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Rags soaked with sunflower oil will spontaneously combust?

How can I prevent a bunch of cotton rags I soaked in sunflower oil from spontaneously combusting? [more inside]
posted by fan_of_all_things_small on Oct 13, 2013 - 12 answers

 

Fish oil - or snake oil?

Recently I was talking to someone about health related issues and she mentioned that she took fish oil ending with the broad statement that it helps with about everything. I have read over the years about how fish oil helps with menopause (which I'm beginning) and ADHD (which I have) and just about every kind of condition known. I saw a previous mefi about the inefficacy for fish oil on depression but wondered how it relates to other conditions. Googling shows all sorts of results, both positive and negative and as I am not medically inclined I'm wondering if there is any benefit to it or is better to steer clear? Anecdotal evidence too please.
posted by lasamana on Oct 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Should I use garlic infused oil to prevent an ear infection?

I have a huge, life-determining standardized test tomorrow. A bit of ear plug got stuck inside my ear this morning when half of it ripped out as I tried to remove my earplug. Now, my ear has started hurting a little, and I'm terrified! I'm highly prone to ear infections, and am fearful of waking up with one tomorrow. It would be a huge distraction during this 3 hour test that has required months of preparation! [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 10, 2013 - 24 answers

Finding information about person in a portrait

We have inherited a portrait of Prof. Jacques Stock painted in the late 1930's. Based on family tradition he might have been a professor of art. Is there some site or some way we can search the web based on the face in the portrait? We've tried many different ways to search by name and keep coming up with nothing. The artist was a family member who died several years ago. The portrait was discovered after he died. We do know the family member studied portraiture under Thomas Eakins, but that is about all we have to go on. Many thanks for any help you can give.
posted by fgdmorr on Aug 11, 2013 - 4 answers

A waveform? A landform? Just a lovely abstract?

Can you help me learn more about this painting and/or the artist? [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

What non-sketchy sites can I buy unscented bath beads from?

My Mom used to love using bath beads, but we haven't been able to find them for ages (We used to get them at a little red shop instead of a bigger store; I think it was a body shop inside of a Sears or Bay or something like that?) Anyway, I figured I would get her some for mother's day. This is turning out to be a lot more challenging than I anticipated. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 7, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I repair a rip in oil painting on canvas?

Have an oil painting, self portrait of my old man, there is an L shaped rip around 6x4in flap. What's the best way to repair it?
posted by daveo'h on Mar 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Loose oil cap fix?

[Carfilter] The oil cap on my car vibrates itself loose, causing oil to spill out onto the engine and thus wreathe my hood in some lovely smoke. Oil cap has been replaced once already to try and fix this, to no avail. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Emissions problem and low oil

My car, for the first time in 12 years, did not pass an emissions inspection in California. Right before this, my oil light had started to periodically blink. On inspection, my oil was very (very) low. I filled it back up after the test. What are the chances that this caused the high emissions levels? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Oct 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me keep my SmartyPants image shiny.

Considering the huge amount of oil/energy expended driving trucks full of food all over the country, would it make more sense to increase our train infrastructure (is that even possible?) to move more food? That's the question, but not why I've come to Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Aug 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Beware the ides of Peak Oil.

Is the world going to go to hell when we run out of oil? [more inside]
posted by Chutzler on Feb 28, 2012 - 24 answers

Oil's well that ends well.

If I seal wood with some oil (say, olive oil, or mineral oil), does heating the wood add anything to this process? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Sep 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Does oil justify war?

Is the latest Libyan intervention really about oil? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Mar 23, 2011 - 21 answers

Suck it, plaster volcanoes.

Do natural gas and oil fired power plants release radiation in the form of radium, or otherwise? How much radiation per MW would be released by a typical plant? Would the release of such elements be reduced by cogeneration of steam? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Can a broken dipstick cause a car to lose 2 quarts of oil over a couple of months?

Can a broken dipstick cause a car to lose two quarts of oil over a couple of months? Should I just replace the dipstick, or should I have a mechanic investigate other potential problems? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone on Mar 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Truffle oil real?

Is truffle oil a chemical or made from truffles? [more inside]
posted by boby on Dec 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Statistics on the Alberta Oil Sands

So I'm looking for some hard data on the Alberta Oil Sands: Employment rate, type of employment, demographics, who owns what, etc. I'm finding plenty of opinion pieces, and plenty of environmental assessments, but not much hard data on the economics of it. Does anyone know where to look for this kind of information?
posted by Stagger Lee on Oct 25, 2010 - 6 answers

what should I ask a mechanic to look for before buying an uncoverted diesel car that was powered with waste oil?

