Splinters: So is it true that some sorts of splinters will burrow into your skin if you don't get them out, and require surgury and nastiness? If so, which sorts of splinters? Conversely, which types of splinters can you reasonably assume will fall out on their own in a day or two?
posted by sirion
on Aug 30, 2006 -
How do I correspond with someone who I have just learned has a life-threatening illness? (He doesn't know that I know.) [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea
on Aug 28, 2006 -
I am doing research for a design project into the dangers of mountaineering however I have been unable to find worldwide statistics on the number of people who lose their lives in the mountains each year. Can anyone help with this? Also a breakdown of the causes of death would also be very helpful. Sorry for asking such a morbid question.
posted by knewstubb
on Aug 12, 2006 -
I remember an animated gif online where a stick figure bashes on his computer till his computer is destroyed, his hands are bloody stumps, he hits the computer with his head, and eventually dies. Where can I find it again? [more inside]
posted by atom128
on Jul 19, 2006 -
I've got a probably horribly complicated question about death. How long after the brain stops braining does the body actually die? [more inside]
posted by twine42
on Jul 7, 2006 -
What are the consequences of an intruder who gets killed by a guard dog in the house they were breaking into? To the dog and to the homeowner?
posted by fenriq
on Jun 20, 2006 -
OK. Here's another question about a book I read as a kid, 25 or 30 years ago. It was a collection of short stories where truly horrible things happened... [more inside]
posted by solid-one-love
on Jun 18, 2006 -
Help me win a bet against my girlfriend. Relates to deaths while opening those pesky plastic packages. [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson
on Jun 15, 2006 -
Can you name famous (or notable) people who died in car accidents at the height of their fame? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz
on Jun 14, 2006 -
I'm looking for a gift to get somebody who's really interested in
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posted by pinto
on May 30, 2006 -
Can you kill a human being by burying him/her in salt (NaCl)? (Or possibly with that silica gel stuff hobbyists use to dry flowers?) [more inside]
posted by limeonaire
on Apr 25, 2006 -
I'm 20. How do I go about preparing a legal will and ensuring it will be paid due attention if I should die? And who should I pick as my executor? I live in Maryland. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger
on Apr 21, 2006 -
How have different tv shows or movie franchises dealt with the death of actors between episodes/seasons/films? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny
on Apr 17, 2006 -
My father, who was a self-employed accountant with a staff of zero, passed away on Monday in the middle of tax season. His clients, mostly doctors with small to medium sized practices, are people whose finances he's been managing for decades and they were friends to him as well. How can we, my family, ease their transition to another person to handle their taxes? [more inside]
posted by eighth_excerpt
on Mar 31, 2006 -
What are the advantages, disadvantages, and Important Things To Know about officially starting a business? [more inside]
posted by cortex
on Mar 28, 2006 -
Can anyone tell me about the legal, practical steps of dealing with a person who dies, their dead body? I live in NYC but imagine the steps must be pretty similar all over the US and Europe too. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Mar 12, 2006 -
Wasn't there a site that existed solely to commemorate members of various online communities who have died?
posted by scarabic
on Feb 23, 2006 -
Can using an electric iron for a long period of time and then washing your hands with cold water (or opening a refrigerator and standing in front of it) kill you?
I know this question sounds whacky... more inside-> [more inside]
posted by Gankmore
on Jan 27, 2006 -
I need information and suggestions on dealing with the aftermath of a parent's death, specifically the disposal of house and possessions. [more inside]
posted by languagehat
on Dec 28, 2005 -
ReligionEthicsFilter: in all the Apocalypse/Rapture stuff, planes will crash and cars and trains, etc, because the drivers will have been swept up. Doesn't that mean that Christians shouldn't do those things, esp if other people will be harmed as a result? [more inside]
posted by amberglow
on Dec 23, 2005 -
When you die, what specific information and instructions (beyond user names and passwords) would you need to leave for your heirs to deal with your email accounts, web hosting accounts, domain names, affiliate accounts, forum memberships, mailing list memberships, etc?
posted by redneck_zionist
on Nov 17, 2005 -
Does anyone know why every funeral home I see has a sign with a clock and weather info on it? I was curious about this after noticing it during a cross country drive in Canada. Is there some history or tradition to this?
posted by bryce.clarke
on Oct 31, 2005 -
This has been bothering me for quite some time so any help would be greatly appreciated. I've often heard that when one falls from a great distance (say out of an airplane or off a building) with no parachute, they will pass out in short order. I'm wondering if this is true, or if they will be concious throughout the fall until impact. Is there any science on either side of this question?
posted by neodem
on Aug 17, 2005 -
A distant relative of mine recently died after undergoing a dramatic weight-loss treatment prescribed by his doctor. My family members claim it was not gastric bypass surgery, but rather a mysterious therapy his doctor called "the undertaker's friend." [more inside]
posted by junkbox
on Aug 16, 2005 -
I'm young, not religious, and I am convinced that when I'm dead, I'm dead. I don't care what happens to my remains when I eventually die, but I'm wondering: what's the cheapest, legal
way to dispose of my body?
I live in Chicago, and from my research, even to donate my body to science or to have it cremated would cost over a grand.
Any other options? I just don't want to be a burden to my survivors.
posted by andshewas
on Aug 11, 2005 -
Have the recent injuries
at the Disney themeparks affected your decision to visit any of those parks in the near or distant future? (List of industry wide accidents here
posted by IndigoSkye
on Aug 5, 2005 -
A relative who's nearly a hundred years old wishes to die.
This relative is housed and cared for, has had a huge and interesting life, but since losing sight and hearing and bladder control and autonomy and pretty much everything else, frankly would like to die.
posted by anonymous
on Jul 21, 2005 -
My wife and I recently rented a house in the Phinney Ridge area of Seattle. When renting I saw that all of the outlets were 3 prong outlets and that there was a breaker box and not a fuse box, so I assumed it was all wired correctly. Now that we've moved in, I've found that 6 of the 10 outlets are coming up as "open ground" when using a grounding tester. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper
on Jul 4, 2005 -
Unexpected death in the family. I'm in charge of finding out how to obtain a memorial bench on the California coast, preferably in a state park. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie
on Jun 20, 2005 -
When discussing the Iraq war, pro-war people often state that things would be worse under Saddam. This seems to imply that more people would have died under Saddam than as a result of the invasion/occupation thus far. I want to dispute these types of statements but honestly I don't know if it is true or not. I haven't seen any real firm figure on how many people died under Saddam and at what rate he killed people. I know that the folks at Iraqbodycount.net keep a running count of those who died as a direct result of the Iraq war. Have any credible comparisons been done between the numbers of deaths we have caused and the numbers he usually caused? If so, what were the results?
posted by aburd
on Jun 13, 2005 -
I am an atheist. My inevitable death and the deaths of those I love causes me occasional mental distress. I have no afterlife to look forward to, only oblivion. Is there a way of thinking about this that will make me feel better about it, or should I resign myself to feeling really down about it from time to time? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi
on Jun 5, 2005 -