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August 8

Tiny luxuries

I've had a rough several days, personally and professionally. If this were winter, I would snuggle into my warmest blanket with some hot chocolate and watch Blackadder. What's the best summertime equivalent that can become my ritual to detach and laugh at the world? [more inside]
posted by basalganglia at 3:59 AM - 19 answers

August 7

What is the Proper Way to Prepare a Toothbrush to Brush Your Teeth?

This is an embarrassingly simple question. I am having a disagreement with someone over the proper method of preparing to brush your teeth. We agree that it is either a one-step or two-step process. I take my tooth brush out of the holder, put toothpaste on it and start brushing (one-step). This other person insists that I am leaving out a step. Either before I put the toothpaste on the brush or after, this person insists I should wet the toothbrush (two-step). [more inside]
posted by AugustWest at 9:18 AM - 95 answers

August 4

Eastern Canadians- are ATMs working where you are?

Apparently one of Bell's fibre lines was accidentally cut earlier today. There's no cell service for most customers east of Ontario, news reports are saying that stores aren't able to do debit or credit transactions as a result either and they are unsure of how long it will take to resolve the issue. Before I run out of the office in a mad panic, does anyone know whether the ATMs in Atlantic Canada are affected by this issue as well?
posted by peppermind at 9:55 AM - 5 answers

August 1

Surprising but awesome items for a welcome/guest/gift basket

While my husband and kid are out of town my best friend is coming down for a week long visit. I want to prepare a "YAHOO! LETS HAVE FUN!" welcome package for her. I'm looking for really creative, unexpected, surprising, "What the hell!" things to include in a welcome basket that would be genuinely exciting/awesome/hilarious. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 6:14 AM - 24 answers

July 31

Annotating borrowed books

I've recently begun reading a lot more nonfiction for research purposes. However, I pretty much exclusively only read library books, and am having difficulty figuring out how to easily take notes without damaging the book. How can I be respectful but also make note taking less arduous? [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 11:57 AM - 14 answers

How do I restore/preserve this old cow skull? It's a cow, right?

I have recently acquired* a large bull's skull (seriously this thing is huge those are 2x2 tiles). It looks like it's been left outside for some time (there was dirt and grass embedded in the teeth). There's several teeth missing, the nasal/sinus folds (turbinates) came out of one nostril, the horns are very porous with algae/moss damage and discoloration. I would like to get it back to white, and do something to preserve it and slow wear & tear. (I plan on mounting it to a painted board and hanging it in my house). What should I do? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 10:45 AM - 10 answers

Old farmer tale: waking up on time

My dear old Uncle H, a farmer, had what he called a sure-fire method of waking up precisely when he wanted to. It involved water (I think) and sounded folk-lore-ish. I would love to know what it was. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo at 10:35 AM - 12 answers

Full seam ahead on a vintage sewing machine sale/donation

My cousin has a vintage sewing machine she'd like to sell or give to someone who will use it. What are her options? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 6:06 AM - 6 answers

Help me name my healthcare co-design consultancy

Hello, hive mind! Can you help me name my business? I work in the field of healthcare co-design and co-production. Basically, I help healthcare and social service providers improve their practice by teaching them how to collaborate authentically with the people who use their service. This can mean facilitating workshops between service providers and staff, running staff training sessions, supporting consumer representatives to have their views heard, developing policies and frameworks, etc. What should I name my consultancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 AM - 3 answers

Help me develop a 'teacher voice'

I'd like to be able to project my voice better when speaking to a crowd without a mic. I notice that most friends and colleagues who have been classroom teachers have an ability to make their voices sound loud and authoritative, without sounding bossy, shouty or shrill. Teach me how? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine at 4:23 AM - 11 answers

July 30

Who was Kinky Dan?

In the early 70s as a schoolkid in semi-rural England, I collected bubble gum stickers, in particular a series called 'Kinky Dan, The Bubble Gum Man'. A brightly coloured bulbous homunculus, said Dan was frequently pictured yelling a short phrase. There is virtually nothing about this product on the Internet - a few collector-style pictures, catalogue entries and eBay postings, but I want to know as much about who, why, how and what as I can. How widely was this sold? Who was behind it? Was there a cult psychedelic spin-off movie? Help me scratch this nostalgia itch...
posted by Devonian at 5:38 AM - 1 answers

July 29

Help finding a comedy scene with made up English

I know this is a terrible question but, I'm teaching a class on comedy soon and I want to do a short section on bilingual humor and double talk. I can't find the specific scene I remember seeing a few years ago! [more inside]
posted by ABlanca at 7:04 PM - 3 answers

Things I didn't know, but yeah, I should have learned somehow.

I just learned from my teenager that I've been driving in an "outdated" manner, and this annoys me. Allegedly, the old 10-and-2 hand positions for car steering wheels are unsafe, and I should be holding the wheel lower, at other partitions of the number 12 (e.g. 8-and-4 or 9-and-3). So, just how should I have learned this, and what else am I doing wrong at my age? [more inside]
posted by klausman at 10:01 AM - 54 answers

Paging all internet sleuths: can you find this teddy bear's twin?

Asking for a friend: their son lost his teddy bear, can you help us find an exact match? [more inside]
posted by lioness at 1:50 AM - 11 answers

July 28

Wut dis?

I went to the Park City Museum a few years back and noted this wirey thing that's hanging over the stove in the display. What is it? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 8:12 PM - 18 answers

July 27

How can I eliminate a loud buzzing noise in my studio monitors?

I'm having a strange problem with my Behringer studio monitors. There is a loud buzzing noise when both of them are plugged in. [more inside]
posted by tillermo at 6:25 AM - 8 answers

July 26

Admiral Sackbar was taken.

Calling all Metafilter punsters: It's time for Name My Fantasy Football Team... Star Wars edition. [more inside]
posted by moons in june at 9:24 PM - 23 answers

NYC filter: Quiet place near 42nd street and 12th ave?

I'll be around this area during the day but will need to take time out for a conference call. Can anyone suggest a reasonably quiet place to do this but where it wouldn't be rude for me to have a call? I'm thinking of coffee shops or similar, but any suggestion is welcome. Many thanks in advance!
posted by duoshao at 4:22 PM - 6 answers

Would anyone want shoes from 1909?

I am pulling out the insulation in the attic of my house and I have found seven men's shoes in the paper fluff insulation. (I assume that I'll find at least one more...) They are smooshed and dry, but I was just wondering if I should offer them on craigslist, try to make a million dollars on them on ebay, or trash them. [more inside]
posted by MsDaniB at 3:07 PM - 15 answers

Phone case that protects the phone and hides one car key?

Do you know of a phone case with a compartment big enough to hold a car key? They key is pretty flat for a car key, meaning there's no electronic fob attached. [more inside]
posted by braveterry at 5:17 AM - 14 answers

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