Jul 1, 2008

Q-n-A Postings for July, 2008:

Q-n-A Subjects for July 2008:
Knock Our Drops; Bushmaster; Largest Dinosaur; Doctors and Drug Prescriptions; Swizzle Stick; Sex Police; Tax Rebate; Condoms; Watermelon versus Viagra; Decent Paying Blue Collar Jobs; Horse's Life Span; Brown on Brown; Adopted Loan Program for Children; Truth or Dare; Troll versus Gnome; Ghosts; Burn Notice; Planetoid; Purple Pussy; Zombies; Chasing the Dragon; Killing a Zombie.

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23 comments:

The Professor said...

Q) What are Knock Out Drops, and how do they work?
July 01, 2008: Mr. Buzz Fudgelicker.
A) Really called Cloral Hydrate. It does what it implies, knocks you out. The best way to use this is to put it into a mixed drink, because it has a bitter taste. In about 15 minutes, whoever you gave it to is out for the night.

The Professor said...

Q) Can you tell me what is a Bushmaster?
July 02, 2008: Stan Humpster.
A) Could be several things, here are some possibilities:
1/ - A rifle (comes in various calibers)
2/ - A venomous snake found in Central and Northern South America. Reaches lengths of 8 to 12 feet.
3/ - A U.S. Army Troop carrier. An armored combat troop support vehicle designated the Copperhead.
4/ - Operation Bushmaster, a combined services military medical unit deployment.
5/ - A survival knife, several types available.
6/ - There are other definitions. I hope one of these answers your question.

The Professor said...

Q) With new discoveries all the time in science, what is now the largest dinosaur known to man?
July 03, 2008: Alfred Myers.
A) It's called Sauroposeidon.
US palaeontologists believe they may have discovered the largest dinosaur ever to walk the Earth - it could have peered through a sixth-floor window with ease.
The colossal creature would have weighed 60 tonnes and stood 18 metres (60 feet) tall. This ground-shaking monster has been named Sauroposeidon, which means "earthquake god lizard".
The researchers from the University of Oklahoma think the Sauroposeidon had the longest neck in the fossil record.
It's truly astonishing. It's arguably the largest creature ever to walk the earth.
Professor Cifelli led the team that examined bones unearthed in south-eastern Oklahoma in 1994. When they were first catalogued, he said he thought they might be the trunks of prehistoric trees.
But closer examination revealed that they belonged to a larger relative of the better-known Brachiosaurus, which could stretch its head up to 13.5 metres (45 feet). The diplodocus, often regarded as the biggest creature ever, reached 15m (50ft).
Each of the neck bones of the creature is about 120 centimetres (four feet) long.
"The neck on our creature is about a third longer than that of the Brachiosaurus," said team member Mathew Wedel. "It's a lot longer and a lot more specialized."
Like a giraffe - but much bigger the Sauroposeidon was giraffe-like in shape, with a short body and long neck, but was 30 times larger than the largest giraffe ever known.

The Professor said...

Happy 4th of July.

I am taking some time off - the next posting will be July 13, 2008.

The Professor said...

Q) What is with doctors today, they are always trying to push drugs on you? My cholesterol is 235 and they think I should be taking Lipitor.
July 13, 2008: Rob Dyer.
A) Doctors live in a drug world pushed upon them by the pharmaceutical industry and the their own organization, the AMA (American Medical Association). The problem with many of these cholesterol and triglyceride drugs is they effect a man's sexual performance. So then doctors want to offset this with Viagra or a similar drug. With your number at 235 and if you do moderate exercise and you have no other health problems, I wouldn't take it. In fact I'd get another blood test in 30-days, followed by one after that in 3-months. If you're still elevated try a diet and losing weight first. Lipitor defiantly will effect your sexual performance. There are others on the market besides Lipitor. Also prolonged use of these types of drugs will reduce your sperm count.

The Professor said...

Q) What is a swizzle stick?
July 14, 2008: Mary Hodgeson.
A) It simply is a stirrer for drinks either made from wood or plastic. It can also mean a man's penis depending on how the term is used.

The Professor said...

