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Where did the saying "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" come from?

The proverb appeared in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, written in 1385. Later, George Herbert modified it this way: "Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another." And in 1736, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Don't throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass."

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    Is it true that once a pineapple is cut, it no longer ripens?

    A pineapple stops ripening the moment it is picked. For the best flavor, a pineapple must be picked after it has ripened fully. When ripe, a pineapple has a solid sound when thumped.

    How can I prevent moss from growing on my roof?

    To discourage moss, use a sponge to apply a mixture of 5 percent household bleach and water (2 capfuls of bleach to every 1 gallon of water) to the roof.

    What is the relationship between humidity and the dew point?

    Humidity is the moisture content of the atmosphere. The temperature at which this water vapor begins to condense and form droplets of dew on cool objects near the ground is called the dew point. If the dew point is below 32 degrees F, the water vapor converts directly to frost.

    How long does a cow stay in calf? And can a cow support more than one calf? If so, how many?

    The gestation period for beef cows is 279 to 290 days and for dairy cows 262 to 300 days. In response to the second part of the question, it is not uncommon for cows to produce twins. We featured a story some years ago about a Hereford that produced quadruplets! So yes, a cow can support (we assume you mean "nurse") more than one calf.

    At high noon in the Southern Hemisphere, does the sun shine in the north or south windows of a house?

    The sun shines in the north windows.

    Is one flower, more than any other, traditional for decorating graves?

    Red geraniums are perhaps the most common, probably for their hardiness. In the language and sentiment of flowers, however, geraniums are a symbol of comfort and not particularly associated with death or remembrance. In more ancient times, the primrose was much more popular, because graves were often decorated around Easter and the primrose was available in the wild almost as early as the snow melted. Similarly, primroses symbolize youth, because they are earliest out in the spring. Daffodils, with their early blooms and bright spring color, are another natural choice. They are an emblem of regret, probably because of their drooping flower heads. Robert Herrick (1591-1674) described the daffodil like this: "When a daffadil I see / Hanging down her head t'ward me, / Guess I may, what I must be; / First, I shall decline my head, / Secondly, I shall be dead, / Lastly, safely buried."

    How long are baking soda and baking powder good to use after opening?

    For baking soda and baking powder to be effective in your baking, they should not be more than one year old.


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