• Why does pineapple have a 'use by' instead of 'best before'?

    I understand that 'use by dates' are found on foods where it can be harmful to eat the product past the date stated, as opposed to 'best before' when the food just gets less appealing after the stated date. Today I noticed that while all my other fruit has 'best before', my pineapple slices in a plastic packet have a 'use... show more
    I understand that 'use by dates' are found on foods where it can be harmful to eat the product past the date stated, as opposed to 'best before' when the food just gets less appealing after the stated date. Today I noticed that while all my other fruit has 'best before', my pineapple slices in a plastic packet have a 'use by'. Why is my pineapple different? How might the pineapple be harmful if eaten past the use by date?
    2 answers · Other - Food & Drink · 6 years ago
  • Musically Speaking: Do young people want too much too quickly since the turn of the century?

    I grew up in the 90's when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn't look angry (compare the old and new TV versions). Most of the toys I got at Christmas did not have a remote control or a liquid crystal display. When I went round to my grandparents to hang out with all my cousins, we played in the garden, not in front of a Blu-Ray player... show more
    I grew up in the 90's when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn't look angry (compare the old and new TV versions). Most of the toys I got at Christmas did not have a remote control or a liquid crystal display. When I went round to my grandparents to hang out with all my cousins, we played in the garden, not in front of a Blu-Ray player watching a rated 16 film. And if I wanted to learn guitar I had to figure it out without the internet. Today, 99% of young people that pick up a guitar expect to be able to play a handful of complicated songs within an hour without learning how to tune up. If we wanted some new music we wouldn't come to Y!A and ask other people 'I like this, can you tell me what else is good'. Me and my brother waited for the UK Top 40 each week, with a blank cassette in the tape player and a finger primed and ready to hit play and record. Technology is great but our reliance on it is crap; if you transcribe a song a day on your own, 500 songs later, playing a guitar will be as intuitive as whistling. If you look for your own new music you will enjoy more genres and your music collection will snowball. If you want to get fit, run for half an hour, don't buy an iPod Nano, Nike Fit and a pair of Nike Fit compatible trainers and not do any exercise while you wait for your order to arrive. Do you think this is a result of all the technology that has been created over the last decade, or does it go much further back? I can't imagine my dad ever cut corners when he was a young lad learning Apache by The Shadows, and Usain Bolts first experience with sports technology was probablly a waterproof stopwatch. What do you think?
    4 answers · Other - Music · 7 years ago
  • Anyone else irritated by these '10 a minute questions'?

    I don't know how many times a day people come to Y!A and ask a 'music' question that is either better answered using a search engine, or is better off not being asked at all. It's gotta be at least 200, and that's just on Christmas day! Example: What is dis song I az herd on da radio but don't know it, all I nose is dat... show more
    I don't know how many times a day people come to Y!A and ask a 'music' question that is either better answered using a search engine, or is better off not being asked at all. It's gotta be at least 200, and that's just on Christmas day! Example: What is dis song I az herd on da radio but don't know it, all I nose is dat der is some lyrics in it an a man sings about stuf may-b? If you heard a song you don't know the name of and can't remember enough of the lyrics to find it in a search engine then the song can't be that good. These questions completely plague the Other-Music section and drown out the decent music questions that have substance. I want to help people find out how to learn an instrument or get their head around the circle of fifths, not tell bored individuals the name of that crap rap song they heard a few days ago. And while I'm at it, if you want to know 'where can I get this song for free', YOU CAN'T! Get on iTunes you thieving scum. So, do those kind of questions annoy anyone else?
    2 answers · Other - Music · 7 years ago
  • Do plants make the world heavier?

    Energy is mass. So through photosynthesis, do plants take light energy from the Sun, convert it into mass and actually add to the overall mass of the Earth?
    Energy is mass. So through photosynthesis, do plants take light energy from the Sun, convert it into mass and actually add to the overall mass of the Earth?
    5 answers · Other - Science · 7 years ago
  • Why is my laptop fan suddenly much louder than usual?

