How did you become an impersonator for Stevie Nicks?

I grew up in Arizona. As I grew older many people would stop to say how much I looked like Stevie. A woman I worked with shared how popular look-a-like shows were in Arizona and they paid top dollar for great entertainment. I entered a contest and placed third in it. After that one performance, my career soared as an impersonator.


What do Vegetarians and Vegans do for Thanksgiving?

Vegetarians and vegans enjoy all the same Thanksgiving pleasures as everyone else does, minus the turkey. There is an abundance of delicious vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving food options available. Click here for compassionate Thanksgiving recipes.


What’s the largest turkey you ever raised?

The largest turkey I have ever raised dressed out at 50.12 lbs.


Vultures have taken up roost on my house or in my neighborhood. How do I get rid of them?

It is first important to understand what makes your area attractive. This is not necessarily a food source. Vultures are highly social animals, and they prefer to roost in large colonies. Areas that are conducive to this include the stereotypical dead tree, cell phone towers, and even rooftops or porch coverings. Removal of such trees is not advisable for several reasons: 1) these trees are often habitats for other wildlife, and 2) without the trees, the vultures may move to rooftops, a far less desirable situation.

The best way to discourage vultures is to create an inhospitable environment. On the household level, you can hang shiny, flapping objects to frighten the birds, frequently run outside, clapping and shouting, or set off firecrackers. (Note that, after a while, the vultures may discover that shiny flapping objects pose them no risk, at which point these will rather become fun toys. So it is best to initially accompany them with noise or blasts from a garden hose, and to be careful not to hang them somewhere that you would find to be a particularly unesirable secondary vulture roost)

On the community level, vulture discouragement is often accomplished with periodic cannon shots, or other noise solutions.


Why? Dead vultures will create a very unsanitary environment, and will attract ground-bound scavengers such as coyotes and foxes, which would pose much more of a risk to your family. The carcasses might even attract a replacement population of new vultures. And please keep in mind, there is NO way of poisoning a vulture without unintentionally targeting large quantities of other wildlife.

Unfortunately, having adapted very well to the growing human population, vultures are becoming more difficult to discourage from residential areas. This does not mean that their populations will rise to any dangerous level, however. Like all other wild animals, they are controlled by natural population fluctuations. If the birds are roosting in trees or on cell phone towers, it is best to leave them in peace. They are wonderful animals to have around, as they keep the environment clean and healthy. You will even find that they can be beatiful in flight, and fun to observe.


What types of fireworks are associated with most injuries?

Between June 16 and July 16, 2006:

  • Firecrackers were associated with the greatest number of estimated injuries at 1,300. There were 1,000 injuries associated with sparklers and 800 associated with rockets.
  • Sparklers accounted for one-third of the injuries to children less than 5 years of age.

Between 2000-2005, more than one-third of the fireworks-related deaths involved professional devices that were illegally sold to consumers.


How should I set about growing a handlebar moustache?

The problem for most of our members when trying to answer this question is that it is many years since we started to grow our moustaches, and we find it hard to remember how we went about it. I think that at first I only grew the hair on my upper lip, then as it started to get longer I let the “growing area” spread outwards! But it is entirely up to you. The important thing is that you should feel “comfortable” with the way it looks (even if the itchiness is a bit uncomfortable!)

The biggest decision will come when the hair in the centre of the lip starts to grow long and begins to get messy whenever you are drinking soup. At that point some people trim it to keep it short in the centre. However, if you can survive the messy stage (that is when the hair is starting to grow but isn’t long enough to brush to the sides), it is worth letting it all grow so you can train the hair to grow out sideways in order to achieve a more traditional shape. More>


How should I behave with an escort?

You should behave with an escort like you would behave with your date. Don’t forget that she is a human and she deserves respect and your care. Please try to be polite, generous and kind to your escort to earn a better rating. This is not allowed because of few reasons the most important being the abuse of an email id or telephone by anyone that can be very disturbing to an individual and the other being the email id susceptible to spam and virus attacks.


What do I do when there is an alligator in my neighborhood?

In many cases, if left unmolested, alligators eventually will retreat to more preferred habitats away from people. However, if you encounter an animal that poses a threat to human safety:

DON’T – swim outside of posted swimming areas or in waters that might contain large alligators.
DO – swim with a partner within all marked swimming areas. These areas are specifically situated and designed to reduce potential alligator/human conflicts.
DON’T – swim at night or dusk when alligators most actively feed.
DO – use ordinary common care. Swim during daylight hours. Avoid areas with thick vegetation along shorelines; these areas provide good natural habitat for larger alligators.
DON’T – feed or entice alligators. Alligators overcome their natural shyness and become accustomed or attracted to humans when fed.
DO – inform others that feeding alligators is a violation of state law and that by feeding alligators, people create problems for others who want to use the water for recreational purposes.
DON’T – throw fish scraps into the water or leave trash on shore. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators, the end result can be the same.
DO – dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans situated at most boat ramps or fish camps. DON’T – allow pets to swim in water known to contain large alligators or in designated swimming areas with humans. Dogs suffer many more attacks than humans, probably because dogs more closely resemble natural prey items of large alligators.
DO – swim your pets in areas not inhabited by large alligators. Keep your pet away from areas of heavy vegetation, and maintain your dog within command distance.

We have a separate page on alligators, and the Commissions document Living with Alligators, has more information.


If a woman is menstruating, does that increase her risk of bear attack?

In August 1967 in Glacier National Park, 2 young women were killed by 2 different grizzly bears on the same night. One of the women was wearing cosmetics and was menstruating and using external pads. Some writers speculated that menstrual odors triggered the attack and bear-safety brochures now often warn women not to hike or camp in bear country during menstruation.

While also unlikely that 2 bears would attack on the same night without a common environmental event, the most important factor was probably the habituation of both bears to people and human-associated foods. A subsequent fatal attack at Glacier in 1976 involved a grizzly which entered a tent, dragging out and killing a young woman.

The woman was not menstruating or using cosmetics and the camp was sanitary. Two young male bears with a history of harassing campers were killed nearby a few hours later. In Yellowstone, 19 people were injured by bears between 1980-1994. Five victims were women; no evidence linked menstruation to any attack. More>


Who pays for Princes William and Harry?

Both Prince William and Prince Harry receive a salary from the British Army. Any additional costs are met by The Prince of Wales or from their own private funds. If either Prince were to travel by air or train to an official engagement, these costs would be met from public funds.