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The taste of yesteryear

What foodstuffs taste the same today as they did millenia ago? [more inside]
posted by 5imon on May 24, 2012 - 32 answers

Looking for books on WWII that could be read aloud to an elderly, ex-Marine who served in the war.

I am looking for book recommendations that might be suitable to read aloud to an elderly man who served six years in WWII as a Marine, he has dementia, but has some very alert periods of time. He loves war movies (and MASH), and is still very much interested in the war.
posted by nanook on May 18, 2012 - 24 answers

History of Games 101

History of Games 101. I need to learn more about the history of gaming. Ideally getting a solid overview of the continuum of ancient games such as dice, chess and Go, all the way up through present day video games. Please recommend some books for me. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Can you help me find football match reports from between the two World Wars in Esperanto?

Can you help me find football match reports from between the two World Wars in Esperanto? Specifically I'm looking for any match report featuring the Austrian national team of the era (1918-1937) but anything even remotely connected would be of help. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

How do soldiers in wartime talk about death?

I'm looking for quantitative studies or other accounts of how often, and in what ways, soldiers in dangerous wartime situations discuss the possibility of death. [more inside]
posted by inkfish on May 11, 2012 - 1 answer

History Research After College

I am graduating this weekend with a BA in History. I wrote a senior honors thesis and really loved the process of conducting research. Is there a way I can continue researching next year, while I'm not in school? [more inside]
posted by sockysocksock on May 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Looks different but actually the same

New species or larval stage of known species? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r on May 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Writer researching ancient Egypt looking for assistance

I'm researching ancient Egypt for a Middle Grade book, and I'd love to find an expert or two whose brains I can pick. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Recommendation for a history of the Spanish Civil War

Recommend a good history on the Spanish Civil War? [more inside]
posted by molecicco on May 10, 2012 - 14 answers

A Concise AP Euro Outline?

Where can I find good study materials for the AP European History Exam? [more inside]
posted by Flood on May 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Which Malekith came first?

Who came first: Malekith the Accursed, foe of Thor in the Marvel comics, or Malekith the Witch-King of Naggaroth, ruler of the Warhammer Dark Elves? Was one definitely swiped from the other? Has legal action ever ensued?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on May 4, 2012 - 4 answers

I'd like to know about the logistics of colonization.

I'd like to know about the logistics of colonization, from the point of view of the colonists. In general, but primarily I'm interested in 16th or 17th century European colonization - for example, the people who founded what is now New York City. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on May 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Fiction that's like Game of Thrones

I'm looking for something like game of thrones, but real. Epic, sweeping historical fiction with complex stories, political intrigue, backstabbing, and moral ambiguity. [more inside]
posted by Green Winnebago on May 3, 2012 - 53 answers

When did the American "Business Reply Mail" concept begin?

What is the general history of the US postal "business reply mail" ? When did it begin? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on May 3, 2012 - 2 answers

How to properly organize work history?

Need assistance with resume chronological order of work history. [more inside]
posted by delasoull on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

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

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