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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 (64 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)

Do not click, do not view, do not remember

The twitter account @cursedimages posts nothing but images that are cursed. Many are NSFW, all are cursed. Avoid.
posted to MetaFilter by Potomac Avenue at 10:37 AM on September 22, 2016 (73 comments)


Herman Melville was an obscurity when Carl Van Doren (with Raymond Weaver's help) started promoting his work in the 1920s. Domenico Scarlatti was a completely forgotten Baroque composer until Ralph Kirkpatrick wrote his biography and republished his sonatas, which are now part of the keyboard canon. Petrarch discovered Cicero's letters and supposedly kicked off the entire Renaissance. What are some other examples of famous artists, writers, historical figures, etc. whose reputations were revived by a single person?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by theodolite at 9:16 AM on September 21, 2016 (66 comments)

Second Franklin Expedition ship finally located

The HMS Terror, the second ship of Franklin's doomed expedition to find the Northwest Passage, has been located. Today the Arctic Research Foundation announced that it has located what it believes to be the HMS Terror, one of two ships belonging to the 1845 expedition. Official confirmation will come from Parks Canada.
posted to MetaFilter by orrnyereg at 3:32 PM on September 12, 2016 (57 comments)

Quiet Pine Trees Microfiction

Quiet Pine Trees is a twitter based stream of haunting and provocative micro-fiction by T.R. Darling. "Being brief isn’t enough. You can boil down a story to a sentence or two, but often you need context. If you need to convey a setting, like a fascist dystopia, or characterization, like a reluctant soldier, suddenly one or two sentences won’t fit. I often must resist the temptation to omit punctuation or fall back on abbreviation, like some kind of barbarian." Full Interview.
posted to MetaFilter by srboisvert at 6:19 AM on September 15, 2016 (6 comments)

No, not those Italians

When you woke up this morning, I'm confident your first thought was: "What is the most ridiculous antelope?" Well, obviously it's the Dik Dik. Whether they are squeaking, fighting, or just being beautiful weirdos, Dik Diks have few competitors. But what do researchers find strangest about the Dik Dik? Well, it's monogamous.
posted to MetaFilter by selfnoise at 4:33 AM on September 12, 2016 (23 comments)

Domino Spiral

This is a pretty good domino spiral. It took 25 hours to build over 8 days with 15,000 dominoes.
posted to MetaFilter by SpacemanStix at 9:51 PM on September 10, 2016 (29 comments)

Gewgaws, Knickknacks, Tchotchkes, etc.

Found & Chosen is a blog from a collector of small toys, trinkets, charms, junk, baubles, whatnots, curios (and so on). Often arranged and presented as visually pleasing displays.
posted to MetaFilter by codacorolla at 7:04 AM on September 10, 2016 (21 comments)

Pooch Pool Party

The last day of the summer swim season in Idaho isn't a day for people; the parks department in Nampa turns their waterpark over to dogs only, giving them a chance to splash and play. Thanks in part to the funds raised here, the parks department recently opened a pond in their oldest dog park. Nearby Boise has followed suit with a day at one of their outdoor pools. But that's not the only place a dog can play in an aquatic environment...
posted to MetaFilter by Homeboy Trouble at 10:44 PM on September 1, 2016 (40 comments)

Beans and Rice, on demand

Fix my life so that I have decent beans and rice for breakfast every morning.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by gregglind at 7:55 AM on September 1, 2016 (13 comments)

only the lifelong challenge of acknowledging the reality of other people

Nakul Krishna on the ethics & morality of Malory Towers.
posted to MetaFilter by terretu at 2:03 AM on August 29, 2016 (22 comments)

Is The Texas AG Leading A Nationwide War Against Transgender People?

Most of the media focus on Transgender rights up until now have been on "Bathroom Bills" that are being presented across the country, yet in doing so, we are, as Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney for the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project states, ...ceding the terms of this conversation to the people who want to expel trans people from public life and write us out of existence."

