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Secret languages of couples

I'm looking for a (Tolstoy?) quote about how couples develop a private language based on shared references and experiences, and how it's tragic when a couple breaks up because this language is lost. [more inside]
posted by Paul the Octopus on Sep 16, 2014 - 12 answers

To which secret society does this belong?

I want to buy this weird fire screen because it looks awesome, but I want to make sure it's not for some (unnecessarily) sketchy secret society/order. This is in Sweden.
posted by beerbajay on Sep 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Books about things hidden in plain sight

I recently reread René Daumal's Mount Analogue and am looking for other books about things - buildings, people, phenomena, organizations, parts of the natural world - that are hidden in plain sight. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Latin for "Speed and secrecy"?

Asking for a friend: how would one write "Speed and secrecy" in Latin? It's for a group motto, and we wish to basically communicate "keep this fast/quick/speedy" and "keep things secret/safe." As briefly as possible.
posted by ish__ on Jul 2, 2014 - 7 answers

half-remembered philosophy

I am struggling to remember or find a line from what I think was a work of philosophy, something like:"at the heart [center] of every system [of belief | of thought | world-construct] is a secret [hidden] trangression [contradiction | inversion | denial]" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 7, 2014 - 15 answers

Dirt cheap secret Verizon prepaid plans?

Are there any Verizon prepaid plans other than the two: $60/mo 2GB data or $70/mo 4GB data [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on Jan 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Lentil Soup Mystery

Many years ago I had a fabulous lentil soup in a very nice Greek restaurant (in Greece) whose owners/chefs were Cretan, and which used many ingredients from Crete (which may or may not be pertinent to my question). This soup was very, very dark, like mahogany colored, rich but not thick, and fairly "oily" (which sounds bad, but it was heavenly), and it was soooo good. Now, all lentil soup is good, really. Mine is quite marvelous, but I've been remembering this soup for so long, and have never figured out how it acquired that color, or what ingredient(s) made it so different and special. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 11, 2013 - 26 answers

Should I tell my wife that I know her family's dark secret?

Sorry for the gothic novel vibe this seems to give off, but it is what it is. There's some unpleasantness in my wife's family's past that I know still troubles her, and that she's never told me about. I know what this secret is, but she doesn't know that I know. Would telling her lift a burden from her, or just stir up trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2013 - 46 answers

Keeping the Surprise a Secret

I've chosen the destination for a surprise trip and have all the basics planned - how long can I can keep the secret going and how/when should I plan the reveal? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Sep 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Unknown knowable things of the mind blowing variety.

Yesterday, while walking to the store with my mom, she absolutely blew my mind when she pointed out to me that the model year of almost every car is embedded somewhere in a semi-standard code in the plastic on the tail light, or headlight, assembly. This raises two questions... [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Sep 6, 2013 - 31 answers

How to usefully download posts and comments from a secret Facebook group

I have been running a Facebook group since 2012 and I got a grant to do research with the findings from it. I need to download the group's postings and responses into a table and thinking the most reliable way to do so is with SQL. However, I have only just started with SQL and although I have found some ideas on Github for doing it, have no idea how to get started with pulling the information. I am seeking advice and possible alternatives. Can you help?
posted by parmanparman on Aug 29, 2013 - 3 answers

What are good, somewhat secret, subreddits?

I'd like to find some good subreddits that you wouldn't necessarily locate using a simple, type-in-a-likely-name search. Two pairs of examples: r/AskHistorians and r/twoxchromosomes (intuitive titles, but maybe you'd try r/history and r/feminism instead), and r/Wheredidthesodago and r/InternetIsBeautiful (impossible to imagine locating via a search).
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 29, 2013 - 47 answers

Secret Room Literature

We've built a small secret room in our house for our children to discover. One of the features in the room is a bookshelf where we're putting secret room themed books. [more inside]
posted by MarkAnd on Jul 30, 2013 - 109 answers

Explain this to me as though I were a total idiot...

