• Should I create a sock puppet without my wife's knowledge?

    My wife is trying to start a play-by-post role-playing game and is having trouble finding enough players. I've been kicking around the idea of creating a second user ID and running two characters without her knowledge - but I can't really ask her if she would like me to do this without tipping my hand.
    My wife is trying to start a play-by-post role-playing game and is having trouble finding enough players. I've been kicking around the idea of creating a second user ID and running two characters without her knowledge - but I can't really ask her if she would like me to do this without tipping my hand.
    1 answer · Marriage & Divorce · 5 years ago
  • Why was the use of poison considered particularly dishonorable or underhanded?

    Why would assassination by poison be any more dishonorable than stabbing a guy in the back?
    Why would assassination by poison be any more dishonorable than stabbing a guy in the back?
    1 answer · Law & Ethics · 8 years ago
  • Why was 40 selected as the number of top songs?

    Why not 50 or 20? What was the reason behind 40 as the magic 'Top #' number?
    Why not 50 or 20? What was the reason behind 40 as the magic 'Top #' number?
    2 answers · Other - Music · 8 years ago
  • What is the probability of getting two OR MORE 6's on a roll of four dice?

    Just regular six-sided dice (4d6 for you gaming types). I've estimated it's a bit over 10%, but I'd like an exact number.
    Just regular six-sided dice (4d6 for you gaming types). I've estimated it's a bit over 10%, but I'd like an exact number.
    2 answers · Mathematics · 9 years ago
  • What niche could this weapon fill?

    Imagine, if you will, a pistol that fires shotgun shells. Obviously it would have a limited ammo capacity, possibly an over-under break top derringer-type configuration, or at maximum a large revolver cylinder. What advantages/disadvantages would this weapon have vis-a-vis conventional handguns, conventional shotguns, and what combat... show more
    Imagine, if you will, a pistol that fires shotgun shells. Obviously it would have a limited ammo capacity, possibly an over-under break top derringer-type configuration, or at maximum a large revolver cylinder. What advantages/disadvantages would this weapon have vis-a-vis conventional handguns, conventional shotguns, and what combat situations/sports would this concept be appropriate for?
    4 answers · Law Enforcement & Police · 9 years ago
  • What is the average skin color of the human race?

    If God shook all the people into a cosmic blender, what color would it turn out? Well...red. Okay, bad metaphor. But if you mapped the average skin color of each human in RGB and added those numbers together and divided by the total number of humans measured, what color would result? Serious answers only, please. Racist/inflammatory answers... show more
    If God shook all the people into a cosmic blender, what color would it turn out? Well...red. Okay, bad metaphor. But if you mapped the average skin color of each human in RGB and added those numbers together and divided by the total number of humans measured, what color would result? Serious answers only, please. Racist/inflammatory answers will not be tolerated. Super bonus win if you can actually provide the #RGB, even if only an approximation.
    5 answers · Biology · 9 years ago
  • How have diasporized groups maintained their ethnic identity and cohesion?

    Groups like the Jews and Roma had no land to call their own for hundreds of years and were scattered over multiple continents, frequently persecuted, often nomadic or semi-nomadic, or at least forcibly evacuated from time to time, yet they display a high degree of ethnic and linguistic cohesion and resisted both extermination and assimilation. How... show more
    Groups like the Jews and Roma had no land to call their own for hundreds of years and were scattered over multiple continents, frequently persecuted, often nomadic or semi-nomadic, or at least forcibly evacuated from time to time, yet they display a high degree of ethnic and linguistic cohesion and resisted both extermination and assimilation. How is this possible?
    4 answers · Other - Cultures & Groups · 9 years ago
  • What is the grammatical function of 'that' in the question, 'What did he say that was so funny?'?

    -What part of speech is it? -Does it introduce or is it part of a relative clause? -What is its antecedent?
    -What part of speech is it? -Does it introduce or is it part of a relative clause? -What is its antecedent?
    2 answers · Words & Wordplay · 9 years ago
  • Does 'foltor' sound weird in Spanish?

