I've been watching the Tour de France (thinking of starting a Phil Liggett drinking game, with phrases like "dancing on the pedals" and of course "lactic acid". Anyway, among the bunches of cars and motorcycles in various roles I've noticed one with the AG2R logo on the fairing. As they are also a team sponsor, that got my attention, but I can't figure out what that motorcycle is doing. No passenger, just a pilot on the motorbike, and no obvious role like medical, law enforcement, support*, or cameras. [more inside]
Driving from Brooklyn, NY to Emerald Isle, NC — via the NJ Turnpike, Delaware 1 and US-13, and Route 17 past Norfolk VA into NC. Anything truly worth checking out along the way, or taking a reasonable detour for? [more inside]
Help me make most of my 4 week stay in Rio de Janeiro. [more inside]
Are you familiar with Flor de Mal? [more inside]
Dear French speaking Mefites: I am an idiot. I can't get the prepositions down! Knowing when to say "au" or "du" is KILLING me. I've made cheat sheets and have memorized most of the set phrases I can, but when I'm writing on my own I inevitably foul it up or blank. Can you help? [more inside]
In 2010, the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian died at age 91. An apartment she had kept locked in Paris since 1940 was finally opened and among the items found in the apartment was a gorgeous painting of her grandmother by italian artist Giovanni Boldini. Every article about the discovery focuses on Marthe & Giovanni and the painting. My friends and I are far more interested in the granddaughter... Can you help us find details? [more inside]
Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world. [more inside]
How long with it take to return to "normal" after years of sexual dysfunction? [more inside]
Brazil Filter: I'll be in Sao Paolo for a week in early February and would appreciate some hive-mind input on the trip. Details within. [more inside]
What shaving cream should I use? [more inside]
Recommendations of commercials who capture a country's spirit? For example for Norway: Drygolin and Kvikk Lunsj. [more inside]
I traveled through Ecuador for about 2 months, and in the process fell in love with Salsa de Aji, specifically the Salsa de Aji con Chochos, made by SNOB. I cannot for the life of me find somewhere online to buy it (that ships within the U.S.). What would be the best way for me to find someone in Ecuador to get me some? I'm located in Los Angeles. I realize this could get expensive but right now I'm just trying to think if there's even a way I could do it.
I am looking for for a daycare provider in the Newark, Delaware area that would care for a child after 9pm. Any recommendations? [more inside]
What do Bel Biv DeVoe and Les Triplettes de Belleville have in common, vocally? [more inside]
What's the best thing you ever got for Cinco Dolares, $5? (I'm collecting funny, unusual answers for Cinco De Mayo!)
What De La Soul music video involves a person wearing a sunflower costume? [more inside]
Where can I find a print of this photo (nsfw), taken by Art Shay and featuring Simone de Beauvoir?
Being a parent. What's appropriate in terms of displaying emotions? Of course, more inside. [more inside]
Can anybody track down a version of "Tha ma ra boum de hé" or "Tah Rah Rah Boom Di Ay" performed on solo accordion (no vocals or anything)? A digital version is preferred but if I need to track down an old LP somewhere I'm willing to go on a quest.
Does anyone know the prescise locations where "The Score" was shot in Montreal? Google Maps links would be ideal. Thank you! [more inside]
I'm trying to buy a print from my favorite children's book, "The Rainbow Goblins", by Ul De Rico. How can I find this? I'm thinking typical poster size (18x24-ish).
Staying in Rio de Janeiro for five days, starting this Saturday (Nov. 8). Forecast looks like a lot of rain and cloudy days. Looking for suggestions for activities not exposed to a downpour. [more inside]
I have just started reading 'The Mystery of Capital' by the celebrated Peruvian economist, Hernando de Soto. Having lived in Brazil for many years and seen, on a daily basis, the irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit of which he writes, I can relate to the book and whole-heartedly support the fundamental idea running through it that clearly-defined property rights and simplified procedures for starting new businesses represent the best solution to eradicating poverty in the Third World. I have an 18,000-word Masters in International Business thesis to submit by June 2009. I'd appreciate your suggestions, Metafilter. [more inside]
Help me truly cite this Antoine de Saint Exupery quote: "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." [more inside]
Bachelor party in Playa De Carmen Mexico. Where should we stay? We would prefer a hotel that has all the amenities including pool, good food, beach, comfortable beds and nice showers.
Despite the recent corruption scandals in Brazil, for the first time since the 1970s, the country is finally showing signs that it is worthy of comparison with its BRIC counterparts. Inflation, the bane of the 1990s, has finally been largely reigned under control, interest rates have fallen to their lowest in living memory, the Brazilian Real continues to rise against the US dollar and BOVESPA - Latin America's largest and busiest stock exchange - continues to grow from strength to strength. [more inside]
I desperately need to find a copy of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes's "The Prodigal Son." [more inside]
Any cool Cinco de Mayo events going on in Seattle? [more inside]
I'm looking for a place to find a rare copy of a theological text as a present for a retiring professor. [more inside]
I'm looking for full-length HQ clips of the Jpop videos of °C-ute's PVs, Ookina Ai De Motenashite and Massara Blue Jeans, or any others known. [more inside]
Where can I order wet-shaving accessories and accoutrement, as per this MSNBC article in the UK? [more inside]
Cadiz in Southern Spain: your recommendations por favor? [more inside]
I love the luxurious face cream, Creme de la Mer, but the price breaks my bank; is there an affordable cream comparable to it? [more inside]
I'm enjoying watching the Tour de France once again this year. I'm always amazed at the amount of vehicles, fans, support people and logistics involved in running this race every year. Has there ever been a documentary about the behind the scenes part of the race? I get little bits and pieces during the coverage, but I'd love to see more!
I am looking for a higher resolution version of this picture of the photo-finish in saturday's 8th stage of the Tour de France. [more inside]
Does anyone know a website where I can catch the Tour de France? Yeah, I don't have cable because I'm cheap, but times like this make me want to relent. But now, I'm desparate!