BANANAS

Please tell us, why you love bananas.

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BANANAS: they SUCK

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why do we hate bananas?

Why do we hate bananas? share why here!

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Who here, likes Bananas?

Both Adrian Monk and I (Gmjhowe), realised we both hate bananas, Did you know a banana is actually a HERB! Let us destroy our Herb overlords before it is tooo late!!

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International Contest - Deadline!

Don't forget to get your entries in for the International Contest - pro memberships available to winners. Post links to your projects in the comments to enter.

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what's a good way to use frozen bananas?

I got some frozen bananas i was gonna use for smoothies but blender broke. anything else they might be good for?

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how do i grow bananas from seed? Answered

Hi, my dad brought home a big bunch of bananas from a group of bananas growing next to the shed at work. I want to try and grow more of these bananas from seed, these bananas are supposedly wild, and apparently grew there randomly out of their own accord, from what i have read, these seem to be hardy bananas, and dont particularly resemble store bought bananas. what do i need to do in order to get these from the fruit, to germination? i live in queensland and wild bananas grow and fruit everywhere so nobody give me nonesense about bananas being magical and not growing. Also, ide like to attempt to grow some banana seeds from the local fruit and veg store, these bananas look pretty much like your typical supermarket banana, however, they actually grow from a feild and arent magically produced inside a laboratory like most people on the internet seem to claim. ide imagine the process for both is the same, though the seeds in the latter banana is quite small compared to the wild ones. anyway, how do i get either to germinate, thanks.

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Banana leaf with bloody sticky rice

A tranditional dish for northeast Thailand, usually enjoy as breakfest or supper. Blending coconut slices, sugar and white seasame with steamed sticky rice, pumpkin and young banana. God, I wonder how could Thai people eat so much sticky rice at one meal. Anyway, my stomach can't deal with it well. Even I used sucralose instead of sugar, I still feel guity for a such high calorie dish.

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binding post

I need some binding post/banana posts (preferably something that an aligator clip can easily attach to). Does anyone know a cheap place? The cheapest were about 30 cents apiece, but shipping was like 5 dollars, if this is the cheapest then I'll buy it, just that I don't want to.

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feature comment button is gone

On my latest i'ble I noticed that the "feature comment" button is gone! 

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I have fixed a bug! (kinda)

I have fixed a bug! I took kiteman's profile and edited it (to look like a ghost for halloween) and I went to post it on his orangeboard but then an "i made it "pop up popped up! and it said "did you make it or are you just adding photos" so I pressed "just adding photos" but i couldn't press anything. then today I used chrome's "inspect element and went through it and found that if you delete "modal-backdrop fade in" you can click stuff again! the gray area should go behind the pop-up instead of in front of it

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[SOLVED] How do I crimp RS Banana Plugs

I bought a set of Radio Shack Crimp-On Banana Plugs, but can't figure out how they crimp... they seem to be pretty thick brass... has anyone used these? if so, how do I crimp them?

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How can I create a large banana peel that looks real? A baby will go inside.

I would like to have an infant photo session where the new baby is in the banana peel.  I am having a hard time coming up with something that will look real enough and be flexible for a baby to go in. My first thought was fabric, but That will not look as real as I would like.  Can anyone help me?

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Cool Looking text (Messing with cool settings)

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Banana Split on a Stick, Bamboo Bicycle, Cardboard Coffee Table

  Banana Split on a Stick Bamboo Bicycle Cardboard Coffee Table String Art Necklace Oatmeal Pancake Perforated Pizza Peel Stargate Gong Build a One Sheet Boat Machine Your Own Guitar Lacy Un-Mentionables EL Levitation Wand Exploded Photo Collage Install a Bamboo Floor Easy Bike Trailer Hitch Survive Zombies with Tea

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Dentist radiation chart

Living in a rock or brick house exposes you to 700 times the radiation as eating a single yellow banana ! A BBC chart shows a banana as 0.1 radiation units and rock/brick homes as 70 radiation units and flying a trans continental aircraft is much worse in exposing you to radiation...