    I've cleaned the fan and the heatsink. As I type this there is not a single spec of dust inside my laptop. I always use a cover when it is not in use. I've only had it a year, yet the laptop has suddenly become very loud. It is a magnetic bearing fan if that helps. I've considered turning on the laptop after taking the fans blades off to... show more
    I've cleaned the fan and the heatsink. As I type this there is not a single spec of dust inside my laptop. I always use a cover when it is not in use. I've only had it a year, yet the laptop has suddenly become very loud. It is a magnetic bearing fan if that helps. I've considered turning on the laptop after taking the fans blades off to see if it is a matter of friction and needs lubricating, i'm guessing that's safe to do, is it? If it needs lubricating, what kind of lubricants are ok to use?
    3 answers · Laptops & Notebooks · 8 years ago
  • What do you make of these symptoms? (mainly permanent pins and needles in my thumb)?

    2 weeks ago I noticed that I experienced pins and needles in my left hand very easily (just crossing my arms or leaning on the arm of a chair for example). In addition to this, over the last 6 days I have had a permanent feeling of pins and needles in my left thumb, particularly the pad of my thumb. The feeling is mild in the morning and gets... show more
    2 weeks ago I noticed that I experienced pins and needles in my left hand very easily (just crossing my arms or leaning on the arm of a chair for example). In addition to this, over the last 6 days I have had a permanent feeling of pins and needles in my left thumb, particularly the pad of my thumb. The feeling is mild in the morning and gets stronger as the day goes by and by the time I am ready to go to bed I have strong pins and needles in my left thumb, index and middle finger. Today I have also felt slight aching and pain lasting about 5-10 seconds and stretching from my wrist to half way up my thumb. This has happened about 4 or 5 times today. Whenever the pad of my thumb touches something it feels like someone is to squeeze the end of my thumb. Arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome are common amongst my family, but I also play bass guitar and am aware that carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that guitarists in general have to be aware of. The fact that my thumb aches when I touch anything is making it hard for me to press a bass string down onto the fretboard. My left hand also feels a little weaker than usual and a bit slower when it comes to moving around my guitars fret board. I made a phone call this morning to see my GP but was instead directed to a new walk in centre at my local NHS hospital, but the doctor I talked to there told me to get in touch with my GP. So I have rang again and insisted that I see my GP and have an appointment in another 6 days. Until then, I'd appreciate any thoughts on what it might be or if anyone else has experienced these symptoms.
    1 answer · Other - Diseases · 8 years ago
  • Audio Interface 4x4 and 2x4 'I/O' and 'Operation, confused?

    I'm looking to buy the M-Auido Fast Track Pro, USB Audio Interface, but I am confused by a few terms. What does '4x4' simultaneous I/O (inputs/outputs) actually mean? And what is meant by '48khz 2x4 operation'?
    I'm looking to buy the M-Auido Fast Track Pro, USB Audio Interface, but I am confused by a few terms. What does '4x4' simultaneous I/O (inputs/outputs) actually mean? And what is meant by '48khz 2x4 operation'?
    2 answers · Music & Music Players · 9 years ago
  • What USB cable do I need?

    I'm thinking of buying a Tapco Link USB audio interface to do a bit of home recording. I've found a seller on eBay but I don't think he has the original USB cable (I asked if it was included because it wasn't in the pictures and he said he could include one). I then went online to look at USB cables with an A connector and a B... show more
    I'm thinking of buying a Tapco Link USB audio interface to do a bit of home recording. I've found a seller on eBay but I don't think he has the original USB cable (I asked if it was included because it wasn't in the pictures and he said he could include one). I then went online to look at USB cables with an A connector and a B connector (the audio interface has a B socket). I then noticed that all the USB cables I saw were just 2 connectors joined together in the middle by a length of cable... however, the USB cable I have seen in other pictures for the audio interface have a cylindrical piece of plastic attatched to the cable near one end. What is this piece of plastic housing? If I do need to buy a spare USB cable, do I need to find one with this attatchment on it?
    1 answer · Add-ons · 9 years ago
  • Should broadband usage affect online gaming on the PS3?

    I have just downloaded 3.5 hours worth of programmes from the BBC iPlayer, first time i've downloaded so much at once from that particular player but I have downloaded more from 4oD a number of times, but this time a problem has occured; my connection on COD:4 multiplayer is stuck at 1 bar. I tried a number of games but it stayed at 1 bar. I... show more
    I have just downloaded 3.5 hours worth of programmes from the BBC iPlayer, first time i've downloaded so much at once from that particular player but I have downloaded more from 4oD a number of times, but this time a problem has occured; my connection on COD:4 multiplayer is stuck at 1 bar. I tried a number of games but it stayed at 1 bar. I then tried playing COD:WAW and that is also stuck at 1 bar. As far as I am aware I should have unlimited download from my ISP, or at least 10GB per month. The 3.5 hours only comes upto about 2GB and the month is still young. I have downloaded far more in the past and my online PS3 gaming was unaffected. So from all the information, what do yo think is going on? Is my connection being limited because of the downloads or might something else be going on?
    3 answers · Computer Networking · 9 years ago
  • How much energy am I using when I raise a 4.5kg weight through a distance of 0.55m?

