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When my batteries die, I go to Wal-mart

Approximately how much of the productivity gains of the past 125 years has been a result of using fossil fuels? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jun 30, 2010 - 11 answers

could the Navy stop the oil leak?

I don't have a political dog in this fight, but why, at this point, isn't President Obama sending the Navy to go down and stop the oil leak in the Gulf? certainly they could do it..right?
posted by mrmarley on Jun 21, 2010 - 53 answers

hali burton little help out there?!

The Daily Show's "Moment of Zen" recently concluded with a clip from a 1951 Halliburton promotional film on oil.. I did a bit of searching, but no dice... Can anyone out there help me track this down?!
posted by markkraft on Jun 17, 2010 - 4 answers

The oil spill is bad, isn't it?

Any ammo for an argument with someone who doesn't think the BP oil spill is bad? [more inside]
posted by adverb on Jun 14, 2010 - 25 answers

How much have we learned about petroleum geology since 1967?

What's new (in the last 40 years) in petroleum geology? [more inside]
posted by neuron on Jun 9, 2010 - 2 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

Oil spill fubar

Many pictures of the oil spill show the booms washed up on shore, or filled with oil on the wrong side. An example of this. Why is the oil always on the wrong side of the boom? Are these booms really doing anything? Shouldn't the oil be gathering on the other side, ready to be skimmed and cleaned?
posted by ShootTheMoon on Jun 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Will the oil well run dry at some point?

Wont the BP oil well run out of oil at some point? How long could it possibly keep spewing? Don't wells run dry? (Sorry if I am hopelessly naive. I've never thought about oil wells in my life before this.)
posted by Sully on May 31, 2010 - 11 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

Buying Opportunity?

The stock price of BP is at about $42/share. When the US Market opens after Memorial Day, the price will have surely fallen because of the company's failed "junk shot" and "top kill". [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on May 30, 2010 - 38 answers

can't they just blow it up?

The NYTimes has an article this morning about the next trick to stop BP's oil spill in the Gulf: the "junk shot" (basically stuff a bunch of junk in the pipes to clog it). Looking at the left half of this picture I'm wondering why they can't do that dynamite trick used in There will be blood (1:14 in the clip) ... just drill down a couple hundred meters to the pipe, send some explosives in and let the earth stop the leak. Anyone know why not?
posted by pjenks on May 15, 2010 - 12 answers

Oil Spill Hands...

How do you get work as an 'oil spill hand' ? How many general laborers were hired to clean up the shoreline after the Exxon Valdez disaster? What will the potential employment scenario be for oil spill hands (general labor) in the unfolding disaster in the Gulf. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on May 9, 2010 - 2 answers

Can I scrub a sea turtle too?

I want to take my Memorial Day weekend and use it to help with wildlife cleaning/rehabbing in the Gulf. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by inmediasres on May 3, 2010 - 9 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

A popcorn-scented bed won't help with the cravings.

Can this mattress be saved from buttery goodness? [more inside]
posted by thejanna on Apr 12, 2010 - 4 answers

The Iran strike-effect

If there is an attack on Iran – by Israel/USA/an alliance of some kind, doesn't matter for purposes of this question – and, presumably, the price of oil rises sharply, which kinds of shares will rise with it? Oil companies? Energy supply companies? Food retailers? None of these? General and specific recommendations or thoughts welcomed. I know you are not my financial adviser.
posted by londongeezer on Apr 6, 2010 - 13 answers

Squeaky drain gets the grease

Is there anything I can do to remedy a whole lot of cooking oil (...a whole lot) being poured down the drain? [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop on Apr 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Is Moroccan Hair Oil Safe To Use?

Is Moroccan Hair Oil safe to use? Is pure Argan oil better, or will it make my hair smell like goat droppings? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Mar 20, 2010 - 7 answers

Help, Heloise. These Sheets are Yellow.

Just inherited some lovely, but dirty old bed linens. Need advice on how to restore them. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Mar 12, 2010 - 13 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

About 50% tear gas should do.

How do I get the hot kind of mustard oil? [more inside]
posted by themel on Mar 4, 2010 - 13 answers

My car! My precious car!

I'm having car trouble. I know about computers not cars. I feel stupid. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Feb 11, 2010 - 28 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

Drip drop drop goes the engine

My car appears to be leaking oil..or some other fluid. Is it safe to drive until I can get to a mechanic? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Dec 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Avocado oil for dry skin?

Dry skin and Avocado oil: My wife has excellent results with with an Avocado oil based product designed to prevent dry and flaking skin on her face during winter. We bought a tiny bottle of it at the cosmetic department of a department store that cost 55 euros. After reading the ingredient list it seems a bit of a ripoff... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Nov 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Where can I find decent body oil for a decent price?

