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Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:05:24 -0800

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What is this paddle-like silverware utensil for?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:05:24 -0800

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook recently, and despite my usually-excellent Google-fu, I have been unable to figure out what this utensil was for. Its business end looks like a paddle that one might use to stir something with, but the curve of the handle looks more like tableware than cookware to me.

(Since no scale is provided in the photos, I should note that the utensil is normal tableware length.)

Photos here.

How to treat a (suspected) spider bite?

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 22:35:43 -0800

So I think I got bitten by a spider two nights ago on my shin. What should I do about it, if anything? This is what the bite and nearby area look like, and have since I first noticed it when changing for bed the same night. That is, it hasn't spread since then.

It doesn't hurt at all, but does itch like crazy. I've put OTC hydrocortisone cream on it to ease the itchiness, which helps. Is there anything more I can/should do? Should I go to the doctor about it? Why are the red spots other than the one with the bite mark in it there? Is it possible it was something other than a spider that bit me -- and if so, what?

Yes, I know, YANAD, or if you are YANMD.

Need help finding a Christmas/Hanukkah card

Sun, 22 Nov 2009 12:00:28 -0800

Please help find a particular Christmas/Hanukkah card that my wife and I love! A number of years ago -- at least seven, but I'm not really sure -- I got my wife a holiday card that she just absolutely loved. See, I'm Jewish by heritage (though I'm not at all religious) and she's Catholic by heritage (though is Unitarian now). So every December we have both Hanukkah and Christmas.

This card, then, showed Santa Claus kneeling down and playing dreidel on the floor with a few kids. On the inside of the card it said something like "Even though we celebrate different things this time of year, we can still play well together." It may have been by American Greetings, but we're not certain of that.

My usually powerful Google-fu has failed to uncover anything about this card. Obviously, we'd like to know how to get our hands on a few copies.

There is another Christmas/Hanukkah interfaith card that was more of the type you write a note in and send to a bunch of folks, that showed a reindeer where its antlers made the shape of a Hanukkah menorah, complete with little candles in each. If you can help find that one, too, I'd greatly appreciate it.


Experience with a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Thu, 15 May 2008 10:21:44 -0800

Anyone with experience with a Spinal Cord Stimulator? After a lumbar laminectomy last September, as I detailed in an AskMe comment here, and due to subsequent chronic pain have just started a trial of a spinal cord stimulator. I'm finding it very hard to get used to both the feeling of the stimulation (though it's better than pain) and the idea of having an electronic device implanted in my body.

Does anyone in AskMeLand have experience with this, and if so, could you tell me if it worked for you, and whether you thought it was worth going through to get rid of your pain? If not, were you able to find something else that worked (and if so, obviously, what was it)?

Please help me find where this WW2 soldier is buried

Sun, 23 Sep 2007 14:33:35 -0800

Please help me find the grave of Private Thomas F. Maguire of Arlington, Massachusetts, who was killed in WW2. I'm asking this for my wife's grandfather, who knew Maguire, and wants to know where he's buried for a memorial. I've done as many searches of as many databases as I can think of online, and here's what I've found based on the info my wife's grandfather had:

Private Thomas F. Maguire, U.S. Army, 34th Division, 135th Infantry, "F" platoon, serial number 31359856. Born 1925 (date unknown), enlisted February 6, 1943 in Boston, killed in action January 17, 1944 in Italy.

A search of the VA's gravesite locator comes up empty, as does a search of the American Battle Monuments Commission's WW2 database. A search of the latter for members of Maguire's battalion shows that all the members who were killed around the same time he was were buried in the Sicily-Rome Cemetery, so it's possible he was, too. But then why isn't he in the database?

Any leads would be appreciated.

What should I do about a screw in my food?

Mon, 23 Jul 2007 16:56:18 -0800

I found a metal screw in my takeout Chinese food. What should I do? This is from a restaurant I really like--one of the only authentic Sichuan restaurants in the area. I've never had any problems with their food before, but I just found a screw in the leftovers from the takeout I got yesterday.

