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Seeking future shock.

Where can I find summaries of historical developments, technological breakthroughs, political and social changes etc. in a similar style as the Afterword in Charles Stross's anthology Toast (free download here)? I am interested in stuff that has happened in the last 30 or 40 years.
posted by fullerenedream on Oct 22, 2012 - 0 answers

A girl named Claire (or a variant of) from an 80's band

30 years ago, next week, my daughter was born. I need a soundtrack for an early life slideshow I have made. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Oct 21, 2012 - 5 answers

The greengrocer snaps!

What is it like to realize you live in a totalitarian system? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Oct 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Books or articles on the history of the EU?

Looking for a great book/article/essay on the history of the European Union and the current economic crisis there. [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Oct 18, 2012 - 2 answers

A second chance to turn back time

Today, a time capsule was opened after 20 years buried in the Denton Town Square. It was not what we expected. [more inside]
posted by evolvinglines on Oct 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls.

Help me find letters written between close female friends. [more inside]
posted by peacrow on Oct 16, 2012 - 18 answers

The Greek equivalent of a drink called a John Doe?

Is there any familial or other relationship between Ioannis Metaxas (the Greek dictator) and the maker of Metaxa, a Greek liquor used in sidecars? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 15, 2012 - 1 answer

Ben Franklin's weekends

Did Benjamin Franklin have a weekend schedule? Looking at his daily schedule makes me curious as to whether he adhered to it seven days a week or if he did something different on Saturday and Sunday. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Oct 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Web page about recording research path, pre-computer age?

Machine for recording research path, pre computer-age? Library books on a waterwheel device? Please point me to the right web page... [more inside]
posted by Speculatist on Oct 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me know more about Israel

Can you please recommend a good book on the formation of modern Israel? [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Oct 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Education as Heresy in the Middle Ages

Did the Catholic Church actively suppress literacy and education during the Middle Ages, or was it simply a byproduct of the era? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 4, 2012 - 28 answers

Why are slowly increasing prices considered stability?

Why do most central banks target a small non-zero inflation rate rather than zero? - Bank of England target is 2% CPI - European Central Bank HICP target is "less than 2%" - US Federal Reserve target is 2% Why don't they all target zero if the ultimate aim of policy is actually "Price Stability" as most officially state. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Oct 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Who gave us powered eggs in 1974?

I'd like to find out more information on a 1970's US food program. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Can somebody help me track down the source claiming Leonid Kantorovich was responsible for safety on the Road of Life during the Siege of Leningrad?

Can somebody help me track down the source claiming Leonid Kantorovich was responsible for the safety of evacuees on the Road of Life during the Siege of Leningrad? [more inside]
posted by onalark on Sep 29, 2012 - 7 answers

What should I do with these old newspapers?

Should I save old newspapers? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch on Sep 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Gluttony throughout history

Looking for examples of gluttony throughout human history. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Sep 27, 2012 - 20 answers

should I learn Latin or Ancient Greek?

Early next year, I will have a lot of down time in or near places that were visited by the ancient Romans and Greeks. I am a moderate history and language nerd. If I want to read ancient source material related to some of the places I will be visiting, what language should I learn - Latin or Ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by par court on Sep 25, 2012 - 19 answers

And that's why they call me "Adjective Noun" Surname.

Can anyone think of examples of well-known fictional characters or historical figures whose names fit the format [Adjective / Number] [Noun] [Surname]? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Sep 23, 2012 - 57 answers

Can you recommend documentaries that explain world conflicts?

I just finished watching The First World War and now I want more! Can you recommend your favourite documentaries on History, particularly conflicts/war? I prefer a geopolitical focus (as in maps of the territories, graphic representations of strategies, what countries unied, what empires were divided in to what, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Tell me a story about what it was like...

Documentary Recommendations: I don't know what this is called but I've noticed in two recent Ken Burns documentaries. In The West, there are some very old Native Americans who talk about their experiences and memories. And in his one about the Brooklyn Bridge, there is a man is over 100 years old taking about how he was a water boy when he was about 10 years when the bridge was being built. I want more of these types of interviews where they have pictures of the past along with people who were there talking about it. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Sep 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Japanese Houseboy - WTF?

What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

SF that starts out as realism/historical fiction and ends up somewhere else?

Speculative fiction about historical gradualism: I'm looking for SF stories which begin in the real historical world (past or present) and then gradually diverge from it, without any single decisive turning point. [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

East in the West?

Did Eastern Bloc countries do on-the-ground historical research in the USA during the Cold War? [more inside]
posted by lstanley on Sep 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Spirit Photography Techniques

Do we know how William Mumler created his images? If not, what are the most popular theories today, and what do we know about other spirit photographers?
posted by naturalog on Sep 18, 2012 - 11 answers

What do Mexican school children learn about the Aztecs?

What do Mexican children learn about the Aztecs in school? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Sep 15, 2012 - 8 answers

ready to read about refuse.

