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Ever heard an explanation of a number that gave you an 'aha!' moment?

I'm looking for examples from any subject that have made a stat/figure/number come alive. Eg: If the entire history of the earth was compressed into one year, humans would only appear in the final 24 minutes.
posted by blazingunicorn to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 10:08 AM
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Deliciousify my rice

I recently discovered that I love rice, as long as it’s salted or has other spices/flavors in it. What else should I add to rice, that goes in the pot directly when I’m making it, that will taste delicious?
posted by danceswithlight to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 12 at 10:11 AM
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Oh the vanity!

I am almost 38 and I want to treat myself to one of the fancy laser face treatment things but it would be great to get the hive mind's ideas. If you had sun damage/melasma from hormones and dull skin etc. what did you do that had the greatest impact? I have about 1500 to spend.
posted by catspajammies to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 7:33 AM
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What are your favorite colorful/evocative idioms and aphorisms?

I am looking for more unusual idioms like "all hat, no cattle" or "closing the door after the horse ran out of the barn" and aphorisms like "you can't pour from an empty cup." The more tangible and evocative, the better. Idioms and aphorisms from non-American cultures would be great, but nothing too corporate or clichéd.
posted by zoomorphic to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 4:47 AM
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Starting piano studies again

We took delivery of a digital piano this morning. Our household has different levels of musical ability and experience. I’ve asked before about my 5-yo, but today I’d like some help identifying resources for me and my wife (eg, apps, but whatever’s clever).
posted by Admiral Haddock to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 5:05 AM
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What are some niche hobbies you've come across?

From creating board games from scratch, to building music instruments using pencils, what are some fun relatively inexpensive hobbies that are even more niche/unknown/unexplored? Bonus points if the hobby has available literature on it.
posted by SkinsOfCoconut to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 5:02 PM
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The Invisible Woman

I'm in my 40s and feeling a bit shit about being invisible. I need art by women who are currently in their 40s. Strong preference for visual art in traditional mediums.
posted by fluttering hellfire to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 7:12 AM
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Women who rock.

Please recommend female singer-songwriters who play a mean guitar. For example Meg Myers, Emma Ruth Rundle, St. Vincent…
posted by signal to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 9:07 AM
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Help me shut this doll up fast

Kid bought giant plastic doll in Istanbul, we discovered it has a touch voicebox on the belly that shouts in Turkish. In three hours we are at a long serious church service and she desperately wants to bring the doll with her. How do I silence the doll? Google just returns endless creepy doll movie and trachetomy care results, and I have a weeping child with a giant screaming Turkish doll on my hands. HELP
posted by dorothyisunderwood to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 16 at 8:16 PM
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I think I’m fine, but maybe just demi

I really like “demi-fine” jewelry (often gold vermeil), as it doesn’t irritate my skin like cheaper metals but is still often interesting and fun, not too expensive/“classic.” My usual price range is $75-250 for a piece, depending on the size etc. Any recommendations?
posted by stoneandstar to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 2:28 PM
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Give me not-too-complicated recipes for Asian noodle soup dishes

Looking for recipes for dishes with the same sort of format as pho and ramen (bowl, liquid, noodles, chopsticks, Chinese spoon). Ideally not too complicated (I think making my own stock might be too complicated) and without too many hard-to-get ingredients (I have access to an Asian supermarket but live in a small UK city so not sure how good it is). Thank you!
posted by iamsuper to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 5:48 AM
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Show Me How To Fight

The scene in Fury Road where Max fights Furiousa is one of the best fight scenes I've ever seen. It's in broad daylight, with multiple characters and agendas, yet it's always crystal clear who's doing what and why, while the various personalities of the characters and their motivations make perfect sense. Show me other fight scenes with such clarity please.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 8:40 AM
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iced tea/refreshing low or zero calorie summer drinks