Me and my skin recently discovered that we both like body oil a lot more than lotion. The stuff I've seen so far when out shopping comes in very tiny jars and is a bit expensive for me. Any suggestions for body oil in bulk? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly on Nov 14, 2009 - 24 answers

Water Heater/Oil Burner Question

How can I determine how much hot water my upstairs neighbors are using? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Oct 30, 2009 - 31 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

What can you see in satellite photos?

Satellite photos: what interesting features can be seen or measured in them (or other aerial photos), and where can I get a supply of images? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 30, 2009 - 12 answers

Any good job ideas for quadriplegics?

I am a 52 year old quadriplegic (C-4,C-5 incomplete) former oil and gas senior executive. Until recently, I've been able to both support my family and afford the post-Cobra health insurance premiums available through our Texas High Risk Pool. I'll will soon be overtaken by the myriad of expenses now beginning to snowball. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Oil: More than Strategic and Corporate Interests

Please help me understand the role of oil in the motivations for the 2003 Iraq invasion. [more inside]
posted by atmosphere on Sep 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Dollars and Rials and Bourses, oh my!

What difference does it make to the United States economy whether oil is traded or denominated in the US dollar or in other currencies? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Aug 31, 2009 - 11 answers

Would like to learn something about this painting

Can you help me identify at least the painter of this impressionist painting? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Aug 9, 2009 - 5 answers

My name is Daniel Plainview. I am driven and goal-oriented, and I endeavor to forge new possibilities in alternative energy.

In There Will Be Blood, Daniel Plainview delivers the line: "I have a competition in me." Could this be described as grammatically correct, strictly speaking? Or is it idiomatic, but not strictly correct? Is Plainview saying, essentially, "I have a [sense of] competition in me," a sentence that, were it to be spelled out as such, would lose its rhetorical punch? Could it be argued as a case of poetic metonymy or something of the kind? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 8, 2009 - 27 answers

What's with people oiling their hair and sticking the bangs to their forehead?

There seems to be a trend among older women, at least in Baltimore (mainly African-American ladies, but I have seen Hispanic and Caucasian women do this as well), of matting down hair with some sort of oil. The goal seems to be to get as much hair as possible as close to the scalp as possible. The bangs are then stuck to the forehead, and it looks like this is purely oil based. As I haven't yet had the kahones to ask one of these lovely ladies what's up with the hair, I was hoping someone knew: A. What sort of product is being applied to get this "just out of the oil bath" look? B. Is this an every morning thing, or do you apply just once a week? Once a month?
posted by ichthuz on Jul 23, 2009 - 22 answers

Assuming that I believe that the U.S. economy will not recover in the near future, what's a relatively simple way to make a bet that would profit from my belief?

Assuming that I believe that the U.S. economy will not recover in the near future, what's a relatively simple way to make a bet that would profit from my belief? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym on Jul 17, 2009 - 18 answers

Stop Burning Dinosaurs.

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

buying home - pay for unused existing fuel?

First time homebuyer - "its customary to purchase the unused fuel from the seller" urf? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Jun 22, 2009 - 39 answers

Are cheap fish oil capsules OK?

Are Trader Joe's Salmon Oil capsules still good for you even though they are so much cheaper then health food store brands? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on May 25, 2009 - 12 answers

Cleaning -- and un-holying -- my mirrors

A couple of my mirrors at home have stubborn, sticky stains from drips of a resin-y oil. How can I shift them? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on May 21, 2009 - 18 answers

How to find dead parent's Texas mineral rights?

Finding deceased parent's Texas "mineral rights?" How can I do this cheaply? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Woodworking 204

Staining/treating pressed/sanded pine chairs. On the cheap. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on May 2, 2009 - 7 answers

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT!

Check Engine light is on and there is a ominous whirling sound coming from my engine? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Apr 14, 2009 - 13 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

Resources about Oil for High School Students?

Can anyone recommend some good resources (articles, books, DVDs, websites) about oil that are appropriate for a secondary school curriculum? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart on Mar 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Is non stick cookware going to give me cancer in 25 years?

What are the dangers and benefits of non stick cookware (teflon/generic teflon type)? It's obviously healthier to cook without using lots of oil, but I've heard rumors of health problems such as cancer being linked to long term use of non stick pans. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 22, 2009 - 21 answers

Hot Oil for My Hair?

Do hot oil treatments for hair work? Are they good for curly/frizzy fairly thick hair? Will they make my hair silky smooth? Or do they do nothing? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Mar 18, 2009 - 21 answers

How can I wash oil/grease out of my leather gloves?

How can I wash oil/grease out of my leather gloves? [more inside]
posted by autojack on Mar 10, 2009 - 5 answers

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