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Old 30.01.2020, 14:01
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Remember, just sitting at the desk is not a proper test-scenario.
Result after not sitting a t desk. A Granny Knot is still a Granny Knot and will untie itself even when the first knot has double loops.

Major difference is that you do not feel that the laces have untied and you might trip on them.

Conclusion of this highly non representative study is that I will stay with the tradition tidy and neat knot and avoid the extra work of a initial double loop.

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The downside is that the “Double Starting Knot” ends up much w-i-d-e-r than a regular starting knot. When the finishing bow is completed, the resultant knot is much more “open”, allowing it to come undone more easily. This can be remedied somewhat by pushing the sides of the knot together prior to pulling everything tight – but it's really an awkward solution.

The “Double Starting Knot” is certainly a valuable aid while learning, but long term I'd suggest reverting to the regular Starting Knot once the knot that is being learned has been mastered.
https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/doublestartknot.htm

Looks like even with a tidy and neat knot it might not really help. There are better ways to securely tie your shoes

Now back to life hacks and top tips: Butter stains stay longer fresh if rubbed once a day with fresh butter.
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Old 30.01.2020, 14:02
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It was a magazine back in the 80s (and later). Some great characters.
My favourite was "The Pirates of Ben's Pants".


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Old 30.01.2020, 14:08
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My favourite was "The Pirates of Ben's Pants".
Too many to choose from really, although the Fat Slags always made me laugh.

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Nope, mine has an extra loop in the knot. No need for all those fancy schmancy bows and so forth.

As for the possessive of 22 yards: it depends on whether you view my name as a plural (22 of those sort-of-metre things) or a proper noun, "22 yards". If it's the former, the possessive is 22 yards'. If the latter, 22 yards's.
It's 22 Yards' or 22 Yards's for possession. I personally always omit the second s for nouns ending in "s". Apostrophes are never used for plurals.
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When going travelling (and not intending to stay in hotels), take along a roll of masking-tape.
Already do for sealing the caps of toiletries for the trip home.

Before booking a hotel, do a Google street map virtual walk around the area to find the nearest shops, bars, etc, so that you know where to buy coffee, milk, toiletries, etc upon arrival. Sometimes, you can even walk through the hotel reception.
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When going travelling (and not intending to stay in hotels), take along a roll of masking-tape.
Better than a roll of gaffer tape, some rope and a ski mask?

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Old 30.01.2020, 15:15
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Better than a roll of gaffer tape, some rope and a ski mask?

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Depends if you have a checked bag or not. Masking tape is easier to go in the cabin bag.
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Already do for sealing the caps of toiletries for the trip home.
Here's a Top Tip - rather than worrying about taping shut opened bottles of toiletries before flying, simply squeeze all of the air out of the bottle and fasten the cap, ensuring plenty of space inside for the contents to expand in the reduced aircraft hold pressure.
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Depends if you have a checked bag or not. Masking tape is easier to go in the cabin bag.
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Old 30.01.2020, 15:45
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Better than a roll of gaffer tape, some rope and a ski mask?

Asking for a friend.
Have you tried getting rope through airport security in hand luggage?!! No way Jose! Ok...I was clearing the house and meant to throw it away on the way to the airport, but got stuck in traffic and totally forgot about it. Apparently, 12ft of blue nylon rope isn't allowed in hand luggage but I got the pizza stones and Christmas puddings through
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Have you tried getting rope through airport security in hand luggage?!!


No but I have got a sleeping toddler, two bags, made up formula, baby snacks and a pushchair through, all without waking the child.
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It's 22 Yards' or 22 Yards's for possession.
Yup, that's what I said.

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I personally always omit the second s for nouns ending in "s".
That's your personal choice, but it's not The Way to Do Things (officially). If the word ending in 's' is plural -- houses, Smiths, United States -- then the possessive is formed by adding only an apostrophe: houses', Smiths', United States'. If the word is singular -- glass, Davis, cosmos -- then add an apostrophe and a further 's' -- glass's, Davis's, cosmos's. These days, however, a lot of people elide the extra 's'. Then again, a lot of people include an apostrophe in the possessive form of 'it', which IMO doesn't make it right.

