Flying Pig Website

If anybody likes automata, but can't be bothered to work in wood and metal, try Flying Pig models.They (mainly he) make and sell cardboard kits that move in interesting ways.Obviously, most of them are for sale, but he has some free models for downloading, which change very occasionally.Probably the most interesting parts of Flying Pig for this site, though, are his Workshop Notes blog, where Rob updates readers on the process he goes through developing his models (he's part way through a dinosaur at the moment, and has released a kids range).He also has a section of mechanisms, with animations of all the paper mechanisms he uses, plus several that don't go into paper models (like a stirling engine).Generally, it's a great resource for anybody interested in engineering, paper or otherwise.

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how do you teach your guinea pig tricks?

I have a lazy guinea pig called Patches that loves eating but its hard teaching him tricks. By the way I'll try and upload a picture of my guinea pig, he's called Patches for a reason :)

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How to make a cat-proof c&c Guinea Pig cage?

I Own 1 Guinea Pig

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Need help making a roasted pig (Not really, just a model)

We got a school festival coming up traditions, and I was charged with the duty of makying a roasted pig over an open fire. Not really, just a model. I really couldn't find a name for it, so I'll ask here. It's a pig. With a stick through it. Over fire. Then you eet it. So far, I was thinking either just make a basic shape and fill it with newspapers, or use a few bottles. Any ideas? (Sorry if the pic is inapropiate)

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i just got a guinea pig and all she does is sit in her little hut turned away? is she lonely mad? whats wrong with her Answered

Shes not very old. i got her a day ago. and she seems to like me but now im not sure cause she doesnt like me to take her out it doesnt seem, and when i put her back in the cage she runs over to the little hut and goes in it but i read that guinea pigs dont sleep that much, and she lays under there not moving very often well breathing but she just stays under there and if i turn it around to see her face i looks like shes sleeping but i dont know cause they dont sleep that often. also when i put her on the floor to run around she wont move.?

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will my guinea pig be lonely?

I had 2 guinea pigs called max and paddy but paddy diesd yesterday and we all very upset about him,but the 2 of them were so close im afraid max will strt getting lonely without him i dont want to replace paddy and i dont want to get another one but i also dont want max to be upset he gets loads of attention from us ,will that be enough for him or will he get lonely

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Visit to an Ithaca Pig Farm

I'm visiting my friend Jofish in Ithaca, NY, where he's finishing up his PhD at Cornell.He's also eating some fantastic food from local farms, and took me out to see The Piggery. These cute, talkative little piglets grow up into some extremely large, happy pigs who clearly have a lovely time running about the farm. Some are kept for breeding stock, others slaughtered for use in some fabulous charcuterie.We had Piggery sausages and pate for dinner last night - they were excellent. I highly recommend getting to know your local farmers, and the animals they raise. Knowing where your food comes from is a great way to know the animals have been treated humanely and fed good things, while helping to keep local family farms in business and eating some really good food.

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What Are Some Good, Homemade Guinea Pig Toys?

I have a pet store cage, but after my birthday I am going to make a c&c cage!

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Unbearably cute use for K'NEX...

Clever use of an infinitely recyclable material - the parts can go back to being a ball machine the minute the piglet and up as sausages. See also: LINK, LINK.

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Who knows how to talk pig latin? Answered

I was wondering if anybody knows how to talk pig latin?

