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August 14

Care package ideas for first year university students.

What do I put in a care package for a Canadian young lady and an American young man? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato at 6:24 PM - 12 answers

August 13

Brainstorm Me

If one were an expert in Blogger design options, what could one do with such expertise? Brainstorm me, please. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 1:53 PM - 6 answers

What is this soothing match-3/match-5 game?

What is the name of this Facebook match-3/match-5 game that's celestial-themed and has the most soothing music ever? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:52 AM - 5 answers

August 12

What kind of bolt is this?

Corrosion worked its magic and I broke a couple of bolts while working on my car (FoMoCo). I cannot find replacements or even know the trade name of this type of bolt head. The threads are the same as a machine bolt/screw, but the head is narrow and long, flat, thin, and slides into a slot on the bottom of a plastic housing for a fuse/relay panel which then bolts through the fender liner. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 9:48 AM - 13 answers

A new last name for the whole family?

It's always bothered me a bit that I have my own last name, and that my husband and kids have their own. Is it too late to change this -- and to what? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 9:15 AM - 10 answers

August 11


One of my teeth (a lateral incisor) is a fair bit bigger than the corresponding tooth on the other side, which I'm a bit self-conscious about. I've discussed this with my dentist and he recommended bonded composite veneers. Could you please tell me about your experience with veneers (especially the bonded composite variety)? Should I go for it, or should I just try to get over my goofy smile? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit at 4:56 AM - 6 answers

August 9

Gift ideas for beloved daycare workers?

My daughter is leaving the daycare where she has spent the last 4.5 years. These people have done so much in raising my daughter, from potty training to developing character and teaching moral values. I want them to know how much I appreciate them and I want to give them the most wonderful gift(s) possible, but without spending beyond my means. There are about 20 workers in total although some have spent more time with her than others. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:35 PM - 24 answers

I need songs about flying, falling, skydiving etc.

Need songs for a skydiving themed wedding, help? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 10:58 AM - 45 answers

August 8

Fun alternatives to wedding guestbook that I can maybe display at home?

I'm getting married in a month! Thinking of creative ways to invite our guests to share something of themselves with us. Guestbooks are cool and if that's what we end up with, no problem, but wondered if the hive mind has seen something cooler? Recently saw a wedding where the outcome of this was something that could be displayed, and it got me wondering. [more inside]
posted by namesarehard at 4:20 PM - 38 answers

August 5

Japanese Names for Dummies

I've recently started a new job in which I work with a lot of people from Japan. I understand that I am supposed to call them "Surname-san" when I talk to them or write them emails. But I don't really understand why, or how this works in general, and I have some specific questions. [more inside]
posted by something something at 12:06 PM - 20 answers

August 1

Best online riddles

Years ago, I had a glorious weekend with my best friend where we just hung out and did Weffriddles all weekend long. (Also wore togas, but that is not important.) Where can I find more/the best like this so I can do them with people! [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 9:06 PM - 5 answers

How do I answer the (apartment building) door with a newborn?

What's the safest way to deal with having a newborn baby and needing to manually open the door, on another floor, to my apartment building several times a day? [more inside]
posted by aoleary at 6:56 AM - 26 answers

What should we do about valuable(?) items at our yard sale?

We’re having a yard sale soon, and most items are normal, household things that I’m not worried about pricing reasonably. A few could be valuable -- even after checking eBay’s Sold listings and googling, I don’t know. I want to avoid making a $10 sale that goes on to be featured on Antiques Roadshow. I’m not sure how to price them, and also how to handle the possibility of breakage. The kinds of items I mean are… [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 4:49 AM - 15 answers

July 30

Hair Here; Hair There; Hair, Hair, Everywhere

I have long, dark hair. I know that I will be responsible for a long trail of shed strands and hairballs, possibly for the rest of my life. Thus, I've developed various coping mechanisms: constant vigilance about certain areas of the bathroom, tying my hair up during food prep, &c. I'd like to know what habits you other longhairs keep in order to reduce your hair-trail in home/professional environments -- and on your clothes. [more inside]
posted by miniraptor at 9:06 PM - 27 answers

Should I at least rescue the cat?

Two months ago, I dropped a pair of shoes (value ~$100) off at a cobbler in my neighborhood. He told me he was having problems with his vision, and to give him a couple of weeks to finish the shoes, because he needed to see the doctor that week to fix his vision (cataract surgery??) before he could work on them. That should have been sufficient indication of what was to come.... [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 11:04 AM - 7 answers

July 29

WTF Abe Lincoln Ephemera

I'm working on a hybrid genre writing piece that incorporates all the uncanny things I can find related to Abe Lincoln, especially his assassination and death. Inside I've listed things I am already working with or know of, which should give you some idea. It can really be from any point in Lincoln history, so long as it's kind of weird or gross. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 2:22 PM - 25 answers

July 27

What is this item?

I met someone last night with something under her shirt with lights on it. It sat between the top of the left breast and collarbone. There was a small, steady orange light shining through her shirt and one close to it that flashed green occasionally. What is this? [more inside]
posted by something something at 11:41 AM - 23 answers

North Carolina: Last-minute Housing Edition

How to go about finding a place to live? Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Zeratul at 6:11 AM - 9 answers

July 26

An adorable baby koala...costume

If I wanted to purchase an Australian animal costume (any! Kangaroo, croc, echidna) for a baby/toddler somewhere in Townsville, Cairns, or Sydney, where would I go? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 4:18 PM - 13 answers

Keeping busy during unemployment

I will likely be unemployed until my baby is born in November. I am staying as busy as I can during the day, but I run out of the things to do in the evening and have been wasting too much time online. Help me hack my routine! [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 6:56 AM - 15 answers

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