• Do singers ever sit down? Do classical singers in a chorus, opera or recital ever sing sitting down? Why not?

    Most orchestra players sit while they perform; so do musical saw players for that matter. Why don't classical singers ever sing sitting?
    Most orchestra players sit while they perform; so do musical saw players for that matter. Why don't classical singers ever sing sitting?
    3 answers · Classical · 1 year ago
  • How to deactivate antique percussion caps?

    I collect firearms. Recently got a beautiful cased percussion pistol circa 1850 that came with a tin of original percussion caps. I believe these (mercury fulminate?) caps are unstable and possible quite dangerous to handle or store. They however are very rare and collectible. How to deactivate the explosive without destroying the cap? Soak in... show more
    I collect firearms. Recently got a beautiful cased percussion pistol circa 1850 that came with a tin of original percussion caps. I believe these (mercury fulminate?) caps are unstable and possible quite dangerous to handle or store. They however are very rare and collectible. How to deactivate the explosive without destroying the cap? Soak in water? Alcohol?
    3 answers · Hunting · 1 year ago
  • A tree falls in the river.....?

    I live on the banks of a river, which although not navigable is used by fisherman and occasional kayakers. A tree fell down on my neighbor's property (across the river from me) and is not completely blocking the river. Some branches are on my side, which is not a problem. But... is my neighbor responsible to remove his tree from the river? ... show more
    I live on the banks of a river, which although not navigable is used by fisherman and occasional kayakers. A tree fell down on my neighbor's property (across the river from me) and is not completely blocking the river. Some branches are on my side, which is not a problem. But... is my neighbor responsible to remove his tree from the river? What government agency has jurisdiction to compel him to move it? Local authorities are not interested.
    1 answer · Law Enforcement & Police · 1 year ago
  • Am I an African American?

    I don't know what to put on government forms. Anthropologists tell us that all human beings are descended from Africans. How many generations does one have to go back to determine ethnicity? The Nazi's had their answer; what's ours? Is it skin color? Some 'black' people have very pale skin. Is it culture? What exactly is it? show more
    I don't know what to put on government forms. Anthropologists tell us that all human beings are descended from Africans. How many generations does one have to go back to determine ethnicity? The Nazi's had their answer; what's ours? Is it skin color? Some 'black' people have very pale skin. Is it culture? What exactly is it?
    2 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 1 year ago
  • Is Gyrojet ammunition stable and safe? If not, how to deactivate it?

    I'm a federally licensed collector of firearms and have a couple of gyrojet pistol/carbines. Recently, one came with same ammo (which is selling now for $75 - $100 each). I've heard that unlike conventional rounds, these mini rockets may not be stable (they're all 40+ years old). Is that so? How to deactivate them? They don't... show more
    I'm a federally licensed collector of firearms and have a couple of gyrojet pistol/carbines. Recently, one came with same ammo (which is selling now for $75 - $100 each). I've heard that unlike conventional rounds, these mini rockets may not be stable (they're all 40+ years old). Is that so? How to deactivate them? They don't disassemble like conventional bullets. Store underwater for a time?
    3 answers · Toys · 2 years ago
  • Horse masseuse certification in the US?

    Persons giving horse massages are very highly paid and in demand (think race and show horses - no kidding) I know that in the UK horse masseuses are certified (and licensed?). Does such a certification exist in the US? Are there educational programs available in the US to become a horse masseuse?
    Persons giving horse massages are very highly paid and in demand (think race and show horses - no kidding) I know that in the UK horse masseuses are certified (and licensed?). Does such a certification exist in the US? Are there educational programs available in the US to become a horse masseuse?
    1 answer · Horses · 2 years ago
  • A recipe for pressure cooking a frozen chicken.?

    All the recipes I can find start with a defrosted or fresh chicken, but all the benefit of quick cooking with a pressure cooker are lost if I have to defrost it first (even in the microwave). Is it possible to pressure cook a whole, frozen chicken with good results?
    All the recipes I can find start with a defrosted or fresh chicken, but all the benefit of quick cooking with a pressure cooker are lost if I have to defrost it first (even in the microwave). Is it possible to pressure cook a whole, frozen chicken with good results?
    3 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 2 years ago
  • Is there a homeowner machine to till AND remove rocks from my lawn?

    I know there are rototillers as well as construction-sized soil sifters. Is there a lawnmower-size machine to remove rocks (to the size of a softball) from my lawn and leave just soil?
    I know there are rototillers as well as construction-sized soil sifters. Is there a lawnmower-size machine to remove rocks (to the size of a softball) from my lawn and leave just soil?
    3 answers · Garden & Landscape · 2 years ago
  • Are soft boiled eggs safe to eat? The web is giving me conflicted advice. .?

    Here's the dilemma: Many reputable sites (including the government ones), tell us that soft boiled eggs should not be eaten because of the danger of salmonella. The incidence of salmonella contamination in commercial eggs in the US is given as 1 in 20,000. Other reputable sources say that raw eggs may be pasteurized by bringing them to a... show more
    Here's the dilemma: Many reputable sites (including the government ones), tell us that soft boiled eggs should not be eaten because of the danger of salmonella. The incidence of salmonella contamination in commercial eggs in the US is given as 1 in 20,000. Other reputable sources say that raw eggs may be pasteurized by bringing them to a temperature of 140 F for 3 minutes (some sources say as much as 5-7 mins or a temp of 145 F). When I soft boil eggs, the water is vigorously boiling (that's 212F) and I completely immerse them for 5 mins, sometimes 6 mins. The whites are hard and the yolks are like custard (yum!). It seems to me that this exceeds the minimum for pasteurization by a wide margin - so shouldn't they be safe to eat? An informed conclusion by a professional in the field would be appreciated. Middle school guesses not needed
    8 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 2 years ago
  • How are car dealerships compensated for warranty repairs?

    In the US, is warranty repair work a revenue source for dealerships? How does the rate that they are paid by manufacturers for doing warranty repair work compare with the rates they charge consumers for regular repairs? Is there an incentive for dealers to identify and complete warranty work? or is just the opposite true?
    In the US, is warranty repair work a revenue source for dealerships? How does the rate that they are paid by manufacturers for doing warranty repair work compare with the rates they charge consumers for regular repairs? Is there an incentive for dealers to identify and complete warranty work? or is just the opposite true?
    6 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 4 years ago
  • Convert digital photo to 35mm b/w negative?

    I need to find a device or a commercial service that can convert digital photos in jpg or other common formats to 35mm b/w negatives. I don't want to just print the photos and then copy them with a film camera, but am looking for a system or service that will not have the losses of printing/imaging a paper photo.
    I need to find a device or a commercial service that can convert digital photos in jpg or other common formats to 35mm b/w negatives. I don't want to just print the photos and then copy them with a film camera, but am looking for a system or service that will not have the losses of printing/imaging a paper photo.
    2 answers · Photography · 4 years ago