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meadowrun
10th May 2014, 12:54
On curing a headache (and jet lag and wrinkles) Don't reach for the aspirin: have a dozen cherries instead, especially if your headache is in British cherry season (between June and July). Cherries contain anthocyanins, which are also potent antioxidants to fight cancer. Sour cherries such as Morello contain significant amounts of melatonin, a hormone produced in the brain that slows the ageing process and fights insomnia and jet lag. It's also being studied as a potential treatment for cancer, depression and other diseases and disorders.

James Steen

Cacophonix
10th May 2014, 12:59
Cherries are also a very good prophylactic if you suffer from gout!

Caco

OFSO
10th May 2014, 14:14
Cherries are also an excellent contraceptive.

acbus1
10th May 2014, 14:15
I've heard that cherries are good for reducing the occurence and/or severity of gout.

I should add that I have neither.

LGW Vulture
10th May 2014, 14:16
What's the correct spelling: titbits or tidbits?

acbus1
10th May 2014, 14:17
Cherries are also an excellent contraceptive.
As per condoms, not if you pop one. ;)

mikedreamer787
10th May 2014, 14:37
What's the correct spelling: titbits or tidbits?

This thread contains bits of tid and no sign of
tit (yet) Mr Vulture so I'd suggest the latter.

meadowrun
10th May 2014, 15:41
titbit (ˈtɪtˌbɪt) or tidbitn
1. (Cookery) a tasty small piece of food; dainty
2. a pleasing scrap of anything, such as scandal

[C17: perhaps from dialect tid tender, of obscure origin

Sallyann1234
10th May 2014, 16:04
Cherries are also an excellent contraceptive

Do you take the stone out first?

mikedreamer787
10th May 2014, 16:28
From a proppa bleedin' grammar site.....

In American and Canadian English, tidbit is the preferred spelling
of the noun (http://grammarist.com/grammar/nouns/) referring to (1) a choice morsel or (2) a pleasing bit
of something. Titbit is preferred everywhere else. Neither spelling
is right or wrong. Titbit is much older, but tidbit is etymologically
justifiable (the first syllable comes from the archaic colloquialism
tid, meaning tender). And tidbit is not so new itself; it was well
established in American English by the early 1800s.

Now we're all clear. :)

meadowrun
10th May 2014, 17:45
Thank goodness we're clear now. Another hint....


Beer Glasses - to prevent a flat head on your beer, wash glasses in hot water with baking soda or salt. Rinse thoroughly in hot water to which you've added a couple of drops of vinegar. Do not wipe glasses, leave to drip dry instead. When dry, store your beer glasses in the fridge

probes
10th May 2014, 18:05
didbib or bidbid would be good, too, a bid like

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I got to know recently that you squeeze more juice from a lemon if you cut it lengthwise. That works.

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airship
10th May 2014, 18:24
Surely the most basic requirements should include:

1) A single (or set of) chart/s.
2) A basic set of instruments so as to correctly position oneself on above chart/s at any time.
3) And ideally, at least one pilot book/guide for the waters being navigated.

Otherwise, like meself, you suddenly find yourself in middle-age plying strange waters, not knowing where you are except that it's not where you wish to really be. Or knowing if you can find a way back to a last-known position (even if possible or worthwhile). Merely respecting "the rules of the road" as best one can, and hoping... :(

PS. All fresh fruit, whether cherries or lemons are useful on long voyages. So are prophylactics when the vessel is in port... :ok:

OFSO
10th May 2014, 18:31
So are prophylactics when the vessel is in port

Depends which port you are in !

You could always cut a potato in half and rub it on.

probes
10th May 2014, 18:38
as for potatos or potatoes (raw) - works better than antibiotic ointments on abscesses or if a splinter has gone 'bad' (or how's that in English? pus in there, you know), grated and kept on it; or slices on sore eyes.
The potato is almost black when you remove it, that's normal.

Little cloud
10th May 2014, 19:00
Some handy stuff here:


50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World «TwistedSifter (http://twistedsifter.com/2013/01/50-life-hacks-to-simplify-your-world/)

Capot
10th May 2014, 21:58
I discovered far too late in life that if you join the ends of a length of rope, cable, whatever, before coiling it, it cannot be tangled when you uncoil it.

This simple piece of knowledge improved my life a lot. Mooring warps, climbing ropes, cables for garden machinery, all of them, never tangled again. Bliss.

G-CPTN
10th May 2014, 22:28
if a splinter has gone 'bad' (or how's that in English? pus in there, you know)

septic (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/septic) - (not sceptic (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/sceptic)) . . .

ExSp33db1rd
11th May 2014, 03:10
If you find something that you like, e.g. an item clothing maybe, go back and buy lots of them, 'cos when it wears out you won't be able to repeat it. Take no notice of "Fashion Nazis" who insist that you wear the latest "look". Who cares.

