From the "stuff I forgot to ask my doctor about" department: Ugh, I have a ringworm rash on my wrist. I have econazole nitrate cream prescribed by my doctor that I'm using twice a day as prescribed. But what do I need to do to avoid infecting friends and strangers? [more inside]
I'm out for a walk taking some pictures and he stops to chat me up. We exchanged email addresses and now I'm regretting it BIG time. [more inside]
Last night, around 9:00 pm, I sliced up some yellow and red onions, threw them in a crockpot with a stick of butter, set them on low (timer set to 8 hours) and went to bed. (this a faux-carmelizing technique I've done before). Bad dreams about the onions and leaving a crockpot going overnight. Woke up around 11:30pm to the smell of onions. Even upstairs in a closed room, my eyes were burning. Husband's eyes too. I asked my husband to turn them off. Woke up this morning and decided to turn them back on and give it a go. I have them on high now, planning to cook them all day. Will they be safe to eat? They were not refrigerated overnight. They sat in a warm crockpot with butter all night. They smell delicious. Is it safe to serve them to guests tonight?
I'm PERHAPS overly paranoid about renting an apartment. I need some advice from sane, non-traumatized people to make sure I take all necessary precautions while also not rendering myself homeless by default. [more inside]
I use this product in my smoothies that I eat quite often. How concerned should I be about aflatoxin? I am hoping someone with a deeper knowledge of the issues concerning aflatoxin and food products can shed some light on this for me. Is it likely to contaminated or not? How can I find out? What can I do to protect myself from aflatoxin in this and other products?
I have a laser thermometer I use to shine onto objects to see what temperature they are. I let someone else use it and I think they shined it in my eye. How strong is the laser in it it? Its a called a fluke 62 mini. It has a laser warning sticker on it.
As a homeowning citizen of the Northwest, I find myself with a hankering to buy a chainsaw. [more inside]
Our house was broken into yesterday in broad daylight while we were at work. How can we feel safe again? [more inside]
How do I let my new partner down easy that I may not be able to do all the breath play and choking she might want? [more inside]
If you have an object with a given base length and a given CG height, how fast can it travel before you have to worry about it running over an obstacle and falling over? [more inside]
My parents think I've been exercising too much. I think they are being well-meaning but a little out of touch. This is also forcing me to question prevailing notions about appropriate exercise. Help me process this. [more inside]
Mr. BlahLaLa and I are considering buying Kid BlahLaLa a laptop for his 10th birthday. (We want him to be able to play Minecraft and browse the internet.) We're a Mac family but I'm pretty sure this computer will have to be non-Mac because they're so much cheaper, which in turn opens up a whole world of internet security questions that I usually don't think about on my mac. Plus the whole idea of "Now I'm giving my kid a computer, what do I need to think about?" type of stuff. [more inside]
I learned today that it's dangerous to store combustibles such as clothing near the fuse box or electrical intake. I keep my off-season wardrobe under the stairs, and the electrical intake/fuse box is also under the stairs. How far away do I need to keep this stuff? What is a safe distance? Is it feasible to use compact-o-stuff vacuum bags to reduce the crowding in the understair cupboard? [more inside]
I (mid-20s female) just sold a chair to someone in my apartment complex after posting signs up in some common areas. The guy saw me posting the signs and asked to buy the chair so I made him wait outside my apartment so I could wheel the chair out. He was very nice but he gave me the creeps a little and now I am worried that I put myself in a vulnerable position by allowing him to see where I live. What can I do to keep myself safe now that he knows where I live, and how can I handle transactions like this in the future so I don't endanger myself again? I did take a picture of his license plate just because it felt like the right thing to do.
