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Can I Eat It Filter: Sweet apricot kernels

My father bought a box of four mooncakes, the five-kernel type, containing mostly cashew nuts, but also sweet apricot kernels. Is this okay to eat? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Oct 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Desiccant Food Safety

The internet seems to say that silica gel is safe to use in a food context. I have a jar of sugar that's pretty lumpy. Is there any concern about placing a desiccant packet in the jar for a while? Note that this packet did not come with a food item.
posted by Phredward on Oct 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Mixed company: adults + babies

I'm going to be throwing a party soon & many of my friends have babies or toddlers. What can I have on hand to entertain babies and toddlers? [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Oct 3, 2015 - 19 answers

Which power tools should you wear gloves when using?

Which power tools should you wear gloves when using and which should you not?
posted by Infernarl on Sep 30, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me bounce back from a (non-violent) mugging

I was mugged on my way home 2 nights ago. I wasn't hurt, but presumably that's because the attackers were only interested in my iphone and ipod, which they took. I'm relatively new to my neighborhood and have never been the victim of crime before, despite my 20 years in NYC. Have you? What did you do/not do in order to move past the incident and stay safe? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Sep 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Roller Skating with the Least Chance of Death?

Hi! I've just spent way too much time (about 4 hours) online trying to learn which type of skating will hurt less. All information, including this thread, has only told me preferences regarding style and speed, not what will make me go boom less. I care not about speed, performance or dancing in them, only if they can get me to work (much downhill) without dying. [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on Sep 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Is air travel safer than it was 5 years ago?

What advancements/improvements, technological or otherwise, have been made over the last 5 years to make commercial air travel safer? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Sep 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Is it safe to leave the oven on while unattended?

My husband believes it is safe to leave the house with the (electric) oven on. Maybe not 100% safe, but no less safe than leaving the house with any electrical appliances plugged in. I am not so sure, and I am failing to find any reliable information online. Please resolve this disagreement: how unsafe is it to leave the house with the oven going? [more inside]
posted by meese on Sep 3, 2015 - 20 answers

Drinking and swimming

In the movies, you sometimes see people jumping into a pool on a hot day and drinking the water. Where is this possible in the world? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Aug 26, 2015 - 26 answers

If your plane is crashing is there anything you can do to save yourself?

I travel a lot and I often wonder if you know your plane is going down is there anything you can do to save yourself. For example, could you turn the spare liferaft into a parachute? Or would it be better to try to move to the back? Assume the plane can't be saved. What would mcgiver do?
posted by gwen1234 on Jul 30, 2015 - 32 answers

Why aren't gun stores held liable?

This may sound simplistic, but how do gun stores and/or manufacturers avoid liability when there's a mass shooting? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Recommendation for a safety razor for leg-shaving?

If you're a woman and use a metal-handle, old-fashioned safety razor for shaving your legs, give me your recs! [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Can pregnancy and an art studio mix?

I recently learned I was pregnant. Just before that, I put down a deposit on a rented workspace. Artists work in adjacent spaces, using paint, pens, etc. The place does not actually smell fume-y. Should I be worried about safety? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Can I safely include once musty-smelling labels in my label collection?

I have a collection of unused labels (ca. 1830 on), which I store in archival-quality sheets with mostly top-loading pockets. I just purchased about 40 labels that were taken from a printer’s archive. The labels are spotless and appear to be in perfect condition, but they smell musty. They are not moist and do not show any water stains. [more inside]
posted by kirsti on Jun 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Cat collar recommendations - Looking for FUNCTIONAL, not fashionable.

We need to purchase a new collar for our cat. Concerns over previous collar and new collar requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jun 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Best practices: floatation devices for learning to swim

An expert in children's motor-skills development suggested that I get my kid to try swimming by using a floatation vest. Nonswimmers should use real life vests for boating or other times when they might fall in the water unexpectedly. However, I thought that using a floatation device for just playing around in the pool would make it harder for kids to learn to swim because they hold kids in the wrong position thus causing bad habits, and inspire them do riskier things due to their feeling invulnerable. [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech on Jun 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Preventing elderly guests with poor vision from falling down stairs

My family has a summer house with a steep, poorly lit stairway to the basement. The top exits into the kitchen. There is a door that is normally kept closed at the top, and guests other than children rarely need to go down these stairs. So, what's the problem? Recently, a family friend with a similar setup had their elderly friend tumble down such stairs (presumably confusing it with the bathroom), and were badly injured and had to be rushed to the hospital. We have lots of elderly friends/family/neighbors that regularly come over. So... [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Jun 21, 2015 - 23 answers

A few points of concern about driving for an anxious person

I struggle with anxiety and ocd and this can make it hard sometimes for me to tell the difference between safe and overly cautious driving. An outside perspective would be extremely helpful. And yes, I am receiving treatment for the aforementioned issues. [more inside]
posted by theshire on Jun 13, 2015 - 14 answers

Stinky Cheese Time

Mr. Otter_Handler and I went to France in April and among many other delights managed to procure a small wheel of Livarot cheese, which was vacuum sealed by the fromageur when we bought it and refrigerated until our departure, then refrigerated once we got home. Mr. Otter_Handler opened it in late April, when in an effort to contain the aroma (yes, it does smell a bit like rotting cabbage) it was moved to a small dorm fridge in Mr Otter_Handler's study. It's June now and I can smell this cheese without opening the fridge. Is this cheese still good or can we say "au revoir" to this souvenir of Normandy?
posted by Otter_Handler on Jun 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Is the sawdust from composite decking safe for my herb garden?