But is that really happening? Are there people who want to write trans people out of existence?
posted to MetaFilter by Annika Cicada at 10:51 AM on August 26, 2016 (71 comments)

Fictitious Feasts

A series of pictures of food as eaten in world famous scenes in literature. Charles Roux creates these fictitious meals, photographs them and then eats them. His goal is to collect the photographs in a book, putting the meals back on paper, where they belong.
posted to MetaFilter by Too-Ticky at 2:05 AM on August 20, 2016 (48 comments)

Let Me Eat Cake

I need your best recipes, techniques, tricks, and ideas for baked goods for a single person. Important note - NO MICROWAVE MUG CAKES.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by EmpressCallipygos at 6:02 AM on August 21, 2016 (42 comments)

Eat your breakfast

A Suggestion on How to Spend a Day at Home (Or: A Breakfast Manifesto). By Mouse Reeve.
posted to MetaFilter by mbrubeck at 10:48 PM on August 19, 2016 (28 comments)

ISO cookbook with different versions (simple to complicated) of recipes

I seem to recall looking through a cookbook (probably in a bookstore) that had three versions (or so) of each recipe: one very simple, one a bit more complicated, and one even more complicated. I would like to find this cookbook again, but my google-fu and amazon-fu are failing me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by merejane at 9:44 AM on August 16, 2016 (3 comments)

Life is just one damn relatedness after another

This exhaustive list of useful mental models from the founder of DuckDuckGo, drawing on Charlie Munger's concept of mental models is well worth exploring. It contains a surprising amount of interesting jumping-off points to rules-of-thumb and insights from various fields, from Hanlon's Razor to the critical concept of BATNA in negotiation; and including such useful startup ideas as technical debt, organizational debt, and hunting elephants or flies.
posted to MetaFilter by blahblahblah at 3:43 PM on August 4, 2016 (20 comments)

But what I like best of all about my matchbox is that it is an empty one

A letter of thanks for an unusual gift, a poem about a dying queen (with audio of the poet reading it), and a short story about a devoted couple with a shocking secret (with an introduction by Edith Pearlman): all are from the pen of the English novelist, short-story writer, poet, musicologist, translator & biographer; feminist, lesbian & communist Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978).
posted to MetaFilter by misteraitch at 2:48 AM on August 8, 2016 (4 comments)

Best online riddles

Years ago, I had a glorious weekend with my best friend where we just hung out and did Weffriddles all weekend long. (Also wore togas, but that is not important.) Where can I find more/the best like this so I can do them with people!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by OnTheLastCastle at 9:06 PM on August 1, 2016 (5 comments)

a tiny forest on your ring finger

Secret Wood, a Vancouver-based design studio, makes wood and resin rings that look like tiny forests and landscapes: snowy woods; misty woods; trees under a midnight sky; an underwater plantscape.
posted to MetaFilter by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:07 PM on July 30, 2016 (20 comments)

Examples of MetaFilter used as a platform for creative writing?

Are there any good examples of Mefites using MetaFilter threads as a space for creative writing? One example might be scarabic's infamous how to dispose of a body comment. I don't mean hoax posts, which aren't intended as "fiction".
posted to MetaTalk by dontjumplarry at 7:56 AM on July 26, 2016 (58 comments)

Fake Chalets

Unmasking the Bunkers disguised as Quaint Swiss Villas
posted to MetaFilter by Michele in California at 1:54 PM on July 19, 2016 (37 comments)

The very best, award-winning vegetarian chili recipe needed

I would like to win my office's chili cook off. Added twist: vegetarian.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by *s at 8:14 AM on July 18, 2016 (26 comments)

Credit Card With Less Fraud Disruption?

I have had my credit card canceled and re-issued at least every 3-4 months for a couple of years for fraud. Help!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Mid at 12:05 PM on July 15, 2016 (28 comments)

Okay, prove you DIDN'T create this painting.

Peter Doig Says He Didn’t Paint This. Now He Has to Prove It. Scottish artist Peter Doig is renowned for his somewhat surreal, eerie, haunting landscapes and scenes of ordinary life. His paintings have sold for millions of dollars -- his White Canoe fetched a record-setting $26 million at auction in 2015. Now, Doig is tasked with proving he did not create a particular work, in a case that has stunned art-law experts. (Previously.
posted to MetaFilter by sarcasticah at 8:17 PM on July 10, 2016 (35 comments)

Spotting Fake Reviews on Amazon

Fakespot uses an algorithm to spot fake product reviews on Amazon. To use it just paste in your Amazon product listing link. Watch it in action. Here are the products with the worst fake reviews. A search engine for the best products with the most authentic reviews.
posted to MetaFilter by storybored at 8:20 AM on July 8, 2016 (74 comments)

The lasting legacy of the "rocket girls" of JPL

California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been central to the US missile and rocket development and operations for decades, and from the beginning that technology's success rested on a corps of expert mathematicians, people known as computers. And from the beginning they were all women, in a time when such opportunities were few and far between. You can find pictures of them, but names have not been well-recorded ... until now. Nathalia Holt found many of those women and wrote about their experiences in her book, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 9:11 AM on June 15, 2016 (22 comments)

"What if I pretended like I didn’t know what nails were?"

