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XCOM: Allergy Unknown

My girlfriend suffers from an intermittent allergic reaction that we cannot track down. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Jul 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Cycling, Center of Gravity?

Three years ago, I inherited a solid Biachi road bike from my dad. I'm pretty into it now. I usually bike 50 - 100 miles on the weekends, but as that number has crept up, I've run into some some fit issues. Maybe you can help me out with some conceptual stuff. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 11, 2014 - 20 answers

Hands shaking/tingling the day after drinking: Alcohol withdrawal?

I got drunk a couple days ago. Besides my hangover being horrendous (per usual), for maybe half the day my hands were slightly trembling and I couldn't get them to stop. They're doing better now, but my hands have never shaken before, and I'm worried that my drinking is starting to catch up with me. Would this be a reason to call the doctor, and if so are there any tests/checks I should ask to have done? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Mar 24, 2014 - 20 answers

Side Sleepers of MeFi: Where do you put your hands while asleep?

I've been a lifelong sidesleeper. My preferred hand position is with my hands curled up under my chin. For a while now, I'm being woken up by the pins and needles sensation in my hand (the shoulder side down hand) as it's asleep. I'm trying to figure out where else to put my hands while I sleep. [more inside]
posted by sarajane on Mar 18, 2014 - 41 answers

Find me the perfect gloves

Help a guy find the perfect gloves. Specs are inside... [more inside]
posted by The Michael The on Jan 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Hand signs on the cover of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch?

What do the hand positions on the cover of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch mean? [more inside]
posted by gregr on Jan 8, 2014 - 7 answers

My hands and wrists hurt. Help?

My hands and my wrists really hurt doing any activity that engages them, I don't see my doctor for until December 29th, and I have things I need to get done involving my hands. Looking for some ideas/short term solutions to keep functioning until I see the doc next in a couple weeks. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Dec 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Evidently, I'd rather have mangled cuticles than sticky hands.

I live in a cold, dry climate and have cold, dry hands. I dislike stopping work to apply lotion, because then I have to sit and wait for my hands to dry enough that I don't gunk up my laptop. A trivial problem for sure, but does anyone have any ideas for particular products or methods for moisturizing hands in a way that doesn't make them sticky and lotiony?
posted by fartbutt on Dec 10, 2013 - 35 answers

Can I put something bad-tasting on my hands to discourage bitey cat?

I have an adult (5ish years old) foster cat who is very friendly and mostly trusts us (we've had her for over 2 years now). She's very loving but is very much her own cat, and would prefer her space be respected at times. I'd like for her to express her moods in non-biting ways. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jun 28, 2013 - 23 answers

Any recordings of Beethoven Symphony #3 (Eroica) piano four-hands

I'm looking for a recording of the complete Eroica Symphony transcribed for piano four hands (or two pianos) with quality comparable to a compact disc. (To get a taste of what I'm looking for, here's a partial video recording that's quite good.) I'm aware of the two-hand Liszt transcriptions, and can recommend Scherbakov over Katsaris, but two hands are not enough!
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Apr 15, 2013 - 0 answers

hand injury roulette

My friend may have broken a bone in his hand. He does not have health insurance. Would waiting until tomorrow to go for treatment potentially cause long term problems? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Apr 13, 2013 - 12 answers

he's got the whole thing in his hands

Please help! I saw an iPad stand that was portable and sort of in the kickstand or easel style - but the parts that grip the iPad looked like little hands. So from the front, it looks like little hands are holding the thing. [more inside]
posted by agentmitten on Dec 3, 2012 - 2 answers

What's causing my blisters & calluses?

YANMD, but please help me figure out what is causing me to have these calluses and blisters! [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Nov 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Sudden onset arthritis in a 37-year old?

Thirty-something woman with no history experiencing sudden-onset arthritis due to change in geography/altitude/climate? Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by petitemom on Jun 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Shaking hands at the end of a date too formal?

