Chris Cudmore
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 Oct 3 awarded Notable Question Mar 24 awarded Nice Answer Oct 21 comment Does Ebola pose “little risk to the U.S. general population”? "Little Risk" is ambiguous. We need to consider: 1. Likelihood of the event + 2. Consequences of the event. Consequences of an outbreak are Huge. Probability of an outbreak, while small, is non-zero. I would say the risk of an ebola outbreak is definitely greater than the risk of a catastrophic meteor strike in the next 100 years. Sep 24 comment Did Jasmine Tridevil have a third breast added surgically? Snopes has since updated, and says "False" Aug 15 revised Did Jews “take over” 73% of their land from Palestinians? Fixed title Aug 15 suggested approved edit on Did Jews “take over” 73% of their land from Palestinians? May 24 comment Did the Quran predict the speed of light? You need to multiply the circumference by 29.53/27.21 to scale it to a Synodic orbital length. Leaving the result around 364000 km/s, which is even worse. May 24 comment Did the Quran predict the speed of light? Keep in mind that the Moslem year is 355 days, and a month averages out to one lunar cycle (Synodic month). Your interpretation of the Year is wrong. However, You can't use a Synodic month and a Sidereal day. Whole calc has to be done in either Sidereal or Synodic. (and whats the circumference of a Synodic orbit? Apr 25 awarded Yearling Aug 12 comment Could phone and electronics batteries be recharged by a lightning strike? I'm skeptical. If this were reproducible, we'd have "Zap Charging" stations all over our cities -- Pay one dollar, charge your phone in 10 seconds -- and they'd be a fantastic success. But batteries don't work that way. The chemical reactions take time, and blast charging often causes them to explode. May 16 comment Is lead exposure responsible for the rise and fall of violent crime in the US? FWIW, I've also heard that there is a correlation between legal abortion and declining crime rates -- fewer unwanted children, better childhood, better adjusted adults. Apr 22 comment Does eating papaya everyday work as a contraceptive? Or does eating such a wussy breakfast lower sex drive? Replace my bacon with papaya, and I'm not feeling up to it any more. Apr 22 comment Is the “I before E” English spelling rule not very useful? Implicit in that rule is that "ie" is used to make the long-e sound (-ee-). When I was taught the rule there was a second clause ... 'or as in "AY" as in "neighbour" or "weigh"'. With this clause the performance of the rule is much better. Apr 19 comment Can you recharge non-rechargeable alkaline batteries? I knew a guy that had one of these. It worked, but wasn't worth the hassle of battery management. [citation: some guy] Mar 22 awarded Yearling Feb 19 comment Are locks as easy to pick as in the movies? Really, it takes one bump to open the lock. However, it can take you many tries to get it just right. but there's no reason why you couldn't do it in under a second if you got lucky. Feb 19 awarded Critic Feb 19 comment Was the practice of eating fish during Lent started by the church to spur the economy of Italy? This doesn't answer the question. The question is WHY did the catholic church institute this practice, not HOW did they rationalize it. Feb 16 awarded Popular Question Jan 17 comment Is it illegal to refuse US currency for a purchase? Even if refusing the currency is illegal, the converse would also be true, and you couldn't refuse \$99.50 in pennies as change.