Slow cookers - Love it, think it is great, but I think I am sort of missing something. My beef roasts in particular haven't been as tender as I think they should be. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jul 3, 2013 - 33 answers

Quotes about secrets and confessions

Do you know any great quote about secrets and confessions? Something about bearing one's innermost thoughts and feelings to people? I would love it if the quote focused on a corporal approach to the confession metaphor, something like "giving one's heart away" or "bearing one's gut for all to see", ...
posted by omar.a on Jun 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Decode This German Shorthand Mystery Letter From 1939!

This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album. Hivemind: What the hell is this?
posted by The Whelk on Mar 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Anonymous Blogging Tools

I would like to start a blog to write about topics which I do not want to be traced back to me personally. Is it possible to do this, and what would be the most effective way of protecting my identity and more importantly my family's identity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Real Life Royston Vasey?

Are there any real-life historical examples of the Small Town With A Terrible Secret horror trope? Towns where long-term, ongoing crimes (or unsavory religious practices one supposes) where purposefully covered up and kept hidden from the outside world and any attempt to investigate them resulted in the investigator being detained, thrown out, or killed?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 4, 2013 - 35 answers

Post not-so-Secret

I'd like to start a blog featuring my small collection of found (used/sent) postcards. What measures should I take for due ethical diligence? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 2, 2013 - 4 answers

The Lazy Gift Giver

This is a question about giving gift cards at a work Christmas get together. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Dec 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Tell your secret to the water?

I'm sure I once read a myth about someone telling a secret to a pool of water--and even this strategy backfiring. The moral of the story being, if you want to keep something secret, never utter a word, not even to the water or the wind. I've tried googling with no success. Can anyone flesh out this memory for me?
posted by uans on Nov 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Secret Society - Late 19th Century to Present Day

What is "The Organization" [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Oct 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Do I keep my cannabis-smoking secret from my 15 year old brother?

Do I keep my cannabis-smoking secret from my 15 year old brother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 19 answers

Favorite Places as a London Local?

How can I go off the beaten path in London as a tourist? What are your favorite local spots? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on May 25, 2012 - 26 answers

Mythical and mysterious places of the Bay Area (and CA)?

San Francisco Bay Area (and CA) - can you think of any mysterious, or interesting or secret places? Legends/myths? Strange rewards for a bit of driving, or walking, or an ExpeditionTM of Discovery, etc? Difficulty: not looking for woo, or establishments of commerce, no-matter how good hole-in-the-wall-food may be :) Examples inside... [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Apr 29, 2012 - 28 answers

Private death

An acquaintance from high school recently died at the age of 22. His family decided to keep the cause of death private. Help me out here -- why would they choose to do that? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Feb 20, 2012 - 64 answers

Books that deal with The Stasi

Can Anyone recommend any Book/s that deal with The Stasi/Secret Police in the DDR or East Europe [more inside]
posted by maxmix on Feb 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Am I active? Am I clear?

Hey, so, turns out I was granted a U.S. secret security clearance! ...that I'm not using. I understand that the approval/eligibility is good for two years, but beyond that I have a few questions. (For one: can I apply for jobs truthfully claiming I have an "active clearance"?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Secret places to put secret things!

I like secret compartments! My car has one. I just found a vintage handbag with a hidden umbrella compartment. What are some more things - besides the obvious hide-a-key rocks and hollow books - that have unique secret compartments? Please list/link to specific examples!
posted by katillathehun on Jan 9, 2012 - 39 answers

I'm not an alcoholic, I'm just sneaky

I'm a secret drinker. But I'm far less into the drinking part than the secret part. How can I do this more healthily? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 - 39 answers

Should I inform my girlfriend about this unpleasant conversation between me and her parents when they explicitly requested I don't?

Should I inform my girlfriend about this unpleasant conversation between me and her parents when they explicitly requested I don't? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 - 117 answers

gift help

Secret Santa help: My work does Secret Santa every year (small group of 8 people). The limit is $25 I have no time during normal business hours so I have to be able to pick this up before 10am or after 8pm before Thursday the 23rd. My co-worker likes musicals, Firefly, and is gluten free. Thoughts? I'm local to NYC.
posted by edbles on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

[spoiler]: use highlighter pen to reveal

how do you emulate a [spoiler] tag on paper? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Is he Bond, James Bond?

