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tell me about most amazing place you've ever swam!

I want to know about the most amazing places to swim and/or soak. Specifically, that I could someday go visit. (So if it was the lake on your grandpop's land 30 years ago that's gone now, that's not so helpful.) But otherwise, let er rip. Swimming holes? Crazy pools? Underground rivers? Hot springs? I want to hear about it. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Travel & Transportation at 1:02 PM on Jan 21, 2018 - 57 answers [103 favorites]

Podcasts to sleep to

I need 20-30 minutes of fairly boring content I can listen to, followed by another half hour of additional content while I’m actually sleeping. [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour to Society & Culture at 8:58 PM on Jan 17, 2018 - 44 answers [37 favorites]

Help me upgrade the quality of my life for 100 bucks?

What could I buy with 100 USD that would improve my happiness and quality of life? [more inside]
posted by whitelotus to Shopping at 7:19 PM on Jan 16, 2018 - 47 answers [36 favorites]

Help me figure out my first all inclusive vacation...

My best friend and I want to spend 3-4 days at an all-inclusive resort in March. We are picturing being warm, laying on a beach, drinks with umbrellas and good conversation/reading/doing-nothing. We are not picturing loud club-like environment or cruise-style planned activities. Difficulties: She is coming from Montreal and I'm coming from Boston. We have never done anything like this before. All previous travel done together or separately has involved more...effort/adventure. We want neither. (Please see aforementioned umbrella drinks and lounging.) Advice? Planning tips? Great ideas? Details and questions below. [more inside]
posted by jeszac to Travel & Transportation at 1:27 PM on Jan 18, 2018 - 10 answers [32 favorites]

YouTube fitness routines with...

Bare minimum weight-loss related chat please. I expect some, but that's not the reason why I exercise. I tend to prefer longer routines to High-Intensity stuff, and the less equipment the better. Thanks.
posted by threetwentytwo to Health at 4:43 AM on Jan 17, 2018 - 3 answers [23 favorites]

I'm looking for weird, surreal, artsy podcasts.

When I google "weird podcasts" I get a lot of results for paranormal or "creepy" podcasts, but that's not what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza to Media & Arts at 3:00 AM on Jan 21, 2018 - 23 answers [23 favorites]

Mini-corb needs lunch, badly.

The kidlet needs to eat lunches that at least have a modicum of nutrition. She is not able, because of cafeteria size & time, to sit down to eat, so needs lunches that make little mess and can be eaten standing. Halp. [more inside]
posted by corb to Food & Drink at 3:03 PM on Jan 17, 2018 - 53 answers [22 favorites]

Broke vegetarian, in winter, dislikes beans

Hi! I am a vegetarian on a tight budget and I do not like beans (or lentils, or other legumes). I will tolerate dal or refried beans if they are served in a restaurant or something. The only exception is chickpeas or black beans in a cold salad, which I enjoy, but how many salads can you make?! [more inside]
posted by 8603 to Food & Drink at 7:42 AM on Jan 18, 2018 - 42 answers [22 favorites]

Tell Me Your Favourite Job Perks

The (very) small company I work for is hiring in a competitive tech market, and I'm hoping to mine the hive mind for job perk ideas. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl to Work & Money at 3:16 PM on Jan 16, 2018 - 88 answers [21 favorites]

Cozy mystery series sought, with requirements

Specifically, books without first-person narrators and featuring fantasy or magical elements. [more inside]
posted by furtive_jackanapes to Media & Arts at 1:34 PM on Jan 18, 2018 - 11 answers [21 favorites]

Too many canned tomatoes

In trying to cut down my food budget, I've realized I have been accumulating way too many cans of tomatoes. I need some tasty recipe ideas that are fun and interesting! [more inside]
posted by Aranquis to Food & Drink at 6:55 AM on Jan 21, 2018 - 44 answers [19 favorites]

Hidden Las Vegas?

What are some off-the-strip things I should see and do in Las Vegas next week? [more inside]
posted by this, of course, alludes to sex to Travel & Transportation at 9:51 AM on Jan 20, 2018 - 17 answers [16 favorites]

workout leggings for thunder thighs

Are there specific brands or styles of workout leggings designed for athletic women who are proportionally smaller in the waist, and larger in thighs? [more inside]
posted by raztaj to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:05 PM on Jan 15, 2018 - 17 answers [15 favorites]

How do I get grandma home from Nigeria when she doesn't want help?

Entire family is worried sick about Grandma. She's been courted the last 6 months by a scammer in Nigeria. Yesterday she left in the middle of the night without telling anyone, got on a plane, and is now in Nigeria. Help us get grandma back safe. [more inside]
posted by Marinara to Human Relations at 6:31 PM on Jan 15, 2018 - 18 answers [15 favorites]

Savoury rice porridge recipes

Looking for nutritious grain or rice porridge recipes that I can make in my rice cooker. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit to Food & Drink at 6:10 AM on Jan 18, 2018 - 9 answers [15 favorites]

How to follow Vacationland

I just finished reading Vacationland by John Hodgman and loved it. Looking for humorous memoirs in a similar vein to read next. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen to Writing & Language at 8:12 PM on Jan 15, 2018 - 11 answers [14 favorites]

PG Wodehouse Plot Style

A friend and I were talking about literary critique, you know, like you do. And when we talked about conflict and resolution in writing, I mentioned a plot structure used a lot by PG Wodehouse. They'd never heard of it. Is this a thing? what's it called? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea to Writing & Language at 2:32 PM on Jan 17, 2018 - 9 answers [14 favorites]

Oldest dog portrait?

I recently saw Gerrit Dou's Dog at Rest at the MFA, to which it's been pledged. (It was charming watching people's faces light up as they noticed the piece walking through the room.) It struck me that it was the oldest (1650) "portrait" of a dog I was aware of. [more inside]
posted by praemunire to Media & Arts at 5:36 PM on Jan 20, 2018 - 8 answers [14 favorites]

Buying new glasses stresses me out, how can I make it easier?

Of all things in life, I find the process of buying new glasses to always be super frustrating and I rarely feel satisfied with the end result. I need to buy new glasses, how can I ensure I have a decent experience this time around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 10:45 AM on Jan 21, 2018 - 31 answers [13 favorites]

filling foods that do ok unrefrigerated. for the plane.

What do you like to bring on planes for LONG flights that is non-smelly, tastes good cold/room temp, and is safe to eat after 10-11 hours unrefrigerated? I'm taking the family on a transatlantic flight that doesn't serve food. Need four dinners, four breakfasts, X# of bored snacks. Complication: no ham. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Food & Drink at 12:59 PM on Jan 18, 2018 - 49 answers [12 favorites]

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