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Favorite K'nex Gun?

What's your favorite k'nex gun?

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Looking for advice on panel mount connectors (something like banana plugs)

Not sure if Tech is the right place to post but it seems appropriate. I have been doing some breadboarding lately and in an effort to clean up my work I plan on making a box/panel with several commonly used components (potentiometers, audio jacks, DC jacks, other sockets). I would like to have some sort of quick way of connecting these components to a breadboard. I saw a post here in instructables on how to make Banana plug to breadboard pin jumpers. The only problem I have with this solution is that all of the panel mount banana plug jacks I can find are fairly pricey and somewhat bulky for what I want. Does anyone know of something like a panel mount breadboard socket? The components I will be using will have anywhere from 2-9+ wires coming from them so I would like a way to have some sort of socket or connector mounted with the component and use wires to connect to the breadboard only when the component will be used (as to avoid lots of excess, unused wires coming from my panel). A source of cheap banana plug jacks (female, panel mount) and crimp on male plugs would help as well, if I cant find another option.

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what are the specs to making a fog ball cannon from a rubbish bin, fog machine rubber band and garbage bag? Answered

hey, a while ago in high school out teacher was showing uss tuff to do with the transferance of energy and stuff like that, what he brought into class one day was a rubbish bin, with a hole cut out bottom, and on the lid, there was a rubbish bag(the big black ones) , on top with a rubber band taped to it. basicaly the way it worked was, the band is taped to the bag,m when you pull the band back, you pull back the bag also, which pucks in air into the hole in the bottom of the bin,but at this time the hole is actually the top of the cannon, as thats where the air enters and comes out. now when the air is being sucked into the bin, our teacher also had a hose from a fog machine attached to it, which made the bin suck up air, now when he let the band go when the bin was full of air, a ball of air shot out, and the fog remained inside that air ball so we could see where the ball went, which was around 20 meters, anyway, the fog ball could nock over polystyrene cups from 20 meters. i want to know exactly how to build one of these as i cant really remember how they look like as i have forgotton, i was reminded of these once when i saw one being used on rollercaoster, in the minishow, elliot and the surfing scientist.

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What can I use to preserve food (e.g. banana peel) for use as a prop?

I am putting together a display and I need realistic-looking food props (slightly decayed). Ideally I'd like to use real food and coat it in something that will preserve it from further decay - similar to using formaldehyde on human or animal remains. Is this even possible with foods such as a banana peel? If so, what would be best? Thanks

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Project Nine - RX crossbow review

This review will be done in the little known Banana scale1 B(Banana)=1*2 B=1.5*and so onlooks: 7Bpower:9Brange:6B, ease of loading:3Bpiece efficiency:8BRB efficiency:10Boverall:7B= 4*comments: it didn't go very far for me so thats why that got a lower ratingit was HARD to load this because the rbs kept flying off the rodotherwise, Great gun!by King_Banana

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Good knex pistol to dual wield???

I want to know if there are any good knex guns to dual wield!

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Why do people have a problem with rock music? Particularly metal?

I mean, i can understand why it isnt some peoples type of music, but why does everyone critisis the people who do listen to it? I mean im just curious haha.

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Illuminated Figure Skating Costume

The animated lighting element in this figure skating costume by ShowOfLight reacts to music by using beat and pitch recognition technology and motion sensor to bring the animation in sync with the performer. While this sounds great, and looks impressive, the video demonstrates how this is one example of technology overshadowing art.  Though many of Marina Polakoff's other works integrate soft circuitry with subtlety and beauty, the line of costumes for the performing arts may be too distracting.  Consider the lovely ice skating routine in the video that must be performed in the dark.  Which were you watching - her salchow or her flashing bananas?  (seriously, there are animated bananas) Regardless of my opinion, I'm sure this is one performance the judges will never forget. via: talk2myshirt

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Are people cheating when they use sharpened rods? Answered

K'NEX guns are often weak but the publisher makes them look strong by sharpening the rods it fires. Banana inventor's pistol shot 20-30 feet but he said it could go through cardboard with a sharpened rod. And Gorkem's sniper rifle only was powerful because of a sharpened rod.

