To prolong the life of fresh-cut flowers, florists recommend commercial flower preservatives. Homemade vase solutions — using pennies, aspirin, vodka, sugar, 7-UP or bleach — claim to be as good or better. Do any of them work?
"Only eat oysters in months with an 'R.'" This little pearl of folk wisdom carries more truth than you might expect — since the months without the letter R in their names coincide with summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Fluorescent lamps, including compact fluorescent lights, use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.
But it's widely believed that these popular bulbs use a lot of energy to start up. Should you just leave them on?