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Apostrophes are never used for plurals.
Absolutely. Which is why I didn't , and don't.

Anyway... got any life hack's or top tip's?



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Yup, that's what I said.


That's your personal choice, but it's not The Way to Do Things (officially). If the word ending in 's' is plural -- houses, Smiths, United States -- then the possessive is formed by adding only an apostrophe: houses', Smiths', United States'. If the word is singular -- glass, Davis, cosmos -- then add an apostrophe and a further 's' -- glass's, Davis's, cosmos's. These days, however, a lot of people elide the extra 's'. Then again, a lot of people include an apostrophe in the possessive form of 'it', which IMO doesn't make it right.


Absolutely. Which is why I didn't , and don't.

Anyway... got any life hack's or top tip's?




You mentioned plurals. I was clarifying. AFAIK s' or s's is indeed personal choice.

Sure.

Life hack #1: get enough sleep
#2: a mix of bicarb and bleach (paste consistency) left on your manky grout over night and then rinsed off works wonders.
#2: it's only ever means "it is". It's not a matter of opinion.

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it's only ever means "it is". It's not a matter of opinion.

And yet the definition of the word "literally" has changed virtually overnight due to mass ignorance.

If you'll be away from home (or your weekender) for a while, half-fill a plastic bottle with water and stand it up in the freezer. When the water has frozen in the bottom of the bottle, lay the bottle on its side in the freezer. When you get back home from your extended absence, check the bottle: if the ice still forms a block in the end quarter of the bottle, all is well. If it has reformed as a long sliver of ice running the length of the bottle, then there was a power cut (outage) that lasted long enough for all the food in your freezer to thaw before power was restored and your food refroze. You'll need to throw out most of the contents of the freezer.

But not the bottle. It'll definitely come in handy again.
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Old 30.01.2020, 19:11
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That's your personal choice, but it's not The Way to Do Things (officially). If the word ending in 's' is plural -- houses, Smiths, United States -- then the possessive is formed by adding only an apostrophe: houses', Smiths', United States'. If the word is singular -- glass, Davis, cosmos -- then add an apostrophe and a further 's' -- glass's, Davis's, cosmos's. These days, however, a lot of people elide the extra 's'. Then again, a lot of people include an apostrophe in the possessive form of 'it', which IMO doesn't make it right.

Absolutely. Which is why I didn't , and don't.

Anyway... got any life hack's or top tip's?
I agree, language is not democracy.
Its/it's is mean though as - after going throug the possesive plurals - it is not logic. LOL. Yet many people blame German to have more exceptions than rules so: No problem.

Life hack? When in doubt, google.

Other life-hack: Rinse your hair with mixture of water/apple vinegar (3 water : 1 vinegar) after washing. If you can live with the smell (it's hard), leave it in or rinse it out again. Your hair will love it. (And natural curls jump wildly in joy )
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"Too many to choose from really, although the Fat Slags always made me laugh"

Had a great laugh at that episode, I used to tape The Fat Slags and Sid the Sexist in the early days of the UK having digital channels, then I'd send the tapes to a friend from Yorkshire who lives in Madrid. Used to send him copies of Viz comic as well. Loved the Top Tips
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If your shoelaces keep coming undone but you don't want the impenetrable double bow knot, make a double-length knot to start (loop one end of the shoelace over the other, then do it again), then continue with the usual single bow.

You're welcome.

What's your top tip to improve your life?
Alternatively, learn to tie the knot correctly!
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Are shoelace knots really such a burden to people that you need a life hack to remedy the situation? My tip is learn to tie shoelaces properly and never think about it.
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Are shoelace knots really such a burden to people that you need a life hack to remedy the situation? My tip is learn to tie shoelaces properly and never think about it.
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Be aware that it's in the off-topic section and will not help for selling your furniture here
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Great second post!
Be aware that it's in the off-topic section and will not help for selling your furniture here
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