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My daughter is into "cottagecore" tik tok. I'm learning how to repair drywall. What useful or fascinating niches or subcultures have you discovered on Tik Tok?
Give me you best examples of "Trope Songs" These are the classic bits of music that films or tv shows will use to over a particular scene. Most points for songs that you probably don't know the name of but definitely recognise. [more inside]
There are plenty of Covid models that estimate what will happen after Thanksgiving in the US. My SO and I meed models that show that our sacrifices are making a difference. [more inside]
I’m frequently reading about law enforcement in the US choosing not to enforce certain laws, like mask mandates, gun control restrictions, immigration checks etc.. This made me wonder if police officers are actually legally required to enforce laws. As in, can they be sued if they fail to do that, and what leeway do they have? If a police officer is witnessing a crime like genocide/ murder/ arson/ theft/ public urination and does not respond to it, are they in some way liable fort he consequences? [more inside]
I am a single woman with no kids who has an amazing album of photos that my grandmother took in 1918 France while she was an Army nurse there. Since there's no family to leave this to, I'd like to donate the album to a library or museum (after scanning all the photos of course.) What is a reputable place to donate this that will take care of it and actually find it valuable/useful? [more inside]
I regularly see reports of flagrant violations of COVID public health restrictions, and there seems to rarely be a strong enforcement response. For example, even when fines are possible, they seem to be rarely issued. What is the reasoning/arguments for this kind of "non-punitive" response? [more inside]
What would a Lithuanian Jewish teenage girl in 1890 wear? [more inside]
Can The Hive Mind hope us find a military or commercial semi truck that fits our budget? [more inside]
I'm watching BBC's The War of The Worlds and was wondering what is this place. I'm having a hard time finding it on Google Maps. The show is set in the early 20th century, does this place still exist?
A friend and I are working on a board game prototype for eventual publication and are looking to refine our card list of historical events. These cards reflect buildings, disasters, institutions, policy changes and social movements specific to New York City. We want to maximize the extent to which they are both recognizable and resonant. [more inside]
Either at G.C.S.E or at A-level (English school system) I read a poem that was told from the point of view of a monk who had been killed in the Lindisfarne raid by the Vikings - or a monastery raid by the Vikings, maybe it wasn't specifically Lindisfarne. [more inside]
For a while I've had this daydream that, if I were the CEO of a tech company, I would move company headquarters to Wyoming to increase the amount of Democratic voters there and thus greatly increase the chances of adding 2 Senate seats to the Democrats. Wyoming because it's the least populated state. [more inside]
What is the flag-topped structure depicted on the lawn in this 1843 drawing of a house on Guernsey?
Does such a book exist? If so, I want to read it. Ideally with significant content about logistics on the domestic level. How does the crap get from the shipping container to the warehouse to my house?
Years ago, I saw a very shitty beater car somewhere in the northeast (around Boston/Cambridge) with a bumper sticker that said: "My other car is a Pynchon novel." WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? [more inside]
I've seen a phrase used on Twitter and in Silicon Valley adjacent discourse about the phenomenon of elites splitting off from society - not in the sense of separatism but in the sense of speciation. Please help me remember this phrase - I believe it's two words, probably three at most - as my brain has completely lost it and it will help with some research.
I want to get a Pacific Northwest native art tattoo but I'm a white guy. Can I do this without misappropriation? [more inside]
I'm considering a wintertime quarantine project where I'll recount various things that just kind of didn't work out. Not big, evil schemes, like Theranos, and not disasters like the Titanic, but well-meaning, or well-intentioned, or different takes on things that were sent out with much fanfare but then fizzled away because they were the wrong things at the wrong time. (examples inside) [more inside]
NPR glitched halfway through a great story. Can you point me to the ending? [more inside]
Has anyone read anything in the New Approaches to America Series, or failing that are you familiar with an author? [more inside]