Help! I dropped a candy thermometer! Details inside! [more inside]
Is cooked then frozen chicken with a mild eggy smell ok to eat? [more inside]
Some friends of mine live in a brilliant location in downtown DC, and one of them is leaving, giving me an opening to move in. This is far and away the best apartment I've ever had a shot at. Just one possible catch: the building's ground floor is a dry-cleaning business, so I'm concerned about exposure to PERC. Should I be? Does DC have any more stringent regulations than those enforced by the EPA? Can I request a test of air quality in the building before I move in (as appears to be available in NYC)?
Please help me understand the difference (or non-difference) in safety for Firefox vs. Chrome browser extensions (plugins/add-ons). [more inside]
Brands for carcinogen-free lipsticks? [more inside]
If "Deer Whistles" don't work, what does? [more inside]
I realized during Sandy that 1) we don't own any sort of radio; 2) I don't have a UPS for my desktop Mac; and 3) there are surely other things/tools/resources we probably should buy now to prepare for the next big storm. Can you make any recommendations? [more inside]
I only have time to run at night. This makes me nervous. Am I just a nervous nellie, or am I asking to become the Central Park Jogger 2.0? [more inside]
How low can a helicopter fly before people on the ground are affected by its downdraft? Is there a standard way of calculating downdraft strength and diameter at various heights? [more inside]
Now that my kids are getting older and wanting to use more stuff online from a wider range of devices, what can I do to keep an eye on what they're doing? [more inside]
Please help me assess and mitigate the risk to my dogs from bowhunters during deer season. [more inside]
Is it necessary to have anti-virus on a Windows 2008 file server? [more inside]
How do I gauge whether it is safe in my neighborhood to leave the windows in my house open/unlocked (a) when we are asleep, and (b) when we're not home? [more inside]
Is it safe to travel to Egypt right now? [more inside]
Help me get my head on straight regarding a recent suspicious activity report we submitted and the police visit that resulted. [more inside]
I'm after recommendations for the best dust respirator to use for long periods of time, specifically for charcoal and graphite dust. In my artwork I'm using a LOT of charcoal and graphite powder, I'm inhaling too much so want to get a respirator. The ones I've had in the past I've found hard to wear for long periods of time. I'd like to be able to wear it for say 3 or 4 hours at a time - or if that's asking too much, at least an hour, I could always go for a cup of tea every hour or so... Suggestions of brands, models, types, are all welcome.
I bought a couple of Twinkies today and just noticed that their expiry date is August 2007. My SO has misgivings about eating something so, well, old. I contend that Twinkies are basically Cold War-era bunker spec foodstuffs. So: Perfectly Fine, or Deadly Poison?
Help me reassure someone about the safety of near infrared light. [more inside]
If I show you a neighborhood in Paris, can you tell me how safe it is for a family with kids? [more inside]
What can I do to make myself feel more capable in situations where I feel unsafe? [more inside]
I finally got my act together and put my Brooklyn apartment up on Airbnb this morning. I'm a little surprised to be already receiving inquiries, and I realize now I really don't know how to vet these potential renters. For those who have hosted through the site before, what criteria do you use? Is no photo a red flag or is that normal? Is it suspicious or ordinary for them not to have much of a profile filled out? Are there specific questions I should be asking in my initial reply? (Will it make them suspicious if I ask for identifying information?) Are there scams to watch out for? Is there anything you'd add to a listing to head off potential trouble? [more inside]
What do I need to know to be a proper support boat to a long distance swimmer? [more inside]
I'm a dark haired 26-year old guy, with what I assume to be a tough, bristly beard. How do I get past the 5'oclock shadow and razor bumps that have been starting to plague me as of late? (Details inside) [more inside]
The sparkers on my gas cook-top keep 'sparking' even when everything is turned off. There is no gas flowing to the range but the little spark plugs keeping sparking by themselves. From my lounge room I can hear them and it's getting worse and worse. Any ideas? Should I just get someone in to fix it? European stainless steel cook-top around 10 years old. I saw this AskMefi, but it doesn't quite answer my question.
