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Something besides insurance fraud.

What should we do with over 10,000 pictures of food? [more inside]
posted by infinitefloatingbrains on Apr 26, 2010 - 14 answers

managing an anxious, micromanaging boss

How do I remain emotionally stable with a highly anxious, micro-managing boss? [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on Apr 15, 2010 - 12 answers

What's the best fire starting tool

What can I carry that will let me easily, consistantly and reliable make burning? [more inside]
posted by Quadlex on Apr 6, 2010 - 25 answers

Dude, You're Throwing HEAT!

How fast would you have to throw a baseball in order for it to catch fire? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Fireproof storage for an apartment dweller?

I have a lot of paper - journals, art, etc. Fire makes me nervous! Are there any good fireproof/fire resistant storage options for an apartment dweller? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Feb 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Personality Change after a life altering event?

Has anyone ever experienced a personality change after a life-endangering experience? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Feb 2, 2010 - 27 answers

Does anyone remember this old game that came bundled with windows 95 (or possibly 98)?

Does anyone remember this old game that came bundled with windows 95 (or possibly 98)? It involved walking around collecting different boots that let you walk across fire, ice, ect. I think it may have been called something like sim's sims or something like that. Pardon my lack of usable description of the game - I was 6 when I played it, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. Thanks! -Charlie
posted by AZNsupermarket on Jan 11, 2010 - 6 answers

How did I not start an electrical fire?

How did I not burn down my house? I realized I had run close to 5000 watts on a 15-amp line, where 1500 watts would be considered the most to put on the line. [more inside]
posted by dragonsi55 on Jan 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me find this internet joke about the discovery of fire.

Looking for a briefly popular internet joke from a year or two ago. Setup was if the discovery of fire had been posted to slashdot (Digg? other?). Response is something like: "Too hot, smoke gets in your eyes, goes out too fast. Fail." Ringing any bells? Google is failing me.
posted by hihowareyou on Dec 31, 2009 - 4 answers

Explosive listening?

Would spraying a stick-on (paper) CD label with artists' fixative make the disc unsafe to play? [more inside]
posted by katje on Dec 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Emergency help with a Viking funeral for a small bird.

I need to build a small bonfire in Oakland,Ca. Tonight. Something campfire sized at largest. Want to be both safe and within the law. Emergency mourning. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Dec 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Where's the fire?

Seeking fire department incident response websites from anywhere in the world – updated on the fly (e.g. Toronto) or whenever they get the chance (Shropshire), it doesn't matter. Does your area's fire service do this?
posted by avocet on Dec 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Wine & Fire?

Looking for an Austin-area restaurant or bar with an outdoor firepit. A decent winelist would be swell. [more inside]
posted by bumbleintuit on Dec 5, 2009 - 6 answers

No one wants to buy a house next to a burned out property.

How can we sell our house, when everyone is scared off by the vacant burned house next door? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Nov 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Did common people used to shave with fire?

Before the sharp steel razor became generally available, what did most people shave with? Fire seems the best choice. Right? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Nov 9, 2009 - 35 answers

Liability for fire in the kitchen

Less than a year ago, my SO left a pan on the stove and the rental house burned. Now, the owner's insurance company wants her to pay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 - 13 answers

Outside Air Filter

We want to add a wood stove to my wife's studio, currently under construction. Is outside combustion air a must or a maybe? [more inside]
posted by ulotrichous on Oct 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me warm the house up!

I have a two part question about fires and making firewood. The two parts are related so I assume this is fine... [more inside]
posted by dance on Sep 17, 2009 - 14 answers

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Redux

Vermont Mystery Filter: Help me prove it was arson. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Sep 1, 2009 - 16 answers

Psychological Interview Preperation

Tomorrow I have to take psychological testing for a firefighter job. If anyone has been through anything similar I'd appreciate any advice. [more inside]
posted by brevator on Aug 26, 2009 - 9 answers

How to save our skillets

Our cast iron skillets caught fire. Can they ever be used again? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Aug 22, 2009 - 20 answers

Costume on Fire

Bizarre question. Where would I get a fabric tested for flammability in NYC on a Saturday? Asking for a friend, I assume it's for a theater production going up tomorrow night!
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Kids floating outside the kitchen window

how to empty the fire escape as quickly as possible in the event of NOT a fire [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Aug 2, 2009 - 18 answers

Does she not want to go home?

[Spoilers for Song of Ice and Fire books] Why is that Arya Stark... [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Jul 21, 2009 - 7 answers

is it just sad?

2-Part question: 1) Why did my wok catch fire? 2) Why did it turn blue? [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn on Jul 20, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I create soot without burning a building down?

I want to add soot as an element to one of my paintings. How do I create soot? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords on Jul 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Is it possible to teach Firefox spell check to correct unusual words?

I type the word iphone a lot knowing It should be spelled iPhone but I'm lazy and would rather just right click it and correct it. I know I can right click it and add it to the dictionary but what I want it to do is give iPhone with the capital P as a suggestion. I have already added iPhone to the dictionary but dont want to add iphone because its the wrong spelling. My friend complains about the same problem when it comes to Facebook he spells it lowercase and wants spellchecker to give him the option of spelling it with the capitalized F. Just as it would if he typed amsterdam and it would suggest Amsterdam with the capitalized A. Is this possible to fix? Thanxs in advance.
posted by antisocialiting on Jul 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Yell thou ye might, I shant desist from makin' bacon!

