Whether we're talking about politics or the animal kingdom, learning something new can require a fair amount of time and effort. Luckily, we don't always have to read lengthy scientific papers. Some people do it for us. And not only that — they narrow down everything to a few bullet points and illustrate them to help our minds remember.

And if you want a place that stores these effective tools, look no further than the subreddit r/CoolGuides. As the name suggests, it collects picture-based reference guides for pretty much anything and everything.

"If it seems like something someone might print, physically post, and reference then it is a good link for this sub," its moderators write in its 'About' section.

Continue scrolling to check out some recent posts that garnered a lot of attention within this online community and if you find yourself hooked, fire up Bored Panda's earlier publication on it too.

#1

Opossums Are Our Friends

Opossums Are Our Friends

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Sabse
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We need them. Now! 😄 We do not have these cute pest controllers.

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#2

How To Treat People With Dementia

How To Treat People With Dementia

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This should be higher up. We all have or will be in contact with someone with alzheimers.

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Dana Jandhyala, who has had a long career as an educator where she has taught in different schools and institutes, believes that visuals hold more appeal than plain text to curious and intuitive minds.

"Till date, several studies have been conducted which prove the power of visual aids in eLearning," she wrote. "And there are some interesting results drawn from them. Such as, learners respond to visual information faster as compared to text-only materials. Also, visuals help improve learning tremendously and on multiple levels. Hence, around 65% of the population comprises visual learners."

#3

This Library Hung A Dewey Decimal Reference Sign For “Everything You Want To Know, But Don’t Really Want To Ask”

This Library Hung A Dewey Decimal Reference Sign For “Everything You Want To Know, But Don’t Really Want To Ask”

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Yvonne Dauwalder Balsiger
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That really made my day, just love this - especially the sentence at the bottom. 🙏

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#4

Simple Trick For Calculating Percentage

Simple Trick For Calculating Percentage

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Olivia Lisbon
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had this realization on my own. I’m crap at maths, it was the best feeling!

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Jandhyala said there are several advantages of visual aids:

They help store information longer. "Images are the simplest and the most effective way to make sure that the information gets stored as long-term memory. As per Dr. Lynell Burmark, an education consultant, our short term memory processes words and can only retain about seven bits of information. Whereas, images are directly processed by our long-term memory, where they get indelibly etched."

They make communication quicker and simpler. "Information listed in bullets is no doubt simpler to process. But, that same information in the form of an image or a video is processed even more quickly."

As per the Visual Teaching Alliance:

  • Of all the information transmitted to the brain, 90% is visual;
  • As opposed to text, visuals are processed 60,000x faster;
  • Humans are capable of getting the sense of a visual scene in less than 1/10th of a second;
  • 40% of nerve fibers are linked to the retina;
  • Our brain can see images that last for only 13 milliseconds;
  • The human eye can register 36,000 visual messages every hour;
  • Hence, the eLearning programs which incorporate suitable visuals gain a higher preference over.
#6

The 3/3/3 Rule

The 3/3/3 Rule

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Monty Is Fiennes
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And if there has been abuse of any kind it may much longer to complete phase 3...

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#7

It's Either This, Or Pupper Mittens. Bernie Votes Mittens

It's Either This, Or Pupper Mittens. Bernie Votes Mittens

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Visuals aid better comprehension. "They help learners grasp concepts easily by stimulating imagination and affecting their cognitive capabilities. Besides, the visual language is also known to have the potential to stretch 'human bandwidth' – which comprises absorbing, comprehending and analyzing new information."

Visuals act as stimulators for emotions. "Emotions and visual information are processed in the same part of the human brain. Visual stimuli and emotional response are linked in a simple way and these two together generate what we call memories. Hence, powerful images and visual metaphors create strong impressions and lasting memories in learners."

They drive motivation. "Most of the students struggle with some of their subjects because they find them uninteresting and hence lack the motivation to put in the required efforts. Visuals are the best bet in such scenarios. Captivating images, engaging videos, interesting infographics, etc. help learners fight the boredom and motivate them to do better."

So it very well might be that the things you'll learn from these guides will stay with you. At least for a little while.

#8

Useful Info

Useful Info

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Chich
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Took a 2yr tech course and ended up making more than friends who got a degree..

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#9

Don't Overshare Information

Don't Overshare Information

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#10

How To Retain Employees. A Lot Of Companies Need This Guide

How To Retain Employees. A Lot Of Companies Need This Guide

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#11

Different Street Light Designs To Minimize Light Pollution

Different Street Light Designs To Minimize Light Pollution

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NsG
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! Direct the light to where it's needed. This doesn't just impede views of the night sky - poorly thought out infrastructure can put streetlights directly outside bedroom windows and blackout blinds can be expensive.

