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Published: Sat, 19 Sep 2015 05:54:44 -0800

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Help me paper a wall with Bazooka Joe comics.

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 05:54:44 -0800

I got it into my head that it would be fun to cover the wall next to the downstairs toilet with this stash of Bazooka Joe comics I recently found, but I'm not sure the best way to go about it. What kind of adhesive should I use? Will the wax paper deter adhesion? The wall is currently painted with a blue flat latex. What should I prime the surface with? I'm figuring I'd apply them one at a time, but is there a more efficient way to do it? I came across a box of miscellaneous ephemera in the garage, and in it was a ziploc bag filled with thousands of Bazooka Joe comics from my youth when I was a crazed bubble gum chewer. The comics are between 35 and 20 years old but seemed to be in good shape. They're 76 mm x 45 mm each (3 x 1 3/4 inches) and made of wax paper.

I have no idea why I collected them, saved them for decades, or chewed so much gum, and may save that question for a follow up AskMe which will likely result in consensus about seeking professional help. For now I just want help covering a wall with them.

What to do and see between central Pennsylvania and New Orleans

Sat, 24 May 2014 18:53:35 -0800

I'm taking my two daughters to see my family and we're driving, from central Pennsylvania to New Orleans. Here's the basic route. Where should we eat? What should we detour to see? It'll be a two or three day drive. Help us plan it.

Instructions on the care of a domesticated fairy ring.

Mon, 12 May 2014 17:36:38 -0800

My family's been living in this house for about ten years, and early on I noticed we had a fairy ring on the property. When our kids were little, they loved the fairy ring and asked me to mow around it, which I've done for the past six or seven years. This year I noticed that it seemed to expand. Since I don't cut it, there's a circle of longer grass from last year inside of where the fairy ring showed up this spring, as if the ring grew a little bit larger. I also noticed a smaller fairy ring, about a quarter of the size, seemed to be growing about fifteen yards away. I guess what I'm wondering is, by not mowing over the fairy ring, are we helping it get bigger, maybe even spawning baby fairy rings? What do you know about the care, feeding, and life cycle of the domesticated fairy ring? Other possibly relevant factors.

An underground septic drain field is about thirty yards away.

A very large tree died about four years ago. It's also about thirty yards away.

Don't use any pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer on my property, but live next to a commodity crop farm and the field is about fifty yards from the fairy rings.

The fairy ring has never fruited, which is also why I don't know what kind of fairy ring it is.

So does my leaving it unmowed make any difference? And if I wanted to encourage a healthy fairy ring, what, if anything, might I do? Is it growing and spawning a new ring, or is that bad observation and a coincidence?

Do wild honey bee colonies ever move into an abandoned hive?

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:56:52 -0800

Not far from where I live is/was a wild bee colony in a living but semi-hollowed tree, and I've been observing this colony for a number of years as an amateur naturalist. About three years ago I noticed that the hive seemed empty from winter to winter, and I suspected it was a victim of CCD, but then the next two years after that the colony was back and seemed to thrive. Well, I stopped by this weekend and I find the hive seems abandoned, even after I saw activity earlier this year. I'm not assuming the colony collapsed, but I'm wondering if when it disappeared three years ago, was what I saw the years after that the same hive, or did a new colony move or grow there? Do wild colonies ever recolonize the hive of a previous colony? The other details that I wonder about include the fact that this colony is very near a road with a residential home on one side, and a large farm on the opposite side. The tree hosting the colony is on the residential side, and the owner recently used glyphosate in a large area close to the colony. Blaming that though seems sketchy as I know the farm across the road also uses glyphosate, but I don't think they have this year, at least not yet. It's usually pretty obvious. And there certainly aren't studies conclusively pointing to glyphosate, I just think it's notable that the residential homeowner recently did. Both sides have used it in the past on years when the colony seemed to be thriving.

So I'm worried about this colony, particularly because when I visited last weekend, I saw quite a few ants crawling in and out of where I typically see bees entering the hive. If there were bees in there, I can't imagine they'd tolerate those ants, so I'm concerned. Checked again this weekend and I still saw nothing.

