Fleas:

I have a cat that is a major part of our fam but now I have been attacked by fleas throughout my home. I have carpet and can feel them bite me and now can see a few of them on the cat. I want to find a home remedy to get my home back from these annoying pest. I have just sprayed the whole house with dish detergent and hope that it will work after I vacuum and repeat the process several times this weekend. I also plan to start giving him a little cider vinegar in his water tomorrow so wish me luck! How long will it take before I see some progress? Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated! 

Topic by wifey3023 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Flea Market?

Does anyone know where I could find a map for a road trip that would plot out flea markets? I would be leaving from Central Ontario Canada. Thanks everyone :0)

Question by porcupinemamma 9 years ago


flea shampoo that really works ?

Hello, my pup can not use the topical flea medicine from the vet. is there and kind of home remendies or dog shampoo i can use to reduce the fleas on my pet.

Question by VONLICKHENSTINE 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to make a Flea Circus

Ive only seen one site for makin a flea circus but was way way above my budget and skills. Any ideas out there? Even for just some of the acts? (like Highwire, Trapeeze etc)

Topic by cuckooclock 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


HELP! We have fleas

HELP! I have fleas, but we have 6 week old chickens in the kitchen. Is it safe to use sevin powder around poultry?

Question by slacouture 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Springling salt on carpet for fleas?

I have a 2yr old toddler and am wondering if it is safe for him to play after i sprinkle the salt on the carpets? I was thinking about doing it after he goes to bed but if you have to leave it for a couple days then i guess it wouldn't matter when i put it down.

Question by andrewgraceysmommie 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Flea treatment for our pets....

I recently had to move house and within two weeks of settling in my cats got attacked by fleas while outside. All the years they had not a single tick or flea so I did not pay too much attention until I spotted the first flea. Needless to say that once you spot one there are many hiding already... From past experience with my dog I did not trust the over the counter flea collars and decided to go to my vet. They recommended Frontline for the treatment, plus a flea bomb to treat the house and washing everything the cats like to sleep on. Came to just under $100AU - ouch... Mind you I have hardwood floors here, so I was quite confident the bomb would could kill all what might remain inside. The cats were kept indoors too to prevent new fleas finding them outside. Well, after two weeks of daily combing for fleas the problem did not get better - it got worse! Seemed they were having parties on my cats. Back to the vet to complain I was told it might take a bit longer to show the desired results. Hmmm, treatment every 4 weeks and after 2 weeks nothing happened?? On the way out an old couple with their two maltesers stopped me and said that they already gave up on Frontline and most other products as the fleas around here are resistant to the meds. They now only use Neem oil that is massaged into the skin and fur of their dogs. Sadly my cats would rather scratch me into meat strips then to let get near them with the oil. So I did some asking around with my friend Google and the story of the old folks seems to be confirmed for most parts of Australia anyway. Most flea collars and over the counter meds might still work to keep fleas away but not anymore to actually treat your pet once infected with more than a handful of fleas. And yes, I am aware of those sprays claiming to kill all fleas instantly but I also know cats like to clean themself and don't like the idea of them liking the spray off the fur. After some more digging I found out that Selamectin is still working and that works in several ways to control fleas and other parasites like heartworm and such. You can look it up on Wiki if you like. What I like about this med is the fact that fleas are really filthy things eating their own excremts. Since the poo is usually everywhere in the fur and hard to remove it makes the killing even easier. Plus in all spots where fles might be hiding but have noone to feed on they still eat their own ..... and die off. My vet only had Revolution available at a price of almost 25 bucks per single dose - no thank you... Instead I decided to bite the bullet and try one of the many online pharmacies for pet supplies. Here I found "Stronghold" containing the above Selamectin similar to Revolution in concetration (bit higher though)... The website stated to expect about 4 weeks for the delivery being xmas season and so on. For me that meant cleaning everything again, using a normal insect bomb again and a last round of washing the cats caves and other items of interest. To my surprise the parcal arrived ten days later, bit banged up but contents still fine. All up the time for the Frontline was over anyway and instead of paying again for a useless treatment I gave the new stuff a try. This was now two weeks ago and here is my summary: Unlike treating with Frontline my cats actually tolerated the application without going mad, the smell is much more pleasant. Did not expect anything to happen the first day and it takes a while to dry off the furr anyway so they got a day free of the dreaded flea comb. During the first week there was little to no indication of anything good happening but it was to be expected as it takes up to 10 days to build up in the blood as well. On day eight I had my first dead fleas in the comb and from here it got more every day. Mostly the adults while the smaller ones still seemd to be active. To the end of the second week I also got dead young ones in the comb indicating the promised break preventing them to grow up actually works. I will still monitor the process and keep up with monthly treatments during the summer. So you might see an update or two later on. How to properly treat your pet and enviroment once you noticed a flea problem. First: Don't panic! If you have carpet or your pets literally go everyhwere like your bed, sofa and so on you want to combine your effords to avoid a fresh infestation from hatching eggs. Ask around or check online if standard meds still have the desired effect in your local area, if not go for a product that does instead of wasting time and money! Spray treatments or insect bombs can work quite well to control what's left behind by your pet but you need to be aware of the life cycle of the pest in question. For most, including fleas, this means a single treatment might not do the trick. See it that way: You treat the animal, clean everything you can and also kill whatever crawls around. But there is still unhatched eggs and living fleas on your pet. So you need or better should repeat the house treatment 8 to 14 days later to get rid of whatever hatched. Garden beds or just your lawn can be a source of problem too, here Neem oil seems to do the trick quite well but you can use other products from your local garden center as well. What kills most harmful insects out there on your plant will do similar on fleas. To get the timing of all treatments right you might want to start on your pet and use a good, normal clean for the house and fabrics. Once you see the fleas go dead on your pet treat the rest. This way you can be sure all fles that make it onto your pet won't survive or produce more viable eggs. Now use whatever suits you to remove or kill the eggs, larvea and crawling fleas around you. If done right and the meds take care of eggs too you won't have any further problems. Regular checks should be done anyway and if you already know fleas are a problem in your area then please continue the treatment on your pet until the season is over. Things you might want to know to calm down a bit and prevent panic: Fleas on your pet are usually only biting them but not you. This does not mean they won't try if you have hundreds of them crawling in your bed. But they won't stay on you and it takes a good amount of bad luck to get bitten instead of just noticing something crawls on you. So the risk of getting some weird desease from an accidental flea bit is slim. When to be careful with a flea infestation? If you are allergic to their excrements or have an otherwise compromised immune system the dust containing flea excrements can cause reactions. So if your pets got you a lot of fleas and you notice breathing problems, red skin areas or itching you should contact your GP to discuss the problem and possible options. Short term a normal paper face mask like used for dust will help, same for anti-histamines if it is an allergic reaction. The best cause of action is to use a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter on everything that might get into contact with your pets. A standard vacuum cleaner will pick up the extremets too but just blows it out the other end making things far worse.

