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And that's why they call me "Adjective Noun" Surname.

Can anyone think of examples of well-known fictional characters or historical figures whose names fit the format [Adjective / Number] [Noun] [Surname]? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Sep 23, 2012 - 57 answers

 

Can you recommend documentaries that explain world conflicts?

I just finished watching The First World War and now I want more! Can you recommend your favourite documentaries on History, particularly conflicts/war? I prefer a geopolitical focus (as in maps of the territories, graphic representations of strategies, what countries unied, what empires were divided in to what, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Tell me a story about what it was like...

Documentary Recommendations: I don't know what this is called but I've noticed in two recent Ken Burns documentaries. In The West, there are some very old Native Americans who talk about their experiences and memories. And in his one about the Brooklyn Bridge, there is a man is over 100 years old taking about how he was a water boy when he was about 10 years when the bridge was being built. I want more of these types of interviews where they have pictures of the past along with people who were there talking about it. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Sep 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Japanese Houseboy - WTF?

What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

SF that starts out as realism/historical fiction and ends up somewhere else?

Speculative fiction about historical gradualism: I'm looking for SF stories which begin in the real historical world (past or present) and then gradually diverge from it, without any single decisive turning point. [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

East in the West?

Did Eastern Bloc countries do on-the-ground historical research in the USA during the Cold War? [more inside]
posted by lstanley on Sep 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Spirit Photography Techniques

Do we know how William Mumler created his images? If not, what are the most popular theories today, and what do we know about other spirit photographers?
posted by naturalog on Sep 18, 2012 - 11 answers

What do Mexican school children learn about the Aztecs?

What do Mexican children learn about the Aztecs in school? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Sep 15, 2012 - 8 answers

ready to read about refuse.

I want to learn about garbage removal in early New York. [more inside]
posted by DaveZ on Sep 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Athletes who zigged when others were zagging

Please help me find examples of athletes who did something completely counterintuitive in terms of the sport (so seemingly wrong) and won because of it. I'm especially looking for those moments that have been captured on video. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Sep 13, 2012 - 53 answers

Stop or my dad will write

Help me figure out a way to save my dad's nonfiction book manuscript from doom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Tell me about the history of identity.

Tell me about the history of identity. Today it's pretty easy (though not foolproof) to find out if someone was who they said they were, or to verify a communication is from who it's claimed. But what about 200-2000 years ago? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Sep 8, 2012 - 27 answers

Does history repeat itself if the players change?

Moving in with my SO - but worried that I'll end up in the unhappy situation my parents were in. What do you do when you didn't grow up with a positive example of marriage/co-habitation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Background reading for Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Another book recommendation question. I'm looking for a few general history books to read as preparation for diving into Thomas Pynchon's "Against the Day". [more inside]
posted by Lorin on Sep 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Good Borgia histories?

Recommend to me biographies/histories of the Borgia Pope and family? [more inside]
posted by asciident on Sep 3, 2012 - 5 answers

I need a history book!

I need help with a book suggestion! All my particulars found within, within, within.. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Scotland 101

Can you recommend a popular history of Scotland--book, documentary, TV series, whatever--that I can consume before our trip there next summer? [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome on Sep 3, 2012 - 12 answers

MLB.com GameDay for the Flappers and Fords Crowd

I remember reading about, and maybe seeing pictures of, baseball scoreboards for people who couldn't go to the ballpark could follow the game back in the early twentieth century. I want to know everything about them. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Refresher History Books for Dummies?

What are your favorite US/World/European history books to re-educate a woefully forgetful 23-year-old mind? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Aug 22, 2012 - 25 answers

Readings on changes of power?

Can you recommend books/articles about the dynamics of political power transitions? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Aug 22, 2012 - 1 answer

WW1 Documentaries and Books

Care to recommend some in-depth documentaries (and books, or anything online) about World War One? [more inside]
posted by nfg on Aug 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Close the gates! If we have them.

Are there any cities that still have effective gates? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Aug 12, 2012 - 38 answers

When you need a skull, where do you go?

How do archaeologists know where to dig? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Aug 8, 2012 - 20 answers

The V&A just about killed me.

I'm fascinated by unusual jewelry with a history — medieval memento moris, ARP whistles from the Blitz, Victorian nude stanhopes, that sort of thing. I don't care at all about precious metals and gemstones (real or fake), but rather about the story behind them. Cheap, mass-produced mementos and handmade crafts seem to carry more history than high-end jewels, but they're difficult to search for. Boring, pretty things always swamp me when I search for "costume" or "antique" or "estate" jewelry. Other than Monica Laughlin's excellent series of Hairpin posts, where can I discover more history-through-jewelry? I'm hoping for book recommendations, websites, stories, articles, or online shops. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Aug 7, 2012 - 7 answers

She's full of seeeeeecrets

I've recently been watching Twin Peaks again, and I've been wondering... to people who actually watched it air in its original run, what was it like seeing something like this on TV? Did you have watching parties that I've heard so much about? Was the reveal of the killer and the twists and turns along the way surprising? Did you watch until the end of the second season, and were you disappointed when it got the plug pulled on it? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 3, 2012 - 66 answers

Hundred-Year-Old Job Descriptions?

