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"Meow", the joke that never gets noticed!

    Okay, the joke I am going to be showing you is called "Meow".  It was invented by my brother in 8th grade, and it is absolutely hilarious! Oh, and by the by, you need to be able to keep a straight face for this joke, or it will not work.     So, the joke is very simple. You just insert a subtle "meow" into your sentence when you are talking to someone.  Example:     "Hey, man! How are you doing?"  "Oh, pretty good, meow."  "That's great."  "So, meow, umm, have you heard of the concert coming to town? meow."  "Yeah, I've heard of it."  "Are you going? meow."  "No, I can't."  "meow. Well, that sucks. meow. Well, I'm going to the concert. meow."  "Well, see you later, I have a bus to catch."  "Okay, meow. See you later!"      It really helps to make the pitch of the "meow"s to be the same as the sentence before or after.  My brother had to do a speech in front of the class, and he said "meow" FIFTY-TWO times in the the speech, and nobody noticed!

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Car wouldn’t start

I have Ford Focus 1.6 diesel. I left it for a week in airpark and when I came back trouble happened! Once I started the engine the battery light turned on then after driving for half hour ice light came on, soon after the airbag light and steering wheel light turned on too! After this the stereo turned of lost power and the light were getting shortened. The steering wheel got stiff and could only steer very little, I was in big trouble so I went on to low speed lane and had to drive for another 10 km in dark and in danger because whippers stopped working while was raining a little! I managed to bring the car home due to a luck of time and no cars because it was 2-3 am. Later on the car started but switched of in 2 min and doesn’t start after that! Can someone help what is going on with it please thanks.

Topic by Mir D    |  last reply


magnetic bike pedals DIY? Answered

I'm Brainstorming a better magnetic pedal .   I know Proton and Mavic already make them But I'd like to have a Mag-Pedal that can be used with any shoe .    ... IDEA:  Using recycled neodymium magnets glued recessed into a gel insole  and magnets on pedals I'm hoping to make it easier than cleats on special shoes.  Of course you won't get the locked in power of straps or clippless cleats .This would be ideal for mud,gravel, quick commuting on regular bikes,bmx,mtb,people who what some full leg power on the up stroke but want to put your foot anywhere on the pedal you want.  Question: Might there be extra bearing ware from magnets?  Will there be enough magnetism through an inch of rubber to work??   Please critique my idea . 

Question by BtheBike    |  last reply


Is this gonna be big enough for an electric bike?

I have a complete, motor/wiring harness/controller/charger  out of a wrecked Spirit Scooter it has bad batteries but the motor runs.  I would like a 20/30 mile ride between charges 50 would be even better. The motor is 24v   250w  14a  How much of a battery system will it take to get the numbers I want or is it feasible?   I have a second one that is in great condition that just needs batteries. I don't want to molest it just yet.

Question by Charley Davidson    |  last reply


Fixing a mosquito bite quickly!

