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Ask MeFi post: Wikipedia correction: do something or let it go?
Also, how do I prove those details wrong when it's impossible to prove a negative?

You answered your own question. Wikipedia does not allow original research - true or not. Wikipedia does not use "truth" or "falsehood" as a metric for articles - instead, they go off of verifiability. As you've said, those statements are not verifiable.

I would simply remove the incorrect statements with a note in the edit... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by saeculorum at 6:02 PM on September 23, 2023
Ask MeFi post: Is it now considered weird for a male to be in public without a shirt?
My elderly female relatives in North Carolina would like to inform Metafilter that a) it’s way too common, and b) nobody wants to see a c-cup man boob out there. Me, I’m not into body shaming, and I believe we Murricans are way too puritan.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by acridrabbit at 8:55 PM on September 8, 2023
MeFi post: Listening to Taylor Swift in Prison
I wanted to share this because it's one of the best pieces I've read in 2023 and because even though I'm not a huge Swifty I am unbelievably excited to go to Eras. Here I am sat on my 51 year old ass, already making friendship bracelets for June of 2024, and I'm not even embarrassed about it.
posted to MetaFilter by DarlingBri at 4:41 PM on September 5, 2023
More Joe Garcia, at the Prison Journalism Project. I recommend 'How Love Gets Me Through Solitary Confinement.'
posted to MetaFilter by box at 3:36 PM on September 5, 2023
Good god but that brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for posting.
posted to MetaFilter by Navelgazer at 3:27 PM on September 5, 2023
MeFi post: Andrew Huberman, Rockstar Neuroscientist
Anecdotally I listened to every single episode of the HubermanLab podcast for several months after it came out in 2021 when I was going through a difficult time mentally, and still listen to an episode here and there. I really enjoyed it and the takeaways I got from listening to him discuss various topics relevant to me and implementing some "protocols" were immensely beneficial in terms of making several extremely positive behavioral changes in my life, overcoming addiction not the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by firefly5 at 9:56 AM on September 1, 2023
Ask MeFi post: Works by female authors to pair with Great Gatsby?
Why not Zelda Fitzgerald herself? Women can be ambitious and fouled-up too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kingdead at 9:23 AM on August 18, 2023
MeFi post: The 50 Worst Decisions in TV History
Firefly isn't even on the list?

Serenity barely made back its budget (which means it lost money, counting marketing etc.), and no one particularly wants to be in the Joss Whedon business anymore, so all in all, the decision to cancel the 98th most popular show on television seems to have borne out pretty well.
posted to MetaFilter by Etrigan at 7:08 AM on August 18, 2023
Ask MeFi post: Can I eat it?: Cheeseburger edition!
I also would have eaten them, but couldn't in good conscience recommend that someone else eat them. Also, even if they were amazing then, they almost certainly wouldn't be amazing now, after 14 hours at room temp and then dried out by reheating.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Night_owl at 12:17 PM on August 17, 2023
Ask MeFi post: I want to learn about the history of Zen.
There are lots of old Zen books that are quite accessible. But many of them make a lot of references to Buddhist concepts — you'll quickly run into mention of (just to mention a few concepts) the three worlds, dhyana, samadhi, bodhisattvas, samsara, and so on. So not to set you on a sidetrack, but to give you some context, I would recommend a primer on classical Buddhism, like Gethin's The Foundations of Buddhism. Or just look things up as you go, that works too, but the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mbrock at 2:33 AM on March 13, 2014 marked best answer
Ask MeFi post: Should I tip at all USA restaurants?
You have an obligation to tip at sit-down restaurants, where employee compensation is built around the assumption of tips.

You do not have an obligation to tip anywhere else.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by NotMyselfRightNow at 4:04 AM on August 16, 2023
Ask MeFi post: How to shut down family commentary about weight/"health"
If you can let go of the ideas of 1) convincing her of anything and 2) being seen to be right or understood (can be a tall ask I know), an easy way to shut it down is to just agree with her and carry on with your life. She believes what she’s saying, and her intention probably is what she’s saying it is, could nod to that. “Yep Mom, you’re right, thank you for caring about me”. And move on with your day.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by cotton dress sock at 10:02 AM on August 13, 2023
Ask MeFi post: Rhinos named Clara
Cutest Question Evar
posted to Ask MetaFilter by falsedmitri at 6:26 AM on August 12, 2023
MeFi post: Graduation this friday will be held off campus
As an Evergreen alumnus (2010), and someone who still collaborates closely with science faculty there, was involved in student government back in the day, and knows most of the grownups involved personally, I've been wondering when this would get here. It has been really poorly described basically everywhere on the internet with even places that should know better missing key things or getting them wrong.Bret Weinstien is, almost accidentally, on the right side hereFor some time, there has been... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Blasdelb at 11:46 PM on June 13, 2017
This again.

