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  • How do I turn off pop-ups when someone responds to my Facebook comments?

    Lately when someone responds to my comments on Facebook, I get a huge pop-up that interrupts what I am doing. I don't want to turn off notifications; I just want the damn pop-ups to go away.

    This is something new. I used to just get a little unobtrusive bubble in the corner. But now, it just cuts off whatever I'm doing, I cannot type or read anything until I deal with it.

    1 AnswerFacebook3 years ago
  • Why does my Firefox spell checker insist that I live in Malawi?

    I don’t live in Malawi. I’ve never been to Malawi. I live in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where we spell like Americans.

    I keep changing the Firefox spell checker back to English (United States), and Firefox spontaneously changes it back to English (Malawi), or occasionally English (Zimbabwe). It started doing this a month or two ago, and now it switches me all the time. How to I get it to stop?

    2 AnswersOther - Internet5 years ago
  • Is there an advantage to using real vanilla instead of the fake stuff?

    Vanilla extract is pricey. Vanillin is cheap.

    8 AnswersCooking & Recipes6 years ago
  • Does the commandment "You shall not bear false witness" apply to the pope?

    Pope Benedict XVI said, "The horrors of the concentration camps reveal with utter clarity the consequences of God's absence."

    The pope grew up in Nazi Germany. He knows very well that the Nazis were Christians top to bottom. Why is he blaming the concentration camps on "God's absence"?

    (Source: )

    7 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • Is a legitimate outfit?

    I keep getting these invites to a Web site from one of my e-mail contacts. She says that she knows nothing about them; apparently, her e-mail info was forged onto the message.

    The e-mails have an unsubscribe link, but I don't trust the link, since I never subscribed to them in the first place. The message claims to be from, and the links in the message all go to

    Does anyone know if it would be safe to click the unsubscribe link?

    2 AnswersSecurity9 years ago
  • Does Saint Anthony work for Google?

    Go to and look at the search area. Note who powers the search.

    Now do an article search (the rightmost field). Scroll to the bottom of the page and note who powers the search.

    Is St. Anthony really haunting Google's servers, pushing electrons around, opening and closing NAND gates, directing Google's algorithms, and reading magnetic media? Exactly how is he involved?

    3 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • How does Mary handle all those intercessory prayer requests?

    1.1 billion Catholics with all their rosaries, Hail Marys, and novenas--that's a lot of prayer requests! How does a mere human like the Blessed Mother field all those prayer requests?

    18 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Spiritually speaking, what's up with the avatars with auburn hair, red flower, and cherry blossom background?

    There are way too many of them to be a coincidence. Is it a miracle, or is there another explanation that I missed?

    10 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Was Jesus an agnostic theist?

    (Assuming he existed, of course.)

    Exhibit A: Matthew 27:46

    About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" --NIV

    And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? --KJV

    Have at it!

    7 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • How do inerrantists explain Jacob's creative animal husbandry?

    Genesis 30:37-39 reads:

    "Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted."


    It is a scientific fact that inheritance does not work this way. Accordingly, the NAB (Roman Catholic) commentary explains this as a "widespread notion among simple people"; but this effectively acknowledges that man's error somehow got into the Bible. How do inerrantists explain this passage?

    5 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Uh, what exactly is "black male authenticity"?

    There was a discussion about it on TV. They were saying that in addition to [list of notable "authentic" black males], we'll have to add President-elect Obama. But I never quite understood what they were talking about.

    This also seems to imply that there are inauthentic black males. I've always thought of myself as black and male, but now I need to know whether or not I'm authentic! Is my identity at stake?

    1 AnswerOther - Cultures & Groups1 decade ago
  • What could cause a DSL line to run *routinely* at less than 5% of capacity?

    I have a DSL line that is capable of around 60KB/s. However, more often than not, it runs around 2KB/s. That's right, this DSL line *usually* runs at less than half of dial-up speed! Even 500B/s or slower is not unusual.

    My PC receives service through a household wireless router. There are others that share the line, but I get slow service even when no one else is on the line. Of course, the ISP assures me that I am, in fact, experiencing stunningly fast transfers.

    It's as if there were some phantom load on the line sucking up 95% of the bandwidth. Sometimes resetting the modem and router patches the problem. (Sometimes it doesn't.) But this involves interrupting another household member's privacy, and doesn't really fix the problem. I have no idea how these things work. How can I find out what the problem is and how to fix it?

    2 AnswersComputer Networking1 decade ago
  • About how long does it take for a young kitten to learn that one of her new housemates is not a cat person?

    Seriously, I love cats. For example, I'm trying my darnedest not to hurt the little furball. But the furball is making it seriously difficult.

    6 AnswersCats1 decade ago
  • What is the height of the meniscus of water in a coffee mug?

    And would it be significantly different for other beverages such as coffee or fruit juice?

    I tried observing directly, but could not get a visual fix on the meniscus. I tried searching the Web, but all the relevant sites seem to require a physics degree to understand.

    Would glass give the same (or similar) results as a ceramic mug? Glass would be much easier to measure.

    1 AnswerPhysics1 decade ago
  • Does anyone know the title and artist of a '60s-ish ballad with the lyrics, "faded photograph"?

    That's all I remember of the lyrics, and I'm not even sure that I didn't mishear them. Much to my chagrin, it's a very popular song title, so a Web search was useless.

    But then I heard it on the radio a couple of months ago. It seemed to feature a violin interlude... or was it synthesizers...? Then it was gone... again--except for vague fragments that won't quit popping into my head. I can't request it, Google it, YouTube it, buy it, or steal it. Help!

    1 AnswerOther - Music1 decade ago
  • Explain it again, why would a loving god make mosquitoes?

    Sorry, the blood loss is making me irritable.

    Is this all Adam's fault?

    5 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Why do some people put on their best behavior in front of preachers?

    Does God not keep tabs on people when preacher isn't watching?

    Are non-preachers not worthy of our best behavior?

    Or have I just fallen victim to a TV sitcom stereotype?

    7 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Why does Internet Explorer think that I'm trying to break into my own computer?

    I'm trying to view local documents on my hard disk. They're written in straight, bland HTML 4.01 Strict--no Flash, no JavaScript, no nothing. I even got rid of the CSS. M$IE still flashes a warning bar that it has blocked the page from running scripts and Active-X. What scripts? What Active-X?

    2 AnswersProgramming & Design1 decade ago
  • In what ways can the stories of the Tanakh or Old Testament be applied to 21st century life?

    This question is inspired by 2 sections of Richard Dawkins's book, _The God Delusion_:

    - Chapter 7, "The 'Good' Book and the Changing Moral _Zeitgeist_," in which he argues that even religious people base their morals on a standard greater than that of holy books.

    - Chapter 10, subsection "The Mother of All Burkas," a very inspiring essay that uses the burka, a symbol of religious oppression, as an allegory for our limited biological senses, with modern sensory technology as our liberator.

    The Bible is a very old book, and pretty gruesome by modern standards. Since 1/3 of the world believes it to be the word of God, the challenge is to make the old work for the new. Non-believers' constructive input is welcome.

    I ask specifically about the Old Testament because Christians still hang onto it, and freely consult it for concepts such as the 10 commandments.

    2 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Is it safe to drink Xango while taking an MAOI drug?

    The drug in question is selegeline HCl (Carbex® or Eldepryl®).

    - Selective

    - Irreversible

    - MAO-B inhibitor

    2 AnswersMental Health1 decade ago