When the blogger/home renovator behind Manhattan Nest was hired to work on Olivebridge Cottage, it looked like a cute country bungalow in need of a little rearranging. Ten months later, he's almost viewing the experience as a post-modernist joke. (Blog entries appear in reverse chronological order; I recommend reading the entry at the top of the page, moving all the way down, and working up.)
posted to MetaFilter by Rush-That-Speaks at 11:42 PM on June 17, 2016 (97 comments)

What alternatives are surprisingly worth it?

What are some "alternatives" or substitutions to everyday products/tasks that you've found you liked better than the original? Relatedly, what have you stopped doing altogether that had unexpected positive benefits?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amicamentis at 1:50 PM on June 15, 2016 (110 comments)

Mysteries with Character

I am looking for mysteries that don't focus just on a dead body, but whose plot is more puzzle like. More under the fold.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by azalea_chant at 3:11 PM on June 3, 2016 (37 comments)

“equally efficient in the visualisation of hidden medieval inks,”

X-Rays Reveal 1,300-Year-Old Writings Inside Later Bookbindings [The Guardian] The words of the 8th-century Saint Bede are among those that have been found by detecting iron, copper and zinc – constituents of medieval ink. Medieval manuscripts that have been hidden from view for centuries could reveal their secrets for the first time, thanks to new technology. Dutch scientists and other academics are using an x-ray technique to read fragments of manuscripts that have been reused as bookbindings and which cannot be deciphered with the naked eye. After the middle ages manuscripts were recycled, with pages pasted inside bindings to strengthen them. Those fragments may be the unique remains of certain works.
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 4:23 PM on June 5, 2016 (13 comments)

Where does technology exploit our minds weaknesses?

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Medium, 12min) I learned to think this way when I was a magician. Magicians start by looking for blind spots, edges, vulnerabilities and limits of people’s perception, so they can influence what people do without them even realizing it. Once you know how to push people’s buttons, you can play them like a piano.
posted to MetaFilter by CrystalDave at 11:32 AM on May 20, 2016 (33 comments)

All Summer in a Frame

Jason Shulman takes single long-exposure photographs of entire films.
posted to MetaFilter by cortex at 8:00 AM on May 11, 2016 (39 comments)

40 or so studies about human perception in 25-30 minutes. Maybe 35.

Kennedy Elliott, graphics editor at The Washington Post presents a broad, graphics-filled overview of how humans perceive data graphics. [Links to Medium, not WaPo.]
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 10:27 AM on May 29, 2016 (9 comments)

Pop songs that were big hits across Europe but not in the US?

I'm looking for a list of songs that were large hits across multiple European countries but which never made significant inroads in the US. I'm thinking of songs like Stromae's "Papoutai" or Zara Larsson's "Uncover" here - which hit the top of the charts in multiple countries and made at least a moderate cultural impact.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by LSK at 2:13 PM on March 29, 2016 (54 comments)

Here Be Dragons... and existential despair.

Last year saw the release of Raven's Cry, an action-adventure pirate game that promised an immersive open world and historical accuracy. What people got was an incredibly buggy game with poor voice acting and glitches aplenty that would eventually earn a 1/10 "Abysmal" review on Gamespot. The creators addressed the concerns by attempting to fix all the bugs and re-releasing it in November of 2015 under the title Vendetta: Curse of Raven's Cry. Alas, it was eventually removed from Steam two months later after it received some very suspicious positive reviews. If you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, video game aficionado and YouTuber Jerma985 has some great examples of gameplay from both the original and the re-release. (Both NSFW audio)
posted to MetaFilter by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:14 AM on May 24, 2016 (24 comments)
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