Topic by Downunder35m 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


how do you get rid of fleas?

I have a bad flea infestation. I need to get rid of the fleas from my carpets and dogs. Fleas and their eggs.

Question by dsmom101 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how to make homemade flea medacine? Answered

I have five dogs and it is getting really expensive for flea meds. any suggestions

Question by pianolover10124353 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how do you kill fleas in my carpet?

I have a dog and hes bring fleas into the house

Question by vela818 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Safe home remedy regarding fleas and dogs.?

What is a good home grown method relieving bowser from his fleas?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago



how to get rid of fleas on cats and dogs?

It seems everything and every animal in my house is overrun with fleas how can i get rid of them

Question by katkhan 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I get rid of fleas? Answered

So, my garage is flea-infested. Thankfully it isn't attached to the house. My roommate has flea-bombed it several times, but nothing kills them. There used to be cats living there, but they've been gone for two weeks and nothing goes in there so I don't know what they are feeding on. Thoughts?

Question by NunchakuMan 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


how do i get rid of fleas on our indoor kitten?

She has been seldom outsine for 2.5 months when we got her, but was picked from a litter of feral cats and had fleas then. She is over 12 months old. We use a Sergeants's flea collar and Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick drops but nothing seems to work and I hate using poisinous chemcals on her. They seem to congregate around her face and nose.Any advice will be appreciated,Thank you. 

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Does Frontline for dogs work?

My husband just got 2 Mini Pins about 2 months ago. A couple of weeks later they have fleas. We have given the flea bathes and have bombed our house 4 times already and nothing is working. So I was wondering about how well frontline works and how long it takes to kill the fleas in your house. I need all the help I can get. Thank you

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


i set off a flea bomb in my house how long before i can relight my furnace?

