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November 15

Close tire sizes interchangeable?

Is there a way I can use 205/65 r15 tires on a car that's recommended to have 205/60/r16 tires? The r15 tires are not on rims but I would purchase if needed. I would like to avoid buying a new set of tires if I can, but if it'll damage the car or affect safety in any way then that becomes more important. Thanks in advance!
posted by mossicle at 1:23 PM - 14 answers

How can I convert A LOT of (recently issued) 2 cent USPS stamps to cash?

I have a few hundred dollars worth of 2 cent USPS stamps, how can I convert them into money? The are about 5 years old, in the original packages, shrink-wrapped as new.
posted by Exchequer at 8:27 AM - 7 answers

November 13

Who's the "happy happy happy" mom in this advert?

Can anyone identify the actress who plays the mother in this advert? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 5:18 PM - 6 answers

November 12

Auld lang syne me up

My family (aged 1-70) is having new year together for the first time in ages. What can we do that will make it a really memorable night? We're all staying in the same house, and have transport if needed. We're in the southern hemisphere so it will be light pretty late. How can I make it a great night, for kids and adults alike?
posted by superfish at 11:04 PM - 5 answers

Surely People Want to Test...

Where are the cross-brand variety packs for finding your favorite lubricant? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 10:24 AM - 8 answers

I want to honor a friend in New Zealand.

Auckland mefites: is there such a thing as a sponsored park bench there? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:03 AM - 6 answers

Suggestions for GTD style Weekly Review?

I want to start up some kind of review of my week -- half on my own, half with my spouse -- including what needs to be done next week. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 5:05 AM - 5 answers

November 11

Where can I find a repository of unsettling and creepy photos?

You know that friend that helps you scratch that twisted itch you sometimes get? [more inside]
posted by Twicketface at 3:12 PM - 9 answers

Benchmarking frazzled-ness

I have some questions about my experience of the world, relative to others', sort of along the lines of the "What is it like to not be depressed" thread awhile back. I'm familiar with the emerging body of literature that people really suck at multitasking, no matter how good at it they think they are, but I'm starting to realize that I'm really, really bad at it. What I don't know is whether or not most people feel this way. [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 8:15 AM - 12 answers

November 10

Is this a business card, or am I asking for a pony?

My friend the artist would like me to help her find a printer for her business card. The catch? Because she makes popup art books, she would prefer a card that pops up. Is there a way do something like this without pulling our hair out over the details? [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool at 5:07 PM - 15 answers

Sayings for Birthday cards

I'm planning on making 65 cards for a friend's milestone Birthday. I have a few ideas, but need many more suggestions on wording or sayings or funny notes. I have a bunch of saved up cat pictures that I can make fit a variety of sentiments (funny, sweet, languid, acrobatic, zonked-out, playful, etc.) so I'll be able to fit just about anything with an image. I'm open to any suggestions offered up; or links to websites with something to inspire me. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mightshould at 9:46 AM - 7 answers

November 9

How to celebrate the first snow of winter?

This will be my fourth winter living in a place that gets snow every winter. Every year I get VERY VERY excited when it snows for the first time. Other than squeeing joyfully, what is something I can do each year to celebrate the first snow of winter?
posted by ilovewinter at 7:35 PM - 39 answers

How can I find out more about this WWII commemorative medal?

This has been in my family all my life, I believe it came from my uncle some time in the 70s. On the face of it, the story with this is obvious, but is there more to it? Were they common? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 1:54 PM - 6 answers

ISO: Women Role Models with Short Hair

I am looking for pictures, video clips (interviews, music videos, movie clips) and articles about women with short hair who can serve as role models for me. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 10:22 AM - 36 answers

November 7

Help us name our daughter

We're looking for strong girls names with spunk for our daughter. No wilting flowers need apply. Ideally the name wouldn't be in the top 50-100 most popular, but we're struggling a bit for ideas. What should we name her?
posted by david1230 at 6:20 AM - 117 answers

November 6

Advice for selling these antique (pharmacy, apthecary, ???) jars

My son spent several hundreds of dollars a few years ago on a shopping trip in France, buying these unique lidded blue glass jars with porcelain labels. His decorating needs changed, and I inherited these unique and lovely jars, but I have no idea what they are, what they might be worth, and how to turn them into cash. (Craigslist, eBay, etc,?) Can anyone advise? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco at 3:30 PM - 9 answers

Help me unjam my U lock

My Palmy U lock, with one of those simple circular keys, is stuck. How do I open it? [more inside]
posted by domnit at 2:09 PM - 11 answers

Donate a Halloween costume in November in DC

I accidentally purchased a child's Halloween costume instead of an adult-sized one when ordering online. I used one piece of the costume (hat), so I can't return it, but the rest has never been worn, so I'd like to donate it. Googling turns up donation drives from 1-2 months ago, but nothing in November. DC MeFites, can you think of anyone who would take this? Preferably in DC proper, does not need to be tax-deductible.
posted by capricorn at 8:45 AM - 10 answers

Help me identify a book from some remembered fragments

The narrator relates how his parents met. In postwar Germany a soldier involved in criminal activities encounters a young German woman who is barely getting by (saves her from thugs?). Back home the soldier is a mid level mobster or account for the mob. The narrator as a young man fights with his father and leaves home. [more inside]
posted by yellowdog at 5:41 AM - 0 answers

Help me not ruin this DIY jewelry box

What kind of drawer pulls or knobs should I use for this DIY jewelry box? Or... should I? [more inside]
posted by sively at 5:41 AM - 12 answers

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