I drink multiple cups of hot decaffeinated/herbal tea a day but this is much less enjoyable in the summer, when my apartment gets unlivably, beastly hot. I'm looking for suggestions/recipes for what to replace this habit with - something with fairly strong flavors and low or zero calories.
posted by skycrashesdown to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 18 at 9:02 PM
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Lady crooners wanted

looking for lady crooner singers... Examples within.
posted by St. Peepsburg to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 9:22 AM
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Bring them breakfast muffin recipes (aka when your baby is a lark)

Now that kiddo had been waking up at 4 a.m. for the past week (hi jetlag), occured to me that I might as well use the time to make lemonade out of a lemony situation and bake! and be less of a sourpuss myself. So, hit me up with your favorite breakfast muffin/cookie/crumpet/othersuchthing recipes.
posted by speakeasy to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 1:53 AM
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Very simple life-saving practices that are non-intuitive

What are examples of simple practices that are hugely beneficial yet either (A) were not discovered until relatively recently (like the last one or two centuries) (such as the Heimlich maneuver) or (B) are not practiced at high frequencies in some lower-income countries, contributing to ongoing mortality (such as hand washing with soap)? Thanks! :)
posted by mrmanvir to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 5:44 PM
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What are some terribly designed but wildly successful objects?

As I struggled to get the ketchup out of the glass bottle for the eleventy-billionth time, I wondered what other objects are so poorly designed and unfit for purpose but have persisted despite--or perhaps because of--their design flaws. Any suggestions?
posted by stillmoving to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 12:04 PM
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Recent literary fiction with NO romance

I am looking for recommendations of recent non-genre fiction. I'm going through a divorce, and I don't want to read anything about romantic relationships. I don't want to read about dating, "friends with benefits," engagements, entanglements, "the one that got away," marriages, breakups, divorce or (and maybe especially) recovery from or the aftermath of those things. It's easy to find genre fiction that doesn't have these elements, but it's harder to find literary fiction without them. Hit me.
posted by OrangeDisk to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 18 at 9:04 AM
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Help me get organized!

The amount of tasks and projects I'm involved in with work have slowly increased, while my limited to non-existent organizational skills have remained the same. Help me find a tool or technique to keep it all together!
posted by drawfrommemory to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 16 at 10:54 AM
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Why isn't there momentum for Remain

