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July 21

Getting information about non-valuable old pocket watches

I've just been given some old pocket watches that belonged to my grandmother. I don't want to sell them and don't care what they're worth (probably very little), but I want more information. What's a good place to look? [more inside]
posted by centrifugal at 12:45 PM - 6 answers

July 20

How can I quit masturbating? Is this worst than drugs? (NSFW)

As in the Title, how can I quit this practice? Is turning into a problem and I need help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:53 AM - 11 answers

July 19

When do kids start having color preferences?

I'm in my early 30s so for the past few years it has been a baby explosion among my friends and extended family. Being a crocheter I have enjoyed making baby things for everyone. Now though, the toddlers have outgrown most wearables and I would like to make bigger versions of favorite hats and sweaters and the like, but I've got it in my head to ask the kids themselves for favorite color requests. How young does this typically start up? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 10:07 PM - 17 answers

The average citizens opinion on the current US administration

I'm in Canada, and keep up with view points similar to my own by reading here, liberal UK press, watching the same stuff everyone does on Youtube, reading What the fuck just happened today, etc. So I'm familiar with what people with viewpoints similar to our own think. I also keep up with Trump's base supporters views, because watching Fox or reading Breitbart is funnier than shit. [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent at 3:26 PM - 16 answers

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 at 12:24 PM - 6 answers

Gift related to Native American history and culture?

I have a friend from Europe who is fascinated with Native American history and culture. I'd like to get them a gift for less than $100. They speak/read English, but not perfectly, so a text-heavy book might not be the best.
posted by gwint at 9:54 AM - 11 answers

July 18

What if you never laugh?

No laughter? Nothing!...what is happening? I don't feel I've truly laughed in years. I've noticed that my reactions are pretty monotone. Recently I am self aware that I also have a hard or awkward time talking to people (and people I've known for years). I used to be the funny one, could think of comebacks instantly but now I feel like I can't come up with anything. People find things funny in their normal work friends laugh at stuff and all I can muster is a fake laugh. What is wrong with me? I don't feel antisocial but I'm wondering if I'm some kind of weirdo?
posted by anonymous at 2:48 PM - 15 answers

July 17

Can you identify the medals worn by this Russian man?

I saw this man in the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Russia a few days ago. Can you identify the medals he is wearing? I put a big photo of him on Cloudup so you can see the medals close up - Here's the link [more inside]
posted by Quillcards at 2:50 PM - 3 answers

July 16

Help me find a book: cutaways of households from different periods

Sometime between 2004-2008, the Frick Art Museum in Pittsburgh had a room with a bunch of books on historical houses... [more inside]
posted by thandal at 6:53 PM - 4 answers

I'm tired of being a visible minority

Just as the title says, I'm tired of being a minority. [more inside]
posted by fernweh at 12:22 PM - 20 answers

July 14

Update on versions of Amazing Grace

I'd love some updated suggestions of beautiful versions of the song, "Amazing Grace"... Previously.. I am most interested in modern and/or rock versions. thanks all!
posted by calgirl at 11:47 AM - 8 answers

Books surveying modern American religious/christian experience?

I am not American and have little familiarity with Christianity. I'm looking for books which survey the American religious experience for outsiders-- think "Souls of China", but for the United States. [more inside]
posted by sidek at 7:43 AM - 6 answers

July 13

What is the origin of the 90's/00's "gay rapper" rumor?

Among rap fans, before rap music crossed over to its current level of cultural ubiquity, there was a constant conversation about how it was widely known in the rap industry that there was a gay rapper, and that his identity was yet to be exposed. (This was variously said to be Eric Sermon, Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, Redman, Keith Murray, eventually Ja Rule . . .) Does anyone know the early sources where this rumor appeared, either in print, the Web, or rap songs? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 1:49 PM - 9 answers

What Should I do?

I have been married to my husband for 13 years. Most of them have been very happy. The past 4 have been miserable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM - 21 answers

July 12

What comes after The Death and Life of Great American Cities ....

What one book | article | study | blog | film | video | (podcast if you must) has changed how you think about urban planning particularly in relation to holistic urban transportation planning and/or citizen engagement in the planning process? [more inside]
posted by DarthDuckie at 6:57 AM - 21 answers

What hands-on activities can my civic/activist gang of friends do?

My civic/volunteer/political/activism group made simple baby blankets to donate to Project Linus. We loved doing this! What other hands-on donation/charity crafts or group activities can we do? We are in the greater Boston area of the USA. [more inside]
posted by cadge at 1:21 AM - 14 answers

July 11

After 35 years how I can learn to communicate my inner life effectively?

Following an incredibly tumultuous, confusing, and painful recent journey I have had over the course of the last year or so it has been suggested to me that I should write down my experience(s). How can I obtain clarity of thought on something with so many constituent parts, and hopefully therefore also achieve an ability to Communicate the thoughts via the written word in order to achieve my goal in this regard?
posted by numberstation at 2:31 PM - 6 answers

July 8

Help an American learn to drive on the opposite side of the road

I'm an American who is going to Scotland for a holiday and I'm considering renting a car for a portion of the trip. I have never driven a car on the left hand side of the road. I have driven motorbikes in the left hand side in Asian countries , no problem but I'm a little concerned about the learning curve for an automobile. I'm asking you, the hive, for tips and advise on being comfortable with driving on the left.
posted by citybuddha at 3:55 PM - 33 answers

Poems in the form of prayer

I'm looking for recommendations for twenty and twenty-first century poems from any religious tradition that are framed as a direct address to God. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate at 11:02 AM - 22 answers

July 7

What are the best books about immigrants in America?

What are the best books about immigrants in America? And what makes those books great? I am especially interested in learning more about the late 19th and early 20th century, including how immigrants were perceived as the "other." Either nonfiction or fiction is fine.
posted by mortaddams at 10:34 AM - 26 answers

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