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    Bring us your ontological queries. Bring us your relationship problems and the courage to be laughed at. Bring us your need to know that word, y’know the one, it’s on the tip of your tongue, what the fuck is that word, oh god oh god.
    Bring us your yearning for solutions to mathematical dilemmas, beer-related uncertainties, genitalia-piercing indecision and demands for perspective. Bring us embarrassing questions regarding the removal of blunt objects from nether regions – it’s for a friend, honest – and bring us probing global challenges about How Those Other Guys Live.

    Bring us research enquiries, cultural quandaries, opinion-baiting on relevant world events and Shit You’ve Always Wondered About.

    Ask Whitechapel – anything.

    And Whitechapellers? Be a brick and answer back, eh?
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2011
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    Si, If you want honeymoon advice, you only need ask, mate.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2011
     (10170.3)
    @The Mighty Foamhead

    Well played, sir, well played.
    • CommentAuthorlucialima
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2011
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    @The Mighty Foamhead

    Ahahahah..!! Very good..
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2011 edited
     (10170.5)
    Alright, let's get this party started.

    So, about two weeks ago, my car got tapped on the rear bumper by someone else, going maybe seven miles an hour (it was a highway stop, and they didn't quite brake in time). I get out and inspect the damage, and find nothing serious - a very slight paint scratch, but not even a dent on the bumper (Jenny Jackrabbit's a pretty tough girl, for having a fiberglass body). On the other hand, the lady who bumped me took a bit of a hit, and since nothing all that bad happened to me and mine, and I'm not about to stress somebody out when they've already got some ugly car damage to deal with, I call no harm no foul, and she gives me a super-relieved smile and a short hug. All in all, good night.

    However, about three days after the accident, I noticed that shortly after I start my car up and make a hard turn (either direction) I'm hearing a strange grinding noise from the back. After she's warmed up a bit, I don't hear the noise anymore, but anytime I turn after a cold start, the grinding comes back. I've inspected my car's undercarriage, but can't see anything loose or dented - exhaust system and muffler both look just fine. Now, I'm usually pretty good with cars, but I have no idea what that sound could be. So, I open up the question to the floor - anyone had something similar happen to them?

    My car is a 2010 Ford Escape Limited, if that helps at all.
  2.  (10170.6)
    Have your mechanic check the rear shocks. The impact might've knocked something loose or done mild damage that wasn't immediately apparent?

    Maybe?

    Worth a look, anyway.

    -E
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2011
     (10170.7)
    @Eric, I hadn't considered the shocks, and now I feel like an idiot for not. My gut tells me that might be it. Thanks!
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2011
     (10170.8)
    @ Alan Tyson - Probably the carburator. *hitches up pants, adjusts crotch, spits. (GET IT? I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT CARS! THAT'S THE WHOLE JOKE! I'M OFFERING A WORTHLESS OPINION ON A SUBJECT I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT! That, pornography and pictures/videos of cats is practically why the Internet was created!) No, seriously, shocks or even suspension, I'd take a look at. If HER car was messed up and yours wasn't, you could still have some damage to the frame, which puts everything else out of whack. "Get a good mechanic" is the best advice I could give you. (MORE COMEDY! I do KNOW A BIT ABOUT CARS! I was just fooling with you before.:)

    This is more an ontological question, one I've posed before and never received even close to a satisfying answer : What possible evolutionary advantage would derive from being a cat that resembled Hitler? And, as a bonus : what did they think these cats looked like BEFORE Hitler? (Yes, Charlie Chaplin, wiseguy. I'm talking, like, the 19th Century. Before the Hitler mustache was "a thing". And don't tell me you've never seen a cat that looked like Hitler. There's a whole website devoted (and I mean DEVOTED) to them - hell, I met one in real life and he even talked like Groucho Marx, if you can believe THAT. And I wouldn't lie. You know ME. )

    I'm serious. This is a serious question. I KNOW the answer is "Um, Evolution, Asshole!" but ...I'd like to hear someone make a case for ... I dunno ... something or other.

    Serious.
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    What possible evolutionary advantage would derive from being a cat that [has a weird square of black fur that makes it resemble] Hitler?


    Without putting too much thought into it, I would point out that house-cats weren't "evolved." They were domesticated and bred.

    For further details, I'll defer to Wikipedia: house-cats are of the genus felis which includes small-sized wild cats like the African black-footed cat and the rare sand cat (last month a little sand kitten was born in a zoo in Israel, where none are left in the wild). The members of Felis, who share a common ancestor from 7 million years ago, basically are all very close to house-cats, and have different patterns of fur. None seem to have a 'stache.

    The genetic mechanics of house-cat hair patterns are apparently of scientific interest and study, though. Wikipedia tells us that "the enzyme tyrosinase is needed to produce the dark pigment melanin and Burmese cats have a mutant form that is only active at low temperatures, resulting in color appearing only on the cooler ears, tail and paws." How about that! Color changing hair cat! Next up: Battle Damage Cat

    Bonus cat fact: "An example of a mutation that is shared among all felines, including the big cats, is a mutant chemosensor in their taste buds that prevents them from tasting sweetness." No wonder cats have bad attitudes :(

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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2011 edited
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    All righty, I'll throw one out there.

    Does anyone know of any good tutorials on advanced painting techniques, specifically with heavy bodied acrylics or oils? I'm especially interested in rare and unusual brushwork styles beyond my customary narrow flatbrush and high-detail-fine-line repertoire.
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    @Alan Tyson. It sounds as though one of the springs on the rear suspension has either popped out of its collar / snapped / or twisted.
  5.  (10170.12)
    On the subject of Hitler-esque-iness, why is it socially acceptable for Micheal Jordan to have a Hitler Mustache?
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    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
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    @govspy - he needs it to keep his soul patch from getting lonely.
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    I think it would be more acceptable if he grew a mohawk of the same width, and manscaped all body hair accordingly, creating a sort of racing-stripe-full-body effect.
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    "socially acceptable for Michael Jordan" and Pwoooosh your sentence just exPLODED

    he's Micheal Jordan!

    A valid phrase would be, "Why is x Michael Jordanly acceptable for society to consider doing," where x is something like: talking; breeding goats; taking pictures of lightning.
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      CommentAuthorFishelle
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
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    What possible evolutionary advantage would derive from being a cat that resembled Hitler?


    My thought, as a cat lover and one who doesn't have a whole lot of knowledge on the subject of evolution, is thus:
    The cat's that live and breed the most are probably the ones we domesticate and own. Now most of us don't own very many cats. If we get one, we have to pick and choose to some extent. And the one that will always catch our eye in the box of kittens being sold at the door of Walmart for a dollar or whatever, will be the one that has the most distinctive characteristics. The cat with a Hitler mustache will be good for conversation when friends see it, it can be given an oh-so-clever name, etc. The little brown fuzzball that you don't pick may be adorable, but it isn't such a silly one to own.
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    It would take a lot of number crunching to tie owner preferences to house-cat coat pattern selection, given that stray cats have a history of being very productive, whereas (lately and in some places) owner-preferred cats are very lIkely to be sterilized! So "unwanted" coat patterns probably have a lot of weight in the gene pool. But, yeah.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
     (10170.18)
    My question:

    How does one approach sending your work out to publications that you think will enjoy it? I get the point where I write an e-mail to them, but I'm always confused as to how the tone should be. The temptation is either to be too formal or too informal. Anyone have any insight on this?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
     (10170.19)
    @oldhat

    By work you mean your photography, writing, what?
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
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    By work I mean whatever you do. In my personal area it's my photography, but I think this can apply to all art forms when it comes to submitting stuff.

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