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Significance of cotton ball taped to water bottle in hotel room?

I'm staying at a hotel in Taipei. After the last time my room was cleaned (that is, earlier today), I noticed that a partially-consumed water bottle I'd left in my room had had a cotton ball taped to it. Any idea what the significance of this might be?
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh on Jul 23, 2011 - 10 answers

How to get water out of a ear/stop ringing

[Water + Ear + Pain + Ringing] YANMD: Jumped/cannonballed into a lake this weekend - the water went down to 10 feet. The moment I was underwater my ear had a sharp pain. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Jul 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Where can I find a reusable water bottle with a small mouth?

Where can I find a reusable water bottle with a small mouth? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Jul 15, 2011 - 29 answers

Magical fingerprints

What is this optical effect? It looks like it's transmitting my fingerprints through plastic, but only the fingerprints. [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Jul 14, 2011 - 7 answers

How to clean a water bottle with a black cap?

I have a water squeeze-bottle on my bike. It has a black cap/drinking-assembly and I'm concerned that it might get really gross under there without me ever knowing about it. How should I clean it? Should I just get a different bottle?
posted by circular on Jul 14, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the most efficient way to clean produce when the water isn't safe?

What is the most efficient and effective way to wash produce when my tap water is unsafe (microbes/heavy metals)? I live in China, and cook a lot. [more inside]
posted by joshwa on Jul 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Can I run a water hose across a city street.

Can I run a water hose across a city street? [more inside]
posted by travis08 on Jul 6, 2011 - 18 answers

Inflatable pool care

Inflatable kids pool - best way to warm the water and keep it clean over a long weekend. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jul 4, 2011 - 8 answers

ideas for massive risky stunts for a purpose?

I'm developing a series of specials based on big, dangerous, epic stunts all revolving around water to raise awareness about all the ways we're abusing and destroying this vital precious resource. would love some ideas along the lines of - kayak the Bering Strait, as it's about to be threatened because of climate change opening up the Northwest Passage. serious, significant risk is a must. [more inside]
posted by TMezz on Jun 28, 2011 - 13 answers

U.S. Water scarcity

I need a list of the most (and least) water scarce cities in the U.S.
posted by victory_laser on Jun 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Best way to dechloraminate tap water?

What's the best way to remove chloramine from tap water for the purpose of soaking grains? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 23, 2011 - 17 answers

Hard H2O Hair Hell

I've just moved to the country from New York City, and although many things about living here are easier, the water is really really hard. My skin is fine but my hair looks just awful--where it used to be big and bouncy, it's now flat, dull and frizzy. I tried adding baking soda to my shampoo (per thriftyfun.com) and that helped for about a day but now things are back to terrible. I just came from getting a haircut--which I'd hoped would help--but it's still awful. Help me. Please. Products, techniques, anything?
posted by supercoollady on Jun 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Drinking water: Is it clean? How clean is clean? How clean is too clean?

So, I'm thinking about getting a reverse osmosis water filter for my kitchen sink but have some questions. Is revese osmosis the appropriate technology to address my concerns? Is demineralized water safe, especially for children? Can you recommend a particular filter or brand? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone on Jun 9, 2011 - 7 answers

My cat was drinking mosquitos?

I just found what looks like mosquito larvae in my cat's water bowl. I use one of those automatic waterers where there is a gallon or so of water in a upside down container, feeding a small bowl of perhaps 2 cup capacity. In the large upside down container, there was actually one live, flying mosquito. In the small bowl that my cat actually drinks from, there were approximately a dozen apparent larvae, about 1/4" to 1/3" in length. Should I be concerned for my pet's health at all? I am not sure how long they were in there, but I changed the water for fresh immediately.
posted by Exchequer on Jun 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Why does the water make me tired?

Why do I get so tired after going in the water? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 29, 2011 - 10 answers

peace lily leaves keep turning brown at tips

why do the tips of the leaves on my peace lily keep turning brown? [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on May 27, 2011 - 3 answers

I am forty pounds lighter than you, therefore if you aren't fat, I'm not fat.

Fitness Filter: A male friend of mine is just about the same height as me and weighs 40 lbs more. Can muscle mass/being a dude really justify this weight discrepancy? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on May 18, 2011 - 23 answers

Re-Solder Copper Pipe After Water Leaked

Help Soldering Water Pipe - AGAIN (please don't recommend shark bites or any shortcuts - I did it last year, and it leaked again, thats why I'm trying to do this the right way). [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk on May 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Water dissolving and water removing. There is water at the bottom of the ocean.

I have a perfectly spherical lead weight that weighs 1 kilogram. I drop it from the surface of the ocean directly into the Mariana Trench. How long does it take to hit the bottom, and how fast is it traveling when it hits? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 10, 2011 - 24 answers

Help with solar hot water heater.

Help me find info and/or company for my old Solar Hot Water heating system. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on May 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me remember a Spanish quotation about water and rivers and life

Find a quote by a 16th or 17th century Spanish writer that metaphorically compares life with water flowing from rivers to the sea. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 2, 2011 - 5 answers

How do you bring cash to a closing?

How does selling an under water house where you bring cash to the closing actually work? What happens if you come up short? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Apr 27, 2011 - 7 answers

What can I attach to my hose to send water 40-50 feet away?

What can I attach to my hose to send water 40-50 feet away? [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp on Apr 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Choosing a mold remediation contractor

What questions should we ask while taking estimates from mold remediation specialists? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Mar 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Is it dangerous to heat water in the microwave?

