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2013-07-17 10:08:06 AM  
antibiotics?
 
2013-07-17 10:31:57 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: antibiotics?


Win.
 
2013-07-17 10:35:03 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: antibiotics?


Nice, though thtat was less than 100 years ago (something like 70 years ago).
 
2013-07-17 10:36:20 AM  
Doesn't the hint about felling a tree suggest that when you pull on the rope the tree will fall on you?
 
2013-07-17 10:37:56 AM  
Crossing a stream:

1. Have a boy swim across the stream.

WTF?
 
2013-07-17 10:38:59 AM  
The "How to extract a splinter" one is cool. Never heard of that.  You can do the egg one buy rubbing mineral oil on the shells too.
 
2013-07-17 10:40:23 AM  
I always like the related articles at the bottom of the page. My fave this time swas "How to spot a sociopath."

Here, let me help you with that:

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2013-07-17 10:41:18 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: antibiotics?


Penicillin helps you when got penis illin'.
 
2013-07-17 10:42:14 AM  
How to stop a mad dog:

"A scout's staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat may be held before you as shown. The dog invariably endeavours to paw down your defense before biting, thus giving you the opportunity of disabling him by a kick."
 
2013-07-17 10:42:18 AM  
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Hire a pro!
 
2013-07-17 10:42:48 AM  

drb9


Doesn't the hint about felling a tree suggest that when you pull on the rope the tree will fall on you?


Only if you don't have the presence of mind and/or self-preservation instinct to take a step to one side or the other.

Actually if the tree is plumb the notches will do most of the work and the rope will be unnecessary.
 
2013-07-17 10:42:59 AM  

tzzhc4: The Stealth Hippopotamus: antibiotics?

Nice, though thtat was less than 100 years ago (something like 70 years ago).


1935.
 
2013-07-17 10:43:32 AM  

drb9: Doesn't the hint about felling a tree suggest that when you pull on the rope the tree will fall on you?


The cuts establish a plane where the tree wants to break.  The tree is going to fall more or less perpendicular to that plane.  So, you pull the rope while being a few degrees off that line.  tree does not hit you

Alternately

You run the rope around another tree and pull from some other direction entirely
 
2013-07-17 10:43:57 AM  

drb9: Doesn't the hint about felling a tree suggest that when you pull on the rope the tree will fall on you?


People were smarter back then. (just ask your grampa) smart enough to use a rope longer than the tree was tall.
 
2013-07-17 10:45:17 AM  
The water filter is shiat.
reverse the order of fine-coarse filter media.
Boil any filtered water prior to drinking.
 
2013-07-17 10:45:42 AM  
Alternately alternately, what Englebert Slaptyback said
 
2013-07-17 10:51:14 AM  
Pulling a splinter:

1) Expose end of splinter.
2) Pour Elmer's Alue-all over the area.
3) Let dry.
4) Peel.
 
2013-07-17 10:53:13 AM  
Huh, didn't know the water the plant trick, I may try that
 
2013-07-17 10:53:30 AM  

loki see loki do: The water filter is shiat.
reverse the order of fine-coarse filter media.
Boil any filtered water prior to drinking.


I was thinking that at first, too--but the order they show might make sense if you figure that only the finest layer of sand (at top) is doing the filtering, and the layers below that are only to prevent the finer layers from pouring through the hole in the bottom of the bucket. I'd prefer to do it your way, but with a fine cloth filter over the top of the outlet hole.
 
2013-07-17 10:53:34 AM  

drb9: Doesn't the hint about felling a tree suggest that when you pull on the rope the tree will fall on you?


Not if you're in your car.
 
2013-07-17 10:54:13 AM  

loki see loki do: The water filter is shiat.
reverse the order of fine-coarse filter media.
Boil any filtered water prior to drinking.


Came here to say this. They set it up backwards.
 
2013-07-17 10:54:46 AM  
Another interesting thing about eggs. Bad eggs float. Eggs that sink to the bottom are fresher. Eggs on their way up to floating are on the way out.
 
2013-07-17 10:57:00 AM  

HAMMERTOE: Pulling a splinter:

1) Expose end of splinter.
2) Pour Elmer's Alue-all over the area.
3) Let dry.
4) Peel.