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Multi Hook Ups for DJ purposes

I do a alot of garage party djing with my old stereo system, with a plug in through the AUX ports, from my Ipod, and I was wondering, could I split this cord so i have to sets of banana plugs, so that I could plug it into my stereo system and my guitar amp? And would this affect the sound quality much? Thanks

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Patent Files: Method of exercising a cat (5,443,036)

PatentA method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.Discuss!

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Which is better, Knex Heavy Crossbow or Tank Bow? Answered

I really want to build one of them, but I don't know which is better. Can someone give me the stats, or pros/cons, or piece list or both of them?

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LEGO Sandcrawler

LEGO and Star Wars fans, get ready to have your mind blown! Flickr member Marshal Banana has created a scale replica of the iconic Sandcrawler, as seen in A New Hope. There are LED's inside and out, faux weathered exterior, an operable ramp that drops down and even a crane that can lift cargo and place it on a conveyor belt inside. And yes, it moves. The entire project took 9 months to plan and build. Here's some quick facts about the project, taken from his YouTube video page: Dimensions: 96 cm long, 100.5 cm long (lowered main ramp) Weight: ~20 kg Part count: over 10,000 Power functions: 4 xl motors, 5 m motors, 4 receivers, 4 battery packs, 22 Lego LED-lights Powered radio-controlled Functions: driving: forward reverse steering main ramp: up and down crane: up and down, in and out conveyer band: forward and reverse You can check out his Marshal Banana's Flickr page and see some amazing pictures of the inside of the Sandcrawler, as well as some of his other work.

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A problem with my gun

Ok. I've scrapped the Mamba 12-G because there wasn't anything new there. I am bringing back the AR-4 Commando, but there is a problem I loaded my mag with 4 shots, and it has very low range on 2 of the shots The first two are fine, but not as great. The next two fly 3 feet and flop. The range on the other two is lower than my Mamba and earlier versions of the commando. I am using Banana inventor's mag for the gun....

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How do I make a RGB leg fade between colors using a arduino?

I would like to make a RGB led that fades inbetween colors how do I do that? Do I just do the fade code 3 times but just put in the 3 different ports in which the different color thing are in? Also do I make 3 different fade circuits from the arduino site?

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am antenna connection problem?

My tuner has seperate places to connect am and fm antennas.  The am connection is intended for 2 wires. I just bought an am antenna and discovered that it  has a plug end, not a bare wire end. Is there some sort of adapter/connector I can use?   I don't want to strip the wire. I think I need the equivalent of a reverse banana plug - instead of wire in, plug out - I need plug in, wires out. Any help / suggestions appreciated.

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Assault rifle contest!

The assault rifle competition winner will get a 5 star rating on any 5 instructables/forum topics/groups. (in that order, can mix). the 3 runners up will recieve a 5 star rating to an instructable of their choice.There will be categories, and everyone can vote for one gun in each category. i am only accepting assault rifles - must have a working mag, be the size of a rifle and fire.A voter may only vote up to two of their guns into any of the categories, and must vote something for every category. You may only vote onceCategoriesBest looking assault rifle1.Banana inventors 10 shot auto loading rifle2.-3.-Most innovative assault rifle1.Storm 2232.-3.-Most powerful assault rifle1.Storm 2232.-3.-Most reliable assault rifle1.The Burrito Master's Scar 11.012.-3.-Highest power:pieces ratio (ie. the more power per piece = better)1.Crestind's AST rifle2.-3.-Best overall assault rifle(cannot enter in this category, the guns with the top 3 ammounts of votes in any category will earn a place here)1.Storm 2232.Banana inventors 10 shot auto loading rifle/Crestind's AST rifle/Burrito's Scar 11.013.