For hiccups (hicoughs ? ) fill a beer glass to the brim, ( doesn't matter of you fill it with beer or water ) then bend over and sip it from the far side.

Works - something to do with air and the diaphragm.

When you go to the Supermarket with Mrs. XX, put her in a cashier line, then stand in the adjacent one, and if you reach the cashier first call her over - infuriates other customers, and sadly can't be done with trolleys once she has reached the end of the counter, creates mayem, but can be achieved if you are a long way out in the line. OK with handbaskets.

( reason ? - one ALWAYS joins the slowest queue, anywhere ! )

Stand away from the luggage carousel in the airport baggage collection hall until you see your own bag, then step smartly forward and retrieve it. This in an attempt to educate the rest of the World to do the same - sadly a lost cause, which will result in your pushing people over, then scything their legs off as you attempt to swing your bag off, Boadecia style. ( Why does everybody stand toes to the belt ? )

probes
11th May 2014, 06:54
if you reach the cashier first call her over
then something happens or the cashier has to go away etc. and you'll still wait longer than you would have had to in the line where she previously was. :sad:

acbus1
11th May 2014, 08:46
The First and Second Laws of Queueing:

(1) - The rate of change of the queue you choose will always be less than all alternative queues, regardless of prior mental input.

(2) - This is rubbish: Queueing theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queueing_theory)

mikedreamer787
11th May 2014, 09:36
If you're a real ugly fart walking down the street,
try joining up with a small bunch of buxom young
chicks sexily strutting in the same direction...and
unobtrusively take the lead about a metre ahead
of them. You'll actually appear less ugly to other
passerbys.

Its called the Robert Palmer effect.

black_shuck
11th May 2014, 09:42
I thought this was about the good old days.


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onetrack
11th May 2014, 09:47
10 Everyday Products You've Been Using Wrong ....

10 Everyday Products You've Been Using Wrong - YouTube

Mac the Knife
11th May 2014, 10:21
Don't overload the washing machine.

:cool:

Juud
11th May 2014, 11:11
Capot, if that actually works, you shall be remembered gratefully every time I uncoil a rope from now on. :ok:

Exsp33dbird, our main airport solved it this way.
Social pressure makes it work almost fool proof.

http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x372/Juud81/1313415769322_14_zpsf78d6d4b.jpg (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/Juud81/media/1313415769322_14_zpsf78d6d4b.jpg.html)

500N
11th May 2014, 11:15
Capot / Judd

I was interested in that (tying the ends together) and was wondering how it worked :rolleyes:

I have always had no problem coiling things round the arm and tying them off although have purchased some cheap plastic things made specifically for rope and especially leads.

Limeygal
11th May 2014, 11:24
Fridges work better when they have a lot in them.

Tarq57
11th May 2014, 11:42
Activated charcoal tablets work well to reduce the severity and longevity of the effects of food poisoning, whether organic or chemical.

Same principle as charcoal in an air filter; it helps mop up the toxins.

Dushan
11th May 2014, 12:20
Exsp33dbird, our main airport solved it this way.
Social pressure makes it work almost fool proof.

http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x372/Juud81/1313415769322_14_zpsf78d6d4b.jpg (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/Juud81/media/1313415769322_14_zpsf78d6d4b.jpg.html)

It would never work here. It would have to be written in 63 languages...

OFSO
11th May 2014, 15:07
a small bunch of buxom young
chicks sexily strutting in the same direction...and
unobtrusively take the lead about a metre ahead
of them.

One thing you didn't mention is that you have to walk sdrawkcab so you can eyeball the BYC's following you.

ramble on
11th May 2014, 21:10
Instructions unclear - walked along farting in front of a group of buxom ladies.

Results inconclusive.......

ExSp33db1rd
11th May 2014, 23:08
Judd

........our main airport solved it this way.

I've occasionally seen a line, but not the instruction. Patent it !!

I once thought that when retired, I'd offer my services to the local airport - armed with a Taser ! Should have done.

GrumpyOldFart
11th May 2014, 23:50
Don't sweat the petty things.





And don't pet the sweaty things.

mikedreamer787
12th May 2014, 05:00
For those of us not/no longer under female supervision -

dCwAq8ldhuE


Interesting pomagranate method he's got. :ok:

probes
12th May 2014, 05:33
:ok: yep, the pomagranate and bacon are really encouraging! :cool: I use bread crust (cut out the inside and fry separately) instead of the onion ring, btw.


This is rubbish: Queueing theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
yeah, acbus, that's theory, but practice, as everybody knows... :E


P.S just asking, mike - do you mean no-one will see the old fart then?

mikedreamer787
12th May 2014, 05:43
One thing you didn't mention is that you have to walk sdrawkcab so you can eyeball the BYC's following you.

OFSO the shrinks call it perception by association.
A same deal applies if you're a bit of fat slob but
hang out with morbidly obese buggers.

mikedreamer787
12th May 2014, 09:07
P.S just asking, mike - do you mean no-one will see the old fart then?

