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Casper vs Leesa vs Tuft?

So I'm in the market for a new mattress, and my online research is starting to make my head spin. I discovered I'm less interested in looking at pictures of different kinds of foam and more interested in informal polling of strangers. I should say that I prefer a softer bed and am about 110 pounds. I don't have an issue with sleeping "hot," and it will only be me sleeping in the bed. Would love to hear what you sleep on and how much you love it!
posted by madonna of the unloved to Grab Bag at 11:32 AM on Jul 19, 2017 - 32 answers [17 favorites]

Gym/Personal training app

I'm looking for an app that gives me workouts that take into consideration the constraints of the day (time, intensity, energy), instead of a regular long-term plan? [more inside]
posted by greta simone to Health at 8:50 AM on Jul 19, 2017 - 3 answers [11 favorites]

Lunch bags / boxes for me and my kid

We will have to start packing kid-lunches for school this year, and I might as well get on the bandwagon too. Kid doesn't have a lunchbox at all, and mine is old, gross, and utterly unfashionable. Difficulty level: I detest lunchboxes that require you to put the food in sideways. [more inside]
posted by telepanda to Food & Drink at 12:49 PM on Jul 19, 2017 - 19 answers [10 favorites]

how to find a rut, get into it, and stay there

Just to check before I resign myself to struggling through more conventional life plans: are there actually any real, obtainable socially isolating jobs with a living wage anymore? What are they, and how do you obtain them? [more inside]
posted by automatic cabinet to Work & Money at 6:17 AM on Jul 20, 2017 - 10 answers [10 favorites]

Am I spending my free time frivolously?

I can't tell if once I clock out I'm happy or just sleepwalking. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar to Work & Money at 12:00 AM on Jul 19, 2017 - 26 answers [16 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

Make this boy shout, make this boy scream

I need protest songs. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Media & Arts at 6:41 AM on Jul 19, 2017 - 32 answers [11 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

Should I buy a haven in case of climate change?

Should I find a piece land to buy that I could move to decades from now, in case of severe climate change effects? If so, where? How about Fairbanks, Alaska? [more inside]
posted by daisyace to Science & Nature at 4:12 AM on Jul 19, 2017 - 30 answers [11 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Who were the great Chicago con men?

I started reading about The Yellow Kid and some of his stories and wanted to know who else fit the bill for great Confidence Men of Chicago.
posted by rileyray3000 to Society & Culture at 12:24 PM on Jul 19, 2017 - 6 answers [6 favorites]

What are some excellent literary magazines to subscribe to?

Hi. I am curious to find some literary magazines to subscribe to. Whether it is North American, European, South American, etc (but in English if provided). I am trying to find some works on short stories, poetry, art, horror, thriller, victorian-ish writing, creative essays, humour, nature, creative non-fiction, political satire, etc. The scope of genre is eclectic and wide-ranging. I am very keen on learning about cultures and cultural standpoints on political and social ideas that might differ from western thought -- or the opposite. What are some must subscribed literary magazines? * I have a 12 month subscription to the New England Review from Middlebury College.
posted by RearWindow to Writing & Language at 7:46 PM on Jul 18, 2017 - 10 answers [14 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Yet another movie I can't identify, but you can help!

A year or so ago, I saw a movie that was a psychological mystery/thriller in the vein of Circle, Cube, or Exam, or at least that's how I think of it. Needless to say, I can't remember the title of the movie, but I can remember a few details, which are inside. (Possible spoilers, if you care about that sort of thing.) [more inside]
posted by holborne to Media & Arts at 9:32 AM on Jul 19, 2017 - 18 answers [5 favorites]

How to handle anxiety about loved ones dying

How should I handle frequent anxiety about my loved ones dying? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 1:53 AM on Jul 20, 2017 - 4 answers [5 favorites]

How is graticule made?

I'd like to know why latitude and longitude are parallels and meridians and why they converge at the north pole. Maybe because degree grid cells break up into nice squares near the equator and mid-latitudes, but then fall apart at the poles (i.e., what time is it there? It seems totally arbitrary). Was this planned somehow? Did Eratosthenes or Hipparchus have a justification for the fact that meridians to go N-S and the parallels E-W, when it could just as easily have been the reverse? [more inside]
posted by stinker to Science & Nature at 2:44 AM on Jul 20, 2017 - 8 answers [5 favorites]

Transform me into a Ninja Warrior

How can this hopelessly unathletic person ever become the next Ninja Warrior - the sort that conquers obstacle courses? [more inside]
posted by divabat to Health at 6:36 AM on Jul 20, 2017 - 5 answers [5 favorites]

What's a real world "how to" you like to show friends?

As part of a training opportunity, I get 5 minutes to teach a small group of people how to "do a thing" -- something like how to walk the dog with a yo-yo, or how to crack eggs without breaking the yolk, or how to make animal shadows with your hands. [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle to Grab Bag at 12:28 PM on Jul 18, 2017 - 23 answers [21 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

So...when do I get to do this whole "pursue my dreams" thing?

I'm 29, 30 next year. Female, POC. I've had dreams of becoming a television writer since my teens, and, right now, I'm in LA working in the industry at an executive level (but I work on the business/marketing side of things, not the creative). Been here almost 4 years. I'm super-super adjacent to what I *want* to do (write). But I'm almost too good at the adjacent position, and I'm scared that I'll never get to pursue the real dream. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder to Work & Money at 10:17 PM on Jul 18, 2017 - 19 answers [9 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

International travel insurance with pre-existing condition

Husband and I are planning a short trip to Europe later this year. We've always gotten travel insurance for international travel, but now it's more complicated and more important because husband had a heart attack last year. He's doing great now, but I think that puts him into pre-existing-land when it comes to travel health insurance. We're both in the US, covered under Blue Cross Blue Shield. Our plan definitely does not include health care beyond the US, so we'll need something else. [more inside]
posted by dayintoday to Health at 2:28 PM on Jul 19, 2017 - 3 answers [4 favorites]

In Whose House Was Robert Gould Shaw's Sword Found?

I've seen a few articles recently about how they found Robert Gould Shaw's sword in the attic of some distant relatives and I'm wondering if it's possible to find out exactly who these relatives were since when I was in seventh grade we watched Glory and a kid in my class distantly related to Shaw (last name: Shaw) brought in what he and his family said was Robert Gould Shaw's sword. Were they mistaken? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to Grab Bag at 7:42 AM on Jul 19, 2017 - 7 answers [3 favorites]

BBQ dish.... while traveling

I'm going to a work BBQ tomorrow and I need to bring a dish but... I'll be traveling with a giant suitcase all day. So it needs to be something that packs well. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue to Food & Drink at 10:07 AM on Jul 19, 2017 - 13 answers [3 favorites]

How do I decorate my new dining room?

I'm really terrible at improvising decor stuff, so I'm hoping to work off an image. But I can't seem to find any images of dining rooms that match the mood and functionality I want mine to have. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by kitcat to Home & Garden at 11:21 AM on Jul 19, 2017 - 15 answers [3 favorites]

Need ideas for a non-pointy wizard hat

I'm in the process of assembling a wizard costume I'll be wearing at a con in a month. I don't particularly care for the traditional pointy cap, though. MeFi, please give me your best ideas for non-traditional, non-pointy wizard hats.
posted by isauteikisa to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 3:44 PM on Jul 19, 2017 - 13 answers [3 favorites]

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