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Pig farmer proves that great ideas can come from anywhere

Here's a story with a great moral to it. If you're observant, then you can come up with a brilliant solution to a problem. And it doesn't matter if you went to a fancy design school for it or just need to solve a problem. Canadian pig farmer Mary Haugh had a problem; multiple heart attacks put her husband out of commission, and she alone had to somehow control and herd their 3,000 hogs through the barn. Traditional methods of getting pigs to move are to use a stick, an electric prod or a "chase board," a length of wood the farmer wields horizontally to angle the pigs in a particular direction.Haugh then came up with a roller that dispenses a swath of red cloth--a sort of farm version of the retractable "lane guides" that movie theaters use. Working with her brother Peter Jones, a mechanical engineer, she developed a 30-pound stainless steel prototype that retracted fabric like a windowshade and could unspool 50 feet of material. The pair also designed it so one end could attach to existing stabling, enabling one-person operation.The resulting product rolls up neatly, can easily be carried and deployed by one person, and meets Canadian standards for biosecurity as it can be washed with the pressure washers most farmers already own to clean other equipment. More importantly, it works far better than anything that came before it--testing trials reveal it saves 70% of the time needed to herd hogs, which translates to hours per week. link

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Can I use Vinegar to preserve a pig's heart in a Jar ?

I have a project and need to keep a pig's heart in a jar for a couple of months, I don't want use Formaldehyde. Would vinegar work ? 

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How do I spice up my guinea pig's habitat?

I have a 6 month old guinea pig named Patunea. I try to spice it up on the cheap but it's suckish.

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guinea pig left alone while on holiday? Answered

Hi i am getting a new guinea pig shortly, i have a lot of experience with them over the Easter weekend, for four days, i will be camping up in the mountains and will have to leave it behind as it will be roughly 7-8 weeks old, will it be OK left alone? she will have a spot to hide in her cage and will have the company of a old guinea pig my main two problems are we have a young dog who stalks the guinea pig while its in its cage, and it may terrify them if i'm not around two, the older guinea pig may attack the smaller one, like nip its ears, etc my question, after all that is buy the guinea pig now (holiday in two weeks) or after the holiday leaving it with some else or getting someone to drop in is not an option 

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Mr. Bacon modification

Some people may know about a toy called Mr. Bacon. It is a toy race pig. One of the best things you can do with it is modify it. Post your modified Mr. Bacon pig pix here. You can buy it from www.wackyplanet.com/mrbacon.html

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Is there a formula for calculating the evaporation of water on dry land? Answered

     I have pigs and during the summer they get hot. I've tried misters and timer controlled sprinklers but neither suited my needs, the pigs either got ahold of the mister line and ripped it down or i just forgot to head out and turn it on and off, and the sprinkler on a timer was never right, on hot days it underwatered leaving the pen dry and dusty which is unpleasent for the pigs and on cold days it overwatered leaving the pen a muddy mess which was also unpleasant for the pigs (contrary to popular belief pigs actually don't like mud its just something cool for them to roll in and natural sunscreen. Pigs would much rather have clear water raining down on them). I decided I'm going to make a simple Arduino controlled pig sprinkler. I'm going to equip it with a temperature and humidity sensor and I want it to plug the data it gets into a formula which calculates how long it will take for the water to evaporate, it will then take that data and use it to calculate the time in between sprinkler runs. But the obvious dilemma here is I cant seem to find a formula which will work. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks a bunch.            Harry88

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what should i preserve a pig's heart in that isn't formaldehyde? Answered

I heard methanol and ethanol, but other than ever clear, i don't know where to obtain such chemicals. The Wikipedia for embalming fluid isn't all that helpful. i would like to keep this heart in a jar for as long as possible.

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how do i trim my pot-belly pigs' hooves by myself ? /?

My kid, Shelia Porkita, hates to even have her hooves touched and they are so long they are curling up. i can't pay a vet to do it and i will probably have no assistance from anyone. Please help!

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How Do I Make Good Cage Accesories For A Guinea Pig?

I'm getting a new guinea pig and I want to make him feel at home so I want some ideas for the cage so if anyone has a good suggestion please message me or give me a comment. Please send pictures if possible. I want good and creative ideas. Oh, and if anyone has names please help out with that too!!! Thank you!

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any body want to sell a pet mammel? Answered

Like a gerbil gunea pig no hamsters

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Steampunk Taxidermy - time-travelling rodents.

