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What is/was this vaguely half-remembered obstacle course in Hawaii?

About 20 years ago, I visited a place on the Big Island of Hawaii, near the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, that I remember as some kind of wooden/rock obstacle course. It was sort of a historical thing, not in use but one could at least walk by it. It may have been called a "proving ground." What was this place? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by karbonokapi on Aug 13, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I convert old French currency?

I'd like to convert 729 livres in Lyon, France in 1736 to contemporary US dollars. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Jul 9, 2015 - 5 answers

TVFilter: ISO "family viewing" series

We have watched (it was a long winter) the entirety of Anne of Green Gables, Road to Avonlea, Wind at My Back, and Emily of New Moon. We (two adults, one almost 8 yr old) need a new, mildly addictive, not scary series, hopefully with a similar sort of flavour? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jul 2, 2015 - 32 answers

Spectacular Spectacular!

I would like to watch some BIG DUMB* MOVIES that look good and go down easily—modern epics, dramas, and adventure movies with an old-school sensibility. Cheesy sentimentality and/or problematic politics are okay. Bonus for scores that tell you exactly how to feel, old-fashioned adventure, lush scenery, sweeping romance, shameless tearjerking, improbable history, etc. Basically, spectacle-style pictures that are really good at being spectacles, if not at being great movies. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jun 22, 2015 - 84 answers

Where (online) can I find New Zealand newspaper articles from 1968?

My mother and her sister were involved in a dramatic mountain rescue in New Zealand in 1968. I'd like to be able to read the newspaper articles about the event, but I can't find online sources for NZ later than 1945. Are there other places I could look to find the articles? [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on May 14, 2015 - 12 answers

Who might be able to authenticate some scrap wood from the Spruce Goose?

I have a box full of the blocks I used to play with as a kid. My grandfather told me that he picked them up off of the Spruce Goose floor when he worked at Hughes Aircraft and cut them into blocks for my mom to play with. He and my grandmother are deceased, so there's no way to get more details. The wood is a pretty distinctive laminate so maybe someone could authenticate it? Could it be worth anything? I'm trying to pare down my crap and I don't know anything about this sort of thing.
posted by Huck500 on Mar 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Where can I find a historical currency conversion calculator?

Where can I find an online calculator that will enable me to compare the value of early 19th century British currency (pounds, shillings, pence) to modern-day US currency? Is there even such a thing?
posted by John Borrowman on Jan 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Sources for historic photo art

I'm looking for a cool historic photo for a specific spot in my house. What are your favorite sources for that kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Nov 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Extraterrestrial Life in Non-Western Thought?

This recent post on the historical debate over extraterrestrial life got me interested in historical thought on the topic in other parts of the world. Can anyone provide some information? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Aug 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me find more books like The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon!

I recently read The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon and I really liked a lot of the elements she used. I'm looking for stories in the same vein. I tried a couple book rec websites, but didn't really find what I was looking for. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on Aug 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Historical novels, subtype 'just-so' stories?

I'm craving a particular subtype of historical novel: the kind that posits a dimly-remembered reality behind a famous myth/legend/story, sort of filling it out and extrapolating the details into realism. My favorite of this kind is Mary Renault's "The King Must Die" about Theseus (also the sequel). I also enjoyed "Eaters of the Dead", about the events of 'Beowulf'. But what are some other good ones you can recommend? More examples and specifics inside! [more inside]
posted by theatro on May 15, 2014 - 32 answers

Which system for a time when people dueled?

I want to run a story oriented table top RPG that is not Tolkien Fantasy- help me choose an easy to wrangle system that would be conducive to the Georgian/Napoleonic War with Magic as a back drop? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on May 11, 2014 - 17 answers

We need a durable wool.

I'm a rookie member of the Providence Grays, a vintage baseball team. This season, we are having a difficult time finding a source of wool that we can use for our baseball trousers. Can anyone help me find a source? [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on Apr 24, 2014 - 6 answers

ISO good fiction about catching babies

Recommend me fiction or very readable memoirs about midwifery, obstetrics, and the politics of birth--any genre is fine, but SF/F and historical suggestions are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Feb 10, 2014 - 24 answers

What book is similar to "Number the Stars" for my 9 year old?