Evergreen is a bubble. A place of extremes, and often very little perspective.

Unless you have been a student or faculty member there, you can't understand. It isn't anything like other colleges. Students of different academic areas don't really mix very much. The way the programs (classes) work, as a student you may be with the same 25 other students and one faculty member for an entire academic year. It is more common to have two... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by monopas at 7:14 PM on June 13, 2017
Ask MeFi post: How is academic peer review legal?
Legal? You and I are both contributing to this commercial business (MetaFilter) by giving it content, and we are both doing so for free. We might decide that we deserve to get paid for our contributions (lol), but MetaFilter isn't committing a crime by not paying us.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Back At It Again At Krispy Kreme at 10:55 AM on August 3, 2023
Ask MeFi post: Was this from Steppenwolf (Hesse)?
What you describe reminds me a little of the wave metaphor that Chidi uses in The Good Place. Michael Shur (the writer/creator) was inspired by the writings of Thich Nhat Nanh.

"When we look at the ocean, we see that each wave has a beginning and an end. A wave can be compared with other waves, and we can call it more or less beautiful, higher or lower, longer lasting or less long lasting. But if we look more deeply, we see that a wave is made of water.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by It's Never Lurgi at 7:00 AM on July 28, 2023
Ask MeFi post: What are the pros and cons of reintroducing animal powered transport?
I'm pretty sure bicycles and rickshaws would be substantially cheaper and lower maintenance than horses.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by quacks like a duck at 1:27 AM on July 28, 2023
Ask MeFi post: How do I reset this dog?
Rykey's is much better. Mine is ungood because it will make the yard unpleasant, which it shouldn't be. A yard should be a glorious dogplace! But do stop pulling him inside at the first yip because that irons in "I bark to come inside," whereas it's much better not to bark to come inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Don Pepino at 9:35 AM on July 19, 2023
gets pulled back in when/if he finds something to bark at.
Try the opposite approach. Put him in the yard and leave him in the yard without company and just water. Go away for a while--long enough for him to get tired of being alone in the back yard--and come back. He will begin barking the instant he sees you approach the house. Ignore. Go into the house and stand by the door to the back yard. Bring a book. When he stops barking for an instant, open the door. He... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Don Pepino at 6:40 AM on July 19, 2023
Ask MeFi post: When being caught in the wrong causes rage
Yeah it's definitely the case that some people leave their dogs or kids in hot cars for too long and sometimes we all know the outcome is really awful. But it's also the case that I feel like when I was a kid people used to trust other adults to make the right decisions about things like this, and now everyone's trying to be the hero who makes the citizen's arrest of the evil villain who left their dog in a warmish car for a minute to grab something from a store that doesn't allow dogs inside.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by potrzebie at 10:55 PM on July 18, 2023
Ask MeFi post: Chinese writers and Western physicists
The book was written by a Chinese author in a Chinese language, but perhaps it was meant for Western audiences anyway?

That's kind of a weird guess, to be honest. Liu Cixin is a very popular science fiction author in China, writing for Chinese audiences and winning Chinese awards. The Three-Body Problem was originally published in a Chinese science fiction anthology and wasn't translated into English until eight years later.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Kutsuwamushi at 2:49 PM on July 8, 2023 marked best answer
Ask MeFi post: How to be hospitable & respectful with a houseguest's religion?
I think that rather than finding a prayer rug right away, I'd hold off and wait until he gets there and then offer to go with him to find one. Because it's entirely possible that he's not religious and won't need one, or if he is, he may not even be Muslim. Also - if he is religious, he may already have one he has packed with him.