I found it by biting down on it, fortunately not hard enough to injure my teeth at all. I spat it out instantly, assuming it was a bone from the chicken used to make the dish, then discovered what it really was. I saved it, still covered in sauce, in a plastic bag, and threw out the rest of the food.

Should I bring it to the restaurant, perhaps with a friend of mine who speaks Mandarin, as the staff there doesn't speak English that well? Are there any authorities I should notify?

What happened to my knee?

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 10:58:58 -0800

What happened to my knee? It felt like it was slightly dislocated, but it got better so quickly it doesn't fit with what I've read online about knee dislocations. And of course I want to know how to prevent it from happening again. Some nights before reading stories with the kids, my wife or I will lie face down on our bed and let the kids climb on top of us so we can dump them off. It's easy and free, and the kids think it's a blast. So, the other night, I was sitting up from this position, so we could read stories on the bed, and something happened to my left knee.

I'm not sure precisely how it happened, but it's possible my left foot was under my right knee, and then I felt a sharp pain in my left knee, and suddenly I couldn't bend the knee at all either way (it was mostly flexed, and my hip was to the side, as though I were sitting cross-legged, at the time) without agony. After a few minutes of leaving it be, I gently used both hands to rotate my leg so my knee pointed up, then tried to flex and extend it again. With help from my hands, I was able to move it a little bit, when I suddenly got the feeling of something sliding (painfully, but briefly) back into place, and then everything was fine. My knee was a little sore afterwards, but I could walk and even kneel without a problem.

This hardly seems worth going to the doctor for (since it's OK now, what would they examine anyway?), but I'd really like to know what happened. Because of the sliding-back-into-place feeling, I Googled knee dislocation, but everything I saw indicated that this was always coupled with ligament damage, which I obviously don't have (else how could I walk painlessly?).

Any ideas?

CoffeeFilter: Does light roast have more caffeine than dark?

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 11:11:57 -0800

CoffeeFilter: Does light roast coffee really have more caffeine than dark roast? I heard this from a barista at a Caribou Coffee the other day, and I've Googled it extensively. I've found sites that say there's almost no difference at all, and sites that seem to indicate that the difference is noticeable. I just don't know whom to believe.

Does anyone know of a study of this question that's been done with actual, scientifically obtained data to back up a conclusion, one way or the other? I want to know how to get the most caffeine bang for my buck.

Help me identify an old watch!

Sun, 17 Dec 2006 18:02:32 -0800

Please help me identify/value this watch that I inherited from my grandfather. Here's what I know about it: It was made by Le Coultre, in or before 1962, since according to the inscription that's when it was given to my grandfather. The gold is 14K, according to the back. The crystal appears to be original, and is completely intact and unscratched.

I've searched a great deal on eBay and Google and various antique sites, and I've found similar watches, but nothing quite the same. Can anyone help me figure out what exact watch this is, and how much it's likely to be worth?

Please help fix a bizarre IE image bug!

Thu, 03 Aug 2006 10:45:07 -0800

I'm a web app developer with a really strange Internet Explorer image bug. Please help! Specifics and screenshot within... I'm on a team of developers working on a J2EE web application, running on OC4j (not by choice). We have a sizable number of icons in our application, which are all 16 x 16 pixel GIFs.

Every so often, only when using IE (v6 or v7 beta), the icons on a page will show up distorted. Instead of 16 x 16, they'll be stretched wider and taller, and, consequently, they look lousy. Refresh the page, and they'll immediately look fine. This has happened to multiple testers on different computers, with different screen resolutions and slightly different IE option settings. It has never happened in Firefox, despite much testing in that browser.

It is all the more annoying because it's not consistently reproducible, which makes it exceedingly hard to fix. We've made sure the height and width HTML attributes are always set on the images, and set them in the CSS for them as well (and verified that the CSS being applied to them is correct).

It should be noted that these images are sometimes being displayed using tags, but most of the time are displayed using because we use them as command buttons to submit forms, and are disallowed from using much Javascript.

A screenshot of an example:

Please help! I've been doing web app development for ten years, and I've never seen this behavior before.