April 30

Why hasn't this been monetized yet?!

My kid wants a Nexo Knight birthday party. I want to buy themed tableware and decor because I Am Not A Pinterest Mom. Please help make this happen. In three weeks. [more inside]
posted by PorcineWithMe to Shopping at 4:32 PM - 8 answers

Best new horror/suspense/evil movies out

My husband and I have recently enjoyed watching It Follows, The Babadook, and most recently and especially, The Invitation. What are some other new films we should check out? I really enjoyed the "dinner party that turns creepy/evil" setup the Invitation had, so triple points for anything else like that that is well made.
posted by long haired child to Media & Arts at 4:31 PM - 25 answers

Brown Turkey Fig Tree Freeze Damage

How can I rehabilitate a brown turkey fig tree with freeze damage? [more inside]
posted by fremen to Home & Garden at 2:42 PM - 3 answers

Options for massive medical bills for retired mom?

My 61-year-old mom is worried she's going to have to declare bankruptcy due to hospital bills. Is there any way to avoid this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 2:32 PM - 12 answers

Need ideas on giving away door prizes at company picnic

We have been gathering some items to give away at our company picnic to about 150 employees, we will be able to make sure every employee gets a prize. [more inside]
posted by just asking to Society & Culture at 1:12 PM - 5 answers


I need to get a LEB bulb for this headlamp. It comes with a regular incandescent cheapo light bulb. bulb dia. is .281 inches and length is .486 inches. It is powered by 2 AA batteries. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
posted by Noodles to Home & Garden at 12:55 PM - 2 answers

Paging Tolkien Nerds to the Green

I am trying to find a specific passage from The Return of the King in which Gandalf reassures Pippin about an impending battle by describing death as a passage to peaceful land to include in a memorial service program. [more inside]
posted by jeoc to Writing & Language at 12:49 PM - 4 answers

Is enlisting in the Air Force at age 38 a terrible idea?

I'm 38 with a poor resume: not getting callbacks when I apply for jobs. I'm getting to feel quite downtrodden and that I'm slipping through the cracks of society. I thought I was too old for military enlistment but I just found out that technically I'm not... [more inside]
posted by glonous keming to Work & Money at 12:22 PM - 21 answers

Summarizing daily reports in Excel

I get a daily report of activity from a set of items and I want to make a automatically-updating summary sheet (I'm fine doing this in Excel, Google Sheets, or Apple Numbers). [more inside]
posted by primethyme to Computers & Internet at 12:04 PM - 4 answers

How To Ask Mechanic/Friend About Body Damage

What is the most non-accusatory or neutral way to bring up body damage/scratches that likely occurred during a repair, when you are friends with the mechanic and he was already giving you a discount? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk to Human Relations at 11:14 AM - 13 answers

Books to get students excited about college?

Over the summer, I meet with students who are about to start college. This year, I would like to email them a list of novels about college that they can read while they're waiting to start. I'm looking for fun books, not study guides or non-fiction tomes about the perils of binge-drinking. Ideally, I would like books that give them some sense of what college in the US is like, but in a format that won't feel like homework. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious to Education at 10:06 AM - 12 answers

How do I recapture the relaxation of my cruise at home?

A friend and I recently went on a cruise and it was the most relaxing and restful experience of my life. I've been trying to figure out how to recapture that experience at home. [more inside]
posted by shesbookish to Health & Fitness at 9:52 AM - 3 answers

Asking Ex About Why He is Using a Picture of Us on a Dating App

I happened upon my ex's profile on a dating app and of course, I looked at it. I was completely shaken to see that he is using a picture of US as the last of his 6 pictures. I was upset and in a pretty passive way tried to ask him about it through text, which he has not responded to. We have plans to meet up next week and I'm wondering how to address this now. [more inside]
posted by cristalina to Human Relations at 9:28 AM - 28 answers

Remedial Maths for Grownups

What are good (and preferably free) resources for self-teaching high school level mathematics? Snowflakes etc. below the fold. [more inside]
posted by threecheesetrees to Education at 8:55 AM - 14 answers

Do I need to do anything about this sunspot?

For the past 6 weeks or so, I've been getting the same prominent "sun spot" in my central visual field whenever I'm exposed to any degree of light. It hasn't changed in size or shape in that time and I'm not having any other vision issues like floaters. I called my opthamologist's office a couple of weeks ago and they didn't seem concerned. You are not my opthamologist, but do I need to be worried? [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina to Health & Fitness at 6:45 AM - 10 answers

My Starbucks barista is totally rad. How can I thank her?