    And how do you work it out?
    And how do you work it out?
    3 answers · Physics · 9 years ago
  • A serious question for people against homosexuality?

    You are being forced to marry a man, you have two options; Adolf Hitler or an openly gay, rather feminine man. You are surrounded by armed men who will shoot if you refuse, who do you choose? Or what would you do?
    You are being forced to marry a man, you have two options; Adolf Hitler or an openly gay, rather feminine man. You are surrounded by armed men who will shoot if you refuse, who do you choose? Or what would you do?
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 9 years ago
  • Examples of children's books from before 1960 that portray stereotypical gender roles?

    Any ideas? I need a few comparisons to Enid Blyton's adventure series that portray the girls in the group as cooks and cleaners while the boys are protectors. But I just need any examples and a small explanation of any children's books that contain any gender stereotypes. Thanks in advance.
    Any ideas? I need a few comparisons to Enid Blyton's adventure series that portray the girls in the group as cooks and cleaners while the boys are protectors. But I just need any examples and a small explanation of any children's books that contain any gender stereotypes. Thanks in advance.
    1 answer · Books & Authors · 9 years ago
  • A question regarding representation of social class in Enid Blyton books?

    Can anyone please provide me with a sentence, extract or paragraph, or even a chapter or book, that contians any representation of varied social class in Enid Blyton books, or infact any book from before the 1960s?
    Can anyone please provide me with a sentence, extract or paragraph, or even a chapter or book, that contians any representation of varied social class in Enid Blyton books, or infact any book from before the 1960s?
    1 answer · Books & Authors · 9 years ago
  • Why is it 'Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo' rather than 'Buffalo buffalo whom Buffalo buffalo'?

    For anyone who is aware of the apparently syntactically correct sentence 'Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo' which means 'Bison from Buffalo whom are bullied by Bison from Buffalo' also bully Bison from Buffalo', why in the simpler form of the sentence can you omit the word 'whom' and still... show more
    For anyone who is aware of the apparently syntactically correct sentence 'Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo' which means 'Bison from Buffalo whom are bullied by Bison from Buffalo' also bully Bison from Buffalo', why in the simpler form of the sentence can you omit the word 'whom' and still be syntactically and grammatically standard?
    1 answer · Words & Wordplay · 9 years ago
  • In linguistics, what is term used to describe the following...?

    When a person uses a word that means a specific thing and applies it to a wider range of things. For example, when someone says the word 'mug' but is actually refering to all types of drinking containers, or when someone says the word 'sea' but actually means 'oceans, seas, lakes, rivers. It's something like 'over... show more
    When a person uses a word that means a specific thing and applies it to a wider range of things. For example, when someone says the word 'mug' but is actually refering to all types of drinking containers, or when someone says the word 'sea' but actually means 'oceans, seas, lakes, rivers. It's something like 'over extension of word use' but is wrapped up in a simple term. I can't quite remember. If anyone knows you'd be helping me out with my dissertation.
    2 answers · Words & Wordplay · 9 years ago
  • Christians- If God made me...?

    Where did he do it? When did he do it? How did I literally get from 'his hands' to this physical world?
    Where did he do it? When did he do it? How did I literally get from 'his hands' to this physical world?
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 9 years ago
  • Is anyone familiar with the Bhagavad Gita, 2:71-72, particularly the phrase 'I, Me, Mine'?

    Could you please tell me what the words 'I', 'Me' and 'Mine' are in the original language of the Bhagavad Gita?
    Could you please tell me what the words 'I', 'Me' and 'Mine' are in the original language of the Bhagavad Gita?
    1 answer · Religion & Spirituality · 9 years ago
  • What mixer goes best with Drambuie?

    Recently tried a shot of the stuff and rather liked it, wondering what to mix it with when I possibly buy a bottle this week for long, easy drinks.
    Recently tried a shot of the stuff and rather liked it, wondering what to mix it with when I possibly buy a bottle this week for long, easy drinks.
    5 answers · Beer, Wine & Spirits · 9 years ago