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January 24

Did Thomas Jefferson have a birth certificate?

My daughter just did one of those elementary school projects where you pick a historical figure and assemble a presentation of things from their life. One of the requirements was for a birth certificate. That got me wondering: would someone like Thomas Jefferson have had a birth certificate? When abouts did that become standard in England / British colonies? Is it something only rich people had or did everyone keep that level of records? [more inside]
posted by BeeDo at 6:46 PM - 9 answers

January 23

Beyond the petroleuses

What are your best examples of women's or feminist organizing behind the barricades in urban uprisings?
posted by a sourceless light at 12:17 AM - 8 answers

January 22

Can anyone identify this 1940s VIP

I would appreciate any help in identifying the man in the white hat inspecting troops (RAF) in Egypt c.1942/3. In other photographs taken on the same day he is seen holding a horsehair fly swat and has a binocular case over his shoulder. He must have been either a visiting Head of State, politician, diplomat or high profile entertainer. Thanks in advance.
posted by Petromyzon at 11:35 AM - 7 answers

January 20

Where in the US should we move?

Daughter was born very prematurely nearly 4 yrs ago. As a result, her lungs are not as big/strong as they should be. We live in Minneapolis, and are therefore indoors for much of the winter. We would like to move somewhere we can be outside comfortably year-round: *more desired criteria below* [more inside]
posted by jilliank at 3:51 PM - 32 answers

January 19

Why doesn't UTF-8 include a black frowning face?

UTF-8 includes a white smiling face ☺, a white frowning face ☹, and a black smiling face ☻. However, I haven't been able to find a black frowning face. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 10:05 AM - 14 answers

January 18

Workshops and classes in cool places

I'm looking for short-term classes and workshops in places that would make good travel destinations. For example, in NYC the Art Students League has weekend workshops (and their month-to-month classes are cheap enough that paying for a month to take a week's worth of class is not unfathomable). And Jalopy has awesome one-day weekend workshops (harmony, ukulele, singing) in Brooklyn. There's Choir!Choir!Choir! in Toronto and PopUp Chorus in Durham. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 7:40 PM - 14 answers

How much do I tip for valet parking at a hospital?

Basically what it says on the tin. What I can find on Google is all about how much to tip for FREE valet parking at a hospital in the US. But the hospital we're going to has paid valet parking, not free. How much do we tip? [more inside]
posted by kythuen at 10:26 AM - 8 answers

January 17

Remarrying after immigration?

Was it typical/usual/done at all for immigrants to the US (20th century, pre-WWI) to marry in the United States even if they had previously married in their country of origin? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 5:05 PM - 12 answers

To be a cider drinker, in Swedish

I'm looking for a good Swedish expression for "Get some cider in you!" or "Drink up your cider!" Something that sounds a little on the rural / folksy side would be best.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:21 PM - 6 answers

January 16

How can I combat Islamaphobic accusations about use of public space?

Neighbours of family have been alleging bizarre behaviour from "Muslims" and I'm trying to figure out if this is observer bias, cross-cultural misunderstanding, or what? The specific allegations are public defecation in a park (a long narrow park, where the anyone can be seen from the road and the houses on the other side of the road), and use of other people's private property (specifically lawn furniture/patio furniture). The second one I think may be a misunderstanding, but the first one baffles me. More context: [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 5:09 PM - 12 answers

January 15

What does this text towards the nose of Korean Air planes mean?

Been flying in and out of Seoul a lot recently, noticed some interesting hangul written towards the noses of Korean Air jets that I can't quite decipher... [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau at 11:36 AM - 4 answers

January 14

Whose stuff is better?

How would today's cheap, ubiquitous goods (i.e. clothes, shoes, furniture, housewares, miscellaneous equipment, housing, possibly food products) compare to the finest goods available to pre-modern ruling classes? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear at 7:33 PM - 32 answers

January 13

Gift (or annoyance?) for my mail person

I just bought my first house (Yeah!!). I order a lot of stuff from Amazon because I work long hours. My mail lady always hides my package behind a bush in front of the house or another inconspicuous place and then jots down a note with the location on one of the many 100 pieces of junk mail I now receive (See: New homeowner). [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert at 10:21 AM - 17 answers

January 12

Should I give a shit about my brother's bachelor party?

One of my two younger brothers is having his bachelor party soon. At this point, my interest level is too low to even respond to emails about it. Am I a terrible person? The usual upchucking of details inside... [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:28 PM - 42 answers

I might be overthinking this

I'm a non-black person of color. I tried a street dance class and I feel conflicted about the appropriative aspect of it. Are my concerns legitimate and are there ways I can carry on respectfully? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons at 4:12 PM - 15 answers

January 11

So I have this crafting dilemma

I like crafting, but I don't really have the ambition to sell stuff, I have no one to give it to, and I don't know what to do with the finished products. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 6:45 PM - 45 answers

What is Social Justice?

What is Social Justice? How would you give a brief explanation to a conservative? [more inside]
posted by DGStieber at 10:54 AM - 23 answers

Where to find how social media has influenced attitudes on sex work?

Has there been any scholarly work or research done on how attitudes toward sex workers/pornographic performers have changed due to social media? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 AM - 2 answers

January 9

Chinese Medicine/Food Identification

What is the stuff in the middle right of this picture, looking kind of like pork rinds? [more inside]
posted by Gorgik at 8:22 AM - 4 answers

January 7

Where Does the INDIAN Mega-Wealth Come From?

So I'm just doing a bit of research right now on wealth and came across a few documentaries on India and the mega wealthy there, with the caste systems and the great divide between them. My question is how did the mega wealthy get that way? How did they accumulate such fortunes?
posted by watercarrier at 10:06 AM - 6 answers

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