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August 3

Help me understand and deal with my cynical comrades

I love my leftist allies, but their attitudes can sometimes turn me off, and I am looking for resources to help me process this. Deets inside! [more inside]
posted by shalom at 10:12 PM - 14 answers

Is it possible to watch Rick and Morty with my 10 yo?

Rick and Morty is awesome. My son would love it, it could be our favorite show ever, except, well, it's Rick and Morty. And he's (almost) 10. [more inside]
posted by signal at 2:48 PM - 18 answers

August 2

Sorry about my ladyparts

My period came early and I bled in someone else's boardroom. I apologised at the time. Should I also follow up with an apology email/call? [more inside]
posted by andraste at 10:00 PM - 24 answers

July 30

What are the unspoken rules of instagram?

What are the unspoken rules of instagram? What is seen as too much or try hard? Tell me about the unspoken rules that govern post frequency, hashtag use, selfies, etc. Please tell me all of the unspoken rules, and please avoid debating other people about how PC or ethical an unspoken rule is. I am someone who has no experience with instagram and would like to know more.
posted by skjønn at 1:05 PM - 14 answers

What are the best things about turning 30?

What are the best things about entering into your 30s? [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 8:32 AM - 43 answers

Can anyone help identify this ethnic engraved gourd cup/bottle.

I would be grateful for any help in identifying the age and origin of this ethnic engraved gourd cup/bottle. Ideas on species/geographical distribution of the original gourd and or identification of the etnographic design elements of the decoration would all help. It measures 4 3/4" (12cm) in height. Thanks in advance. Tom.
posted by Petromyzon at 6:50 AM - 2 answers

Finding peace in strange exile

I was set to emigrate to country B but for sudden legal reasons am very likely to remain in country A for the next 10+ years with my children. I spent two years making plans about a future in country B and detaching from country A. What are strategies I can consider to reconcile myself for the next decade to country A? How do I engage in a place I know I won't live in permanently as country A doesn't want me permanently either? I don't want to live insulated or resentfully for a decade.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 2:04 AM - 11 answers

July 28

finding a small town

I'm doing a little hobby geneaology and looking for a small town somewhere in former Austria-Hungary, sometimes specified as Czechoslovakia, and most likely the Transcarpathian or Carpathian Ruthenia regions. Spelled in English (by a non-native English speaker) the name of the town was "Bielowociz." A search for "Bielowociz" doesn't result in anything. What are possibilities for the name of the town, and how do I proceed?
posted by Shohobohaum Za at 11:49 AM - 14 answers

July 27

Livin' La Vida 1870-1920.

I am interested in the daily lives of average US citizens living 1870-1920. How did they go about their daily lives? What medicine was available? What levels of technology? Etc. I am interested in fashion, gun rights, drug laws, demographic make up, immigration trends and views, etc. I don't even know how to begin researching this. Hope me? Note: I am looking for resources, not actual answers to these questions. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 11:38 AM - 21 answers

July 26

Spoiler warnings throughout history

What pre-Internet, pre-Usenet precedents are there, I wonder, for spoiler warnings? I was wondering because in an old edition of "The Odyssey," the guy in the foreword said he didn't want to divulge plot details so as to not to "spoil" reader enjoyment. Were there any equivalent of spoiler warnings for old serialized books and stuff? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 6:11 AM - 8 answers

July 25

Seeking wedding resources for a low-key, reluctant, feminist bri... ugh.

After dating for 5 years and discussing marriage for the last 6 months, my partner and I have set the date for May 2018. We called our family and friends, and everyone is happy and excited. And so am I! And more!!!! [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 8:10 AM - 41 answers

Pictures of regular people doing stuff in the past

I found the Vintage Kuala Lumpur tumblr from a link on this week's MetaTalk cocktail hour and really enjoyed looking through all the pictures - now I'm looking for more archives of historical photos, ideally featuring regular people doing regular stuff. [more inside]
posted by terretu at 5:02 AM - 11 answers

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 - 4 answers

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