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Pied Piper of Pacific Palisades

Fear of rats is one of the most common specific phobias. Perhaps this is related to their historical role as carriers of disease including the spread of the Black Death. Nonetheless, many people believe that rats can make excellent pets. Unless, of course, you're feeding hundreds of them in the heart of Pacific Palisades.
posted to MetaFilter by Slothrup at 11:24 PM on August 2, 2008 (72 comments)

My boss doesn't care anymore!

Should I attend this party? Or rather, how can I justify not going.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by frosty_hut at 9:06 PM on June 20, 2008 (27 comments)

Apart from that it's an awful idea.

What should I know about trying to have casual first-time sex at a fantasy convention?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 8:59 AM on May 13, 2008 (47 comments)

What program should I choose?

I'm trying to decide between two different paths right now, and I think I might benefit from some advice.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by prefpara at 1:29 PM on March 2, 2008 (4 comments)

What is a good shop for cotton corsets for work?

Where can a girl find a good cotton corset? Looking for a white one to wear under my work shirts without all the frills and junk.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by LittleNami at 9:42 PM on March 6, 2008 (7 comments)

Recharging creative battery in St. Louis

I have decided that this April I want to take a trip to St. Louis, MO. I don’t know anything about St. Louis, which is exactly why I want to go. I don’t know anyone from there, or anyone who has been there. I was wondering if anyone could possibly suggest a good part of St. Louis I could make my temporary home.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Kloryne at 4:29 PM on February 22, 2008 (16 comments)

Trials of a Responsible Hedonist

Peripatetic, endearingly-awkward geek seeks amazing advice for casual sex shenanigans.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 1:11 PM on December 18, 2007 (113 comments)


Does anyone know who created the now famous painting of an alien that is featured on the cover of Whitley Strieber's COMMUNION?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by hodgman at 11:23 AM on February 19, 2008 (5 comments)

Rags to stitches

One dog's story of her journey from bait dog (a non-fighting dog used as a "training dummy" for fighting dogs) to loved pet. She got by with a a little help from her friends.
posted to MetaFilter by freshwater_pr0n at 7:47 PM on February 1, 2008 (7 comments)

What are the limits of couples on a break?

Should I give up getting back together with her?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 4:31 AM on January 21, 2008 (34 comments)

Profane language translation request

During a stupid Reply-To All e-mail storm at my huge international corporation, someone responded with this (which I assume is profane):
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mmascolino at 9:12 AM on January 15, 2008 (5 comments)

What can my dog chew on?

Chewfilter: My dog, a year-old or so terrier mix, loves to chew rawhide bones. Seriously LOVES to chew them. But she goes through them fast enough that I worry about it. What can I get her instead?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by YoungAmerican at 9:00 AM on January 7, 2008 (29 comments)

Help me make my home beautiful!

What are your favorite home improvement/design/decorating websites?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by elquien at 4:51 PM on December 30, 2007 (13 comments)

GiveWell, or Give 'em Hell?

Is This Transparency? OP with very slim, one-year posting history asks a question about finding a good charity in AskMe, just prior to year-end tax-decision time. Newly registered responder posts a newly formed charity-aggregator/evaluator organization, without mentioning that he is, apparently, one of the two founders. Self-promotional setup leading to self-link? Or am I being too cynical?

[update, 1/3/08: a summary of events is being developed on the wiki. --cortex]
posted to MetaTalk by Miko at 10:44 AM on December 31, 2007 (1415 comments)

"MY DOG SOPHY" by Thomas Monahan

"MY DOG SOPHY" by Thomas Monahan This boy, 9, died in a house fire while attempting to rescue his dog Sophie. This article contains a scan the book he wrote for his companion. Devastating.
posted to MetaFilter by lilboo at 8:08 AM on December 26, 2007 (63 comments)

You are The Man.

This AskMe post has made me lose my faith in humanity, and I desperately need to spew bile about that.
posted to MetaTalk by Meatbomb at 7:29 AM on December 11, 2007 (453 comments)

Emotional Labour

Emotional Labour It's been ages since an article so perfectly distills how work makes me feel and what it's probably doing to me. Claire works in a call centre for Orange mobile phones and on her "computer screen, a series of little squares indicates calls waiting, and tells her how long she has been on her current call. If a call has been difficult, there are only eight seconds in which to take a deep breath and compose her voice into the expected tone of friendliness. ... What is striking is how on the one hand Claire is dealing with very rigid systems set down by company procedure and the vagaries of the computer system, while on the other she is expected to convey a sense of naturalness and her own personality. "
posted to MetaFilter by feelinglistless at 12:20 PM on June 13, 2004 (22 comments)

Destroying Homes Since 1992

Discussion of the beauty and consequences of urban decay pops up here from time to time. In 1992 Lambert-St. Louis International Airport began its expansion program. The airport's website has a timeline and lots of photos. Since the planning began, there has been a fair amount of controversy of one form or another surrounding the expansion. Despite all the shininess of their press releases, things are progressing very slowly. The people who have been impacted most, however, are the people who lived in the communities on top of which the expansion is happening. They have all been displaced.
posted to MetaFilter by jeffamaphone at 3:56 PM on November 21, 2007 (11 comments)

Cooking more with yonder crockpot.

I am craving slow-cooked goodness. Please share your favorite crock-pot recipes!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by actionpact at 5:11 PM on November 19, 2007 (24 comments)

Now I Know How Simone Warne Must Have Felt.

Is my fiancée cheating on me, or is this simply a case of a wrong number at the wrong time?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 9:30 PM on September 29, 2007 (131 comments)

Flagpole sitta comes alive

This lip sych of Flagpole Sitta is all kinds of awesome. An old favorite made new again by the office staff of Collegehumor et al in one take. It's a little slow to start, but it hits pure joy by the end.
posted to MetaFilter by mathowie at 9:57 AM on April 27, 2007 (104 comments)

What to do when doctors go bad?

I suffer from a disability unrecognized in this jurisdiction, and in most places. I now find out that several doctors missed something important, I think, and I feel very let down and not sure what to do or who I could possibly trust to help me in an objective sense.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Listener at 12:12 AM on April 3, 2007 (50 comments)

"I Heart My Gamer"

Are you a gamer-widow? Here is your lonely corner of the internet, with forums and resources to help you find help. Inspired by AskMe.
posted to MetaFilter by hermitosis at 10:05 AM on March 28, 2007 (86 comments)

"Twice as nice, without the ice"

The US Figure Skating championships are this week, but though the ice skaters in Spokane and elsewhere get all the press, another group of skaters toil in near-obscurity. Roller figure skaters (also called artistic roller skaters) skate on quad (or sometimes inline) skates, do all the moves that ice skaters do (and even more -- notice the "heel" and "broken ankle" spins in this program, spins that are not possible on ice), and compete, as they have for decades, in local, national, and international events. In 1978, skating was at a peak of popularity and Time magazine wrote "skaters are hoping to be included in the 1988 Olympics"; nearly 30 years later, roller figure skating still hasn't reached the Olympics, some roller skaters like Tara Lipinski have switched to ice to get famous, and the number of clubs and participants in the US have declined precipitously, but dedicated roller figure skaters still spend many hours practicing school figures (on circles painted on the floor), dance, and free skating, for the love of their sport. Want to see more? Skating videos from RollerSportsTV.
posted to MetaFilter by litlnemo at 6:17 PM on January 23, 2007 (33 comments)

it burrns.....

Don't let your kids use Easy Erasers or Magic Erasers...
posted to MetaFilter by konolia at 2:14 PM on November 11, 2006 (123 comments)

Life after unwanted celebrity status?

A friend of mine unknowingly agreed to be in the Borat movie. Of course, Borat made him look like a complete ass. How can I help convince him it's not the end of the world?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kidsleepy at 2:35 PM on October 10, 2006 (79 comments)

A different sort of deadhead

Do you think a super strong person could yank off his own head?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by RockyChrysler at 6:56 PM on October 30, 2006 (35 comments)

most effective

Michael J. Fox makes an impassioned plea(YouTube) to Missouri voters asking them to vote for Claire McCaskill for the us Senate.
posted to MetaFilter by sourbrew at 4:45 PM on October 20, 2006 (89 comments)

What's That?

What's That? Sadly, the education of the youth of amerika is declining in more than one way. The other day I was at the grocery store and the checker was unable to identify a portabello mushroom. And no, she wasn't new...and to make matters worse the checker next to her didn't know either. (more inside)
posted to MetaFilter by MiHail at 9:25 AM on November 12, 2005 (1025 comments)

Mathowie's Community Blog

This song is called mathowie's community blog, and it's about mathowie, and the community blog, but mathowie's community blog is not the name of the community blog, that's just the name of the song. - lyrical brilliance by It's Raining Florence Henderson, with extra bits of artistic license taken in the studio. - Arlo-esque lead vocals by French Fry, aka my brother Alex.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 10:40 PM on September 3, 2006 (125 comments)

Attraction concerns.

