage in a coil of wire be increased in the process of electromagnetic induction?
(1 point)
Move the magnet inside the coil of wire more slowly.
Hold the magnet stationary.
Move the coil of wire slowly, and keep the magnet stationary.
Move the magnet inside the coil of wire more rapidly.
7. A DC generator is similar to an AC generator except that in
(1 point)
DC generators, slip rings produce direct current.
DC generators, commutators produce direct current.
AC generators, commutators produce alternating current.
AC generators, no commutators or slip rings are used.
8. A transformer has a primary coil with 500 turns and a secondary coil with 250 turns. If the output voltage is 240 volts, what is the input voltage?
(1 point)
96 volts
120 volts
480 volts
500 volts
9. How are fossil fuels used to generate electrical energy?
(1 point)
Heat from burning fuel spins magnets inside an electric motor.
Heat from burning fuel creates steam that spins a turbine.
Heat from burning fuel causes an electric motor to produce a current.
Heat from burning fuel creates steam that turns a transformer.
Completion
Complete each sentence or statement.

10. In a solenoid, there will be no magnetic field if there is no ____________________ in the wires of the coil.
(1 point)

11. The statement that a voltage can be induced in a conductor by a changing magnetic field is known as ____________________ law.
(1 point)

12. Large power plants in the United States currently use _________________________ generators.
(1 point)

Short Answer

13. Explain why Earth’s magnetic North Pole would be a south pole of a bar magnet.
(3 points)

14. How does the charge of a particle affect the direction in which the particle is deflected in a magnetic field?
(3 points)

15. What is a generator and how does it work?
(3 points)

16. List five energy sources that are used in the United States to produce electrical energy.
(3 points)

Essay

17. Explain how a step-up transformer is different from a step-down transformer.
(5 points)