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What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?
What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople? [more inside]
What in life did it take you a surprisingly long time to realize you've been doing wrong all along? [more inside]
What clever relationship "hacks" have you come up with? I'm looking to build up my mental catalogue of examples of non-obvious solutions to relationship difficulties. Help me think out of the box better in the future! [more inside]
Life-altering experiences. Can you point to a single experience in your life, as a child, which you can define as having contributed to the person you are today? (+) [more inside]
What cooking secrets take your food to the almost-pro level? [more inside]
A Russian friend of mine may be in a dangerous situation in Washington, DC. [more inside]
What one book could pretty much give me a new, useful superpower if I follow it and put the methods inside into practice? In my life, I've come across a small handful of books that have really allowed me to learn to do some things that were previously unthinkable to me, and which I'm able to use all the time in my life. I'm most interested in a book that has actually worked to change your life, rather than one that seems like it would be good if you one day got around to following it. Thanks.
What are some comprehensive one-topic websites maintained by cranky old guys (or gals)? [more inside]
What do I need to do in daily life that I don't realize I need to be doing? [more inside]
My son is graduating from high school in a week. I want to make him a Best of Ask Metafilter book with all the best advice from the hive mind. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of insanely overbuilt, reasonably-priced consumer goods: "Cheap, bombproof...XXXXX" [more inside]
Please tell me a book you think everyone should read and why. [more inside]
What are some of your absolute favourite online essays, articles and other pieces of non-fiction writing? [more inside]
What are some cheap (less than $10) but satisfying luxuries? [more inside]
My father passed away this morning. I'm going through his file, and I came across JOKES.TXT ... which contains only the punchlines. Can the Mind please tell me the jokes? [more inside]
What are your favourite simple recipes that make "guests plead for the secret"? [more inside]
What $10-$20 item improved your lifestyle? [more inside]
What things would you would never consider paying money for, once you learned how easy it was to do/make/fix yourself? [more inside]
What podcasts will make me more intelligent just by listening to them? I enjoy the BBC's "In Our Time", which features serious discussion of historical events and people by academics working in the field, and also quirky, thought-provoking programs like WNYC's "Radio Lab" and "This American Life". I'm not so keen on some of the podcasts I typically get from newspapers that gloss over the surface of a subject with little analysis. What other highbrow podcasts are made by people who really know their shit?