Chuffy and his Time Machine, Chuffy (mouse) sits in the little carriage on top of the Time Machine (guinea pig). He is having some mechanical problems getting it started, so the hatch on the side of the Guinea pig is open to reveal vintage clockwork cogs that make the Time Machine work, when it hasn't broken down anyway! Apparently, the donor animals are all natural deaths, including gifts from the maker's cat.

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motion activated alarm, sort of

My wife just bought a tin pig that is about two feet tall and she wants me to see if i can make it squeal when someone walks up to our front door.  i figure it sounds like an easy project but i am not sure.  i have enough experience wiring, soldering, and general tech stuff.  i have read up and can guess that i will need a pair sensor and some sort of  micro controller, but i am unclear what or what to do with it.  the goal is to have a piece that i can put inside the pig and have it detect a visitor and then trigger a sample of a pig sound.  i know its silly, but i do what the wife asks!! ideas of maybe a link to something specific would be helpful!

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I need some help with paper mache angry birds for a party game

For my daughter's b-day I want to make an Angry Bird game out of small pinatas. I've never actually played the game myself (prob the only person in the world who hasn't) because I don't hove time. But I thought it would be fun if I could make small birds and pigs out of paper maché, about 7 inches in diameter. Then I want to make a catapult, and hang the birds from strings from the ceiling, and have the kids shoot the pigs at them. How's that sound? First of all, is that how the game is played--pigs hit birds? Or is it vice versa? And I need the pig pinatas to be durable enough to shoot without collapsping in the catapult, and hard enough to break the birds. I want to put candy in all of them, and have quite a few on hand so all the kids can get a shot. I made a cool catepillar pinata a couple years ago for her but the kids couldn't break it because I made it too thick -__- So, I need some help with my "recipe"... Thanks

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Antibiotic resistance and factory farming

Want to know where the latest MRSA strains are coming from?Not the hospitals- it's factory farms. I know the basics of antibiotic use in factory farming, but seeing the statistics is still appalling. It makes me particularly happy to have scored 55lbs of venison from my uncle this weekend.The bit on testing reminds me of the bit about Mad Cow- US farmers who want to test 100% of their livestock aren't allowed to basically because 1) it would make the untested animals look bad, and 2) they might find something. One BSE-infected cow (or at least proof of such) could shut down US beef exports entirely. Anyway, back to MRSA:The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that at least 70 percent of the antibiotics used in America are fed to animals living on factory farms.Raising vast numbers of pigs or chickens or cattle in close and filthy confinement simply would not be possible without the routine feeding of antibiotics to keep the animals from dying of infectious diseases. That the antibiotics speed up the animals' growth also commends their use to industrial agriculture, but the crucial fact is that without these pharmaceuticals, meat production practiced on the scale and with the intensity we practice it could not be sustained for months, let alone decades.Public-health experts have been warning us for years that this situation is a public-health disaster waiting to happen. Sooner or later, the profligate use of these antibiotics -- in many cases the very same ones we depend on when we're sick -- would lead to the evolution of bacteria that could shake them off like a spring shower. It appears that "sooner or later" may be now. Recent studies in Europe and Canada found that confinement pig operations have become reservoirs of MRSA. A European study found that 60 percent of pig farms that routinely used antibiotics had MRSA-positive pigs (compared with 5 percent of farms that did not feed pigs antibiotics). This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study showing that a strain of "œMRSA from an animal reservoir has recently entered the human population and is now responsible for [more than] 20 percent of all MRSA in the Netherlands." Is this strictly a European problem? Evidently not. According to a study in Veterinary Microbiology, MRSA was found on 45 percent of the 20 pig farms sampled in Ontario, and in 20 percent of the pig farmers. (People can harbor the bacteria without being infected by it.) Thanks to Nafta, pigs move freely between Canada and the United States. So MRSA may be present on American pig farms; we just haven't looked yet.I love Michael Pollan's work. If you haven't read The Omnivore's Dilemma you should. Many of his books started as pieces for the NYTimes magazine: here's a list of books and articles, with links. He's much more of a storyteller than a straight-up reporter, and despite the often dire subject matter his stories are simply fun to read. He's also a journalism prof at UCBerkeley right around the corner from Instructables.

