Things you should know by now, but only just discovered

I loved me some of these guys as a kid...

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Monthly, the scariest of all the 'super' powers...

Apologies in advance, female GWJers.

Somehow I got through over 4 decades of life without knowing that a groundhog and a woodchuck were one and the same. Until today.

Oh God. Speedball....

On another note, we had four of these:

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Old school Jack Kirby. I found they have the full collection put together in hardbound books on Amazon. I'm thinking about it for my next birthday. I'd like to read how the rest of the story went.

I just learned that almost all new caulk guns have a hole in the handle that's there in order to snip the tip of the caulk tube. So I don't need side cutters. They also have prongs that rotate out from the underside to puncture the seal, which means I don't need a hanger or spare long nail.

That's pretty darn convenient.

I own/owned everyone one of those comics (save the Showcase one).

I did like me some New Warriors back in the day!

Tanglebones wrote:

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Michael wrote:

I just learned that almost all new caulk guns have a hole in the handle that's there in order to snip the tip of the caulk tube. So I don't need side cutters. They also have prongs that rotate out from the underside to puncture the seal, which means I don't need a hanger or spare long nail.

That's pretty darn convenient.

Ummmm, haven't they done that for at least a decade?
I did a brief stint as a construction labor back around 2000 and, all the ones I used had those 2 things.

ROM Spaceknight? Oof. Enough lens flare to kill even JJ Abrams.

Michael wrote:

I just learned that almost all new caulk guns have a hole in the handle that's there in order to snip the tip of the caulk tube. So I don't need side cutters.

FTFY.

Oh sorry I thought this was the thread to post things we just discovered but have been around for a long time. My bad.

Michael wrote:

Oh sorry I thought this was the thread to post things we just discovered but have been around for a long time. My bad.

And it looks like both of us were giving a good natured ribbing about; hence the smileys.

I recently found you can just poke a contact lens sitting in the case and it will usually stick to your finger so you can pick it up easily. That's after a couple decades of wearing them and using two fingers to get them out like a sucker.

Tends not to work if there's too much fluid in the case.

polypusher wrote:

I recently found you can just poke a contact lens sitting in the case and it will usually stick to your finger so you can pick it up easily. That's after a couple decades of wearing them and using two fingers to get them out like a sucker.

Tends not to work if there's too much fluid in the case.

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Just bear in mind that you're likely to invert the contact lense if you poke it hard enough (thus getting it to wrap on your finger), so be careful to ensure it's appropriately configured before you put it in your eye.

Coldstream wrote:

Just bear in mind that you're likely to invert the contact lense if you poke it hard enough (thus getting it to wrap on your finger), so be careful to ensure it's appropriately configured before you put it in your eye. :)

This is true. Fortunately, most cases are curved so that the lens tends to stay in the proper orientation.

Also, the person in the office next to me informs me that you shouldn't put your contacts in with a hand that has been in even very light contact with ghost pepper in the last few hours.

HedgeWizard wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Me too. I had a crush on Firestar.

Um... who didn't?

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I didn't...I was more of a Kitty Pryde kind of guy.
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Hypatian wrote:

Also, the person in the office next to me informs me that you shouldn't put your contacts in with a hand that has been in even very light contact with ghost pepper in the last few hours. :D

LIES! They just don't want us to be able to see the ghosts.

After that event, they weren't seeing much of anything out of that eye for a while. The other eye escaped unscathed.

Hypatian wrote:

After that event, they weren't seeing much of anything out of that eye for a while. The other eye escaped unscathed.

Did it cause permanent damage? The eye is surprisingly tough given the delicacy of of what it does, but I can't imagine that such a stunningly irritating substance did it much good.

No permanent damage, no. Didn't mean to imply that! Just some serious irritation. I was reading about capsaicin earlier, and Wikipedia had this to say:

Eye exposure produces intense tearing, pain, conjunctivitis, and blepharospasm. ... In severe cases, eye burn might be treated symptomatically with topical ophthalmic anesthetics ...

It sounds like capsaicin won't generally cause direct damage, but the body's response to what it perceives as damage can itself cause problems:

Thus, capsaicin does not actually cause a chemical burn, or indeed any direct tissue damage at all, when chili peppers are the source of exposure. The inflammation resulting from exposure to capsaicin is believed to be the result of the body's reaction to nerve excitement. For example, the mode of action of capsaicin in inducing bronchoconstriction is thought to involve stimulation of C fibers culminating in the release of neuropeptides. In essence, the body inflames tissues as if it has undergone a burn or abrasion and the resulting inflammation can cause tissue damage in cases of extreme exposure, as is the case for many substances that cause the body to trigger an inflammatory response.

And it only works on mammals, which is apparently the likely reason for plants to produce it--it doesn't discourage birds from eating the fruit (they are the primary means of dispersal for the seeds, as the seeds pass through their digestive tracts largely unharmed), but it does discourage mammals (whose teeth tend to destroy the seeds).

In summary: Wow, does that sting. But it is delicious and wonderful in food. Take that, plants!

Talking about chili peppers, "contaminated" fingers et al.: wash your hands BEFORE going to the toilet as well. "It burns when I pee" doesn't even begin to describe it.

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Hypatian wrote:

Also, the person in the office next to me informs me that you shouldn't put your contacts in with a hand that has been in even very light contact with ghost pepper in the last few hours. :D

Or if you have just put on a nicotine patch.

cartoonin99 wrote:

The Spiderman I grew up with in the 80s.

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The spiderman I grew up with in the 70's. (I was taken to the cinima to watch this for a treat).

Nosferatu wrote:
HedgeWizard wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Me too. I had a crush on Firestar.

Um... who didn't?

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I didn't...I was more of a Kitty Pryde kind of guy.
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I have to second Nosferatu on this one.

strangederby wrote:
cartoonin99 wrote:

The Spiderman I grew up with in the 80s.

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The spiderman I grew up with in the 70's. (I was taken to the cinima to watch this for a treat).

Oh boy. That brings back a massive wave of nostalgia. Nick Hammond.

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