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Help me relieve my boredom.

I'm sick and in bed and bored out of my gourd. Recommend guilty pleasure-type movies for me! Bonus points for government conspiracy / mysteries.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by custard heart at 3:05 PM on November 5, 2011 (41 comments)

South Pacific Honeymoon Islands?

Where in the South Pacific should we go for our honeymoon?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Grither at 10:27 AM on March 10, 2008 (12 comments)

Please, not another wedding music question...

Needed: "Romantic songs of the 1930s/40s/50s that are very easy to play on guitar". My brother has asked me to sing "something" at his mostly secular wedding on August 13. No piano available, *maybe* a guitar player of unknown skill level. He seems to want something romantic and 1930s-50s American pop. He's mentioned "It's Only a Paper Moon" with enthusiasm, but I'm not sure that would be easy enough to play on guitar.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amtho at 9:34 AM on July 11, 2005 (12 comments)

I think my personality is incompatible with motherhood

I'm going to be a mother in about two months. I'm concerned about what kind of mother I'll be. How can I reconcile the fact that my personality type might be at odds with being a great mom?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by litnerd at 8:27 AM on October 20, 2011 (52 comments)

Karambolage - The Photography and Art of Arnold Odermatt

Arnold Odermatt is a Swiss policeman who worked in Niwalden between 1948 and 1990 and who took curiously fascinating photographs of police work and car crashes. His prints are now sold in art galleries.
posted to MetaFilter by carter at 7:09 AM on September 2, 2011 (27 comments)

Jugend Magazine Archives

Jugend was a German Art Nouveau magazine published from the 1890s to the 1930s. The articles are in German, but every issue features spectacular Art Nouveau art and design. The entire archives are online. Other Art Nouveau magazines included Pan and the The Studio (archives),
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:06 PM on August 7, 2011 (9 comments)


Me and my manfriend like scary movies but are having trouble finding ones that actually scare us and make us scream. Help!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by gwenlister at 5:49 AM on August 3, 2011 (62 comments)

Where'd Snoop go?

Why do radio station eventually stop playing versions of songs that feature two singers in favor of those that feature only one?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Bulgaroktonos at 5:40 PM on February 21, 2011 (9 comments)

Looking for cold grain salad tips.

How can I improve my cold grain/bean/wild rice/etc salads? They are either too vinegary or too bland, and generally not as good as it seems they should be.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kmennie at 7:04 AM on September 17, 2008 (20 comments)

Vox Roma

Over 143 episodes of audio, Mike Duncan has covered the founding of Rome through the Crisis of the Third Century in his History of Rome podcast [previously], having now reached the last pagan Emperor, Julian The Apostate. Enlivened by drawing on comparisons to popular culture, from The Empire Strikes Back (when Hannibal makes his appearance) to The Godfather (as a metaphor for Rome's social client system), Mr Duncan's work makes for fun, informative 25-minute sessions with the greatest empire of the ancient western world. If you're interested in more, the podcasts could be handily supplemented with...
posted to MetaFilter by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 2:32 PM on July 10, 2011 (42 comments)


My Father Is an African Immigrant and My Mother Is a White Girl from Kansas and I Am Not the President of the United States Or, How to Disappoint Your Absent Father in 20 Words or Less
posted to MetaFilter by minifigs at 10:58 AM on July 6, 2011 (28 comments)

Roman fantasy, not Medieval fantasy!

Are there any genre fantasy books with a Roman setting?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by valkyryn at 8:56 AM on July 5, 2011 (26 comments)

Shockingly, Aladdin is not a wonderland of historical accuracy

Shoomlah illustrates Disney Princess in historically accurate costumes, givs explanations for her choices, and shows us her process.
posted to MetaFilter by The Whelk at 8:39 AM on June 17, 2011 (55 comments)

Recipes without dairy or meat

One of my coworkers lost his spouse this week, 24 hours after she gave birth to their baby. At work we created a sign up sheet for us each to bring food to him over the coming weeks/months. Today I found out that he's both lactose intolerant and vegetarian. Please give me your best recipes (for 4-6 servings and up) that fit this criteria.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by corn_bread at 9:53 AM on May 26, 2011 (35 comments)

What shall I read next?

I just finished my last Culture novel (*sniff*). What should I read next?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by hollyanderbody at 8:57 PM on May 25, 2011 (33 comments)

Pasta without Parmesan?