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#12

Free Alternatives To Paid Software

Free Alternatives To Paid Software

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#13

Tips For Police Encounters

Tips For Police Encounters

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Jodie Kavanagh
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where's the educational flier for the police? 1. Do not violate a person's civil rights. 2. ....

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#14

A Guide To Cat Body Language

A Guide To Cat Body Language

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Mike Crow
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Do not believe the so called “trusting” one, we all know it’s a trap.

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#15

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up When Starting Something New

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up When Starting Something New

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Jerry Mathers
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This what millions of antivaxers are experiencing right now. They feel informed because they did internet research. Or because they are a nurse. Or because they know someone who backs up their opinion. They don't even know how much they don't know. To me, the scariest part of being in the US right now is how willing people are to take their opinion as a fact and use groupthink as a form of confirmation. Thousands of people who studied the subject for 8 years and currently work in the field are saying one thing while the other side has Timmy, the YouTube video maker talking to a guy that used to work at company and got fired is saying another. And somehow the thought process is the video is right. That is scary

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#16

Interesting Visual About Genetic Similarities

Interesting Visual About Genetic Similarities

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Sue Hazlewood
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, let's face it, there are many times we feel like mushrooms. Kept in the dark and fed s**t!

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#17

Know Your Wetlands. Posted To A Wildlife Management Facebook Group Probably Posted Somewhere Else Before But Not Here

Know Your Wetlands. Posted To A Wildlife Management Facebook Group Probably Posted Somewhere Else Before But Not Here

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Chich
Community Member
1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I did not know the difference betwixt a fen and a bog

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#18

Tally Marks Are Different Around The World

Tally Marks Are Different Around The World

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Hermione
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this. Had only ever done the left and never thought there were alternatives.

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#19

How Taxes Work

How Taxes Work

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ejfs
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is actually really useful. Although I assume the brackets differ between countries.

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#20

Guide To Celsius For Americans

Guide To Celsius For Americans

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#21

Happiness Chemicals In The Brain And How To Activate Them

Happiness Chemicals In The Brain And How To Activate Them

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Deborah B
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Physical affection doesn't have to mean people. Cuddle your pet.

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#22

I Spent Forever Looking For A "Grid Pattern" Shirt Before I Found This

I Spent Forever Looking For A "Grid Pattern" Shirt Before I Found This

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#23

Plant Watering Guide

Plant Watering Guide

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ZAPanda
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not true. It depends on the type of plant. If it's a deciduous plant, you risk drowning it with overwater / waterlogging. Similarly if it is a succulent. You need to look at the leaf type to determine how much water to provide. Assuming a pot plant: waxy leaves, thicker than paper: 1 cup every three days papery thin leaves, dry/papery surface: ½ cup every two days or ¼ cup every day thick fleshy leaves: ½ cup once a week etc.

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#25

The Name Of Things , You Probably Didn’t Know

The Name Of Things , You Probably Didn’t Know

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#26

Great One If You're Starting To Learn Music Notation

Great One If You're Starting To Learn Music Notation

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#27

Saying "I Ain't Doing That For Free" Differently

Saying "I Ain't Doing That For Free" Differently

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry, I'm not doing that for free. Polite and to the point !

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#28

Different Types Of Sleeves

Different Types Of Sleeves

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#29

A Guide To Proof-Reading Marks

A Guide To Proof-Reading Marks

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#31

Here’s For Understanding What Your Car’s Trying To Tell You

Here’s For Understanding What Your Car’s Trying To Tell You

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Terilee Bruyere
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My son once asked me what the jellyfish meant. High beams, he was talking about my high beams XD (he was 6 at the time).

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#32

Mohs Scale Of Hardness

Mohs Scale Of Hardness

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#33

Figure Out How Much Yarn You Need For A Project

Figure Out How Much Yarn You Need For A Project

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#34

Alternatives To Adobe Products

Alternatives To Adobe Products

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#35

Note

Note

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Mazer
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One of these ought to be made for medical doctors.

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#36

Know Your Window Types!

Know Your Window Types!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've always loved a bay widow, would be nice for a good book nook.

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#37

The Amount Of Snow It Takes To Cancel School By County

The Amount Of Snow It Takes To Cancel School By County

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#38

How To Choose Your Colour Palette

How To Choose Your Colour Palette

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ejfs
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or....simply wear what you enjoy wearing and f*** anyone else's opinion.

