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How can I remove mildew stains from clothing and towels?

Moisten the affected area with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then dry it in the sun. If this does not work, try sponging it with hydrogen peroxide and then drying it in the sun.

Last 7 Days

    Which foods should not be frozen?

    Raw vegetables and cooked potatoes, soft cheeses, cream fillings and puddings, gelatin dishes, hard-cooked eggs, and bananas.

    In the old west, why was a wagon called a buckboard?

    A buckboard is a four-wheeled, open carriage. The seat is mounted on long, flexible boards whose ends rest directly on the axles. The assembly bucks -- or jerks -- as it moves along.

    When and where was artificial snow for skiing introduced?

    Who made the first artificial snow is unclear. It may have been made around the same time in different places. One claim is that three engineers used a garden hose, a 10-horsepower compressor, and a spray-gun nozzle to make a 20-inch-deep, 20-foot-wide pile of snow at a ski factory in Milford, Connecticut, in March 1950.

    What is the origin of using a K for scoring a strikeout in baseball?

    The K comes from a scoring system devised by New York journalist Henry Chadwick in the 1860s. Since he had already used the letter S to indicate a sacrifice, he chose the most prominent letter in strike for a strikeout.

    What can I use to get rid of a mildew smell in a leather bag?

    It's tough to get that smell out of leather, but here's a suggestion. Get a large plastic garbage bag and sprinkle baking soda in it, perhaps a quarter cup. Sprinkle a bit more baking soda inside the leather bag and leave it open. Place the leather bag in the garbage bag, seal it, and let it sit for a day. If the leather bag still smells, repeat the process with a new garbage bag and new baking soda, again and again, until the smell is gone.

    Why were wooden bridges covered?

    The cover protected the bridge from wind, rain, and snow. That is one reason so many covered bridges from the 1800s are still drivable today.

    Do elephants have teeth?

    The two species of elephants have two upper incisors that grow into tusks, so the tusks could be said to be the elephants' teeth. (However, some female elephants do not grow tusks.) These tusks are not much help in eating. Elephants use their trunks to detach vegetation and put it in their mouths.

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