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It was an alien the whole time!

A short story with a surprise ending where the protagonist is an alien, and the spacecraft that crashed in the woods contains a human. This has been done before, right? [more inside]
posted by ronofthedead on Apr 13, 2014 - 13 answers

 

Ed Grimley at Mickey D's

When I was 16, I got a part-time job at McDonald's. I remember being made to watch a training video for the lace, featuring Martin Short as Ed Grimley who was a Mickey D's fry guy or something. I know I wasn't high at the time, I know it really happened! I can't find any evidence of it anywhere, except for a brief mention on Pinterest. Help me find this video!
posted by jen14221 on Apr 3, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I make my straight hair curly?

For cosplay purposes, I'd like to have my straight, chin length bob converted to messy curls, along the lines of this or this. I've used wigs before now to achieve good results for hair styles that I couldn't achieve with my actual hair, but I'd like a short, messy, curly bob this time around and I'd love to learn how to do this myself. [more inside]
posted by eloeth-starr on Jan 4, 2014 - 7 answers

How to deal with my height

I'm a girl that is 1,76 m tall, and I'm having serious problems with my height. I'm getting really depressed with it over time and I've come to the point where I am completely desperate. I really need some help. [more inside]
posted by Emily119 on Dec 21, 2013 - 86 answers

Looking for dystopian short fiction and literary theory

Please help me find as much short (8,000 words or less) dystopian fiction and literary theory (any length) as possible! Anthologies are fine. It can be on the internet or in book/magazine/any purchasable form. It can be famous; it can be obscure. Anything goes, really! [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Dec 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Short girl, short waist, hips. Teach me to dress like an adult.

I have a hard-to-fit body. What clothes flatter a short girl who is not actually petite? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Dec 3, 2013 - 12 answers

ID this short film: Man visits a nearly empty diner during a holiday

From vague memories, I seem to recall the main character was a white man with brown hair who was in his 30's. He visits a nearly empty diner and has a religious discussion with the proprietor. Circa 1980-1990. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Dec 1, 2013 - 4 answers

What are the best film festivals for short films?

My friends made a handful of short films this year, and we'd like to send some of them out to various film festivals. Where should we submit? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Skinny jean tailoring for the short girl

Please help me find a tailor that can alter skinny jeans properly. So far, I have had bad luck with the two I've tried. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Oct 31, 2013 - 13 answers

Help us choose *short* books for a book club

What are your favorite books under 300 pages? More criteria below the fold. [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Oct 19, 2013 - 64 answers

How to best short the for-proft college industry?

I believe at some point in the near future (e.g., the next three years) the revenue model of for-profit colleges will collapse. I would like to take a short position and profit from their failure. What are some creative ways of doing this? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Oct 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Short people need jeans, too!

It seems like every time I find a pair of jeans I like, they stop selling them. Most recently, I found these at Target, and they were perfect! Just the right length, bootcut, dark wash, with some stretch in the material so I can move (very important), and NO obnoxious glitter or weird stitching or fake whisker marks. Of course, they are not currently available. So, short mefites, where do you go to buy your jeans? I'm not willing to buy pants that I can't try on first, so the internet is out, but I'm in Phoenix, AZ so we have most of the stores. I work, so I'm hard on jeans and don't really want to spend more than $30 or $40 a pair. Oh, and I usually wear a 14P or so (the Target ones are "fit 4" designed for people with curves and that's perfect) so places that only have tiny people sizes are out. Please give me some suggestions so I'm not driving all over the place wasting my whole day trying on pants! (I've seen previous questions, but what's available seems to change on a weekly basis...)
posted by Weeping_angel on Oct 6, 2013 - 23 answers

Need help troubleshooting PS3 power issue - not powering up from standby

I have a 1st gen PS3 (the fat one with the power switch on the back) which appears to be dying on me. Googling only turns up info for the 'yellow LED of death' or the 'unresponsive power button' issues which don't seem to apply here. More details inside [more inside]
posted by TwoWordReview on Sep 30, 2013 - 2 answers

What is the name of this classic Sci-Fi story?