Is there any good replacement for Parmesan cheese in pasta recipes?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mellifluous at 8:34 PM on July 24, 2009 (28 comments)

Help with Brazilian Cheese Bread

Help improving my Brazilian cheese bread. I tried to make Brazilian cheese bread, but the inside is all gooey. How do I make the inside fluffier?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by shoyu at 12:26 AM on April 20, 2011 (17 comments)

The Shining

I was recently watching The Shining and I was struck by what an amazing movie it is. I'm not very well versed in film theory, so I was wondering if someone who knows film can tell me, from a critical perspective, what makes it such a great movie.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by codacorolla at 8:13 AM on April 10, 2011 (39 comments)

Fat legs in a short dress: FatshionFilter

I'm attending a wedding in 3 months (late June) for which I have been asked by the bride to wear a specific short dress. It's actually very cute - black, sparkly - and is flattering on me in every way except that, well, it's short. And I have fat, pale legs. I'll be wearing nude high heels, but besides that, how can I make my lump gams appear nicer? Quick-fix exercises? Spray tans? Tights/stockings are not an option.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 3:29 PM on April 3, 2011 (33 comments)

smitten my kitchen?

I adore Smitten Kitchen. What other food blogs should I follow?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by joyceanmachine at 1:38 PM on March 27, 2011 (53 comments)

knit two, purl two

How to knit a GIGANTO-BLANKET! The finished product: Giganto-blanket – finished! Oh yeah, and there's a cat.
posted to MetaFilter by cjorgensen at 4:31 PM on March 17, 2011 (44 comments)

I would like to clone Lois McMaster Bujold...

I would like to clone Lois McMaster Bujold...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jb at 10:49 AM on February 14, 2011 (27 comments)

Share Your Grainless Recipes!

Help my sanity - share your grainless vegetarian recipes! I can't tolerate any grains, rice, oat, barley, wheat, corn, quinoa, etc. This means that traditional "gluten free" replacements are out of the question. I'm starting to hit the wall in terms of being able to deal with it, and I need some variety in my diet! Right now, I'm avoiding eating because it's so disheartening, and I want the joy back in meal times. A sample of what I eat currently under the fold.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by stoneweaver at 1:33 PM on February 4, 2011 (89 comments)

Is a revolution at hand?

In preparation for massive protests after Friday prayers, it's being reported that Egypt has completely shut down access to the internet and most text and MMS messaging.
posted to MetaFilter by notion at 5:55 PM on January 27, 2011 (2734 comments)

Best current design blogs?

If I like notcot, picocool, freshbump, cribcandy, oobject, .kompound., materialicious, workspaces, core77, 2modern, design sponge, then what other design/fashion blogs out there will absolutely blow my freaking mind?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by felix at 11:07 AM on November 19, 2010 (12 comments)

Looking for recommendations for fantasy novels.

I'm currently looking for some new fantasy books to read. The last thread I found that was closest to this was in 2004, so I figure some new stuff has come out since then. I'm looking for books that are actually well written, and aren't overly dense or ridiculous.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by gchucky at 6:38 PM on November 30, 2010 (38 comments)

Pagan Pantheons of Europe besides the Greek, Roman and Norse?

Everyone knows about the Greeks and the Romans and the Norse, but what are some of the less well known pantheons and pagan religions from Europe?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 2:43 PM on November 24, 2010 (20 comments)

I really don't care about Katy Perry. Really.

Alternatives to Jezebel.com? Blogs "for women" that aren't awful?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 1:50 PM on October 26, 2010 (17 comments)

Excuse me while I whip this out

I'm looking for hilarious films to watch - but there are some things I'd like to avoid. Can you help me out?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Despondent_Monkey at 7:47 PM on November 11, 2010 (104 comments)

The mother of all airplane trips

How to Buy a Round-the-World Plane Ticket (That Kicks Ass). Chris Guillebeau: "....Each airline alliance has its own rules for how the ticket works. The one from Star Alliance is mileage based, meaning you’ll have a limit of 26,000, 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles on your ticket. The trick here is to optimize your route to...below one of the tiers, (A friend of mine got his itinerary to 33,998 miles, which I thought was pretty good.)". This, and reserving, paying for and planning the mother of all plane trips (along with Things to Watch out for).
posted to MetaFilter by storybored at 8:10 PM on October 11, 2010 (39 comments)

Looking for books similar to Devil in the White City, The Ghost Map, etc.