And also, if you just get one, that maybe would send the message that "oh, they're assuming... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by EmpressCallipygos at 12:58 PM on July 7, 2023
Ask MeFi post: How can I compare the frequency of two words in English?
Maybe I'm missing something but "shart" seems to be a recent coinage meaning expelling of feces along with a fart. MW gives 2003 as first recorded usage in print. "Shard" may have that meaning in some circles (eg urban dictionary does have that sense, as the third entry, after two for crystal meth, dated 2012), but it is also a common English word meaning a piece or fragment, going back to Old English, with the modern spelling occurring for a few hundred years at least.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by SaltySalticid at 6:22 AM on July 7, 2023
Ask MeFi post: Oh my god, not my mother again...
Go on vacation. Put on your oxygen mask first. Stop freaking out.

She's not going to die of a foot rash. Hopefully her doctor will be able to see her. If not, you'll take her when she gets back. You could do an Amazon order right now and send her some generic rash cream for her to try using, if you think she'd use it.

Go on vacation. Take a lot of deep breaths. Think of your therapist's instructions. Pack your suitcase. Drink some water. Take... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by BlahLaLa at 8:52 PM on July 5, 2023
MeFi post: Playing.
Any rubyswordmanteau in a storm, amiright?
posted to MetaFilter by mrphancy at 11:53 AM on May 24, 2023
Ask MeFi post: Friend got an offensive tattoo accidentally - Do I tell her?
What's the outcome that you want from telling her? Laser removal? Penitence?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by fluttering hellfire at 1:26 PM on May 23, 2023
Ask MeFi post: I don't know why I do things.
I didn't find much on Google either (including Google Books), but fortunately, the Internet Archive's full-text search seems to have come to the rescue. A slightly extended version of your quote appears on page 326 of "Man and His Future", a 1963 compilation of papers and discussions from a symposium that hosted 27 scientists, including Haldane.

Haldane: Dr. Hoagland said that all scientists think deterministically. I don't think that I do. I... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by teraflop at 5:44 PM on May 18, 2023 marked best answer
MeFi post: This fellow is the best of them all.
"With Orson Welles and William Conrad offstage..." -seanmpuckett

I mean, William Conrad did take his shot at it.

"I've loved the novels for 25 years," Conrad said. "And I love his life-style. I don't have to run any more. My poor feet are still aching from all the running I had to do in Cannon."

I only got into the books a couple years later, to where I had only remembered the series because... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mutant Lobsters from Riverhead at 3:09 PM on May 17, 2023
Ok. Hear me out.

Janelle Monáe as Archie Goodwin
Queen Latifa as Nora Wolfe
posted to MetaFilter by seanmpuckett at 9:05 AM on May 16, 2023
Jack Black as Nero Wolfe
Chris Pine as Archie Goodwin.

With Orson Welles and William Conrad off stage I think the reigning big man scenery chewer now is Jack Black, so you have to use him. Making him the buffoon is entirely wrong. Jack Black commits to the bit 110% and that's what Nero Wolfe needs of an actor.
posted to MetaFilter by seanmpuckett at 5:03 PM on May 15, 2023
John Goodman as Nero Wolfe
Colin Farrell as Archie Goodwin
Bill Nighy as Fritz
Paul Giamatti as Saul Panzer
Willem Dafoe as Lon Cohen
Jack Black as Fred Durkin
Aaron Paul as Purley Stebbins
Parker Posey as Lily Rowan
Jeremy Irons as Inspector Cramer
posted to MetaFilter by clavdivs at 4:54 PM on May 15, 2023
I don’t know why I find this so charming, but there’s something terrific about how Archie is a ladykiller and general man of action, but what really makes him remarkable is his superhuman secretarial skills. The man is a human tape recorder who can accurately remember a six-hour conversation with multiple parties and produce an accurate, intelligent summary as fast as he can type.
posted to MetaFilter by LizardBreath at 1:16 PM on May 15, 2023
Ask MeFi post: Suffocating Grief
Walk. Ideally in the woods, with a dog, but anywhere will do. Just start walking and keep walking.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by HotToddy at 5:46 PM on April 17, 2023
Ask MeFi post: How are you coping with world events?
I've found my inspiration in some weird places - the Q'uran, some hard-core Catholics, the cottagecore movement and my cat. Let me explain, and then tie that all together.