My nine year old just read "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry. It is her first introduction to really high quality historical fiction. She is excited to read more books that teach her about history, but are also fun to read because they are fiction. Do you have any ideas about historical fiction books that are excellent quality like "Number the Stars" but that are age appropriate for my nine year old? Thank you.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 15, 2013 - 42 answers

Historical -- Modern Military Deployment Figures for the US

Where/how can I find comprehensive military deployment statistics going back to the Civil War? [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Jul 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Romances like Georgette Heyer

I love Georgette Heyer's regency romances, but as I'm not regular romance reader, the signal to noise ratio when trying to find something similar is very low. My searches have yielded mixed results, can you help? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Jun 28, 2013 - 24 answers

There's a farm, and a widow...

Movie about a widow on a farm/ranch in Australia. It's historical, but I can't remember the period. She has red hair, and is shamed by her church for not having remarried. She's menaced by bad guys on horses, who tie up a young man (a cousin? brother?) to a fence and prepare to horsewhip him, but a mysterious man swoops in at the last minute to save them. It sounds like every romance novel ever, but I only caught a few minutes of it and was intrigued enough to try to find it again. Ideas?
posted by cereselle on Jun 15, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I look the part as a male guest at a 40's themed wedding?

We've been invited to "a 1940's wedding party" in a few weeks. If someone told you to dress the part, as a man, what would you do? I'm not too concerned about super historical accuracy, but more just looking a little on-theme vs. every other wedding. And buying a new suit is not in the cards.
posted by smackfu on Apr 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me make my grad student status good to the last drop.

Graduating with an MS in May, an independent historical research project on my brain, and time. What should I do NOW while I'm still a student? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Mar 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Massachusetts history trip and Maine scenic ocean trip, t minus two hour

My friend is visiting me in Rhode island today through Sunday night and has her heart set on historical sights in Boston and going to the coast of Maine (maybe acadia). Given weather, Boston traffic, and driving times, what is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Mar 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Is there a way to safely separate two sheets of paper glued together?

A printout was inadvertently glued to a copy of a historical photo. How do I get it off? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jul 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for new novels - flavour: slightly epic fantasy, SF or historical, with good female characters

I'm looking for some new books and/or authors to read, probably fantasy/SF or historical, dramatic but not dark and preferably with female characters. [more inside]
posted by jb on Jul 16, 2012 - 47 answers

Historical detail in Downton Abbey

Looking for more information on what life was like in the period depicted in Downton Abbey. [more inside]
posted by ethansh on Jun 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Of course, sir. I'll take care of it.

Help me find historical fiction starring the kinds of people described in this awesome comment. [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air on Jun 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Children's book about Quaker riddles?

Children's book about Quaker riddles? I read it as a kid, I remember a hell of a lot about it -- except of course the title. [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle on May 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Long Distance Rates For the Late Seventies and Early Eighties?

How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 31, 2012 - 21 answers

Historical-fictional novel of ancient life

I am looking for a historical-fictional novel of either pre-Roman classical antiquity (Crete, Thebes, Sparta, Athens, etc.), the Celtic people (either before or during Roman conquest), Sumer, or Ancient Egypt. [Details inside!] [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Dec 20, 2011 - 16 answers

Songs only a historian would love?

I really like Carloman. Are there any other bands that use the same historical gimmick? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Oct 3, 2011 - 1 answer

I need something to read.

My favorite book is James A. Michener's The Source. What else might I like? I detest romance and I don't like "spy" novels. I don't like Ken Follet. I did like The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Googling and checking Amazon for Historical Fiction didn't yield anything interesting. Help me out here, guys, I trust your judgement.
posted by puddinghead on Sep 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Can you explain this old convention regarding days and dates?

Please explain these old newspaper customs regarding days and dates. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Sep 13, 2011 - 4 answers

How tall was grandma?

