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May 14

Need help IDing a song

I heard a song on the radio today that I really liked, but foolishly I didn't drop everything and try to find it, and now that I've forgotten the lyrics I attempted to memorise, I need help to ID it! The station's website only shows the last 20 or so recently played songs, so it's no help. What I remember is that the song was girl group-y, almost certainly from the sixties or seventies, and that the lyrics were in part about lying—I think there was some plaintive line in the chorus accusing someone of lying or something. OBVIOUSLY this doesn't narrow things down much, but I'll listen to anything that you think fits the bill!
posted by president of the solipsist society at 3:38 AM - 24 answers

May 13

Theme party ideas for an academic department cocktail hour?

I need ideas for party themes for a small, semi-regular academic department's cocktail party. We're talking ~50 people, a mix of students and faculty and staff. But I'm rapidly running out of theme ideas, and having a really hard time finding ideas online that aren't either massively culturally appropriative or sexually suggestive/misogynistic (thanks, frat parties). Please help! [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 2:59 PM - 9 answers

Can I live? [in Atlanta]

Tell me if or how I could like living in Atlanta. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 8:17 AM - 17 answers

Talent Show Ideas

I need ideas for a talent show that a friend hosts. It's just for fun, more of an excuse to get a bunch of different people together and have a few drinks, but I would prefer not to look like a complete fool. Last year I read a few sections of my favourite Terry Pratchett book (The Last Continent) but I can't do that again (if nothing else it would end with me in tears) ... this year I need some ideas (restrictions and more information inside). [more inside]
posted by Lesium at 4:23 AM - 10 answers

May 12

Why are there so many old barns

I live in southern Alberta Canada and love driving around on backroads. I have noticed that in the farm areas there are lots and lots of old barns. Lots of them are literally falling down with their roofs collapsed, too old to store anything in, and still remain next to the farmer's new barn. We were wondering why there are so many that haven't been torn down? [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer at 7:38 PM - 17 answers

Help me decipher this Inverness, Scotland place name

I have obtained a birth record from Inverness, Inverness-shire Scotland from April 1824. I can read it all except the following word at the beginning: "Donald Chisholm (Farmer, "XXXX") It could be a farm, burg, town, street or something else. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon at 6:11 PM - 15 answers

Help me find a very specific episode of This American Life.

I'm looking for a segment from This American Life to have a friend listen to, because the story is oddly specific to her life. The segment is about a man and a woman who were at one point married, but then divorced, because the husband suffered from a type of delusional disorder where he believed his wife was sleeping around with just about everyone. The interview was from the perspective of the woman, since the man had moved on to a new woman, and presumably would take up the same course of actions with her (the wife's words [paraphrasing here]). I've looked through the tags on TAL's website and even searched by air date back, but I think that the part I'm looking for was fairly short within the context of the episode itself. IIRC, in the same episode, one of the presenters on TAL talked with a woman who was sort of a secret agent, maybe met her in a bar, and followed her around for a bit. I know for certain that that part was in the same episode. If anyone out there can hope me find this episode, I would forever be in your internet debt!
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 4:36 PM - 4 answers

Adopting and maintaining cis privilege as someone who is trans

My husband and I are talking about starting a family in a year or two, when we’ve paid off some debt. At this point I'm just beginning to do research and figure out how the process works, but I am curious if my situation will be a stumbling block. [more inside]
posted by polywomp at 12:57 PM - 10 answers

*Stares unblinkingly*

I just realized that I really enjoy stories -- both fiction and nonfiction, and across all media and genres (movies, books, journalism, etc) -- about or featuring extremely focused people. Whether dedicated, pared-down, driven, or even obsessive, sympathetic or sinister, they fascinate me. (Examples inside.) I'd love recommendations for stories, articles, and other materials about people like this: [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure at 12:27 PM - 49 answers

What's Yours Like? Bridal Shower Edition.

I'd like to play a few rounds of "What's Yours Like" at the bridal shower I'm hosting this weekend. Please help me think of wedding/domestic/romantic guess words to use in the game. Difficulty: not everyone is married or even coupled. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 10:02 AM - 3 answers

May 11

Auto Paint Job: Use insurance? Cut corners?

I managed to scratch my car doors on a parking garage column. Should I use insurance to cover it or pay myself? [more inside]
posted by earlsofsandwich at 5:40 PM - 12 answers

Please Help Me Fail.

I need to screw up a couple of times. Once I do, I'll realize it's not the end of the world, and I will be able to stop keeping everything on hold. But I've been on hold for most of my life, paralyzed and afraid to move for fear of not getting it perfectly right. How do I bring myself to put forth the effort to do the scary thing, even knowing that that's the only way I can make it stop being scary? [more inside]
posted by Because at 4:07 AM - 28 answers

May 9

I wanna hug a lion.

Let's say I want to hang out with baby lions and tigers. Is there a place I can do this? [more inside]
posted by something something at 12:58 PM - 11 answers

When you've got the best, but couldn't give two hoots about cleaning it.

This is why we can't have nice things. How do I calibrate my brain to take better, proactive care of the select, excellent things I am lucky to own? I'm talking leather goods and well constructed clothes, chef's knives, stainless steel cookware, upholstered furniture and solid wood furniture, precious metal jewelry, glass stemware, oil paintings by local artists, houseplants, the list goes on... [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 11:15 AM - 19 answers

Recommended toddler car seats?

We're looking for a convertible (rear- to front-facing) car seat for our 16 month old. We have a Britex Boulevard CS we got as a hand-me-down, but we don't love it. The biggest problem with it is that our daughter is prone to motion sickness and the Boulevard is hard to clean. [more inside]
posted by pombe at 9:38 AM - 9 answers

May 8

Sure I can do it but will it taste bad?

My quest to sate my wife's appetite for carbonated water, along with a scene in a BBC documentary about pharmacies, has led me to the idea of using citric acid and baking soda to carbonate our own. Setting aside the risk of bottle bombs, I'm curious as to if the quantities needed to make a fizzy beverage will impart a strong or unpleasant taste, or any taste at all for that matter. Any first hand experience with this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:19 AM - 25 answers

May 6

Odd couple + angst + romance = all the stories I want

[Fic Rec Filter] Looking for novels, short stories, or fanfics that play on the odd couple trope, especially the Sensitive Guy and Manly Man. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind at 10:47 AM - 7 answers

Noise, and sleep, and a potential new roommate

I rented a place this evening (put down a deposit, got my key, signed a lease) and am immediately regretting my decision. Does it make sense to see if I can undo this now? [more inside]
posted by twill at 12:34 AM - 11 answers

May 5

Book recommendation filter: goats!

I need book recommendations --- specifically, recommendations for books about goats, suitable for an indulgent aunt to give to a 7-year-old who adores them. That's it, that's all there is: kids' books about goats..... she also adores chickens, but I think I've got that one covered. Thanks in advance!
posted by easily confused at 8:01 AM - 13 answers

Are you a realtor? What's the nicest gift a buyer has given you?

We adore our realtor, and are about to close on our new house. We want to give him a thank you gift, but champagne just doesn't seem like enough, nor particularly original. Any suggestions? Possibly pertinent: he's single, 50, fit, mild-mannered, very kind. We could spend $50-$75 (more?). Thanks!
posted by Specklet at 7:51 AM - 18 answers

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