January 21

US high & low temperatures on a given date (including Alaska & Hawaii)

Just like the title says -- I'm looking for the highest and lowest recorded temperatures for the entire US on a couple of dates in the recent past -- specifically the 19th and the 20th of January, 2019. The data on the NOAA website excludes Alaska and Hawaii, but I want those states included.
posted by theory to Science & Nature at 9:49 PM - 1 answer

Give me the scoop on Brattleboro, Vermont

Besides being frigid, and having to leave the state for Target and Starbucks, tell me about Brattleboro. [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb to Travel & Transportation at 9:21 PM - 3 answers

Pregnancy and nursing camis

I detest bras. I've been wearing Express's camis with shelf bras every day for the past 7 or so years, and love them. Now I'm halfway through my pregnancy, managing with the same camis sized up. Two questions: (1) will they sustain me for the third trimester, or should I look for maternity options? (2) is there a good nursing cami on the market that's similar -- cotton, firm shelf bra, soft, full torso coverage?
posted by redlines to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:14 PM - 3 answers

Help me find a (thermogenic?) supplement that works?

I'm looking for what I think is a thermogenic supplement (or possibly a pre-workout supplement or vitamin/herbal supplement?). They appear to be expensive, with aggressive over-promising marketing, so I'd only like to fork over the cash for something likely to work. The results I'd like, in order of priority, are: [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear to Health & Fitness at 7:57 PM - 2 answers

Is my chicken stock safe to eat?

I made chicken stock in my instant pot and forgot about it until the next morning. Do we think it’s safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by sixswitch to Food & Drink at 7:18 PM - 15 answers

Mythology for Dummies

I recently read Circe by Madeline Miller, and I realized I have a huge knowledge gap when it comes to Greek and Roman mythology. I know almost nothing. Please help me get up to speed! [more inside]
posted by bonheur to Education at 6:25 PM - 14 answers

Which android phone has the best camera and has a headphone jack?

(or should I just get a Google Pixel and deal with the annoying headphone situation?) [more inside]
posted by Pademelon to Technology at 6:13 PM - 15 answers

Non-profit burnout: high functioning edition

Unlike some non-profits, mine is large and well funded, but burnout has been creeping up on me ever since a co-worker passed away a couple of years ago. However, my burnout is pretty high-functioning and difficult for others to see. How can I persuade management to see that I have a real problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 5:58 PM - 15 answers

Help mounting USB disks in Ubuntu 18.04?

I was seeing graphics artifacts in Xubuntu 18.04 while using the Nouveau driver. I changed that to the proprietary NVidia driver, then rebooted. When the reboot stalled, I eventually forced the shutdown via power button. Now that I've restarted, I can't see any of my USB drives, udiskie won't start, and "sudo gparted" seems to scan forever without ever showing my disks. Ideas? I need to access my USB drives. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by circular to Computers & Internet at 4:19 PM - 2 answers

Is Michelle Obama's autobiography suitable for a 5th grade girl?

My wife has "Becoming" by Michelle Obama in the house but neither of us has had a chance to read it yet. My fifth grade daughter has picked it up and is about 100 pages in and is devouring it. Is there anything in there inappropriate for kids? I'll be skimming it as soon as I can but I wondered if there is anything that jumps out as potentially upsetting for a 10 1/2 year old. She is sensitive - I am going to check out the part on Sandy Hook and probably put a post-it in there so she can skip it or at least come talk about it before she gets into it. Anything else that jumps out for people?
posted by mzurer to Media & Arts at 4:19 PM - 7 answers

Buckeyes in NYC?

Is there anywhere to buy buckeyes in NYC? [more inside]
posted by ferret branca to Food & Drink at 4:17 PM - 4 answers

"Words are... our most inexhaustible source of magic"

Wanted: recommendations of public-domain audiobooks for a family member in assisted living. [more inside]
posted by queen anne's remorse to Writing & Language at 3:59 PM - 8 answers

Pro Bono review of simple separation agreement, NYC - necessary?

I have a pretty straightforward separation agreement from my employer. Do I need a lawyer to look it over, and if so, where I can I find a free one? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Work & Money at 3:01 PM - 6 answers

Is it time for a job change, or can I make this work?

If it is time for a change, where can I turn? And how can I cope with my current job while looking for something else? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 to Work & Money at 2:21 PM - 8 answers

I need CHEWY brownies!

Hello! I keep trying brownie recipes in an attempt to recreate my ideal brownie, as remembered from my youth. I haven’t found it yet and I’m getting tired of the wrong brownies. Please help! Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel to Food & Drink at 2:10 PM - 30 answers

Fun activities/projects for math-interested 12 year old?

