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Search Query Sunday, 18th Edition

June 22nd, 2008

search-query-share.jpgMy search query stats for the past week indicate that the summer period has seen an increase in the number of people with ant infestations in their homes. They are also dropping their cell phones in the water at near-record rates, and rejection letters are now more popular than ever. I even received one of these dreaded things in my email regarding an affiliate program that I had applied for nearly two weeks ago. Needless to say, I was not amused. Now I will deal with queries to the somewhat less popular pages.

‘has led to’ or ‘has lead to’ — In most cases, you would want to use ‘has led to’. The only exception that I can think of would be a case where the context of the sentence is referring to the metal lead.

what ingredient in vinegar makes it basic — Actually vinegar is acidic, not basic. The pH of typical store-bought vinegar (5% acidity) is around 2.4. The ingredient that makes it acidic (and also gives it the sour taste) is acetic acid.

is door-to-door political campaign necessary for winning — This depends on the type of campaign. If you’re in a local race with a fairly small geographic area and do not have a strong incumbent advantage of some sort (that is, you’re not already heavily favored to win), running a strong door-to-door campaign as part of an overall GOTV (get out the vote) effort would certainly help and may even be necessary if your opponents are already doing this. However, in a national or statewide race the dynamics are somewhat different because it is usually not practical to meet every voter by going door to door. In these cases, other types of advertising will probably be more effective, although the door-to-door tactic could still make a difference if the race is very close and you have enough staff on hand to canvass lots of neighborhoods.

Frequent deleting of files slow down computers? — Yes, deleting and installing lots of files over time can slow your computer down by causing too much fragmentation of your hard drive. However, defragmenting your hard disk(s) with an application such as Auslogics on a regular basis can prevent this type of performance deterioration.

A short article about the importance of english language — I’m not sure if this is short enough for you, but here you go: Importance of English Usage and Proofreading.

can you mix Canola oil and peanut oil frying chicken — Yes - I actually do this fairly frequently when making my beloved General Tso Chicken recipe. The reason for this comes down to economics. If money is not a major issue, I will use all peanut oil because it gives the chicken pieces a better flavor and also seems to help somewhat with the texture. However, canola oil is usually less expensive and still provides an acceptable flavor as long as the batter is good. In order to have the best of both worlds I will use both types of oil and stir them together in the frying pan to evenly distribute the flavor before adding the chicken. I usually use about 20-30% peanut oil, which will be enough to noticeably improve the flavor without adding too much to the overall cost.

is there a game like dance dance revolution you can play on the internet — You’re probably looking for Flash Flash Revolution.

ignorant husband — Ok, I can imagine this one being the basis for an ample variety of humorous replies :) For now, all I can think of is that if you really need a search engine to find your husband, your marriage probably isn’t doing very well! And if he’s really ignorant, do you still think you can educate him? Hmmmm…


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