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Site suggestions/comments/questions / Re: Problem logging in
« Last post by Duffield1 on 30 August, 2018, 05:03:03 PM »
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Site suggestions/comments/questions / Problem logging in
« Last post by Thommo on 28 August, 2018, 10:13:21 PM »
I'm confronted by error 403 and given the code 7812-82ab-b40c-8ddc . Can someone help, please? The fix the problem yourself option gives error 404 .
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Science and nature / D.N.A. testing
« Last post by jacquesdor on 28 August, 2018, 05:17:52 PM »
Some years ago I had a fascinating find in an attic whilst rummaging through an ancient and almost ruined house.
It was a lock of hair, appeared in superb condition, soft and shiny. I was intrigued to know the history of it and how it came to be there.
Years of developing the house and living in it came up with more interesting finds and I did discover more of the history. The lock of hair was so personal, I had very strong feelings about it. Someone said it might be possible for a DNA test to be done . It was obviously cut from the head as there are no roots attached. Does anyone know if it would be possible to test it and, if so, what sort of information might come from it. And - how would I go about it ?

I would be glad of any information.
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Consumer affairs / Can you shrink elastic bands if they are too big?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 28 August, 2018, 02:13:02 PM »
The reason I ask is that my trusty  postman is forever bunging away enormous red rubber-bands when he's finished delivering a street-load bunch of letters.

Now, I am an inveterate rubber-band picker-upper when I spot one on the ground - so I am very grateful for his cast-off rubber-bands.

The trouble is that the Post Office red rubber-bands are absolutely ginormous! They're far too big for most uses (except for wrapping round a wad of fifty to a hundred or so letters.)

Can I shrink these rubber-bands down in size?  And if so, how do I do it?  (Shrunk to about half size would make them far more useful.)
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Consumer affairs / How do those security tags on clothes in stores work?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 28 August, 2018, 01:40:59 PM »
I presume the tags on expensive bottles of booze in supermarkets work in the same way too. How do those tags work?

How come an ear-splitting electronic wail is set off if you try to dodge out without paying for a tagged item?

(Oh, and an idle second thought...Is there an easy way to smuggle a tagged item out without setting off the alarms?)
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174 reads...and not one single answer! At least, not yet. I am losing the will to live.. I feel like slashing my wrists. Come on IAers. It's not such a difficult question is it?  You can at least have a stab. Or even a little try.

The original question was....

Apparently 'the Centre of the Universe' is a simple circle of concrete in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For pix of the Centre of the World, Tulsa-style, have a look here...https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-center-of-the-universe-tulsa-oklahoma

(Please don't laugh your head off just yet, there are plenty of even weirder things to come.)

One of these really weird things (apart from it being the Centre of the Universe, ho ho) is that if you speak while you're standing in the middle of the circle, you can hear your voice loud and clear echoing back at you... but nobody outside the circle will hear a thing. Not a single peep!

The second really weird thing is that, even if you shout at the top of your voice, it will only be heard outside the concrete circle as an undecipherable string of broken sounds.

But what is really really really weird is this... Nobody even knows why this phenomenon happens!

But back to my question...Why, or how, can anyone speak and even shout inside the circle and not be heard outside it? Why does it happen? What's the secret? 

Is it even the Centre of the Universe?  Or is it all just an eloquent load of old cobblers?



https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-center-of-the-universe-tulsa-oklahoma
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I snorted in derision. But then I started thinking. Maybe the Space Shuttle's windows are made from one very large and very thin diamond?  But how can that be manufactured?  I can't see it.

Or maybe the window glass is made up of countless small diamonds?  But where they butt up, wouldn't that form innumerable weak spots?  I can't see that working either.  Wouldn't such a window simply implode on re-entry?

So what's the answer?  I know the windows on the Space Shuttle must be made of something really tough.  If it's not diamonds, what is it?
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Miscellaneous / Re: State Pensions and NICs
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 28 August, 2018, 12:05:18 PM »
I'm confused.
I had the understanding that to qualify for full state pension you had to have a certain number of years of National Insurance Contributions (NICs). I believed that it was 30 years.
As we are planning on retiring next year, I've just checked my expected Pension. It says that I have 42 years of NICs but as 4 years were not full (2011-2014) my state pension will be lower than expected.

Is the sum they quoted just an estimate? Do they calculate from your pension age backwards or for your whole working life?

Very good question Tec. The Pension authorities are a total mystery. I don't think even the Chief Pension Honcho knows how the pension department works.

To me, the way they work seems to be based on a convoluted system based on a large bag of intestines.

What one pension officer says will probably be dismissed by the next pension office worker you ask - and so on and on, right down the corridors of power.

All you can do is ask as many pension officers as possible and get their best offer given to you in writing (preferably in triplicate). Then you can wave your bit of paper under the nose of the next pension officer you talk to...and point to your previous best offer and say "Beat that if you can!"

It might confuse them long enough for you to actually claim an amount that suits you rather than one that suits a slack-lipped pension officer's idea of what pittance you need to live on.

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I've often wondered about this. I mean, it looks as if the inside of my microwave is made of metal...and that doesn't explode. Well, it hasn't yet.

But put even a small metal spoon or a scrap of cooking foil in the microwave and Ker-baaaam!  Time to buy a new microwave.

Why is that?

Why does metal explode in a microwave? Is it all types of metal or just some?
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[to be being drawn in to the mobile phone bubble than Extroverts. Or am I totally wrong?

I used the word was very deliberately . The newspaper has been very much replaced by the mobile device . Fifty years ago you could have seen a similar percentage on the street engrossed in a newspaper .
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You are right, Cos.  In fact my mum always used to say she first bumped into my dad when he was crossing a busy road with his nose firmly stuck in The Racing Post and she was equally engrossed in a spiffing knitting pattern in Woman's Weekly. The rest, as they say, is history.
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