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October 11

Making the breast of a bad situation

My cherished spouse was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. It's going to be a long haul. At the oncologist's office, I saw a coupon for 3 free acupuncture treatments for breast cancer patients and it got me thinking... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 AM - 9 answers

October 10

A wee history of floor polishing...???

Wooden polishing blocks, for floor polishing. Does anyone know anything about these? How about a picture? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 6:35 PM - 5 answers

tip of my tongue

Help me find a song I heard at Forever 21... [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 5:22 PM - 4 answers

October 9

How do you find rental apartment in Philadelphia? (Coming from NYC)

Philadelphians past and present: What is the normal way for going about finding an apartment in your city? In New York, we would either use Craigslist or pay a broker 10-15% of the yearly rent to find us an apartment (that usually wasn't posted on Craigslist). [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB at 5:48 PM - 10 answers

Historical situations where the seemingly right choice was very wrong

I'm looking for historical/political situations or decisions that made perfect, logical sense at the time but in retrospect seem terribly misguided or worse. These should be situations that when presented very simply, it is clear and easy to say, "Obviously XYZ is the right choice " but where in fact XYZ ends up being an awful choice. Example and further details inside. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ at 12:09 PM - 43 answers

A Simple Grave for Old Men

There's a number of films and books in which an average person finds (i.e., steals) a lot of money, generally in cash, and often next to a dead bad guy. It never goes well for our hero. Two questions: 1) can you think of any additional examples beyond the titles listed inside, and 2) what can we learn from those stories to best ensure we can keep our ill-gotten gains if we find a suitcase full of cash? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 11:27 AM - 31 answers

October 8

Name that chicken house!

We've built a lovely new chicken house, and it needs a sign over the door with the name. Best I can come up with is The Chook Palace. What would be a good name for my chicken house/chicken coop? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse at 4:21 PM - 55 answers

Non-word search puzzles for ESL grandmother.

I want to buy a few non-word-search puzzle games or books for a friend's grandmother, who is ESL and has age-related difficulties (needs large print, easy-level puzzles). I want to buy something and have it shipped, I don't want to print out puzzles, and nothing electronic format. [more inside]
posted by anaelith at 4:34 AM - 3 answers

October 7

Bones as a building material?

How possible would it be to use ground bone as a building material? I know bones can make bone china, but can they be used to make, something more solid, say, cobblestones? or the walls to a house? A cement-like substance? Where can I find out more about the process/chemistry/engineering involved? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 3:40 PM - 10 answers

Is there a way to look at all comments from one user on Youtube?

I am trying to filter to see a single user's comments on YouTube. Is there an easy way to do this?
posted by to sir with millipedes at 12:55 PM - 1 answers

"The Chinese" or "Chinese people"? Confused about wording!

When referring to Chinese people, what is the correct wording to use? I'm writing a paper, and noticed a couple of times that I wrote "In this study, the Chinese..." which somehow rubbed me the wrong way (although I'm not sure why, maybe it's the definite article?!). So what should I write, "the Chinese," "Chinese people," or something else entirely?
posted by twill at 11:39 AM - 17 answers

A Fandom Halloween

What are some good fandom-related Halloween treats or tricks for an artsy foodie fangirl? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:19 AM - 4 answers

October 6

Running on creative fumes

What do you do to rejuvenate your creative side? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 9:23 PM - 12 answers

In a 2048 or Threes-like game, what is the highest possible score?

In one of these puzzle games like 2048 or Threes, where you merge tiles to create higher numbers, is there any way to prove what is the highest possible tile number that can be created given the rules and dimensions? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 8:00 PM - 8 answers

No, swing dancing is not what I'm looking for

I don't want to "learn how to dance." I just want to be able to go to dance clubs. Are there classes for this in NYC? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:10 PM - 27 answers

looking for a specific gift: mile high city mug

I am looking for help locating a large souvenir coffee mug coveted by a close friend. [more inside]
posted by alice ayres at 11:59 AM - 5 answers

Has anyone else heard of lower-case "g" gumbies?

When I was a child in the late 70's, I remember these tiny, usually pink bendy toys we called "gumbies." [more inside]
posted by 41swans at 10:29 AM - 6 answers

Appropriate party music for a rally!

I'm organizing a rally for our state equality group to celebrate same-sex marriage becoming legal in our state today and our ban being lifted. I need some tunes that I can download from iTunes for the pre-rally mix to blast over the loudspeakers. I have no idea where to start. Aloe Blacc's "Love is the Answer"? [more inside]
posted by rabu at 9:56 AM - 17 answers

Does this smell like pot to you?

A mate used to keep vials of marijuana and possibly other drugs in a backpack that I would like to use. I can't smell anything. Will I be stopped by k9 units? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 AM - 14 answers

October 4

What recourse do we have?

We have been trying to have gas service turned on for a week in our apartment. The gas company has been out three times, only to find that access to the shut-off valve is locked. Our maintenance man refuses to come to the building to unlock the door, since they have shown up after business hours/weekend. We pay for 24 hour maintenance. Our landlord is completely unsympathetic and won't do anything. It is getting down to 30F tonight and we have no heat. We are in NYS, if that matters. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by tippy at 3:35 PM - 13 answers

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