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anonymous asked:

What should you do when your place has a blackout? I know you should unplug your appliances, but how do you change a fuse and such?

Well, before I go into what to do during a blackout, know that you don’t fix fuses during a blackout. A fuse will blow when you’ve overloaded it (like when you have too many things plugged in & try to turn on the hairdryer). If there’s a blackout, there’s no energy coming into the house, so there’s no way to overload a fuse. 

Unless your house is a million years old, you probably don’t need to change a fuse, but rather, reset it. If you go down to your fuse box, you’ll see all the fuses switched to the same side. If a fuse as been blown, you’ll see that it’s not 100% to the side that it is supposed to be. It’ll be somewhere like 25% of the way in the opposite direction. What you need to do is flip it all the way to the far end (to turn it off completely), then all the way to the side it’s supposed to be on (most likely the left). That will reset the fuse and you’ll be good to go.

In terms of what to do in a blackout, you really just need to wait for the power to come back on. Unplug any appliances that were in use when the power went out so that they don’t get overloaded when the electricity comes back. Turn off any unnecessary or sensitive electronics (i.e. your computer). Make sure at least one light is still switched to the “on” position so you know when the power comes back. Keep your fridge closed as much as possible. During shorter power outages, the insulation will keep your food cold, but only if you keep the fucking door shut. If your power is out for days, though, you will need to get rid of everything in your fridge and freezer because that shit is done for.

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Lubber Fiend

The Lubber Fiend is a house spirit found mainly in Scotland and Northern England. He is commonly compared to the Brownie.

His appearance is said to be like:

  • Large.
  • Hairy.
  • Has a tail.

He performs housework in exchange for a saucepan of milk and a place in front of the fire

The Lubbier Fiend is also found in literature, such as being mentioned in the works of John Milton. It is also found in The Red Axe by S.R. Crockett:

That fool, Jan Lubber Fiend, will ever be at his tricks. ‘Tis my young mistress that encourages him, more is the pity! For poor serving-men are held responsible for his knavish on-goings. Why, I had just set him cross-legged in the yard with a basket of pease to shell, seeing how he grows as much as a foot in the night—or near by. But so soon as my back is turned he will be forever answering the door and peeping out into the street to gather the mongrel boys about him. 'Tis a most foul Lubber Fiend to keep about an honest house, plaguing decent folks withal!

The Abbey Lubber is a minor demon that haunts the wine cellars or kitchens of abbeys, tempting the monks into drunkenness, gluttony and lasciviousness. The best known abbey lubber tale is that of Friar Rush