You suffer for days after one of these tiny vampires got you?The itching drives you mad?And unlike some people your bites always get worse from day two onwards?If so, then you might have the same problem as I have...No matter how much hate and disgust you show, these mozzies just love you.And as this wouldn't be bad enough your body totally overreacts every time.A bite for me meant numbing cremes or sprays, anti-histamines and if doubt putting a heavy duty bandaid over it so if I forget the scratching won't do too much harm.Despite all this 5 to 6 days until the itch, swelling and irritation stop...A few weeks ago while fishing I had a nice chat with a man way into his 80's already.He laughed when I started to spray all uncovered parts of my body with tropical strenght insect repellent.Told him my reasons and then he said I should try something he used during his army times for bites of unknown critters.In the jungle they often relied on local guides and they provided a solution that seems to be totally forgotten these day - even I did not know it LOLTheory behind it...If you know these "insect bite clicker" then you already know how it is put into comercial use - without ringing much relief.Whenever something bad enters the body there is a reaction to fight it off or dispose of it.Problem with insect bites, be it mozzies or sand flies, is that all this bad stuff is concentrated in a very tiny area.And being mostly skin tissue makes it hard to deal with it.By applying pressure and massage like motion to the bite the contaminent are spread through the tissue.If you leave a small dint with little to no color left after 2 or so minutes you doing it good.Try to use something hard here, like a spoon, bottle cap, end of a screwdriver - whatever is slightly rounded and solid.You will notice that the itch gets quite bad once the bloodflow starts again and within minutes the bite area will swell up and form a more or less evenly formed hump.The hump will be pale in color while around it the skin is slightly red from the added bloodflow.Don't scratch! Just wait until a nice hump has formed where you can clearly make out the rim.Now use the same pressure method as before and spread out the hump while constaly pushing it in and "wobbling" around to massage the area a bit.Do this as before for about 2 minutes and if you still see a destinct difference between bite aea and surrounding tissue continue for a bit longer.Should not take more than 5 minutes to have the area nice and even again.Wait again and check for new singns of swelling up - there should not be any.If there is simply repeat one last time.The remaining itch will go away within about an hour instead of days and there won't be any severe after effects from day 2 onwards either anymore.It can help to use heat as well.For example by heating up the spoon in some hot water before using it.But keep the heat at a level you can tolerate!!! Do not heat the spoon to the point where you feel pain from the heat.Try it out and report back! :)

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Heating a winter garden pond with a car pre-heater!?

Anybody thought about heating a winter garden pond with a car pre- heater!? Here in the UK garden pond fish get really cold and more often than not ponds freeze up. Would you budding geniuses give this topic a little thought - would it work in a controllable manner?Thank you.

Question by TN1946    |  last reply


Cutting PVC Pipe - Lengthwise for guttering

Ok, here's one I thought I'd throw open to the masses.... I'm knocking off the last of a fully automated self-sufficient watering system that runs completely off grey/rainwater. However, the coke can guttering is not working in this position as it has previously :(  I was thinking of using PVC piping, cut lengthwise for guttering. However, I'm working out the logistics of cutting it. It can't be cut directly in half - this would be too shallow to catch the runoff from the chicken shed. and funnel it down to the tanks, so I'm looking at removing a chunk of the top.  And I also have no table saw. Wheee. What I do have Dremel (x2) with associated cutting wheels Jig saw (With associated plastic cutting blades) Circular Saw Mitre saw Hand saws (tenon, crosscut, hack, pruning, etc) So, here's one that I'm throwing open. With the tools I have, how would you do it?  I'm leaning towards the dremel, but there would probably be issues with maintaining a straight line (not that I care about some warp, it's a gutter)   Ideas? *EDIT*  Ended up using a jig saw with an acrylic cutting blade. Worked a treat.

Topic by taleya    |  last reply


Can anyone identify this jawbone? Answered

Found in Tasmania , any help appreciated. I can't think of any animal native let alone foreign. Tusk or why is very sharp almost arrowhead like. Any help appreciated.

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Has anyone modified a Minn Kota trolling motor? Answered

I have inherited a pair of MK trolling motors that have been modified to the point that they doin't work any more. The pevious owner wanted to make them remote control, so he attached a receiver from an RC car and an electric gear motor was attached to the end of the throttle handle.  I think the soft rheostat has been damaged, so now it doesn't work anymore. In the attached picture we have a white soft rheostat with a cable to the controller. I believe the controller is okay. I think I want to attach a new potentiomoter to the cable to run the two motors. Has anyone worked on one before? Please don't ask me to ask Minn Kota. They are less than helpful. The board containing teh ribbon cable is no longer made. And the newer versions have one ribbon cable rather than two.

Question by vectorges    |  last reply


Solar powered backpack options?

