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May 21

Folktale Finder! Gifts of Riches but Poor Man Beats them All?

Mythfinder help. What's the story where everyone tries to prove their love by giving someone (the father?) expensive things, but someone ( a poor son?) gives a humble but heartfelt gift that pleases the elder the most. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 6:31 AM - 6 answers

May 20

What's the best way of preventing an envelope from being folded?

I sell slim graphic novels by mail. They are 8.5 x 11 inches. What's the best way to prevent the post office from folding them in transit? The obvious idea is to put a piece of thick cardboard in with it. But I want to minimize shipping costs. What would be a cool way of doing that?
posted by storybored at 8:17 PM - 15 answers

Selling a car registered in one state in another, how to?

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester I want to sell ("as is", it starts/runs, but has a misfire issue that makes it not something I want to drive at this point even short distances and it also has a small oil leak and small coolant leak). I drove this car from PA to Baton Rouge, LA and now want to be rid of it. I have the title (no lien), it is registered in PA, and I still have it under my insurance policy. [more inside]
posted by PinkPoodle at 3:12 PM - 6 answers

Advice on making the most of my first meditation retreat

Next weekend I'm going for a four-day retreat in the middle of nowhere and I am excited but also a little nervous! It's hard to find unbiased information about what to expect, so I'm curious about any of your experiences with these. This previous thread is giving me nightmares. [more inside]
posted by witchen at 9:27 AM - 9 answers

How to find month-long housing in Melbourne

First-time renter looking for a place to stay in Melbourne in July (and probably September). What’s the best way to approach this? [more inside]
posted by Cue the Strings at 6:27 AM - 1 answers

May 18

Protecting the autographs on my ukulele?

I recently took my ukulele to a convention and had it signed by two gentlemen close to my heart. I still want to play it (even more so now!), but I worry about the signatures scratching/fading. [more inside]
posted by Skybly at 1:54 PM - 6 answers

Anticipating Exact Day of Mail Arrival

I need to mail (via USPS) a manila envelope to someone important in lower Manhattan. And I need to know for sure when it will arrive, so I can email him same-day notice of its imminent arrival, so he watches for it and it doesn't sink into a pile of other mailings. If I drop it at a post office in his zip code (10007) the previous afternoon, am I assured he'll get it the next day? Is there any other way (without making it look like I'm trying too hard) to be sure of delivery date? I'm not in a rush....I just need to know for sure.
posted by Quisp Lover at 6:59 AM - 11 answers

Comedy for kids

I am looking for jokes that will crack up a 5 year old. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 6:19 AM - 36 answers

May 17

What should two picky parents name our baby girl?

Another baby naming question (girl edition). Parental disagreement and other special criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 11:35 AM - 115 answers

Legal name unrelated to a nickname?

My son has a (rather elegant, if I say so myself) legal name, and a less elegant nickname that we use every day. Is this going to be a problem? [more inside]
posted by heavenknows at 9:58 AM - 53 answers

May 15

What should I include in a journal of letters to my baby?

I am hoping to document my pregnancy through a journal of letters to my future child. I am struggling a little with how to balance my current reality (wanting a document/record of my pregnancy) with the future of this child someday being a grown person who might read it. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 7:59 PM - 25 answers

May 14

What to do with old sweaters NYC

I'm moving soon, and I have a large collection of sweaters that I procrastinated on donating all winter. They're in good condition, I just dont want them anymore. I obviously don't want to move with them, and I would rather not throw them out. Are there any charities that accept warm clothing during the summer? Or any other ways of disposing of them that I haven't thought of?
posted by MFZ at 7:37 PM - 4 answers

May 13

Why would you wear a respirator in a flooded urban environment?

I'm going off of photos of folks in New Orleans after Katrina--not everybody is wearing a full respirator, but folks seem to be often protecting their airways. What specifically are people in such a situation worried about exposing themselves to? [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 12:27 PM - 15 answers

Why are animals, small children, and musicians drawn to me?

My kids and I were watching Evan Almighty and when the animals started following him, they all burst out, Mom, that's you! It's weird. Dogs that never jump on people jump on me. I've had horses and elephants (at the zoo) start rushing towards me to try and get closer. Children will follow me. I've never been to a small venue concert where the musician didn't make eye contact and try and talk to me after. [more inside]
posted by myselfasme at 11:58 AM - 17 answers

Please help me find my Childhood?

A long, long time ago, probably (maybe?) at a Scholastic Book sale, I bought a book. This would have been in the mid-to-late-80s? See inside for clues. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 11:28 AM - 3 answers

What Is the Retailer % of Book Sales

I am producing a TEDx event and am asking some of the speakers to bring along their books to sign and sell. What is the average retailers % of list price?
posted by goalyeehah at 11:17 AM - 5 answers

May 12

Screen printing on dark fabric?

I work with a small nonprofit that wants to screen print at least 50 (and up to 150) tote bags by Sunday (next Saturday in a pinch). Ideally we'd like to do (a) bright turquoise on black and (b) off-white on royal blue, but we're not sure if this is feasible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by junques at 5:52 PM - 7 answers

May 11

Looking for a Korean online encyclopaedia

Can you link me any searchable online encyclopaedias with original articles written in Korean? As many as possible, preferably! [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa at 8:37 PM - 2 answers

Challenges For Two Or More People

I'm looking for a casual challenge of some sort that my wife and I can engage in to compete with each other over the course of a year. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:50 PM - 16 answers

May 10

Tiny black sand falling from old wooden ceiling - what is it?

I've worked in a couple of old wooden buildings in downtown Toronto. The interiors look like this, more or less. Little hard black bits occasionally fall from the ceiling, about the size of sand grains. They are hard. Sometimes they land in my lunch. Any idea what they might be? I'm guessing some kind of preservative, maybe creosote?
posted by clawsoon at 3:08 PM - 14 answers

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