Questions you want answered.

Whoppers are fairly consistent interiors while maltesers are a honeycomb structure so they're a little more airy vs a crunchier whopper core. I find maltesers have more of a caramel-esque taste while the whoppers taste sweeter.

It should be noted that both are "food" only in the loosest sense of the terms (care of wiki)

maltesers: Sugar, Modified Milk Ingredients, Malted Milk Powder (Malted Barley, Corn Syrup, Modified Milk Ingredients, Wheat Flour, Modified and Hydrogenated Palm Oil, sugar, Wheat Gluten, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Bicarbonate, Salt) Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Corn Syrup, Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Lactose, Malted Barley Extract, Soy Lecithin, Ammonium Salt of Phosphorylated Glyceride, Pectin, Sorbitan Tristearate, Artificial Flavour.

whoppers: sugar, whey (milk), partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, corn syrup solids, corn syrup, malted milk (barley malt, wheat flour, milk, salt, sodium bicarbonate), cocoa, resinous glaze, sorbitan tristearate, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, calcium carbonate, tapioca dextrin, and salt.

I hope that isn't your view LarryC.

What kind of umbrella do you guys in windy cities use?

mooosicle wrote:

What kind of umbrella do you guys in windy cities use?

A hood.

mooosicle wrote:

What kind of umbrella do you guys in windy cities use?

Windbuster, bustin' wind makes me feel good. No wait, that's breaking wind.

It's two separate layers: instead of blowing the whole umbrella inside out, only the top (inner) layer pops up—just wiggle the thingy on the shaft and it pops back down, and you stay dry the whole time.

IMAGE(http://vancouverumbrella.com/assets/products/83_1473165383_m_big.jpg)

Gravey wrote:

just wiggle the thingy on the shaft

Hehe heh heheheh heh hehehe heheh hehheh heh.

BadKen wrote:
Gravey wrote:

just wiggle the thingy on the shaft

Hehe heh heheheh heh hehehe heheh hehheh heh.

This, combined with your avatar had me laughing far more than necessary.

Somewhat biological and NSFW

Spoiler:

I have seen many reports that semen has chemicals/hormones that induce happiness. What is the mechanism that gets these into the bloodstream of the recipient so they get the (alleged) effect? Are they absorbed through the vaginal walls? Do they need to be ingested via the stomach?

I am just trying to maximise the sharing of happiness.

Bruce -- try this article excerpt from New Scientist, which seems likely to be the least overblown article on the subject. I'll let you do any further searching to find the source journal article yourself.

Spoiler:

Overblown. Snerk.

I came across this some time back as well; the results look promising to me, but even a larger study of 700 subjects is still way too small to mean much.

EDIT:

Spoiler:

Personal experience strongly supports this study, and ingestion seems less effective.

How do I go about figuring out my wife's size in clothing without her finding out? I've tried looking at labels, but there are so many measurements, none of which seem to agree with other, similar items of clothing. Since it's for a present she doesn't know about, asking her is out of the question.

Rallick wrote:

How do I go about figuring out my wife's size in clothing without her finding out? I've tried looking at labels, but there are so many measurements, none of which seem to agree with other, similar items of clothing. Since it's for a present she doesn't know about, asking her is out of the question.

One word: Gift receipt.

Spoiler:

I know it's two words, the error was intentional since we're stupid men.

Rallick wrote:

How do I go about figuring out my wife's size in clothing without her finding out? I've tried looking at labels, but there are so many measurements, none of which seem to agree with other, similar items of clothing. Since it's for a present she doesn't know about, asking her is out of the question.

Root through your wife's closet until you find a style of clothing that is similar to what you want to buy. Bring it into the store and say "This fits her", and the staff, if they ave a clue, will do the fitting and matching for you.

Also, gift receipt.

Trick her into getting her measurements? Female clothing sizes differ so much from brand to brand (and even year to year) that I don't even try anymore.

Hey! Something else I don't have to worry about anymore!

Rallick wrote:

How do I go about figuring out my wife's size in clothing without her finding out? I've tried looking at labels, but there are so many measurements, none of which seem to agree with other, similar items of clothing. Since it's for a present she doesn't know about, asking her is out of the question.

Does she have a sister you can ask? With women's clothes, sizes aren't consistent across brands, and even if you find the right size, the proportions might be off. Definitely get a gift receipt. Or if this is super fancy and custom made or whatever, make the surprise bringing her to the store for a fitting.

Dakuna wrote:
Rallick wrote:

How do I go about figuring out my wife's size in clothing without her finding out? I've tried looking at labels, but there are so many measurements, none of which seem to agree with other, similar items of clothing. Since it's for a present she doesn't know about, asking her is out of the question.

