Questions About 47 Pounds

Pacific Theater in WW2: Why Would Americans Use Pounds? Why Did Water + Stomach Wound = Death?

I have a couple of nuts-and-bolts questions about the Pacific theater in World War II. I've been reading the Naked and the Dead (if you haven't read it, it's Norman Mailer's semi-autobiographical account of serving in the Infantry on a Pacific island during the war), and a couple of incidental details along the way have me scratching my head. To wit: 1. Several times in the book, characters conduct transactions in pounds. What's the deal with this? They're Americans, so why aren't they using dollars? Was there some sort of internal Army currency called pounds during the war? 2. After a character is shot in the stomach, a big deal is made of the fact that no one can give him any water, because drinking water with a stomach wound will kill him. Why is that? What's so dangerous about water? I suppose #2 isn't very Pacific-specific. Oh well.

I've got three Kilos (six pounds?) of minced beef defrosting... what shall I do with it?

Hopefully this will be less controversial than my last question... I've got three Kilos (six pounds?) of minced beef defrosting... what shall I do with it? [MI] We bought a three kilo tray of mince a while back. My wife noticed it was getting close to code, so she put it in the freezer. Whole. So, I now have a three kilo block of mince that I need to do something with, all in one go. I'm thinking of turning it into a bolognase (?sp) sauce and refreezing it in portions, but I'm open to other suggestions. Favourite mince recipes anyone?

How many pounds should I bring and what should I see in Scotland?

I'll be in Edinburgh, Scotland, for about a week. How many pounds should I plan to bring, and what should I see? I'll be in Edinburgh, Scotland, for about a week, attending a conference. I've already paid for my hotel and airfare. I don't plan on doing too much sightseeing while I'm there. What is a ballpark number of pounds to bring for spending money? Should I change my dollars here in the states? Will I be able to use my Visa for most purchases (at restaurants and some shops)? Also, are there any restaurants or sights that I simply must visit in Edinburgh?

Is 200 pounds of dog just nuts?

We are thinking of adopting a second dog. Currently we have one dog, Jack, a four year old shepherd-rottie mix. He is very smart, and a great dog. He LOVES other dogs. We are both gone during the day, and from time to time think about getting a second dog. We suspect that he would be happier with another dog around. He is a big dog (108 pounds) and a bit, er, enthusiastic in his play, so any dog we adopt would have to be big enough to hold his own with our current dog. That means at least a 70 lb. dog, or more. Our dog already has indoor/outdoor access all day, and the second dog would as well. But we wonder if there will be any transition issues. Other than the obvious things like feeding, walking, and cleaning up the poop, is it easier or harder to have two dogs rather than one? If we determine that we have to crate the new dog while we are gone, for housebreaking reasons, will that drive both dogs nuts? Our current dog normally has excellent leash manners. W

Why is Ezra Pound's "In a Station of the Metro" so widely anthologized?

Imagism experts: why is Ezra Pound's "In a Station of the Metro" so widely anthologized? Full text: "The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough." Okay...I understand that the poem is an experiment in Imagism--distilling an experience down to two intense, superimposed images. And I think they're great images, don't get me wrong. But I just don't get why this is a "great" poem, or why it is in every poetry anthology I have ever owned (a considerable number, by the way). There just doesn't seem to be very much there, and I don't just mean in terms of word count. I actually sort of like the poem; I find it haunting, at least. So I'm not just arguing that it isn't a "great" poem because I don't like it much. I also realize that the canon is not entirely agreed upon by all scholars. I just want some insight into why this particular poem is so widely considered "great." I'v

What can I do with a couple hundred pounds of sour oranges?

What can I do with a couple hundred pounds of sour oranges? Here's the scoop. We have an orange tree that either had a really bad year or is ornamental or something, because the oranges look good, they smell good, but they taste like ass. I'm pretty loath to just toss them in the garbage, because that's a lot of sugar and other organic material to waste, but I'm not going to make gallons of marmalade and no one would want to eat them. So. Can I just put them in a corner of the yard and let the birds, insects, and lizards go nuts or what are we looking at there? Because that's my only idea. Bonus question: identify this tree so I know if I can get some good ones next year of if they're just lookin' oranges. Also, they're lumpy because they've been sitting out way too long.