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Victorian Realities: Water Closets and Hooped skirts [6min 27sec SYTL]

Victorian realities - How did they use the toilet??! If you ever wondered "How did Victorian Era women use the facilities with all those extravagant undergarments?", then this is the video for you. Note: No nudity. SFW simulated toilet use, with a chair as a prop.
posted to MetaFilter by Faintdreams at 4:32 AM on February 8, 2017 (39 comments)

The universe Richard Dawkins imagines couldn't exist for five seconds

Robert Newman has won an award for his late 2015 radio show and book, Robert Newman's Entirely Accurate Encyclopaedia of Evolution which tackles several issues regarding evolution, particularly neo-Darwinism. He isn't much of a fan of Dawkins.
posted to MetaFilter by 1head2arms2legs at 4:04 AM on February 8, 2017 (33 comments)

Seeking equivalents of size/value etc

Is there a website that will give you equivalent values for an input? Say I put in a number and it says 'that will get you to the moon 29 times in miles or buy you 1000 Bentley's in pounds' or 'that's as big as Texas or so many Sahara deserts' or 'that's the GDP of Somalia or a footballer's salary'.... You get the idea :)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by KateViolet at 5:01 AM on February 5, 2017 (4 comments)

WomensMarch 2: Electric Boogaloo?

Not the actual physical Women's March on Washington--the MeFi traditional version of a month where we encourage women to make front page posts to the Blue, especially first time posters. More on that if you aren't familiar under the cut. It's occurred to me that we have a whole lotta focus on politics right now, in part because pretty much everyone with ties to the USA and a lot of people who don't are currently terrified of fascists. Consequently, the politics megathreads are taking up a lot of energy and attention. I miss this site having a lot of interesting front page posts so that I can take breaks and do things besides endless screaming sometimes here, too. And I remember our MonthByWomen events as being a great effort for womens' solidarity, as well as a really good way to get more voices bringing up lots of interesting and useful topics. Is anyone else interested in holding another WomensMarch here on MeFi?
posted to MetaTalk by sciatrix at 12:07 PM on February 3, 2017 (43 comments)

Fun online puzzle games?

I recently re-started Planetarium (previously discussed) with my 8-year-old. It's a puzzle game in 12 weekly installments - each week, you solve three smaller puzzles, each of which builds towards an overarching puzzle. (Play it if you haven't - it's fantastic!) Can anyone recommend any other online puzzle games with a similar vibe?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by UKnowForKids at 3:53 PM on January 28, 2017 (2 comments)

My whole life could be different!

What do you wish you had started doing sooner?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sprezzy at 11:41 AM on January 4, 2017 (110 comments)

How to navigate the bullshit-rich modern environment.

The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. So-called higher education often rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Two University of Washington lecturers have designed a course to teach students about Bullshit.
posted to MetaFilter by Just this guy, y'know at 5:16 AM on January 13, 2017 (33 comments)

Holy Grail of Fashion History

A skirt believed to have belonged to Elizabeth I -- probably the one depicted in The Rainbow Portrait -- has been discovered in St. Faith's church (Bacton, Heresfordshire), serving as an altar-cloth for the last 400 years. It is the only surviving piece of clothing worn by Elizabeth I.
posted to MetaFilter by Eyebrows McGee at 8:30 PM on January 9, 2017 (41 comments)

and the price you pay is to cut the culture and religion

The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi Rozina Ali revisits the cultural legacy of Rumi in the West: 'The erasure of Islam from Rumi’s poetry started long before Coldplay got involved. Omid Safi, a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at Duke University, says that it was in the Victorian period that readers in the West began to uncouple mystical poetry from its Islamic roots. Translators and theologians of the time could not reconcile their ideas about a “desert religion,” with its unusual moral and legal codes, and the work of poets like Rumi and Hafez. The explanation they settled on, Safi told me, was “that these people are mystical not because of Islam but in spite of it.” This was a time when Muslims were singled out for legal discrimination—a law from 1790 curtailed the number of Muslims who could come into the United States, and a century later the U.S. Supreme Court described the “intense hostility of the people of Moslem faith to all other sects, and particularly to Christians.” In 1898, in the introduction to his translation of the “Masnavi,” Sir James Redhouse wrote, “The Masnavi addresses those who leave the world, try to know and be with God, efface their selves and devote themselves to spiritual contemplation.” For those in the West, Rumi and Islam were separated.' [Rumi previously]
posted to MetaFilter by cendawanita at 10:59 PM on January 9, 2017 (94 comments)

Trump Eggs: They're All White!™

Yolkless eggs are actually common enough that chicken keepers have a number of names for them—fairy egg, witch egg, rooster egg, oops eggs, dwarf egg, wind egg, and, most commonly, fart egg. This is but one of the myriad ways an egg can go wonky.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 9:25 AM on December 24, 2016 (32 comments)

Kitchen gardening with one indoor windowsill

We live in a small apartment with no outdoor space and one available sill, and we also like cooking and eating green things. In an ideal world, I'd have a small kitchen garden to supply us with salads and herbs. Can you help us get a little bit closer to that?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by carbide at 1:21 AM on December 21, 2016 (11 comments)

Objects of the class “Objects of the class”.

Statistician Andrew Gelman's list of "Objects of the class":
Objects of the class “Foghorn Leghorn”: parodies that are more famous than the original. (“It would be as if everybody were familiar with Duchamp’s Mona-Lisa-with-a-moustache while never having heard of Leonardo’s version.”).

posted to MetaFilter by rollick at 12:13 PM on December 19, 2016 (86 comments)

Unbearably cute but totally unkoalified

It turns out this Koala covered in burrs just needed a hug. Or a very cautious brushing from a distance while wearing motorcycle gloves, anyway. Yes, there's video. (No, it's not in landscape orientation.)
posted to MetaFilter by lollusc at 11:18 PM on December 19, 2016 (30 comments)

Tastes like

Restaurant reviews are a dime a dozen on Youtube, but what the world still lacked was a guy going around London chicken shops rating them on wing crispiness, chip consistency, burger buildup and value for money (anything over two pounds fifty is stretching it). Fortunately, now there's Chicken Connoisseur's The Pengest Munch to fill the gap.
posted to MetaFilter by MartinWisse at 5:17 AM on December 9, 2016 (18 comments)

Dinosaur Tail Discovered Trapped in Amber

"The tail of a 99-million year old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists....The amber adds to fossil evidence that many dinosaurs sported feathers rather than scales. "
posted to MetaFilter by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:24 AM on December 8, 2016 (130 comments)

Are they *all* good dogs?

I have read that there is a near-universal tendency for people to speak to pets in the same kind of high-pitched voice they would use towards babies because it is an instinctive response to smallness, cuteness, innocence. And I know that "Who's a good boy/girl/dog? Are you a good boy/girl/dog? Yes you are." is an extremely common way for people to talk to dogs, their own or others...although what's behind this I can't guess. (Bonus points if you can.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by uans at 2:54 PM on November 29, 2016 (22 comments)

The life in Peterborough

Amateur street photographer Chris Porsz wandered the streets of his native Peterborough for hours in the 70s and 80s, capturing brief portraits. After rediscovering his trove of photos, he was inspired to recreate some of the shots for his second book, Reunions (SLBuzzfeed).
posted to MetaFilter by Diablevert at 8:11 PM on November 28, 2016 (11 comments)

Lego Technic Rope Braiding

Use Lego Technic for all your rope braiding needs (SLYT).
posted to MetaFilter by Harald74 at 12:01 AM on November 29, 2016 (10 comments)

Some kind of ...

single link youtube?
posted to MetaFilter by hot_monster at 7:23 PM on November 16, 2016 (54 comments)

Metatalktail Hour!

Cocktails? Metatalktails? I don't know, come up with something cleverer. Belly on up to the metatalk bar and let's have some Friday chatter! Let's hear about your work, your family, your pets, let's talk about sports and TV and hilarious things you saw in the street, tell terrible jokes, and blow off some steam and be sociable!
posted to MetaTalk by Eyebrows McGee at 3:08 PM on November 18, 2016 (211 comments)

What else are you going to do with all that cat hair?

Cats. In hats. Made from their own hair.
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 8:53 PM on November 18, 2016 (26 comments)

“It’s remarkable, and it’s valuable.”

BBC Series Planet Earth II Will Be Unparalleled, Says Attenborough [The Guardian] “A lone eagle soars high above craggy mountain tops, the tips of its wings lifting lightly in the wind. A lemur leaps from tree to tree in a dense forest, the camera following the animal with every bound. An enormous grizzly bear wriggles his back against a tree, as if caught in an embarrassing dance. This is planet Earth, but not as you have ever seen it before. That’s because, more accurately, it is Planet Earth II [YouTube], the latest – and perhaps most spectacular – blockbuster nature series the BBC has ever made. Ten years after Sir David Attenborough narrated the channel’s groundbreaking epic Planet Earth, the 90-year-old broadcaster has returned for part two, a lavish six-part series that will screen on BBC1 from Sunday 6 November. Shot over three years in 117 filming trips to 40 countries, it is one of the first series to be fully filmed in the latest UHD and HDR formats, according to the BBC, and features countless sequences that could not have been achieved without new, ultra-lightweight cameras and drones.”
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 5:12 PM on November 15, 2016 (65 comments)

Why were there so many shirtless album covers in the 1970s?

There's an incredible number of album covers in the mid-late 1970s where the (male) artists were shirtless - especially black artists. It was only for a few year period but was incredibly prevalent. It's also definitely not done in a 'sexy' way. It's often just a bunch of guys hanging out without shirts on. Is there a particular reason this came into vogue or was it just a quirk/fad of the era's fashion style?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by basehead at 7:08 PM on November 14, 2016 (12 comments)

String Quartets

Oppressed by weltschmerz in the light of recent events? Staring out at leaden November skies? Then why not listen to a string quartet? So much fine music has been written for the enduring and flexible line-up of 2 violins, viola & cello, much of it anguished, sombre & tormented! One might begin near the beginning in the relatively cheerful & sunlit world of Joseph Haydn’s Op. 20 quartets (1772): here’s no. 4 from that set. A tip-of-the-iceberg selection of others…
posted to MetaFilter by misteraitch at 2:24 AM on November 9, 2016 (34 comments)

Himmelsscheibe: The Nebra Sky Disc

In 1999, two men with metal detectors unearthed one of the most significant finds of modern archaeology: the Nebra Sky Disc, a 30-cm bronze disc inlaid with gold depicting the sun, moon, stars (including the Pleiades), and arcs that apparently represent sunrise and sunset at the solstices at Mittelberg Hill in Germany, and a holy sun boat symbol, dating from 1600 BCE or earlier. Because the illicit finders sold the disc on the black market, skepticism about its authenticity abounded for several years before scientific investigations confirmed it was a legitimate find and possibly the oldest concrete depiction of astronomical phenomena ever found. (The looters were seized by police in a sting operation in a bar in Switzerland, sentenced to prison, appealed, and got longer sentences.)
posted to MetaFilter by Eyebrows McGee at 9:27 PM on November 10, 2016 (23 comments)

Native American Ethnobotany Database

A Database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, Derived from Plants.
posted to MetaFilter by aniola at 6:49 PM on November 13, 2016 (6 comments)

Building "sandcastles" is a bit of a test...

Calvin Seibert builds modernist sand castles. "Nature will always be against you and time is always running out. Having to think fast and to bring it all together in the end is what I like about it. I rarely start with a plan, just a vague notion of trying to do something different each time. Once I begin building and forms take shape I can start to see where things are going and either follow that road or attempt to contradict it with something unexpected."
posted to MetaFilter by mikesch at 9:01 PM on November 12, 2016 (12 comments)

"Just be cool and act like we planned to do this."

Two cats get the same idea and end up, well, you'll see [SLYT]
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 8:43 PM on November 13, 2016 (18 comments)

Folk Music In America, compiled by Dick Spotswood

“Folk Music in America” is a series of 15 LP records published by the Library of Congress between 1976 and 1978 to celebrate the bicentennial of the American Revolution. It was curated by librarian/collector-cum-discographer Richard K. Spottswood, and funded by a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. The music, pulled primarily from the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song (now Archive of Folk Culture), spans nearly a century (1890-1976) and virtually every form that can be considered American music. This includes native American songs and instrumental music, music of immigrant cultures from all over the world, and uniquely American forms like blues, jazz and country.
Folk Music in America
posted to MetaFilter by y2karl at 2:28 PM on November 12, 2016 (10 comments)

The Pulsating Spider

The mystery of the pulsating spider : "During my years in the field, I had recorded numerous instances of micro-movements in spider abdomens. While most are just really tiny unnoticeable movements on the spider's heart line, one particular spider stood out with swirling or pulsating movements in the abdomen and visible with the naked eye."
posted to MetaFilter by dhruva at 10:17 PM on November 12, 2016 (19 comments)

You know, it never seemed like we were really recording

The album cover is a picture of two middle-aged black people, seated on folding chairs. The woman is in her late thirties, the man in his mid-fifties. She wears a plain print housedress and a wry expression; the man’s white socks are rolled at the ankles. A trumpet is on his lap, supporting his folded arms. There is no written information on the cover other than the name of the record label: “Verve,” it says. “A Panoramic True High Fidelity Record.” On the spine is the album’s title: "Ella and Louis.”
posted to MetaFilter by eotvos at 10:56 AM on November 7, 2016 (23 comments)

"It's special to know that people I don't even know will take the time"

In Providence, Rhode Island, people blink lights every evening to bid goodnight to patients in a children's hospital. And not just people, but a hotel, night club and library blink their lights too. The tradition goes back to 2010 and was started by cartoonist Steve Brosnihan.
posted to MetaFilter by Kattullus at 3:22 PM on November 9, 2016 (19 comments)

Knit love in the dark

Anna Hrachovec shows us a tiny knitted gnome's response to this past week.
posted to MetaFilter by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:42 PM on November 12, 2016 (8 comments)

Guess who else needs naps?

Most awkward cat sleeping positions: 1–25; 26–50
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:10 PM on November 13, 2016 (33 comments)

MeFites offering refuge for the holidays

In recent (often election) threads, some MeFites have said they're not looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with their families. Others have offered up their homes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here's a MetaTalk thread to facilitate those holiday connections for support and good company.
posted to MetaTalk by filthy light thief at 11:48 AM on November 9, 2016 (101 comments)

This is not an election post!

This American Life hooked up musical theater composing teams with journalists to penetrate the inner thoughts of three public figures during this chaotic time: "A Better Way" (Paul Ryan) sung by Neil Patrick Harris, composed by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen); "Party Guy" (Reince Priebus) sung by John Ellison Conlee, composed by Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson); "Seriously" (Barak Obama) sung by Leslie Odom, Jr, composed by Sara Bareilles (Waitress).
posted to MetaFilter by hippybear at 12:37 PM on November 5, 2016 (22 comments)

Who put Bella in the Wych-Elm (redux)

June 2016; a small cardboard sign appears by the A456 Hagley Road, near Birmingham UK. It reads 'who put Bella in the wych elm'. A few new twists have recently been added to a 73 year old murder mystery, including a connection to the last man executed in the tower of London.
posted to MetaFilter by AFII at 10:55 AM on October 23, 2016 (10 comments)

Wishes Are Only Granted in Fairy Tales

The magnificent, insane castles of Ludwig II of Bavaria are slowly decaying. (Come for the architecture, stay for the orgies and proposed bank robberies.) As the article notes, "Ludwig kept hundreds of upholsterers, wood carvers and gilders busy, along with engineers and Siemens technicians." He spent himself into debt for the sake of his castles, many of which were designed after inspirations from Wagner, and some of which may have been built specifically for Wagner performances.
posted to MetaFilter by Eyebrows McGee at 12:42 AM on October 17, 2016 (23 comments)

Riddle me this. And that.

Riddlewot is a website with riddles made by whoever correctly guesses the front page riddle. That's all. If you want to post a riddle, you gotta make an account.
posted to MetaFilter by MoonOrb at 7:45 PM on October 11, 2016 (65 comments)

Preserved Lemons

I bought some preserved lemons. Now what?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by lunasol at 6:23 PM on October 5, 2016 (21 comments)

Should I make borscht, borshch, borsht, bortsch, or borsch?

I'm prepared to make borscht, I have ingredients, tools, desire, and an overabundance of options. Help me pick the best one.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Grandysaur at 5:06 PM on October 3, 2016 (10 comments)

My sign name is Emma, I love to dance

Emma Watkins, best known as the current Yellow Wiggle, dances Justin Timberlake's Can't stop the Feeling for World Deaf Day (September 24.) (SLYT) (Emma is Australian and I believe she is using Auslan.)
posted to MetaFilter by freethefeet at 11:39 PM on September 27, 2016 (17 comments)

Dogs vs. Crocs

No, not the scary kind of crocs. Spencer the Irish Bulldog gets stylish prosthetics—you won't BELIEVE what happens at the end!
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:24 PM on September 23, 2016 (14 comments)


Here's a video of Husky pups swarming through a door vent, which seems upbeat and fun thanks to the indie-pop instrumental score. See a video (.MP4, 7.4mb) closer (Daily Mail) to the source, and it seems a bit more menacing without any audio. Let's amp up the terror and set the scene to The Walking Dead's theme song. If you need a come-down, enjoy Wrigley at the movies, a man and his boss's dog re-enacting romantic movie moments.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 10:45 AM on September 23, 2016 (26 comments)
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