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Makey Makey Build Night @ Boise State's Albertsons Library

On January 27th, 2015, students, staff, and faculty came together to discover how to use bananas as piano keys, graphite drawings as game controllers, and program in Scratch to use play dough as piano keys. This was part of the Library's new Discover by Doing workshops, and our first Instructables Build Night! It was also the first official event for the newly formed Creative Technologies Association student group. We had 20 curious and excited faculty, staff, and students come through that evening, and they all left with a smile...unless they lost at tetris. There were three stations, one to play tetris with a drawn game controller, one to play the "bianano", and a "free for all" table with a variety of supplies. Each table had a student facilitator and all the supplies needed to complete the project. It was inspiring to watch participants work over the course of the night, and to see them working together to solve problems. Including one student's discovery that if he licked his fingers, he achieved better conductivity with the bananas (don't ask). The Creative Technologies Association is currently working with faculty on writing Instructables for the piano that was created using Scratch, and the discovery and design of the "earthly" connection wristband. We can't wait to share them with you, and are looking forward to future build nights! 

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Problem with my variable regualted dc power supply.

I have a used variable voltage regulated power supply that does not work ; when i turn it on, the Volt meter tops, and if I switch to ammeter, it shows 0amp, if i plug a voltmeter on the female banana plugs there's no juice... I've checked the fuse, it is not damaged. i've also checked to potentiometer with my ohm-meter looks like it's working normally. I don't know what is wrong with it... Do anyone have any idea ?

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how much lower do you set the temperature when baking in a convection oven?

I just got a new oven with convection baking.  I am not used to it and I have been setting the temperature 25 degrees F lower than my old oven.  Even at that temperature it seems to bake really fast.  For example "quick breads (i.e. banana bread) which would take 50 minutes in my old oven, now only takes about 15 minutes, it's crazy!!  And it doesn't seem to be consistent. If anyone has any tips for me I would appreciate it.  I got a Whirlpool Accubake top of the line model!! Thanks

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UK: Boycott Marks & Spencer's

Heads up -- Marks & Spencer's in the UK actually DYES their (perfectly good if past-due) food BLUE before tossing it out, intendending to deter or prevent urban recyclers and others who think waste is immoral, from scavenging their dumpsters. Reportedly they also slash the soles of shoes that get tossed so that they can't be reused. It makes NO difference to M&S, yet company policy is to ruin the goods. Imagine stomping on a bunch of bananas you couldn't sell at the end of the day, rather than giving them to a hungry person. If waste bothers you, consider thinking twice before having dealings with Mark's and Spencer's.

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i am making a password generator for cld, and i need to know how to have cmd choose from a random set of words. thanks.

