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What natural phenomena are worth a trip?

I just returned from a trip to Central Mexico, where there was much talk of how I had to come back in fall when the monarch butterflies would return. This got me to thinking of other natural phenomena that are worth a trip to go see. What are your favorites? [more inside]
posted by benbenson to Science & Nature at 1:40 PM on Jun 29, 2016 - 34 answers [143 favorites]

I want an intense brownie recipe worth skipping the box

Do you have a brownie recipe that makes the deepest, richest, choco-crazy brownies? One that beats the box? Because my eyes were opened recently to a realm of brownie I didn't know was possible. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants to Food & Drink at 4:53 PM on Jul 10, 2016 - 46 answers [131 favorites]

Substantial Salads?

I need your best protein based salad recipes! Details below [more inside]
posted by deadwater to Food & Drink at 5:48 PM on Jul 7, 2016 - 35 answers [106 favorites]

Where can I find high quality, comfortable yet stylish clothing online?

I'm basically looking for the opposite of Forever 21 cheapy disposable stuff. I don't want designer fashion (and especially don't want their astronomical prices!), but I'd like clothes that I can wear to work or more casual shirts and dresses I could wear on the weekend. I used to shop at Ann Taylor and Banana Republic, and I still do on occasion, but I'm wondering if there are clothes that are higher quality that don't cost too much more. For example, Hanna Andersson's women's clothing intrigues me, especially the dresses in pima cotton.
posted by lirael2008 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:40 AM on Jul 13, 2016 - 22 answers [103 favorites]

Can you suggest more music like this?

I recently discovered this rendition of O Magnum Mysterium on tumblr and it took my breath away. I mean that truly - the first time I listened, it gave me goosebumps and then brought me to tears. Something about the vocal harmonies coming together and then drifting apart and the sound resonating off the walls of the bathroom and aaagggh! I need more of this sort of music in my life. [more inside]
posted by meggan to Media & Arts at 7:09 PM on Jul 19, 2016 - 39 answers [103 favorites]

No half naked men with long hair on the cover

I'm looking for romance novels, but actually good ones. Satisfying ones. Well written ones. Details of what I'm looking for within. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Grab Bag at 10:00 AM on Jul 6, 2016 - 62 answers [98 favorites]

Just Tighten It Up a Little Here and There

How have you gone about improving your slight sloppiness in almost all aspects of life? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv to Human Relations at 6:42 AM on Jul 21, 2016 - 13 answers [93 favorites]

All out of jokes

I need new jokes. Lots and lots of jokes. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Grab Bag at 10:24 AM on Jul 15, 2016 - 89 answers [87 favorites]

You were once terrible at drawing & now you aren't. How did you do it?

I am terrible at drawing. I don't even doodle. I rely on words to communicate concepts and ideas. For various personal and professional reasons, I would like to learn to draw. But where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:42 AM on Jul 18, 2016 - 29 answers [87 favorites]

These books could be our life

Fellow 40/50-something aging punks, indie rockers, etc.: what books do you think best capture the feel of the 80s / early 90s, pre-internet underground(s)? Fiction + non-fiction - novels, forgotten but still vital journalism of the era, music biographies, etc. - are both of interest.
posted by ryanshepard to Media & Arts at 6:12 PM on Jul 6, 2016 - 46 answers [70 favorites]

Toddler brain experiments

So I have a small child who is in the process of converting from a passive milk converter into some of actual human. Do you know of any sources I could look at which would enlighten me on how their brain develops and most importantly any fun experimenty things I could do to see how their perception is changing and to better understand how they are seeing the world. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Human Relations at 4:16 PM on Jul 25, 2016 - 22 answers [68 favorites]

I can't be nice one more time.

I am stretched super thin and don't have any more patience or tolerance for people. Help me not start screaming. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals to Health at 4:54 PM on Jul 13, 2016 - 27 answers [67 favorites]

Podcasts by women

I am in need of a few additional podcasts and as nearly all of the podcasts I listen to are hosted by guys, I would like some recommendations of podcasts by women. See below the fold for my interests and my current podcasts. [more inside]
posted by nolnacs to Media & Arts at 12:14 PM on Jul 25, 2016 - 46 answers [66 favorites]

Fun graphic t-shirts outside of hipster/geek culture?

I'm in desperate need of some new graphic t-shirts. At first blush, it seems like we're living in a golden age of t-shirts! Yay! The only problem is that I hate them all. Help? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:45 PM on Jul 11, 2016 - 26 answers [65 favorites]

Best BLM 101 Resources for the skeptical republican

I have agreed to a challenge by a very right-wing republican on the topic of black lives matter. He is having me read The War on Cops and I can choose 4 hours worth of any material I want for him to read. What are some excellent books/resources that do the best job of explaining the problem for somebody very ignorant of black lives in general? [more inside]
posted by zug to Human Relations at 6:08 PM on Jul 11, 2016 - 21 answers [59 favorites]

The very best, award-winning vegetarian chili recipe needed

I would like to win my office's chili cook off. Added twist: vegetarian. [more inside]
posted by *s to Food & Drink at 8:14 AM on Jul 18, 2016 - 26 answers [55 favorites]

"Cheers" on a train: What's the deal with Maryland Commuter Rail?

I recently began taking Maryland's MARC commuter rail to and from work (Rockville-DC), and I'm noticing something I've never observed before in my years as a commuter. It seems that a lot (really, a very high percentage) of these passengers have come to know one another, and have formed little communities throughout the rail cars. From what I can gather, these people don't work together, and few if any of them socialize outside of their daily commute, but they are simply thrilled to see one another every day, and they swap stories, jokes, and affectionate barbs with one another in a way that reminds me of nothing so much as a cadre of barflies who've been regulars at the same watering hole for years (today, actually, several passengers passed around a bottle of wine). I hadn't taken regional commuter rail until recently; my commuting experiences have been limited to bus and city subway systems. At any rate, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS! [more inside]
posted by duffell to Human Relations at 4:27 PM on Jul 19, 2016 - 51 answers [54 favorites]

My Deepest Voice Says I'm Unworthy, Untalented, and Not Enough

I feel unworthy, and part of me has grown to hate and hide from the world because I feel as if everyone holds me unworthy. While I see a therapist, I have often brought in outside material to our sessions, and I would appreciate book recommendations (or online blogs – namely, readable things) that come from people with similar experiences who have overcome (or at least are in the course of successfully fighting) this viewpoint. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 9:52 AM on Jul 23, 2016 - 16 answers [53 favorites]

I'm spiraling out of control!!

I watched the film A Simple Plan (1998, dir. Sam Raimi) last night and loved it. I enjoyed it because despite the best efforts of the characters, everything just spiraled out of control for them. Can you guys recommend other films where everything just goes out of control and gets worse and worse for the characters? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise to Media & Arts at 6:31 PM on Jul 22, 2016 - 88 answers [51 favorites]

Wherever you go, there you are

I spend a lot of time alone, and I'm very good at keeping myself entertained. I need a lot of alone time in order to thrive. Yet, sometimes I feel bored/tired with myself, and I'm not sure how to snap out of that. What helps restore you when you're tired of yourself? Please don't make any suggestions that depend on social activities or travel--I love both, but I can't access those on command. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe to Grab Bag at 12:13 PM on Jul 22, 2016 - 30 answers [50 favorites]

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