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In the 1980s I used to get a coffee soda in Massachusetts, I think made in New Hampshire - no milk. a bit less sugar than Coke. But then it vanished from the shelves. o
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There may have been an effect on weather (not climate, as we are repeatedly scolded), though I think it more likely the water condensation forming "particulates" around which clouds could form than CO2. After the US Civil War it was noted that many battles were rained on, or rain closely followed, which led to a small [scam] industry firing cannon in attempts to start rain. Later, cloud "seeding" by planes dumping various substances (yes, including CO2 in the form of "dry" ice) was tried.
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Follow the script...

If the front-line rep would transfer me to actual support when I insist on it I might not mind, since the script is [usually] based on real-life experience.

I recall an incident from years (OK, decades) ago about connecting a modem: three computer company reps, a telephone rep, several of our company people (OK, accountants faced with a computer who had never seen one before) wondering why it was not working for over an hour before someone (a "field engineer" called in by the computer company) noticed (in roughly forty seconds) that while it was connected to the computer its power cord was not plugged into the wall. So yes, iit does happen.
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In comments elsewhere, several pointed out how useful CapsLock was for acronyms, and that they used it all the time. Mostly military, sprinkling of others.

But as long as there is a software function, assignable to another key or keys (eg F1 or alt-F1) for those few, tough - the other ninety percent of us will not miss it.
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Eating bark and you leave out Cinnamon?

And how about just plain sawdust, which was used during WWII in some places (eg Paris - French cuisine can make lots of things palatable) for making bread?
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Brandon: “Mankind is on the brink of destroying itself! The only hope for the human race is to hurl it back to its primitive dawn, to start all over again.

I know of a few people who believe this...
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Alphonse Bertillon developed and standardised the method - or collection of methods, some still in use - in the late Bibteenth century. So yes, Holmes (ie Doyle) was familiar with using the ear as ID.
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"Weird" is a weir that has caught a d.

It is not bad, of itself: does noone remember the film "Weird Science?"

But as to the post, I thought it was weird in its approach.
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I think this is a good demonstration of a phenomenon that has been showing up in TV crime shows for a couple of years - "flashover?" - though in that case it is addition of fuel (oxygen) rather than both that and more heat.
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Balderdash. Codswallo.

As Joanie pointed out early on, this was a mud/sand bar. And yes, India and Pakistan dispute - because their boundary was stupidly based on the river channel, which has (as they do) shifted.

Want a description of the phenomenpn? Perhaps Mark Twain's LIfe on the Mississipee would do. When he worked as a riverboat pilot "islands" changed daily, and a pilot had to be careful even some were fairly predictable.
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Yes, the data was, well, manipulated. Or would have been if the reported study actually existed...
"Although The Sunday Times claimed a 10 per cent drop in heart attacks, nowhere in the 500 word article was a source mentioned and no one was quoted giving this figure. The ‘study’ the newspaper referred to does not exist, and the anti-smoking pressure group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) – not renowned for downplaying the risks of passive smoking – went to the unusual lengths of posting a notice on its website the following day to point out that ‘the figures reported in The Sunday Times yesterday (and now circulating elsewhere) are not based on any research conducted to date’"

Several other studies showing supposed benefits are listed - and debunked - in the article in Spiked.

There may have been an effect, but not to the extent this supposed "study" purported to find. More likely so small as to be "statistically insignificant."
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