On weekend mornings, I head over to my local Starbucks for a grande green tea latte (sweetened) and a blueberry scone (warmed). The head barista there always remembers me and my order. (In fact, today my order was already ready when I arrived!) These little acts of kindness really put a smile on my face and I'd like to show my appreciation. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl to Human Relations at 4:09 AM - 22 answers

My job is killing my soul but I can't leave

I'm at the point where my job is actively causing me despair. Since I can't quit without getting a new job first, how do I cope every day while I try to find something new? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 1:27 AM - 8 answers

Should I Apply For Training Jobs If I Have Panic Attacks When I Train?

One of the primary roles in my last job was training. At some point I started having panic attacks when I began my training sessions, which was a cause of real distress in the moment, but also longer term as I was now worried about my ability to do my job. Now that my company has closed down, I'm looking for a new job, and I've become aware that I'm subtly discounting opportunities which involve training out of fears related to panic attacks. I really don't think I can afford to overlook these positions in the current job market, but my brain keeps imagining turning up at a new job and having a panic attack in front of a whole new group of people, and naturally things grind to a halt from there. Any thoughts, advice or previous experience would be most welcome; comprehensive history inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 1:27 AM - 3 answers

Any experience with progesterone cream?

Suffering from long-time depression and now more frequently, anxiety. I am a 48 year old female possibly going through perimenopause. OB recommended Zoloft in addition to a topical versabase progesterone cream. Some concerns because the majority of what I'm reading online (yeah, I know : / is really kind of frightening! [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 1:27 AM - 7 answers

Tattoo tips

On Sunday I get my first ever tattoo and likely my last. It is in Hebrew meaning it reads right to left. So, your advice would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by bearwife to Grab Bag at 12:24 AM - 15 answers

April 29

What is the sexiest Prince album?

I need to know by tomorrow night. Thanks.
posted by latkes to Human Relations at 9:23 PM - 16 answers

Short-haired in Boston - your best salons recs please!

Looking for recommendations for hair salons/stylists in the Boston are that are good with short women's styles, without veering too much in the direction of "old practical lady" on one hand and "edgy butch punk rocker" on the other. [more inside]
posted by Ender's Friend to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:52 PM - 5 answers

Super simple progress-tracking app

I am in search of an android app that will let me lay out X number of squares or other shapes in a grid or other basic configuration, and then click a shape to change its color when I've done the task I'm trying to track. Ideally I would be able to set up several grids to track several tasks. [more inside]
posted by delight to Health & Fitness at 7:38 PM - 7 answers

What to do in an up-or-out organization when I want out?

I have a foot out the door, mentally, but don't want to leave until I have something better lined up. I work at an up-or-out organization, and the next "up" step is on the horizon. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson to Work & Money at 7:10 PM - 12 answers

What are the best job search sites in 2016?

It's been a long time since I looked for a job and a recruiter got me my current gig. Have you looked for a job in the past year? If so, how did you go about it? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels to Work & Money at 7:01 PM - 6 answers

How many people are born each day in the US?

I'm seeking a table that shows how many people were born in the US on a given exact date (ie, 5603 births on January 1, 2003). I've found a number of birthday frequency rankings, but the raw data has been surprisingly elusive! [more inside]
posted by apparently to Grab Bag at 6:39 PM - 1 answer

I just sold someone a used car "as is" that broke down within 5km

What is my moral responsibility when I sell someone a perfectly functional car that is explicitly "as-is" that then breaks down almost immediately after the sale is completed, when I legitimately had no inkling that there was any underlying problem. [more inside]
posted by 256 to Shopping at 5:46 PM - 43 answers

What to do about puppy UTI

My three month old puppy is peeing every five minutes and clearly has a UTI. Will this self resolve? How long should I wait before taking her to the vet?
posted by BeaverTerror to Pets & Animals at 3:50 PM - 14 answers

Help me find an old SNL skit.

The sketch was at a party, and focused on one character who kept trying to make small talk with people but each time he tried he inadvertently offended someone. Tried talking about the weather, if I recall, and another character started crying, prompting others to berate him for not being more sensitive to the fact that the crying character's family member had been killed by a weatherman. Or something like that....
posted by Framer to Media & Arts at 3:21 PM - 10 answers

Smart, prickly hermit relative is delusional/psychotic and we're scared

A family member (with a history of being psychiatrically unusual, at the very least) has an extreme, scary and violent delusion which is making her miserable and may cause harm to others. She is a smart, fiesty, aging hermit who lives alone, sees few people and resists medical care. Looking for resources about how to handle a situation like this. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet to Human Relations at 2:25 PM - 16 answers

How do I get through the next 4 months in a dysfunctional workplace

I'm looking at exiting my job (in a HIGHLY dysfunctional, but famous, organization) after a big event in 4 months that its important for me to see through. Help me figure out how to get through it, with many snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by socktastic to Work & Money at 2:18 PM - 9 answers

What song did I hear?