Why do anti-lock brake systems [seem to] work so much better than traction control systems on modern sedans? [more inside]
What things should I be concerned about when it comes to our 11 year old having a 3DS? [more inside]
Best statistical resources for comparing crime by neighborhoods? [more inside]
Is eating peanut shells on a regular basis a bad idea? [more inside]
What are the odds of actually getting sick from poor food handling at home? How can I convince family members their food hygiene is at worst deadly, at best simply gross. Let me know if I'm overreacting here please. [more inside]
What should a pedestrian do if hit by a car? [more inside]
I feel that my current job threatens my personal safety. How can I leave this job as professionally as possible while protecting that safety? [more inside]
After burning my second pot and almost poisoning myself by not quite turning the knob off, it's clear that I need remedial gas stove cooking classes. [more inside]
Hello, Mefites- Is Hostelling International- New York (UWS) a safe, bedbug-free place to stay for a solo woman in her 20s? [more inside]
I want to get a couple of neighbours (directly or via the municipality) to put a pavement in the currently pretty dangerous piece of road that connects me and my kids' house to town so we can walk there safely. UK only please. [more inside]
Help us make these wet, slippery, wooden steps safer! [more inside]
San Diego: bikable? [more inside]
I walk to and from work down residential streets. It's dark, especially in Winter. Evidently I walk faster than most other pedestrians as I'm often passing them, not vice-versa. Is there a way to reassure these other pedestrians that I am not hurrying up behind them to rob/murder/kidnap them? [more inside]
How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt? [more inside]
The can of soup hissed at me so I tossed it. Can the can opener be saved? [more inside]
So I hear that aluminum is pretty bad for your body (and maybe is linked to Alzheimer's?). I also hear that alum (which is used to close nicks after shaving) is the name of an aluminum compound. The majority of info about alum crystals for personal hygiene tends to be on "natural living" web sites and the like, so my main question is: is there any actual scientific study either way as to the safety of such a thing being rubbed on your face on a regular basis?
Have I ruined my 7 lb turkey by leaving it uncovered at room temperature for 12 hours? [more inside]
Is Beirut safe right now to visit? I heard about the Ashrafieh bombing recently -- is that known as a not-so-safe area, or are attacks really an "anytime, anywhere, no safe zones" sort of thing? Aside from bombings, if there's an angry mob are they likely to react particularly violently toward Americans, or would we just blend into the scenery?
My mother thinks I am a crazy person who will burn his house down because I don't leave the oven door slightly ajar when I use the broiler setting in my (gas) oven. Is she right? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: How safe is LeFrak City (in Queens, New York) currently? More detailed questions inside. [more inside]
Since car safety ratings are based on equal sized cars, how can I maximize safety while minimizing size? [more inside]
Help! I dropped a candy thermometer! Details inside! [more inside]
Is cooked then frozen chicken with a mild eggy smell ok to eat? [more inside]
Some friends of mine live in a brilliant location in downtown DC, and one of them is leaving, giving me an opening to move in. This is far and away the best apartment I've ever had a shot at. Just one possible catch: the building's ground floor is a dry-cleaning business, so I'm concerned about exposure to PERC. Should I be? Does DC have any more stringent regulations than those enforced by the EPA? Can I request a test of air quality in the building before I move in (as appears to be available in NYC)?
Please help me understand the difference (or non-difference) in safety for Firefox vs. Chrome browser extensions (plugins/add-ons). [more inside]
Brands for carcinogen-free lipsticks? [more inside]
If "Deer Whistles" don't work, what does? [more inside]
I realized during Sandy that 1) we don't own any sort of radio; 2) I don't have a UPS for my desktop Mac; and 3) there are surely other things/tools/resources we probably should buy now to prepare for the next big storm. Can you make any recommendations? [more inside]
I only have time to run at night. This makes me nervous. Am I just a nervous nellie, or am I asking to become the Central Park Jogger 2.0? [more inside]
How low can a helicopter fly before people on the ground are affected by its downdraft? Is there a standard way of calculating downdraft strength and diameter at various heights? [more inside]
Now that my kids are getting older and wanting to use more stuff online from a wider range of devices, what can I do to keep an eye on what they're doing? [more inside]
Please help me assess and mitigate the risk to my dogs from bowhunters during deer season. [more inside]
Is it necessary to have anti-virus on a Windows 2008 file server? [more inside]
How do I gauge whether it is safe in my neighborhood to leave the windows in my house open/unlocked (a) when we are asleep, and (b) when we're not home? [more inside]
Is it safe to travel to Egypt right now? [more inside]