Furnace pilot light damage?

Question by 9 years ago



Any tips on shopping effectively at a flea market(see details)? Answered

I am looking to buying a bass and, or guitar amp. And any  tips on buying other things like an eletric guitar or acoustic... or instruments for my band (Drums, guitar,etc.)

Question by tjbtcb17 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can someone help me identify this flea market find?

I had seen a ring like this many years ago worn by my boss, but hers was gold. there's a stamp inside that's not very legible but i think says USA TK. 

Question by AnaF56 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


What could be causing a chemical smell (like a flea collar) in my room ?

I am a single mom of 4 and i had a portion of my lung removed last year so i really feel like i need to figure this out. We have a small dog but we have no flea collar in this apartment but that's exactly what we smell. We only smell it at my desk by my computer which is by a window in the corner next to common wall with neighbor which also shares a wall in the master bath. The common wall has painted paneling. I am a very clean person and this is really making me worry.

Question by AprilK2 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


how to stop a dog from constant scratching?

It's not fleas just constantly scratching. The time of year don't matter.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


what can i clean used leather shoes i bought form a flea market with?

I want to make sure the inside of shoes are clean?  what can i use?

Question by sauceshank24 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


what can i do with old golf clubs?

I have many out dated golf clubs, there has to be something creative i can do with them to sell at a flea market , i need bucks help

Question by cybwin 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


mayan box

Hi, nice forum you have   Im sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, but not long ago I bought this box at the flea market  It looks to me like an old mayan peice was found and made into a jewel box, could someone please tee me more, thank you. Brad

Topic by bradsimms 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I need craft ideas for how to re-cycle about 20-30 rolls of wallpaper, Many crafts would not work since glue-back. .

You need to submerse in water to activate glue on back. . Got them at a flea mall for $1.00 per roll and some are beautiful.? 

Question by bythepiece 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Projects for old 35mm point and shoot cameras?

I have a few 35mm point and shoot cameras and I see them in thrift shops, yard sales, and flea markets all the time. Are there any cool ways to make these into something else or scavenge the parts for other projects?

Question by ant_reiko 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can I get my dog to stop scratching himself?

My dog Scooby has been scratching himself a lot lately. We put flea stuff on him but it didn't really help. Usually he scratches the same spots so he gets sores. I don't know what to do about it and it must really be uncomfortable. What can I do?

Topic by Sunbanks 11 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Restoring an old charcoal iron

Hi guys! I found a beautiful charcoal iron at a flea-market and grabbed it up without giving it much thought. Now I have no idea how to bring it back to it`s former glory. The base is iron, and pretty damn corroded iron at that. The good part is that it isn't chipping. The bad part is that the whole thing is orange... The handle is made of wood and there's no way that I can see to take it off. Any ideas?

Topic by TashaDax 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Hunting rabbit?

So, I know you're not supposed to hunt rabbit during the summer, because of diseases and parasites, but what if they seem healthy? Like no fleas, bots, spots on the liver, etc. Yes I do want to eat them, and yes it is legal in this area because they are simply destroying my moms garden, and she asked if I could take care of it. However, since I don't want them to go to waste, I wanna eat em! Would they be safe to consume?

Question by LiquidLightning 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Help with Cleaning a Straigh-Razor

I found a straight-razor at the flea market the other day, so obviously I bought it. Now I'm wondering how I would go about cleaning and sharpening it? Does anyone know good metal cleaning tips for such a delicate blade? I know that you sharpen the blade before you intend to shave on a strop, or a piece of leather, but anything else? On the blade, it has: George Wostenholm & Son's Celebrated I-XL Razor Sheffield, England

Topic by bumpus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Where to find salvagable materials (working or non-working) when there are no salvage yards?

Pardon me if I'm in the wrong forum place to ask, but I don't know where else to look where I live for odds and ends for projects. Short version first--what common places or facilities should I check for cool parts for stuff? To add detail, I am new here but routinely follow this site now and especially the Steampunk category, though this applies to any made thing that has extra things to "look cool".  Ok so if I want old parts or things to represent or look like old  or other things, I would think to check at a scrapyard, salvage center, flea market and Ebay.  My problem is that in my region, there seem to be no salvage yards, only recycling centers that buy specific junk.  Ebay gets expensive and is specific enough to not have any wholesale or discount by volume situation.  I live near the state capital so our flea market is as good as I will get and it hasn't been useful yet. I have read instructables a number of times in which the author writes something like, "I was lucky to find this piece at a local junkyard" or something like that. Am I missing good options to find old or "junk" parts that have junk prices?