Is shaking hands at the end of a date too formal? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Mar 21, 2012 - 35 answers

How to make my hands less dry!

What can I do to stop my hands from turning into a scaley, flakey, mess? [more inside]
posted by Nx on Mar 7, 2012 - 31 answers

Using my frozen claw to type this post

People with cold hands: how do you keep warm indoors? Fingerless gloves? Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on Mar 2, 2012 - 23 answers

Icy hands... of death?

My fingers fall asleep while I'm sleeping. Is this bad? Should I see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by momus_window on Dec 27, 2011 - 13 answers

What is written on the taped-up hands of mma fighters and why?

I like to watch The Ultimate Fighter and sometimes I see the taped-up hands of the fighters and there's something written on them in marker. What is usually written? Are those the initials of the person who taped them up? Why do they do this? Is it tradition? Is there a technical reason for it? I'm curious. Thanks!
posted by Sully on Nov 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Do hands-free headsets help reduce accident rates?

Lazyweb: Have there been any studies of traffic accident rates after passage of the hands-free laws in so many municipalities in the USA? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Nov 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Sensitivity to temperature change?

Why do my hands swell when going from cool to warm temperature? [more inside]
posted by sallyseashore on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

why do my hands smell like garbage?

Why do my hands smell like a combination of garbage, taco bell, and sulfur? [more inside]
posted by frnzks.a on May 22, 2011 - 26 answers

How should I rank these alternative poker hands?

I'm trying to rank some non-proper poker hands within the conventional poker hand-ranking framework. I would like to rank them conventionally, i.e. on their probability of occurring in a straight, five-card deal. The non-proper hands are: (1) "Four-card straight" (four cards in a row); (2) "Four-card flush" (four cards of the same suit); (3) "Four-card straight flush" (four cards in a row of the same suit); (4) "Same-color flush" (all 5 red cards or all 5 black cards); (5) "Straight same-color flush" (a straight composed of all black cards or all red cards); (6) "Four-card straight same-color flush" (a four-card straight composed of all black cards or all red cards). My probability skills are "OK" (the odds for the four-card flush and same-color flush are straightforward), but some of them (particularly the straights) seem too tricky for me. [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm on May 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Handsy

What do you do with your hands when you run? And does that change depending on how far and over what terrain you are running?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on May 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Heretical Handiwork

Alternative (non-religious) rosary bead activities? [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface on Feb 10, 2011 - 9 answers

not your typical rsi question

I clean houses for a living. I'm getting RSI. A lot of the usual advice doesn't seem to apply to me, and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by streetdreams on Feb 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Hands are either cold/dry or warm/sweaty. How can I get dry/warm?

Maybe its because I have poor circulation, maybe it's because of something else, but my hands are often cold to the touch. They're also often dry, or other times just very sweaty and moist (when warm). How can I find a happy medium where I can have dry yet warm hands? I'm not sure of the cause, but if it is poor circulation to my extremities, how can I improve this naturally?
posted by Vexir on Feb 4, 2011 - 11 answers

Why am I so cold?

Why are my hands so cold? More importantly, what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus on Nov 17, 2010 - 19 answers

Which is less sanitary: not washing your hands after using the bathroom; not drying your hands after washing your hands?

Which is less sanitary: not washing your hands after using the bathroom; or not drying your hands after washing your hands? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm on Oct 29, 2010 - 40 answers

NBA players with big hands?

Sports filter: I have some questions about hand size among basketball players. [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Aug 10, 2010 - 15 answers

I wanna hold your hand... gack, not like that, the other way.

Holding hands/knitting fingers seems to feel "right" only one way, despite symmetrical hands. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by dam1975 on Jul 2, 2010 - 33 answers

It's not a tumah! I just weedwhacked!

Swollen hands after manual labor. Ways to treat/mitigate? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee on May 23, 2010 - 13 answers

work with no arms

What kind of jobs exist that don't require the use of one's arms or hands? [more inside]
posted by three bear minimum on Apr 27, 2010 - 20 answers

Body language---cupping hands under another's elbows?

body language--placing hands under another's elbows [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2010 - 38 answers

Blister, blister, who's got the blister?

