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September 19

What is this strange manner of box I see before me?

It is hard rubbish collection day where I live and today I picked up some wooden cubes that some one was throwing out. Picture here. The boxes are sealed cubes, light, with hand holds on either end, apparently intended to be carried, but not opened. My question: what would they have been intended for?
posted by tworedshoes at 4:45 AM - 8 answers

September 18

Trying to find a book about Germans after WWII

A psychologist I know told me vaguely about a course/book she took where the teacher said something about how many of the descendants of Germans who fled WWII had service or help kind of professions, like therapists, social workers, academics, etc. I don't know if this is true or not, but I would like to find the book she was talking about. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 8:33 AM - 4 answers

September 17

NRA Bloomberg Attack Ads?

So - I've seen some anti-Bloomberg attack ads by the NRA on Youtube. I don't quite understand that the hell is going on? The Googles reveals that these ads are running during the Republican debates, apparently? [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 1:38 PM - 7 answers

September 16

Businesses asking for the name of your employer? Why?

Twice this year, I have had the experience of a business I patronize asking me for the name of my employer. The first one was my dentist. The second was a car rental company. What is up with that? Why do they need to know this information? Do they have a legal right to this? Is there some kind of business reason for it? I find this practice rather aggravating and would like to be better informed so that I may do a better job of deflecting these inappropriate inquiries in the future. Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet at 7:11 PM - 18 answers

September 15

Hiding a cheesy plot device in plain sight

[FictionFilter] In the era of doxxing and all that, is it possible for a tech person with a high-profile position to keep his personal info -- and real name and identity -- under wraps? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins at 2:59 PM - 15 answers

September 14

Cleopatra in Context

It seems modern history books are bad about depicting Cleopatra as merely the love interest of Julius Caesar and downplaying her real historical significance. Help me get some context for her role as a person of power, minus the modern sexism. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 10:22 AM - 11 answers

September 11

Should I move to Italy?

I am thinking about moving to Italy from the US for the lifestyle, and need input on whether this is crazy, and whether I can live comfortably on the money I make. If you've done this yourself or are familiar with life on both sides of the pond, I’d love to hear your thoughts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:21 PM - 27 answers

Any world history book reccomendations for the medieval period?

My undergraduate degree was in medieval history, and I still enjoy reading about the period. But I've a very narrow geographic range to what I've read about - mainly western Europe, with some on eastern Europe and the Middle East. I'd like to broaden my range with some good books about what was going on in the rest of the world from about 500CE to 1500CE. [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur at 2:11 PM - 17 answers

September 10

Dead Fish Wedding

I've been performing weddings as a side gig for going on two years now. One of my trademarks is seamlessly working a few things related to the couple's interests into the ceremony. But the next couple? They like fishing and the Grateful Dead. If you know any literary allusions or jokes or stories or what have you that could tie fishing into a wedding, that would be much appreciated. If you know the Dead well enough to recommend romantic or relationship-oriented lyrics from their catalog, also good. If you can somehow do both of those things and find Dead lyrics that invoke love and fishing, YOU ARE A MIRACLE AND I LOVE YOU.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:19 PM - 19 answers

How do I even wedding?

It's been a few years since the 2nd edition of weddings for dummies on the green, so I'm here to ask for the 3rd edition, I guess. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 9:52 AM - 27 answers

September 8

What novels only intelligible in mid-life?

I've turned 40 this year. In high school I used to go around reading Nabokov because I thought that's what smart people would read. I loved the words but missed about 80% of the thematic elements because I was too young and hadn't lived enough. I just picked him up again and am boggled. What other books should I return to? What authors are only intelligible to readers in mid-life?
posted by hoanthropos at 3:24 AM - 35 answers

September 7

Standby jury duty in Chicago

I live in Chicago and received a notice that I was on standby jury duty tomorrow and should call a number after 4:30 on the day before to find out if I needed to show up to the courthouse. When I call the number, though, it tells me that the info is not available and I should call after 4:30. It's 10:30 now. What do I do? How do I find if I need to show up?
posted by LSK at 8:35 PM - 8 answers

September 6

Recommend books about the 20th century

I'm trying to fill in gaps in my knowledge of recent history, and need additional reading recommendations. Can you suggest books? Very specific or specialized is fine! [more inside]
posted by josyphine at 2:48 PM - 43 answers

Strategies of Christian evangelism

Help me research the practical methods and strategies employed by contemporary Evangelical Christian groups to increase church attendance, recruit and retain members, promote programs and events, etc. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 11:07 AM - 7 answers

What can we do to help the refugees?

My husband and I live in the UK and are trying to think of ways to best do our parts to help the Syrian refugees as well as the economic migrants in Calais. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 8:07 AM - 11 answers

What criteria are used for unique names among urban blacks?

I've been teaching in an environment where the students each have unique names. They come from lower-income black urban families, and the names are in the style of those satirized by Key and Peele in the "East-West Bowl" sketches. It feels too sensitive to ask them directly, but I wonder how these names are developed. Is the cultural value to give each child an entirely unique name? Or is it more to use elements of traditional African names in a way that's simply become fashionable?
posted by Jon44 at 4:45 AM - 14 answers

September 5

On average, how many people live in a city block in New York City?

I am looking to find out the average # of residents on a block within the 5 boroughs. The hard part is finding out how many blocks are in a square mile. The estimates of how many blocks are in a square mile varies a lot. Do you have any idea of how many people on average live in a city block within the 5 boroughs? Thank you for your help!
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 11:37 AM - 11 answers

September 2

Books like Schulz, Babel, Bulgakov?

Please can you recommend books similar to Bruno Schulz's, Isaac Babel's and Bulgakov's Master & Margarita? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia at 3:57 PM - 14 answers

August 30

[NSFW PIC I.D.] Ernest Hemingway and Others (?)

Does anyone know who's in this NSFW picture with Ernest Hemingway (?) and what's the scenario? Thanks in advance!
posted by lrnarabic at 3:18 PM - 4 answers

August 28

Wind Energy / Wind Turbines in movies

I am looking for as many examples of wind energy in movies as possible. No limits in terms of country of origin, language, genre, etc. [more inside]
posted by biffa at 6:48 AM - 21 answers

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