Here is my code: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ title password generator xl color 0a @echo off :suggestions cls echo suggestions: echo here are suggestions for getting a good password: echo -when it asks your name, try a 4 letter name, shorten yours, or use 1 from tv. echo -when it gives your password, press enter until you get one with 3 numbers. pause goto notes :notes cls echo notes: echo --pressing enter at the end will only change the numbers, not the letters. echo --you can get a password with up to five numbers-- echo --if you dont like your password, try again-- pause goto prt1 :prt1 cls echo what is your name? set /p name= goto prt2 :prt2 cls echo are you a boy or a girl? set /p gend= if %gend% == boy goto boyy if %gend% == girl goto girll :girll cls echo favorite fruit out of these? (type letter of choice) echo a. apple echo b. banana echo c. cherry echo d. strawberry echo e. blackberry echo f. cranberry echo g. lemon echo h. lime echo i. kiwi echo j. raspberry set /p fruit= if %fruit% == a goto apple if %fruit% == b goto banana if %fruit% == c goto cherry if %fruit% == d goto strawberry if %fruit% == e goto blackberry if %fruit% == f goto cranberry if %fruit% == g goto lemon if %fruit% == h goto lime if %fruit% == i goto kiwi if %fruit% == j goto raspberry :boyy cls echo favorite fruit out of these? (type letter of choice) echo a. apple echo b. banana echo c. cherry echo d. strawberry echo e. blackberry echo f. cranberry echo g. lemon echo h. lime echo i. kiwi echo j. raspberry set /p fruit= if %fruit% == a goto apple1 if %fruit% == b goto banana1 if %fruit% == c goto cherry1 if %fruit% == d goto strawberry1 if %fruit% == e goto blackberry1 if %fruit% == f goto cranberry1 if %fruit% == g goto lemon1 if %fruit% == h goto lime1 if %fruit% == i goto kiwi1 if %fruit% == j goto raspberry1 :apple cls echo %name%paris%random% pause goto apple :banana cls echo %name%nabie%random% pause goto banana :cherry cls echo %name%rabs%random% pause goto cherry :strawberry cls echo %name%sifty%random% pause goto strawberry :blackberry cls echo %name%rafty%random% pause goto blackberry :cranberry cls echo %name%risty%random% pause goto cranberry :lemon cls echo %name%rifty%random% pause goto lemon :lime cls echo %name%lissy%random% pause goto lime :kiwi cls echo %name%sest%random% pause goto kiwi :raspberry cls echo %name%bera%random% pause goto raspberry :apple1 cls echo %name%pelt%random% pause goto apple1 :banana1 cls echo %name%nabe%random% pause goto banana1 :cherry1 cls echo %name%rabb%random% pause goto cherry1 :strawberry1 cls echo %name%sift%random% pause goto strawberry1 :blackberry1 cls echo %name%raft%random% pause goto blackberry1 :cranberry1 cls echo %name%rist%random% pause goto cranberry1 :lemon1 cls echo %name%rift%random% pause goto lemon1 :lime1 cls echo %name%rask%random% pause goto lime1 :kiwi1 cls echo %name%swerv%random% pause goto kiwi1 :raspberry1 cls echo %name%silge%random% pause goto raspberry1 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ as you can see, i need to have cmd choose from a random set of names for each fruit. because i dont want it to be the same every time and i want this to be my ultimate batch program!!

Question by Tyler14414 


Small stripped screw in Nerf maverick?

I've recently bought a Nerf maverick with the intention of modding it. There's just one problem, one of the screws is stripped. It's the screw in the front of the gun on the top. It's in a little hole and I don't really want to try to drill it out . Any suggestions? UPDATE: I have no idea how to delete questions, but I just drilled it out.

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Microbial instructable on the cheap

I'm interested in this instructable on isolating plastic degrading bacteria but the author doesn't appear to be active at the moment.I have no experience in this area. Any ideas on if/how could perform a valid experiment on the cheap? The only two prohibitively expensive items seem to be an autoclave (I'm assuming I could use a microwave or pressure cooker) and the Hass Broth: The solution used to feed the bacteria containing all their required elements except carbon, which they get from the plastic.Would it still be a viable experiment if I gave the microbes a banana peel or something and hope they're still hungry for plastic? Also can I get away with using a cheap milligram scale?I know this isn't a typical type of question but any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Can anyone help me find this video clip? Free Pro membership to the first answer! Answered

It has been a long time since I have seen this clip.  I remember it was part of an MTV movie awards in the late 90s.  I assume it was 1998, since that is when the movie came out. It was a funny version of a clip from the US Godzilla movie.  The MTV version had Christopher Lloyd as the cab driver.  I remember that it was hilarious! There was a part where Christopher Lloyd was eating a banana and threw the peel out of the window and then Godzilla tripped over it.  Then he kept ramping off of Godzilla's foot.  Other that those two parts I don't remember much. I have been looking for this clip for a long time.  Like the title says, the first person to answer this will get a free year of Pro Membership!