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I need some help with a color organ again (sorry).

So, here's the color organ (video form) I'm using (or going to use). I was wondering, since the input is from a 3.5 mm audio jack, could I take a direct line from a speaker instead of the jack. I want to use the speaker from this pig and have it as the direct input. Would that work? Would I have to bypass the amplifier in the color organ? All I want is to make the color organ work with the pig, but have the music playing from my iPod on the doc in the pig. (Or maybe the iPod dock might have the same output as a standard 3.5mm jack and I could split it). I am also thinking of buying two kits, one for each speaker, so that I can have the left and right LEDs flash independently. Please help!

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Wild Boar Hunt

This past weekend, Christy and I went a on wild boar hunt near Red Bluff, CA. We used a local guide called Catch 'Em Outfitters, and had one of the best weekend-vacations in a long time. In the end, we came home with over 100 lbs of wild pig meat. Christy had a blast gutting and field dressing all the animals -- surprising the guides -- and we've spent the past few days processing the meat ourselves making hams, chops, and sausage. There will definitely be a few new wild boar recipes, but probably no how to hunt or how to field dress a pig Instructables, unfortunately. Since most of our friends have read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and paid special attention to his description of a boar hunt, they have already started begging for meat. So far, I've made wild boar maple sausage, which, despite my feeling that it was a little too one-note with just maple syrup, still received a review of "I was not ready for how good that was going taste."There are more pictures of the hunt on my flickr collection of the weekend, but be aware that they show the full process of converting an animal to meat on the table. What follows below is my Yelp review of the hunting guide, and the experience in general:Catch 'Em Outfitters is a hunting guide service, and because of the extraordinary work of its owner, Jasen Mead, I brought home over 100 pounds of wild pig meat.I chose Catch 'Em because of Jasen's excitement to take a novice hunter out, and his willingness to let me use his rifles. I've hunted birds before, but for my first wild boar hunt, it was important for me to go with someone who was interested in teaching. Additionally, he encouraged my wife to come along as a non-hunter, and she ended up gutting the animals. He offered my choice of spot and stalk hunting -- where one tries to locate hogs with binoculars and local knowledge of where they might be feeding and bedding down -- or fair chase -- using well-trained dogs to find, flush out, and potentially hold down pigs. During my hunt, I had opportunities to fire at large boars using both methods.Catch 'Em offered as many as two morning hunts and one evening hunt for me to get a pig. As a novice, it took me all three times, but Jasen and his assistant, Ron Stone (who is also a fishing guide) never lost enthusiasm, and I'm pretty sure they stayed out longer and worked harder because they were so determined for me to have a successful first hunt. However, they were very clear in their understanding of the law, and had a firm set of ethics around hunting and conservation in general, so I felt comfortable that we were always doing the right thing from a variety of different perspectives. Bear hunting is Jasen's primary guiding business, and apparently his favorite type of hunt, but you'd never know it by the way he threw himself into my pig hunt. It's clear he just loves hunting, and teaching new people.Obviously, much of the preparation for a hunt like this falls on you: taking the hunters safety class, learning to handle firearms safely and accurately, getting all your documents in order (I bought two pig tags, and was glad I did because I used them both), and being prepared to run full-speed through ankle-deep mud in head-high tule marshes. Finding a good hunting guide is definitely chief among those set of preparations, and Catch 'Em totally delivered for me.

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BBQ Burner?