Mr. Mysticle and I have just begun mentoring a 12 year old boy. He likes math. (He also likes cooking, baking, and basketball.) For our first hangout, we all had fun building bridges with marshmallows and toothpicks and then testing how much they could hold without buckling. What are some other activities/projects that would be fun, new, and exciting? [more inside]
posted by Mystical Listicle to Human Relations at 1:41 PM - 11 answers

I made a stupid gazebo-related mistake. Help me fix it.

Any gazebo experts in the crowd? [more inside]
posted by letahl to Home & Garden at 1:20 PM - 2 answers

odd effect after stopping meds - related?

YANMD. Recently I was sick with a terrible cold, and as a result of days asleep in bed, I inadvertently went cold turkey on my medication, of which I am prescribed many types. I felt so much better not taking it (I often have terrible nausea, hair loss, sore throat, tiredness that I know is due to multiple side effects, and my doctor knows this but shrugs it off) that I stayed off of it for a week. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 1:10 PM - 8 answers

female electronic noise industrial dance rock

Grimes: We Appreciate Power. harunemuri: kick in the world. More like this, please. [more inside]
posted by signal to Media & Arts at 12:38 PM - 7 answers

Getting rid of "strawberry legs" after shaving

Like many people I get "strawberry" legs after I shave which means rather than having just uniformly colored skin I have all these black dots that linger until hair grows back again. I exfoliate. I use good shaving cream. I even wait till my hair is longer than half an inch which is not my favorite thing to do. Why can't I get rid of the dots? Why do I have them in the first place?
posted by Hermione Granger to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:00 PM - 15 answers

So I'd like to Vee-Jay at my local bar..

They have video screens but whoever manages them seems to be pretty tuned out and play the same music all the time. I'd like to pick an appropriate mix of popular and lesser known local and international pop music to play maybe two hours a month. I would do this for free. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake to Media & Arts at 11:23 AM - 4 answers

What's the relationship between the ferromagnetic metals and atomic no.?

The three ferromagnetic metals iron, cobalt and nickel also happen to have consecutive atomic numbers. Why is that?
posted by storybored to Science & Nature at 11:13 AM - 1 answer

Don't shoot the messenger. Anger or frustration not directed at you.

As a project manager, I frequently have to deliver news of things being late. Understandably people get upset. I've been upset in similar scenarios. What are some good ways to handle these situations? "life pro tips" if you will, for both being sympathetic and not taking things personally?
posted by aeighty to Human Relations at 11:11 AM - 11 answers

White grapefruit in NYC

Is it possible to buy white grapefruit in NYC? If so, where, and what time of year? Alternately, are there any places that ship white grapefruit that you might recommend? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Food & Drink at 11:05 AM - 5 answers

Opting out of Adult Birthday Gifts

Partially inspired by this question, I'm looking for advice/guidance/permission on opting out of birthday gift giving for adult family members. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 10:32 AM - 20 answers

Help me remember this road trip music video

Identify this music video: couple on a road trip that starts off great but goes downhill fast [more inside]
posted by amicamentis to Society & Culture at 10:13 AM - 2 answers

Patch of dry skin slowly moving across back of my neck

A weird situation has presented itself. A few weeks ago, I noticed a small patch of dry skin on the back right side of my neck, now it has slowly moved to the left side. [more inside]
posted by monologish to Health & Fitness at 10:00 AM - 7 answers

This (still) stinks

I've switched to aluminum free deodorant and am now learning the struggles of clothes with actual body odor on it after wear. How do I get the smell out, especially from dry clean only clothes? [more inside]
posted by amycup to Home & Garden at 9:36 AM - 10 answers

Barcelona Travel Suggestions

My husband and I will be honeymooning in Barcelona for 5 full days during the first week of April. I've started reading about the can't miss sites, but I'm concerned there isn't enough to fill a 5 day trip. Am I wrong? [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta to Travel & Transportation at 9:23 AM - 15 answers

Book Club Question: Interesting questions to ask a translator

Sometimes my book club is very, very lucky and the author of a particular book joins us. For our next meeting, the esteemed translator of an award-winning novel will be joining us. We are all very excited as translation of books into other languages gives us all new voices and perspectives. But we're also a little nervous. [more inside]
posted by Lescha to Media & Arts at 9:16 AM - 7 answers

Lemons & limes & eggs oh my!

I have about 20-30 each of limes, lemons and eggs and I'm looking for recipes to use them up that preferably result in something I can freeze. Lemon or lime meringue would be the obvious answer but would like to go beyond that. I also have an instant pot. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya to Food & Drink at 8:25 AM - 12 answers

Are there laws about heating empty apartments?