Pulling a splinter (my way):
1. Stab and claw at it with sharpened tweezers.
2. Feels great once it's out regardless of the collateral damage.
 
2013-07-17 10:57:01 AM  

big pig peaches: drb9: Doesn't the hint about felling a tree suggest that when you pull on the rope the tree will fall on you?

People were smarter back then. (just ask your grampa) smart enough to use a rope longer than the tree was tall.


Or, failing that, to loop the rope around another tree so that you're pulling it down away from you.
 
2013-07-17 10:58:08 AM  

HAMMERTOE: Pulling a splinter:

1) Expose end of splinter.
2) Pour Elmer's Alue-all over the area.
3) Let dry.
4) Peel.


Like cleaning  a vinyl record with wood glue
 
2013-07-17 10:59:35 AM  
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2013-07-17 11:00:19 AM  

phalamir: drb9: Doesn't the hint about felling a tree suggest that when you pull on the rope the tree will fall on you?

The cuts establish a plane where the tree wants to break.  The tree is going to fall more or less perpendicular to that plane.  So, you pull the rope while being a few degrees off that line.  tree does not hit you

Alternately

You run the rope around another tree and pull from some other direction entirely


Alternately, you use a rope that's longer than the tree is high.
 
2013-07-17 11:00:57 AM  
Mercury in penis hole sadly missing frm list.
 
2013-07-17 11:01:02 AM  
If you have a case of hysteria, your doctor can stimulate your nether regions with a dildo until your condition passes.

Heroin is a decent treatment for headaches.
 
2013-07-17 11:01:21 AM  

Russ1642: Pulling a splinter (my way):
1. Stab and claw at it with sharpened tweezers.
2. Feels great once it's out regardless of the collateral damage.


pretty much this
 
2013-07-17 11:10:53 AM  

pnome: phalamir: drb9: Doesn't the hint about felling a tree suggest that when you pull on the rope the tree will fall on you?

The cuts establish a plane where the tree wants to break.  The tree is going to fall more or less perpendicular to that plane.  So, you pull the rope while being a few degrees off that line.  tree does not hit you

Alternately

You run the rope around another tree and pull from some other direction entirely

Alternately, you use a rope that's longer than the tree is high.


Alternatively, you can go to the other side of the tree and push on the rope. Problem solved.

/I am full of useful advice.
 
2013-07-17 11:11:57 AM  

abhorrent1: Russ1642: Pulling a splinter (my way):
1. Stab and claw at it with sharpened tweezers.
2. Feels great once it's out regardless of the collateral damage.

pretty much this


Agreed. A few minor skin issues will heal in a day whereas a splinter will drive you insane in minutes.

The method in TFA seems bogus. I can't imagine that applying enough suction for it to come out (TWSS) without ripping some flesh off as well. If the splinter was going to come out easily, then just scraping the skin would do it too, I think.
 
2013-07-17 11:12:51 AM  
i dropkick trees
 
2013-07-17 11:20:11 AM  

dittybopper: big pig peaches: drb9: Doesn't the hint about felling a tree suggest that when you pull on the rope the tree will fall on you?

People were smarter back then. (just ask your grampa) smart enough to use a rope longer than the tree was tall.

Or, failing that, to loop the rope around another tree so that you're pulling it down away from you.


Tie the other end of the rope to another tree in the direction you want it to fall, and put some tension in it with a grip knot, or a cargo strap if you have one.  Use a long rope so it's springier, and tie it high in the tree you're felling to get more leverage.  Go around to the safe side of the tree and finish cutting.
 
2013-07-17 11:20:54 AM  
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Auto Fyr Stop.  Spring-loaded fire extinguisher globes.
 
2013-07-17 11:21:04 AM  

OldManDownDRoad: I always like the related articles at the bottom of the page. My fave this time swas "How to spot a sociopath."

Here, let me help you with that:

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Slide #4 seems especially... unfortunate... given current news.
 
2013-07-17 11:22:00 AM  
funny how tips for boyscouts were located in packs of smokes. All my packs of smokes have are warnings.
 
