Mes­sage keeps get­ting lost in a mum­ble Fast facts Un­nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion

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Dear Read­ers: To­day’s Sound Off con­cerns peo­ple who leave mes­sages but mum­ble or can’t be un­der­stood.

— Heloise “Dear Heloise: I got a mes­sage on my an­swer­ing ma­chine this morn­ing, and I can’t un­der­stand a word of what’s be­ing said. The girl on the other end was mum­bling, so I have no idea who called or why. Last week, I got a mes­sage with the words ‘and stuff’ end­ing ev­ery sen­tence. Doesn’t any­one teach peo­ple the cor­rect way to an­swer a phone or leave a mes­sage? It’s as though cor­rect English and enun­ci­a­tion have been thrown out the win­dow.”

— Antonia H., Lexington, Mass­a­chu­setts

Dear Read­ers: Here are some new uses for an old com­puter:

• Con­vert it to a home server.

• Do­nate it to a school or a train­ing cen­ter.

• Re­cy­cle it. Com­put­ers use valu­able chem­i­cals and com­po­nents.

• Use as a backup com­puter.

— Heloise

Dear Heloise: I use my com­puter to watch movies, or­der items and other things. Lately, I’ve no­ticed that a num­ber of sites that claim to be free want me to reg­is­ter and pro­vide credit card in­for­ma­tion. If it’s “free,” there should be no need to hand out such in­for­ma­tion, and yet they won’t let me use their so­called free ser­vices with­out sup­ply­ing this in­for­ma­tion. So I no longer will use their site. Why do they want this fi­nan­cial info?

— Stephan B. in Dal­las

Stephan, you’re cor­rect: They don’t need it, and you should not be sup­ply­ing that kind of in­for­ma­tion to them. They might not charge on your credit card, but they could still sell that in­for­ma­tion. If enough peo­ple refuse to give this in­for­ma­tion, they’ll have to re­con­sider their pol­icy.

— Heloise

Is MSG dan­ger­ous?

Dear Heloise: Is MSG dan­ger­ous in foods?

— Linda W., Mar­ble­head, Mass­a­chu­setts

Ac­cord­ing to the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, monosodium glu­ta­mate (MSG) is present in our bod­ies nat­u­rally. It’s also in many of the foods we eat ev­ery day. The FDA be­lieves that MSG is, on the whole, safe to in­gest. Although some peo­ple may have an al­lergy to MSG, in or­der to know for cer­tain if it’s MSG or some­thing else in a cer­tain food, they should con­sult with a doc­tor.

— Heloise

CBD oil

Dear Heloise: I’ve been hear­ing all sorts of things about CBD oil. Since it can be made from mar­i­juana, will I get high if I take it?

— Tay­lor V., Boze­man,

Mon­tana Tay­lor, some CBD oil comes from mar­i­juana, but you will not get high from us­ing it. Nor will CBD oil de­rived from hemp give you a buzz. At this time, there are many stud­ies that have been pub­lished on the health ben­e­fits of CBD, and new in­for­ma­tion comes out ev­ery day about CBD. Do your re­search to see if it might ben­e­fit you to try it, and also check your state’s laws re­lated to the al­lowed usage of CBD. — Heloise Send a money-sav­ing or time­sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to [email protected] Heloise.com. I can’t an­swer your let­ter per­son­ally but will use the best hints re­ceived in my col­umn.

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