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#39

Map Of The Us States That Pays More Tax Than What They Receive From The Government, Courtesy Of Cgp Grey

Map Of The Us States That Pays More Tax Than What They Receive From The Government, Courtesy Of Cgp Grey

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Limey Cheesehead
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn't it amazing that the states that take more tax tend to the ones with the most conservative voters...except Texas & Florida, which was a pleasant surprise.

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#40

Estimated Caffeine By Type Of Drink!

Estimated Caffeine By Type Of Drink!

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troufaki13
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why did I read the last one as OMG instead of zero mg??

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#41

Is That A Crow Or A Raven? Now You’ll Know

Is That A Crow Or A Raven? Now You’ll Know

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#42

The Faces Behind The Voices

The Faces Behind The Voices

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Jaclyn Levy
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Welp, looks like Mel Blanc is literally the voice of my childhood

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#43

I Would Love To Have This For Afternoon Tea!

I Would Love To Have This For Afternoon Tea!

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#44

After I Said “E As In Egg” To Customer Service I Looked Up This Guide

After I Said “E As In Egg” To Customer Service I Looked Up This Guide

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's more fun to think of them on the spot, like spelling a name over the phone. K for Krypton, A for alligator, etc.

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#45

The World's Most Respected 'Made In' Labels

The World's Most Respected 'Made In' Labels

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#46

The Deadliest Hunters On Land

The Deadliest Hunters On Land

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Ben Stubbs
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, I'd be better off picking a fight with a tiger than a dragonfly? x

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#47

Differences In Wool Fibers Under The Microscope

Differences In Wool Fibers Under The Microscope

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ejfs
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aren't only the four on the left actually wool? The other fibres don't come from animal coats....or have I been wrong my whole adult life?

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#48

Tree Timeline

Tree Timeline

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Chich
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can look at climate way back with tree rings, Old trees and/or overlapping living with dead (from buildings, sunk in water, standing dead etc) look up Dendrochronology.

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#49

Other Names That’s Sugar But It’s Sugar Coated Hehe

Other Names That’s Sugar But It’s Sugar Coated Hehe

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Kay blue
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wanted to try and avoid products with palm oil in since it's so damaging to the environment. There were so many different words used in ingredients lists that I have to take a notebook with them all in whenever I go shopping.

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#50

20 Years Of Price Changes In The United States

20 Years Of Price Changes In The United States

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Jean-Daniel Mohier
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The fact that college textbook it a thing (not that they exist but that it has its own category as opposed to any random books) is mind boggling to me. Is there any other country where college textbooks are a scam?

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#51

How To Turn Ocean Water Into Drinkable Water Using A Can And Plastic Bottle. Not Recommended Unless You've Found Your Self At A Real Pinch

How To Turn Ocean Water Into Drinkable Water Using A Can And Plastic Bottle. Not Recommended Unless You've Found Your Self At A Real Pinch

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Mazer
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Called a solar still. Drinkable water can be collected from urine as well as sea water. You can also place a plastic bag over the tips of plants to obtain water, just be mindful of the plant you are choosing to use

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#52

Neckline Guide

Neckline Guide

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like 'boat neck', it sounds like an insult. "Oi, boat neck! Get out the way!"

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#53

U.k. & U.s

U.k. & U.s

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#54

Just In Case You Didn't Know How To Pack Your Hiking Bag

Just In Case You Didn't Know How To Pack Your Hiking Bag

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#55

Cable Identification

Cable Identification

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Guy MacGregor
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We don't usually use these "official terms". "TS / TRS" are called "Jacks", "RCA" is called "Cinch", "S/PDIF-RCA" is called "Composite", "ADAT" is called "Optic Fiber"

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#56

Are Your Eggs Still Fresh? Or, “How To Know How Old Those New Eggs You Just Bought Really Are”

Are Your Eggs Still Fresh? Or, “How To Know How Old Those New Eggs You Just Bought Really Are”

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate this chart so much. An egg that floats is not necessarily "gone bad and should not be eaten", it just says it's a bit older and you shouldn't use it for mayonnaise or a soft boiled egg. Assuming it doesn't smell bad, you can still easily use it for recipes where it's cooked to the full extent.

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#58

Traditional Japanese Footwear

Traditional Japanese Footwear

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#59

Couple Adults Need To Learn How To Apologize

Couple Adults Need To Learn How To Apologize

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