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May 10

Is shaving your legs difficult?

Is shaving your legs as difficult and time-consuming for everyone else as it is for me? I'm asking because I'm curious to understand other peoples' experiences relative to mine. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 12:59 PM - 148 answers

Any experts on property law in Victorian England lurking around here?

Dear Victorianists of MeFi: I'm looking for an answer to a specific question about property law in Victorian England. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 12:13 PM - 7 answers

May 9

social signalling consequences of shoes? and how to avoid them.

I do a thing for which there exist specialized shoes, and I was talking to someone about how when unfamiliar people show up I look at their shoes. Then it occurred to me, can't you do this outside my thing too? Like, if you see someone on the subway with leather soles, you can guess he isn't off to a construction site. I'm thinking about this now because I need to buy more shoes soon and I want to avoid accidentally signalling anything negative. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 9:59 PM - 40 answers

Recommendations for literature on behavioral change

I'd like to get your recommendations for literature, research, etc.- academic and otherwise- on behavioral change. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 1:44 PM - 7 answers

South Korean perspective on Che Guevara?

I'm looking for any insight into how Che Guevara is perceived in South Korea. Clearly there's not one single "South Korean perspective" on anything, but any kind of bird's-eye views, anecdotal reports, or online things to read would be helpful here.
posted by kalapierson at 12:21 PM - 0 answers

May 7

Car key stolen

We have 2 cars in our carport. Car A was accidentally left unlocked last night, and this morning it was evident that someone had gone through it. There was nothing taken (apparently) except that Car A had a spare key to Car B, and that is now missing. (Car B was also ransacked but contained nothing of value). What should we do about the missing key? How likely is Car B to get stolen now?
posted by Maximian at 12:21 PM - 12 answers

May 6

What should I add to my Scientology-inspired reading list?

Looking for good books about cults, new religious movements, charismatic leaders and the groups they lead, "brainwashing" / "mind control" (I realize that these are controversial terms and concepts), pathological personalities in positions of power, belief systems (successfully) promulgated by the mentally ill, and the social and psychological dynamics of the aforementioned. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:37 PM - 21 answers

Do any places like this exist?

What, if any, Canadian (or easily moveable-to, for a Canadian citizen) cities/towns/communities meet the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 12:19 PM - 31 answers

Tears are Words that Need to be Written

There are things that make me sad, and things that make me sad about being sad. For example, some things don't really merit a lot of sadness (especially when it is ill-informed or useless), but consistently and sincerely break my heart all the same... [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 9:26 AM - 17 answers

May 3

Funky Trash/Recycling Center in Greater Seattle Area. Dream or reality?

I have vague childhood memories spent stopping by a waste drop-off / recycling center in the the Greater Seattle Area. My family would drive through deposit different items in large receptacles. Was it for donations? Getting rid of trash? Who knows. All I remember was that each receptacle was maybe the size of a two-person tent and had a different color. They also had faces on them! They looked like DOTS Gum Drops with cartoon faces, kind of like Pacman Ghosts. There were maybe 8 of them? Stumped. [more inside]
posted by doctordrey at 5:06 PM - 2 answers

May 2

Tattoo inspiration needed please!

I'd like to get a tattoo which expresses the following concepts or mantras; just do it/don't overthink things/say yes to all opportunities and if live gives you lemons - make lemonade/be grateful for what you have. However, I'm having trouble coming up with ideas for how to represent these things graphically. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 11:48 AM - 17 answers

May 1

European-Themed Prizes for Eurovision Party

In a couple weeks, we are hosting our annual Eurovision Song Contest viewing party. There will be a realtime contest among party guests to predict the winning countries, and we plan on giving the winners European-themed prizes. In years past, we've given European-themed candies, drinks, card games and foods. (Yes, I know a couple of those are a stretch.) We'd love more suggestions, whether you have specific ideas about the former, or an alternative we haven't thought of at all. Looking for items in the $1-10 range.
posted by lieber hair at 11:41 AM - 8 answers

Books about technological change and society

I'm looking for great books about the history of how innovation and/or technological change affected society. I want to know about both the direct effects a new technology had and the indirect effects on employment, regulation etc... Interested in books that look at how a single technology changed society and more sweeping overviews. Interested in any time period.
posted by roolya_boolya at 10:19 AM - 16 answers

did you happen to read a recent article about a trend spotter?

I can't find this again so I can read the whole thing... a recent article about a man with an unusual job. He visits people in their homes and spots trends. He does this up to 300 nights per year. Did you happen to read this too or know of this person? I just wanted to read about it.
posted by egk at 5:42 AM - 5 answers

April 30

Central Asia and Whiteness

How do people in or from Central Asia and ex-Soviet countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan) experience race, especially Whiteness? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 11:57 PM - 14 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 at 1:12 PM - 5 answers

April 29

Is "Chinatown" an offensive term?

Is using the term "Chinatown" offensive in the urban geography context? [more inside]
posted by hepta 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 at 11:35 AM - 10 answers

April 27

Resources for progressive thought and activism in America

I'm an older millennial who is finally getting more politically and socially engaged thanks to this election cycle, and I want to learn more about the resources (digital or otherwise) other MeFites use to be informed and stay engaged politically and socially in this country, from local to national. Nothing is too mundane or esoteric or partisan; I simply want to learn. [more inside]
posted by kyp at 2:14 PM - 24 answers

April 26

What was life like for teenagers on Long Island in the late 1970s?

I'm brainstorming a YA novel that would be set in a wealthy Long Island suburb in 1979. What was life like for teenagers then? Anecdotes, stories, and book or movie suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 2:45 PM - 16 answers

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