I heard a song the other day in a store that caught my attention. It seemed to be about having a mental illness and one line was something like, "I can't tell when I'm sick." I think it was a female voice, kind of a sad tone to the song, probably fairly recent. What song did I hear? I mostly listen to country and I think this was more of an indi or pop song.
posted by tamitang to Media & Arts at 1:21 PM - 6 answers

Is "Chinatown" an offensive term?

Is using the term "Chinatown" offensive in the urban geography context? [more inside]
posted by hepta to Society & Culture at 12:08 PM - 43 answers

What is this object from the early 20th century?

This object has been in my repository for a very long time, and no one knows what it is. It supposedly came in with the papers of an interesting politician/lawyer who served as governor of Tennessee in the early 20th century. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars to Society & Culture at 11:35 AM - 10 answers

Outdoor furniture that would hold up well on Dagobah?

I'm buying a new house, and it will have a deck, and I want to buy ALL THE FURNITURE! Mr. Rachael and I are in disagreement about what kind of outdoor furniture would hold up best in our climate (Eastern Shore of Maryland, perpetual 200% humidity). [more inside]
posted by missrachael to Shopping at 11:12 AM - 12 answers

C is for aircraft, that's good enough for me

Naming multiple puppies, difficulty factor: Aircraft that start with C [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe to Pets & Animals at 10:53 AM - 28 answers

Work calendar etiquette: Do you share your calendar? How?

Do you share the details of your work calendar? Or just free / busy status? Does it depend on the person or event? I'd love to get some idea of the norms in this area. [more inside]
posted by 3491again to Work & Money at 10:17 AM - 31 answers

Novels about children abandoned by their parents

What novels do you recommend about children abandoned by one or both parents? By abandonment, I mean everything from leaving a baby on the stoop or going out for cigarettes and never returning to the parent who becomes emotionally distant and/or physically distant following a separation or divorce. I'm interested in books in which the abandonment or the child's attempts to deal with it, perhaps when grown up, is a major theme.
posted by Alluring Mouthbreather to Media & Arts at 10:01 AM - 38 answers

What's the most fun / innovative trivia round you've played lately?

TriviaFilter: I host an annual trivia night for my company and am looking for some fresh ideas for rounds/topics this year. What's the most fun / innovative / clever trivia round you've played lately? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 to Grab Bag at 9:59 AM - 16 answers

Best radio show/podcast to hear analysis of the NFL draft?

Working from home today and would like to listen to some commentary and analysis of the first round of the NFL draft (interested in the whole draft, actually). Recommendations for the best sports radio show I can stream and maybe an upcoming sports podcast focusing on the draft greatly appreciated.
posted by mlis to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:59 AM - 2 answers

Coming to Terms with Chronic Illness

Although I've been diagnosed with a chronic illness for 20 years and have been totally disabled by it for 3 years, I'm just now coming to the realization that every facet of my life has changed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 8:41 AM - 22 answers

Wasa cracker spread ideas

For breakfast I usually have two multigrain wasa crackers with peanut butter. On some days I have hummus. On others I have sliced avocado. I am getting bored of these. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey to Food & Drink at 8:28 AM - 24 answers

Late-twenties guy with no friends?

I'm a late-twenties guy with no friends. I feel like I need to get out of this situation somehow. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 8:15 AM - 37 answers

Graphical relationship visualisation

What tools would you recommend for creating a dynamic relationship visualisation? Thinking along the lines of They Rule. [more inside]
posted by monocultured to Computers & Internet at 6:45 AM - 6 answers

Bra sized long-line bikini top for a 40H

Summer approaches, and having embraced the idea that all you need to do to get a bikini body is to put a bikini on your body, for the first time in my ENTIRE LIFE I am bikini shopping. I would like one with bra sizing, and the sort of long line coverage seen in this top at Torrid. Alas, Torrid doesn't have bra sizing, and the bra-sized tops I've seen (e.g. Elomi) don't have that long-line coverage below the cups. Does anyone know where I can find what I'm looking for?
posted by ocherdraco to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:21 AM - 12 answers

Dog breaks a thing at dogsitter's. Now what?

I agreed to look after a dog for 24h. Got paid but the whole deal was informal. The dog broke my laptop (cheapo, thank heavens) while goofing around and being playful and loveable. Local (Dutch) laws about this are messy and eg insurance companies in previous cases seem to disagree on who's liable. What to do? [more inside]
posted by sively to Human Relations at 3:51 AM - 21 answers

April 28

Carpal tunnel surgery with infant at home

Two pronged question: Has anyone had carpal tunnel surgery with an infant to look after? Also, please read my litany of things I've tried and tell me if there's an obvious treatment I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls to Health & Fitness at 11:12 PM - 13 answers

Did I get bit by a spider while I slept?

