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Do the Feds give a Salary boost for honors societies?

Will membership in the college honor society Phi Alpha Theta really boost your federal government salary? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Apr 30, 2012 - 6 answers

I can haz sauce?

Help me find sources on German military technology during WW2! [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos on Apr 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find my lost 1860s social history book

Bookfilter: Help me find a particular social history of America in the 1860s. [more inside]
posted by Concordia on Apr 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Helloooooo, Phineas

I love "discoveries" that add to seemingly-cold stories. Misfiled negatives unearthed, unlabeled photos finally identified, new connections made. Stuff like the identification of the first photo of Phineas Gage, or the recently-uncovered Lincoln inauguration photos, or to a much lesser extent (because it's "soft"), this TED talk about finding the face of Leonardo da Vinci. What other incidents/discoveries/ideas like this will enthrall me? And can you point me to a book (or at least a Wikipedia page) about it? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Apr 23, 2012 - 9 answers

How to quickly build my fiance's non-existent credit history

My fiance has no credit. We're getting married in 2 months. How do I build her credit quickly? I have good credit. [more inside]
posted by bbyboi on Apr 23, 2012 - 13 answers

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Need sources on the media build-up to the premiere of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Apr 22, 2012 - 6 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

Do you think Art History is a good degree?

I am thinking about majoring in Art History, and would like to know from others that have obtained a bachelors in this area if it was worth it to them? [more inside]
posted by Lillian7 on Apr 19, 2012 - 42 answers

Central America history book-filter

If I could read just one history of Central America, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Apr 17, 2012 - 9 answers

The world is just awesome.

I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Apr 15, 2012 - 35 answers

Books on history that are a delight to read.

Please recommend your favorite books on history that are a delight to read. [more inside]
posted by grayber on Apr 14, 2012 - 44 answers

Assume I know nothing.

For various reasons, I've become interested in Mexican history. Can you recommend good books that cover the pre-Colonial and Colonial eras (or any other interesting period)? I want something that's reasonably entertaining, if it exists. Interesting histories of Brazil would be cool too. Thanks!
posted by chaiminda on Apr 11, 2012 - 13 answers

I don't know anything about their race, history, or culture, but I'm sure they stand for everything we stand against.

Oddball American history question: Who was the worst Secretary of State? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Apr 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Research recommondations for syphilis and prostitution in 19th-century Vienna

Research-filter: Looking for reading recommendations on two topics: 1) syphilis in the 19th (and very early 20th) century, particularly tabes dorsalis, and 2) prostitution in Vienna during the same time period. (More broadly: the experience of serious and/or terminal illness during the same period; bonus points for information about women, particularly the emotional trauma of chronic pain, losing one’s beauty/youth/sexuality, etc.) [more inside]
posted by scody on Apr 9, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me get to know a Pharaoh

This podcast episode has kindled new interest for me in the life and times of Ramesses (or Ramses) II. What's the best single book to read for an engaging and informative portrait of the man and his kingship?
posted by Vectorcon Systems on Apr 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for a book on the history of Apple/Macintosh

Looking for a good book on the history of Apple/Macintosh. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 5, 2012 - 6 answers

What is the Folk Web?

I'm looking for 'Folk' Web Cultures. I am thinking of the recent take-down of Geocities, which seemed to refresh people's love of the naff, kitsch aesthetic it was famous for, as a prime example. What are some other folk cultures still lingering in the dark corners of the web? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Help us have fun!

Charleston must sees and must dos? [more inside]
posted by aimeedee on Apr 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Long Distance Rates For the Late Seventies and Early Eighties?

How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 31, 2012 - 21 answers

History's most epic flameouts

I'm looking for examples of rants by historical figures, preferably pre-twentieth century, the more unhinged and colorful the better. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Mar 30, 2012 - 28 answers

AP World History Summer Reading Suggestions

Help me compile a reading list menu for AP World History. Err.. Please? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Mar 27, 2012 - 27 answers

Where in Montmartre (Paris) did Maurice Utrillo stand when he painted this view of the "Maquis"?

My late grandfather painted an interpretation of one of Maurice Utrillo's depictions of the "Maquis" of Montmartre, in Utrillo's time a very poor area of the well-known Paris neighbourhood. Which Utrillo work did my granddad use as a blueprint, and where exactly was Utrillo's vantage point? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Mar 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Books about the beginning needed.

I saw Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and loved it. Now I want to read more about early human history. Please recommend some good books on the beginnings of human art in particular and the emergence of human society and the beginnings of conciousness in general. I'm not a scientist and I'm not looking for a textbook, but I'm not afraid of a challenging read, either.
posted by vibrotronica on Mar 26, 2012 - 16 answers

I want to know everything about life in Ozone Park in the 1930s/1940s

I want to know everything about life in Ozone Park in the 1930s/1940s [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs on Mar 25, 2012 - 5 answers

What makes modern-day countercultures tick?

I'm looking for a crash-course in modern-day counter-cultures around the world that have come about as a response to a crisis of capitalism or materialism. For example the recent Occupy movement but also more nascent and lesser known ones. [more inside]
posted by scrm on Mar 25, 2012 - 2 answers

What to get for the guy who has everything (including the kitchen sink)

My dad is turning 67, and he's a rather eccentric guy. I want to get him something unique for his birthday. Help me find a gift for him! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma on Mar 24, 2012 - 24 answers

Gonna kick myself in 3...2...1...

Historical brain fart -- help me remember the name of this English custom!! [more inside]
posted by mibo on Mar 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Did anyone survive in the trenches of World War I from beginning to end?

