What is rime ice?

Rime ice is essentially frozen fog. Super-cooled water droplets which are suspended in clouds when temperatures dip below freezing, will freeze instantly when they contact anything solid, such as a building, road sign, etc. The freezing droplets may form delicate, feather-like structures that coat the object in white.

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Is gelatin derived from animals?

Gelatin is one of the more common proteins, but it cannot be prepared from animal horns, hooves, lungs, muscle tissue, or blood. It is derived from collagen, which is the primary constituent of a white, fibrous connective tissue occurring in animals (in the form of cartilage, sinews, skin, and bone protein). Upon hydrolysis, collagen yields many products, including gelatin.

Where does the expression "red herring" come from?

This expression, meaning a false clue, first popped up in British foxhunting circles. Smoked and salted herrings turn bright red in the curing process and emit a pungent, fishy smell. Although the term "red herring" had been around since 1420 to describe the smoked version of the fish, it was first used to mean a distraction in a British gentlemen's magazine published in 1686. The article touted an effective way to prolong a fox hunt: Drag a dead cat across the trail, masking the fox's scent and confusing the hounds. The author suggested using a red herring if no cats were available. Nearly 200 years later, in 1884, the term was used more precisely to mean a false clue.

What does it mean to "pull out all the stops"?

This phrase means to put all one's efforts and energies into something in order to have it succeed. It originally referred to an organ player, who must manipulate the numerous "stops" of the instrument to achieve the desired musical effect, usually involving both hands, both feet, and several keyboards. If all the stops were pulled out on many traditional organs, the volume would be intolerable.

What is the best way to deodorize my car?

Clean all the upholstery and carpeting with a mixture of vinegar and water. Sponge it in and blot with a towel. You can clean the remaining interior surfaces the same way.

I had an uncle that I've been told died of the Black Measles. What were the Black Measles?

Black Measles is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii. Symptoms can be severe and include the sudden onset of headache, chills, and fever. A rash usually, but not always, appears on the extremities. At first glance it would be hard to tell Black Measles from Lyme disease, a tick-borne disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Both these diseases are symptomatically similar to German measles (Rubella) which is caused by a virus. All three diseases are potentially deadly.

If a recipe calls for one pound of eggs, how many would that be?

Approximately nine eggs equals one pound.

Where was the first paved street in the United States?

In 1870, the first asphalt-paved road was created in Newark, New Jersey by scientist Edward DeSmedt.

Are there tornadoes in Europe, or are they only in the United States? We never hear of them anywhere else.

Tornadoes occur in nearly all parts of Europe, but they are far less common and appear in less violent forms than in the United States.

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