Topic by Mechabadger 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


And now we present the IGNobel peace prizes

Ig Nobels Salute Stranger Side Of Science:Audio for this story will be available at approx. 6:00 p.m. ETTalk of the Nation , November 28, 2008 - What do studies on potato chips, puzzle-solving slime mold and jumping fleas have in common? Each was awarded an Ig Nobel prize this year by the editors of the humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research.Annals editor Mark Abrahams serves as the emcee of this broadcast of the awards ceremony. Abrahams is author of The Man Who Tried to Clone Himself.The LINK to the IGnobel podcast from NPR

Topic by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to test an analog tv screen ?

I have a vega 542 TV that I recently purchased at a flea market . I took the outer cover off to find a mass of circuits, all labelled in Russian that I have no idea what they do. This small tv has an analog screen which I have no idea how to test. When I connect a power supply that is 3 v lower than recommend and was rewarded with a burst of static from the speaker and a high pitch hum from the circuits but a completely black screen. If you do anything that can help me get this working I'll be very pleased.

Question by csimpkins2 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How do I install a sink into a old table or desk or dresser? ?

I want to remodel and remove the old ugly man made cheap formica top the sink is in now-- I hope to find an old dresser or cabinet at a flea market and use this instead to add character . I have very limited funds.. want to use the same sink- typical almond oval- not that old. Please advise. The plumbing and the sink are located close to a wall -- i imagine I will have to move it over -- how do I do that? I have never done anything like this before.

Question by waterhorse 9 years ago


My 11 year old cat is acting strange?

My cat is always up on the couch or on the table he is never in the ground. He won't jump down, only when he is eating or going to the bathroom. I'm scared my mom says he might has fleas cause that's what he did when we had them. But my mom bought the stuff just incase   He did, but when she put the stuff on him he still is acting  weird. Please help he is my best friend I have had him since I was 4.   

Question by Rachealray419 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How do I wire a 6 circuit terminal block for lighting a stoplight?

3 light traffic light we want to at the very least light up. three light sockets...red,yellow,green..with two wires each. one being white and one corresponding with the color light... (tealish for green, orangish for yellow, red for red). there are other wires (brown,yellow,white and red) that also came inside the unit, all hapazardly attatched to a 6 circuit terminal block with "cinch" written on the back my friend and I bought this at a flea market and arent sure if components are originial or what else we would need. any help would be great. 

Question by dangermoomoo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


New Website for Boston Area Makers

Hi Everyone,I've created a new site for Boston Area Makers. It's called The Boston Parts Collective ( http://bostonpartscollective.com/ )On the site, people can talk about getting parts for projects, buying, selling, trading parts, picking components, asking questions about their/other people's projects, learn about Boston Area Makers' Meetups, and basically anything else anyone wants me to do with the site.We've been likened to a year round, every day, online version of the MIT flea. I like to think of us as a combo of that and sort of a DorkBot.We're still settling in and growing. Its free to join and free to use so come check us out!Thanks!Jon Schwartz

Topic by hs4g 10 years ago


can a fingerprint reader be bypassed so i am able to have access to my computer?

I recently purchased a used computer at a flea market.  it is a dell studio 3515.   once home, i turned the computer on and it wanted to verifiy my fingerprint. (later finding out that this device is called a "finger print reader"..........sooooooooooo now i have made a purchase for an item that i can not utilize up to the present.  i am currently aware of the passworkd  recovery and removal tool; however, i can not even get to that point. P L E A S E TELL ME....IS THERE ANY WAY THAT I AM ABLE TO UNLOCK THE FINGER PRINT READER AS WELL AS THE PASSWORD? ANY INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE WILL BE APPRECIATED!

Question by johnshericosmo 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


GUITAR HERO custom artwork graphics

Hello fellow builders! i have been an ible's member for a while now... i am coming here today to offer up a cool item that i have been getting some good response about.i am a graphic designer trying to branch out... and make a living. I have a vinyl cutting machine .. been doing some custom guitar skins for guitar hero.I will cut vinyl for anything you could imagine, but these skins seemed to be pretty popular.What do you guys think? Comments welcome.here is a temporary page that shows what i do.If you are interested, please contact me and we can work out whatever you need.I can cut you something that NO ONE else has!!!![mailto: flea@toomanymorons.com]

Topic by fleanine 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Creative MuVo V100 doesn't work on Win7, help?