I'm considering purchasing a 2009 VW Jetta TDI with 12k miles. During summer months, the owner used waste oil for fuel. (no separate tank or conversion kit). But we're in the mountains, and it gets brisk even in the summer. Should I walk away altogether? Can I ask a mechanic to specifically check out the fuel injection system? What else should I ask of the mechanic? Thanks.
posted by comah on Sep 27, 2010 - 8 answers

black gold texas tea

What are your favorite literary texts about oil and oil capitalism? I'm looking for anything from traditional realism to noir to science fiction, from poetry to film to comic books to video games to philosophy and theory. Anything could work. Bonus points if the focus is on globalization and/or Peak Oil and resource scarcity. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Sep 24, 2010 - 18 answers

99 barrels of crude in my backyard, 99 barrels of crude

What is the most direct, but practical, way for an individual to invest in petroleum? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Sep 12, 2010 - 9 answers

US Cuba relations and hurricanes/oil spills

What natural disasters since the Cuban Revolution have affected both the United States and Cuba (i.e. hurricanes Dennis and Katrina)? Also, where would I find the best primary sources regarding either government's response to the disasters? [more inside]
posted by barbudo on Jul 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Soundbites Drillbits

I need quick stats and talking points to use IN FAVOR of banning drilling in state waters along the Florida Coast. [more inside]
posted by swlabr on Jul 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Social science guy needs physical science info

Please help me understand the BP oil spill. I see the footage of the oil plume and wonder how wide it is when it reaches the surface. This question tells me why capping the pipe is not feasable. But what about creating a thermal column of warm(er) water to help "focus" the oil plume to a more concentrated area on the surface while the relief well is being drilled? Thanks for your explanations...
posted by DB Cooper on Jul 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Why can't BP do better than a leaky cap?

Why is it so impossible for BP to create a tightly sealed solution for the failed blow-out preventer in the Gulf of Mexico? Sure, there's the cap, but.. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Jul 2, 2010 - 5 answers

No really, Sarah Palin?

I'm not a huge facebook user, but am freaked out by the sudden "People Who Want To Plug The Oil Spill With Sarah Palin" movement I'm seeing - amongst what I thought were people very much opposed to Sarah Palin.. [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Jun 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Should I Just Send Dawn Instead of Dollars?

What conservation or local groups are currently working on cleaning up the oil from the BP oil spill, especially in terms of wildlife? I'd like to donate as I'm not able to volunteer.
posted by questionsandanchors on Jun 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Can I tell if oil has already been added to gasoline?

Is there a way to tell if I have already added the oil into the gas can for my two-stroke trimmer? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on May 31, 2010 - 11 answers

WTF is growing out of the floor in my basement? It looks like glossy human hair and it is freaking me out.

WTF is growing out of the floor in my basement? It looks like glossy human hair and it is freaking me out. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Apr 21, 2010 - 18 answers

Give us your lucious, your aromatic, your fantastic Olive Oils

What are the best Olive Oils that you always turn to? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Mar 11, 2010 - 25 answers

Is it alright to put an oil painting in the trash..and does this idea have "good energy"?

I want to do something similar to this London artist's idea...but when I think about it I quickly get mired in the logistics. Can you help me decide if I could do something like this that would be environmentally correct plus not cost me money personally? "Art bin" [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Feb 5, 2010 - 4 answers

How to get 91 octane gas in an 87/89/93 area?

How can I get 91 octane gas in an area that seems to sell only 87/89/93? What sort of damage might I have caused to a new vehicle by filling it with 87 for a little while? [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Oct 22, 2009 - 21 answers

ScentFilter: I love Caress Moroccan body wash. Help me find a similar scent.

ScentFilter: I love the smell of Caress's Moroccan body wash. Help me find a similar scent in perfume form! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Oct 7, 2009 - 5 answers

Stop Burning Dinosaurs.

Waste Oil Diesel. Any satisfied users? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jun 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Oil + Garlic = Free Botox!

[(50 Garlics + 3/4 teacup of Olive Oil) * Food Processor] + Long Term Storage = Botulism? If yes, what could be used to replace the oil? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Apr 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me unstain my pans!

How can I prevent or remove polymerized oil from aluminum sheet pans? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Feb 17, 2009 - 14 answers

OilFilter

Is too much oil in a car engine something to worry about? [more inside]
posted by ghost of a past number on Feb 11, 2009 - 6 answers

How can I fix my walls?

DIY home repair - I would like to re-paint the walls in my apartment by myself. [more inside]
posted by alice ayres on Feb 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Crude Oil Charts

Where can I find crude oil charts online? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Nov 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Past prices on oil and airfares?

Is there a resource anywhere that will give me either (a) historical data for the last year or two on the price of oil (b) similar data for airline tickets or (c) ideally, both? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Nov 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Is the 3,000-mile oil change a scam?

Is the 3,000-mile oil change a scam? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Dec 29, 2005 - 24 answers

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