The vacant apartment underneath me had a dying smoke detector for months that made my life hell that has since stopped beeping, but now there is a new problem: they have their heat off, and the pipes have frozen as a result. [more inside]
posted by sockermom to Home & Garden at 8:22 AM - 14 answers

"Dear God do I love this [iPhone] app" - iPhone apps that bring you joy?

As a recent convert, I'm looking for the iPhone apps that you absolutely adore. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to Technology at 8:10 AM - 21 answers

Mortgage Re-finance or not?

If you wanted to do a bathroom renovation how would you pay for it? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro to Work & Money at 7:40 AM - 7 answers

was this acceptable hostel behaviour?

this is a slightly ridiculous but honestly to me upsetting hostel situation. i booked into a hostel for one night and arrived at 8pm, a mixed dorm. i'm a woman, and the the woman in the bed next to mine spent the entire hour i was there loudly masturbating. [more inside]
posted by mosswinter to Human Relations at 3:44 AM - 16 answers

If and how much to tip at a wedding in Florida?

We're getting married in Florida in June! Being from the UK, the more obscure corners of US tipping etiquette are a bit of a mystery to us and so we're wondering who and how much we should at the wedding chapel, or even if this is A Thing? Inevitably there's quite a bit more inside. [more inside]
posted by Chairboy to Society & Culture at 3:20 AM - 8 answers

January 20

Have you used a diaphragm or cervical cap?

I'm looking for experiences with the FemCap, Caya or any other cervical caps and diaphragms, especially in conjunction with the ContraGel spermicide. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 11:48 PM - 8 answers

Invisible Birthdays

So my partner forgot it was my birthday. Like, literally forgot. I really don't tend to make a big deal of birthdays, for Reasons To Be Boringly Explained Below, and I knew that we had nothing planned for today, but this has happened before (with this partner and with others) and I know it will probably happen again (with this partner, who is a Permanent Partner, and who is extremely not good at remembering birthdays). I'm not on social media, and a recent move means I don't have a lot of close in-person friends right now, so I don't really have anyone else who will be taking up the slack and remembering my birthday. Part of me wishes I didn't care so much. Part of me actually really doesn't care that much. But part of me does care. What do I do with my feels here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 11:47 PM - 34 answers

How to tell radiologist/parent I'm pregnant

My parent is a radiologist. I want to tell him that I'm pregnant by getting a sonogram done in his office without telling him details beforehand. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 11:47 PM - 6 answers

Should I be addressing people by name when I greet them?

I realized that most of the people I know greet me by saying, "Hi, [brook horse]" (or similarly, going past be or accidentally bumping into me, "Sorry, [brook horse]!" or "excuse me, [brook horse]." I almost never do this unless there's a chance it's not clear who I'm talking to. Is it more polite to use people's names when you greet them? [more inside]
posted by brook horse to Society & Culture at 6:57 PM - 28 answers

And don't you like me for me?

How do you figure out if you like somebody before trying to get them to love you? [more inside]
posted by Sock Meets Body to Human Relations at 6:03 PM - 7 answers

Flight money to spend, where to go?

I have $211 to spend with Southwest by April 11. It is usable in my name only. I welcome any outside ideas, as I am fresh out! Details and mitigating factors inside. [more inside]
posted by Cloudberry Sky to Travel & Transportation at 5:48 PM - 13 answers

A small step up in women's clothing

I am looking for recommendations for well made, semi-inexpensive clothing. I was really surprised by how much nicer amazon essentials t-shirts were than my Target woman's t-shirt staples. I am looking for similar swaps. [more inside]
posted by Kalmya to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:42 PM - 10 answers

Look and see her, how she sparkles

I would like to read some fantasy novels (ideally aimed at adults) that feature unicorns or dragons as characters, rather than cool-but-not-sapient horses/lizards. Protagonists, antagonists, or support characters are all good, so long as they're prominently featured. Other snowflake details below. [more inside]
posted by darchildre to Media & Arts at 5:30 PM - 28 answers

Spontaneous traveling in Asia, is it a good idea?

I'm visiting South Korea and Japan from the beginning of May to mid June. Korea is from early May to mid May and Japan is from mid May to mid June. This is my first time staying at hostel type places, and I was wondering if it's necessary in these countries to book my hostel dates in advance. [more inside]
posted by starlybri to Travel & Transportation at 4:54 PM - 7 answers

What might be causing my gas mileage to drop?

I have an old car that's had some work done on the fuel system recently (details inside) and the gas mileage has dropped quite a bit since that work. Any thoughts on what it could be? [more inside]
posted by misskaz to Travel & Transportation at 4:14 PM - 8 answers

Should I ask for another shot? Or were we actually terribly mismatched?

