I'm looking for feats of skill, intelligence, or courage that fall outside the usual martial arenas (so, no beating somebody up). I would prefer written sources but will accept other media also. This is kind of vague, so let me give an example: I remember once reading a book where the protagonist challenges some alleged badass to slit his wrist and just bleed into a bucket. First person to staunch the bleeding loses. I'm not really interested in identifying the book, but rather finding more examples of surprising challenges like that. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang
on Dec 22, 2013 -
A female detective had two cats, which she'd named Onanoff and Offanon. Some variation in the spelling is likely.
This was Sci Fi radio program in the 80's.
Anybody remember her, or her kitties? Super bonus points for a link to the archives, if it exists.
Google won't even discuss it with me.
posted by mule98J
on Oct 8, 2013 -
I'm going into the health field and curious about cultural/ethnic health practices that are off the beaten path. For example, can anyone tell me the "what", "how", and "why" of cupping and coining? What other cultural/religious/traditional practices can you share? [more inside]
posted by mschief
on Mar 10, 2013 -
Does anybody know of a specific
awesome Advent calendar, not run-of-the-mill but more like the Selfridges Lancome
calendar, that I can get delivered in the UK within the next couple of days? [more inside]
posted by tel3path
on Nov 29, 2012 -
I'm looking for examples of plants, animals or ecosystems that suddenly thrive under relatively rare and occasional conditions. One example is the marine ecosystem of microorganisms, shrimp, tiny fish, etc that thrive on the corpses of dead whales. Another is the Australian eucalypts which regenerate after bushfires. Another example is pantry moths, which can suddenly explode in population when grain is improperly stored. Can you think of any other examples?
posted by dontjumplarry
on Mar 5, 2012 -
What is going on right now, that in fifty or a hundred years, people will be saying "damn, I wish I was part of that"? [more inside]
posted by jayder
on Feb 29, 2012 -
I recently saw a video that makes me want to create a playlist of unusual/surreal Christmas music. That is to say, odd pairings or covers of classic Christmas songs. I have a small set of criteria inside. What do you got? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0
on Nov 18, 2011 -
I am looking for multiple sources for unique mens boots. I have a bit of a boot addiction so I am looking for GREAT sources. I have found things I love at Fluevog and Cydwog recently. For an idea of what I like right now, I saw these while hunting today:
I don't mind if they are "further out" than the links I provided.
I like clean and stylish or rugged and stylish usually.
Any funky, Bold, unusual boot links welcome.
posted by StUdIoGeEk
on Oct 27, 2011 -
Commitment ceremonies: how do you do them? Particularly - how do you explain the idea to family? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Sep 22, 2011 -
My mother had an unsettling experience at her home this evening between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Does this person who came to her door sound like a scammer or a criminal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 14, 2011 -
Please recommend obscure, weird, sui generis books -- the more unique and obscure, the better! [more inside]
posted by twirlip
on Jun 2, 2011 -
I only wish I were making this up…
Do I live near some of the quirkiest thieves ever, or am I losing my mind? [more inside]
posted by josyphine
on Jul 17, 2010 -
What are some unusual, creative, off-beat things to do/experience in Australia that would make for good and interesting travel-documentary TV? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Jun 10, 2010 -
Best cafes for reading / internet stuff w/ wifi in the outer boroughs of NYC, and activities that can put people in touch with unique cultural experiences (both foreign and NYC-native) in each outer borough. [more inside]
posted by lorrer
on Jan 27, 2010 -
Please help me be culturally appropriate: should I send a pagan flowers on Ostara, or wait till Beltane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 12, 2010 -
Atypical London NYE: I've lived in London for about five years now, but I've never spent the holidays here. Other than the default nightclub/tube home/kebab, what could I get up to tomorrow night? [more inside]
posted by Kreiger
on Dec 30, 2009 -
Can you suggest books that push the envelope of "self-help"? I record books for a library-owned radio station for the blind and visually impaired. One of our genres is Self-Help. We have no shortage of the usual sort of self-help book - I've been asked to come up with something a little wider-ranging or quirky. [more inside]
posted by tomboko
on Oct 21, 2009 -
Weird period. What's up? Needless to say, if you find this stuff icky, read no further. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 25, 2009 -
I'm looking for a replacement for an odd sort of cable--mini-usb on one end, regular USB and 3.5mm audio on the other. Anyone know of a source? [more inside]
posted by aerotive
on May 13, 2009 -
Obscure New England? I've seen the best, what about the rest? What quirky, "second tier," and out of the way places have I missed? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon
on Apr 4, 2009 -
My friend found this
strange fruit somewhere in or around Oaxaca, Mexico. What is it?
posted by phrontist
on Oct 11, 2008 -
I'm looking for interesting and fun online stores similar to ThinkGeek, PerpetualKid, etc. Something that has unique, unusual gadgets, or home/office decorations. What are some such stores I might not be familiar with, or maybe previous threads that mention them?
posted by Bakuun
on Sep 27, 2008 -
Trying to plan a honeymoon in New York City-looking for an affordable (150$ or under) hotel that is decent, in a good location for someone trying to find their way around the city, and maybe with some character(although the character is definitely not as important as having my own bathroom). I would really like some suggestions of good sites to see with a surreal or fortean/paranormal flavor. My fiancee loves to do grave rubbings(charcoal rubbings of old or unusual graves), so any pointers on what cemeteries would have the oldest gravestones would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by donabean
on Jan 6, 2008 -
ChinaFilter: What are some interesting and unusual medicine or tonics or elixirs I can buy in China that is not readily available anywhere else? [more inside]
posted by gttommy
on Oct 25, 2007 -