Did my face get attacked by a spider? Please help me figure out what I should do about two wounds on my face. [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping to Health & Fitness at 10:14 PM - 15 answers

I Forgot My Medication And I'm Traveling

I have to do a presentation tomorrow night and I forgot to take my 10 mg dose of Prozac this morning and won't have any with me tomorrow morning either. Two questions: How serious is this for my brain working tomorrow night, and how can I get a prescription filled? I'm a Canadian travelling in the United States. [more inside]
posted by Clotilde to Health & Fitness at 9:31 PM - 8 answers

"Do you have a cigarette I can buy?"

Is this a pickup line or prostitution code? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs to Human Relations at 6:33 PM - 34 answers

Where have all the ticks gone in Arizona?

My dogs in the 70s' never left the yard, in Phoenix, yet ticks were an issue. Tons…I can remember my Dad burning them off with a cigarette (probably not the best way.) FF to 2016, I've had a dog since 2013, no ticks nor fleas. He goes to the dog park 4 times a week (not the cleanest place.) I've had three cats for 20 years, no issues. The new area is in Tucson. Is it an area thing, climate thing, or are ticks on the downward spiral? [more inside]
posted by atomicmedia to Pets & Animals at 6:26 PM - 15 answers

Gift for my son's (exceptional)teacher Aide who has everything!!

My son is 18 years old and has special needs . He has been with this teacher aide for 6 years.She has helped him with academics, social skills and even made him get ready for college. She has made a huge difference in our son's life. She hasn't been working for money.She has everything in life. She is an amazing lady who is very smart,highly educated, worked in wall street and took this job to make a difference in someone's life. My son was very fortunate to have her. She loves my son and has helped him to become a young man heading to college. I can't compensate for everything she has done. [more inside]
posted by SunPower to Education at 5:25 PM - 19 answers

What to do, see, and eat in Berlin, Munich, and London in mid-May?

I'm taking a last-minute trip to Europe in a few weeks and will be flying into and out of Berlin. I'll only be there for 9 days, so it's a pretty quick trip, but I'll be hitting Munich and London while I'm there. Do you have any great suggestions for these cities? Some extra details inside. [more inside]
posted by burgerrr to Travel & Transportation at 5:07 PM - 11 answers

I don't want to burn the midnight oil.

How can I find a job that has a regular schedule and is limited to 40 hours per week max? [more inside]
posted by wonder twin powers activate form of a sock puppet to Work & Money at 4:30 PM - 31 answers

Which POS software was this?

I bought some things at a privately-owned grocery store today and the point-of-sale (POS) software display that showed how much I owed was a stunningly beautiful work of MS-DOS-style ANSI design. At the top of the screen it said "ERD POS" or something like that. The digits for the cost total were even bigger and fancier than this, but that image captures the general era. What was it? And how old is it? Thanks!
posted by circular to Computers & Internet at 3:12 PM - 3 answers

How does obesity "wreak havoc on the vagina"?

While taking a break from work to peruse Buzzfeed, I came across this quote from a gynaecologist: “Childbirth, gravity, menopause, smoking, and obesity can all wreak havoc on the vagina and over time can weaken the muscles of the pelvic floor.” I notice these kinds of statements all the time—talking about anything vaguely related to health? Make sure to mention the OBESITY CRISIS—and I can't figure out how being fat would wreak havoc on a vagina. [more inside]
posted by the thorn bushes have roses to Health & Fitness at 3:11 PM - 4 answers

Too much Star Wars? I find your lack of faith disturbing...

I'm visiting my sister and her family for the weekend. My (almost) seven year old nephew is obsessed with Star Wars and I have been informed that my visit will be dominated by same. I'm totally fine with this. In fact, I'd like to bring him even MORE Star Wars! [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:55 PM - 10 answers

Peter Polliwog Syndrome?

Could a tadpole remain a tadpole, and never metamorphose, for a long time, years even? The internet implies that captivity, water temperature, or available nutrients could have an effect on prolonging a polliwog's larval state. But could this state, given the right conditions, persist for years? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler to Science & Nature at 2:52 PM - 6 answers

I'm so close to trying a community solar provider, but need facts.

Where should I start getting some better info on this? [more inside]
posted by JackT to Home & Garden at 2:35 PM - 12 answers

Blogs, Forwarding, Nameservers, Oh My

I (very) recently started a blog using Wordpress and a domain that I own. I was tweaking domain names and nameservers today and everything went haywire. Halp! [more inside]
posted by 4ster to Computers & Internet at 1:09 PM - 11 answers