I've had a really rough couple of years, and spent 2016-2018 recovering from a confluence of events that entailed a layoff, a hostile roommate situation and a breakup, followed up by a plus-yearlong spell of unemployment, depression and what I now realize was an abusive relationship. And for about six weeks or so in the very last bit of 2018, I was incandescently happy with someone who broke up with me the day before New Years. I hope we broke up due to circumstances and not because we were fundamentally mismatched -- but I don't trust my own judgement because I'm carrying around a lot of relationship baggage. Should I ask him to try again? [more inside]
posted by blue rare to Human Relations at 4:04 PM - 15 answers

A ham sandwich a week ... dead in 6 months?

Help me interpret this dietary warning about processed meat. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK to Health & Fitness at 3:50 PM - 12 answers

Short story about Hurricane Katrina?

I have a vague recollection of a short story or possibly narrative non-fiction set during a disaster (I think hurricane Katrina). What is it? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars to Writing & Language at 3:33 PM - 1 answer

rent or drive own car long distance

Should I drive my own car or rent for long distances? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 to Travel & Transportation at 2:51 PM - 12 answers

Help my cats chase the rainbow

I'd like to get a prism to hang in the window to cast rainbows. Ideally it would be a few bright rainbows instead of a ton of tiny rainbows. I've bought a few from shops and they either have many tiny, or no actual rainbows cast. Can you help me?
posted by rebent to Home & Garden at 11:52 AM - 8 answers

Please help me do math good again

I used to know a lot of math. That was well over a decade ago. I haven't used it since, and now I'm in a position where I need it again. Is there an online course or a textbook (or a couple textbooks) that will take me on a speed-run from pre-calc to differential equations/linear algebra? With exercises, and the exercises have worked-out answers? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger to Grab Bag at 11:52 AM - 9 answers

Best Android games to play with stylus/pen, Jan 2019 edition

I just replaced my old Galaxy S7 Edge with a Galaxy Note 8, and I wasn't expecting this, but I love it, and especially love the experience of using the "S Pen" / stylus. I never would've thought using a stylus with a smartphone would make any sense at all, but the precise input is something I always wanted - most user interfaces are designed to account for this, but on some level I still dislike "fat fingering" the screen and only being aware of a pixel radius that I'm coming in contact with rather than a specific pixel. I'm not much of a visual artist (though I'm interested in exploring that), but now that I'm sold on the stylus, I'm primarily interested in music-making apps and games that 1) benefit from precise or semi-premise control, or 2) which have a lot of information and interactivity on-screen because their UIs are ported from bigger tablet, computer, or TV displays and are intended for them. Would love some recommendations along those lines. Some personal tastes and initial selections inside. [more inside]
posted by naju to Computers & Internet at 11:40 AM - 3 answers

What can I bring to the airport?

We're traveling in a few weeks. Can we bring anything that would be helpful to TSA staff? [more inside]
posted by pdb to Travel & Transportation at 10:45 AM - 8 answers

If access to the internet was suddenly limited, what are our options?

Lets say there was a earthquake in the Bay or Seattle area or someone in whitehouse decided to use his "emergency powers" to cut web based communications/access to the internet in the USA (I realize this may be mean global shut down) what are our options to get and share information with others? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 to Computers & Internet at 9:36 AM - 15 answers

Wasting an Ask on half-remembered MST3K

Trying to remember in which MST3K episode a certain scene occurred... [more inside]
posted by kuanes to Media & Arts at 8:07 AM - 8 answers

My cat is peeing down the bathtub drain.

I have 2 sibling boy cats that are 5 years old. Back in December, one of them started peeing down the bathtub drain. He got a clean bill of health from the vet, so I proceeded like it was behavioral. I've had limited success getting this strange new behavior to stop and am out of ideas. [more inside]
posted by tryniti to Pets & Animals at 7:05 AM - 10 answers

January 19

How to childproof with cats?

I have a steep staircase, an adventurous baby, and a chubby cat who can't jump. How the heck do I child-proof the stairs? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne to Pets & Animals at 10:09 PM - 10 answers

Need a watch with luminous numbers and solar charging for emergency kit

I'm finding it surprisingly difficult to find a watch that (1) has glow-in-the-dark hands and numbers (so you don't have to push a button to read it), (2) has very long battery life or else can be charged via exposure to light, (3) is somewhat waterproof, and (4) does not cost very much. Suggestions very much welcome. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:50 PM - 10 answers

Where could I move to be more of a homebody?

I currently live in a big city but I'm considering a move to a smaller/cheaper area so I could work less and prioritize my leisure time and quality of life. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon to Grab Bag at 8:42 PM - 22 answers