I would like to create a backpack/rucksack that can properly charge a modern cell phone with enough to spare or a MP3 player or small GPS.Preferably something that works while riding a horse for week long adventure trips.Standard solar cells are not just quite rigid and heavy but also relatively fragile.Flexible panels seem to be the alternative but price and power levels mean going well above the size of a standard 12V/10W panel.And even getting those standard 25 by 35cm on average fitted onto a modern backpack is no easy task.Trying to do so and getting the full 10W out is next to impossible it seems.The theoretical 1000Wh on a 10 hour, sunny day for such a panel would go don to a realistical 100Wh hours at best.Nowhere near enough to fully charge a hungry phone with a 4000mAh or bigger battery.At least not if you really need a quick chage and consider a realistic environment.Means a 2 hour quick charge at home might take 5 hours or more when hiking or riding a horse through the bush.A foldable or roll up panel when having a break or camp might be nice but not if it would mean carrying an extra solar panel.The most logical conclusion would be to integrate solar cells into the clothing as well.sadly technology is not that far yet :(So, how could a solar powered backpack or similar be created that is not too big and still capable of providing at least 5-6W under not so perfect conditions?And preferably with at least 10W no matter how it is placed into the direct sun with the panels.How could it be made possible to utilise the sunlight if you are facing the sun with the backpack, well, on your back?What types of solar cells in terms of technology and being available would be best suited for such a rough application?

Question by Downunder35m    |  last reply


How much is granite worth?

So today I went down to some local woods with a hammer (Geode,granite,marble hunting) and I saw that 2 friends of mine had dug up a 20-30 pound rock. It was a heavy little bugger. So I swung the hammer at the rock for half an hour until I had about 30-50 small chunks of granite. The main reason I broke it was so that me and my friends could split it. One of my friends didn't want it. The other friend wasn't allowed to have it. All that was left was me. So I then realized that it was way too much to carry around. So I told another friends that didn't help do anything but polish the freaking thing with a brush *pauses and laughs* that I would give him all of it but 3 peices. I'm starting to regret saying that. So I wanna know... is granite worth anything/expensive?

Topic by Flumpkins    |  last reply


Paracord Weave

Hey guys! I'm trying to make a guitar strap with the weave in the picture. I can't find instructions for it anywhere. Does anyone know how to make this weave? Thanks.

Question by Fireman23118    |  last reply


What can i make a frame for a dune buggy out of?

I am 17 and i am building a 2 seater dune buggy meant for offroad. Not for heavy offroading likes jumps but able to keep up with regular trails. I have acess to a decent amount of tools like a mig welder. How ever i dont have a tubing bender and i do not know enough to build my own frame from scratch. Does anyone know what i can build a dune buggy based off? So far ive heard using a golf cart frame and an old volkswagon beetle type 1 frame are the best. I am trying to keep costs low so i cant afford to order a kit. Any ideas?

Question by trf    |  last reply


How strong is JB weld compared to real welding? Answered

I want to build a recumbent bike, but I can't weld. Any other ways to build one. Mabye make one from hockey sticks.

Question by ANDY!    |  last reply


DIY Hot Tub Solar Heating

Hi. I have a solar tub heating system 3/4s complete. It's based on a 100W PV panel to drive a pump, charge the battery and supply the electronics. A 16.5 sq ft solar water collector to heat the water. The heart of the system is a (made in China) DST1020 water temperature controller. My first thoughts are to open the flow of hot water to the tub at around 25degC, and cut it of at around 34degC. Problem - this controller has a reputation as a great little device, but it's a b**ch to program, the various instructions online just don't work. All I want it to do is close the heating dry relay contact at 25C and open at 34C. Easy? No. Has anyone got experience of this controller?

Question by Tubincyprus    |  last reply


Flash Powder Problems!!!!!

Every time I use flash powder from firecrackers to try to make a big one all it does is burn up. No matter how hard I try to compress the flash powder all it does is burn up when it is supposed to blow up. Any tips?

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Hang glider

I'm thinking about building a hang glider, just for low altitude ( nothing more than 30-0 feet) but i have no experience, any suggestions for building?

