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How to Stop Windows Update from Automatically Restarting Your Computer

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You should know how to prevent Windows Update from automatically restarting your computer. There are few more annoying default settings than Windows’ developers choosing to have the default on Windows Update be to automatically restart your computer and further not providing any obvious way to disable auto-restarts after a Windows update..  Sure, they have a “postpone” button that pops up, […]

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How to Treat a Jellyfish Sting

Portugeuese Man o' War, which isn't technically a jellyfish, simply jellyfish-like

You should know how to treat a jellyfish sting. Contrary to popular belief, you should never urinate on a jellyfish sting. This will just make the problem worse, as does washing the sting with fresh water without prior treatment.  You should also not try to put ice on it before properly treating the area, which is sometimes people’s initial inclination […]

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It’s Bad Rap, Not Bad Wrap

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You should know that the expression to describe when someone is falsely convicted of a criminal charge or is on the receiving end of unjustified criticism is “bad rap”, not “bad wrap”. Further, “rap” in this sense is not an acronym of “Record of Arrest and Prosecution”, though has since been backronymed as such.  The reality is that the meaning […]

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During Absence Seizures People Will Often Just Look Like They are Staring Off Into Space and May Walk Around Aimlessely

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During absence seizures, the person will often appear to be just staring off into space.  There is no typical jerking or twitching as is associated with many other types of seizures.  Absence seizure victims may also move from one location to another without purpose or thought behind it.  If they are speaking when the seizure hits, they may or may […]

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The Difference Between Venom and Poison

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You should know the difference between venom and poison. The difference is in the delivery. Poison must be inhaled, ingested, or delivered via touch, while venom is injected into a wound.  This may seem overly pedantic, but it should be noted that venom isn’t usually poisonous (meaning it generally won’t hurt you too much or at all if delivered in […]

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Porcupine Quills are Just Extremely Enlarged Hairs

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A porcupine’s quills are just extremely enlarged specialized hairs that have unusually (compared to other mammals) thick layers of keratin, which is the main structural component of hair and finger nails, among other things.  These thick layers of keratin make porcupine quills extremely rigid and good for poking things. A Cat’s whiskers are also just specialized hairs.  With cats, these […]

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Looking Up at the TV with Your Head Tilted Up Causes More Eyestrain than if You are Looking Straight at It

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You should know looking up at the TV with your head tilted up will cause more eyestrain than if you’re looking straight on at it. Having the TV below your eye level, so your head is tilted down, also produces less eyestrain than if you’re looking up at it.  The same type of thing applies for computer monitors, so it’s […]

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Certain Almonds are Highly Poisonous

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You should know almonds come in two varieties, sweet and bitter, and the latter is highly poisonous when raw. Bitter almonds contain glycoside amygdalin. When eaten, glycoside amygdalin will turn into prussic acid, a.k.a. hydrogen cyanide, which incidentally was the key ingredient to Zyklon B, the pesticide used in the Nazi gas chambers. So if you’re walking out in the […]

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Kirk Douglas’ Real Name was Issur Danielovitch Demsky

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Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch Demsky.  His parent’s original surname was Danielovitch, but they changed it to Demsky when they immigrated to the U.S. in 1912.  When Douglas first started acting on Broadway, he went by Isadore Demsky, then changed it completely to Kirk Douglas just before enlisting in the navy during WWII.  I couldn’t find any reliable source […]

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How to Add RAM to Your Computer

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crucial.com for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. You should know how to add RAM to a computer. As a Computer Scientist (Master’s degree and all), I can tell you that in the vast majority of cases, dollar for dollar there is no single thing you can do to […]

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About 50% of All Poinsettias Sold in the World are Sold by the Ecke Family

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The Ecke family of Encinitas, California once had a virtual monopoly on poinsettia sales starting in the early 20th century due to the fact that they discovered a way to create compact, fuller poinsettias by grafting two varieties of poinsettia together.  Other poinsettias sold at the time tended to look more like the weeds they are.  In the 1990s, however, […]

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