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August 4

Tips for a Captain America+Little Red Riding Hood cosplay?

I'm throwing together a Captain America/Little Red Riding Hood costume for DragonCon in September. I think I've got the costume figured out, but could use suggestions on accessorizing, and on any ideas for fun photo ops when I cross paths with Avengers cosplayers. Also, suggestions for any other fun/cheap cosplay ideas I might be able to pull off with the pieces I have. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:59 PM - 2 answers

UNpopular Science (and Arts / Humanities) Books

Looking for interesting, readable (if dense) books aimed at professional colleagues, rather than the general public. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke at 3:43 PM - 12 answers

Where to order Tupperware spare parts online

I have a set of Tupperware's small Hourglass Salt & Pepper Shakers (like these). I no longer have the tops, and exhaustive searching to find replacements has come up empty. Anyone know of a site that I can order just the shaker seal/caps for these in the U.S. without spending a bazillion dollars? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 9:30 AM - 8 answers

August 3

Shoulder bag suggestions: Weatherproof women's totes?

I'm moving from a warm, dry place to a cold and frequently damp one. I have a Sportsac hobo tote that I love but it soaks through in even a light fog. What's a good replacement shoulder bag that's professional and water resistant (or even waterproof)? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 8:33 PM - 12 answers

Where can I buy a couple hundred plain cost effective backpacks?

I need a couple hundred very plain backpacks at a good price, ethically made would be awesome. They have to be kid size, not be embarrassing or possibly gang affiliated, and comfortable hold food for a weekend. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 11:19 AM - 10 answers

Old Mexican Phone Number

A friend bought a vintage Mexican purse at a thrift store, and the label has a phone number. [more inside]
posted by Dolley at 9:48 AM - 3 answers

Flip the Alphabet

26 spaces across. You start with AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA and follow with AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAB; AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABB; AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABBB; proceeding to ... BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBC, etc. until ... YZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ; finally ending with ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. How many lines would you have after you did this for the whole alphabet?
posted by cake vandal at 8:30 AM - 8 answers

Make this unveiling special!

Where can I purchase an "unveiling cloth cover thing"? We are launching a new product and want to have it covered during a presentation and then -VOILA!- unveil it. But my google-fu is failing me. Help? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 7:20 AM - 8 answers

August 1

What's a good UK specific gift for an American who likes to bake?

My American (East Coast) friend likes to bake. I'd like to send her a small domain specific UK specific gift. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 7:58 AM - 12 answers

July 31

Spouse's birthday... with complications

My spouse is having a milestone birthday. She's been fighting cancer for the better part of a year. I'm strapped as to how to show her how much I care. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 4:41 PM - 19 answers

Quincunx for non-Gaussian distributions?

Galton's quincunx machine was a machine to demonstrate the bell curve. Are there any such machines for non-Gaussian probability distributions? [more inside]
posted by curuinor at 10:43 AM - 12 answers

July 30

Which "common" items look different from common American items?

What are some common items that look very different from the American version? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak at 11:23 PM - 78 answers

Making a card for a dying uncle. Need suggestions/advice.

I need help making this card. It seems simple but I'm having trouble and I'm on a very tight deadline (tonight if possible). [more inside]
posted by nogoodverybad at 10:52 AM - 14 answers

July 29

A "Novel Cure" for anxiety about the future?

Inspired by The Novel Cure, I'm wondering if I can get any book recommendations (preferably fiction) that deal with anxiety/worry about the future? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 8:35 PM - 4 answers

Where can I find a list of monthly internet challenges?

Nanowrimo, Inktober, One Book July...where can I find a list of such challenges so that I don't miss them next time? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 6:51 PM - 1 answers

Help me choose a swamp cooler design and source parts!

I'm going to Burning Man this year and would like to build a swamp cooler for my Hexayurt. Tricky part is that I'm noticing there are a TON of designs out there, many with optional recharging circuits involving Arduinos and things, which seems much more complex than I actually need. Can someone recommend a specific parts list and instruction set that I can simply order online, and assemble over the course of a couple of hours? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 2:10 PM - 3 answers

Good Cincinnati area Mazda mechanics?

We're acquiring a 18-year-old Mazda Protoge. Although it's been barely used — about 35,000 miles — for obvious reasons I'm having it checked out. Can anybody recommend a good mechanic in the Cincinnati area (preferably around Blue Ash)?
posted by metaquarry at 8:06 AM - 3 answers

Where can I find this Google-able infant toy?

In mid-2007, I found an item for infants on the Internet. It was essentially, a printed-out piece of glossy cardboard. You cut it out, and put tabs in slots, and it's a glossy cardboard cube. 2" all around. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 6:58 AM - 7 answers

July 26

what do people incorrectly believe to be universal?

I'm looking for tasks where (1) each person consistently does it in a particular way, (2) believes that everyone else does it that same way, and (3) is wrong about (2). [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 10:03 AM - 175 answers

July 25

A cake "recycling" service

I want to start a business that takes leftover cake from parties and turns them into cake pops, to give back to the party people. Is this feasible? [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 1:01 AM - 30 answers

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