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#268399 - 08/06/09 10:54 AM Re: I've Always Wondered... (Insert Question Here! [Re: ClubNeon]
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I prefer my coffee black.
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#268400 - 08/06/09 11:01 AM Re: I've Always Wondered... (Insert Question Here! [Re: ClubNeon]
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Mass (or volume in Ken’s example) is directly proportional to density and state of matter (solid, liquid, vapor). The liquid will be denser than the sugar cube. This assumes temperature remains constant.


My question:

What the hell was it? The chicken or the egg?
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#268401 - 08/06/09 11:22 AM Re: I've Always Wondered... (Insert Question Here! [Re: michael_d]
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I'm going with Aristotle on that one to answer/not answer the question. He concluded, after much thought, that they must BOTH have existed from the start. I know, I know...but...

On a different note, I'm wondering why the gov't here is banning all these pesticides/herbicides for homeowners but continues to allow farmers and golf courses to apply massive amounts of them. Either these chemicals are bad for the environment or they're not, what does it matter who applies them? I do have some sympathy for the farmers, however, because they are producing crops, but there exists a double standard here. I can't imagine how much of these chemicals the thousands of golf courses are putting into the water table.
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#268402 - 08/06/09 11:44 AM Re: I've Always Wondered... (Insert Question Here! [Re: michael_d]
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 Originally Posted By: michael_d
What the hell was it? The chicken or the egg?

I've always (since elementary school) seen this as question of evolution vs. creationism.

If you side with evolution, then the egg came first. The two creatures which produced and fertilized the egg were not quite chickens yet, but one evolutionary step before. Although the egg they made contained a chicken.

If you side with creationism, then it was the chicken, as all the animals created were in their fully formed state, not as zygotes.

Yes, I was pondering such ideas before I was 10.

How about some questions which can actually be answered instead of just thought experiments. Although the sugar in coffee one was pretty good. Try this: if you mix a half liter of pure alcohol and a half liter of distilled water. What is the volume of the resulting mixture?
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#268407 - 08/06/09 01:02 PM Re: I've Always Wondered... (Insert Question Here! [Re: ClubNeon]
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 Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
Try this: if you mix a half liter of pure alcohol and a half liter of distilled water. What is the volume of the resulting mixture?

I am not sure of the exact volume but it will be less than 1 liter because the molecules of the 2 solutions are not the same.

Does anyone know what my Avatar is?
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#268412 - 08/06/09 01:18 PM Re: I've Always Wondered... (Insert Question Here! [Re: Argon]
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I have always wondered why there is brail on a drive through ATM
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#268413 - 08/06/09 01:26 PM Re: I've Always Wondered... (Insert Question Here! [Re: Worfzara]
Argon Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Worfzara
I have always wondered why there is brail on a drive through ATM


I am guessing that a lot of well educated lawmakers dictated that any sign in a bank be "accessible" to the blind.
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#268414 - 08/06/09 01:56 PM Re: I've Always Wondered... (Insert Question Here! [Re: Worfzara]
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Registered: 10/23/03
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Loc: Jacksonville, IL
 Originally Posted By: Worfzara
I have always wondered why there is brail on a drive through ATM


I agree that it seems silly, but it's simply so that visually-impaired people can use them. No, of course they don't drive themselves up to one. But they can be driven to one. And the braille allows them to use the ATM just like anyone else.

I've seen it many times.

A) I once worked in a bank where we could view the outside ATM machine.

and

B) my town is home to the Illinois School for the Visually Impared, so there is a community of VI people that live here.

so, A+B=C; where C= seeing a VI person using the braille on an ATM machine. ;\)
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#268415 - 08/06/09 01:56 PM Re: I've Always Wondered... (Insert Question Here! [Re: ClubNeon]
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 Quote:
if you mix a half liter of pure alcohol and a half liter of distilled water. What is the volume of the resulting mixture?


Since pure alcohol evaporates rather quickly, less than 1 liter, for sure.
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#268416 - 08/06/09 01:58 PM Re: I've Always Wondered... (Insert Question Here! [Re: Worfzara]
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I have always wondered why there is brail on a drive through ATM.


It's because they use the same parts for ATMs in drive-through and walk-up situations. Economies of scale, see?
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