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Top 10 Life-Skills for A Brave New Millennium

In the ever increasingly nonsensical world in which we live, it is important to have an equally suited set of skills. This list is a compilation of important life skills for our times. It is my hope that some day it will all be required learning in the schools. 1. How to cat2. How to Handcraft an Achingly Self-Referential Virtual Commodity Fetish Object (For Fun and Profit!)3. How to make simple things impossibly thick4. How to make art.5. How to Live an Aesthetic Life by Wearing, Eating, Traveling By, and Listening to Specific Colors for a Week6. New York Pizza in California7. How to develop an original story for a fiction when you're out of inspiration...8. How to escape from America9. How to cut your own hair10. How to eat a banana like a dog(This list is open to suggestion, reordering or reinterpretation.)

Topic by randofo 


Common written English errors.

I'll add to this as errors come to my attention. Perhaps this, or someone else's similar post, could be made a sticky - an always available point of consultation distinct from individual requests for, or offers of, help. I have a 2:1 Honours degree in Librarianship and Information Studies, and I also have a City and Guilds Certificate in teaching Adult Literacy. English is my native language. ------------ THERE, THEIR, THEY'RE THERE: Position: "The school is over there."; "There is the temple we have been looking for." Information: "There is a stray dog wandering around the house."; "There is a train leaving in 15 minutes." Slang: "He's not all there." (He is a bit stupid.) THEIR: Exclusively belonging to someone or something - no other meaning. "The coats are theirs." (the coats belong to them); "This is their car." (the car belongs to them); "Fords are OK, but their brakes can be spongy." (the brakes belonging to Ford cars can be spongy). THEY'RE: Short for "They are..." "Try some, they're very tasty."; "Surely they're not ending the gig without playing "Us and Them"?" A spellchecker may not locate words that are spelled correctly but used incorrectly. "My car is over their." is wrong usage, but the word, "their" is spelled correctly. A grammar checker may or may not locate such errors. (Microsoft Word 2007 combines spellcheck and grammar check, and does find such errors, offering the correct "there" as a replacement. -------------------- ITS, IT'S: ITS: Belonging to. "The pedal on the left is its clutch pedal." (the left pedal is the clutch belonging to the car - "its" = "the car's"); "Its mechanism is a bit fiddly, and poorly designed." (the mechanism belonging to something not explicitly mentioned is fiddly and poorly designed). IT'S: Short for "it is". "It's raining."; "It's cold."; "It's quite warm for November." -------------------- YOUR, YOU'RE YOUR: Ownership. "That is your car."; "Your instructions are misleading."; "What was your day like?" YOU'RE: Short for "you are". "You're wrong about that, it's the other way around."; "You're pulling my leg, that's not even remotely possible." -------------------- THAN, THEN THAN: Comparative. "My car is better than yours."; "I feel better than I did yesterday."; "I would sooner be there than sitting here doing nothing." THEN: Sequence; "Add an egg, then whisk until fluffy."; "Go to the corner, then turn right." Also colloquially, "Then again, I might decide to fly, after all."; "What's all this about, then?" Usual error is "then" instead of "than". I've never seen it the other around. Becoming more common, and it has appeared as the only error in a good few Instructables. -------------------- SHOULD OF, COULD OF, WOULD OF, etc. All simply wrong. They do not exist in English, and are misheard shortenings of "should have" (should've (sounds like "should of")), "could have" (could've), "would have" (would've), etc. -------------------- TO, TOO, TOO TO: "It's time to go to school."; "Let's go to the cinema."; Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go." TOO Also\as well. "I'm coming, too."; "I, too, use Linux Mint." TOO Excessive. "That's far too much for me!", "You go, if you like, but I think it's too expensive to get in." -------------------- THE APOSTROPHE The apostrophe does a few unconnected things. Indicates ownership: "The dog's bowl." (The bowl belonging to the dog.); "That pink collar is the cat's." (That pink collar belongs to the cat.); "Microsoft's Windows 7 is the best Operating System." (The Operating System belonging to Microsoft.) Indicates missing letters: "They're" (They are); "Can't" (cannot); "I'bles" (Instructables). To indicate ownership of a plural that ends in "s", or pronoun (name) just add the apostrophe at the end without any additional "s": "The ship's (a single ship) colours have been changed to red and grey." "The ships' (all the ships in the fleet) colours have been changed to red and grey." (Else you would get "ships's"; which Golem might say.) "Mr Jones' car is a Skoda." Not Jones's, although, it seems, it's a matter of preference. My preference is brevity.   BUT an apostrophe NEVER EVER makes a plural, "banana's" is wrong, it's just "bananas"; "goat's" is wrong, it's just "goats". Used this way it could indicate ownership, "The banana's skin is yellow." (The skin belonging to the banana.) Detailed examination at; http://www.eng-lang.co.uk/apostrophe_rules.htm -------------------- DIFFERENT. You will often see "different" used with "than", or "from", or "to". The preference is "from", because one says "it differs from", not "it differs than", or "it differs to". Detailed discussion at; http://grammarist.com/usage/different/ -------------------- "REPLACED WITH", or "REPLACED BY". Both can be correct. See MilkyBarKid's post in a thread at; http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/replaced-with-or-replaced-by.1985166/ -------------------- MISLED, MISLEAD Both are correct, but have different uses. "He was misled by the sneaky salesman." "The sneaky salesman tried to mislead him." -------------------- LESS, FEWER Fewer is used when individual things or people are being referred to; cars, telephones, knives, people, churches. Less is used when things being referred to cannot be counted or don't have plurals; traffic, communication, cutlery, worship. Fewer cars mean less traffic. -------------------- If you have any particular points or questions, I'll be glad to research and post.

