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April 27 2016 7:36 AM

How Do Trans Women Feel About Caitlyn Jenner?

Answer by Jae Alexis Lee, MTF lesbian feminist:

Sigh. That really sums how I feel.

Last year I came out and went full-time. It was the year she did the same. While Caitlyn was giving her coming-out interview with Diane Sawyer, I had just spent that very same month coming out to friends, family, and my employer's HR and management types. The same day that Caitlyn's Vanity Fair cover dropped, I called a meeting with my employees to let them know I was about to go full-time.

April 26 2016 7:13 AM

Who Had the Strongest Military During the Cold War?

Answer by Igor Markov, EECS professor at Michigan:

It fluctuated throughout, as technology changed many times over, and the economic fortunes of the USSR became very sensitive to oil prices.

As of 1945 (before the Cold War), the USSR had the strongest conventional land-based military. After the U.S. withdrew most of its troops, it essentially dominated in Europe (the U.S. returned some of the troops, but the USSR still held a vast numerical advantage, especially in tanks).

April 25 2016 7:04 AM

What Would Thinking Be Like Without Words or Pictures?

Answer by Yohan John, Ph.D. in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University:

What a great question! I don't think neuroscience has much to comment on the matter yet. All we can really do is introspect and speculate about the answer.

I used to be a strong “thought equals language” sort of person, but nowadays I'm not so sure. I widened my definition of thought to include imagistic thinking, such as imagining cogs and gears moving together. I could imagine, say, an engineer thinking directly in terms of mechanical “scenes” without any intervening words. But it's hard for me to imagine what thinking would be like without words or images. Maybe that's just a limitation of my own thinking.

April 24 2016 7:21 AM

How Old Is the U.K.’s Current Postal System?

Answer by Stephen Tempest:

It dates back to the 1850s but adopted its current form in the late 1960s.

In Britain, Sir Rowland Hill set up the first national, uniform postal service using prepaid stamps in 1839. It was a stunning success, with the number of letters being sent nationwide more than doubling in the first three months after the introduction of the system.

April 23 2016 7:06 AM

How Can I Tell if an Escort Likes Me Romantically?

Answer by Ian Morgan, worked as an escort:

There were more than a few of my clients that I liked romantically—women who I would have liked dating on my own time. I still charged them for the time we spent together. I never saw any outside of work. It never kept me from giving my all to the next client.

April 21 2016 7:23 AM

Is Oak the Only Acceptable Wood for Aging Whiskey?

Answer by Laurence Shanet:

Oak (especially American white oak) is far and away the most common type of wood used for making whiskey. However, it is not the only type used. Occasionally, other woods such as maple, hickory, and a host of others are used for aging whiskey. 

April 20 2016 7:05 AM

How Do I Motivate Myself to Finish Projects?

Answer by Milena Rangelov, who works to improve herself 1 percent every day:

Great question. I feel compelled to answer because guess what? I struggle with finishing things, too. In fact, I'm doing it right now. Here are 10 ideas for you:

April 19 2016 7:08 AM

How Do You Become a Minimalist?

Answer by Jonathan Brodsky:

I hate this question. And I hate it because people hear about minimalism and they think it's about cutting stuff out of your life (literally—they think it's about throwing stuff out). It's not about that. When you're talking about a life philosophy, it's about how you assign value to the things and people in your life. It's about how you figure out what's essential to you.

April 18 2016 7:06 AM

What Career Wisdom Do People Learn Too Late?

Answer by Matt Cohler, general partner at Benchmark, pre–Series A team at LinkedIn and Facebook:

Figure out what your comparative advantage is and play to your strengths. In a hypercompetitive world, it's not enough to be really good at something; you also need to be better at it than all of the other good people who are trying to do it too, who are vying for the same opportunity.

April 17 2016 7:31 AM

If Britain Had Gone to War With the U.S. in 1910, Who Would Have Won?

Answer by Stephen Tempest, qualified amateur historian:


The Kaiser would laugh himself silly at the sight of his two great Anglo-Saxon rivals destroying each other in a fruitless war that neither of them could win decisively.