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September 24

I need this thunk emoticon and Google won't give me anything

I first saw this one emoticon on Something Awful forums. It is composed of a thinking face emoji (either the normal variant or the thonk, or the goofy one). however, the thinking face is superimposed upon an equally yellow body. That yellow body is a capable facsimile of The Thinker, by Rodin. It's a large image, so not actually an emoticon. Maybe a sticker? Something like that. [more inside]
posted by hleehowon at 4:49 PM - 4 answers

September 23

What should the beer cart be called?

There is a cart that delivers beer to employees in an office. What should this cart be called? Puns appreciated.
posted by morninj at 3:36 PM - 50 answers

Why did The Radcliffe College graduates of 1935 not wear makeup?

I found a brief news article from 1935 stating that none of the Radcliffe College Class of 1935 had worn makeup at their graduation. The article played this for laughs, but it seems there must have been some larger statement or protest. However, I can't find anything else online describing this event (assuming it was true and not concocted by the reporter as 1930s clickbait). [more inside]
posted by Tsuga at 11:56 AM - 12 answers

September 22

Give me your best waterproofing treatments

What's the best way to add some water resistance to outdoor clothing? Is there anything out there that's better than good old Kiwi Camp Dry? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 5:03 PM - 4 answers

Medium for a séance in the Bay Area?

A friend is trying to put together a seance, and is having a tough time finding a medium to conduct it. Anyone here have any experience or knowledge of such a person in the Bay Area?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 12:24 PM - 1 answers

September 21

fidget object. not toy

I'm looking for something to fidget with, not a fidget toy or anything made to be fidgeted with. For example, a pocket knife is perfect except that would be inappropriate at meetings and sometimes I am not sober and shouldn't be around sharp objects. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 9:19 PM - 45 answers

Where should I go to get this bracelet appraised? Or should I bother?

Yet another question about selling jewelry. I found a few gold things that I can sell as scrap, but there is one distinctive piece that is worth asking about, a very intricate bracelet. Since I know nothing about jewelry, before I take it somewhere to sell I wanted to check if this looked like the kind of thing that might have additional value over the weight. If so, can any jeweler do the appraisal or should I contact one of the large auction houses? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 8:59 PM - 5 answers

"You Are Enough"

What books, audio, video, songs, affirmations, slogans, meditations, or other things have best convinced/re-affirmed you of the belief that "you are enough"? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:36 PM - 12 answers

Banner/topper for merchandiser fridge?

Trying to find an insert (?) for the top of a merchandiser fridge to replace the boring one it came with. Google is failing me, because I don't actually know what these things are called, though I'm sure there's a name for it! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 6:59 AM - 5 answers

September 20

STOP READING ?

You have a book that you are halfway done. It is not what you expected. You hope it gets better but it doesn't. Do you finish the book or call it quits? How long does it take for you to decide that a book isn't worth the effort anymore? What do you do with this book when you are done with it? Donate, Trash, Put on a shelf.
posted by Kilovolt at 8:26 PM - 74 answers

Please help me identify this object (kitchen tool?)

We think it's a kitchen implement. There's a small piece broken off, but it's largely intact. If you recognize it, please ID it for us, and thanks! Pics below the fold. [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves at 7:41 AM - 12 answers

Stuck and struggling

I feel stuck and I don't know what will help right now. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:10 AM - 18 answers

September 19

*gestures at question*

I am looking for a specific image... meme? overlay? of a man gesturing at/presenting a photo in the background with outstretched arms (like an angled V, or <). The man is looking at you, the viewer, not the photo, with a slightly defiant expression. It is generally used by people trying to emphasize their point by substituting their own image in the background. I have seen this many times on twitter and tumblr but currently cannot for the life of me find it nor the correct search terms to bring it up. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 6:19 PM - 2 answers

Care package post shoulder surgery

A good friend, who is normally a very active person, is about to get her shoulder operated on and will essentially be one-armed for the next few months. A group of her friends, including me, are getting together to send her a care package to help her make it through this time. [more inside]
posted by overhauser at 8:25 AM - 15 answers

September 16

What ballpoint ink refill is this? Sanrio

Dear pen and ink experts: I'm trying to find a refill for a ballpoint pen and am having no luck. All I know is that it's definitely not a D1; the pen is by Sanrio, made in Japan, probably '90s. The refill shaft is smooth with no nubs or anything and looks very generic. It attaches to some kind of base and the entire length of the refill is covered by a spring. Photo attached- about 62mm in length, plastic.
posted by oion at 5:27 PM - 3 answers

September 15

Why are there so many floss picks littering parking lots?

I keep seeing floss picks in parking lots. Gas station parking lots, supermarket parking lots, strip-mall parking lots... all the parking lots. Why? I don't understand how floss picks are ending up in so many random parking lots. Do people keep and use and discard them in the car? Are there a coterie of dentists who are confetti-ing local parking lots? What the heck in going on?
posted by lazuli at 9:12 PM - 14 answers

Recycling/re-using the contents of airline amenity kits?

I travel a lot, and sometimes I can fly business class, so I've collected quite a few airline amenity kits. I seldom use the contents. Ideas for what I could do with them, instead of simply junking them? Difficulty level: UK, southern England. [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac at 6:07 AM - 14 answers

September 14

What would you like to know about being a vendor at a Farmers Market?

I'm with a group of like-minded folks who are trying to bring a Farmers Market to my city. One of our goals is to "grow our own" vendors from our community. We are going to be holding a panel discussion with community member panelsts that are already Farmers Market Vendors/CSA farmers. The audience will be filled (I hope) with both wanna-be vendors and with people who have a general interest in Farmers Markets. I need to come up with some good, thought-provoking questions for the panel. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 PM - 15 answers

I need to find an image of the corny romantic leading man

Who has a twirly starburst at the corner of his smile and eyes. I'm thinking of Tony Curtis maybe? [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo at 3:02 PM - 8 answers

September 13

It's easy: I have money, you have bills

What do I call the sort of organization/fund I'm looking for? I want to give people small sums to pay their bills. [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour at 12:22 PM - 21 answers

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