MythFilter: I get these chain emails every once in a while about how dangerous it is to heat water in the microwave. I can't seem to get a straight answer from anybody! Is microwaving water really that dangerous? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Mar 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Help with leak management!

Help! Managing a window leak overnight, need ideas about the best way to keep the water off the floors. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Mar 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Emergency Japanese water bags?

Japanese emergency water bags as seen here: does anybody know where I could get something pretty similar and/or what exactly they are called? [more inside]
posted by benk on Mar 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Water, Water Everywhere And Not A Drop To Drink

After having drainage and a sump pump installed in our basement, we’ve noticed an unusually large amount of groundwater being pumped out into the connecting dry well. We’d like to determine the source of this water, but, as usual, there are some unusual details…. [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Mar 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Who could be against clean water?

Homework Filter alert! We need at least two sources which are against government regulation of water. Pro regulation sources we can find, Con sources have escaped us for the past week. [more inside]
posted by Northwest on Mar 3, 2011 - 11 answers

The Poison is Fictional, but My Brain Needs an Antidote.

I'm under the impression that I have some sort of clinical, WAY beyond rational fear of being poisoned. My food, my drinks- even the air itself seems to be conspiring to kill me day in and day out. It's begun to interfere with my normal daily life. Is there anything I can do to overcome this? Anything to keep me from staying up half the night on account of panic attacks? [more inside]
posted by Krazor on Feb 26, 2011 - 13 answers

home science filter: Why is my water is singing!

I just microwaved a mug of water. And after about a minute it started making a loud humming noise, like what happens when you run a wet finger around a champagne glass. It sounded like there were aliens landing in my microwave. What happened? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Feb 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Help identify this murder method from a short story

What is this short story (maybe by Asimov?) ... [spoilers] [more inside]
posted by bleary on Feb 25, 2011 - 7 answers

must be something in the water...

This is a question for anyone who knows about houses from the inside out: Do homes ever use aluminum pipes for plumbing? We just had our water tested by the national center for water quality at Heidelberg University using samples from two separate faucets in our home. One sample came back totally normal; the other had double the rate of acceptable aluminum per billion parts. Readings for all other substances were fairly close to each other between the two faucets (and except for the aluminum, no other concern.) Why could one faucet have a higher aluminum rate than another in the same home? [more inside]
posted by Tylwyth Teg on Feb 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Why oh why do you not work, fantastic washer of garments?

Did I break my washing machine? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Feb 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me show that this Evian for your face is bunk, with science

Is this this Evian spray bottle of water for your face is just bunk? Seeking cites one way or the other based on the science of skin moisturization. [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Feb 10, 2011 - 25 answers

How to plug a water leak, food-safe?

My stovetop espresso maker has a small leak. I don't think returning it will help me. Are there any recipes for food-safe 'stop leak' compounds? [more inside]
posted by anthill on Feb 8, 2011 - 10 answers

What is this title sequence?!

Help me remember a title sequence... [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Jan 28, 2011 - 2 answers

What is this about?

I just came across this; it was a banner ad on a site that was linked to from a comment here. [more inside]
posted by dubold on Jan 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Is it something in the water?

Why shouldn't I drink the water from the taps in my new dorm room? I just moved into a residence hall in London, and the residence hall info packet instructed us to drink water from the kitchen taps only, not the taps for the sinks in our bedrooms. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jan 25, 2011 - 23 answers

In-line water heater suggestions?

What kind of water heater can I put under our bathroom sink to heat the water until the house water heater takes over? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 23, 2011 - 12 answers

There's something about boiling...

What is it about boiling water that does stuff to things being boiled? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jan 22, 2011 - 25 answers

I'm H20 Intolerant.

Theoretically speaking, is it possible that the water coming through my pipes is over fluoridated, and if so, could a standard water filter in my shower help eliminate some of that fluoride? [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Jan 16, 2011 - 8 answers

How do we rig up a sink in a room with no running water?

How can I rig up a sink in a room without running water? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Jan 11, 2011 - 16 answers

In or out of hot water?

Exchanging a water heater with previous home-owner to avoid loan on unit, am I opening myself up to trouble later? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Jan 6, 2011 - 18 answers

What could be wrong with our tapwater?

What could be causing the hypersensitivity in my teeth to tap water at my parents' house? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Jan 4, 2011 - 11 answers

Tree of Life

Oh Christmas Tree - Our tree is too big for our stand, yet we love it. What's the best to keep it watered using cheap engineering tactics? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Dec 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Washing dishes in the developing world

I'm interested in dishwashing practices in the developing world. If you were one of roughly the half of the people in the world without running water in your home, how might you wash your dishes? What kind of set up would you have? Are sinks common even if you collect water from a public well or water truck? Or would you have a washbasin/plastic tub? On a countertop, table, or floor? Cloth or tarp outside? Would you use non-potable water to do the washing up? Save the graywater for next time or for other cleaning tasks? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Dec 8, 2010 - 31 answers

What to look for when buying a gas hot water tank?

What to look for in buying a new gas hot water heater? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Dec 2, 2010 - 13 answers

I Liked It Better When I Had No Choices

Where can I find clear information about setting up utilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 2, 2010 - 3 answers

What interesting things can I be doing at the beach and marsh while it's too cold for the usual summer activities? Sciency, educational, artsy craftsy, exercise/activity...

What unique activities could I be doing at the beach and the marsh over time to take better advantage of both while it's too cold for swimming, sunning, and the usual beach activities? Educational things, amateur science experiments/measurements, artsy craftsy things, exercise other than jogging, etc. Let your imagination run wild. [more inside]
posted by Askr on Dec 2, 2010 - 17 answers

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