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Weird, unusual, and hidden parts of Washington, DC?

I've been reading Scouting NY ever since Slap*Happy's post about Willets Point and loving it the descriptions of bizarre landmarks, unusual neighborhoods, and hidden bits of history and culture in NYC. What are the equivalent places in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on May 5, 2014 - 28 answers

Unusual feats of badassery

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 - 22 answers

Her Cats Were Named...

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 - 4 answers

Unusual things people do to stay/get healthy?

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 - 33 answers

Suggestions for awesome and unusual Advent calendar that can ship to the UK before, like, July?

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 - 8 answers

Weird me out in Edinburgh

Last time you helped weird me out in London. Now help me go beyond the usual tourist activities up north in Edinburgh, please. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Jun 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Art that is both beautiful and strange.

Help me find more unconventional artwork that'll make me say, "Wow." [more inside]
posted by xenization on May 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Their time to thrive

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 - 15 answers

What's going on right now that future people will wish they could have been part of?

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 - 51 answers

Can you help me generate a playlist of unusual artist/xmas song pairings?

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 - 45 answers

Ultra Unique, Funky Mens Boot Links Needed

Greetings, 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: these and These 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. Thanks, SG
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Oct 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Commitment Ceremonies 101

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 - 29 answers

The Mystery of the Man with the U-Haul Truck

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 - 25 answers

Obscure, weird, sui generis books

Please recommend obscure, weird, sui generis books -- the more unique and obscure, the better! [more inside]
posted by twirlip on Jun 2, 2011 - 29 answers

How to look interesting without looking crazy on the jobhunt.

Is it advisable to send unusual, outlandish looking CVs to grown ups who do grown up jobs? [more inside]
posted by dumdidumdum on May 9, 2011 - 15 answers

staying in a quirky place with all of my friends?

What cool places (that can occupy 15-30+ people) can I rent in the United States or Canada (similar to Shady Dell)? [more inside]
posted by three bear minimum on Aug 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Ill-gotten spoils of…a laundry bag and Little Women?

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 - 39 answers

Australia Travel TV...but different

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 - 10 answers

Unconventional uses for a netbook?

Unconventional uses for a netbook? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Apr 12, 2010 - 19 answers

What industries hire programmers?

What sort of industries hire programmers, other than for web development? [more inside]
posted by serathen on Mar 4, 2010 - 17 answers

Relaxing and learning more about the outer boroughs

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 - 10 answers

Should I send a pagan flowers on Ostara, or wait till Beltane?

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 - 8 answers

Please add soy sauce and scallions to my oatmeal

I want your favorite savory oatmeal receipts! [more inside]
posted by Carius on Jan 4, 2010 - 26 answers

Atypical London NYE

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 - 5 answers

gift for drummer who has everything???

Please help me find a noise making gift to give to a drummer. [more inside]
posted by dublin on Dec 17, 2009 - 31 answers

Suggest books that push the envelope of "self-help"?

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 - 16 answers

Weird period

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 - 6 answers

Where can I find this odd cable?

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 - 4 answers

Help Me Make Old New England New.

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 - 34 answers

Creative Job-Hunts

What are some unusual ways people have employed to get employed? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 20, 2008 - 13 answers

Alien Fruit Identifictation

My friend found this strange fruit somewhere in or around Oaxaca, Mexico. What is it?
posted by phrontist on Oct 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Cool things. I needs them.

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 - 9 answers

trying to have an unusual time in new york city

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 - 19 answers

Interesting & unusual medicine or tonics or elixirs in China

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 - 5 answers

A quirky night's sleep

What are the quirkiest hotels/ B&Bs/ inns in the UK? [more inside]
posted by skylar on Oct 14, 2005 - 9 answers

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