I'm thinking of building my own Pig Roaster / BBQ, the problem is I want it to be 60" long and I have not found a propane BBQ burner that is long enough. Can you make it out of Black Gas Pipe? If so what diameter should the burner holes be? Regards, Dennis

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Minecraft Pigs, Sea Creatures, Blueberry Hair Barrettes and More at Knox Makers @ InstaMorph Build Night

Members and guests of Knox Makers had a great time experimenting with InstaMorph during our Build Nights. First, we tried using InstaMorph with heat guns and magnetic metal shop trays because that is all that we had at the time. We figured out a few important things pretty quick: Metal gets hot. Metal heat guns stick to magnetic shop trays. InstaMorph sticks to EVERYTHING. This led us to important realizations: We need olive oil. We need to avoid magnetic shop trays for this purpose. Through experimentation, we figured out that putting colored thermoplastic pellets on top of InstaMorph projects and then gently heating can cause cool effects where the pellets melt into the InstaMorph in wild and beautiful patterns. We had fun creating sea creatures together, everyone felt comfortable diving into their own projects, and we even used the InstaMorph to craft our own set of tongs for crafting InstaMorph, because meta. We broke down and got hold of a digital induction warmer and pan made for it. This made things go more smooth. Or rather, more safe. We found out that the InstaMorph does OK at the recommended temperature at our sea level (approximately 265 meters elevation above the sea level), but it cools and hardens VERY quickly and is difficult to work with. Most of our participants actually seemed to enjoy the more dangerous heat fun method more than the digital induction warmer method. We did not try other methods and we suspect that noninduction water heating would have worked a little better. We had multiple Build Nights with the InstaMorph to give plenty of people in the community time to toy around with it and come back with their own ideas. We also had members and guests experiment during our Open Hack Nights and at other times. In all, we had a blast. We ended up with 8 different tutorials out of it all, and you can check them out here in this collection: https://www.instructables.com/id/Knox-Makers-InstaMorph-Projects/ We may add more over time, depending on interest. Thanks for reading!

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Elvis has left his domicile

My wife and I had one of the cavies featured in my Cavy / Guinea Pig ible, i.e. Elvis, in for surgery. Although he made it through surgery (a cancerous kidney removal), the other kidney failed, and he perished during the night. Here he is, one more time, when he was much younger, being held by my wife....

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methane setup?

I once saw a TV show about China. There farmers were using methane to run everything for the house. A pig lived attached to the house and the waste went into some sort of digester. The pen was cleaned each day and waste was pushed down a sealed chute. Any ideas on making such a setup? I really would like to get plans and instructions for a digester and piping .

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How to construct a giant garbage-can-based feed dispenser?

Hi all, So we just got some pigs, and they eat A LOT. For our chickens and ducks, we have a feeder that is a large version of a standard cat food dispenser -- a big gravity-fed bucket that keeps a bowl/trough at the bottom full of feed. We're thinking of trying to construct a giant version of the same thing, using a big garbage can (like a Rubbermaid Brute -- they'll hold about 100lbs at a time) as the storage tank and rigging up some sort of cutout/door/bowl scenario for food dispensing at the bottom. Ideally we want to be able to move the can (when it is closer to empty) every couple of weeks as we rotate the pigs around the property, and they are pretty rambunctious so we need to make sure it won't all fall apart with their roughhousing. Has anyone done anything similar to this? Have any thoughts? Pitfalls I should look out for? Thanks for any ideas! Eileen

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website hijacked

While checking out a 'ble about Hawian Pig Roast, I was hijacked by "My Web Face" . I could't back up only close.  I don't know if its you or me thats under attack, but if its you I thought you should know. I really like your site and would hate to see you lose market share due to pirates.  Burnerjack 01 JJH0159@Gmail.com

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Bones from stores?

I bought some flavored bones for my dog at a store and found that they are pig bones.  She had blood in her stool (lots). I gave her peroxide and she threw up about 30 shards.  they were sharp enough to remove a sliver from your finger.  Never give you dog pork bones, EVER.  I don't know everywhere they are sold but I got mine at TSC  My dog is fine by the way.