I would like to know how tall my dad's uncles and mom were, and ideally go up the family tree to chart the outliers to identify the tall and short adults. Where might I find height data for ancestors who lived in the US? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Aug 20, 2011 - 16 answers

What is origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass. (Part #2)?

What is origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass. (Part #2)? [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis on Aug 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Most exciting ancient battles

What are some of the most interesting historical war/rebellion stories from ancient times? Specifically interested in great true stories from ancient Greece, Persia, Mesopotamia, and Middle Eastern areas. [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Confirmed bachelors with more female friends than male?

What fictional male characters are confirmed bachelors with many female friends and few male friends? I'm especially interested in stories set before 1950. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Jul 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Historical dates in Wordpress or another blog system?

Historical dates for blog posts? [more inside]
posted by Victorvacendak on May 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Can you get onto a Kyoto townhouse roof from inside the building?

How do you get onto the roof of a Machiya? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Feb 8, 2011 - 3 answers

A House in the Middle of Midtown Manhattan?

I've scoured the internet looking for information on this photograph, but no luck thus far. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by koolgiy on Jan 11, 2011 - 19 answers

She's The Bees Knees! 23 Skidoo!

Halloween Snowflake Filter: Friends are having a halloween party with the theme "Dine With The Dead". Everyone is going as a dead celebrity/historical figure. Who will I be? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 18, 2010 - 38 answers

new approach to historical analysis?

what are the modern or post-modern approaches to historical analysis? [more inside]
posted by TMezz on Mar 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Who got committed?

It's the mid 20th century. You're a 40 or 50-something, poor, married immigrant mother who barely speaks English, has been accused by your husband of infidelity....and has just been committed to a state hospital for the "insane." How mentally ill are you likely to be, by today's standards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2010 - 11 answers

In sixteen hundred and something something, recommend me a novel.

Please recommend an excellent historical novel about life in 17th-century North America (preferably New England). I'm re-reading Toni Morrison's A Mercy right now, and I'm looking for more stuff about the day-to-day life -- chores, food, bartering, the intersection of European colonists with indigenous American populations, etc. I s'pose I'd be okay with a nice non-fiction book, too, but the preference is for fiction.
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 10, 2010 - 34 answers

Best online sources for mid 19C US newspaper archives

Historical Newspaper Archives: I am trying to locate the best online sources for mid 19C newspaper archives for some of the 'second tier' US cities. For instance: the Louisville Democrat and the Louisville Journal from 1851. [more inside]
posted by refractal on Feb 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Quality Historical Stock Quotes

Looking for an easy, cheap (ideally free) way to look up historical stock prices for discontinued stocks. Yahoo Finance, et. al aren't cutting it. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Jan 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Amo Amas Awhat?

Is there a Medieval Linguist in the house? I need a very short conversation between Cistercian nuns in Saxony translated into Medieval Latin. Any help so I don't sound like a complete idiot warmly welcomed. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Stone Piles -- Historical Meaning?

I sometimes see decorative piles of stones in front of --primarily rural-- homes. I like the effect very much. I wonder if there is an historical meaning or symbolism to these stone piles or if it is merely an enhancement.
posted by psc1860 on Jul 25, 2009 - 12 answers

Sensational scenic Shenandoah short-sabbatical suggestions

Travel Filter: Planning trip from NC to Appomattox and Shenandoah Valley VA for Memorial Day weekend. Looking for off the beaten path, cultural or natural destinations and any other "must see" recommendations on food, lodging or attractions [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on May 16, 2009 - 7 answers

I'm not asking you to do my research for me buuuuut....

Emergency Research Materials Needed: Due to not being an adult about things I now have to write a quick story set during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. And I have to finish it by Sunday. Yes, I've already read Wikipedia. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Is there a book in the same vein as Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, only covering history instead of science?

Is there a book in the same vein as Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, only covering history instead of science? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Apr 24, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me find faux historical news program about Midievil Europe.

Help me find a historical faux-news program that I remember from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by slavlin on Apr 12, 2009 - 6 answers

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