    "Foltor" is my usual nick/screenname. It's the name of a character from Irish myth. I just want to make sure it doesn't translate to or sound like anything weird or vulgar in castellano before I start signing on with it on a bunch of websites when I move to Latin America.
    "Foltor" is my usual nick/screenname. It's the name of a character from Irish myth. I just want to make sure it doesn't translate to or sound like anything weird or vulgar in castellano before I start signing on with it on a bunch of websites when I move to Latin America.
    3 answers · Languages · 1 decade ago
  • Can you name this book?

    I read this late in elementary school and can't find it. This kid believes he can develop human photosynthesis. His teacher is not too thrilled that he plans to do this as his science fair project and instead assigns him to research lipstick. He goes ahead with his original project, which involves consuming a formula of magnesium-rich... show more
    I read this late in elementary school and can't find it. This kid believes he can develop human photosynthesis. His teacher is not too thrilled that he plans to do this as his science fair project and instead assigns him to research lipstick. He goes ahead with his original project, which involves consuming a formula of magnesium-rich foods, including loathed liver, to turn his hemoglobin into chlorophyll (the book goes into quite a bit of detail on this). His teacher, his parents, and the government are quite displeased when he succeeds, but his grandfather is sympathetic. At the end he is the subject of a cover-up and reverts to a normal human, but he manages to turn his teacher into a tree and gets her carted off to Area 51.
    5 answers · Books & Authors · 1 decade ago
  • Can you name this video?

    I saw it in elementary school, so it had to have been made before 1990, and from the look of it, I'm guessing it was made after 1985. There is no dialogue in the entire video. There are three kingdoms, one where eveything is yellow, one where everything is blue, and one where everything is red. They are separated by oceans of air and had... show more
    I saw it in elementary school, so it had to have been made before 1990, and from the look of it, I'm guessing it was made after 1985. There is no dialogue in the entire video. There are three kingdoms, one where eveything is yellow, one where everything is blue, and one where everything is red. They are separated by oceans of air and had never had contact before. A guy in the yellow kingdom invents a flying machine. He buzzes the blue kingdom and crashes in the red kingdom where he meets a girl (they fall in love). The yellows decide to invade red and force the guy to build flying machines for them. Meanwhile, the blue king saw the yellow guy fly by and gets an idea for a flying machine of his own. Both blue and yellow invade red, and all sorts of colors emerge in the ensuing paint war. Finally they decide that all colors are equally good (obvious political allegory). What is the title and where can I find it? It's been bugging me for nearly 20 years!
    2 answers · Movies · 1 decade ago
  • Why is there a watermellon there?

    Complete the quote (even better if you can name the source and characters) and be hailed as High Alpha Geek, plus the ten points.
    Complete the quote (even better if you can name the source and characters) and be hailed as High Alpha Geek, plus the ten points.
    1 answer · Movies · 1 decade ago
  • Where can I learn about/buy international a cappella music?

    (barbershop + glee club + beat box)/3 I'm a huge fan of groups like Rockappella, Take 6, Vocal Point, InsideOut, Bobby McFerrin, and Voice Male. Where can I get more information on the international scene? Especially interested in Italian and Japanese. Who are the best groups, where can I buy their CDs?
    (barbershop + glee club + beat box)/3 I'm a huge fan of groups like Rockappella, Take 6, Vocal Point, InsideOut, Bobby McFerrin, and Voice Male. Where can I get more information on the international scene? Especially interested in Italian and Japanese. Who are the best groups, where can I buy their CDs?
    2 answers · Music · 1 decade ago
  • Why are kids punished for being smart?

    We praise and celebrate the good-looking, the charismatic, the athletic, even the musically-gifted. Smart kids are ostracised, labeled as 'geeks' or 'nerds,' and sent to special classes as if they were cripples. Smart becomes acceptable around high school, but by then the social and emotional damage is done.
    We praise and celebrate the good-looking, the charismatic, the athletic, even the musically-gifted. Smart kids are ostracised, labeled as 'geeks' or 'nerds,' and sent to special classes as if they were cripples. Smart becomes acceptable around high school, but by then the social and emotional damage is done.
    9 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 1 decade ago