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Like when the flies are sitting on a surface and they rub their hands together like they are so sort of supervillian ready to click the button that blows up the whole town.

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I love naps, and I realize how benefitial they are. But it blows my mind that merely 20 minutes of sleep can be so benefitial. What is the biological/physiological reason behind that? How does that work?

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The list of stage names or changed names for celebrities is shockingly about 8/10 if you look into it. More than I imagined changed either first, last, or both names. Everyone from Christopher Walken to Gene Wilder to Winona Ryder to Spike Jonze to Johnny Knoxville. . .

I am wondering if it’s common to legally change the name (ID, passport, bank statements) or if it’s just for credits. If it’s just for credits, then everyone from the accounting team to the gas company is privy to the real and less-cool name.

Most importantly, if you legally change your name and go into show-business, can someone go out of their way to figure out through public records that “Henry Hollywood” is actually Billy Underpants from Minnesota?

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I'm mainly basing this on american movies as I've never been there but why do the UK and America not use the same main painkiller? Surely one is more effective or generally safer with fewer side effects?

Is this due to drug companies sales?

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The solstice is the longest day of the year. It used to be referred to as Midsummer. It's the middle of summer, what gives?

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I've seen birth controls, anxiety meds, heart meds, cholesterol meds, blood pressure pills, and other types of medications that say you shouldn't consume grapefruit while taking them - why? What is it about grapefruit that counteracts some medications and why isn't it the same for other citruses such as oranges?

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I always see the trucks driving with hundreds of little bits that look like carpet but how come it dosent fall appart?

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I'm trying to program a small utility that present images to the screen, with a highly controlled presentation times. I was reading some documentation for this and I came across these statements.

Flip front and back display surfaces in sync with vertical retrace

it will flip at the first video retrace after system time

What is vertical retrace? How is it different from a frame?

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