Thursday, September 30, 2004

Bringing Home the Salt

Anonymous asked:
What were Roman soldiers paid and why did they join the Army?

The Oracle answered:
Roman soldiers did not receive wages as such. They were paid in lodging and food, especially salt, which was very valuable at the time. The expression "worth his salt" comes from this.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Fashion Leftover

Anonymous asked:
Why are buttons on women's shirts different than men's?

Mara answered:
It's a fashion "leftover" from when ladies had maids to dress them. The ladies' clothing was made supposedly easier for someone else to do the buttoning, while men's was made for them to button themselves while wearing.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Life Finds a Way

Anonymous asked:
Can I get pregnant while my tubes are tied? I had a tubaligation in March of 1999.

Shoes answered:
I heard an Ob-Gyn say there was a 1 in 1000 chance of pregnancy after a tubal ligation. It does happen.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Simba Says Roar

Anonymous asked:
Why is "simba says roar" in so many web pages?

Mara answered:
It's a javascript signature. The person who wrote the script has shared it with a lot of people, who leave the comment in the code as a way of attributing its authorship.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Unfrozen Texas

Anonymous asked:
How far south did the ice sheet stop in North America during the last ice age?

Homerjones2 answered:
The longest point of the ice sheet went all the way to Texas but on the Eastern shore and Western shore it did not go as far. Imagine a rounded point.

The Mystery of the "S"

Anonymous asked:
What does the S in Ulysess S. Grant stand for?

Anonymous answered:
Full name: Hiram Ulysses Grant. It is frequently said that Grant's middle name was "Simpson." It was not. His middle name was "Ulysses" and he admitted that the "S" in his name stood for nothing.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Ice Speak

Anonymous asked:
What is the primary language in Iceland?

Anonymous answered:
Icelandic is the national language and is believed to have changed very little from the original tongue spoken by the Norse settlers. English and Danish are widely spoken and understood. German and French are taught in grammar school and other upper secondary level schools, so many can speak these languages. Icelandic has two unique letter-characters of its own, ?/? and ?/?, which were used in Old English. "?" is pronounced as "th" in "thing" and "?" is pronounced as the "th" in "them".

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Pioneer in Journalism

Anonymous asked:
What is Henry Demarest Lloyd known for?

mara answered:
Lloyd has been described as America's first investigative journalist.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Tinted Windows

Anonymous asked:
How do you lock people off your computer? With Windows Millenium, even with a password they can access your desktop documents and history. Can anyone help?

Tenchi answered:
The best way to lock people off of your PC is to setup a password in the BIOS so it won't even get as far as booting Windows.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

The Mile High City

Anonymous asked:
How high is Denver, Colorado from sea level?

Bondhunter answered:
5,280 feet above sea level.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Panting for Puppies

Anonymous asked:
How long is a dog pregnant?

Genbow answered:
A dog is pregnant for nine weeks. You will know when she is in labour because she will sit and pant and pant and pant...

Tuesday, September 14, 2004


Anonymous asked:
How did Iowa get its name?

BondHunter answered:
The meaning of the word "Iowa" is in doubt. One legend runs that an Indian tribe, journeying westward, came to the Mississippi River, and as they saw the broad, green prairies on the opposite shore, they exclaimed, "Iowa," meaning the "beautiful land." Another legend says that a band of red men, hard pressed by the encroachments of the whites, debarked from their birchen canoes on the western bank of the Great River, their chief exclaiming as he did so, "Iowa," meaning "Here we rest." The first of these legends seems to be the most generally accepted, and the weight of acceptance is in its favor. Its fitness will cause it to outlast any other definition of the word that has been or may be given.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Smoking Brain Syndrome

Anonymous asked:
How does smoking effect the body and brain?

Kaye answered:
Smoking will narrow the arteries in the brain just the same as throughout the rest of the body resulting in less oxygenated blood reaching the brain. The arteries can become more prone to damage & clot formation leading to an increased risk of cerebral hemorrhage/stroke/heart attack.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Novel Retrieval System

FL33TP4W asked:
I deleted a file and emptied my recycle bin only to discover I still need the file - any way of getting it back?

meg asked:
If it's a large file and worth a lot to you, eg your one and only copy of your latest novel, there are specialist data retrieval companies in many countries that can retrieve data from hard disks. Here is one web site from a company that claims to be able to retrieve just about anything:

Thursday, September 09, 2004


Anonymous asked:
Why didn't the U.S. Athletes march in alpabetical order for the 2004 Olympics in Greece?

BondHunter answered:
The athletes entered the Olympic Stadium in alphabetical order under the Greek alphabet.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The Dark Side of Oz

Anonymous asked:
How is the Wizard of Oz related to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"?

Anonymous answered:
Just play the cd along with the movie and restart the cd when it is over. I have done this several times and works. You see, it's pretty cool. Be sure to mute the tv while PF is playing. If memory serves; "The lunatic is in the grass" plays while the scarecrow is dancing around in the field and a lot of other cool scenes like that that correlate with the music.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Crottled & Greepy

Anonymous asked:
What are crottled greebs?

Meg answered:
CROTTLED GREEPS: Archaic term coined by Dean A. Grennell, most often used in the frequently repeated interlineation: "If you don't like the taste of Crottled Greeps, why did you order them?" DAG subsequently revealed that "crottle" is a term coined by some cartoonists to indicate the little "bubbles" that appear near a cartoon character's head to indicate that s/he is intoxicated. (rb)

Monday, September 06, 2004


Anonymous asked:
What is sciatica?

Solace answered:
Sciatica is pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, the biggest nerve of all. It leaves the spinal cord & branches throughout the lower body & legs. The pressure is usually caused by a "slipped" disc, or degenerative joint disease. Pain is a burning feeling, shooting down into your buttocks & the back of the thigh. It hurts worse when you bend, cough, sneeze. See your chiropractor or doctor if you have this type of pain that lasts more than 3 or 4 days.....Good luck...Solace

Friday, September 03, 2004

Mosquito Madness

Anonymous asked:
I sprayed my yard so many times this year with spray guaranteed to last 3 months. I went through at least five bottles and I cannot even go outside for five minutes without getting bit my a mosquito. Anybody have any answers to help me out? I'm attacked on my own front porch.

Anonymous answered:
Mossies hate citronella. You can get large outdoor citronella candles to ward them off. I am sure you can get them from your hardware store.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Hurricane Name Game

Anonymous asked:
What are the hurricane naming rules?

Meg answered:
By name, in alphabetical order, alternately male / female names. Start again at the start of the next year. So you might have Alice Bob, Carol, David, etc.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

523 Moonglows

Anonymous asked:
The song "Moonglow" was inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. It was originally recorded in 1936 by what artist?

Roboutwest answered:
OK-now to start-that title is used in 523 songs or albums! I found several people around and on 1936 that have that on their album-but I found that name as far back as 1931-done by Cab Calloway-then in 1935 by Benny Goodman- in 1936 it is on an album by Stephane Grapelli and his Hot 4-1937 Artie Shaw and Art Tatum in 1934-so you see that with a popular name like that it is real difficult to tell which version were talking about-is this an instrumental big band song or is there a vocalist? If is big band then it is probably Goodman-thanks-