I'm currently having a deck installed in my backyard - yay! We're using composite decking made from recycled wood and high density polyethylene plastic. I noticed last night that they are cutting the boards quite close to my herb garden and the dirt and plants are covered in sawdust. Will this sawdust make my herbs/tomatoes unsafe to eat? [more inside]
posted by melissa on Jun 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Arlanda airport to central(ish) Stockholm for a non-bankrupting price?

How can an academic friend get from Stockholm Arlanda airport, to Wittstocksgatan, Stockholm, for a reasonable price? Criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on May 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Ceiling falling apart: safe to breathe?

Pieces of the ceiling in my top floor apartment fell apart, throwing a great deal of what looks like dust or sand into the air. The ceiling is made of plaster, but doesn't have the "popcorn" texture I have heard is bad. Is it likely that breathing this dust is unsafe, e.g. could it contain asbestos? [more inside]
posted by Known Weasel on May 18, 2015 - 2 answers

Click n go

We are road tripping today and have just found one seat belt isn't working. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on May 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Am I over-reacting?

I met up with this guy from OkCupid two weeks ago, and he seemed really charming. We've met up around three times to do various activity-oriented things in the city. He's done a few things to set off my alarm bells, and I'm not sure it's safe to see him anymore. At the same time, maybe these things are no big deal. Details inside [more inside]
posted by MFZ on May 13, 2015 - 79 answers

Internet safety for the elementary school set?

How do I protect my small from teh pr0n? [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion on May 12, 2015 - 10 answers


I had a really unpleasant experience with Greyhound. I am on the bus, and I do not want to be on the bus. It is 2 am, and little or no options to leave the bus. [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose on May 6, 2015 - 24 answers

Where to Grieve Safely Online?

My mother passed away in December. Still hurting. Want to grieve. It's hard. Need a safe place online to that. Where? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Little sister is watching you: roll-your-own/smart home security

So, last night we apparently interrupted some burglars. The police were pretty negative about traditional home security systems (which we didn't have anyway), and I'm interested in either a DIY system or a modern digital system. Googling turns up a lot of things that appear to be not ready for prime time (e.g. Canary). But surely there are Mefites with good suggestions. Help? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Apr 14, 2015 - 18 answers

How safe is leftover raw kitfo?

Ordered raw kitfo about 24 hours ago and got the leftovers into the fridge an hour later. Still safe to eat raw?
posted by BrotherCaine on Apr 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Ambulances and civilian drivers: a traffic etiquette question!

The other day, I was driving home from work and an ambulance was coming up from behind. I didn't pull over because it didn't seem useful, a nearby motorcyclist chewed me out through my open window: "You're supposed to pull over when there's an ambulance!!" Due to the not-so-snowflakey details inside, I'm struggling to understand what the right thing to do would've been. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Mar 26, 2015 - 52 answers

Is it safe for a single woman to walk around San Juan PR by herself?

Ive travelled to most places by myself, but some places I know too little about to know if this is safe. How is San Juan, Puerto Rico? [more inside]
posted by manderin on Mar 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Raw chicken still within best-by date, is it still good to eat?

I purchased chicken thighs from a grocery store several days ago. They have a Best-By date that comes up 3 days from now, so according to the package they should still be good. They have been kept refrigerated (and chilled in the winter cold on the way home) and sealed in their original package. [more inside]
posted by Willz on Feb 22, 2015 - 24 answers

Help me with some internet safety tips for families

I'm doing some presentations for parents of kids K-12 grades about the nebulous topic of internet safety and could use some advice/stories/resources from real-world parents to help me make sure this is relevant and useful. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Feb 16, 2015 - 20 answers

Tattoo safety question

I found an artist for my first tattoo! I like the artist a lot, we communicate well, and the shop has a good reputation. But is safety something I need to worry about in a well-regarded tattoo shop? And how do I determine for myself if it's a safe place to get needles jammed into my skin? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Feb 9, 2015 - 10 answers

We're becoming SUV people!

We're just about at the point where it is time to trade in our little 2007 Mazda 3. It's been a fine car for us, but now that we have a car seat in the back, things are feeling a bit tight. We've also found ourselves putting money into it lately--$3000 in the last four or 5 months--and so we're starting to think about buying a new-to-us vehicle. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Feb 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Are rock concerts safe for early teens?