Q) What is your opinion of the so-called sex police, i.e. Vice?
July 15, 2008: Gary Sinclair.
A) This is a waste of friggin taxpayer money. This exist to some point everywhere in every city of the world, even in Muslim countries. Women and religious nuts are behind this. Prostitution, as they say, is the oldest profession known to man. You will never get rid of it.

The Professor said...

Q) I bought a gun with my George Bush tax refund incentive, what you think?
July 16, 2008: Cassandra M.
A) Great good for you. Everyone should own a gun that is a U.S. Citizen and be permitted to carry it. Crime would be almost none existent.

The Professor said...

Q) Following up on sex and prostitution, what do you think of condoms?
July 17, 2008: Joyce Simms.
A) If you don't know your sex partner use a condom, I repeat use a condom. As for the concept of condoms in society I think they should be made free to everyone everywhere at all times starting in middle schools. It's better to give kids condoms than have teen pregnancies and STD's running amuck like they are now. Again this is mostly prevented by right wing religious nut cases.

The Professor said...

Q) I heard Watermelons could work as well as Viagra, is this true?
July 18, 2008: Limped Out.
A) Possibly for some men. A recent study shows a cool, juicy watermelon is a refreshing fruit for many. However, watermelons may have the same effect as Viagra, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.

 Watermelons have an ingredient called citrulline that could trigger the production of a compound that relaxes the body’s blood vessels, which is also what happens when a man takes Viagra.

Scientists in Texas say that citrulline reacts with the body’s enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is then changed to arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and circulatory systems.

"Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it," said Bhimu Patil, a researcher and director of Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. "Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it's a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects. "

However, some researchers say that anyone taking Viagra shouldn’t expect the same results from watermelon.

 About 60 percent of citrulline is found in the watermelon rind, rather than in the flesh. Scientists may be able to find ways to boost the concentrations in the flesh. 

Penelope Perkins-Veazie, a USDA researcher in Oklahoma says that this research is valid, but has its stipulations. “One would need to eat about six cups of watermelon to get enough citrulline to boost the body's arginine level.” 

This would normally not be an issue, but watermelon is a diuretic and can often make you run to the bathroom more often. She also said that the amount of sugar in watermelon could cause cramping, so there are now more studies being done on how to reduce the amount of sugar in watermelon.

 Eat some watermelon to have a romantic fun-filled night, yet constantly be running to the bathroom from the effects of it. I’m not sure that would put the spark back into the love life.

The Professor said...

Q) Can a person in America today earn a decent living doing a Blue Collar Job?
July 19, 2008: Stanley Hayne.
A) Yes here are three.
1- According to the latest Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), "elevator installers and repairers" are the highest-paid blue-collar workers in the country. They earn a median hourly wage of $32.69, or about $68,000 annually. The job involves commercial and private projects varying in scale. The work could call for a dumbwaiter installation or passenger elevator and escalator fix. Nevada is the highest-paying state for this occupation, though the information on that varies. The International Union of Elevator Constructors, composed of 26,000 members, reported the highest-paying elevators installer and repairer jobs were in San Francisco, Calif., which Bill Stanley, director of organizing for the IUEC, said makes sense given the high cost of living. Elevator installers and repairers earn at least $10,000 more a year than the job in the second slot on this list.
2 - Private contractors won't be included in the second-highest-paying blue-collar job title, "electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation and relay" workers, who earn a median $28.35 an hour, or $58,970 a year. There are 23,320 of these electricians included in the BLS survey and the top-paying state is Vermont.
3 - Locomotive engineers are third, earning a median hourly wage of $27.65, or $57,520 a year. There are 41,760 of these workers included in the BLS data, and the top-paying state is Nevada.

The Professor said...

Q) How long does the average horse live?
July 20, 2008: Derrick Fargo.
A) Depending on the breed of horse it varies, but the average horse with good care will live to be around 30-years-old. Ponies live slightly longer.

The Professor said...

Q) What does the term Brown on Brown mean?
July 21, 2008: Hugo Fenster.
A) It has two basic meanings:
1/ - Hispanics, particularly Mexicans making love.
2/ - Cocaine mixed with gun powder.

The Professor said...