I have a Creative MuVo V100 (1GB, battery operated mp3 player) It's the same mp3 player as i had long ago, well, same looking and so, not exactly same, it was 6 years ago. So i found this at a flea market, it has some crappy music o it, works when i put in a battery. BUT! The problem is, Windows 7 doesn't recognize it. is there ANYHOW i can make my windows 7 see the mp3 player? It marks it as a unknown device, and refuses to do anything. Please, just for fun, i would want this workign on windows 7. Thanks at advantage. (or do i have to revive my XP, since both laptop and desktop are win7)

Question by Orkekum 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Instructable not showing up in rss feed

I follow instructructables using the instructables rss feed in Google Reader.   Last week i published an instructable and it hasn't shown up in the feed while everything that's been published after has.  It hasn't been gettting any hits and i couldn't figure out why so i went back thru the feed and i think this may be a big part.   this one wasn't done as part of any contest and probably isn't worthy of being featured with all the cool Easter stuff coming out but it seems like it should be getting more hits than it is. this is the ibble: https://www.instructables.com/id/FLEA-MARKET-LAMP-MAKEOVER-WITH-NIGHT-LIGHT-AND-SPR/ i'm guessing that i've done something wrong when i published but don't know what or how to fix it.   It does show up on the recent page.  thanx for any suggestions.

Topic by dimtick 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Anyone Want Some Vinyl Cut?

I recently acquired a new vinyl cutter, and wanted to spread the word.... I can cut custom artwork, or if you have a vector graphic ready to go... I can cut it for you. Consider it a sweet tattoo for all your stuff. Customize projects, laptops, instruments, windows, your car or bike, pretty much anything. I am trying to start up a small business and this would be a great opportunity to hook up some good people with good product really cheap to build up a bit of previous work. I am a member of this site, not just coming here to solicit business or something. Just willing to do some cool stuff for you all for a good price. No job too small, i just want to get a variety of work under my belt. Got a weird question..?? let me know. If you are interested, send me a shout at : flea@toomanymorons.com

Topic by fleanine 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Need help with grandpa's old router

I'm not sure if this goes in tech, so I'm open to moving it if need be. I got grandpa's old router. I'm starting up my own wood shop and want to make a router table for the end of my table saw. The router he has has a housing/assembly on it, but it's fixed, not "plunge" or height adjustable. Since I am COMPLETELY new to routers, having never used one- are there aftermarket router housings that can be adapted to fit other sizes, or are they all the same size? I don't know the right questions to ask so I haven't been able to find what I'm seeking on the google, but I'm sure it's out there. Any tips or pointers would be helpful. Additionally- it's a Skil model 938, probably from the 80's. Bearings are going out. If I can't find an adjustable plunge assembly, would I be better suited to find a used router kit at a flea market for like 50 bucks, or buy one new? Thanks! Hoping to get routing this weekend!

Topic by Phoenix17 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Nervous kitties?

Cats!! urg...A few years ago our older cat started biting and licking all his fur off..When the fur was gone he kept licking and biting! That left scabs,and blood all over.,but this was not the only thing that has happened to him. He was also very antisocial,and very skittish. At the time we only had two cats,who ended up mating...but then the mother cat gave birth to her litter she started not using her litter box..just went everywhere all over the house. So we decided to get her to someone at a farm. This is when my father cat started all the over grooming. We ended up keeping one of the male kittens from that litter. He is perfectly fine this whole time. Which ruled out mites that were effecting the Father cat...We moved to a new house a few weeks ago. I was hoping BamBam wouldnt get worse. But He is healing fine and doing great..It is his baby that is having the problems. Overgrooming.. WE DO NOT HAVE FLEAS...I de shed them daily....with a fle comb...wHAT CAN I DO TO HELP THESE POOR KITTIES?

Topic by aturner20 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What books got you diy-dreaming?