What does "passing on the right" actually mean? [more inside]
What are your safety tips for casual sexual encounters? (Probably NSFW text inside) [more inside]
You're a motorcycle rider in a state without mandatory helmet laws. You often or always choose not to wear a helmet. Why?
I remember reading about a material that was designed to make walking across it very difficult if not impossible. [more inside]
How dangerous is this part of Seattle to walk around at 11PM at night? [more inside]
Can a tech-savvy person hack the webcam on a Macbook through the wireless network? How can I stop it if it is happening? [more inside]
The Windows Live Family Safety content filter has a neat optional feature: instead of completely blocking a web page that might be inappropriate, it can display a warning that the user can then click through to visit the site if they really need to, and then a notification is sent to the parent or admin that they clicked through the warning to get to the site. Is there a similar system available for Mac OS? [more inside]
Currently in the process of getting a mani/pedi at a salon my friends have been to, but I haven't. Question about hygiene. [more inside]
I just had a really upsetting/scary interaction with someone I've been dating/sleeping with and I'm not sure where to go from here. [more inside]
My husband loves his 2007 Mini Cooper S convertible, but also loves his 3 year old, 38" tall, 30 lb daughter. We're hoping to bring the two things together with the perfect car seat. It needs to be easy to get into for the kid, harness (as opposed to seat belt) preferred. Have any actual real-life Mini owners made this work?
What laws or rules govern automobile door locks in the United States? [more inside]
Help me be a better long-distance parent. [more inside]
Week old beef broth, kept in the refrigerator. Safe to use? I'm making a slow cooker recipe with it. [more inside]
Where can I find lead-free etched crystal glasses? [more inside]
How can we store our kitchen sink dishwashing sponge to prevent it being eaten by our cat? Rupert, after years of ignoring it, has recently decided that the sponge is a fun thing to shred and nibble on. Currently it sits on top of the sink edge on top of a spiky plastic soap saver thingy so it can dry. How can we store it so that it will be (a) easily accessible to humans, (b) not accessible to Rupert, and (c) able to air-dry? I'm imagining something like this with a flap on top, for instance.
Help my small apartment-dwelling friend come up with a fire evacuation plan for her goldfish. [more inside]
DVT developing into PE: % chance? What would happen? [more inside]
Asking for an update on a previous question I posed a few years ago, about internet safety and kids. [more inside]
I'm thinking about buying a 2010 Porsche Boxster, but I can't find any safety information about it. It's not rated by government crash tests or the insurance institute. Is there any non-anecdotal data on its safety? [more inside]
What is the atmosphere of Midtown in Houston at night? Would someone with a small frame who doesn't know karate feel safe walking their dog before bedtime there?
Specifics, please: how can I be a model considerate driver when I'm behind a bicyclist - especially in a park? [more inside]
I've been riding a bike since I was six. Please help me learn how to ride a bike. Apologies for length. [more inside]
Just bought a Kindle for my 11 year old daughter (haven't given it to her yet). As far as I can tell, there are no parental controls. How should I set it up so I can manage the content she's reading and limit her ability go on a digital spending spree? [more inside]
Super Concentrated Soup? So I made split pea and pesto with pork soup two nights ago and I made too much. It also sat on low for a bit too long and is now a thick green paste. What do I do with it? Is it still safe to eat? Can i do anything to it besides adding water and making more soup? How best can I use these leftovers? [more inside]
I'm a travel novice about to embark on a world tour with a deliberately fuzzy itinerary. Help me navigate the mysterious badlands of interacting with immigration & customs officials, rogue cops, and hostel mates. Time-saving travel "hacks" for quickening the visa approval process are also greatly appreciated. [more inside]
I just had a frightening confrontation with my landlord and I don't feel safe. What now? [more inside]