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food cover name?[edit]

Okay, so the title is lame, but that's what I need. It's for a project. I looked it up, and the best I can find is a picture, which is here. [1] yeah. so does anybody know what the formal name is for these things? A metal food cover. Like the ones you see in medieval movies, or fancy restaurants. Thanks in advance for your help, and if I could ask you, please post any answers you have on my talk page. I sometimes forget where to look for the answers. --Ninjawolf (talk) 02:46, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

dome plate? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:50, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Cloche? --Tagishsimon (talk) 03:06, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Ahoy, me hearty. "Dome cover" be what you're lookin for? [2] [3] , [4], [5] etc. Arrgh! (Shiver me timbers, it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day) Gwinva (talk) 03:41, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Avast & belay, Gwinva, all decent catering terms are french, arrrrr. Cloche. It be the plank for 'ee :) [6] [7] --Tagishsimon (talk) 11:16, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Ahoy, cloches be for plants, Tagishsimon my matey, not food. Arrr, why do pirates need food co'ers, anyway? Aye. Gwinva (talk) 11:27, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Be this the Cloche of the Titans, ye scurvy bilge rats? Clarityfiend (talk) 16:41, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
"Domed serving tray" is the best I can find. Wedgwood (an up-scale tableware maker) apparently calls it a "Round Dome and Serving Tray", if their listing can be believed. -- (talk) 00:39, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

Question about dish that is probably Korean[edit]

I'm reposting this question that was posted to the top of the page and probably wasn't seen before. Graham87 05:45, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Okay, I need help finding out about this one food dish (I believe it is Korean). It is gluttinous rice, molded and with some sort of thin, sweetened coat. The coat is very loose (like a dumpling), and it's brown. The rice is NOT ground or pounded. I've only eaten this dish once before, but couldn't get a name. If someone knows what I'm talking about, could you please tell me the name of this dish? I also heard that it is eaten with gimbap, but this may not be canon. Kikiluvscheese (talk) 05:32, 18 September 2008 (UTC)

Sounds like inari [[sushi]. The brown coating is tofu. Is that eaten in Korea too? Saintrain (talk) 17:01, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

I think that dish is a type of tteok, Korean rice cake. If these two are not the one you're looking for, you can browse Commons:Category:Tteok or Commons:Category:Cuisine of Korea. How does it taste? --Caspian blue (talk) 17:55, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Yes, yes! That's it, inari! I don't know why I was so sure it was Korean; that's probably why I didn't find it on my own. Thank you. Kikiluvscheese (talk) 03:39, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

why is attitude indicator set to 4 degree up in bell 212 helicopter[edit]

It is mandatory to put Attitude Direction indicator 4 degrres up in bell 212 helicopter. The reasons I have not been able to find out any where, but nevertheless the reason exists. Can anyone please help. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:19, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Without having found a specific source, it's likely a case of "true" level being distinct from the orientation of the gyros or whatever feeds the ADI on the aircraft. Maybe the 212 sits at a 4 degree angle when on the ground? It may also be a response to various 212 crashes -- I found examples of controlled flight into ground accidents that suggested the pilots were relying on the ADI for guidance when they crashed. (talk) 13:02, 19 September 2008 (UTC)


I remember watching a history show a number of years ago and it detailed a famous historical political leader who as a child partook in zoosadism. Does anyone know who this was, it might have been Napoleon or some one like that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:57, 19 September 2008 (UTC)


is it possible to acctually die of boredom? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:07, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Indirectly, maybe. Boredom could cause depression, which could means you stop taking care of yourself, maybe even stop eating, and that could kill you. It would take days or weeks of boredom, though, one boring lecture isn't going to do it! --Tango (talk) 13:23, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Hm. More like, depression causes boredom. --jpgordon∇∆∇∆ 16:04, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
Although boredom is not mentioned you may find Motif of harmful sensation and Fatal hilarity interesting. -Phydaux (talk) 15:35, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
If you fell asleep at the wheel, that could do it pretty quick. -- (talk) 16:48, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Probably not, or I'd be a goner for sure. -- (talk) 16:57, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

--Rustycoke (talk) 17:06, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

If you stop actively using your brain beyond what you can do alone, stop stimulating it (books, tv, social life, leaving the house once in a while, doing non-routine tasks, work, learning, etc.), then this probably could effectively also be bad for you. --Ouro (blah blah) 11:06, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
I heard a story somewhere about two orphanages in Victorian England. One was much better funded than the other, but had a much higher baby mortality rate. It was found that, following contemporary ideas about child rearing, the attendants did not socially interact with the babies, who died from boredom/lack of attention, while the workers in the poorer institution were not so "enlightened". I have no idea if this is an old wives tale or what. Clarityfiend (talk) 23:39, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
The story is interesting - but I don't think it answers the question. If the children were not regularly "interacted" with, then there would be a longer delay between one of them getting sick and one of the attendants noticing and summoning medical help - which would of course impact the mortality rate. The theory that it was "boredom" that killed them is still possible - but this anecdote doesn't really prove that. SteveBaker (talk) 20:24, 21 September 2008 (UTC)
When you (anybody) are in a very stable place emotionally, see Harry_F._Harlow#Surrogate_mother_experiment. Saintrain (talk) 21:17, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

I didn't think so until reading this!

Walther Pistol[edit]

Have a MOD 1 Walther Pistol. Can't find it on any web site or when I took it to a antique road show. The paper in the box is two sided, one is in color with a blonde lady pulling the pistol out of her purse and an old black sedan.The other is a description written in german. Some one I found that knew a little german said he thought it was used during the nazi occupation and wasn't considered a real pistol becase they were outlawed at the time. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rustycoke (talkcontribs) 13:25, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Do you have a question? Algebraist 13:26, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
We have a page on Walther arms - you may find the information you want there, or on one of the pages linked therein. If you want to know what the German writing means, you might want to ask at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Language. -- (talk) 00:28, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

Google Earth - how often does it update?[edit]

How long would I have to lie on my roof if I wanted to get onto the google earth? Do they update it bit by bit, or are they going to wait until they have everything at very high quality? Dolphus9091 (talk) 13:38, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Google Earth#Resolution and accuracy has some information. --Richardrj talk email 13:48, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
I think you'd be better off tracking down the Google Van and getting on Google Street View. Useight (talk) 15:18, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
2-3 years or so. You'll want to bring some snacks. Plasticup T/C 16:12, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Family History of James David Manning[edit]

Can you find out or direct me to where I can research the parentage of James David Manning? Below I have included the link to your article.

James David Manning

Abeytasback (talk) 18:00, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Not sure, but if you knew his parents and where they were from, you might be able to backtrack a bit on, where you can view data from the 1880 and 1900 censuses mostly for free, and people in household for a few others. I'm afraid, looking at the article, he's going to be tough, though; probably too young for that, and not famous enough to be in one of the genealogy trees of famous people at —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:40, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

chinese zodiac signs[edit]

I would like to find the characteristics of people born in the year of rabbit. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:32, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Here you go ( - the main characteristics it says are...Keen, Wise, Fragile, Tranquil, Serene, Considerate, Fashionable, Sneaky, Obsessive ny156uk (talk) 23:36, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Or you could just walk into any cheap Chinese restaurant and look at the placemat. DJ Clayworth (talk) 20:46, 22 September 2008 (UTC)