Where can I find job descriptions for jobs from the 1850s-1950s? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Help us make an app for a history magazine.

I serve on the editorial board of a historical publication that walks the line between scholarly and popular articles. It is a magazine format publication, known for the high quality of its illustrations as well as articles. How do we create an iPad (and maybe Android) app for the magazine? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Jul 30, 2012 - 10 answers

What happened here? How do I research my hometown?

History/Librarian Filter: Inspired by all the interesting London history coming out here, I'd like to start researching my own backyard, but I have little idea where to begin. What resources are typically available if wanted to research an area (US)? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Jul 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Once there was a lady who lived in... um... Westeros?

I want to read about daily life in the Middle Ages. Particularly daily life in monasteries, but in other places too. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 24, 2012 - 19 answers

Historical Fiction

I need some historical fiction book recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Jul 23, 2012 - 37 answers

Pacific Northwest Frog (Toad?) ID needed

A poorly-maintained ex Ornamental Carp Pond in Kenmore, Washington has unexpectedly become home to three lovely amphibians, 3-4 inches long. Brownish bodies, greenish heads (the green could be due to algae and weeds.) The most distinguishing feature of these little guys is a sound I have never heard a frog make: a "yowp" or "yelp" noise, which they make when they are startled into jumping back into the pond. Any clues?
posted by dorgla on Jul 20, 2012 - 11 answers

What are these dear naked German gentleman doing?

Can any German history lovers tell we what these sweet old naked fat men are doing in this old postcard? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Jul 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Which History Documentaries are Accurate?

Please recommend good documentaries and TV programs about history that are accurate. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 17, 2012 - 19 answers

copin' with readin'

Looking for any decent non-fiction books, in English, about Copenhagen. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Upcoming lease issues

In one month I am moving out of my current living situation and moving into an apartment on my own. I'm stressing due to multiple issues, most importantly regarding my rental history, which is shaky, and a roommate that isn't paying rent. Will my rental history cause issues when I try to get a lease? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Jul 12, 2012 - 10 answers

What was the feeding capacity of land in Feudal Japan?

I'm reading The Story of Civilization and I came across a quote that doesn't quite parse. [more inside]
posted by Algebra on Jul 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Does anybody want collected letters home, even from someplace/time interesting?

How to find out whether historic letters are of any interest to somebody researching the era? [more inside]
posted by acm on Jul 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk.

AustrianArtHistory/NovelResearch–Filter: I need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk (1844–1914). [more inside]
posted by scody on Jul 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me overthink a song from Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Some very specific questions about three different lines from the song "The Corrupt Bargain" from the musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson [more inside]
posted by absalom on Jul 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Can you recommend some good books about the Civil War to me?

I'm doing some research on the nineteenth century in the U.S. and I've realized I need to understand the Civil War better. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jun 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Looking for examples of strong, athletic women that inspire you.

Looking for examples of strong, athletic women that inspire you. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Jun 25, 2012 - 45 answers

Nonfiction books for 9 year olds

Great non-fiction books for a smart 9 year old search: my kindle owning niece is embarking on summer vacation. I'd like to gift her some good books to fill up her summer days... she reads a huge amount, and I'd really like to encourage this. She's nine but has a roughly 9th grade reading level, so she's definitely capable of handling somewhat advanced books, and she's curious about a wide range of things. Really I'm looking for pretty much anything non-fiction & interesting. [more inside]
posted by lyra4 on Jun 24, 2012 - 27 answers

Memories of '69, '70, & '71

Help me review the front pages of US national newspapers for 1969 through 1971. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep on Jun 22, 2012 - 7 answers

What Did The Office Workers Of The 1600s Eat?

I always hear that the traditionally heavy US diet ( or any " traditional" cuisine, really ) was developed for people working long hard hours of manual labor, farm work, etc., so what did the people who had sedentary, less active jobs eat? What were the historical diets of people who didn't haul lumber through the woods or dig ditches, but recorded numbers or did accounting or translated documents?
posted by The Whelk on Jun 22, 2012 - 37 answers

Two steps forward, one step backwards

I'm looking for examples that illustrate a particular concept: that a technological / social advance is often accompanied by a kind of regression to earlier practices, until people work out how to exploit the benefits of that advance. Help me nail down this rather nebulous idea! [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Jun 20, 2012 - 9 answers

What Was Homosexuality Like Back Then?

What was the gay lifestyle like in past times (say, pre 1970s)? How was being gay perceived? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 19, 2012 - 46 answers

The NLP Wall

What are some good references (papers or books) that address the difficulty of computers to understand natural language? [more inside]
posted by iconjack on Jun 12, 2012 - 5 answers

What are some things that most scientists once suspected to be true that most scientists today know to be false?

What are some things that most scientists once suspected to be true that most scientists today know to be false? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Jun 9, 2012 - 32 answers

Movie theaters can show any movie they want.

I'm trying to find information on a half remembered law about movie theaters and the movies they're allowed to show. [more inside]
posted by zoo on Jun 3, 2012 - 1 answer

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

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