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Top 10 BBQ Instructables

With the 4th of July quickly approaching and summer heading into full swing, we've selected some of our favorite barbecue-related Instructables. These are not only about the cooking, but also about the whole barbecue experience--from meal accessories to the grill itself. Don't forget about the BBQ PDQ Contest, which is open until July 6th! Ground Beef Burgers For a fresh, from-scratch burger, check out this recipe. You can follow it all the way from grinding the beef to serving the completed burger.   Grilled Stuffed Peppers You can do a lot more with the grill than just making burgers, hot dogs, and chicken. These stuffed peppers are a great way to use your grill for a very different type of meal. Cut A Watermelon No summer barbecue is complete without watermelon— and you can cut your watermelon and remove the seeds at the same time. Jello Fruit Salad This Jello fruit salad brings a sweet, summery touch to go along with your main meal. Make a Pie Crust Trying to make a classic 4th of July apple pie? Use this pie crust and fill with whatever you like to make the perfect pie. Sweet Soy Ribs For a different spin on grilling ribs, try these sweet soy grilled short ribs or use the marinade to coat something else. Frozen Banana Smoothie What could be better than enjoying the summer days with a cold fruit smoothie? This frozen banana smoothie will satisfy anyone at your barbecue. Start BBQ Coals If you're having trouble getting the coals to light for your barbecue, check out these helpful tips to get your grill going strong. Build Your Own BBQ For a slightly larger project, you can make a barbecue area in your own backyard. This professional-looking project would fit in well in any yard. Hobobeque Or, if you want to be questioned by police (or family, friends, neighbors, etc.) you can try the revolutionary hobobeque. No explanation can do it justice, but it would certainly make for an interesting BBQ story. With these BBQ recipes, tips, and ideas, your barbecue can be more enjoyable than ever before.