No hon it means the old fart appears visually better
to others than he actually is whilst he's surrounded
by beauty.

Again...perception by association.

onetrack
12th May 2014, 09:52
I had to remind an old mate the other day - after he took a nasty big gouge into his hand, when he was cutting up a roast - about the neat little ditty that you have to always remember, when you're using sharp knives ....

"Cut towards your chum - not towards your thumb!!" :ok:

airship
12th May 2014, 11:53
How merely coincidental that Capot has contributed to a thread with the mention of prophylactics in it...?! :confused: Whatever, he wrote: I discovered far too late in life that if you join the ends of a length of rope, cable, whatever, before coiling it, it cannot be tangled when you uncoil it.

Which converts that single length of rope / cable etc. into a loop. Which just about sums up "Life" as I've experienced it (or at least the worst aspects of our civilisation/s) as I've grown into middle-age.

Nostradamus - Al Stewart - YouTube

probes
12th May 2014, 19:33
No hon it means the old fart appears visually better to others than he actually is whilst he's surrounded by beauty.
ok, but then why did I read somewhere that when a girl is going to a party it's advisable to have (she-)friends uglier than she is - to look better for men? :E

ExSp33db1rd
13th May 2014, 10:21
............ advisable to have (she-)friends uglier than she is

Recall a dance where one of my mates asked a particularly unnattractive girl for a dance, during which she said " you guys have been having a Grimmy contest, haven't you ?" He reluctantly admitted that yes, that had been suggested. "Well, she retorted, so have us girls - I won ! "

MagnusP
13th May 2014, 10:54
Men should ALWAYS be given the last word.

And it should generally be "Yes, dear".

G-AZUK
13th May 2014, 11:42
if you've ever been unfortunate enough to try and regrip a cricket bat you'll know its one of the fiddliest jobs known to man.

that is till I found this, and did a lovely job of one at the weekend. brilliantly simple.

http://youtu.be/gpnG8p2I_JU

cattletruck
13th May 2014, 12:37
If you have to get something installed at the same height but at some distance apart with no base reference you can use a see-through hose filled with water as a level indicator.

I'm in the process of moving the 3m wide iron gate and needed to weld a bottom bracket at equal height on each gate post. I didn't have a piece of lumber long enough to rest a spirit level on it, I find stretching a wire across to align a spirit level to not be accurate enough, and I don't own a laser level. So I taped the hose ends facing upwards to each post and filled with water until I got the height I wanted then marked it off on both posts. Easy.

MagnusP
13th May 2014, 13:16
cattletruck, ISTR that water-levelling is thought to have been used in the construction of the pyramids, although transparent plastic hoses may have been in short supply at the time.

sitigeltfel
13th May 2014, 15:15
The easiest way to find a lost item is to buy a replacement.

probes
13th May 2014, 18:14
:) :)
and then you'll find the original one.
Well - I do, at least. :p

ExSp33db1rd
13th May 2014, 21:12
.......and then you'll find the original one.

That's why you buy the replacement !

Dushan
14th May 2014, 02:30
cattletruck, ISTR that water-levelling is thought to have been used in the construction of the pyramids, although transparent plastic hoses may have been in short supply at the time.

Actually they had the laser levels. Ask Eric Von Daniken.

mikedreamer787
14th May 2014, 05:08
If you get stuck in a crossword puzzle,
leave it a few hours. When you do get
back a lot of the solutions jump out at
you.

When faced with the choice of multiple
counters you will always pick the queue
that's the slowest no matter what you
do to research and guesstimate each
one's speed. I've found any Tuesday in
the mid-morning has little queueing at
counters, esp at banks. Why? Dunno.

Go somewhere before the holiday rush
starts and come back before it finishes.

If sitting next to some boring talkative
dope in a plane, bus etc who insists on
telling you their entire life's story (or by
asking yours) tell them you are a clinical
psychologist.

500N
14th May 2014, 05:10
"Go somewhere before the holiday rush starts and come back before it finishes."

I used to do that. It works great, home watching the news
of the traffic build up as everyone heads home !

ExSp33db1rd
14th May 2014, 09:55
"Go somewhere before the holiday rush starts and come back before it finishes."Or live in the holiday venue (as I do ) and don't go away. Solves that one.

meadowrun
15th May 2014, 05:58
Printer ink

Printer ink has now overtaken good champagne in price.
To double the life of an ink cartridge, choose smaller, thinner typefaces such as Garamond or Courier, and set your print quality setting to draft.
Ecofont, which can be downloaded from the internet, uses much less ink because each character contains tiny holes, invisible to the naked eye.
Black is the colour that usually runs out first. So print out your non-business documents in, say, magenta or cyan.

Tarq57
15th May 2014, 08:18
Thanks for that tip, meadowrun.

meadowrun
15th May 2014, 12:49
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