I can remember reading DIY books as a child and feeling empowered to build.  Plans and dreams suddenly seemed within my reach.  Ultimate forts, robots, go-karts, chemistry experiments of rotten-egg gas... Online searching is replacing the hunt for hard bound how-to's.  However, I still love finding instructions in used books or old library stacks.  A lab partner in college found an old schematic of a vacuum-tube amplifier at a flea market.  The clarity of that diagram convinced us to make the amp for his guitar. Along those lines, I see some books have been mentioned in other forum postings  The American Boy's Handy Book The Forgotten Crafts Gizmos Haywired: Pointless (Yet Awesome) Projects for the Electronically Inclined Play With Your Food Two books I have found to be inspiring are The Art of Electronics by Horowitz & Hill and Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons.  Art of Electronics pulled me out of "the bush league".  As for Stalking, I had never before read a cook book which paid so much attention to the preparation of the ingredients, as wild dishes require.  Classics. Care to share what set you free / inspired your creativity?

Topic by CrLz 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Report: Mini Maker Faire The Netherlands

Saturday Oct. 20th was a big day in Groningen, NL. The first official Maker Faire on Europe's mainland was a reality (Mini Maker Faire to be honest, it lasted just one day...). Allarrrd, Masynmachien and me teamed up to host an Instructable based workshop for kids which we named Make: toys. Lieve, Monster-Marit, Rick and Sander joined the team to help out. masynmachien also demonstrated his Instructable-plugging RC Blimp: iblesblimpMMF050 from masynmachien on Vimeo. And help we needed: The day was a huge success with 3000 maybe more visitors and a very enthusiastic crowd. 52 Doodlebots360 were built by kids (we ran out of battery clips :-)), dozens of cartesian divers, Shampoo Dino's, Magic Fleas, Propellers on a stick and what not. In the same time, we tried to plug Instructables into the consciousness of the visitors. I was a bit shocked to find out that some people never visited the site before :-).  We used mainly scrapheap stuff to make the toys from. Some essential parts were generously sponsored by Opitech and Okaphone. Compiling: We had a great day, as well as the visitors. Making and playing with toys while meeting lots of people. Maker Faire Forever!

Topic by ynze 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


2008 IgNobel Prizes announced!

The IgNobel Prizes are awarded annually for research which "cannot, or should not, be reproduced"; achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think". The prizes are meant in good humour, and many winner pay their own way to attend the ceremonies. Past winners have been known to return to ceremonies in later years to show off their achievements to a receptive audience (this year it was a sword-swallowing doctor).The Japanese team that showed slime moulds can solve mazes sang their acceptance speech.The Winners:NUTRITION PRIZE.Massimiliano Zampini of the University of Trento, Italy and Charles Spence of Oxford University, UK, for electronically modifying the sound of a potato chip to make the person chewing the chip believe it to be crisper and fresher than it really is. They also showed that playing the sound of bacon frying can make ice-cream taste bacony.PEACE PRIZE.The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH) and the citizens of Switzerland for adopting the legal principle that plants have dignity.ARCHAEOLOGY PRIZE.Astolfo G. Mello Araujo and Jose Carlos Marcelino of Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, for measuring how the course of history, or at least the contents of an archaeological dig site, can be scrambled by the actions of a live armadillo.BIOLOGY PRIZE.Marie-Christine Cadiergues, Christel Joubert, and Michel Franc of Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Toulouse, France for discovering that the fleas that live on a dog can jump higher than the fleas that live on a cat.MEDICINE PRIZE.Dan Ariely of Duke University, USA, for demonstrating that high-priced fake medicine is more effective than low-priced fake medicine.COGNITIVE SCIENCE PRIZE.Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Hokkaido University, Japan, Hiroyasu Yamada of Nagoya, Japan, Ryo Kobayashi of Hiroshima University, Atsushi Tero of Presto JST, Akio Ishiguro of Tohoku University, and Agota Toth of the University of Szeged, Hungary, for discovering that slime molds can solve puzzles.ECONOMICS PRIZE.Geoffrey Miller, Joshua Tybur and Brent Jordan of the University of New Mexico, USA, for discovering that a professional lap dancer's ovulatory cycle affects her tip earnings.PHYSICS PRIZE.Dorian Raymer of the Ocean Observatories Initiative at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA, and Douglas Smith of the University of California, San Diego, USA, for proving mathematically that heaps of string or hair or almost anything else will inevitably tangle themselves up in knots. Their paper has one of the best genuine research titles I have seen for a long time: Spontaneous Knotting of an Agitated String.JOINT CHEMISTRY PRIZE.Sharee A. Umpierre of the University of Puerto Rico, Joseph A. Hill of The Fertility Centers of New England (USA), Deborah J. Anderson of Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School (USA), for discovering that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicideJOINT CHEMISTRY PRIZE.Chuang-Ye Hong of Taipei Medical University (Taiwan), C.C. Shieh, P. Wu, and B.N. Chiang (all of Taiwan) for discovering that Coca-Cola is not an effective spermicide.LITERATURE PRIZE.David Sims of Cass Business School. London, UK, for his lovingly written study "You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations."Journal of Improbable ResearchThe site will be hosting video of the ceremony in the next few days.

