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What makes someone funny?

I've always wanted to know how funny people became funny. What particular attributes, behavior, types of humor makes them so hilarious? Do some of them practice jokes in advance? Do they watch comedians and funny tv shows a lot? [more inside]
posted by poilkj on Aug 17, 2014 - 30 answers

The name/location of the lighthouse in HIMYM??

Hi! Was wondering if anyone knows the name and location of the lighthouse in the Lighthouse episode of How I Met Your Mother. THANK YOU!
posted by LemonGardot on Jul 18, 2014 - 1 answer

The restaurant self-identifies as Cantonese, but I don't know...

The dish at a faraway hole-in the wall Chinese restaurant was titled "egg fried soft noodles". [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jan 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Need help finding animation tutorials/classes for this style?

Hi Everyone! All of my clients are asking for this style of animation/screen casting (SFW): http://youtu.be/RYZ7IkboW7M It's the manic screen twisting animation with text and simple images displayed over basic color backgrounds. I am moderately skilled in After Effects (and own the suite) so I'd love to accommodate them, but I am more accustomed to creating explosions, light sabers and monsters than this kind of stuff. I would like to know if anyone knows of specific online classes or easy to follow tutorials for this specific style/type of animation? I've found many After Effects tutorials, but I'm looking for something specifically geared to creating a video similar to the one posted above. I am happily prepared to pay for these as I really need to be somewhat proficient in this by early 2014. Thanks a million!
posted by MeetCleaverTheatre on Nov 8, 2013 - 7 answers

Just had my allergy breakout (Hives) and my face looks like a map

I have never had an allergic reaction before so I don't know what to do. I just had hives that lasted for 2 weeks. I went to the doctor and they gave me some shots and it was gone in a day, but it came back the second week - I kept taking my meds so the hives are mostly gone now. Some spots were still kind of itchy but its mostly just dark marks on my face. I was wondering if anybody knows how to remove these dark spots on my face because I really feel uncomfortable looking at the mirror and seeing myself like I'm looking at a moon. [more inside]
posted by Johnkx on Sep 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Router noob in need of help

Help me make my wireless router work with my XP PC [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 6, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I prepare myself for my bungee jump?

I am going bungee jumping in one week! But am TERRIFIED of heights! I want to go because I think it will be awesome and fulfilling, but am at the same time, completely scared out of my mind!! What things can I do to prepare myself for the jump?
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 21, 2013 - 14 answers

How to reduce comcast internet bill, and how fast do I really need?

How to reduce comcast internet bill, and how fast do I really need? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Jan 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Why does my potato chips not have one less chip in it?

Whenever I eat potato chips, I wonder how the exact number of chips (or actaully, weight) was arrived upon. After all, if they put ONE less chip in my bag of chips, I probably wouldn't notice or care, but it would save them hundreds of thousands of dollars (...probably). So my question is - how do product manufacturers decide on the precise sweet spot that gets them the highest revenue without customers dropping off? Why 35 grams and not 34?
posted by cdenman on Jan 10, 2013 - 18 answers

How to behave around your ex

What should I wear and how should I behave at a dinner, where my ex will be with his new gf? [more inside]
posted by artystar on Dec 5, 2012 - 58 answers

Money from Nothing?

Ideas, theories, facts, about how online sites are making money when I no longer see banner advertising or Google ad links -- old stand-by methods from five years ago seem to have evaporated? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Oct 14, 2012 - 14 answers

How to quiet the "think about other women" impulse and become faithful in thought as well as action?

How to quiet the "think about other women" impulse and become faithful in thought as well as action? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2012 - 52 answers

Sheltered Meets Extroverts

Your friends scare you with their kindness. Now we're going on a roadtrip - advice? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Sep 21, 2012 - 17 answers

What's the deal with meditation?

How and why does meditation work? How does one do it properly (that is, in the way in which one may extract the most benefits)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 29 answers

Brevity is the soul of wit?

How did you learn to say more with less? [more inside]
posted by mkdirusername on May 29, 2012 - 20 answers

I need to learn Swedish

I need to learn Swedish, and I'm not the greatest language student. Who can point me towards the best online resources and courses?
posted by ewan on May 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Modelsim

How did you learn how to use ModelSim? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Apr 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Any engineers out there?

I want to rig up a way to cover and uncover my fire alarm with ease. I cannot cook in my apartment, at all, without it going off, and I am too short to climb up and cover it every time. Any engineers out there? I'm thinking a wall aligned contraption like what would be on a very high window...does that make sense? Parts? How-to?
posted by Hannahesque on Jan 27, 2012 - 25 answers

Real name/location of the Arcadian

What is the real name/location of The Arcadian building in the TV show "How I met Your Mother"? [more inside]
posted by yticmic on Dec 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Fashion 101 for the Tall and Clueless

How can a tall 20-something female become fashionable on a budget? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 24, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I get Urban Outfitters to carry my book?

I wrote a book and would like Urban Outfitters to carry it - what specific steps would you take to ensure this eventuality? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

How long does fresh salsa keep

Homemade salsa with vinegar in it - how long will it keep? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Aug 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Free crash course in DSLR

What is the best resource for giving yourself a crash course in using a Digital SLR camera? Food photography tips also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jul 5, 2011 - 9 answers

I need directions about how to navigate this online relationship

I need directions for navigating this online relationship [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Jul 4, 2011 - 40 answers

Cedar deck preservatiion

I have 6 year old cedar deck by the ocean that is aging quicker than expected, I have power washed and coated it twice with Benjamin Moore transparent deck stain. It's decaying, and the stain is not penetrating and peeling. Any ideas?
posted by daveo'h on May 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Ever bought a mic flag?

