If the forest gets too hot the trees will probably catch fire

I move most of my drugs out of their original containers

Many advertisements for new pharmaceutical drugs will include a phrase like "ask your doctor if whatever we're selling is right for you". I like to imagine that there are people out there who do this every time they hear one of these ads, without any real regard for what the drug is intended to treat or whether they actually have that condition. For many of them it's probably gotten to the point where their doctor just sort of sighs every time they see the person coming in for an appointment.

The password would just be the word password

Back in the days before being gay was an accepted and healthy part of our society, men seeking other men were forced to seek out each other's company on the down low, lest anyone who was not cool with their lifestyle discover them. They had to be careful when doing so of course, because a direct question sort of tips your hand.

One technique employed in this effort was to casually ask if someone was a "Friend of Dorothy", and see how they responded. Someone who didn't know the code would say something like "Dorothy, nope, don't know her", and just move on. No harm done. Someone who was in on the code could confirm that they were a friend, and thus discretion was preserved. There's a rumor that this code usage was so pervasive in the US Navy that some higher-ups thought there actually was a sailor named Dorothy at the center of some vast internal gay conspiracy.

Anyway, I think it would be fun to employ a code like this for something pretty benign which had no real need or justification for being hidden from public view. Let's say you're at a restaurant, and you order some nachos. Your waiter might say, "Ok, nachos it is - and by the way, are you a friend of Delilah?" If you said no, they could just apologize and move one. If you responded in the affirmative, they'd take that to mean that you wanted a little extra kick of hot sauce on your beef, and hook you up.

You'd still have to wait for the buffering

In today's fast-paced inter-connected world, it's not atypical to use online video and phone services to talk to people from halfway around the world, in real-time, at basically zero marginal cost to both of you. This is great, but it sometimes means that someone is awake really late or really early in their local timezone while they conduct business. This has led to a need to be sensitive to each other's time, and try to be respectful about call scheduling so as not to disrupt the lifestyle and schedule or your business counterparts.

With those patterns in place, I think a real power move would be to wait until you're talking to someone on an early morning video chat who you know to be in the same timezone as you, and then use a line like "Well Jane, I know it's getting pretty late for you there, so I'm gonna let you go now before I take up any more of your night".

This puts Jane in the awkward position of needing to either speak up for herself and correct your clock math, or just politely agree to end the call. I'm not really sure why but I think you win in either case.

Presumably they know more about snake venoms

As you know, I am constantly fascinated by and frustrated by questions for which I will likely never have a satisfying answer. They are the kindling of the fire that is my passion, as it were.

Here's one that I doubt I'll ever figure out -- at what point in history would I be the smartest person alive, in terms of all around knowledge of things which we can call objectively answerable? What I mean by this I think is mostly a grasp on the facts of the world.

I believe that if I went back to the stone age I'd be a pretty clear winner. Even bringing back a mediocre knowledge of modern biology and physics would be far beyond the local culture. I'm not proposing a time machine exercise where I need to actually go and compete with them, because then we get into issues like language and disease where I'd probably be killed before I demonstrated my incredible prowess and knowledge to them. We need to pretend there's some sort of impartial all-seeing third party here who can survey the landscape of minds at the time and pick a winner.

Is there some person sitting in the Library of Alexandria in like 300 BCE who has read everything they have? If so, is all of that stuff more exhaustive than the things which a modestly well read person in 2016 knows about by accident? What about monks in the middle ages? What about like a Ben Franklin type?

I'm not sure how close to the present I can get before the most knowledgable person around knows more than me.

It was winter time so they did see some snow on the floor of the car

One time in my younger days I was driving around with a small group of passengers in the car, and we were doing nothing in particular, but we certainly weren't doing anything suspicious. I was pulled over by the police, who I believe suspected that we were involved in some sort of drug trading activity.

As they stopped me, because I was very sure there was a misunderstanding, I pretty quickly got out of my car and started to walk back towards the police car to go clear things up. This was just a local village police car and were in a well lit public area, so this seemed reasonable to me at the time.

In retrospect, that was probably a dumb move, and I should have stayed in my car and let them approach me.