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Hi I would like to make an automatic feeder for my pigs using an electric motor to control the amount of feed.

I was going to use pvc pipe and a electric window winder motor to open and close a flap at the bottom of the pipe. Can anyone help on how to automatically trigger the motor to open and close the flap once or twice a day for about 10 seconds. (open 10 seconds, allows grain out and then closes to stop any more grain coming out again. Any assistance would be appreciated. I dont know much about electronics. Dan

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One small sad note over the holidays (updated)

And I CERTAINLY don't want to bring anyone down, but we did have a small loss over the holidays.  On December 26th, at about 2:30 am (just after midnight of the 25th) our one guinea pig, Shamrock, started to have troubles breathing.  He "breathed his last" as we kept him company, so he did not die alone.  And his companion, Maura was by his side also, looking quite concerned over what was happening.  Respiratory ailments would be the worst for me; I would hate to have emphysema for years, etc.  Thankfully, he seemed to go fairly quickly (in a few hours) and did not suffer long. He WAS a fairly well aged Cavy, being about 2-3 years old when my wife and I rescued him from the local shelter.   He had a deformed foot that never seemed to bother him at all.  He got around famously despite this. We miss him already. UPDATE: It appears as though his respiratory problems were due to congestive heart failure.       

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Not your grandma's crochet

I just discovered the artwork of Patricia Waller. She seems to mostly make stuffed crocheted items, but despite the bright cheerfulness of the first glimpse, the content is weird, spooky, gruesome, or otherwise unexpected. These are no lace doilies!Some of my favorites are the hermit fairy, man-eating tiger complete with bleeding arm, and the slightly annoyed-looking roasted pig. There are lots more. I can't decide whether I'm more impressed with the bizarre subject matter or the remarkable detail.

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What "strange" things have you eaten?

The things that your culture find quite normal to eat might seem very strange and disgusting to others. What kind of food have you eaten that you think others will be revolted by? I've eaten Snake, Dog, Snails, Shark, Eel, Reindeer, Donkey, Crickets, Ants I'd like to try Guinea Pig and Whale I could consider Rat and Cat I don't think that I'd like to try Larvae and Live Octopus

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home made MOT pork chop!

I have a crazy idea to make a transformer for a tesla coil useing two MOTs that are exactly the same, Then cutting them so you only have the 2 "E" core sections, Pull off the primary off one, flip the secondry so its out of phase, put the two cores together and clamp them so they cant move. put some extra shunts in to help limit current, hook up the primary to a variac and turn up the power slowly and test the arc. PORK CHOP! pole pig?

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How do you motivate people to pick up trash so that roadways are safer and wild life and planet do not suffer?

I see so much trash along the highways here in Texas. It is dangerous because it draws boars (wild pigs)who get hit by cars and trucks, Lately there has been so much I fell like telling people Trash Texas instead of please do not litter or Don't Mess With Texas. How can a person motivate others to beautify the Road ways again?

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How to get your Instructable on the front page

I've seen the same Instructables on the front page way too many times. So in this topic we discuss what properties an Instructable should have in order to get on the front page. It probably should have: - Good spelling/Grammar - Accurate instructions - Plenty of photos - Good photo quality - A subject people will want to look at (I.E. dont expect "How to skin a pig" to be on the front page) - You must provide the graphic (Instructables will not make it for you; Make sure it has the right dimensions, choose a good photo, the right font, etc.) Can we get a site authority in here? :P

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How can I preserve animal organs for an open exhibit?

Hi all, I'm participating in an art exhibition and my project contains two animal organs, a pigs heart and kidney which will be lying on and in a bag of soil, and I'm looking for ways to preserve these parts to be displayed openly at room temperature. I've looked into DIY plastination and preserving them in alcohol etc but I was wondering if anyone had recommendations? Hopefully inexpensive as a bonus. If it seems impossible I've considered  having multiple organs, freezing them and rotating them after they begin to defrost but this seems a tad over elaborate. If anyone has any suggestions if really appreciate it! Thank you kindly, James

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LIfe, it ends so we can learn to live. . .