My 13-year-old, eighth-grade daughter wants to go to see Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia next month with a girlfriend the same age. Assuming that a parent drops them off and picks them up, is this safe? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Feb 6, 2015 - 46 answers

Road rage Peterbilt style.

Do long haul truckers bump small cars when angry? I’ve heard of intimidation with brights at night and tailgating to keep cars out of the fast lane, but is this kind of threat a thing? Also, why didn’t the officer taking my report want to hear the entire story? They wrote it up as a hit & run but were disinterested in details and road rage. I think this guy is dangerous and the deductible for repairs is $500. Do I have recourse beyond the police to get me covered and make sure the driver is at least investigated? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jan 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Need reliable external HDDs to back up my data

After some research, I think I've found my ideal backup solution. It involves me:
  • Manually creating a Macrium Reflect encrypted image file of my data once a week
  • Storing the encrypted image file to two external HDDs
  • Placing the external HDDs in two different (safe) physical locations
Now I just need to know which external HDDs that are currently on the market are considered most reliable. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jan 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Wanted! Red wagon! Red wagon! (well, actually a sled)

Quality sled for a 10 month old, will need to be shipped to another state, Amazon Prime a plus but not a dealbreaker, Santa messed up my original plans! [more inside]
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff on Dec 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Ice, Ice, Baby (and her klutzy parents)

I want -- nay, NEED an icy sidewalk to be clean and bone-dry. What are your best, most hardcore ice melting and sidewalk clearing solutions, particularly those requiring less specialized equipment and/or money? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Nov 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Child-safe messaging device

I'd like to give my 2 nieces and 1 nephew a shared device this Christmas, with which they can send and receive SMS and MMS messages (or similar) to and from an explicit whitelist of contacts. Apple iMessage is not an option. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Nov 25, 2014 - 15 answers

Please tell me I can still eat this.

I made some vegetarian sloppy Joes for dinner. They were SO. GOOD. Then I left them out on the for 8 hours….Help. [more inside]
posted by lettuce dance on Oct 29, 2014 - 17 answers

A Dad's Dilemma... A Car for a 16 Year Old: Balancing Price and Safety

So, my sweet little girl is about to turn 16 and we've started doing a little car shopping - for a Subaru. My mechanic (a SubaruGuru who I trust implicitly) made me aware of a hyper-meticulously maintained 1996 Subaru Legacy wagon with only 88K miles and in mint condition. Drove it, and it's true, it's an excellent car for it's age. Price is very affordable for us too, at a time when we don't need a lot of extra expense. I'm ready to go... but... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Oct 16, 2014 - 27 answers

Safety and legality of installing a DIY chandelier?

I really like this chandelier. Buy-able versions I have found are way out of my budget, but the designer posted instructions for a similar DIY version. I live in a rented apartment in NYC - are there legal/insurance/safety issues I need to be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Oct 12, 2014 - 16 answers

Will my car pass an MA inspection?

Prominent damage to the hood (opens and closes normally). Radiator support is bent but everything under the hood is fine. Bumper is fixed, lights all work. The grille isn't particularly sturdy, but it stays in place, and there's a star about the size of a dime in the windshield. [more inside]
posted by sleepingcbw on Oct 7, 2014 - 6 answers

What, if anything, could I, should I do about an unstable acquaintance?

I worked with a guy many moons ago. We hung out in the same social circle and I'd consider us friends back then. His behavior got increasingly erratic over the years, and he's been institutionalized a few times. At one point, he made a violent threat towards me, which I believe was just meant to be a joke in poor taste but I couldn't say for sure. He sort of dropped out of my life and that of the same social circle. Except he's now made a reappearance, and I'm a little worried about it. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Sep 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Noggin knockin: Bike helmet research?

I'm interested in solid research on the safety of bicycle helmets. I'm pro, but open to research supporting the cons. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving on Sep 5, 2014 - 15 answers

Women – how do you know what you know? And what is that?

I have a daughter entering college, for a while I have been thinking of her leaving and about things that women have to look out for, which in general men don’t. Some examples [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature on Sep 2, 2014 - 102 answers

Tell me about the danger zone

So I got a Rotisserie chicken from Costco at lunch today. It was hot then, but traffic was bad so it got home around 1. I didn't feel like eating right away so I stuck it as is in the fridge. Just got hungry around 3 and ate some, but I was surprised the inside was still warm. I temped it and it was 80 or so still in the middle. So it was probably in the "danger zone" for at least 3 hours and wasn't even getting close to 40 degrees. [more inside]
posted by tigeri on Aug 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Nothing Worth Stealing

We just moved into a new home, and though you wouldn't know it from the neighborhood or the house, which are very nice aesthetically, the inside of our home is sparse and we don't have the latest technology or anything of real value. There is honestly nothing worth stealing in our home, and the expense of cleaning up after a home invasion/robbery would cost more than the value of any items that could be stolen from us. A coworker suggested putting up a sign. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Aug 5, 2014 - 61 answers

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