A Conversation for Ask h2g2

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Post 16261

Icy North

I echo the burnt popcorn. Earlier this year, the company launched a new product, and celebrated by leaving a small bag of microwavable popcorn on *every* desk. It's taken a good few months to get that stench out of the fabric of the building.


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Post 16262

ITIWBS

I know what you mean.

Long ago swore off on microwave popcorn.

Usually take mine in the form of chips.


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Post 16263

Baron Grim

The really annoying thing was this wasn't just accidentally burned popcorn. One of the office staff upstairs actually preferred burnt popcorn. It was a premeditated stench.


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Post 16264

ITIWBS

Stipulated, medical charcoal is outrageously overpriced in the stores considering the base of its manufacture is stale bread.

Its nontheless inexcusable to burn one's carbohydrates for the stuff in other people breathing air.


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Post 16265

Teasswill

Today's PH - metal tubes eg tomato paste, that get really hard to squeeze when nearly empty. You can never get everything out and the tube tends to bend and hurt your hands.


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Post 16266

Icy North

You need to squeeze them from the bottom from the outset.

Metal tubes, I mean.


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Post 16267

A T Hun

Unable to find your page

Oh dear.
Sorry about this.
This isn't at all what's supposed to happen.
This is exactly the sort of thing that can cause stress and anxiety.
Those are not good things.

Have a look at this calming image that we've chosen just for occasions such as this. Hopefully it will help keep you calm while we look into the problem.
smiley - tongueout


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Post 16268

Baron Grim

Check the URL. If you were in a Ripley skin sometimes when you try to navigate the site part of the URL gets repeated. IIRC you might have to just delete the extra "dna/h2g2/" if that is what happened to you.


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Post 16269

A T Hun

Unable to find your page
No... it's not the URL. JUST the standard message when not working or slow. You think a generic internet message would be so wordy and soothing?
Let's end this conversation right now. Sheeze...

Oh dear.
Sorry about this.
This isn't at all what's supposed to happen.
This is exactly the sort of thing that can cause stress and anxiety.
Those are not good things.

Have a look at this calming image that we've chosen just for occasions such as this. Hopefully it will help keep you calm while we look into the problem.


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Post 16270

Cheerful Dragon

Harking back to the awkwardness of metal tubes, plastic tubes are worse. I've encountered two types. Most toothpaste comes in flexible tubes that you can roll up as they empty. They don't stay rolled up, but it's doable, and I believe you can get gadgets to keep the tube rolled up. Some toothpaste comes in stiff plastic tubes that are almost impossible to roll. As they empty, you get a void at the sealed end that makes it hard to get toothpaste out. I'm having a daily struggle and I may change the brand I use.


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Post 16271

Icy North

The worst thing is when you get a bubble of air inside the toothpaste. You can try to squeeze this trapped wind out gently, but beware of peering down into the tube as you do so, as it can explode and leave splashed toothpaste around your eye.


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Post 16272

ITIWBS

Sometimes I just cut the tube open to get at the last dab, cut off the crimp end, slit the tube vertically, then another horizontal cut around the base of the cap end.

With fine arts paints, sometimes I'd slightly dilute the paint with a suitable water or oil medium, then store any remaining excess in a small jar or bottle.


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Post 16273

Teasswill

I have tried rolling down from the end, but the tube still seems to end up a bit of a mangled mess. Perhaps I'm just being too stingy expecting to get every last drop out?


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Post 16274

Icy North

I don't think it's possible to be too stingy smiley - smiley


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Post 16275

Wand'rin star

Cut across the end of the tube and put a bulldog clip over it. Use this to help you push the toothpaste out. Cut again when necessary.smiley - starsmiley - star


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Post 16276

Baron Grim

I have one of those gadgets for rolling the toothpaste tube. It looks like this:
http://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41kWilxX8lL.jpg
There's a slot in the "key" part inside. Here's an open version:
http://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/80/88/f7/8088f74411e01231e66a7874766aa784.jpg
They work wonderfully. I don't miss the hassle of dealing with an unrestrained plastic toothpaste tube. The thin metal ones were tolerable but you still left a lot in the tube as your fingers just don't squeeze evenly and getting a good, tight roll is an art form.

Searching for the images above revealed a wide variety toothpaste tube wranglers.


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