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Adding a Buzzer to the Turn Signal Circuit on Ford Pickup

I have a 1990 Ford F150. The turn indicator lights are extremely small and well below the line of sight to the instrument cluster. More often than I like to admit, I will indicate a lane change or turn not great enough to cancel the switch; and the turn signal will stay on because I forget to cancel it. I don't like to see people like me driving with a turn signal on because it's unsafe. I need to fix this. I've checked parts houses for an indicator replacement switch that makes a louder sound and found none. I'm thinking about adding a 70-80 db buzzer to the circuit such that the buzzer will sound when the turn signal is active. In shopping around for a buzzer, I've found widely varying prices and widely varying ranges of voltage that they will require. I'm looking to keep this very inexpensive in case the idea doesn't work out (besides, I'm cheap!). I found a package of 12 buzzers for $7.00 designed for circuit boards that will give me 85 db sound pressure, but they take a 5VDC feed. The truck circuit is 12VDC. I have no idea how many amps they draw but it can't be much. I have very limited knowledge about electronics but assume that a 12v supply will burn these buzzers out if I don't lower it. I'm thinking that I could find the 'hot-on-indicator-on' wire, splice into it and run a wire through something to reduce the voltage (an old automobile cell phone charger, maybe?) then to the buzzer.Is my idea feasible? Am I using a cannon to shoot a flea? I'd greatly appreciate, and be very grateful for, any and all suggestions and comments.cb

Question by Cueball21 10 months ago


Hologram Skull, How to Date Out of Your League, Farting Boss Detector...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Oct. 18, 2007 Welcome back! The big news this week is that our Laser Cutter Contest is back! We will be giving away a 40-watt VersaLaser worth over $15,000! This is one of our favorite tools and we want to give it to the best Instructable that gets entered in the next couple months. So check out this batch of cool projects and get started on your project! Steampunk Airship Goggles Often times after piloting my steam dirigible, I arrive at my destination only to find my eyebrows have collected a mass of gnats, fleas, and small birds. What to do?posted by aintMichael on Oct 16, 2007 Free iPod Touch Dock All the parts you need come with the iPod and it is very easy to construct. posted by ari6126 on Oct 14, 2007 How to date a girl who is way out of your league. Learn how to date girls even if you're not the life of the party.posted by Gamer6460 on Oct 15, 2007 The Laser Cutter Contest is Back! Improve your digital camera extremely With this simple modification you will be able to take extreme macro images with your simple amateur digital camera! posted by isr_Raviv on Oct 13, 2007 Make a cool hologram illusion! How to easily make a convincing floating head hologram. It's a great addition to your Halloween decorations! posted by NK5 on Oct 11, 2007 Look Like Your Enemy: Create signs that confuse, astound and parody! Using these methods to temporarily borrow the legitimacy of a company or organization tin order to deliver a different message.posted by slambert on Oct 16, 2007 Super Cheap and Easy Fog Chiller A fog chiller cools down fog from a fog machine so that it stays low to the ground. This one costs around $5-$10.posted by admanrocks on Oct 12, 2007 Win a free trip to Maker Faire 2008! Flatulant Boss Detector Use the power of embarassment to keep your boss from walking in on your cubicle undetectedposted by el_roboto_loco on Oct 16, 2007 Solar powered fountain/herb garden Here is a simple garden fountain utilizing a $20 solar panel/pump combo, some sewer pipe, bamboo, and a strawberry pot. posted by sleighbedguy on Oct 15, 2007 Lost Your Charger? How to Charge any Battery Survival-Style Charge any battery enough to keep doing the important stuff. posted by TimAnderson on Oct 17, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by lebowski 11 years ago