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Where, in the US, could a person get away with living in a large tent for free? Answered

I am looking for ideas (of ANY kind) on where in the U.S. I could live (FULL -TIME) in a decent size tent FOR FREE. Is there land that I can live on for free in my tent?? I would like to stay in areas where it doesnt get too cold year round, and doesn't snow at all....But that isn't "set in stone". I really would like to just get away from the crazy, busy city and all that comes with it...And I want to live as free as possible. And by "free", I mean I would like to live rent free outdoors. Once I am able to do that, I think I will feel more free as a human being. :) Thank you for any ideas or suggestions!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~NEWLY ADDED TO THIS TOPIC FROM AUTHOR:~~~~~~~~~~~ I also posted this in reply to someone's message to me on this site...But I wanted to make sure everyone else read this too because it gives more info on what I am trying to do: This is just gonna sound crazy...But I have 2 cats that I will be bringing with me on the road. I refuse to leave them behind cuz they have been with me through a lot of things in my life, and they are like my kids now! lol! So I have to make sure they have a living space to run around in and get proper excersize (hence, why I am choosing to live in a large canvas tent that will be about the same size as my studio apt that I currently live in). I am choosing to live in a canvas tent because I believe that it will be the CHEAPEST, safest, sturdiest, large enough structure for me and the "kids" to live in for a while. I am also planning on buying a van to travel in for this adventure. I think it will be the easiest and CHEAPEST way to transport me, my cats, and the large canvas tent to where I want to go.                                            

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My first tennis ball mortar scars!

This is hilarious , i finally built my tennis ball mortar, i "accidentally" put way to much hair spray in lol. It launched well, but blew the back off so im going to have to build a new base lol. I have some pictures to show it lol. the sound was so loud that i can not hear a thing out of my right ear except a loud ringing. is that a good thing?lol heres the pics.

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Can you get rabies from eating the meat of a rabid animal? Answered

For instance, you kill a squirrel that happens to be rabid, cook the meat and eat it (not the brains, of course). Could you contract rabies?

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how do you make homemade air rifle pellets .177"(4.5mm) .22"(5.5mm)?

I have been searching websites for ages looking to see if their are any ads for presses/dies/moulds/punches so i can make my own air rifle pellets....with no luck at all....any/all hlp will be very much appreciated....rich40

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CO2 breathing animals?

Obviously from what we see today, evolution branched off into two sides, the co2 producers, and the co2 users.  Now all animals that walk or swim the earth today breath in oxygen and out co2.  It may sound crazy, but have we not even attempted to produce oxygen making creatures.  Evolution just didn't really branch off to this kind of creature and it would be very difficult to create.  Todays Autotrophs don't produce enough energy for a large animal.  Trees and small single cell organisms use tiny amounts of energy, but could a hybrid allotroph, which gets the majority of its energy from eating like a normal cow, but then it also uses co2 and sunlight maybe, and then you can eat it.   Just a crazy thought that has always bugged me.

Question by jj.inc    |  last reply


Job

Please am just 18 years old and live with my unemployed mumany online job with small payment, i can manage

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How to make a tricycle differential?

How do you make a tricycle differential so that both wheels can be driven yet and rotate at different rates when going around a turn?  This would be for a human-powered tricycle.

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What did Google Maps cameras discover over a lake in Switzerland?

Google Maps have been taking "street view" images for a number of years now, and they've captured some interesting things... In this case, there's a ghostly figure that appears over a lake in Switzerland. If you want to see it with your own eyes, go to Google Maps.   Copy and paste these coordinates for the location: 47.110579, 9.227568   Zoom in until you are in street view.   Then look to the sky (North-West over the lake). Was this just a strange camera anomaly? or something more divine? 

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Motorcycle communication without expensive BT headsets!