SmokeDetectorFilter: When my smoke detectors go off and I press their happy buttons, why don't they shush? How do I make them shush? [more inside]
posted by foooooogasm on Jun 26, 2009 - 17 answers

Where can I find this old Flash animation with hopping bunnies and the head of Margaret Thatcher?

Does anyone remember and know where I can find an old Flash animation that I saw on the internet years ago, which featured hopping bunnies, the floating head of Margaret Thatcher, and a jaunty song containing the word 'ja!'? [more inside]
posted by chrismear on Jun 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Pan catching on fire [kitchen]

When will the pan catch on fire? (kitchen) [more inside]
posted by red_rika on Jun 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Can unplugged irons cause fires?

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]
posted by tomargue on May 16, 2009 - 16 answers

Burned down building, rising health concerns.

Asbestos, mold and spores! Oh my! Slightly afraid of the burned down building next to me. Should I be? Details, and a heartwarming metafilter-related story inside. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on May 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Meaning of Quote

What is the meaning of the Benjamin Franklin quote: "The proof of gold is fire; the proof of woman, gold; the proof of man, a woman."
posted by GhislainTwo on May 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Help a friend find a book she loved as younger person.

Trying to find a friend find a book she remembers reading as a child, fantasy genre, wizards, kids with magic, and it was a trillogy! Better description (kinda) inside [more inside]
posted by Syntoad on Apr 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Playing with fire? No, plays about fire!

Sort of a two-part question, though answering the first part will help me answer the second. First, does anyone know of a (preferably online) way to search for plays by topic or subject matter? Searching for title keywords is sometimes useful but not ideal, and I haven't been able to make the search functions at the major playhouses' websites play nicely either. Second, in particular, I'm looking for plays about, referencing, or otherwise related to fire, smoke, etc. Any thoughts on either? [more inside]
posted by hatta on Apr 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Ceiling sprinkler head looks like it keeps getting lower, is it going to go off?

My apartment has a ceiling sprinkler system and one of the heads that has descended slightly from the ceiling. Should i worry that the sprinkler head will go off? [more inside]
posted by slhpatterson on Jan 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Who's legally liable for a house fire?

My friend rents a house. The house burned last week. My friend has renter's insurance (probably not enough) and the landlord has homeowner's insurance (only $30k - definitely not enough). The fire inspector just announced that my friend's electric mattress pad shorted and caused the fire. Is the landlord's insurance company going to come after my friend? [more inside]
posted by workerant on Jan 21, 2009 - 2 answers

Beeping fire alarm. Should I be alarmed?

Beeping fire alarm. Should I be alarmed? [more inside]
posted by jujube on Jan 16, 2009 - 20 answers

CFLs giving off sparks and smoke?

CFL bulbs -- cracking, smoking, sparking? [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy on Dec 8, 2008 - 4 answers

Examples of fire and water/ice as religious symbols?

I’m looking for examples of fire, water, and/or ice being used as religious symbols or in religious practice in some way shape or form. Help? [more inside]
posted by CitrusFreak12 on Nov 29, 2008 - 21 answers

What happens to a candle's wax?

When a candle is burnt indoors, what happens to the wax? An amount of smoke equivalent to the mass of the candle is released as it's burnt (?)--does this manage to escape the house, or does most of it stay in the room and coat the walls, floors, ceiling, etc.?
posted by mstillwell on Nov 23, 2008 - 25 answers

Is-it-on-fire community driven map?

With regards to the recent LA/Orange County fires: has anyone done a Is-it-on-fire? web site similar to what the USGS has done with their Did-you-feel-it? earthquake intensity reporting site? [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Nov 15, 2008 - 4 answers

investing on losers

Investing/Day Trading -Why is it bad to pick stocks off the losers of the day assuming they will rebound? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Oct 27, 2008 - 29 answers

I'm not going to burn my house down, right?

I bought an Ikea Kassett cardboard box with drawers, and have rigged the bottom drawer for a power strip, top for my mobile gadgets power station-style. Is this a fire hazard? [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues on Oct 25, 2008 - 5 answers

Fire pit in screened-in porch?

Can I use a fire pit in a screened-in porch? [more inside]
posted by Sar HaPanim on Oct 24, 2008 - 12 answers

I see a black wall, and I want it painted white

Can I seal the inside surface of an exterior brick wall in my house without trapping moisture in the brick or in the insulation? [more inside]
posted by malp on Oct 20, 2008 - 4 answers

No, I mean, we can totally put these oily rags in the dryer. It'll be fine.

Is there any way I can get relatively current Washington, DC police/fire/EMT dispatch information onlineor on my desktop? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Oct 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Fire! Fire! Don't try this at home.

My house had two fireplaces which were walled over by the prior owner. I'd like to reopen them and possibly retro fit them to be gas fireplaces. How horrible (read expensive and time consuming) of a construction job would this be? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Sep 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me smoke the smokers.

NYC-Renters-filter. How do I make my management company make the ass-hat neighbors upstairs stop using our patio as an ash-tray. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 16, 2008 - 6 answers

The scenes are "burned" into my memories, but not the title?!

What's-that-movie time! Featured character: a man wrapped in full-body bandages because he was in a fire. [more inside]
posted by curagea on Aug 31, 2008 - 12 answers

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