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What is the best place to put an outdoor thermometer?

For the most accurate reading, use a liquid-in-glass or a digital thermometer. Place it so that it is not in direct sunlight at any time. The shade of a tree and a north-facing porch are two good places. Place the thermometer four to six feet above the ground in an area where there is sufficient airflow. Finally, keep it protected from rain, snow, and ice.

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    Is lemon balm good for treating migraines?

    Lemon balm is an ingredient in many home remedies used to treat vertigo, migraines, indigestion, and lack of appetite.

    How did the special names that we give some of the Moons, such as the Hunter's Moon, begin?

    Historically, the Native Americans of the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each full Moon. With some variation, the same names were used throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. These remain the full Moon names we use today.

    Is there a way I can make my own chocolate-covered coffee spoons?

    Making chocolate-covered coffee spoons is a great way to get rid of those odd plastic spoons lying around your house. Thoroughly wash and dry the spoons. In a microwave oven or the top of a double boiler, melt 1 tablespoon butter and 4 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons nondairy creamer. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then dip the spoons up to their necks in the chocolate. Let the chocolate harden with the spoons resting on a plastic plate or a piece of aluminum foil or waxed paper. Put them in the refrigerator if necessary. Dunk a chocolate-covered spoon into your coffee two or three times, letting it dry after each dunk. Let it dry completely, then tie on plastic wrap, like a Tootsie Pop, to use the spoon again later.

    What does the medical term "stat" mean?

    Stat, used as a directive to medical personnel during in an emergency situation, is from the Latin word statim, which means "instantly" or "immediately."

    How fast can an average household cat run?

    The domesticated cat can run at about 30 mph for a short distance -- say, to the nearest bowl of tuna.

    What's the best way to remove the price sticker from the glass in a new picture frame?

    The answer is as close as your refrigerator. Scrape off as much of the sticker as you can, then cover any remaining residue with a thick coating of mayonnaise or salad dressing. Wait a few minutes for it to soak in, then wipe off the coating and the residue. Wash the glass, and your new frame is ready for your favorite photo.

    Why is heat lightning silent?

    Flashes of heat lightning are simply too far away for an observer to hear the accompanying thunder. These flashes are created by lightning bolts in thunderstorms that are more than ten miles away. It's called heat lightning because it is seen more frequently on hot summer nights when the sky overhead is clear.

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