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Teach Me About Art Storage.

My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
posted by The Whelk on May 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Strange And Unusual Gin Drinks?

I want to write about obscure and little known gin cocktails, ideally ones with fun stories attached or a vintage pedigree . What are your favorite obscure gin cocktails? The more outlandish and exotic the better.
posted by The Whelk on Apr 4, 2014 - 44 answers

Decode This German Shorthand Mystery Letter From 1939!

This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album. Hivemind: What the hell is this?
posted by The Whelk on Mar 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Real Life Royston Vasey?

Are there any real-life historical examples of the Small Town With A Terrible Secret horror trope? Towns where long-term, ongoing crimes (or unsavory religious practices one supposes) where purposefully covered up and kept hidden from the outside world and any attempt to investigate them resulted in the investigator being detained, thrown out, or killed?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 4, 2013 - 35 answers

Where to go with a car near Dublin and Cork?

Driving Around Dublin: SO and I will be visiting Ireland (Dublin and Cork) for about a week and half right after Christmas and we'll have a car. What are some fun, interesting day trips from the two cities (or stops along the way between them?) [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 26, 2012 - 14 answers

What Did The Office Workers Of The 1600s Eat?

I always hear that the traditionally heavy US diet ( or any " traditional" cuisine, really ) was developed for people working long hard hours of manual labor, farm work, etc., so what did the people who had sedentary, less active jobs eat? What were the historical diets of people who didn't haul lumber through the woods or dig ditches, but recorded numbers or did accounting or translated documents?
posted by The Whelk on Jun 22, 2012 - 37 answers

Has Anyone Preferred The Words To The Music?

Settle A Couple's Fight: Has there ever seen a case , in a situation where the composer of the music and the writer of the words are separate people, the librettist is more famous and his contribution is popularly viewed as superior to the composer?
posted by The Whelk on Apr 20, 2012 - 36 answers

Yes, I've been to TV Tropes

Point me toward movies were a rag-tag bunch of outsiders shake up this stuffy small town! I'm looking for the opposite of this question, canonical examples of the Outsiders Cause Chaos In A Small Town trope, from The Music Man to Pleasantville (Or ..The Devil's Rejects). Any genre, any peroid, just so long as a town is turned upside-down, inside-out, or gored to death.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 7, 2010 - 39 answers

Where Are The Coal Miner's Daughters?

Tell me about growing up in a small town in the 50s: I'm looking for books, articles, memoirs, interviews, etc that describe or detail growing up in a single industry town in American Rust Belt the late 50s. Ideally I'm looking for stories in places like Braddock or Centralia, mill or mine towns located in the Central Pennsylvania-ish area. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jul 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Amo Amas Awhat?

Is there a Medieval Linguist in the house? I need a very short conversation between Cistercian nuns in Saxony translated into Medieval Latin. Any help so I don't sound like a complete idiot warmly welcomed. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 23, 2009 - 7 answers

The Accidental Docent

On Tuesday I'll be showing a new arrival to New York City around for an hour or so in the late afternoon. He's interested in the city's history, particularly the Bowery/Lower East Side. He has seen all the major tourist stops and I'm completely ignorant of the latest cool/interesting/weird spots downtown and most places have the lifespan of mayflies. Any ideas on how to prepare an awesome, emergency walking tour? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 11, 2009 - 12 answers

How else to endure all those rituals?

You live at Versailles in 1658. You're nobility of the blood. You know the King. What drugs, drinks, or other ways of getting totally fucked up are available to you? How often could you partake before people started to Have A Problem with it? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2009 - 21 answers

I'm not asking you to do my research for me buuuuut....

Emergency Research Materials Needed: Due to not being an adult about things I now have to write a quick story set during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. And I have to finish it by Sunday. Yes, I've already read Wikipedia. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Gilded Age Scandals

Scandals Of the Last Century? Does anyone know of strange stories, remarkable escapes, unbelievable coincidences, and headline-grabbing scandals from about 1880-1905? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 10, 2008 - 17 answers

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