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April 29

How many people are born each day in the US?

I'm seeking a table that shows how many people were born in the US on a given exact date (ie, 5603 births on January 1, 2003). I've found a number of birthday frequency rankings, but the raw data has been surprisingly elusive! [more inside]
posted by apparently at 6:39 PM - 0 answers

What's the most fun / innovative trivia round you've played lately?

TriviaFilter: I host an annual trivia night for my company and am looking for some fresh ideas for rounds/topics this year. What's the most fun / innovative / clever trivia round you've played lately? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 9:59 AM - 13 answers

April 28

What could neurologically account for my difficulty with driving?

I was discussing my driving difficulties with an aunt, who told me that at least four other family members share these same traits. I am wondering what neurological or physiological issue might explain these traits. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:45 AM - 36 answers

Help name my pup too!

We have struggled for three weeks to name our rescue dog. He will be ours Saturday so we have to decide soon. [more inside]
posted by donovangirl at 6:49 AM - 50 answers

Self-Improvement Self-Assessment

I am interested in writing up some kind of self-assessment, to be completed annually or every six months or so (ish) to get a rough idea of whether my eternal quest for self-improvement has been going well over time. I'm not exactly looking to gather literal, usable data, but that would be interesting too. What should I ask, and how should I format it? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 6:13 AM - 11 answers

April 27

Help me find a replacement foot for a ladder.

I've got a fiberglass extension ladder with a missing bottom rail bracket and foot. All the markings on the ladder have worn off. I'd like to be able to find replacement brackets/feet, but my searching so far has yielded nothing. I have pictures of the remaining part. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 11:52 AM - 9 answers

April 26

What do you call a group of drunken sailors?

We are participating in a scavenger hunt type event and need help with a team name. Metafilter rocks when it comes to names for businesses/websites/roller derby, so give me your best nautical team names. [more inside]
posted by thejanna at 11:35 AM - 33 answers

Need sleepable earplug suggestions.

After being awoken by my roommate and his SO last night at 2:30 AM, I'm looking for suggestions for earplugs that are comfortable to sleep in and effective at blocking out noise. Ask, what do you use to keep the sounds out at night? [more inside]
posted by isauteikisa at 10:43 AM - 31 answers

Name my 'Most Improved' Award

My company is handing out an award to 3 plants that have improved this year. It seems weird to hand out a 'Most Improved - Third Place' award. What's a good substitute for 'Most Improved?'
posted by Caravantea at 4:13 AM - 13 answers

April 25

Need a hand tool to extract a threaded flashlight bulb base.

I'm looking for needle nose pliers that work in the opposite direction of regular needle nose pliers. [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 11:54 PM - 16 answers

How do I put somebody's eye out?

Asking for fiction: I would like to stage a FICTIONAL eye-related accident that involves a person falling into one of those fireworks that is a fountain of sparks. Let's say the person falling on the firework is 5'8" and the firework is at table height. The person trips and falls and gets the firework to the face. What sorts of physiological damage are we looking at? [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 1:13 PM - 9 answers

Tell me about the name "Nina"

Is the name "Nina" only a nickname? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 1:19 AM - 42 answers

April 24

In need of words of comfort in the face of godless loss.

I'm an atheist and need (short) words of comfort for my grief. Bulleted list, haiku, your own account in 100 words or less, real articles, books. I have Frankl. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 7:50 PM - 29 answers

ADD/ADHD for the kid in the workshop

My 9-year-old son with an ADHD diagnosis has recently embraced his love of tools and tinkering. Yay! However every project he embarks upon brings such disorder in its wake, his workshop (our garage) is in a constant state of chaos and is frequently unsafe. How do I help him (and keep my own sanity)? [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 at 12:07 PM - 19 answers

Becoming a slow(er) talker

I talk fast. Very fast. Sometimes, when stressed or on low sleep, VERY fast indeed. This must stop! My attempts at speaking more slowly, unfortunately, have often verged on self-parody in the opposite direction: far too slow, or like an English actor doing a bad American accent. What are some good ways to slow down my speech and avoid these pitfalls? Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine at 9:33 AM - 16 answers

April 23

Can a Russian speaker help me to contact Vladimir Bukovksy?

I'm in contact with an English-speaking journalist that wants to write an article about Vladimir Bukovsky's hunger strike, but she can't reach him. I am looking for contact information for him or anyone close to him. I have searched everywhere in English and been unsuccessful. But perhaps there is contact information that a Russian speaker could find? If you speak Russian, could you search for this information? [more inside]
posted by Surprised By Bees at 5:27 PM - 1 answers

What did Mickey Spillane mean by this word?

Okay, so I'm working on new subtitles for Robert Aldrich's noir classic "Kiss Me Deadly". Around 50 minutes in, Mike Hammer drops in on a character named Carl Evello, and encounters a sexy girl who introduces herself like this:
"I'm Friday. I'd have been named Tuesday if I'd been born on Tuesday. I'm Carl's sister. Half sister. Same mother, different father."
The thing is, while her voice said "father", her lips were obviously pronouncing a different word, that was later overdubbed as "father". [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 8:46 AM - 5 answers

April 21

Need to maintain my French during a year off using it

My French is good, but I am not a native speaker. I am looking for books, podcast, blogs, YouTube channels etc. which I can use to maintain it during my maternity leave. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:24 AM - 25 answers

April 20

Birthday gift ideas for hubby

I only ask here because the birthday is approaching and I'm getting desperate! He is a computer engineer. I believe his interests are varied: he likes to draw, fiddle with things, spiderman, culinary experiences. Any and all suggestions welcome! Things I've considered: something from thinkgeek or one of those food of the month subscriptions.
posted by Forty-eight at 11:38 PM - 16 answers

April 19

"Pear Chub" Code Stickers

Near where I work, on a Chicago light pole at Adams & Michigan, is this sticker. Google doesn't yield much of anything useful. Can anyone enlighten me as to what it is, and what the code means?
posted by WCityMike at 6:01 PM - 4 answers

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