Q) Recently on CNN I saw a short video clip about an organization that sends children from Taiwan and Columbia to America on an adopted loan program. What do you think of this?
July 22, 2008: Corinne Alexander.
A) I believe you are referring to a non profit organization called kidsave.org. They call this the summer kids miracle program. They place a child in your home for over the summer for a period of 6-weeks with the supposedly opinion you will want to adopt this child.
My personal take on this, which you can read the FAQs on the their website is...
I wouldn't do it.
I oppose all non profit organizations, this one is no exception.
Here are my reasons for this particular one:
1- They want up front money from you, no guarantees, no refunds.
2- They want additional money down the road.
3- You must attend some kind of useless pychobabble counseling session. If you all ready have children you don't need there idiots telling you how to raise a child.
4- They want you to undergo a psy profile and a criminal investigation and credit report, this means giving them your personal information – that's bullshit, never do that for anyone.
5- The child goes to some king of day camp most of the day, but you fit the bills. Sounds like a cover up for a religious group that they don't seem to be forthcoming about enough information.
6- You must also host (put up at your home and feed a so-called counselor from the host country).
7- They say these children may have physical or metal issues, that usually means they do. Medical insurance is provided but on a limited basis, what does that mean?
8- They provide no assistance in adopting the child if you desire to proceed.
9- There are too many hidden factors, too much risk, and too much – blah, blah, blah for me.
Note: If you really are interested in adopting a child, hire a lawyer who specializes in these matters and cut out all the middlemen and bullshit waste of time and money.

The Professor said...

Q) What is the game Truth or Dare?
July 23, 2008: Brenda Yowell.
A) is a party game requiring a minimum of two players. The game is very popular with adolescents, but is also played by some adults. College students, usually girls, often use this as a drinking game.
The Rules ...
Basics Game - One player starts the game by asking another player, "Truth or dare?" If the queried player answers, "truth," then the questioning player asks a question, usually embarrassing, of the queried player; otherwise, if the queried player answers, "dare," then the questioning player asks the queried to do something, also usually embarrassing. After answering the question or doing the dare, the queried player asks "truth or dare?" of another player and the game proceeds as before. When played with five players it becomes quite interesting. If more than two players the game rotates around from player to player left to right.
Variation 1 - It is only after the question is asked that the queried is allowed to either answer the question, or accept an unknown dare. It can also be played with an empty bottle by spinning it then asking "truth or dare?" to whom the bottle points.
Variation 2 - Popular among college girls with five players, like a sleep over. Once the player answers the other players vote if she is telling the truth. If they don't believe her, then she gets a dare that she must do.
Variation 3 - Same as 2 but done with alcohol. If the the others don't believe the player telling the 'Truth' she must take a shot of liquor, usually Tequila or Rum.
Variation 4 - In Australia, a popular variant is "Truth, Dare or Torture," with torture being simply for more embarrassing dares. The loser usually gets spanked with a paddle by the other players.

The Professor said...

Q) What's the difference between a Troll and Gnome?
July 24, 2008: Daren Shane.
A) Both Trolls and Gnomes are mythical creatures and in both there are different types. But here is the basics for each.
A Troll is a fearsome member of a mythical race from Norse mythology. Originally more or less the Nordic equivalents of giants, although often smaller in size, the different depictions have come to range from the fiendish giants – similar to the ogres of England (also called Trolls at times, see Troller's Gill) – to a devious, more human-like folk of the wilderness, living underground in hills, caves or mounds. In the Faroe islands, Orkney and Shetland tales, trolls are called trows, adopted from the Norse language when these islands were settled by Vikings.
Nordic literature, art and music from the romantic era and onwards has adapted trolls in various manners – often in the form of an aboriginal race, endowed with oversized ears and noses.
A Gnome is a mythical creature characterized by its extremely small size and subterranean lifestyle.[1] The word gnome is derived from the New Latin gnomus. It is often claimed to descend from the Greek gnosis, "knowledge", but more likely comes from genomos "earth-dweller", in which case the omission of e is, as the OED calls it, a blunder. Another possibility is that it comes from the Arabic نوم (Noum),[citation needed] which means sleep. It is also possible that Paracelsus simply made the word up. Paracelsus includes gnomes in his list of elementals, as earth elementals. He describes them as two spans high, and very taciturn. Sometimes they are seen as a type of fairy, though at other times are seen as a distinct species in their own right.
There is some belief that Gnomes are in fact real, such as the Gnome sightings in Argentina, though these are disputed as hoaxes by skeptics.