2013-07-17 11:24:00 AM  

loki see loki do: The water filter is shiat.
reverse the order of fine-coarse filter media.
Boil any filtered water prior to drinking.


Yeah I thought the same thing.

/The plant watering one I might try though
 
2013-07-17 11:25:23 AM  

Snarfangel: pnome: phalamir: drb9: Doesn't the hint about felling a tree suggest that when you pull on the rope the tree will fall on you?

The cuts establish a plane where the tree wants to break.  The tree is going to fall more or less perpendicular to that plane.  So, you pull the rope while being a few degrees off that line.  tree does not hit you

Alternately

You run the rope around another tree and pull from some other direction entirely

Alternately, you use a rope that's longer than the tree is high.

Alternatively, you can go to the other side of the tree and push on the rope. Problem solved.

/I am full of useful advice.


Where were you six months ago! I was cutting down a 50 foot birch tree about 8-9" diameter and I needed it to not fall on my house so I used a come-along to do most of the work. Since I had to operate the come-along and I didn't have the rope or real estate to do anything but a straight line I put on my bicycle helmet and got a big piece of plywood as a shield. It came down right on top of me, as expected, but the upper branches in a birch that size aren't very substantial and most of the force was taken up by some vegetation around where I was standing, so I survived without injury.

I have another one, slightly taller, that I'm going to take down this winter. I will definitely try pushing on the rope!
 
2013-07-17 11:25:59 AM  
FTFA:

9. How to rescue someone from electric shock

-Stand on glass..
.

Sure, no problem.  "Hey there, guy who's being electrocuted, hold tight for a few minutes while I go and locate some glass that I can stand on."
 
2013-07-17 11:30:05 AM  

Jument: abhorrent1: Russ1642: Pulling a splinter (my way):
1. Stab and claw at it with sharpened tweezers.
2. Feels great once it's out regardless of the collateral damage.

pretty much this

Agreed. A few minor skin issues will heal in a day whereas a splinter will drive you insane in minutes.

The method in TFA seems bogus. I can't imagine that applying enough suction for it to come out (TWSS) without ripping some flesh off as well. If the splinter was going to come out easily, then just scraping the skin would do it too, I think.


Maybe they could modify this to perform kitchen abortions.
 
2013-07-17 11:37:05 AM  
There's a lot of lumberjacks posting in this thread! I have to admit that my first thought was "that's exactly how we cut down trees".

I like the match one, it would be handy if you were trying to light a campfire. The advice for electric shock is almost what is recommended today. Watering your plants sounds like it could work. Making your own zipline across the river sounds incredibly stupid and fun at the same time!
 
2013-07-17 11:40:15 AM  

OldManDownDRoad: I always like the related articles at the bottom of the page. My fave this time swas "How to spot a sociopath."

Here, let me help you with that:

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So, someone who introduces politics into a non-political topic? I think I've spotted one.
 
2013-07-17 11:40:44 AM  
So help me FSM, if this list includes the glowing Mountain Dew thing...
 
2013-07-17 11:45:18 AM  

Mock26: [img.photobucket.com image 400x300]

Auto Fyr Stop.  Spring-loaded fire extinguisher globes.


I have these in my stove hood.
 
2013-07-17 11:53:51 AM  
5. How to stop a mad dog

images.nypl.org

"A scout's staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat may be held before you as shown. The dog invariably endeavours to paw down your defense before biting, thus giving you the opportunity of disabling him by a kick."

I don't think there may have been too many Boy Scouts who smoked Ogden's Cigarettes back then.
 
2013-07-17 11:55:55 AM  
Distract the dog with your ascott then kick him in the face; got it.
 
2013-07-17 11:57:33 AM  

HAMMERTOE: Pulling a splinter:

1) Expose end of splinter.
2) Pour Elmer's Alue-all over the area.
3) Let dry.
4) Peel.


Duct tape will work too and without the need for the glue mess and drying time.
 
2013-07-17 11:59:54 AM  

Russ1642: Pulling a splinter (my way):
1. Stab and claw at it with sharpened tweezers.
2. Feels great once it's out regardless of the collateral damage.


This process can also be applied to ingrown toenails as well.

/had to dig out two of them last week
 
2013-07-17 12:00:17 PM  
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