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Researchers Find Clues to 'Pack-Rat' Urge
WebMD Medical News ^ | Dec. 17, 2004 | Miranda Hitti

Posted on 12/18/2004 7:05:24 AM PST by MississippiMasterpiece

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To: MississippiMasterpiece

I think that there are some books that could help you with this problem.


51 posted on 12/18/2004 9:59:46 AM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

HI Mississippi!


52 posted on 12/18/2004 10:03:41 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (I'm from North Dakota and I'm all FOR Global Warming!)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

I just LOVE you, MM! :)


53 posted on 12/18/2004 10:04:42 AM PST by Libertina (Dino Rossi WON the election TWICE!)
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To: Irish Queen
This morning, I thought that I must be the only goof ball around with so many books. I estimate my book collection at somewhere around 4000 volumes. All this in a two bedroom apartment! My latest craze has been old collectible magazines. With the price that I have paid for some of them, they ought to count as books. The highest price I paid for a single magazine was $110.00 (Volume 1 Number 1 issue of the Double Gun Journal). I honestly don't even know how many old magazines I have. The really bad places to hang out for old books are estate sales. A couple of months ago, I bought five volumes of "Public School Methods", copyright 1912. I got them for only a buck apiece. I just can't seem to walk away from good deals on old books.

My name is dbehsman and I am a bookaholic.
54 posted on 12/18/2004 10:07:05 AM PST by dbehsman (NRA Life member and loving every minute of it!)
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To: angkor
Hey! The 8-tracks work in the Lincolns ('78 and '79). Why not get the tapes? LOL!

Nothin' wrong with those pencils, either...

55 posted on 12/18/2004 10:08:12 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (I'm from North Dakota and I'm all FOR Global Warming!)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
Any single male Freepers out there who have a penchant for collecting small green pieces of paper?
56 posted on 12/18/2004 10:14:36 AM PST by Nataku X (There are no converts in Islam... only hostages.)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

I collect matches from various restauants and hotels and conferences I've been to. May not mean much to anybody else, but it brings back memories to me. And maybe I'll need them to light a candle if the power goes out.


57 posted on 12/18/2004 10:18:30 AM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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To: xJones

Oh, thank God! But can it be eventually cured?

Well, maybe. But, you will have to search out and collect more books to find out.


58 posted on 12/18/2004 10:18:34 AM PST by wizr (Freedom ain't free.)
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To: Ciexyz

Cute idea, I like that. Dad collects $1 poker chips.

When I was little, I was big into collecting pencils. My family travelled a lot and I'd pick up a souvneir pencil from wherever we went. Had a bunch of out-of-state pencils from fairs, museums, etc. Then someone stole the collection right form my locker. I was crushed... some of the pencils were really neat, with small stones in them and pressure sensitive pencils and weird shapes and special wood and all that. Dad took it to the principal, the principal thought it was a big joke...


59 posted on 12/18/2004 10:25:48 AM PST by Nataku X (There are no converts in Islam... only hostages.)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
Pack Rats find clue to Obsessive Researchers

60 posted on 12/18/2004 10:29:55 AM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservatives)
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To: IronJack

Me, I'd rather take somethin' old (and well made) and make it new again. A lot of the new stuff is junk right off the shelf, and expensive, too.

I collect stuff. Iron for weldin', wood for nailin', craft and design books, and ANYTHING concerning Indian (Native American) arts, crafts and history. I'm still trying to find info on old Indian tattoos.

I r Wiz an' got lots a 'stuff'. It's mine an' you can't have it, unless you ask real nice.


61 posted on 12/18/2004 10:36:31 AM PST by wizr (Freedom ain't free.)
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To: Marauder

Just ride the bike and enjoy it, and hunt for the missing parts as time and money permits.


62 posted on 12/18/2004 10:42:22 AM PST by wizr (Freedom ain't free.)
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To: spoiler2
"This condition can spread easily in families. I know of one case where everyone in the family collects things and they constantly battle each other for space to house their overflowing collections, to the point of sometimes throwing another member's things out!"

I have house plants that I have known longer than my son. My son (only child) is 38 years old. LOL!

63 posted on 12/18/2004 11:03:25 AM PST by blam
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To: OSHA

LOL - nice try! We're onto those tricks.


