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Unusual feats of badassery

I'm looking for feats of skill, intelligence, or courage that fall outside the usual martial arenas (so, no beating somebody up). I would prefer written sources but will accept other media also. This is kind of vague, so let me give an example: I remember once reading a book where the protagonist challenges some alleged badass to slit his wrist and just bleed into a bucket. First person to staunch the bleeding loses. I'm not really interested in identifying the book, but rather finding more examples of surprising challenges like that. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Dec 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Examples of re-use of unrelated footage of same actor when younger

I'm looking for examples of movies or TV shows showing a character at two different ages by having the actor play the older version as usual and presenting the younger version by re-using unrelated footage of the same actor when younger. [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Jun 19, 2013 - 20 answers

Any examples of Github projects with a main library and derivatives?

I want to create a github project consisting of a main library with derivative variations, such as Drupal and Wordpress plugins. Can you point me to existing projects with this kind of structure? I'd love to learn from existing projects that do it well. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Nov 27, 2012 - 3 answers

british art illustration icon

Anybody have any examples of iconically British artwork and illustrators? [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Oct 28, 2012 - 33 answers

What cognitive biases should everyone know?

What are the five cognitive biases that everyone should know? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Livengood on Aug 1, 2012 - 32 answers

Making the impossible possible

Help with a simultaneously math & non-math question: Finding the square root of a negative number was impossible until imaginary numbers came along. What are examples of other things that were impossible until we altered systems that have been created? [more inside]
posted by CaptainCaseous on May 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Examples of an individual's websites

Seeking suggestions/examples of websites of individuals (not firms or companies) that incorporate a blog but provide a showcase or platform for the individual and their expertise. A few more details and examples given inside. [more inside]
posted by infini on Mar 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Examples of highly-rationalized dystopias?

Examples of highly-rationalized dystopias? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Nov 11, 2011 - 27 answers

"You couldn't make me 'alright' if you stapled your tongue to my clit and stood in a cement mixer."

I've recently discovered a great fondness for angry, sarcastic characters. Please recommend me your favorite examples. All media welcome but literature especially preferred.
posted by d. z. wang on Dec 26, 2010 - 62 answers

Simple and beautiful cookbook layout examples?

I'm writing an Asian cookbook. The recipes are mostly finished, and I'm currently testing and narrowing them down to the truly tasty. It'll be self published for friends and family, so won't need to look truly fancy. But I'm stuck for inspiration as to design and layout. So I'm looking for examples of simple but beautiful cookbook page layouts. Preferably viewable online. Suggestions?
posted by Ahab on Sep 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Chance and the Humanities

I'm looking for historic or documented examples of significant research discoveries that occurred as a product of serendipity–specifically in the humanities. Wikipedia's listing on serendipity primarily lists scientific examples. Surely serendipitous discovery occurs in the humanities. What are the best examples?
posted by Toekneesan on Aug 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Best examples of B2B websites capable of converting visitors to customers?

What are the best examples of B2B websites capable of converting visitors to customers? [more inside]
posted by ElfWord on Aug 4, 2010 - 4 answers

What are some examples of *real* conundrums?

I'm looking for examples of conundrums in the *technical* sense: riddles with answers that are puns. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jul 22, 2010 - 19 answers

What are more songs that start off with (or feature) the stereotypical Native American "tom tom" beat?

What are more songs that start off with (or feature) what I can best describe as the Native American "tom tom" beat? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jan 27, 2010 - 37 answers

Help me learn PHP!

I'm looking for basic scripts/example projects so I can hone my developing PHP skills... [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Jun 30, 2009 - 5 answers

It could have been great....

I'm looking for examples of good ideas or good concepts that were very poorly implemented and/or managed. They can be in any context. This is for a presentation that I am giving to students. The more well-known the better, but something obscure and relatively easy to explain will also do. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Feb 17, 2009 - 27 answers

To Rely on the Editor

Looking for examples in literature where the author had to rely on his/her editor rather heavily. I'm thinking of instances where the authors were capable of spinning a good yarn, yet they had trouble with grammar, structure, punctuation, etc. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Dec 29, 2008 - 23 answers

The weak things of the world shall confound the mighty

I'm looking for examples of small non-descript events that ended up changing history or dispelling was the general consensus or widely-held perception at the time.
posted by PoopyDoop on Mar 8, 2008 - 16 answers

A TV Show's name?

What is this TV show that teach classical music? [more inside]
posted by zouhair on Nov 1, 2007 - 6 answers

Excellent disjointed writing

Can you think of any examples of "disjointed" writing -- writing with abrupt transitions -- that works? Faulkners Sound and Fury is a good example but shorter pieces are better for my purposes. Can be fiction or non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by Aghast. on Sep 27, 2006 - 17 answers

Examples of block lettering for work and play.

Where can I find examples of nice looking "fonts" for writing by hand, in block letters? Script? [more inside]
posted by lorrer on Feb 6, 2006 - 7 answers

Searching for a pearl of Perl wisdom

Can someone help me figure out how to search and replace case-sensitive filenames in HTML using Perl? [more inside]
posted by nightengine on Oct 6, 2005 - 10 answers

Meta

how many levels of meta are possible, in practice? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke on Dec 15, 2003 - 15 answers

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