Total snowstorm inside, in short my roommate for the next month has very, very different worldviews from me, does things I find offensive and might have access to a gun. He does not know that I am transgendered. [more inside]
Two wonderful people - a Salvadoran and a Russian, both living in New York - just got married and have invited my girlfriend and me to join them on vacation in El Salvador this December. Carlos is very sweet, very generous, and very excited to show us his country of origin. It all sounds wonderful to me - beach, mountains, pupusas, family, etc. Plus monkeys! My girlfriend is also very fond of the couple and loves the idea of a tropical vacation, but is typically more cautious than I am and is concerned about safety. This seems to be a valid concern, given the overall crime rate, State Department travel warnings, and so on. El Salvador has a murder rate of 69 per 100,000 people, which is about the same as Flint, Michigan and twice that of Baltimore. I'm a fairly experienced traveler and am inclined to think we'd be safe as long as we stuck with Carlos and his family, but don't want to be foolish. Neither of us speaks Spanish terribly well and we could probably be identified as foreigners by our appearance. The same can be said for Carlos' wife. G/f and I decided to turn to the fine folks of MetaFilter for outside perspectives - thoughts, anecdotes, information, or advice - on the safety and advisability of traveling to El Salvador for fun. Thank you!
Ok, this won't be long. Anyway, I'm not too crazy on the supplements department, usually just taking multivitamin along my normal diet, and fish oil. I decided to buy a higher quality one, and got a "Highly Dosed Max Vit-Min" recommended by the lady at the supplement store, because I excercise on a fairly regular basis recently. I'm not too scared anything can happen, but I'm confused by the amounts on the label and recommended daily value (RDV in the US, I guess?) percentages. For example, Thiamine (Vitamin B1) is 80mg, 7273% RDV. Riboflavine is also 80mg, 5714% RDV. Isn't that overkill to take daily (seriously seven thousand percent above the RDV )? Can I get hypervitaminosis from this stuff, or does the fact that I excercise somehow modify my requirements? For reference on the low end, Calcium for example is 8mg, 1% RDV. Or am I just being silly and not understanding labels??
My roommate accidentally "misfired" one of his guns in his room. How worried should my housemates and I be? How should we handle this situation? Advice please. [more inside]
Why did I sit on the Mass Pike yesterday for 3 hrs and who would do something if I complained about it? [more inside]
My microwave is on the fritz. How do I know if I am being bombarded with radiation...or if it's about to explode?
My microwave is on the fritz. How do I know if I am being bombarded with radiation...or if it's about to explode? [more inside]
If a car becomes engulfed in flames, will it eventually explode like it does in the movies? [more inside]
What's wrong with mechanically separated meat (MSM)? [more inside]
I created an account, and then swiftly deleted it, at Freecreditscore dot com. Is my information safe? [more inside]
Charles Munger mentions in his USC speech the danger of harnessing technology and to recognize when it can hurt you. Are there any articles or books I can read that go in to depth on this concept? (Speech excerpt after the jump.) [more inside]
Is it true that I can't use a bass with a guitar amp? Why or why not? [more inside]
Another kitty question. My kitten will shortly have been with me for two weeks, and I plan to start letting her go outside. At first it will be supervised sessions only, but I want to eventually put in a cat flap and let her outdoors during the day time whenever she wants. What can I do to keep her as safe as possible? [more inside]
Our downstairs neighbors have made a makeshift firepit in the backyard of our New York City apartment building. This seems like it must be incredibly illegal. But is it? [more inside]
Help me "pass" my psychological evaluation. [more inside]
How dangerous are non-rocket motorcycles? I am not looking to tool around 100mph+ here, just thinking about getting one to use in a city and single lane country highways. [more inside]
I've read all about how people are awful at evaluating risk. Given that, what things should I be afraid of? [more inside]
Magpies mobbing my cat - is there any danger? [more inside]
Should I eat it? Seared beef cubes, put in crock pot, forgot to plug it in ... [more inside]
Water leaking from an upstairs apartment seems to be short-circuiting a ceiling light. How dangerous and how urgent is this problem? [more inside]
Nigeria: Lagos: So just how dangerous is it to go there these days? There is a possiblity that I may need to go to Lagos for work for a week or two later this year. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
So really, how dangerous are ultrasounds? I'm 17 weeks pregnant, have had one visual ultrasound and one brief use of doppler at an exam, and was planning another ultrasound around 18-20 weeks. Recently, though, I read some studies about the dangers of ultrasounds, particularly when there's no unusual medical need. Critics of the practice cite these studies, while those on the other side of the debate seem to say that there are no studies. I'm not a scientist. Has anyone reviewed or rebutted these studies for a general audience?