64 posted on 12/18/2004 11:11:47 AM PST by JudyinCanada (Five-fingered Canadian)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
Researchers Find Clues to 'Pack-Rat' Urge

I misread the title... I thought it said:

Researchers Find Clues to 'Rat-Pack' Urge

65 posted on 12/18/2004 11:13:44 AM PST by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: wizr
Well, maybe. But, you will have to search out and collect more books to find out.

Collect more books?!! Dear Lord, any more books and they can use me as a backup for the Library of Congress!:)

Merry Christms to you and yours, BTW.

66 posted on 12/18/2004 11:18:09 AM PST by xJones
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
>Researchers say they've found an area of the brain that seems to govern the urge to collect

Well, I think I know
the area of my brain
that's behind my urge

to collect pop tarts . . .
It's a good set, but, caution,
filling might be hot . . .


67 posted on 12/18/2004 11:32:42 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: angkor

Sorry for taking so long to respond: It's a 1969 Triumph Trident (T150), the debut year for that model. I've owned it since 1972.

I found a Triumph dealer/service shop in Houston that has a plethora of old Triumph parts, so I'll start there, when I'm ready to divert hip-pocket money toward its restoration. I'm not willing to ride it without turn signals, so that'll be the last thing I revert to original configuration.


68 posted on 12/20/2004 9:43:53 AM PST by Marauder (Merry Christmas, ACLU, and may God have mercy on you.)
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To: wizr
Just ride the bike and enjoy it.

That's pretty much my strategy for now. The turn signals were a safety issue, and the raised handlebars were for comfort, so those'll be the last things I restore to original.

69 posted on 12/20/2004 9:48:53 AM PST by Marauder (Merry Christmas, ACLU, and may God have mercy on you.)
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To: Marauder

As the former owner of a 1978 Bonneville and 1972 BSA Thunderbolt, I can tell you there are quite a few resources out there for used Brit bike parts. And you might run into a deal like my own, when I wrecked the frame on the Thunderbolt and sold the bike for parts, IIRC about $500. 100 percent original.


70 posted on 12/20/2004 9:52:50 AM PST by angkor
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To: Marauder

BSA handlebars were a nightmare. My Thunderbolt was 100 percent stock, and after a 3/4 hour cruise I could barely feel my hands or wrists.

You're dead-on right about it being like commanding a jackhammer. I did summer construction work including jackhammers, and that's the best analogy to the BSA. IIRC it would abate as you reached 70 or 75 MPH, but then you were just begging for a speeding ticket.


71 posted on 12/20/2004 9:59:52 AM PST by angkor
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To: angkor

I only raised my bars about 10". Didn't want the "ape-hangers," just wanted enough to ease the discomfort.

BSAs were hot-looking bikes, a little more stylistic with the forward-canted cylinder blocks. In fact, when congress forced the Brits to make drastic changes for export to the USA, they used the block from the old BSA Rocket III on their post-1975 Tridents to make room for starter motors.

They were also made to swap sides with the shift and brake pedals. Mine shifts on the right and brakes on the left, and I've been on this bike so long that I don't trust myself to react properly on a non-Brit bike in an emergency situation (which is always happening in my experience). I would be jamming down on the shift pedal, trying to stop. So once I sell this bike, I'm not going to ride anymore, unless I can find a good old Sportster with a RH shift pedal.


72 posted on 12/20/2004 12:37:13 PM PST by Marauder (Merry Christmas, ACLU, and may God have mercy on you.)
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To: JudyinCanada
it is so hard to tell the difference between the junk and the "good" stuff.

Stuff is the junk you keep.

Junk is the stuff you throw away.

73 posted on 12/20/2004 12:46:01 PM PST by bankwalker (Katie's legs are the reason God created the mute button.)
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To: Marauder
an old British motorcycle

Royal Enfield?

74 posted on 12/20/2004 12:46:52 PM PST by bankwalker (Katie's legs are the reason God created the mute button.)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

I have quite a collection of cheap, bent, Chinese screwdrivers. Maybe that's redundant.


75 posted on 12/20/2004 12:49:56 PM PST by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
My insurance company makes me carry a special rider.