How many soldiers (if any?) survived the entirety of the fighting of either the western or eastern front of World War I? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Mar 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Most intelligent and critical sources of information on food?

What are the best blogs, online periodicals, or discussion groups that address the history and consumption of food in an intelligent and critical way? (In other words, not just a place to swap recipes.) I would love to know where people find the most engaging ideas about food.
posted by tnygard on Mar 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Where do I find specific information about New Yorks jazz age?

I’m looking for resources for information about Manhattan, NYC in the 1920s. I would especially love anything that goes by neighborhoods. The information I’m seeking is the detail of every day life- what areas were desirable or dangerous, who lived there, what kind of businesses were common, where people socialized. [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Mar 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Book on Time

I'm looking for a non-fiction book about the history of time in human societies. [more inside]
posted by cupcakemuffin on Mar 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Need help with story set in 1870's Rocky Mountains

Does anyone know the history of mining towns and/or horse ranching in the Rocky Mountains, or where to go to research it? [more inside]
posted by trollnystan on Mar 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Not quite a Hallmark moment... or the Ides of Hallmark

I want to draw my friend a "Beware the Ides of March" greeting card. Please help me compose an epic depiction of this event that will fit in a 3" x 5" canvas. [more inside]
posted by baniak on Mar 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Historians must count

I have a research project in mind. It involves the use of statistics. I am a typical humanities grad with no real background in the quantitative social sciences, and need some guidance. What I'm interested in is: tracking, tallying, and correlating some of the everyday events recorded in personal diaries from a particular historical period. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Mar 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Let 100 Podcasts Contend?

I am really enjoying the History of Rome podcast. I was hoping to find something on Chinese history that was in the same vein (those dynasties are a bit bewildering). The China History podcast is OK, but I am not loving his jumping around. Is there anything else out there?
posted by GenjiandProust on Mar 8, 2012 - 3 answers

What Would Have Happened if an American President-Elect Had Died *BEFORE* the 20th Amendment Was Ratified?

What Would Have Happened if an American President-Elect Had Died *BEFORE* the 20th Amendment Was Ratified? [more inside]
posted by Buddy-Rey on Mar 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Step 1: college. Step 2: ??? Step 3: become a high school history teacher.

Right now, you're a college freshman. In ten years, you want to be a high school history teacher, probably somewhere in the northeast U.S. What path are you going to take to get there? [more inside]
posted by amy lecteur on Mar 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Ram histogram?

History of ram: How far back would you have to go before 912 GB ram was more than all the ram in the world? A follow up question: is there a graph or something that shows how much ram exists throughout history? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Mar 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Best Documentaries- Big History.

I want to learn about major historical events through documentaries (not miniseries). What are your favorites? (I know, broad).
posted by sandmanwv on Mar 5, 2012 - 22 answers

The historical basis of a Heinlein novel?

Does anyone know any details about the real-life event in naval history that Robert Heinlein's Starman Jones is based on? [more inside]
posted by sineala on Mar 2, 2012 - 1 answer

What to read to understand the city of Washington DC?

DC-area-history-filter! I'm about to move back to the US, where I will be either in DC or North Virginia (working in Ashburn, specifically). I like having a sense of the history that contributed to the physical environment around me. Why is this town here, who built what building, why, and what does the allegory in the decoration mean. Things like that. What books, articles, or whatever should I read to understand these qualities about my upcoming home?
posted by Schismatic on Mar 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Books on technologies' effects on education?

Know of any books that look at the effects of technology on the delivery of education? [more inside]
posted by drzz on Mar 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Point Me to Good Histories of Ancient India

I need recommendations for histories of ancient India, with particular emphasis on the role/influence of the Hellenic states, development of Buddhism, what might have happened to the Indo-Greeks in the longer term, etc. Also, it would be interesting to read about Alexander's invasion and its aftermath from the Indian viewpoint, i.e, by Indian scholars using Indian sources.
posted by justcorbly on Mar 1, 2012 - 2 answers

What's going on right now that future people will wish they could have been part of?

What is going on right now, that in fifty or a hundred years, people will be saying "damn, I wish I was part of that"? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Feb 29, 2012 - 51 answers

I want to laugh while I get smarter

I've watched almost all of Terry Jones's history documentaries--what next? What I like about them and what I'm looking for is mainly the humor (enthusiastic but lighthearted, not taking itself too seriously) and the element of looking at things from a different angle. Many of Jones's docs look at the lives of "regular people" in periods of history where most people are familiar with the rich and famous, and others look at civilizations that are overlooked. Sort of the way Mythbusters approaches science, and I'm also a large fan of QI. Recommendations? (I'm looking especially but not exclusively for history.)
posted by sarahkeebs on Feb 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Resources about Native America

Help me find resources for elementary age children regarding the modern Native American experience. [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Feb 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Why Orange Stick Why?!

How and when did manicure rituals begin? I understand anyone might want to trim their nails, but I mean the rest of it.
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on Feb 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Write the number dow-uhn

Why the two-syllable pronunciation of "nine" for the telephone? [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Feb 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Would an alien radio pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle?

If an alien located on a planet 100 light years from here was to switch on a big, multi-frequency radio receiver, and record all the noises coming from outer space for the next hundred years, on all frequencies, how many soap operas, advertisements and new broadcasts would they pick up from Earth? Would a mass-market radio, similar to our Earthly equivalents, pick up anything? Over time, as the number of Earth transmissions increases exponentially, would the alien pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Is the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal now protected from closure?

The Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal has just been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Will this complicate efforts to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan? [more inside]
posted by me3dia on Feb 22, 2012 - 5 answers

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