How can one safely convince a teeming mass of bees to vacate a crack in the exterior wall of a brick building, so that the crack can be filled in? [more inside]
i like to swim, but friends have been lecturing me about the dangers of chlorine -- that it's been linked to cancer, that it's god-awful for your health and well-being, even if not cancerous. does anyone have an informed opinion on this issue?
Can unplugged irons cause fires? One of my housemates (Housemate A) observed that my other housemate (Housemate B) put the clothes iron back into the cupboard without letting it cool down. How dangerous is this? [more inside]
How dangerous is it to take apart an old TV if it has been unplugged for many months? [more inside]
What's the name of the bizarre effect that caused a few helicopter crashes where the light of the sun is strobed by the blades causing the pilot to have some kind of seizure? I've been Googling like mad and I can't find anything, but I'm sure it has a name!
Methanol will make you blind. The antidote is ethanol. Drink hard liquor if you can't get to a hospital.
Good resources for rules-of-thumb for laboratory dangers and chemical safety? [more inside]
Hypothetical Filter: Would someone be able to throw a cigarette out of their window and catch my car on fire? [more inside]
Does anyone remember the mind-blowingly dangerous fly-by-night birthday event management company that brought us THE MAD HATTER parties in the mid-1980s? [more inside]
I'm looking for a electronic/dance song from probably the late 90s or early 00s that has the words "Stranger Danger" repeated in a male robot voice. Any ideas? [more inside]
I'm looking for more fun than I'm entitled to. Safety, morality, and practicality are not concerns. [more inside]
TorontoFilter: What can you tell me about this place/area just east of downtown Toronto? (description follows) [more inside]
I need suggestions for songs that evoke a sense of 'danger' or a dangerous situation. [more inside]
Broken TVfilter? We have a Phillips TV which keeps turning itself off. A vicegrip and more are inside. [more inside]
What are the safest African countries for a white, English-speaking visitor? What are the most dangerous? Why?
Name That Thing! You know that feeling you get sometimes when you wonder what would happen if you did something outrageous- punched a cop, stepped off a building, peed on the dinner table? No? Well, I'm sure I'm not the only one, because both Daniel Clowes (in Eightball) and P.G. Wodehouse (in Carry On, Jeeves) mention it. The problem is, what do you call it? Does any culture have a word for this? I certainly can't think of an (American) English word or phrase shorter than "You know that feeling when...", etc.
Is it safe to walk from Great American Music Hall (SF) to BART after a show? [more inside]
FetishFilter: can a person overcome a dangerous or detrimental sexual fetish? or any fetish for that matter?
I like to carry my cellphone in a cargo pants pocket, on the outside of my body away from vital organs. I believe this is good for my health because the odds of microwaving my kidneys and intestines and all that other good stuff are reduced. Am I being crazy?
So I've just walked away from a job I'd held for four years where they cheated me out of my earned commissions and now I'm left wondering what sort of danger I would be exposing myself to if I blogged the company and the people involved? I.e. naming names. [more inside]
My office just bought a HP Designjet 815mfp large format scanner/printer. The only space we have for it is in my co-worker's office area and now he's sitting about 5 feet away from the device. Is there any health danger from sitting so close to this device? [more inside]
Short version: How can I tell if my neighbor is stealing phone service from me?
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Short version of a much, much longer story inside: