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Is silent farting a skill everyone can pick up?

I'm curious. I am pretty good at farting without making any noise whatsoever, but I hear that this is not a skill that everyone possesses. Since my technique involves routing the nascent fart through labial folds, are the possession and configuration of those necessary to silence the release of air? Or are there are other ways to achieve the same objective? Enlighten me!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sciatrix at 10:38 AM on August 3, 2017 (36 comments)

You're already at the top of my piss list!

Last night on the Late Show, Matthew McConaughey revealed that he was a great fan of Steven Colbert's work on the 90s Comedy Central sketch comedy show Exit 57, which Steven said "was watched by a baker's dozen people." McConaughey did a couple of bits from sketches from memory, then the two reprised the show's Newspaper Weatherman sketch.
posted to MetaFilter by JHarris at 9:07 AM on August 1, 2017 (32 comments)

I am library, how do I do?

Dan Hon has a Twitter thread going of neural network-generated Ask Metafilter questions.
posted to MetaTalk by divabat at 6:55 AM on July 30, 2017 (41 comments)

We Know the Way: The Art of Polynesian Wayfinding

How did the Polynesians sail the Pacific 3,000 years ago, without GPS or even sextants or compasses? The Polynesian Voyaging Society and its ship, the Hōkūleʻa, have set out to answer that question through research, oral history, and practical experimentation. Learn the star compass; know your winds and currents; read the swells; look for clouds and birds; forecast the weather; and estimate your position.
posted to MetaFilter by Eyebrows McGee at 12:16 AM on July 10, 2017 (19 comments)

What would you do to gave you? [rooster photo] DOCTOR STRUGGLE

Check out AI Generated Movie Posters, a site featuring movie posters generated by AI. Built by our own OrangeGloves, via mefi projects.
posted to MetaFilter by cortex at 3:22 PM on July 10, 2017 (63 comments)

What are the best bad reviews?

Give me your favorite published zero-star and otherwise negative reviews by professional reviewers of media! Mostly interested in book, music, game, and movie/TV reviews by paid reviewers, but if it's especially good then I'll accept non-professional reviews and reviews of other things. Thank you!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by capricorn at 4:25 PM on June 12, 2017 (73 comments)

Resources for adults to care for parents

My mother is 75, and is clearly a little "lost"--while active and independent, it's becoming apparent that things like Medicare, estate planning, how to pay her cell phone, are eluding her. Some of these are tough, to be sure, but when she was younger, she would have figured them out. She needs (and asks for) my help--but much of this is new to me. What resources are available for adult children as they become caregivers to older parents?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Admiral Haddock at 9:52 AM on May 5, 2017 (8 comments)

Nelson v Colorado and Civil Assets Forfeiture

'Last week, in a case called Nelson v. Colorado, the court laid a foundation for upcoming challenges to roll back law enforcement overreach. As a result of respective 2005 and 2006 convictions, Louis Alonzo Maddon and Shannon Nelson were required to pay a few thousand dollars in court costs, fees, and restitution to Colorado (on top of serving prison time).
posted to MetaFilter by bunderful at 8:53 AM on April 29, 2017 (10 comments)

“...actor is a non-gendered word that I use.”

Billions star Asia Kate Dillon doesn’t fit traditional awards categories. [The Toronto Star] “Fans of the series Billions [wiki] have spent much of the second season enamored of the relatively unknown Asia Kate Dillon, who portrays a gender non-binary character named Taylor Mason. Dillon’s breakout performance has arguably surpassed those of the show’s established stars, Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis and Maggie Siff. In fact, it so impressed Showtime that the U.S. network planned to submit Dillon’s performance to this year’s Emmy Awards. There was only one issue. Much like the Mason character, Dillon identifies as gender non-binary and uses the pronoun “they.” The Emmy Awards, meanwhile, only have two categories for best supporting performance: actor and actress. The network asked Dillon which category Dillon would rather be submitted to.”
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 4:15 PM on April 6, 2017 (14 comments)

Very belated appreciation for my secret quonsar

I got my amazing, delightful, thoughtful gift package from miratime way back at the end of November...while I was in the middle of a combination of post-election freakout and literally the biggest project of my entire career. So I didn't say thank you properly, and now it's almost April! I especially want to show off these socks that I made with the yarn she gave me. This project has been fun and emotionally soothing and the socks look amazing. :) Thanks again!
posted to MetaTalk by epersonae at 3:45 PM on March 31, 2017 (17 comments)

It's vodka—it goes bad once it's opened

I'm celebrating my 40th birthday next month, and it'll be an homage to my own Arrested Development. Fans of the show, help me come up with some AD-themed cocktail names!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:53 AM on March 29, 2017 (78 comments)

Skateboarding on Frozen Sand

"Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and skateboards? Four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and a frozen miniramp."
posted to MetaFilter by not_the_water at 4:02 PM on March 27, 2017 (5 comments)

Podcast: Reply All: #91 The Russian Passenger

Somewhere in Russia, a man calls for a car. Somewhere in New York City, a stranger's phone buzzes.
posted to FanFare by radioamy at 9:22 AM on March 16, 2017 (8 comments)

Glitch: Web Development For the Rest Of Us

Glitch (née Gomix, née Hyperdev) is a new service/community from Fog Creek Software "where anybody can build the app of their dreams."
posted to MetaFilter by Sokka shot first at 9:31 AM on March 27, 2017 (48 comments)

49 satin wedding gowns... one in each state's boxcar

The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad boxcars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from French citizens sent to the US in 1949. They were showing their appreciation for the 700+ American boxcars of relief goods sent to them by Americans in 1948 via a project calledFriendship Train. Each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift-laden box cars. Many of those boxcars still exist.
posted to MetaFilter by jessamyn at 2:53 PM on March 23, 2017 (29 comments)

"Midlife Divorced Lady Cliche"

Scrubbing a Stranger
posted to MetaFilter by R.F.Simpson at 5:29 PM on February 20, 2017 (59 comments)

Happy Waitangi Day

On February 6th, 1840, New Zealand's founding document was signed. The Treaty of Waitangi was a contract between the British government and the chiefs of the iwi (tribes) of New Zealand (although many didn't sign). It has a complicated history.
posted to MetaFilter by reshet at 4:29 PM on February 5, 2017 (13 comments)

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Musician Evan Desautels remixed Barenaked Ladies' hit, One Week, replacing every instrument with its earworm opening lyrics,"It's been." He previously remixed the theme to Star Wars, replacing all the instruments with the first orchestral hit.
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 5:03 AM on January 3, 2017 (70 comments)

"Gopher seems to have won out"

In which we meet an adorably-described Mac SE/30 known as the Mother Gopher. The rise and fall of the Gopher protocol.
posted to MetaFilter by duien at 9:42 PM on January 1, 2017 (55 comments)

Uplifting Culture for 2017

The Guardian has a new series on uplifting culture for 2017 that includes films that are uplifting (rather than the often cliched 'inspirational' genre).
posted to MetaFilter by ellieBOA at 4:45 AM on January 2, 2017 (24 comments)

Faking fake

Still File, by Skrekkøgle, is a series of photographs staged to resemble e.g. unconvincingly photorealistic raytraced 3D graphics. Making-of photos included. Skrekkøgle hijinks previously.
posted to MetaFilter by cortex at 10:10 PM on January 2, 2017 (20 comments)

The Best Medicine

2016 was a very, very bad year no matter how you slice it. In tough times, comedy is often a form of escape that people turn to when they need comforting. With that in mind, [Splitsider] asked our contributors to pick the one piece of comedy in any form that they turn to when they really need cheering up. We’ll be sharing their choices throughout the week in a package we’re calling “The Best Medicine.”

posted to MetaFilter by Etrigan at 9:44 AM on December 28, 2016 (11 comments)


The farmer who built her own broadband
posted to MetaFilter by Michele in California at 8:06 AM on December 26, 2016 (32 comments)


Jim Estill put up $1.5 million to bring 58 families to Canada. He found them homes, gave them jobs and even bought one man a dollar store. How the mild-mannered CEO of an appliance company became the Oskar Schindler of Guelph. [slTorontoLife]
posted to MetaFilter by cichlid ceilidh at 6:50 AM on December 21, 2016 (14 comments)

An Oral History of Shazaam

An Oral History of Shazaam, the semi-beloved but instantly-recognizable 90's movie starring Sinbad, compiled by Amelia Tait.
posted to MetaFilter by Greg Nog at 10:26 AM on December 21, 2016 (68 comments)

Jeopardy Champion

When Cindy Stowell was called by the Jeopardy producers about having earned a chance to audition, she told them it would have to be fast; she had Stage IV colon cancer and an estimated six months to live. Stowell passed away on December 5, eight days before the first day of her winning streak began to air. After Tuesday night's show Cindy’s six-day total is $103,803 (U.S.), which she donated to cancer research.
posted to MetaFilter by roomthreeseventeen at 1:14 PM on December 21, 2016 (43 comments)

A murder of dancers and crows

French dancer Marie-Laure Agrapart performs beautifully choreographed routines that most notably involve her dance partner, an exceptionally trained black crow.
posted to MetaFilter by _Mona_ at 2:55 PM on December 21, 2016 (6 comments)

"It's like the taste of my Grandma's sofa."

Washington Post writer Monica Hesse ruminates on an annual office party snack tradition (The giant tri-flavor holiday popcorn tin sends a message, which is, “I was thinking of you, but not until I was already in the checkout aisle of Big Lots.”) and speaks with the CEO of one of the major producers (“If you lined up all of our holiday popcorn tins that we produced in 2016, you could start at the White House and end at Fenway Park in Boston.”). Meanwhile, Post staffers compare an expensive tin to a cheap one to answer the culinary question "Is there really a difference between holiday popcorn brands?" (video, no captions).
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:29 PM on December 21, 2016 (95 comments)

Virtual reconstructions of lost Frank Lloyd Wright buildings

Spanish architect David Romero is rebuilding lost Frank Lloyd Wright masterworks in new color visualizations, created using 3D rendering software and Photoshop. So far he has posted highly realistic color pictures of Wright's Larkin Administration Building in Buffalo, and the Rose and Gertrude Pauson House in Phoenix.
posted to MetaFilter by beagle at 8:33 AM on December 22, 2016 (5 comments)

Is there a "Couch to 5k" for creativity?

I'm in my early thirties and I don't think I've ever been creative. I just don't think I have much imagination for those kinds of things. But it's something I think I'd like in my life, and I'm a little bewildered where to start. Is creativity or imagination something I can learn (or be taught), or is it more innate?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by A Robot Ninja at 7:50 AM on November 30, 2016 (15 comments)

Young Blood

A short song on a new ukulele about a thing I saw from a helicopter in Hawaii.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 12:08 AM on September 22, 2016 (6 comments)

My best manager did this...

I am taking up a new management position this month and I have been enjoying asking these two questions of my friends to help me prepare mentally. Can the Green help too?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Toddles at 7:46 AM on September 2, 2016 (81 comments)

Metafilter makes it to cable news

23 months after Metafilter solved my grandma's coded messages, and we briefly went viral, the HLN network has produced a short video segment about the true hero of this story: Metafilter's own harperpitt, her code-breaking skills, and the power of the hive mind in tackling web mysteries. Article & YT Video.
posted to MetaTalk by JannaK at 1:06 PM on December 14, 2015 (64 comments)

Please throw an item into an active volcano for me

If you live near an active volcano, and are willing to help someone out, I'd like to mail you a small item (and some USD to cover your expenses), and have you video yourself putting that item in molten lava for me. * this is not a joke * I'm not trying to get anyone to break any laws. * it's a very small object that would not harm a volcano * thank you
posted to MetaFilter Jobs by popechunk at 8:01 PM on September 28, 2015

How can I make beautiful Powerpoint Slides like this?

