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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

When the cold caller asks for you, say "Just a moment, I'll get them." and then place the phone next to the stereo and let it play, like hold music. Every once in a while get back on in your best ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

Print the telemarketing counterscript and keep it next to your phone. I don't know how much it annoys the caller, but it might make things more fun for you.
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

The trick of how to kill flies is the approach rather than the item used. Flies have nearly 360 degree vision, so sneaking won't help. First, wait for them to land somewhere that you can strike ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

Well, this doesn't apply to the UK specifically but here's my approach: Never answer unsolicited calls from an unknown number. From anyone. Ever. Calls from a number that I don't recognize go ...
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How to get rid of Bedbugs?

Get an exterminator/pest control expert, especially if you are living close to other people. It is not just your problem if your natural remedy doesn't work, it is their problem too. The only ...
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How can I remove ants from my laptop keyboard?

There are already some good answers for how to get them out immediately. However, I have an alternate proposal: Wait until they leave on their own. They're there because there's food in there. As ...
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How can I remove ants from my laptop keyboard?

To remove almost anything, the simplest and most effective way is to use an Aero Duster. These blast compressed air in under the keys and into all the nooks and crannies and will safely leave your ...
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How do I find and kill a single mosquito in the middle of the night?

Killing a mosquito is easy (as you can see in the other answers). Finding it is the hard part. This is the easiest way I've found of locating a mosquito. You need 2 light sources: a small lamp that ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

Answer in a foreign language. For the cold caller it's usually not worth trying to communicate with someone who you share no common language, since they are usually on the clock to make commission.
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Which is the best lure to use on a mousetrap?

Peanut butter is the best because they can't remove it from the trap: they have to crawl up there and WHAM they're gone. Needless to say, position the trap along the wall or wherever else they ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

First of all, make your job easier. Open the blinds/curtains at a window or turn on a single light to attract them to land on a smaller area. When closing in on them with your tool of choice, come in ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

This is what I use: Make fly strips. Take a sticky tape, usually duct tape and stick it together to form double sided tape. Now hang it around, you can attach pieces of food to attract even more ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

The reason that flyswatters are more effective than a magazine is because of the holes. Moving a newspaper, magazine or other flat object through the air very quickly actually creates a buffer of air ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

I sound interested then say "Wait a moment, I have to take something off the stove". Then walk away. They hang up eventually. (I used to keep an emergency whistle by the phone - blowing it removes ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

If you want a novel, legal and amusing way to discourage telemarketers, there's always Lenny. http://www.toao.net/595-lenny If you're really committed, set your number up with a premium rate for ...
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How can I get a mouse out the house without causing it any harm?

There is a simple trap you can make with: empty paper towel / toilet paper roll trash can peanut butter Instructions: Put a small dab of peanut butter on the inside of the roll on one end. Place ...
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Which is the best lure to use on a mousetrap?

Orange Marmalade. Really. maybe it was just those mice, but peanut butter or cheese took days. Marmalade I had one when I turned the lights off. Also placement is key. Mice like to travel against ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

A way I usually use is: catch the fly, then throw it out the window (or a door. Or into a spider's web. Or smash it against the floor, if you feel particularly angry). To catch the fly, I use method ...
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How can I remove ants from my laptop keyboard?

I am from India. We have good sunlight almost year-round. If I were you, then I would simply put my laptop in the sunlight for 5-10 minutes. The ants will leave the keyboard because it will get too ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

I have three fixes for this, with different results: As I am in the USA, my phone number has been on the Do Not Call list as long as the list has existed. I used to get good results reporting callers,...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

One very amusing way to dismiss cold callers is to put on your best sultry voice and say; “I would be delighted to answer all of your question my dear, but this is a premium service and we will bill ...
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How to get rid of Bedbugs?

Heat, cold, and diatomaceous earth all kill bedbugs. Cold -- I've successfully rid a home of bedbugs by turning off the water, blowing out the pipes, pouring antifreeze in toilets, tanks, and u-traps,...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

I'm rather surprised I haven't seen it yet, so give it a chance before you write it off: rubber bands. Preferably the wider ones (1/4" or so). Just like you are back in elementary school snapping ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

One thing that I find works with just about any insect is a soap spray. How stuff works recommends 1 to 2 tablespoons liquid soap per quart of water, but I kind of just wing it. I usually get a ...
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How can I kill spiders while suffering from arachnophobia?

Two responses: I would look into a gecko or other type of lizard that eats spiders, and allow it free range. It will be a companion of sorts (though generally will seek to live behind your stove or ...
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How do I find and kill a single mosquito in the middle of the night?

Now that's something which you can use to kill 1 mosquito. Just simply target it and use this racket and that's too in the middle of the night. Its not the only option but its just my recommendation: ...
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How can I relieve the itchiness from a mosquito bite?

I have found that heating a metal teaspoon and pressing it against the bite provides almost instant and permanent relief from the itching (the redness and 'bump' will remain while the wound heals). ...
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How do I find and kill a single mosquito in the middle of the night?

Get a bug zapper. I've usually seen these on porches but we stayed at a cabin in mosquitoville and naturally some mosquitoes snuck in. The first night it was bzzzz bzzzz in my ear all night. The next ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

I note you're in the UK, where, very recently, a landmark change has been made in the law written to protect consumers from this type of harassment. Link below to a report by the BBC, but you need to ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

The fly catcheroo™ Step 1 Get a drinking glass, some dish washing soap, and some warm water. Add a little soap to the glass and fill to below the top with warm water. Step 2 Sneak up below ...
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