So it got me wondering if there could be a bounce back as it seemed to have occurred three years ago. Or did that colony actually collapse, and what I saw the year after was actually a new colony that moved in. My googling and small collection of bee books don't address the issue of wild colonies moving into abandoned colonies, so if you know, or can point to a resource that looks at this, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Ripples, Ribbons, and Fudge: Help me make better ice cream.

Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:41:50 -0800

Made a deal with an Amish neighbor to buy, among other things, a pint of heavy cream a week. As a result I've been making a lot of ice cream. I've got a few good go-to recipes, but what I want to learn about next is flavoring with ribbons and ripples. I have this excellent salt carmel ice cream recipe, for example, but the carmel seems to turn to hard candy when frozen. What's the trick to keeping ripples and ribbons from getting too hard? Are there tricks to folding in fudges and caramels in ice cream? Do added gelatins or oils help? And while you're here, what's your favorite homemade ice cream recipe? I've been using the Ben & Jerry's recipe book and it's been great, but I want to try new things, and learn about some ice cream flavoring principles. I'm pretty good at flavoring the base, but now I want to learn more advanced techniques.

I typically will use the first B&J base (with the egg yolks) and mix it in a Krups GVS-1 that I found at Goodwill. Unless it's just a flavored base, I'll typically fold in the jam, sauce, fudge or whatever before putting it back in the freezer for hardening. Can timing be improved?

Give me all your homemade ice cream knowledge. Thanks!

Where did these photos of Soviet space programs come from?

Sat, 12 Oct 2013 10:28:30 -0800

I found these two mini-portfolios of two (Mir and Buran) Soviet space programs at a thrift store, but I'm having a little trouble figuring out where they're from. On the front they both have Russian words, but inside, the list of photographs is in English. Who was the audience? Are they souvenirs? If so, why English when it seems highly unlikely that english-speakers were touring Soviet space complexes in the Eighties? If you can tell me what the covers say, that might help clarify what these are. Propaganda, souvenirs, spy stuff? I found them in a thrift store in Pennsylvania. The photos are 18mm x 12mm and appear to be actual photographic prints. Each is numbered in pencil, by hand, on the back to correspond with the portfolio lists. Any context you could provide would be appreciated.

What play features Freud's On Dreams?

Sat, 21 Sep 2013 04:57:49 -0800

I'm going through some boxes of old books I had in storage and came across this one, which isn't what it seems. I suspect it was created as a prop fro a play, but I can't think of a play I worked on, or have read that features this book. What play might have used this book prop?

Who is Mitchell Miller?

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:04:04 -0800

I have this book by Jack Sendak, with illustrations by Mitchell Miller. All I know or can find about Mitchell Miller is that he illustrated two books for Jack Sendak, as did Sendak's brother. Thing is, Miller's work looks awfully familiar.

Tell me what you know about the livestock feed called Chop

Sat, 25 May 2013 15:44:32 -0800

I live in a central Pennsylvania village that's almost 200 years old called Linden Hall. It was in the cellar of a home in our village that one of my neighbors found a bunch of old feed bags from the mill that used to be powered by the creek that runs through here. One of those feed bags looked like this. It uses this term "Chop." So we began to wonder why, if Chop was a type of feed, why did it had a protein and fat content label? And why are there horses on the bag? Was this actually livestock feed, or something else? So a friend who saw that image tells me that one of the old farmers he knows once told him that Chop was when whole grain plants (typically corn, stalk and all) were harvested and then chopped while still green. And then that would be blended with sorghum or suet to increase the caloric content. Again, this is confusing. With green plants and liquids added, how could it be sold by the dry bag?

Anyway, anything you can tell me about "Fresh Ground Chop" would be greatly appreciated.

What else can I do with this artisanal salt?

Sat, 02 Mar 2013 10:06:36 -0800

I'm making salt carmel ice cream and several recipes I've found insisted on using Maldon salt if you're going to try making it. So I looked it up online and then tracked it down at a local grocery and HOLY PETE $7 for 8 oz! Well, I bought it, but now I'm wondering what else I can do with it. Any suggestions for what else I might make with light, flakey, hand-crafted, lovingly-desiccated, pyramidal salt? Is it pretty much the same as fleur de sel?