How can I make beautiful Powerpoint slides like those in this example presentation, titled "Steal this Presentation"? I can't download the presentation as a powerpoint file, only as a pdf. I have no graphic design skills, so I was hoping to find a template or powerpoint file somewhere, so I can just borrow the fonts, layouts, etc. Thank you for any help or example presentations you can link me to!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by surenoproblem at 4:53 AM on August 25, 2015 (21 comments)

"Women – Love each other, support each other, defend each other."

Herself.com (NSFW)
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 7:27 AM on August 7, 2015 (13 comments)

(I'm Gonna Drink A) Fifth Of July

Twitter joke that turned into an actual country song an hour later. I'm in Huntsville with nothing but my ukulele, so this didn't get the full band treatment I'd otherwise do, but it works pretty well like this.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 1:06 PM on July 4, 2015 (9 comments)

Prepare for THE ARRIVAL! (of a VIP)

Have you had to prep for the arrival of a major VIP (eg a Queen? a Head of State? the head of the United Nations) to your office or factory? What did you have to do?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by almostwitty at 8:45 PM on June 22, 2015 (14 comments)


Jim Obergefell and John Arthur had been together nearly two decades when John was stricken by terminal ALS. With their union unconstitutional in Ohio, the couple turned to friends and family to fund a medical flight to Maryland, where they wed, tearfully, on the tarmac [prev.]. After John's death, however, Jim found himself embroiled in an ugly legal battle with his native state over the right to survivor status on John's death certificate -- a fight he eventually took all the way to the Supreme Court. And that's how this morning -- two years after U.S. v. Windsor, a dozen after Lawrence v. Texas, and at the crest of an unprecedented wave of social change -- the heartbreaking case of Obergefell v. Hodges has at long last rendered same-sex marriage legal nationwide in a 5-4 decision lead by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
posted to MetaFilter by Rhaomi at 7:03 AM on June 26, 2015 (1258 comments)

Give me your best podcasts!

I've recently gotten back into podcasts because my commute has changed and become more amendable to podcast-ing. Help me discover some new favorites.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rainbowbrite at 7:05 AM on June 11, 2015 (24 comments)

Did my boyfriend just get married?

This is such a silly question, but I would appreciate AskMe's perspective. My boyfriend and I are long distance, and yesterday I stumbled on "wedding" photos of him and his ex that were taken two weeks ago. He told me that it was from a video that his university is making for new students to show how glamorous graduate school life can be (he's a professor and an alum). Am I being irrational in doubting him?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sockpuppetry at 6:11 PM on June 19, 2015 (237 comments)

Worth every cent!

Name a purchase of yours that was worth every penny!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by smorgasbord at 4:37 PM on June 4, 2015 (137 comments)

Snark for dinner

I love snarky restaurant reviews. Classic example. Another. Give me your favourites.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by quaking fajita at 11:37 AM on May 29, 2015 (15 comments)

Doodles that will make me laugh and cry

I'd like to dabble more in graphic novels and comics for "grown ups". I like Julia Wertz and Allie Brosh--so basically I'm looking for stuff that is kinda gritty yet also kinda funny, preferably with a female's point of view. Who else might I enjoy?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by oceanview at 2:34 PM on June 22, 2015 (31 comments)

33.881 miles per hour. For an hour. On a bike.

In the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, The Hour Record was hotly-contested. The best bike racers in the world tried to be the person to ride a bicycle the furthest on a track in one hour. It's so grueling that Eddy Merckx said it burned three years off of his life.
posted to MetaFilter by entropone at 6:59 AM on June 9, 2015 (38 comments)

Hacking “Chutes and Ladders”

"In the simulation, an average game [of Chutes and Ladders] lasts 26.5 turns, but it is a right-tailed distribution, so the longest game lasted 146 turns! If only there was a way to give each game a more consistent and shorter length. Then, it hit me. There are nine ladders and ten slides. There is a ladder missing! What if I placed a new tenth ladder on the board that consistently shortened the game? Yes, but where?!"
posted to MetaFilter by yeti at 1:44 PM on June 9, 2015 (59 comments)
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