I have just started to be attracted to a friend I never had feelings for before, in an insidious and subconscious way. But my girlfriend and I are living together, and she's pushing hard for marriage.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 3:35 AM on July 13, 2005 (23 comments)

The Date From Hell?

What does it mean when a man shows an anal sex video on the first date?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Secret Life of Gravy at 9:52 AM on October 14, 2005 (103 comments)

Phones are bugged

My cell phone is being bugged, I have changed my number several times. My corded landline phone is also bugged. My apartment has been bugged , don't know if it still is since I have moved. Don't know how they were able to bug my last apartment but it was. Can anyone help me
posted to Ask MetaFilter by 10jubilee at 8:26 PM on May 28, 2006 (55 comments)

What to do with sticky IT ethics?

IT concerns, what do you do to employees who do not seem to understand that if they delete e-mails, they are still retained? Recently while trying to figure out if my spam filters were keeping e-mails out, I found some amorous e-mails.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on August 1, 2005 (28 comments)

Baby on Board(room)

My boss just had a baby. It's a small company. She's bringing it to work everyday. How do I tell her that this is bad?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 7:34 AM on November 17, 2005 (132 comments)

Compared to him, you're... George Clooney?

My husband's not speaking to me. Was what I said really so bad?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 10:26 PM on September 18, 2005 (96 comments)

Should I buy her a ring?

The girl I love is leaving our work team, and before she goes I want to buy her an engagement ring. I think she may be the one. The trouble is that (a) I don't know what kind of rings she likes, (b) I don't know what size ring she wears, (c) I don't think she'll say 'yes', and (d) I love her more than she loves me. Quite possibly my love for her is unrequited. We're both professionals in our 30s, we've had a couple dates, and she knows I care about her. She doesn't know how much though. What are your thoughts and suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 4:12 PM on October 27, 2005 (66 comments)

What do I do about my food-addicted boyfriend?

My boyfriend of three years has an eating disorder. It's getting worse, and I need help (advice, emotional support, AskMeFi words of wisdom).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 8:55 PM on December 16, 2005 (43 comments)

Dr. Sexy and Mrs. Hyde

How can I make my wife dress 'attractively/sexier' at work?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 8:21 PM on January 27, 2006 (57 comments)

How can I avoid drinking and still have a social/dating life?

I have a urinary tract disorder that makes it difficult for me to enjoy alcohol. How can I keep this from affecting my social/dating life? Warning: [more inside] contains discussion of my "man parts."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 1:44 AM on January 29, 2006 (28 comments)

Help me deal with my penis.

How does one deal with being too well endowed?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 5:14 PM on June 23, 2006 (31 comments)

What happened to me?

Did this lousy childhood happen to anyone else?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 6:25 PM on July 15, 2006 (36 comments)

My life is in shambles and I feel lost and helpless.

Recently I broke up with my girl of 10 years....my best friend. I'm entierly shattered and heartbroken. I wanted her to be the mother of my children when the time came, and now she's gone. Is there anyway to make this work? Warning: LONG post inside
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 6:19 AM on August 9, 2006 (69 comments)

I'm terrified I'll be plagued with bedbugs for the rest of my life ...

I am seeking emotional tips to handle dreading the recurrence of a somewhat traumatic event, when it is relatively impossible to predict whether or not said event will actually reoccur. Details inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 3:13 PM on August 16, 2005 (14 comments)

We were horrified. We were confused and amazed.

Fetus in fetu is a very rare condition, but it happens. It's when you have a parasitic twin inside you.
posted to MetaFilter by snofoam at 2:57 PM on August 23, 2006 (49 comments)

Flickr Tour of Seattle Underground

In 1899, the core of downtown Seattle burned to the ground. While the shops quickly rebuilt & re-opened, the city itself took the opportunity to rebuild the streets some 36 feet higher than they previously had been (ostensibly to combat water pressure/sea level issues), meaning that pedestrians climbed ladders to go between street level and building entrances. Eventually, the city laid down sidewalks up on the new street level, and the underground city was all but forgotten. Today, via a building in Pioneer Square, you can still tour what remains of the abandoned underground, looking up at the people above through the opaque glass sidewalk.
posted to MetaFilter by jonson at 10:54 AM on August 9, 2006 (45 comments)

Good Vibrations, but not for me.

My BF wants to by a vibrator for another woman. Is it strange for me to be upset by it?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by nakedsushi at 11:29 AM on June 6, 2006 (103 comments)

How to finish a blowjob?

Help a girl out with oral sex.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 11:53 AM on May 21, 2006 (36 comments)
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