I've recently realized that three books I've seriously enjoyed fall into a sort of common genre: The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson, The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester, and the Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. I am looking for more books like this to read.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kensington314 at 9:36 AM on September 5, 2010 (13 comments)

The Best Magazine Articles Ever

Kevin Kelly has posted a list of what he believes are the best magazine articles ever.
posted to MetaFilter by reenum at 12:26 PM on July 28, 2010 (88 comments)

You were doing it wrong

What in life did it take you a surprisingly long time to realize you've been doing wrong all along?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by colinmarshall at 1:58 PM on July 6, 2010 (933 comments)

Give me the Dickens

Saucy novel recommendations, please! I really liked Perfume, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Crimson Petal and the White. What are some other wry/dirty/dark period novels?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:45 PM on June 19, 2010 (29 comments)

Something fresh, for fresh chickpeas?

What recipes are best suited for fresh chickpeas? (aka garbanzo beans)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by fontophilic at 10:29 AM on May 5, 2010 (13 comments)

Strong female in Mystery/Suspense Books

Strong female lead in Mystery Books
posted to Ask MetaFilter by roxiesmom at 7:58 AM on April 10, 2010 (50 comments)

You'll put your eye out!

You'll put your eye out! My childhood was fraught with peril. I rode bikes without a helmet. My friends made flashpowder bombs. I brought knives and lasers to school. I survived. Blogger Tim Blair did too, and asks "What insane risks did you take as kids that would now induce rage and fear if repeated by your children?"
posted to MetaFilter by bitmage at 10:42 AM on December 1, 2004 (147 comments)

Where's the funny

Where can I find the funniest posts on mefi?
posted to MetaTalk by yawper at 12:21 PM on April 7, 2010 (123 comments)

The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut. Discuss.

What are your "secret weapon" conversation topics? These are the topics that never fail to engage a group of people, are fun, interesting, long-lasting, and non-offensive? Examples inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by TimeTravelSpeed at 11:33 AM on March 9, 2010 (85 comments)

Lady songs by ladies

What other songs and artists fit my overly-specific criteria? Briefly: female vocalist; sweet, soothing voice; singing quietly and backed by lush acoustic instrumentation.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by pseudostrabismus at 12:33 PM on March 4, 2010 (77 comments)

Survival Tips for Uncommon Situations

What are your best survival tips for dangerous situations that someone might realistically find themselves in?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Effigy2000 at 8:02 PM on February 11, 2010 (107 comments)

More obscure books in serial killer fiction

I'm looking for lesser-known fictional books involving serial killers along the lines of works such as Monstrum (Donald James) and By Reason of Insanity by Shane Stevens. All the lists I am pulling up are the big names such as Deaver, Cornwell, Harris, Carr, etc etc. Anybody have some obscure favorites? They don't have to be series (though I enjoyed David Wiltse's '90s run), and actually prefer them not to be series. They can be older works like Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me. Thanks for your suggestions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by snap_dragon at 11:02 AM on January 28, 2010 (13 comments)

Sky burials in Tibet

Sky burials are often practiced in the mountains of Tibet, both for religious and practical reasons. Basically, the corpse is placed on a mountain top and sliced open in various places, to attract the birds of prey circling above. They’d probably feast on it anyway, but an invitation like that doesn’t hurt.
posted to MetaFilter by Mr_Zero at 11:56 PM on January 23, 2010 (107 comments)

How do I start scuba diving?

I want to start scuba diving as a hobby. Where do I begin?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by icollectpurses at 9:15 AM on June 25, 2008 (12 comments)

hero and villain are one and the same

I'm looking for stories of a type such that in some twist, the (for instance) police commissioner in charge of the search for the archvillain turns out to be the villain himself. Or something along that pattern.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by swimmingly at 7:00 PM on January 7, 2010 (39 comments)

Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down. Anyplace but those I know by heart.

I would like to make a mix of "post grunge" modern rock type music. Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet Sprocket etc.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ND¢ at 6:36 PM on July 26, 2007 (71 comments)

There once was a girl named Lenore

Famous Poems Rewritten as Limericks , as brought to us by our very own Lore Sjöberg. English majors, begin your griping now.
posted to MetaFilter by SansPoint at 5:21 AM on July 23, 2007 (301 comments)

How can I get a handle on the negative thoughts running through my mind constantly

To those who have successfully treated their depression using CBT or are in the process of doing so: How did you/ do you handle the constant barrage of negative thoughts and self evaluations?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 10:11 AM on June 21, 2007 (20 comments)
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