When it comes to communicating with the person on your back seat then often there is no need for a fancy BT headset.Unless of course you are constaly driving on freeways at high speed and love to talk ;)The most annoying thing though is when you want to go for a long ride with a lot of your mates.Some might already have some BT headset, most might not have anything to communicate.Even with just 8 or 10 riders in your group, loosing one is easy.The most advanced headsets now offer functions for automatic pairing when the connection was lost - they come at a price though.Around here there is two problems to face when going for long rides.a) communication range for the riders in the group.b) cellphone coverage is usually non existing when you actually need it.So why not go with something totally different and much cheaper than BT headsets?At highway speeds the range of BT headsets suffers not just from the required safety distance between riders but also from the spped itself.Cheap headsets just crap out all the time, expensive one tend to loose the connections quite often.Wouldn't it be great to have more than the average 800 meters of good sound quality without dropouts?And if you ever tried to have a decent converstation with another at high speeds you already know that even the best BT headsets struggle with the wind noise unless you have a really optimised helmet (and paid a lot for it).The alternative, if we trust all the hype and advertsiements would be to go for the latest generation of headsets out there....Baofeng UV-5 series....This type of UHF/VHF handheld radio has ben around for years.It is not only quite cheap but also able to put a full 4W out.So called battery eliminators to power them directly from a 12V socket (in your car) are cheap as well, but a good battery should last for a few hours.The benefit of these cheap radios however is not that they are so cheap.It is that you can actually program whatever frequency you like for your needs.Of course you should stick to the frequencies and channels that are free and legal to use in your area.The since is about what a pack of smokes is, so no problem to mount it descreetly on your dash or handlebars either.Being a radio there is no need for pairing or making sure you stick to the correct order when doing things.If you want to be "alone" on a channel you can even use celectcall and other option to make sure only those radios with the right callsigns wil open your squelch.Quite nice if you suddenly get into an area where your channel is used by ther people.Ok, a handheld radio might work, but what about the antenna?The UV5 series usually ships with two antennas.A short stubby that is good for about 1-2km - line of sight.And a small external antenna with a magnetic base.On a bigger bike it is often no problem to add a 15x15cm plate behind the seat that the antenna can pop on to.Should only be required if your require a bigger distance though.And why would a UHF radio be any better with the background or wind noise?Biggest problem with these expensive BT headsets is that you need to get really creative if you want to change the speakers or microphone.And options are quite limited here again - either a flexible microphone or a glue on one.Neither is really good once the wind gets too much.For the UV5 series you get so called throat microphones for under 10 bucks.Often advertised as tacticle headsets but for the price nowhere near the quality of a military grade combination.They plug straight into the handheld and come with an external push button that can be used to start a manual transmission.But of course you can automate this on the UV5 as well by selecting the voice activation mode in the menu.Set the level so high that you need a slightly rised voice to start the transmission.(That way not everyone needs to hear you swearing about other drivers if you keep it quite ;) )All up a solution like this will cost you well under $100, with all required extras.For a bit more you can also get UHF radios for helmet use.Basically the same like the handheld option, but smaller, a bit more convient to use and set up but also very limited in range and battery life.

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Analysing your test results for Aspergers Syndrome

A free for all, discussion on self analysis of your test http://www.rdos.net/eng/ picture (a pie graph) or Aspie-Rating-Picture (ARP) and final score Please try not to post pictures here, leave that for https://www.instructables.com/community/test/ Can somebody volunteer their non-Aspie picture, for the purposes of this discussion. Mine is here temporarily.

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Are there any natural ways to make voice louder and clearer? Answered

I don't know if there's any way to increase the volume and clarity of my voice, is there?  My voice is too soft, it may sound cute! but, I'm having problems these days because of my soft voice :( When I'm with a bunch of friends or family members I feel like I'm invisible! I have to speak 2-3 times louder than my usual volume!, which ain't easy at all, so I remain quite most of the time. besides, In presentations, seminars I'm getting low grades. The teachers keep saying 'try to speak louder', but how do I do that??? I have good grades, but I'm afraid I'll lose it :( Please, I need help!

Question by Muhaiminah Faiz    |  last reply


Automatic water level control system with alarm

Construction of water level control system with alarm

Topic by Hero lad    |  last reply



NET GUN

I am VERY INTERESTED in Buying A NET GUN with 3/8" nylon MESH for CATCHING SHAD in LAKES & RIVERS....I NEED ASAP !!! IF YOU CAN MAKE ME ONE...HOLLER !!!