One word: Gift receipt.

Spoiler:

I know it's two words, the error was intentional since we're stupid men.

This is very wise.
Even if you find out a size successfully, at least for my wife, the sense of whether or not it fits right is so subjective that she has multiple sizes in her closet.

With the holidays coming close, you can also say someone was asking and you wanted to make sure you told them the right sizes. After all, someone is asking.

Rahmen wrote:
Dakuna wrote:
Rallick wrote:

How do I go about figuring out my wife's size in clothing without her finding out? I've tried looking at labels, but there are so many measurements, none of which seem to agree with other, similar items of clothing. Since it's for a present she doesn't know about, asking her is out of the question.

One word: Gift receipt.

Spoiler:

I know it's two words, the error was intentional since we're stupid men.

This is very wise.
Even if you find out a size successfully, at least for my wife, the sense of whether or not it fits right is so subjective that she has multiple sizes in her closet.

With the holidays coming close, you can also say someone was asking and you wanted to make sure you told them the right sizes. After all, someone is asking.

Wife: who the hell wants to know my size? Don't tell them anything! Where is the gun?

Demosthenes wrote:
Rahmen wrote:
Dakuna wrote:
Rallick wrote:

How do I go about figuring out my wife's size in clothing without her finding out? I've tried looking at labels, but there are so many measurements, none of which seem to agree with other, similar items of clothing. Since it's for a present she doesn't know about, asking her is out of the question.

One word: Gift receipt.

Spoiler:

I know it's two words, the error was intentional since we're stupid men.

This is very wise.
Even if you find out a size successfully, at least for my wife, the sense of whether or not it fits right is so subjective that she has multiple sizes in her closet.

With the holidays coming close, you can also say someone was asking and you wanted to make sure you told them the right sizes. After all, someone is asking.

Wife: who the hell wants to know my size? Don't tell them anything! Where is the gun?

That's more or less the response I'm expecting, yes.

I am getting divorced... I am not super worried about offending her... still wouldn't ask.

I sense your perspective may be compromised

Heh... let's say this then.

I would not ask my mom. That alone tells me that it is a question that shouldn't be asked.

Idris Elba:

Handsomest man alive or handsomest man ever?

Demosthenes wrote:

Heh... let's say this then.

I would not ask my mom. That alone tells me that it is a question that shouldn't be asked. :lol:

I haven't spoken up before, but now I have to ask. Why? If I were going to give anyone a clothing present, I'd ask for a rather detailed size list measurement. And I expect to have it without any drama. It's just numbers.

LarryC wrote:
Demosthenes wrote:

Heh... let's say this then.

I would not ask my mom. That alone tells me that it is a question that shouldn't be asked. :lol:

I haven't spoken up before, but now I have to ask. Why? If I were going to give anyone a clothing present, I'd ask for a rather detailed size list measurement. And I expect to have it without any drama. It's just numbers.

In the US, we have a big problem with body image and body shaming for women - both external pressure from media saying "women should look like this" and internal pressure that an individual women may place on herself for not conforming to the image media presents.

It's generally considered impolite to ask a women her "size". And it's certainly made harder by the facts presented above - a "14" in one clothing brand may be tighter or looser than a "14" in another brand, or even from one year to the next for the same brand, and within a given season based on the cut of the garment. This is made more difficult by the fact that clothing size is some weird "even-number based guesstimate" for women. Men's pants are sold by the measurement of waist and inseam - women's pants are sold as "14 short lowrise" or "14 long midrise", and there's no control over what "short" or "long" or "lowrise" or "midrise" really means.

Which is why I buy my wife earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, and shoes

It's not just the US, McIrish, it's also true in France (the body image thing and the variations in sizes from one brand to another) and I suspect much of Western Europe.
I made things simple for my husband. I asked for a SSD for my birthday in December.

Women's clothing sizes are just T_T...

(You'd think that all of these online mail-order clothing sorts of places would start to make a difference in how clothes are sized, since it ought to be a lot cheaper to have more precise and accurate measurements than to have so many free returns because of size issues... but it hasn't happened yet.)

(Although one thing about it: When sizes are given in multiple countries' systems, that can help narrow things down a lot. Shoes, esp.)

I refuse to associate with people that think they have to keep silly secrets about their body size.

Dakuna wrote:

I refuse to associate with people that think they have to keep silly secrets about their body size.

Hold on a sec, I'll go grab a tape measure so I can get a read on my girth for you.