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What on Earth is this?

What is this? I've had it hanging on my wall for a year or two. It was found on the sand below the water line at the Fire Island National Seashore/Wilderness. It's lightweight and friable, like a sea creature. It's 24 cm (9.4 inches) long by 11 cm (4.3 inches) wide. 24 cm is 1.7 monkey skulls, if that helps.
posted by jcrcarter on Feb 17, 2011 - 11 answers

How to deal with looting and mismanagement after an apartment fire?

A large group of friends recently lost nearly everything they owned in a devastating apartment fire last month. Since then, the building - and their lives - have sat in limbo while looters have been free to ransack the building at their leisure. What options, legal and otherwise, do my friends have to hold somebody accountable for this gross mismanagement? [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Feb 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Pahk the police cah in Futurah Blahk

Does anyone know the history of Boston's use of Futura Black as its "official" municipal font? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Why did my HD catch fire?

I inserted a power cable into a hard drive and it caught on fire (started smoking and crackling). Now I'm paranoid about leaving my computer on. How often does this happen, and why? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Fire risk of bathroom candle

Fire safety filter: My husband thinks that a lit candle left unattended on the back of our toilet in the bathroom is not a fire hazard, and I disagree. Please help us settle this argument with facts and figures. [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Jan 23, 2011 - 76 answers

Thank god for apartment insurance, now how do I light this cake on fire?

How can I make an easy, tasty, and safe cake on fire? [more inside]
posted by rosken on Jan 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Fire, Smoke and Water in my apartment

Crappy New Year! What to salvage when returning to an apartment that has post-fire water damage? Give me some tips! [more inside]
posted by stray on Dec 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Identify the music in this trailer

Does anyone know if the music in the English trailer for The Girl Who Played With Fire is original to the film, or if it was pilfered from somewhere else? SLYT
posted by New England Cultist on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 answers

On a quest for pajamas that have not been treated with flame retardants...

Where on earth can I find regular-sized (not the snug-fitting long johns) older kids' pajamas not doctored up with chemical flame retardants? I'm, of course, in the US. This probably wouldn't be a question in another country. [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Dec 9, 2010 - 19 answers

Howto: rebuild my life & home after a disaster?

I lost pretty much everything I own when my apartment building burned down about a week ago. I had been putting most of my energy & time into job search. Now I've had to take a big step backwards & deal with some basic problems involving recovering from a disaster & rebuilding my life from scratch. That's where I'm turning to you, the Hive. I'm looking for ideas, tips, stories & practical suggestions for starting over after you've lost everything in a disaster. I'm somewhat at a loss & anything you can do to make this process easier would be greatly appreciated.
posted by scalefree on Nov 30, 2010 - 31 answers

What makes a man start fires.

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]
posted by orville sash on Nov 29, 2010 - 17 answers

quest for fire

Any know how to manually light an old Whirlpool Cleantop oven? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Nov 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Seeking advice on what to do after serious house fire.

Has anyone had experience with house fires? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Nov 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Calling all pro/amateur fire investigators

What caused this strange candle behavior? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Nov 4, 2010 - 11 answers

What can be salvaged from a contaminated apartment

Contaminated apartment/building due to fire - can my friend expect to get anything out eventually? [more inside]
posted by Disco Moo on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Please don't fire me QUITE yet?

How can I minimize the risk of getting fired from my current job when the boss finds out I'm seeking employment somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2010 - 14 answers

How do you get jobs or work as a contractor for insurance companies?

How do you work as a sub contractor for insurance companies? [more inside]
posted by rwmacy on Oct 12, 2010 - 1 answer

Building a fire-resistant welding space in my garage

How can I weld in my garage without burning my house down or getting slag all over my car? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Sep 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Fire in the apartment next door

There was a fire in the next door apartment, and as a result many of our things were damaged. What should we be doing? [more inside]
posted by gushn on Sep 26, 2010 - 17 answers

Help finding old JF*E tracks!

I am looking for digital copies of old songs by a band called Jonathan Fire*Eater...but there are problems. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Sep 10, 2010 - 7 answers

I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas

The house I am preparing to move into has a "cosmetic" fireplace. It looks like a fireplace, it's built into the wall, but can't be used as one. What clever decorating ideas do you have for it? I'm game for anything--funny, functional, stylish, classic, clever, funky, hell--even some sort of tasteful heat retrofit--just anything that doesn't involve putting a fire in it (that would probably result in death).
posted by sourwookie on Aug 18, 2010 - 26 answers

Is my one acre meadow a fire hazard?

Do I really have to mow my one acre meadow to prevent fire hazards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 14 answers

Help prevent an avoidable fire related backyard accident!

Would a concrete planter function as a firepit? (see pic inside) [more inside]
posted by cheemee on Jun 1, 2010 - 10 answers

How not to burn down the house?

How do I stop my hearthless fireplace burning down the house? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on May 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Will my weed torch cause an underground fire?

I bought a 100,000 BTU weed torch to kill the weeds in my driveway and etc. Can I safely use it to burn weeds in my lawn and other dirt areas without starting an underground fire that will spread for miles and burn uncontrollably forever? FWIW, I'm in Seattle.
posted by carterk on May 16, 2010 - 14 answers

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

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