The Professor said...

Q) What is a Ghost?
July 25, 2008: Laramie Wade.
A) There are two possible answers, they are:
1/ - A ghost is said to be the apparition of a deceased person, frequently similar in appearance to that person, and usually encountered in places she or he frequented, or in association with the person's former belongings. The word "ghost" may also refer to the spirit or soul of a deceased person, or to any spirit or demon.
2/ - A ghost is also a term used by the government for an operative, generally a hired assassin (killer). These are people no one wants anyone to know exist and have no direct ties to any government agency or payroll. Many are contract employees often hired externally. If they are caught or captured the government never acknowledges there existence.

The Professor said...

Q) Is there really such a thing as a 'Burn Notice?'
July 26, 2008: La Mi Poo.
A) Yes.
A burn notice is an official statement issued by one intelligence agency to other agencies. It states that an individual or a group is unreliable for one or more reasons or purposes.
It is believed to have originated by the Brits and later adapted by the CIA and others including the KGB.

The Professor said...

Q) What is a Planetoid?
July 27, 2008: Sexy Guy.
A) A term used for a minor planet since the 19th century to describe objects in orbit around the Sun or a star that are not major planets or comets. Historically, the terms asteroid, minor planet, and planetoid have been synonymous, but the issue has been complicated by the discovery of numerous small objects beyond the orbit of Jupiter, which may or may not be classified as asteroids. Before 2006, the International Astronomical Union had officially used the term minor planet, but during its 2006 meeting, it reclassified minor planets and comets into dwarf planets and small solar system bodies. Minor planets may now be classified as dwarf planets if their self-gravity is sufficient to achieve hydrostatic equilibrium, that is, an approximately round shape. All objects orbiting the Sun other than the major planets and dwarf planets are to be officially called small solar system bodies. The IAU states: "the term 'minor planet' may still be used, but generally the term 'small solar system body' will be preferred."
In our solar system Mimas is the smallest body that seems to be in hydrostatic equilibrium, while Pallas may be the largest notably out of round. The IAU has so far declared only four bodies to be dwarf planets: Ceres, Pluto, Makemake and Eris.
Thus instead of nine planets in our solar system, there are now only eight.

The Professor said...

Q) Quitting time at the office the other day, this lawyer says, “I am going out and get me a Purple Pussy.” What the hell does that mean?
July 28, 2008: Uniformed.
A) A Purple Pussy is a Martini.
Here are the ingredients:
3 parts Southern Comfort
1 part blue Curacao
3 parts Cranberry Juice

The Professor said...

Q) What are Zombies, and do they really exist?
July 29, 2008: Purple Panda.
A) Zombies are dead people walking. A zombie is a reanimated human corpse. Stories of zombies originated in the Afro-Caribbean spiritual belief system of Vodou (VooDoo), which told of the dead being raised as workers by a powerful sorcerer. They have been made popular through Hollywood Sci-Fi movies.
No they do not exist.

The Professor said...

Q) What does the phrase 'Chasing the Dragon mean?'
July 30, 2008: Granny.
A) It means to use Heroin.

The Professor said...

Q) Following up on the Zombie question, if they did exist, how do you kill one?
July 31, 2008: Sunny Jimbo.
A) According to Zombie Hunters, yes they exist, here are the methods to kill a Zombie:
DECAPITATION - To kill zombies, you need to destroy their brains. The most surefire route is simply lopping off the cranium with a chainsaw, machete, or samurai sword. Mind the follow-through, however anything less than 100 percent severance just isn't good enough.
BLUDGEONING - Any blunt object from a baseball bat to a brick wielded with suitable force at the cranium will destroy the brain. But be quick on your feet and keep your eye on the target, slugger when you're this close to a zombie, miss even once and you might as well just hand your brains to the zombie on a silver platter.
BURNING – Use a Molotov cocktail use make sure the zombies are far enough away so they'll be reduced to ashes before they can shamble after you. A flame thrower is highly recommended!
EXPLODING - A solid technique, make your way to a military storehouse or a morally dubious pawn shop and acquire a rocket launcher. Then load, shoot, and repeat as necessary.