I want to learn about garbage removal in early New York. [more inside]
posted by DaveZ on Sep 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Athletes who zigged when others were zagging

Please help me find examples of athletes who did something completely counterintuitive in terms of the sport (so seemingly wrong) and won because of it. I'm especially looking for those moments that have been captured on video. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Sep 13, 2012 - 53 answers

Stop or my dad will write

Help me figure out a way to save my dad's nonfiction book manuscript from doom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Tell me about the history of identity.

Tell me about the history of identity. Today it's pretty easy (though not foolproof) to find out if someone was who they said they were, or to verify a communication is from who it's claimed. But what about 200-2000 years ago? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Sep 8, 2012 - 27 answers

Does history repeat itself if the players change?

Moving in with my SO - but worried that I'll end up in the unhappy situation my parents were in. What do you do when you didn't grow up with a positive example of marriage/co-habitation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Background reading for Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Another book recommendation question. I'm looking for a few general history books to read as preparation for diving into Thomas Pynchon's "Against the Day". [more inside]
posted by Lorin on Sep 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Good Borgia histories?

Recommend to me biographies/histories of the Borgia Pope and family? [more inside]
posted by asciident on Sep 3, 2012 - 5 answers

I need a history book!

I need help with a book suggestion! All my particulars found within, within, within.. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Scotland 101

Can you recommend a popular history of Scotland--book, documentary, TV series, whatever--that I can consume before our trip there next summer? [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome on Sep 3, 2012 - 12 answers

MLB.com GameDay for the Flappers and Fords Crowd

I remember reading about, and maybe seeing pictures of, baseball scoreboards for people who couldn't go to the ballpark could follow the game back in the early twentieth century. I want to know everything about them. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Refresher History Books for Dummies?

What are your favorite US/World/European history books to re-educate a woefully forgetful 23-year-old mind? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Aug 22, 2012 - 25 answers

Readings on changes of power?

Can you recommend books/articles about the dynamics of political power transitions? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Aug 22, 2012 - 1 answer

WW1 Documentaries and Books

Care to recommend some in-depth documentaries (and books, or anything online) about World War One? [more inside]
posted by nfg on Aug 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Close the gates! If we have them.

Are there any cities that still have effective gates? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Aug 12, 2012 - 38 answers

When you need a skull, where do you go?

How do archaeologists know where to dig? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Aug 8, 2012 - 20 answers

The V&A just about killed me.

I'm fascinated by unusual jewelry with a history — medieval memento moris, ARP whistles from the Blitz, Victorian nude stanhopes, that sort of thing. I don't care at all about precious metals and gemstones (real or fake), but rather about the story behind them. Cheap, mass-produced mementos and handmade crafts seem to carry more history than high-end jewels, but they're difficult to search for. Boring, pretty things always swamp me when I search for "costume" or "antique" or "estate" jewelry. Other than Monica Laughlin's excellent series of Hairpin posts, where can I discover more history-through-jewelry? I'm hoping for book recommendations, websites, stories, articles, or online shops. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Aug 7, 2012 - 7 answers

She's full of seeeeeecrets

I've recently been watching Twin Peaks again, and I've been wondering... to people who actually watched it air in its original run, what was it like seeing something like this on TV? Did you have watching parties that I've heard so much about? Was the reveal of the killer and the twists and turns along the way surprising? Did you watch until the end of the second season, and were you disappointed when it got the plug pulled on it? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 3, 2012 - 66 answers

Hundred-Year-Old Job Descriptions?

Where can I find job descriptions for jobs from the 1850s-1950s? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Help us make an app for a history magazine.

I serve on the editorial board of a historical publication that walks the line between scholarly and popular articles. It is a magazine format publication, known for the high quality of its illustrations as well as articles. How do we create an iPad (and maybe Android) app for the magazine? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Jul 30, 2012 - 10 answers

What happened here? How do I research my hometown?

History/Librarian Filter: Inspired by all the interesting London history coming out here, I'd like to start researching my own backyard, but I have little idea where to begin. What resources are typically available if wanted to research an area (US)? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Jul 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Once there was a lady who lived in... um... Westeros?

I want to read about daily life in the Middle Ages. Particularly daily life in monasteries, but in other places too. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 24, 2012 - 19 answers

Historical Fiction

I need some historical fiction book recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Jul 23, 2012 - 37 answers

Pacific Northwest Frog (Toad?) ID needed

A poorly-maintained ex Ornamental Carp Pond in Kenmore, Washington has unexpectedly become home to three lovely amphibians, 3-4 inches long. Brownish bodies, greenish heads (the green could be due to algae and weeds.) The most distinguishing feature of these little guys is a sound I have never heard a frog make: a "yowp" or "yelp" noise, which they make when they are startled into jumping back into the pond. Any clues?
posted by dorgla on Jul 20, 2012 - 11 answers

What are these dear naked German gentleman doing?

Can any German history lovers tell we what these sweet old naked fat men are doing in this old postcard? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Jul 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Which History Documentaries are Accurate?

Please recommend good documentaries and TV programs about history that are accurate. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 17, 2012 - 19 answers

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