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Where did the phrase "to do the scut work" originate, and what exactly does it mean?

Scut (also scutt or skut) is a noun meaning "someone beneath contempt." Scut work, therefore, is work that should be done only by someone perceived to be lower than yourself.

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What did people make per hour working in the year 1900?

At the turn of the last century, the average wage in the United States was 22 cents an hour, which meant that the average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

Where has the most rain in a single year occurred?

The record for a year's worth of rainfall is held by Cherrapunki, India, where, in 1861, 905 inches of rain fell.

If you could hang on to a lightning bolt, how wide would it be?

An average lightning bolt is only about one-half inch wide.

Can I remove a water mark from my oak end table?

Try covering the mark with mayonnaise, then sprinkle with a little salt. Using a clean cloth, rub the mixture in until the stain disappears, then buff until dry. Rewax if necessary.

When was the very first e-mail sent?

The first e-mail message was sent by Ray Tomlinson, a computer engineer, in 1971. The test e-mail was sent to himself from one computer to another computer sitting right beside it in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

What is the best way to store cheese?

Cheese should be eaten by the "use by" date on the package, and once opened, it must be stored properly to retain its flavor and moisture. To prevent hard cheeses and soft mold-ripened cheeses from drying out, wrap them in foil or waxed paper. Ideally, the wrapped cheese should be placed in a plastic box with a lid to avoid flavors being transferred to it from foods stored nearby. Soft cheeses such as cottage cheese and cream cheese are best stored in the carton in which they are purchased. These cheeses do not keep as well as hard cheeses and should be eaten within a few days of purchase. Keep all types of cheese in the refrigerator or a cool pantry (below 41 degrees Fahrenheit). For the best results, cheese to be used on a cheese board should be removed from the refrigerator and unwrapped about an hour before serving. This will allow it to come to room temperature and develop its full flavor and texture.

What exactly is textured vegetable protein, which I see listed on some food labels?

Textured vegetable protein (TVP) is a soybean product that has been mixed with additives to promote color and texture changes. It is frequently used in place of meat or to extend something that contains meat.

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