One of my relatives has a secret military and/or intelligence job. Help me deduce what he does? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Oct 7, 2011 - 20 answers

What were you doing while I was wasting my time?

What are some "sneaky" ways people spend their private time? [more inside]
posted by milqman on Jul 22, 2011 - 44 answers

Anybody Help me decipher the origins of this medal?

Which fraternal organization or group is identified with the letters C and K? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Jun 28, 2011 - 21 answers

What life changing events are predicted or will happen in the future?

So disappointed with the Rapture. What real, life changing events are scheduled or predicted that I can add to my calendar? [more inside]
posted by cashman on May 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Secret handshake?

Once in a while, I'll meet a guy and shake his hand, but it's... different. They try to lace their little finger inside my little finger (or possibly little finger and ring finger inside my little finger and ring finger, not sure). I don't let them, and just give them a "normal" handshake, which they quickly adapt to -- but it's clear that they were going for the "special" handshake. This happened again earlier this week, in a business environment, and has happened on 5 or 6 other occasions in my adult life, usually in a semi-business environment. FWIW, every single time, it's been a white male doing the weird hand shake. So WTF is this? Freemason handshake? Shriner's handshake? KKK handshake? Gay handshake? AC-DC handshake? Cthulhu handshake? What??? (Next time, I'm just going to ask, but it would have been very awkward and unprofessional this last time.)
posted by LordSludge on Mar 31, 2011 - 23 answers

Can I hope for future government employment after failing an SF85P?

Having failed an SF85P investigation, have I wrecked any chances of future government employment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Dual citizenship (US and CDN) and security clearance

Can a dual citizen (American and Canadian) get a Secret level security clearance in the United States? I'm starting to hear rumors that they'll ask me to give up my Canadian passport to get the security clearance. And - by giving up my Canadian passport are they asking me to renounce my Canadian citizenship to get the security clearance?
posted by raising_arizona on Sep 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Pimp my speakeasy!

I found a secret room in my apartment. How do I decorate it? [more inside]
posted by cjemmott on Aug 25, 2010 - 67 answers

Confessing pescetarianism to a vegan?

Should my partner tell her vegan friend that she's started eating fish? If so, how should she break the news? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jul 20, 2010 - 32 answers

Welcome to the club, now go away!

What should I do about The Cabal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2010 - 39 answers

ICUV

What kinds of things have words written on them in ultraviolet ink? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 22, 2010 - 10 answers

It's as if it's trying to stay a secret identity.

Where online did I recently see for sale an instant superhero or superhero kit-type costume for adults that included a cape, goggles, and maybe a flight helmet? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Apr 21, 2010 - 5 answers

How a secret ballots kept secret?

How (in the US), when voting in government elections, do we know that our secret ballots do, indeed, remain secret? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Apr 19, 2010 - 26 answers

Looking for a Delillo (?) quote

Looking for a quotation cite. I swear it's Delillo. For a long time I thought it was in White Noise but I have been unable to find it in there in spite of re-reading the novel to find the quotation. Maybe The Names or Ratner's Star. The quotation: "betrayal stalks every secret".
posted by bukvich on Apr 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Where can I find the secret of success in life from famous dead people?

I want to know if there are any other famous history figures who give out secret of success similar to Ieyasu Precept? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Mar 14, 2010 - 6 answers

I had secret...I just don't remember what was...

I am looking for a postsecret postcard that was displayed on the blog between 1-2 years ago. I don't remember what the secret said, but it had a picture of the book (not movie) background of Where the Wild Things Are. [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs on Jan 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Go Elk? young man?

I have been invited to become an Elk! At 30 years of age, I feel like this one achievement, however dubious, finally signals my movement into adulthood. But there must be better, more awesome, and my own-age groups to join. Tell me what they are!
posted by parmanparman on Dec 2, 2009 - 15 answers

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