What is numerology?
Numerology is the study of numbers and how the occult may influence them. Numerology is to numbers what astrology is to stars. A numerologist will believe that each person has a numerological "reading" that can be deduced from his or her birth date, and the resulting reading means something, much like a star sign is said to influence a person born under it. In numerology, a reading of 8, for example, means that person will be self-sacrificing, among other things.
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How can I get the lacquer off my brass lamp bases?
Try soaking it in hot soapy water about 15 minutes. Rinse and then rub with a soft cloth. The lacquer should begin peeling away. If that doesn't work, try rubbing it with a soft cloth that has been soaked in denatured alcohol.
What is a good substitute for cannellini (white kidney) beans in a recipe?
Great Northern or navy beans may be substituted for cannellini beans. The black and white calypso beans, which take less cooking time than the cannellini beans, are also a good choice.
In regard to wind velocity, how long must it be sustained until it is no longer called a gust?
"Gust" is rather vague; winds can "gust" up to 40 miles an hour. However, according to the Beaufort scale of wind speeds, a "strong breeze" is 25 to 31 statute mph, a "moderate gale" 32 to 38 mph, a "fresh gale" 39 to 46 mph, a "whole gale" 55 to 63 mph, a "storm" 64 to 72 mph, and a "hurricane" greater than 72 mph.
Do people who are blind from birth dream?
Yes, dream researchers believe that blind people have auditory dreams -- all sound!
When does maple sugaring usually start?
Although maple sugaring sometimes starts as early as the second or third week of February, it usually begins about the first week of March.
How many bones does a newborn human baby have versus an adult?
A human baby is born with 176 true bones, but its skull is actually three bones that have not yet fused. (This is a nice feature since it allows for easier delivery when the baby is born.) As a baby grows, the three bones fuse into one. Some of a baby's other bones are called cartilaginous bones, which means they have not yet calcified. By the time a baby reaches adulthood, bones will total 206 in his or her body.
What is the best way to store vegetables, both cut and uncut? I have limited refrigerator space.
Let's take the uncut vegetables first. Potatoes, beets, carrots, and other root vegetables should be brushed clean of any soil and stored in a cool, dark place. (Never refrigerate potatoes.) Clipping the tops off carrots and beets will keep them fresher longer. Onions like it cool and dry, but don't store them with apples or potatoes. Tomatoes should be stored at cool room temperature but out of direct sunlight. (Never refrigerate fresh tomatoes.) Tropical fruits do not do well in the cold. Store bananas, citrus fruits, pineapples, melons, eggplants, cucumbers, peppers, and beans at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, if possible. We recommend storing lettuce and broccoli in the refrigerator crisper drawer. With regard to cut vegetables, it depends on how long you wish to store them. Most can stand overnight, immersed in water. For any longer period, we'd recommend cooking them, then either freezing them or storing them in the refrigerator for a few days.