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September 24

How have far-right posters been successfully defaced?

Out of historical interest: how have far-right and Neo-Nazi election posters been in the Past speedily and neatly defaced? [more inside]
posted by runincircles at 8:05 AM - 5 answers

September 22

a curious usage

Does this happen to other people? [more inside]
posted by alonsoquijano at 4:20 PM - 64 answers

Help me fall in love with my home.

I moved to San Diego almost exactly a year ago, smack dab in the pandemic. Everyone told me I would love it here, but I don't. It is fine, but it doesn't feel special or like home. Can you help me love it? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 9:57 AM - 23 answers

UK harvest festival song 'Paintbox'/'Cauliflowers fluffy' origins?

Most people hovering around 40 strongly remember a harvest festival song called 'Paintbox' otherwise known by its lyrics: "Cauliflowers fluffy, and cabbages green strawberries are sweeter, than any I've seen..." There are countless versions of it on YouTube and lyrics websites, but very little information as to its origins. Can you help me track down its history? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 9:39 AM - 2 answers

A quote about rotting meat and human interaction

What is the quote and the source about rotting or rotten meat in human interaction? [more inside]
posted by Quillcards at 2:02 AM - 1 answers

September 18

Planning around supply chain issues

I am seeing more and more supply chain issues. Our preferred grocery store had basically no cheese last time I went. I'm seeing articles like this one. I wonder how bad will it get, what supplies are impacted, and how can I prepare with common sense? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 7:16 PM - 24 answers

September 17

Tips and books for starting bullet journaling?

I would like to know more about bullet journaling. Is there a website or book that you have found to be particularly helpful for doing this? I am less interested in stickers and more interested in approaches to being productive.
posted by mortaddams at 12:28 PM - 8 answers

What's the oldest thing I can buy, just to have?

What's the oldest human-made thing I can buy, just to have? I really want to own something that is hundreds or thousands of years old. [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 9:28 AM - 16 answers

September 16

“Y'know, this stuff is kinda wasted on just ponies...”

(Inspired by this tweet) Some people are "using" Ivermectin, a horse de-wormer, to try and protect against Covid. Some use Xylazine, a sedative for horses. Ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic used in horse surgery (and also for badgers and people), is a popular recreational drug. Mane 'n tail shampoo was initially developed for equine use. So what other products, originally made for horses, are now used by people?
posted by Wordshore at 7:38 AM - 39 answers

September 12

Books about society as an irrational enterprise

Looking for books or articles that, either broadly or through examining a specific instance or phenomenon, illustrate or argue that society is governed primarily by subconscious, irrational or logically flawed forces: myth, superstition, dreams, deep cultural archetypes, mass hysteria, biological drives, viral ideas, closed circuit reference primarily to simulacra, etc. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 9:42 AM - 12 answers

September 11

When will the Toronto Pride Parade be held in 2022 ?

Assuming festivities will happen next year, will the annual Pride Parade fall on June 26th or July 3rd? [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 12:58 PM - 2 answers

September 10

French Roma Accents of the 1930s and 1940s

I'm looking for movies, documentaries, recordings, etc. where I could hear how the Roma peoples in the early 20th century (1930s-40s) in Western Europe -- specifically France -- spoke. I'm not so interested in the language itself or their modifications of French, but really just the accent and how they sounded when speaking. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane at 12:40 PM - 2 answers

Baby gifts in Lao culture

Are there any Lao MeFites who could help me out? [more inside]
posted by oywiththepoodles at 10:41 AM - 1 answers

Good to see you!

In my old home of Charleston, SC a certain demographic (native southern upper-class (but maybe also middle class?) whites and those who now are in those circles) would greet a new person they've met with "Good to see you" instead of "Nice to meet you". What other US regional subculture uses this phrasing, or what other cultures use this phrase roughly translated?
posted by sandmanwv at 7:02 AM - 16 answers

September 8

Regional data on queer or BIPOC stigma and resources

I’m looking for US regional (state/county-level) data that characterizes the degree to which the climate in each region is stigmatizing toward or has identity-specific resources for queer and/or BIPOC people in that region. The data must (1) be immediately publicly available, (2) be available for all or most US regions, (3) reflect the current climate rather than historical climate, and (4) directly reflect BIPOC/queer-specific stigma or resources rather than a related topic (even if it’s highly related, like presidential election results). Ideally, the data should be updated regularly. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 9:59 AM - 6 answers

September 7

Violence in the name of primitivism or anti-civilization

Hello, Hivemind: I'm looking for examples of violence that has been done in the service of the belief that civilization and modernity have led to worse societal outcomes (e.g., so-called "primitivism" or "anarcho-primitivism"). [more inside]
posted by mrmanvir at 6:13 AM - 14 answers

September 6

Where do Japanese people socialize on the internet?

I'm an advanced Japanese language student looking to get more exposure to Japanese as it is used online (as well as just general cultural etc exposure). But not sure where to look! [more inside]
posted by wooh at 9:46 PM - 5 answers

Secular Jewish traditions for kids?

How do people who were raised Jewish but are no longer religious foster a sense of Jewish identity in their kids? Any good traditions or holiday celebration ideas? [more inside]
posted by Gravel at 8:26 PM - 10 answers

September 5

Books on European ocean sailing 1450 to 1700

I'd like to find reading material about the nuts and bolts of the daily operation of ocean-going European sailing ships from roughly 1450 to 1700. Books on this topic would be very welcome. What were the different jobs on board, what did an average sailor do all day, what provisions were stocked, what things most often went wrong? [more inside]
posted by cubeb at 5:59 PM - 13 answers

What's at the margins of gender theory

I am looking for trans-affirmative, anti-sexist writing (or audio or video) that frame gender somewhat differently than is the current dominant [left] framing. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 11:28 AM - 19 answers

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