Did you have them appraised to ascertain their value? I have a collection (though much smaller than yours), and my insurance company demanded proof of their value before allowing me to insure them. I've yet to do it because of the time, expense and overall inconvenience of it all.

76 posted on 12/20/2004 12:50:33 PM PST by BlackRazor
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
Attention, pack rats: science may have figured you out.

It's very simple. If I throw it away, I'll need it tomorrow, so I better just keep it. It doesn't take up too much space.

77 posted on 12/20/2004 12:51:19 PM PST by bankwalker (Katie's legs are the reason God created the mute button.)
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To: bankwalker
Royal Enfield?

No, Triumph Trident (vintage 1969). Only bike I ever owned, bought it in 1972. Took it for a test run, saw that it was a great go-faster and I had to have it.

78 posted on 12/20/2004 4:40:17 PM PST by Marauder (Merry Christmas, ACLU, and may God have mercy on you.)
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To: bankwalker

That was downright profound. And cute, too.


79 posted on 12/20/2004 4:43:19 PM PST by JudyinCanada (Five-fingered Canadian)
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To: angkor

Leary was her godfather, so it makes sense her dad would have all those first edition Leary books. Lucky you!


80 posted on 12/20/2004 4:49:01 PM PST by mabelkitty (Blackwell for Governor in 2006!!!)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
Having worked for book publishers for many years, I was always unable to resist free copies of collectible books--found among the piles on the windowsills or file cabinets.

Most of the authors came to NYC for book signings, so it was a simple matter to get them signed too. A night of entertainment at Barnes & Noble and you walk away a few hundred dollars richer. But now I can't figure out what to do with them. Just keep them, I guess.

81 posted on 12/20/2004 4:56:19 PM PST by firebrand
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To: bankwalker
Royal Enfield?

You can buy a nice used 250cc Enfield in Nepal or India for about $300 to $500. What's really great is that you can get parts and service anywhere, since they're indigenous Indian bikes and (I think) still in production.

Someone was importing them to the U.S. a few years ago.

82 posted on 12/20/2004 5:09:59 PM PST by angkor
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To: mabelkitty

No, I sold everything Leary some time ago.

Michael was a great guy to deal with, and was Leary's archivist and founder of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library in SFO. I haven't spoken with him in at least 10 years.


83 posted on 12/20/2004 5:17:37 PM PST by angkor
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To: Fiddlstix
Doesn't sound too bad. My husband has enough parts for a 57 chev to build one from scratch. Why keep all that stuff and just let is sit there and rust?
84 posted on 06/19/2007 8:18:07 AM PDT by buried alive (Don't Fence Me In)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
I'll bet those homes filled with thousands of books smell real good, LOL. Especially if some are infested with little pulp-eating insects.

Leni

85 posted on 06/19/2007 8:28:34 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Don't give up the ship. Keep phoning & emailing. Remember, we lost the Alamo!)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
Pack-ratters can also be bad at work. When I was a Sys Admin on one project, we had one guy whose office was a pigs pen. There was no desk surface because of papers, books, magazines stacked to 6 inches high. He had a Sun Sparc 20 on his desk (pizza box) and every several months, his hard drives would go belly up so the drives had to be replaced. After the drive failed the second time, I told him no work will be done in his cube until he cleaned up his crap and make space for me to work.

In that job, I was also in charge of a lab as well. I keep the place clean but this person, he and I would constantly butt heads because he always wanted to dump his junk in there. I also got rid of a lot of stuff of unused and outdated software such as dated to 1980 (this was 1997). Unfortunately, I had to get his permission to get rid of unneeded and unused stuff. He refused to sign the paperwork to get rid of it and I had to go over his head to get the approval. It p*ssed him off.
86 posted on 06/19/2007 8:34:14 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: IronJack
and stuff like boxes for toys he'd bought his kids for Christmas 20 years ago.

....and he'll be darned glad he did. I deal in antique and collectible toys- the box is usually worth 3 times the value of the toy. Many people saved the toy, not many saved the box it came in - supply and demand.

87 posted on 06/19/2007 8:37:07 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: Tokra
I am coining the disease with a name: “Obsessive Pathological Dementia"
88 posted on 05/22/2008 9:14:16 PM PDT by TheOtherMonk
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