It is with a VERY sad heart that I am passing along that our most beloved, and outgoing and adventurous cavy (guinea pig), Snuggles, had what appears to be a stroke, last night.   She passed this morning on the way to the vet, in my wife, Ellen's arms. She was unlike ANY piggie we've ever taken care of,  BLUE eyes (rather then the normal ruby red) and a personality that could win over the grouchiest person. Friendly, outgoing, and curiuos, she will always be remembered.  She was a bit over 5 years old and so was very old, but was very active for one so old also. We are very glad she did not suffer long howevver.

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Weekly World News Dies; Bat Boy Captured by the FBI -- Obituraries from Time and The Washington Post

The Weekly World News, home to stories about Bat Boy, Elvis's faked death, and Laundry-eating Space Aliens, closed its doors in late August. While at MIT, my house had a subscription to the WWN that we read right next to the Boston Globe and the New York Times during Sunday morning coffee hours. The WWN was the only paper to be consistently read cover to cover.Check out these obituaries for the WWN. They are positively brillianthttp://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1657629,00.htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/06/AR2007080601293.htmlI'm pig-biting sad to see it go.

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Can anyone come up with a methane digester and a way to run a house on the gas? Answered

I saw a program on TV about the use of methane gas in rural Chinese homes. They had a digester under the floor of the pig pen which was attached to the house ? The pen was cleaned each day and the waste was washed down a drain which was the waste holder for the digester. The whole house was heated by methane gas and all the lighting and cooking as well. It sure looked like a good idea for someone off-grid . The way fuel prices are going, it my be a pretty good idea for people who are held hostage by the fuel providers. I am of the opinion that there are a lot of very smart people on this site, so if anyone can think of a way to do this, let's hear from you.

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How to build an inflatable "brain" costume for stage - seeking ideas?

Hi all, a friend of mine asked me to help him design and build a costume for a stage show he's doing; he will be wearing a monster mask and needs an inflatable "brain" to suddenly inflate (note, he changes costumes every 5-10 minutes during the show so it's something that needs to be fairly portable and easy to change into). We tried using CO2 canisters with balloons, a good effect but not nearly big enough. I'm thinking about some kind of air pig with a valve that he can clip a connecting hose to. If anyone has done anything like this or has a good recommendation I'd love to hear! Many thanks, DAZU

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need help with levers and pulley thingy

I need help. yet again... im making a piggybank that has wings on hinges(when pigs fly...) there is a lever that when a coin is inserted the lever is pushed down the lever is hinged on one end and the other end is the end that goes down. the end that goes down has a string. the two wings have a string on each running from the wing to a rod that rises from beside the coin insert on each side. i had one string run from wing A trough a eyelette on rod A through a eyelette on rod B then onto wing B. i then had the string from the lever go over the length of string between the two rods and then back to the lever. that only lifted the wings ~1 CM the wings need to be lifted ~6 CM but the downward pull is only ~1 CM and is not variable. i have several ideas floating around but i would appreciate your help.

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General knowledge about working with an AC motor? Answered

Hi Everybody!  I recently salvaged a 1/3 hp single phase AC motor, which I'd like to use for a lathe.  I've been looking at diy lathes on instructables and elsewhere and have found that DC motors are mostly used in these kind of projects.  I understand that DC is generally battery powered and AC requires a power cord and each can be converted to the other.  My question is whether an AC motor is suitable for a lathe and whether any extra safety concerns are involved.  Should I convert it to DC?  Should I buy a DC motor instead?  Also, any information about whether or not the single phase business is a problem would be helpful too.  I have found a lot of interesting theory and a few interesting tidbits online, but I could really use some experienced opinions.  And I don't know anywhere better than instructables to ask for those. Help, please, and thank you!

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