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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.

What is the source of salt in the ocean?

Ocean water is 3.3 to 3.7 percent salt on average. Most of it simply comes from Earth's land, dissolving over millions of years. Some of it comes from salty volcanic rock.

What is the origin of American football, and when was the first game played?

Football is an American version of English rugby. It was first played, on the college level, in 1869 -- in a 6-4 victory of Rutgers over Princeton.

What's the best way to tell whether I have dry rot in my house's beams?

A good test is to stick a knife blade into the wood. If it goes in easily, you have dry rot, which is caused by a fungus. Any diseased beams or boards should be replaced.

Is the Hierarchy of Angels listed in the Bible?

Angels loomed large in the Old Testament, and particularly prominent were the superior orders known as cherubim and seraphim; but it is in the New Testament, particularly in the letters of St. Paul, that the doctrine concerning angels is presented in greatest detail. Seven groups receive mention: angels, archangels, principalities, powers, virtues, dominions, and thrones. Along with the cherubim and seraphim named in the Old Testament, this listing gave rise to the theory of the nine choirs of angels: The Celestial Hierarchy.

Can you tell me how to remove the cloudy haze on the inside of my antique cut-glass water jug?

Throw in a handful of uncooked rice, cover it with vinegar, and shake. Then rinse out the jug, and it should come out nice and clean.

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