Question by MurrayB15    |  last reply


want to make wyborne helmet from movie Coraline, how? Answered

I want to make the helmet as much like it as possible. and maybe the bike 2

Question by DehLeprechaun    |  last reply


Does the Swiss Room Box inspire you? Without violating international patent laws, how about making something similar? Answered

Besides the price (over $8K, plus overseas shipping) it seems to take up an awful lot of space, and has some features like the uncomfortable looking chairs I wouldn't use.  But the idea of something that coud fit in a trunk of a car or the back of a minivan that could be used for camping is really intriguing!  Alas, I don't have the engineering skills to design what I'm imagining, but I have to believe there's someone who could use good ol' Yankee ingenuity and probably improve on the Swiss design.  If you Google it, there's a video that shows how theirs works.  Thanks for reading my question.  Suzanne

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Push Lawn Mover to Shredder Question

So, if I built a wooden box about 8" off the ground with a frame rail on the inside that was the size of my mower, set the mower inside on the frame rail and fastened it to the box, would it be possible to use the side discharge chute as an input chute to shred leaves ? Normally the air force is outward, but with the mover off the ground could that be reversed ? Yes, the above is an over-simplification, but conceptually might it work ? I figured I would ask some people much more knowledgeable than me before I wasted a lot of time.Thanks

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Does the embed video in the editor work for you?

I've been trying to create an Instructable that includes a video I posted on YouTube, but after going through the process of embedding it in the Instructable editor, it seems to convert it to a photo every time I hit publish. I have reviewed the "How to use the Instructables Editor" several times to see if I'm skipping a step or something. Here is a link to the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqfPuwQO0-Q

Topic by WayfinderAli    |  last reply


Can roundup be used for making anything like what stump remover can be used for?

Hi, Can Roundup be repurposed into something flammable, explosive or anything like what The King Of Random turns stump remover into?Thanks

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how does pine and willow charcoal differ from plain old random tree charcoal when used in pyrotechnics? Answered

hello, i am starting up an online store, and am already starting to sell some of my pyrotechnic supplies, such as manganese dioxide and charcoal, but i just realised, on ebay (my online store is not an ebay store), people are only ever selling pine charcoal or willow charcoal! which doesnt make much sense since is a super fine powder and is made up of carbon. i need to know what makes these so much different from regular random tree charcoal that comes from just anywhere, and, is the charcoal i have now, which is of unknown origin, but mostly of from pine-like trees in the tropics, the same? i need to know if it makes any difference since i dont want angry customers demanding refunds because it isnt as good as other charcoal!

Question by oldmanbeefjerky    |  last reply


Q: worn-down mtb cleats/pedals - welding fix?

Hi, the bike i brought from the u.s. over here to europe is falling apart (like me). latest issue: the cleats as well as the mtb-clips of the pedals are simply worn-out. i looked around online for new parts. that sh it is expensive. a friend of mine down in the valley has a welder... i am wondering if i can weld some seam back on (either cleats or fixtures, or both), and the file/ grind it into shape..... anybody doing that? thanks, yodler, from the mountains in spain.

Question by la xerra    |  last reply


Paver pathway puzzle

Hi all!I'm making a paver walkway from my house to my driveway. Unfortunately, the ground slopes downwards towards my house and i'm trying to make it so the water drains away from my house. So, i would like to make the end on the driveway side be lower (sloped downward), however, if i dig a slope down away from the house.. the ground where the grass is at the driveway end will be a few inches too high there.. and the pavers will look sunk into the ground by the end of the walkway if i keep the paver walkway level or slightly sloped down as well. Does this make sense.. its a math puzzle and it's driving me a little crazy! Anyone have a solution?Thank you!Eecole

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Non lethal poison blow darts???

Non lethal poison blow darts.? I was thinking about making blow darts then the topic struck me, could common natural non lethal poisons or toxins be used in blow darts. This sounds a bit vague, so heres and example: you take poison ivy leaves and either wipe the darts on the leaves or grind up the leaves then rub darts in the mix. Would this work, how effective would this be?. I am not planning on even attempting to try this, this is for informational purposes

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Should I use the front or back brake for my bmx bike? Answered

I have a bike thats been laying in someone's backyard for a few years and I'm trying to refurbish it and make it nice with a new paint job and some new parts. I'm going to take one of the brakes out. Should it be the front or the back brake? If I take out the back brake there will be a slight problem. You see something is wrong with it and the handle is stuck. I can't even squeeze the brake handle. A little help please!!! 

