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June 5

What makes glyphosate drain like in this video?

There's a video on Reddit of glysophate draining in a peculiar way. What's at play here? I don't think it's non-Newtonian in this state, is it?
posted by metabaroque at 12:28 PM - 4 answers

June 4

Will my old roommate’s assholery keep me from buying a home?

My former roommate didn’t pay rent for months after I left the house we lived in together, then abandoned the property altogether. For months, I’ve been trying to pretend that this whole..situation doesn’t exist and gone about my life being a model tenant in my new house. Now I’m taking steps toward buying a home. What do I have to disclose, and is this whole mess going to come back to haunt me? [more inside]
posted by I am a Sock, I am an Island at 5:23 PM - 16 answers

June 3

Just how big is Moldova?

I've been hearing a lot about Moldovan wines lately, and I was curious about how big Moldova is, so I tried to look it up. Much to my surprise, there appears to be a fair amount of disagreement, with a huge range of different answers depending on where you look. [more inside]
posted by Umami Dearest at 2:12 AM - 2 answers

June 2

Help me find good eyeglasses lens cleaning solutions?

I currently use Zeiss pre-moistened wipes, and have done so for about 8 years. I've noticed the quality had gone downhill, though; most wipes aren't as moist anymore, so my eyeglasses lens don't get a proper, good quality cleaning for the most part, on the first try. Recommendations would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 8:09 PM - 11 answers

June 1

What goes in a mystery/escape room/puzzle box?

My dad has a big birthday coming up, and I want to make him a puzzle box like those subscription mystery/escape room things. But I've never actually subscribed to one. Have you? What puzzles were good? What should I know? [more inside]
posted by babelfish at 11:55 AM - 7 answers

May 31

Are kids these days doing something with garlic?

My teenage boy had a head of garlic on his bedside table. I said, "What is this doing here?" and he kind of laughingly said, "You don't want to know." Is this...a thing that kids are doing? Is there some naughtiness at hand? Some viral challenge? Of course maybe it's just some random nothing but I just wanted to ask if any of you parents has any idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:23 AM - 9 answers

May 30

What is this thing?

There are four of them. They seem like a set. Ceramic discs with brass fittings? What are they for? photos
posted by degoao at 1:45 PM - 3 answers

May 29

Wallpaper murals that look good?

Have you purchased a wallpaper mural (or some sort of other custom mural which covered an entire wall)? Can you recommend the best product? We were concerned seeing how low the DPI of the completed products seem to be.
posted by arnicae at 9:24 AM - 1 answers

May 28

Twain (I think) passage warning someone of the inns in the next town

This is driving me crazy. I originally came across the passage when I was looking for places where the excellent American word “cattywampus” (many spelling variations) was used. I think it was Twain, maybe not, but a wonderful speech written in the very rich and rough vernacular of the American West — in the 1800s I’m thinking? [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down at 9:04 PM - 3 answers

May 27

What should I keep in my wallet?

I’ve just got a new wallet — the type that shows up if you search for ‘ladies’ wallet’ on Google Images, for example. It’s slightly roomier than my old one. What things would be cool to keep there, and also what shouldn’t I keep in there? [more inside]
posted by lokta at 12:28 PM - 29 answers

May 26

Adult Fiction Featuring Queer Joy

This Pride month, I'd like to spend some time reading good adult fiction that features queer joy, not misery/abuse/death. I'm having better luck finding young adult book lists that cover this ground, but this is what I've uncovered so far: [more inside]
posted by sugarbomb at 2:47 PM - 18 answers

May 25

My kids are exploring youtube

10 year old and 7 year old have started choosing what to watch on youtube. So far, that means a lot of crappy Miraculous fan videos and weird (though not creepy) tik tok. I'm surprisingly bummed by how terrible the stuff is. Please reassure me that crappy storytelling is fine? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 10:32 AM - 8 answers

White squares in Texas

I was reading something about Freestone County in Texas the other day and ended up looking it up in Google Maps. In the satellite view, the whole area is covered with white squares which seem to be some sort of agricultural thing -- just out of curiosity, anyone know what these are? Maybe some kind of grain storage? Maybe the type of soil there?
posted by iamsuper at 6:13 AM - 8 answers

May 24

Help me find the name of this science fiction book!

Details below. [more inside]
posted by aquamvidam at 10:25 AM - 3 answers

May 23

Somewhere between This Old House and Fixer Upper

I've been binging old episodes of This Old House and I'd love to find more house-fixing content. What I like about This Old House that I don't get from the vast majority of the HGTV content out there is the level of detail about how/why they're doing what they're doing and all the various "real life" steps involved. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 7:20 AM - 16 answers

May 22

Tips for following through on a commitment to myself?

I'm writing a novel, which I'm finding hard. Because it's hard, and I'm struggling, it's very easy not to do it. I think my issue is less writing-specific and more about finding ways to follow through on something I want to follow through on. [more inside]
posted by gigondas at 7:26 PM - 22 answers

Does anyone know anything about this weird rooster man coin bank?

Photos I got it at an antique mall. The tag just said "ROOSTER MAN" with no other information. The human face is on a little spring and bounces around when you poke it. I can't find any manufacturer or brand markings on it. It's very heavy (about 3 lbs). I really love my little rooster man and I want to know more about it. Thanks!
posted by theodolite at 11:19 AM - 6 answers

May 21

Opposite of ChilledCow/Lo-Fi Girl's Lo-Fi Hip Hop Radio?

Lo-Fi Girl/ChilledCow has the infamous, chillwave lofi hip hop radio - beats to relax/study to YouTube stream. Does an evil counterpart exist, for when you are not chill and need musical accompaniment for that state?
posted by metabaroque at 7:19 PM - 7 answers

Terrible Gift Giver Looking for Broadly Relevant Gift Ideas

I am terrible at gift-giving--I have very little ability to see a thing out there in the world and say, "Hey, my friend So-and-So would love this." I am looking for gift ideas that are (1) useful enough or (2) charming enough that a large percentage of people would like to receive them. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 1:06 PM - 41 answers

May 20

How to decorate a room with alien OR Bigfoot chic?

I'm helping an adult friend decorate their one bedroom apartment. He's decided he wants to go full out alien and/or Bigfoot themed apartment but in a "kitchy but tasteful" way. I have no idea how to help other than maybe a 50s/atomic age kitchen items (alien-ish lights) and a log bed (Bigfoot bed?) Any general or specific ideas?
posted by arnicae at 7:12 PM - 13 answers

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