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July 23

Who's that girl - and why is she so expensive?

This sewing pattern is listed on eBay for £2,500. The seller promises 'half off if you can tell me who this [the model] is'. So who the heck is it? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 1:52 PM - 54 answers

July 22

Hidden bodies of water...in my ear?

I got water in my ear - explain to me where it was stored and what happened to release it? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 5:14 PM - 14 answers

July 21

I want other people's memories.

I collect other people's old photographs. The vast majority of which that I have access to are from antique stores, junk shops, and sometimes estate sales, where I only see photographs from around 1965 or earlier. Where are all of the more recent photographs, and how can I get some of them?
posted by cmoj at 11:27 AM - 12 answers

Inspecting the "Final Inspection"

Is there existing research or journalism answering the (disputed) question of the authorship of "The Final Inspection"? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:10 AM - 5 answers

July 20

Is it worth replacing an engine in a used car?

Is it worth replacing the engine in my 2008 jeep liberty? [more inside]
posted by skinnydipp at 6:53 PM - 14 answers

Come A Little Closer, Then You'll See

I'm looking for images that, as you zoom in/out, tell a story or change in an interesting way. Some examples are fractal sets and "Powers of Ten", but I'd like to find something with a bit more plot to it -- or that's at least more down-to-earth. New ideas are also welcome!
posted by miniraptor at 1:47 PM - 8 answers

July 19

My late father's Zippo knock off needs a new wick.

My dad carried a Zippo knock off lighter with him in WWII. It's out of wick, and I'd like to get a replacement wick, but I'm running into problems. [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 9:43 PM - 6 answers

Casper vs Leesa vs Tuft?

So I'm in the market for a new mattress, and my online research is starting to make my head spin. I discovered I'm less interested in looking at pictures of different kinds of foam and more interested in informal polling of strangers. I should say that I prefer a softer bed and am about 110 pounds. I don't have an issue with sleeping "hot," and it will only be me sleeping in the bed. Would love to hear what you sleep on and how much you love it!
posted by madonna of the unloved at 11:32 AM - 35 answers

How to mail this letter to germany?

I've got one of these little Moleskine Messages note-book mailers that I'd like to send from USA to germany. But the woman at the post office said "Nope, we can't send it because the stamps are in the wrong spot." [more inside]
posted by rebent at 10:17 AM - 11 answers

In Whose House Was Robert Gould Shaw's Sword Found?

I've seen a few articles recently about how they found Robert Gould Shaw's sword in the attic of some distant relatives and I'm wondering if it's possible to find out exactly who these relatives were since when I was in seventh grade we watched Glory and a kid in my class distantly related to Shaw (last name: Shaw) brought in what he and his family said was Robert Gould Shaw's sword. Were they mistaken? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:42 AM - 7 answers

July 18

Han Solo, TV DInner

Back around the days of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, I remember seeing a depiction of Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, as a tv dinner (like Swanson). It was either in Mad, Cracked or Crazy (my three favorite magazines at the time). I have scoured the internet, delved through the Mad, Cracked and Crazy archives, but have not been able to find this image. Did it even exist? Hope me, Metafilter, you're my only help.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 12:42 PM - 9 answers

What's a real world "how to" you like to show friends?

As part of a training opportunity, I get 5 minutes to teach a small group of people how to "do a thing" -- something like how to walk the dog with a yo-yo, or how to crack eggs without breaking the yolk, or how to make animal shadows with your hands. [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle at 12:28 PM - 23 answers

July 17

Small parts: Does this exist premade and what is it called?

Basically take a wheel (flat or with a groove down the middle) and glue two of the same gear or sprocket to either side, so that the gears line up with each other and the teeth stick out completely past the wheel. Or take a really thick gear and cut a grove around the middle of the circumference, deeper than the teeth. What would this thing be called?
posted by anaelith at 6:14 AM - 8 answers

July 14

Accountability partners online?

I am clinically depressed and need to complete several goals that are self-motivated, when that is one thing I lack. Can you recommend a site or service that would match me with an accountability partner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:03 PM - 6 answers

What happened to Jim Jones' macaws?

(Warning, mention of dead people) [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 3:11 PM - 2 answers

July 13

Did John Wilkes Booth escape?

Does anyone have access to passenger logs between 1865 and 1868 for ships going to Bombay from Liverpool? I am trying to verify or disprove the information from this link.
posted by figment of my conation at 9:05 AM - 5 answers

Accessible elevators

My office has banks of elevators where only one is an accessible elevator. However, you can't choose which elevator to call, when you press any button all the elevator's buttons light up. Is there a way to get the accessible elevator if you need it? [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 4:28 AM - 6 answers

July 12

Go Pacific-Northwest, young dog!

We are relocating to the Bellevue, WA area with our anxious cattle dog. Do you know of an apartment complex where The Nervous Dog can relax? [more inside]
posted by zeee at 7:10 AM - 5 answers

July 11

Help date this children's globe

Clearing out the attic at my parents' house unearthed (heh) this small colored metal globe which I remember playing with as a child but obviously never really looked at because many of the countries have changed either boundary-wise or name-wise. Can you help narrow it down to the year it was made? [more inside]
posted by TWinbrook8 at 10:33 AM - 9 answers

Care Package for Moving Cross-Country

My sister and her family (husband and two small sons) are moving to the Bay Area next weekend. They're moving into their rental house two weeks before their moving truck will arrive from the east coast. I want to send a care package to arrive when they do, to help make those two weeks easier. What do people always forget that they'll need the first few days in a new home? What should I include? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:26 AM - 19 answers

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