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Injured Frog/Toad what do I do?

The frog/toad looks to be a American toad. It has a best described as a shaved head. It has a hole on the front of it's head that leads into it's mouth. It looks to be missing an eye as well. It seams to have an injured limb on it's front left. It has been alive for over 16 hours, it seams to have gotten better than when we first found it. We have fed it dried blood worms. We have not seen it eat them but they are gone from the make shift enclosure. I am worried that it may not be able to survive in the wild if we release it after it heals. That is if it heals. I just don't know what to do, please help. NOTE the water got the chemicals removed before we put it in there. We also tried to get the grass off of it by using water (again without chemicals) but we couldn't get all of it off.           We found out it has Toad Fly ( I think that is what it is called ). I am so glad It wasn't me who ran it over with a lawnmower the other day. I still feel sad for it though.

Question by CadenW1    |  last reply


Can anyone identify this bayonet? Answered

I have a (probably) WWII-era bayonet that I would like identified. The dimensions are as follows: Overall length: 17.75" Blade length: 11.50" Handle length: 5.25" Blade width:.875" Blade thickness:.25" Handle: Wood scales epoxied to skeletonized metal tang Sheath: Olive green paint on metal I would like to know the type (i.e. m1942), era, and any other relevant info.  

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Q: drainage with plastic-bottles?

Hi, i made some sort of cellar that goes about 5 ft into the ground. its not supposed to be water-proof, but sometimes we get heavy rains here near the coast of nothern spain, so, whatever water makes it in there, i want to drain off. so i dug a slightly sloping ditch from the lowest point of the ´floor´ to a spot that has a natural drop about 20 ft away. i am looking for the cheapest way to get some drainage-effect. i was thinking of laying out sort of a ´pipe´ made from plastic-bottles from the trash and protecting them from crushing with natural stone lining the sides as well as the top. can that work? gracias, pit from los picos de europa

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Caring for a toad with a broken and infected arm? Answered

Last weekend I found a toad with his arm trapped in a mousetrap.  I don't know exactly how long he was there, but I discovered him when I heard this shuffling sound from the back of my garage and heard flies buzzing.  Upon investigating, I found poor Toady.  The flies had already laid eggs on his wound.  He was trying to hop away attached to the trap.   His arm is clearly broken.  He didn't have significant blood loss, but when I first opened the trap his tiny bones were visible at the injury site. I put Toady in a small bucket lined with moss and vegetation, along with adding a little bit of water, and covered the bucket with a dishtowel.  I used cotton swabs dipped in saline to clean the wound and applied antibiotic ointment (Neosporin without painkiller).  I also tied a thread slightly above the injury site to act as a tourniquet and prevent further infection, and possibly allow for his limb to naturally come off. Below the injury site is swollen, discolored and infected, growing a fuzzy fungus.  I've been checking on Toady every other day (I wasn't wanting to stress him out too much with frequent visits), cleaning his wound and infection and applying antibiotic ointment.  His arm is clearly dead weight and can't be salvaged.   I've put various bugs, slugs/snails and worms in there with him but I haven't seen him eat.  I put a june bug in there, and the june bug ended up trying to climb onto him but Toady seemed to try and squash the bug with his chest and then hopped over the bug to the other side.  Maybe the beetle is too big for him.  I haven't checked to see if the other goodies I gave him are just hiding under the moss. He doesn't appear to be losing or gaining weight.  He gets stressed whenever I visit, breathing rapidly and either trying to make himself look larger or do the opposite and huddle down, despite how careful and gentle I try and be around him. I'm worried about predators and infection if I were to release him now.  What should I do/not do?  I think I'll try Craigslist here to see if there happens to be an experienced amphibian owner with the proper supplies to care for him.  I doubt any vet here would be able to do anything, and I don't have the money to do so. Is this toad a male?  I thought he was based on his size since he's on the small size, but perhaps it's a youngster?  He doesn't make any noises with me, but I'm not sure if it was him chirping in his bucket or a nearby toad.  I know there's several right in the immediate vicinity.

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