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Sensor and Quick Release for Monster Trap Christmas Gift

I'm building a Christmas present for my 2 year old nephew... The goal is to build a monster trap for his room. My current plan calls for a large 2-3 ft. net, framed with a lightweight material, this would be attached to the ceiling of his bedroom by dad. In the apparatus that attached the net to the ceiling there is some form of 'quick release' mechanism that is triggered by some form of sensor hidden in a pillow, platform, cardboard box... a big stuffed banana -something that resembles monster bait. The physical parts of simple enough but I'm wondering what options I have for the sensor and quick release... I'm pretty handy with radio gear and fly quadcoptors so I'm pretty sure I can rassle up something.. Any ideas? Parts for Monster Trap: - one lg net, preferrably framed - radio controlled quick release - light sensor w/ radio transmitter - pillow or something to mount the light sensor in - screws to ceiling mount the net

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ThinkGeek wants your ideas, and they are willing to pay for them!

Our friends over at ThinkGeek are a smart bunch of bananas. They know that even though they have the coolest nerd-gear available that the best ideas are yet to come, and they are going to come from makers just like us. That's why they've recently launched the IdeaFactory, a place where you can submit your awesome product ideas and (if they like them) they might just turn it into a product to sell on their online store! The gist: "If ThinkGeek chooses to make your idea into a real product, we'll pay you an advance of $1000 and then 10% of retail sales for the life of the product up to $1 million in Net Sales. When your product reaches $1 million (yay!), the rate drops to 5%...you will also have the opportunity to purchase any quantity of the product at a reasonable price just above cost (excluding shipping). You'll be free to sell that product on your own website or when you make public appearances at conventions, trade shows, or other public events. This way you can show off your genius work and point proudly to your wallet while chuckling manically to yourself." What are you waiting for? Head on over to the IdeaFactory and check out all the details, then submit a few of your ideas!

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How would I go about building an amp with a variety of (specific) inputs and different types of outputs (connections)?

Okay, so I would like to build an amplifier or something that powers several speakers, as a stereo. I would like to be able to have several inputs such as RCA, 3.5mm or 1/4in headphone jacks, perhaps HDMI if possible, coaxial, SPDIF, and perhaps some banana plugs for audio experiments or something like that. I am not sure of what type of driver would be necessary to power a sub-woofer separately, or how to integrate that into such a system. I have noticed that for 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound systems they have specific out puts for different speakers in assorted locations, and I do not know if they have different frequencies, or only part of the sound. How would I create that? I suppose if necessary I would build it from schematics, but I would like to avoid creating several circuits on separate power inputs. Also how does the ohm rating of speakers affect the output? Any help is greatly appreciated, and I am sorry if I come across as un-knowledgeable.

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Carmen Miranda Hat

I am attempting to be Carmen Miranda for Halloween, and there is surprisingly very little on the inter-webs on how to make a Carmen Miranda hat.  I am thinking about trying to paper mache a base, something that resembles a witch hat, from which I can glue/wire fruit on it, and wrap a scarf around the base. But I am worried that this will be too flimsy and/or not stay on my head. Can anyone think of a good base that I could potentially buy from a craft store, or Halloween store? I was thinking a Dunce hat, but I think that could be too high.  Any feedback would be appreciated.  Thanks, M PS. I am anti chin-strap.  http://www.google.com/imgres?q=carmen+miranda+hat+bananas+is+my+business&um;=1&hl;=en&biw;=1280&bih;=685&tbm;=isch&tbnid;=1rub9hupw3iUnM:&imgrefurl;=http://www.frankly-my-dear.net/%3Fp%3D1755&docid;=dTe877k4Z4IWYM&imgurl;=http://www.frankly-my-dear.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/carmen-miranda.jpg&w;=260&h;=475&ei;=DJCYToeBOM-NsALXhaysBA&zoom;=1&iact;=rc&dur;=186&sig;=118241885992139910113&page;=1&tbnh;=156&tbnw;=86&start;=0&ndsp;=20&ved;=1t:429,r:0,s:0&tx;=28&ty;=90

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