Your tried and true speedy blister recovery tips, please. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Mar 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Anti-Frostbite Gloves

What are some great gloves for real cold weather? [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy on Jan 19, 2010 - 24 answers

How to keep dry hands clean

How can I keep my hands clean without water or alcohol? [more inside]
posted by queseyo on Oct 25, 2009 - 8 answers

Annoying sensual quirks filter: Why does he rub me the wrong way?

I'm female, just started seeing a guy, we're both in our thirties. We've made out a couple of times but are still fairly new to eachother physically. So far it's really nice, except for one thing: whenever, wherever he touches me, he does it in a repetitive circle. It never stops. And it makes me want to leap out of my skin and run screaming. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 - 38 answers

Is Halloween the only time straight guys can wear nail polish?

Is Halloween the only time it's ok for straight guys to wear nail polish (either on hands or feet)? And even then, only black, is it? [more inside]
posted by Handcoding on Oct 15, 2009 - 67 answers

Hands on something other than a keyboard

I am tired of staring at a computer screen all day. I think I want to work with my hands and definitely would like to be out of the office/cubicle most of the day. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Sep 10, 2009 - 18 answers

Foot Cream and Hands - Cosmetic Capulets and Montagues?

Why is it so important that I wash my hands "thoroughly" after applying my foot cream (instructions/ingredients)? Texture and thickness aside, isn't skin, well, skin?
posted by boombot on Jun 9, 2009 - 8 answers

sensitve lotions for hardcore mofos

This one goes out to all you dish dogs and pearl divers out there: how do you keep your hands in good condition when working in a restaurant? Especially as a dishwasher. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Jun 8, 2009 - 11 answers

What makes palms different?

Why doesn't Ben Gay (or similar products) affect my fingers / palms? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on May 12, 2009 - 2 answers

What was this musical cups game I played in the 80s?

When I was little (think 80s), a neighborhood friend taught us a musical co-op game that was played with one plastic cup per person (maybe?), and at least 4 people (though it could go up much higher as long as the number were equal). [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on May 9, 2009 - 8 answers

How can I warm or otherwise mitigate my cold dead hands vs. my loved ones?

My long, thin, bony fingers do not retain heat. Quite conversely, they could be considered 10 deceivingly flesh covered dry ice appendages. With a baby rapidly on the way, does the hive mind have any suggestions or advice on how I might hold the baby without making him miserable? [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Apr 28, 2009 - 18 answers

I would make a horrible surgeon.

Why do my hands mirror each other's movements? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 15, 2009 - 14 answers

Wii Dance With Our Hands

I'd like a good hands-only dancing game for the Wii. I've really been enjoying Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party's dance mini-game, but there's only seven songs. And lots of the other dance games for Wii seem to involve a DDR-style dance pad (which, while fun for me, will be way less fun for my downstairs neighbors). We Cheer seems to be along the lines of what I'm looking for, but in an ideal world, I could get this kind of game without a bunch of prepubescent large-headed midriff-baring girls manically screaming rainbows at me.
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Un-supersize it, please!

Yet another recommend-a-good-starter-guitar question. Criteria: acoustic, fairly cheap, suitable for small (adult) hands with stubby fingers, and ideally an easy action. [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Mar 4, 2009 - 12 answers

Looking for headset for Samsung Mobile (cell) phoine

I am looking for a new *wired* headset (headphone / microphone) for my cellphone... My current cellphone is a Samsung SCH-R430 (also called a MyShot). The thing that makes it hard is that this phone has a proprietary headphone jack (see picture here) - not a standard one. [more inside]
posted by olddogeyes on Feb 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Who was the artist who learned to draw hands really well?

Who was the comic book artist who improved his hand-drawing skills to mastery? [more inside]
posted by lore on Jan 29, 2009 - 6 answers

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