Why do British citizens continue to support Brexit? Why do MPs continue to support Brexit? Why isn't there growing political momentum for Remain? Why is there no political party or faction taking up the cause to Remain in light of the epic incompetence and dishonesty on the Brexit side?
posted by Winnie the Proust to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 1:57 PM
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You can't stop speaking to a co-worker in a professional way. The professional way is to go to HR and say you cannot continue being harassed by this person. It's the company's problem what to do with him and not yours. Make it in writing, list incidents with dates and who you spoke to about it. Then consult an attorney. This isn't a silent... [more]
posted by KMoney to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 5:27 PM
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No, this is not an occasion when you should have censured a small child of indeterminate age: -The child may not have seen your kid -They child may not have thought they were with you -They may have younger siblings and are comfortable with toddlers having independent play -They may have some kind of disorder that makes it difficult for them... [more]
posted by Jilder to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 4:38 PM
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The magic words for your manager and for HR are “hostile work environment”. Get it documented and protect yourself. HR isn’t necessarily on your side, but clear documentation will give you a better outcome. Don’t threaten, don’t retaliate, walk away- but this is inappropriate, and this is what managers are paid to take care of. [view]
posted by jenkinsEar to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 5:28 PM
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Nail file, pried open with the twist recommended and then unscrewed with file and voila, tiny batteries! Doll was repaired just in time to attend service in silence. Thank you for the tips. Orthodox church services vary, but my parish has always encouraged children to remain in service with toys if needed and given our services can run four... [more]
posted by dorothyisunderwood to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 3:44 AM
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If I remember your story correctly, you've been tormenting yourself trying to find a tolerable living situation. Stick with what you have. Moving always costs more than you think it will. (Good work on the negotiating, btw!) [view]
posted by praemunire to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 8:43 PM
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No, you shouldn’t have said anything - you can’t police/parent the world - you did the right thing by moving closer to your kid. [view]
posted by valeries to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 4:24 PM
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Yes you have internet permission not to pursue dating. [view]
posted by bleep to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 10:20 PM
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You, the adult, move yourself around the small child, and go interact with your kid. That's all you have to do. FTR, I know 4 and 5 year olds who are clocked at 6 and 7 because they're tall. It is even hard for their parents to remember that these kids are their real chronological age. [view]
posted by Laetiporus to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 4:29 PM
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It's not that it "doesn't work" it's that more protesters makes the experience of visiting a clinic even more stressful. The appropriate response to abortion protesters is clinic escorts, who are often present in large numbers but serve a higher purpose. Clinic escorts are commonly trained to ignore the protesters completely and... [more]
posted by DarlingBri to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 6:33 PM
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If I'm understanding this correctly, you left your 8 year old sibling with abusive parents, and didn't try to help them or even stay in contact with them. You then sparked up a relationship when you were 21. That would feel very problematic to me. Wow, OP was sixteen, and describes it as having left under parent-driven... [more]
posted by praemunire to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 12:20 PM
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My script for this avoids mentioning specifically what is wrong. Hi Boss. I need to bring up a difficult issue with you. I've really been struggling with my health lately. I've been talking with my doctor, and he recommended taking two weeks off to help adjust to new medication. I really want to get my health in order for these two weeks, take... [more]
posted by Kalmya to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 16 at 10:56 AM
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Queer who loves astrology. Do I actually believe in it? Yes and no. I see it as a type of therapy, where I bring my thoughts and expectations to an "objective" reality (my star chart/ tarot cards) and then examine the gap between the two and see how it makes me feel. I don't mind if people are not into it, but it's a bit like New... [more]
posted by coffeeand to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 8:10 AM
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I keep coming back to this question, and I wonder if saying something seemed awkward because your feelings toward her were so negative. Your description of her is, as you say of her, not kind. You say she was trying to get attention, as if that’s bad and not normal. You say she inserted herself, that she was entitled. That’s a whole lot of judgment... [more]
posted by FencingGal to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 6:59 PM
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Do you want to keep on living with this person? If so, get over it. You weren't even kept out of the house! If you don't, then, sure, litigate it to within an inch of your life. [view]
posted by praemunire to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 10:06 PM
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I wobbled on this for years! Once I realized that solo living might be a wonderful thing for me, the pressure was off and it was like a giant weight was lifted. Since then, I've had a lot more joy and peace in my life in just being. The people who know me best love to see me being happy so they never question it. I've discovered I'm really good... [more]
posted by mochapickle to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 10:37 PM
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on IG, I randomly found (in the Explore page of "people your friends follow") that he is following many of his female students and liking pictures where they might be in less clothing. I want to say that I'm not wrong for being bothered by this because...well, these are people he interacts with nearly daily. And he's also in a... [more]
posted by praemunire to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 8:57 AM
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The 7 year old is unlikely to understand your concern. The parent was obviously unconcerned about the playground's age limit, or about supervising. It isn't clear that there was anywhere positive for this to go. [view]
posted by jgreco to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 4:23 PM
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This seems really problematic in a workplace - being tasked to come up with a response reduces it to the level of just an intellectual debate. Surely the company can have a fairly clear policy that colleagues should be preferred to using their chosen names and pronouns? I can't imagine a scenario where someone is repeatedly deliberately... [more]
posted by JonB to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 12:25 AM
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How are you saving money by moving? You'll save $300 for three months, but eat half a month's rent, pay $550, and have a large rent increase on a more expensive apartment after that. And open yourself up to a new nightmare of trying to find new, no drama roommates in an apartment you can't afford on your own. Just enjoy being stable where you are... [more]
posted by momus_window to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 8:57 PM
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Sure, you can be annoyed that you were inconvenienced, but it doesn't make sense to be annoyed at her. She obviously didn't do it on purpose and it probably wasn't even her, it was probably her houseguest. It's kind of unreasonable to expect her to think of everything her houseguest might possibly do that could be problematic and warn... [more]
posted by Redstart to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 13 at 10:15 PM
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