I'm looking for the name of this classic SF story about a handful of astronauts stranded in space in radio contact but slowly drifting away from each other and running out of air. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Sep 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Date night with a time restriction. Some ideas for a night out?

My wife and I have two little kids. Recently, we've found that we really needed to get away for a date night at least once a week. Budget is not that lavish, so we often have 2-3 hours to get away and do...something. We live in Burbank, CA. [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Sep 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Tried-and-tested knitting patterns for the short and bottom-heavy

I want to use up a stash of yarn and expand my wardrobe at the same time. I need knitting patterns for garments that are flattering for someone short (we're talking 5'2") and bottom heavy (weight largely in the belly and butt - and short legs to boot). Do you know of any such patterns? Would prefer a tried-and-true pattern so my efforts are less likely to go, well, pear-shaped. Bonus if the finished product is more suited for summer wear. [more inside]
posted by satoshi on Aug 9, 2013 - 14 answers

A short film about a horse, possibly featuring the Grim Reaper?

Anybody remember this? A boy rides his horse in the rain, it gets stuck in the mud, the boy screams his horse's name (Philip), a lot, while the figure of Death looks on? [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo on Aug 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Please help me find my new hairstyle

Help a girl have her mid-40s rebellion: I'm fat and I want short hair. I'm totally willing to break the "fat girls shouldn't have short hair" rule, but what I don't understand is what kind of style will work because my hair is naturally wavy in the "jew-fro" style. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Press F5 to refresh the contract

I was brought onto a Help Desk with a three month contract-to-hire option. Instead of hiring me at the end of the three months, they extended the contract for three more months. I'm a month and a half away from the end of my contact and unsure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2013 - 12 answers

I can't remember this sci-fi short story: Mass graves hidden by society

This is one I likely encountered in the 80's so my memory is foggy here. Most likely in some anthology or maybe even a magazine like Omni. I think it was by a major writer. Salient memories inside: [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Jul 10, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I actually go about shorting a stock?

There's a company whose management I strongly disagree with and I want to bet against them by shorting their stock. How do I go about doing that?
posted by jtothes on Jun 15, 2013 - 24 answers

XX chromosome filter: How do I lengthen my period cycle?

How do I lengthen my very short period cycle? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on May 14, 2013 - 19 answers

Do short people get drunk more quickly?

All other things being equal, does a short person's blood alcohol level reach 0.05 faster than a tall person (because they have less blood and/or a smaller liver)?
posted by dontjumplarry on May 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Hiking in Westchester/Rockland County NY w/ stumpy little legs

Looking for hour to day long hike recommendations in the Westchester/Rockland County NY area. Adorable complication: Corgi. [more inside]
posted by zara on May 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Can you help me find a scifi short story?

I remember reading a scifi short story about people finding a dead/frozen angel floating in space, where there was just enough brain activity in the being that it was able to play a board game. It sounded like something that Ted Chiang might have written, but I didn't see it in the post about him that was here a while ago. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by ymgve on Apr 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Have you heard of these two short stories?

Can MeFi help me track down these two stories? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan on Apr 6, 2013 - 4 answers

20-25 minute podcasts

I have a new commute that is a 25 minute walk from door to door. I'd like to find some podcasts to fill this time. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 29, 2013 - 28 answers

Help me ID this book: sci-fi, three short stories, paperback, 1980s(?)

Help me ID this book: science fiction, paperback, sold on the shelves of Waldenbooks in the 80s, three short stories in one book. I think the first story had to do with people who worship Cygnus the swan. Not the same book from the thread I found on this site. [more inside]
posted by Cobaltbride on Mar 22, 2013 - 3 answers

How to stop trunking my short fiction before it's even submitted?

I've been writing short fiction. I've got my process down pretty well, to the point that I am not getting stuck in writer's block hell or any other common pitfalls. I have ideas, and I'm capable of getting them down on paper. I revise them, I produce new drafts, etc. My problem comes in the last phase of the process. I don't know when to say something is done. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Mar 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Electric smoker shorting out (?)