* There's a passage from the Q'uran that says that "if the End Times come when you have a sapling or the shoot of a plant in your hand, you should still plant it." Don't let the fact that the world is a shit-show stop you from doing the small things you were doing to create good; even if... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by EmpressCallipygos at 11:04 AM on March 30, 2023
Ask MeFi post: What are your favorite "the pro joins the amateurs" videos?
Here's Glen Hansard joining in with someone busking on the street playing one of his songs. The song is a vocal duet, most famous from the film and musical theatre production Once.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sol at 11:44 AM on March 17, 2023
This video of Kristin Chenoweth singing with audience member Sarah Horn always fills me with happiness.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by essexjan at 12:46 PM on March 17, 2023
MeFi post: Why is every character suddenly an 'antihero' now?
It's exhausting always rooting for the anti-hero
posted to MetaFilter by chavenet at 11:07 AM on February 13, 2023
Ask MeFi post: This will not stay in Vegas
All right. This is going to be long and I'll try to summarize it all at the end. Basically, I'm gonna give you the best advice for Vegas you will hear, ever, because if you follow my advice, you will:
- Always leave Vegas a winner
- Make many people happy
- Come into possession a gift that's worth giving
- Possibly score the biggest jackpot of your life.

Am I making myself clear? This here is GOLD. I'm giving you GOLD. I am... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by herrdoktor at 6:53 PM on January 25, 2011 marked best answer
MeFi post: The best of the best films of 2022
Metacritic has both a list of best of lists and an aggregation.
posted to MetaFilter by dances_with_sneetches at 5:30 AM on December 15, 2022
Ask MeFi post: New Blood Pressure Cuff?
> The Withings and the Omron BOTH gave me readings within a few points of each other. They've been doing that for the past week. And these readings are all similar to the original monitor that I threw away. All three monitors give me higher readings than the doctors and nurses are getting.

FYI it is common if the cuff is too small for your arm, that it will always give a too-high reading. The problem you will encounter is that it will be entirely... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by flug at 4:45 PM on November 28, 2022
Ask MeFi post: Decade-old friendship sabotage discovery-to confront or not to confront?
Oh, please leave this alone. You’ve got your good friend back, and Carrie didn’t commit any horrible wrongdoing. Don’t dredge.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by BostonTerrier at 6:59 AM on November 15, 2022
MeFi post: Taylor Swift has 229 songs?
Hot damn happy to read this thread I love TS I can’t help it, I’m not all up in decoding any secret messages or anything but I’ve been listening to this album for a week “Will they won’t they” style on YouTube can’t bring myself to buy it yet but can’t stop listening to it so just buy the damn thing already.

That song Karma is SO GOOD y’all.
posted to MetaFilter by St. Peepsburg at 2:08 PM on November 1, 2022
There is a huge opportunity here for someone to combine this with Vulture's 234 U2 Songs and create one mega list: 463 best songs by U2 or Taylor Swift.
posted to MetaFilter by Lanark at 1:44 PM on November 1, 2022
I love Taylor Swift and as a 48 year old white dude I'm clearly not her target audience. Sadly the Rolling Stone website is a monster to navigate but State of Grace on number 44 is way to low... That is easily a top 5 song for me.
posted to MetaFilter by Pendragon at 1:15 PM on November 1, 2022
I didn't realize how many Taylor Swift songs I knew, until this thread. I've heard so many of them in the background but didn't realize they were all the same person. Turns out it isn't a genre; it's one woman.
posted to MetaFilter by The corpse in the library at 12:49 PM on November 1, 2022
And if we're allowing some diversions into TS covers, The Heimatdamisch doing Shake It Off.
posted to MetaFilter by foonly at 12:11 PM on November 1, 2022
Ask MeFi post: What's the coolest fact you know about space?
If you hold your hand up to the sky, there are more stars behind your hand than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the earth.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by BlahLaLa at 11:59 AM on October 30, 2022
If stars were the size of wasps, and were distributed with the same density as they exist in the Milky Way, the continent of Europe would contain seven wasps.

You can fit all the planets in the solar system between earth and the moon.

Space is really empty.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by caek at 10:36 AM on October 30, 2022 marked best answer
Ask MeFi post: How to invest in Series I bonds
I-bonds have become increasingly popular in this high-inflation environment. They are an extremely low-risk investment in real terms.


You cannot redeem them in the first year, period.
As you mention, if you redeem them in the first five years, you lose a little interest.
You have to interact with Treasury Direct website, which is frustrating even when it's working (it's down right now, but that's a bit unusual).... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by justkevin at 6:21 AM on October 27, 2022 marked best answer
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