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  1. Isn't that illegal in like 5 Southern States?
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    Evicting a cardinal

    Yeah, a .20 cal Sheridan pellet gun will take care of that for you. The cylindrical pellets work nicely, and seem to fly plenty straight (the barrel is rifled). Then again, might want to check with local laws & shooting song birds. . .
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    Best paint-safe water-based degreaser?

    You are correct -- but in either case, it is both a crappy lubricant and penetrant.
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    Awesome Book

    I'll definitely have to check that out. If you haven't read it already, Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy is good SciFi. If you like interesting people, Genius by James Gleick is about Richard Feynman, one of the greatest US physicists. Worked on the Manhattan Project, was consulted on the Challenger incident and played the bongos. Interesting dude.
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    Favorite Larson Cartoons

    Never eat anything bigger than your head.
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    Favorite Larson Cartoons

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    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    You're new around here, aren't you?
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    Liquid dish soaps that get sudsy in seawater part 2018

    Not all "grease" as a lubricant is "oil thickened with soap." Take petrolatum, as an example. Chemically similar to Cosmoline, it is used as a lubricant, preservative, etc. I know the Wiki article has a problem with that, but it is used as such.Grease, as we experience it as a by-product of cooking, is not oil thickened with soap. Some grease as a lubricant is. Grease as we experience it in cooking is one of the precursors of soap, which is a fatty acid salt. Glycerine is the by-product. EDIT: I also forgot silicone greases, which fall outside both our arguments. Neither oil + soap or pure hydrocarbon.
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    Liquid dish soaps that get sudsy in seawater part 2018

    Grease = oil + soap? Might want to review your chemistry on that one. If your bar soap is made mostly of natural soaps (grease + caustic (+/- glycerin)), it will produce soap scum in hard water, and *that* might cause problems in your bilge. [1] Detergents made with synthetic surfactants (like Dawn, Joy) don't product soap scum. So, liquid "body washes" that contain things like "anionic and non-ionic surfactants" should fit the bill of not causing too much blech in the bilge. Also, soon the consumer will be able to read exactly what is in their products right on the label, thanks [2] to the state of CA, and to a lesser extent, NY. [1] Both Dr. Bronner's bar & liquid soap are actual soap. They both form soap scum. They are both entertaining to read. MIght wash away your sins if your heart, mind & toothbrush are in the right place. [2] Or no thanks, depending upon your position.
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    Say Hi to Bob if In Antigua

    No shit, digging up a year old thread, too. Maybe it's Gigi. . .
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    They're Is An APP For That.... !!!!!!!

    That doesn't mean much without knowing the other statistics associated with it (mean, standard deviation, etc.).
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    Socks Stink

    Maybe not, but the LSD gets us closer to the idea.
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    Socks Stink

    Disinfect them with fire.
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    Happy International Yoga Day

    Downward dog to you, too.
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    Dear ICOM....

    They'll gladly sell you the adaptor.
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    Todays Useless Fact

    The Red Cross classes certainly don't (been cert.'d several times in my life). I did attend a non-Red Cross CPR class that was taught by a pair of firefighters, and they laid it out pretty plainly. In most cases, it won't work, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try.
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    Favorite Larson Cartoons

    I can remembering interviewing in different places when I was fresh out of college. I kept my eye open for this one. If I saw several cubicles with this (b&w version in those days) taped to the wall, I reconsidered working there. . .
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    “Knot” a cool pun: worst boat names ever

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    LED anchor light in existing light fitting...

    They get plenty warm, especially with white ones. I replace the incandescent on my anchor light with an LED, it's quite visible from a distance, and have had no problems. Make sure you get one with enough lumen output.
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    Healthful Lime Smoothy!

    Ah, y'see, being born a Cheesehead, I am genetically and culturally predisposed to making mine with Brandy. Same with Manhattans. The others are good, but just don't taste like home. . . I do like the idea of the Demerara sugar cubes, though, and may have to try that. . .
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    water bomber run... too cool

    Thanks for the correction. Still an amazing job of piloting & timing.
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    Healthful Lime Smoothy!

    Here's my favorite smoothy recipe: into a glass put 1 sugar cube hit that with 4 shots of Angostura Bitters dissolve in just enough water to get it all in solution (1-2 tsp) add ice cubes Pour in two jiggers of brandy (Korbel, Xtian bros, etc.) Stir, drink. Oh, wait -- maybe that's a simple brandy old-fashioned. Let me check my notes. . .
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    “Knot” a cool pun: worst boat names ever

    Any boat with the graphic of a wizard with a magic wand on it.
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    water bomber run... too cool

    Hard to believe those old Catalinas are still flying. Quite a shot.