How to buy a mic flag: The first week of June I will be attending a meetup via my favorite tech podcaster and I want to gift him with a microphone flag for his Shure SM58 since he records his podcast LIVE every week. [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl on May 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Isotypes and Heath

Cancer Knowledge: With the recent radiation fears in Japan, how does radiation cause cancer? Also, looking for an expert here - given the huge investments towards cancer research, how far away are we from a cure? Or is it not so simple?
posted by Funmonkey1 on Mar 18, 2011 - 21 answers

Ambiguity is scary

I'm moving from Small Town, Midwest to Big Metro Area, East Coast within the next month. What do I need to know to prepare myself mentally for the transition? [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden on Mar 16, 2011 - 29 answers

Opera vinyls! What's my selling price?

A neighbor is coming over in two or three hours to take a look at my opera and classical music vinyls. [more inside]
posted by amusem on Mar 4, 2011 - 12 answers

We want to buy something new and shiny, but a direct to dvd camcorder from 2005 seems like the best solution. Do you have any better ideas?

We want to buy something new and shiny, but an ancient direct to dvd camcorder seems like the best solution. Do you have any better ideas? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Feb 28, 2011 - 1 answer

MW2 XBox live and local Multi???

How do I play Modern Warfare 2 online with two local players? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jan 9, 2011 - 7 answers

What a sell out.

Best tie ever...hopefully [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jan 1, 2011 - 8 answers

How much should I charge for trumpet lessons?

How much should I charge for trumpet lessons? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Nov 16, 2010 - 8 answers

I'm too old to be scared of intimacy!

How do I let people love me? Will I ever outgrow my fear of intimacy? I'm in my late 20s. I'm scared of intimacy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not scared of sex. Won't think twice about a threesome, but am startled by holding hands. If a guy wants to get to know me more, compliments me, or crosses the line from being sweet to me to being sweet on me, I get super flustered. I stutter or look at my feet. I run away. [more inside]
posted by jamaisvu on Nov 6, 2010 - 15 answers

Metadrinker

Best way to open and enjoy this fine bottle of beer... [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Oct 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Beyond Comment ca va

Different "how are yous" in different languages? [more inside]
posted by dave99 on Aug 19, 2010 - 31 answers

How To Topics?

I have a technical writing background but haven't written a technical piece in a long time. Can you come up with some good topics for me to write about? I can't seem to think of anything. [more inside]
posted by MrningLight on Jun 21, 2010 - 5 answers

How > Why

They say that science takes care of the "how", and religion takes care of the "why"... What I want to know is, do "how" and "why" have equal philosophical footing? [more inside]
posted by klanawa on May 23, 2010 - 9 answers

How many cameramen at an NHL game?

I love to watch hockey at home, and I've always wondered - how many videocameras do they have running at your average NHL hockey game? How many are manned? Are some automatic? Do they have one guy just manning the net camera? Would they need 2 - one for each goalie? It seems they have a lot of cameramen - some to follow the play, others to follow any fights. I would love some answers from someone who is in a position to know. Thanks!
posted by Sully on Apr 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Let's be friends, not roomies.

So, I want to move out of my apartment. I'm going to try to do things right, and I'm not trying to screw over my roommate (we have about 4 months left on the lease). It's a somewhat delicate situation, unfortunately there is (a lot) more inside... (sorry!) [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu on Dec 10, 2009 - 24 answers

Tactfully breaking off casual dating

How to tactfully break things off with a woman I just started dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2009 - 45 answers

How to flight?

How do I fight? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jun 26, 2009 - 47 answers

ET Phone Home

VPS and Internet Proxy: I have a VPS and want to be able to access the internet remotely from it. For example, the VPS is hosted in Scandinavia while I am in USA, how do I create a proxy server so I can access internet through the VPS country? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jun 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Sleepz?

If you are really exhausted from lack of sleep and stress, x say 2 months off and on, what's the best thing to do to get back in good shape? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on May 22, 2009 - 8 answers

A job for my partner...

Asking for my partner: What to DO if you live in a country where you speak the language quite well but it's not your mother tongue, but have 1:1 English literature degree, a fair bit of life experience and common sense, are interested in working with people but the idea of another crappy office job almost brings on a panic attack? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me learn piano on the cheap!

Help me learn piano on a budget. I have always wanted to learn, and now I am 31 and tired of just wishing! Problem is, money is tight, so I am looking for suggestions on how to teach myself on the cheap (if that's possible). [more inside]
posted by scarello on Jan 25, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me sell my Excel spreadsheets!

How can I sell my Excel spreadsheets online? [more inside]
posted by jseven on Oct 1, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I be mayor of Hooverville?

I have a good, stable job with a disposable income. What should I be doing to take advantage of the troubled economy?
posted by bingo on Sep 26, 2008 - 23 answers

Help me find this how to website!

Ask me find this how to website! A series of videos with hipsters teaching you things like how to calm down a baby by turning on a tap, and wrapping your headphones' cord. [more inside]
posted by Andorinha on Aug 27, 2008 - 7 answers

How does one hookup with someone from easily 8-10 years ago?

How does one hookup with someone from easily 8-10 years ago? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Aug 3, 2008 - 10 answers

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