¨ In England is it illegal to park outside someone's private drive?
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ANSWER from John Cabrera on 10 December 2006:
A friend of mine used to park his car outside someone's house on a public road. One day he came back to get his car and found a note on the windscreen, "This is a very nice car. If you'd like to keep it that way, I suggest you park it somewhere else." He found a better parking space the next day.
I wouldn't suggest resorting to threats like that. But, have you thought of having a word with your neighbours - wouldn't they understand the inconvenience they are causing you?
As for the law, if there are no yellow lines or notices that restrict parking, my guess is there is not much else you can do. You could see if your local council would be sympathetic to introducing residents' parking in your street (though you might have to pay for a permit).
Also, have a look at http://www.parking-appeals.gov.uk/RegAndLeg/RegAndLeg.asp for Parking Regulations in the UK.
Good luck and happy motoring!
ANSWER from Luis Flores on 3 December 2006:
The American Egg Board (www.aeb.com) is pretty set in recommending refrigeration of egg products. They even offer safety resources for grocery stores (http://www.aeb.org/Foodservice/eggsafety.htm) that recommend refrigeration. With that said, I found out that many other countries do not have guidelines as strict as the US.
The main concern is a little bacteria known as Salmonella. The bacteria replicates quickly in room-temperature conditions, however its growth is slowed when kept in cold temperatures. Some estimates place 1 in every 20,000 eggs infected with the bacteria. Even with such a low possibility of running into a contaminated egg, the AEB has decided to err on the side of caution with it's recommendations.
Bacteria growth in eggs shouldn't be a problem - provided that the egg is thoroughly cooked (heated to 160 F) before consumption. However, many recipes call for raw eggs and this is where that little bacteria can start to cause big problems! Especially for the young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
Now this leads us to one of my favorite French microbiologists, Louis Pasteur. (I guess he's my favorite because his first name is almost the same as mine.) Louis developed a method to help food products stay fresher longer, this process is called pasteurization. Pasteurized eggs are less likely to contain live bacteria and are safer for raw consumption. These are the ones to get if you are using them in baked goods, milk shakes, or the like.
So to answer your final question, eggs do not know that they have been purchased. The retailer should refrigerate their eggs, however it is up to the consumer to shop wisely and choose the safest products possible.
ANSWER from Luis Flores on 30 November 2006:
My first visit landed me at the American Egg Board website (www.aeb.org). The first thing to look for is the "sell by" date for eggs. As it turns out, eggs must be sold within 30 days of being packed. For optimal freshness they should be stored in temperatures that do not exceed 40°F/4°C. If the eggs are refrigerated properly they will remain fresh for up to 5 weeks past the pack date. (If you keep the eggs in the carton they will not absorb odors from your refrigerator. Also, if they are stored in the main body of the refrigerator and not the door they will keep cooler.)
Now ... some eggs *may* come with a non-toxic coating that helps prevent bacteria, etc., from passing through the shell. This would allow for eggs to be kept safe for short periods of time outside of a refrigerator.
Again, the American Egg Board recommends refrigeration ... so I'll end this by simply stating that when I left my family's home the eggs had returned to the safety of the refrigerator.
ANSWER from Luis Flores on 20 November 2006:
We, as people, create social networks without realizing it. As children, when we have a question we look to people we know for an answer. Again, without realizing it, we teach ourselves to match patterns from our questions to people we know. When the person we ask may not know the answer, they draw from their list of contacts and suggest where to go next for an answer.
When we began building SNAil the people we asked to join as experts and filters were contacts we had made either through social or business situations. This handful of people was then able to refer other people who had similar interests, in this case a passion for learning. As the group continues to grow, I find myself meeting and learning amazing people from organizations and backgrounds that I would not have had the opportunity to otherwise meet.
With that being said, it is clearly to your advantage to begin developing relationships with wide variety of people. Joining clubs or becoming involved with organizations that have similar interests as you are a great first step. Later, you can start exploring topics that you have a passing interest in ... who knows you might find out that a passing interest could turn into an amazing hobby or even a lucrative job!
I hope that helps you a bit. Thank you for using SNAil and visiting Imagiverse.
ANSWER from Imagiverse on 13 October 2006:
ANSWER from Imagiverse on 27 September 2006:
Really, you are looking at a place that has become legendary for strange disappearances. Scientifically, it is NOT some sort of black hole. Planes and boats travel through that area all the time.
Here is the Navy page on the topic:
ANSWER from Luis Flores on 27 September 2006:
The area we call The Bermuda Triangle is located, as you might already know, just off the East Coast of Florida. If you wanted to draw the triangle on a map, you would need to make one of the triangle’s points at Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Rico, and the islands of Bermuda. This will produce a shape with a surface area of over a half million square miles!
This large section of ocean is in an area that is very commonly crossed by all sorts of marine vessels and airplanes. Because of the high volume of traffic, it is natural to see a larger increase in accidents. However, with this same heightened traffic it makes it all the more mysterious how a vessel can vanish without a trace.
This gets us to the meat of your question, what is science doing to find out what happened to people that have "crossed into" the Bermuda Triangle. Currently there are several theories that serve as science's "best guess."
One of the better sources I found was a reprint of the US Coast Guard’s position: http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq8-1.htm
The article points towards environmental conditions and human error as the most probable causes of disappearances. Along with the dangers of surface storms comes a problem with compasses not pointing towards true North in this area. (When navigating in these areas, a pilot needs to compensate for this difference.)
An interesting notion, and currently the one receiving the greatest study, suggests that gasses trapped under the ocean floor are being released in large enough quantities that may cause a ship on the water's surface to sink. (You may want to look up methane hydrates for more information on this occurrence.)
I hope this gives you a glimpse into a few of the most prevalent theories. I didn't want to mention any of the paranormal theories, you and I can continue guessing and imagining.
ANSWER from Yan Jie on 6 August 2006:
No other sized postcard could be used unless you got a permission from the relative administration in China.
ANSWER from Imagiverse on 4 August 2006:
ANSWER from Donna Culwell
on 23 June 2006:
To obtain a guide dog, you would need to submit an application and be interviewed. The following contact information may help:
Guide Dogs for the Blind - A nonprofit,
Hope this helps. Let me know if I can answer any more questions for you.
ANSWER from Michelle Mock
on 17 March 2006:
Why do you want to take the class in English? If you don't speak Spanish, taking a class you enjoy in Spanish would be a great way to learn the language at the same time. I recommend it! If you want to take a photography class in English... I would recommend the United States or Great Britain. Why go overseas to learn in English?
ANSWER from Michelle Mock
on 21 February 2006:
Good luck! It's a great school!
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