The electric smoker that I was so excited about last week doesn't work! After I plug it in, it runs for about 5 minutes before tripping the GFCI outlet that I had it plugged into. I did have it on a 10 foot long extension cord (no electrical outlets on my back porch). I assume this means there is a short somewhere? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Mar 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Low-profile doorknob?

I need a low-profile (sub-2" on the inner side) entry doorknob. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Feb 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Short term memory has declined. Looking for ways to fix it.

In the past two years my short-term memory has gotten terrible. I forget where I put items, I forget names which I wouldn't have in the past, and I am not good at all in keeping short lists in mind. I have searched for solutions but have found no real answers. [more inside]
posted by Lugos on Dec 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Please help me remember a short story!

Short story help, please. I remember this... [more inside]
posted by pentagoet on Dec 14, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm looking for very very short stories to print and give as presents for Christmas

For Christmas I would like to print stories and make books I’ll bind myself and give as presents. I know about bookbinding and I use InDesign everyday. What I need is the content : can you please point me towards great *very* short stories, fictionnal or real? [more inside]
posted by mugitusqueboom on Dec 11, 2012 - 6 answers

A haircut, short and sweet

HaircutFilter: I'm a female in my mid-20s. I'd like a cute, short haircut that a) doesn't require blow-drying, b) will grow out nicely without needing a cut every few weeks, and c) is simple enough that it can be cut by a friend. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Dec 10, 2012 - 16 answers

Trying to find short Japanese animation

I'm trying to find a short Japanese animation that I saw on youtube several years ago. It was definitely in a science fiction setting. The most memorable aspect was the shifting POV, moving between characters as they fight in a war, with a character becoming the hero or villain immediately after we start to follow someone else. [more inside]
posted by GDWJRG on Nov 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me find this site!!!!!!

A funny Website where people post real life true stories and events in their life??????????????? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on Nov 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Short stories sought

Recommend me up some short stories. Inside, I'll tell you what I likes and what I don't likes. [more inside]
posted by !Jim on Nov 15, 2012 - 39 answers

I got fat really fast. I'm short. Where to find clothes that fit, stat?

Best stores for short and plus sized gals? Comfortable yet young professional clothes, especially. Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Nov 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Poe (?) short-story about a dead man's speech

(Poe?) tale about a speech by a dead man [more inside]
posted by Remote Network on Nov 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting)

Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting) [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Nov 8, 2012 - 6 answers

jokes for a short attention span

Please share your short, text-message-friendly, jokes. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Nov 8, 2012 - 78 answers

Clothing for the Shorter, Wider Male

Where should a really short guy, especially a short fat one, look for clothes? [more inside]
posted by fermata on Oct 25, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm looking for the right set of terms to describe this hairstyle.

Image link with some examples. I need help coming up with a concise description of this hairstyle, preferably using hair/fashion industry standard terminology. [more inside]
posted by Robson on Sep 30, 2012 - 17 answers

Looking for a salon in WNY/Buffalo/Niagara region

Looking for a salon in Western NY Niagara or Buffalo area that can give me a nice textured short haircut - had an awesome guy here earlier this year but he has since moved to Cleveland! I have rather thick slightly wavy hair so this person will have to have some serious skill! Any suggestions?
posted by snuffyrat on Sep 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Reccomend me where to start my lunchtime reading

I have never been a reader. I want to be. Recommend where I can start; online at lunchtimes at work. Bonus points for shorter stories (at first). [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Sep 7, 2012 - 29 answers

Short guy needs clothes that fit.

Where can a short guy buy clothes that fit? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Sep 5, 2012 - 24 answers

Help me find a short story I read.

I'm trying to remember the name and author of a science fiction short-story. Description inside. [more inside]
posted by sauril on Jul 28, 2012 - 4 answers

How to read short stories?

How to read short stories so I actually remember them? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jul 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Where Can I Go Online To Get My Short Story Reading Fix

Your recommendations for online short fiction? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jul 1, 2012 - 4 answers

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