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Weird optics

Let's say I find a shiny spherical object and under point lighting, I move it very close to my eye. I then focus on the bright spot, but focus at a distance of 1-2 feet until the patterns are in focus. At this point, it looks like a bad microscope. Am I looking at part of my own eye? Is this a documented phenomenon I could read about?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by aye at 8:44 PM on October 21, 2006 (19 comments)

Bargain tours to Europe?

Can you suggest any tours from U.S.A. to Europe (including plane fare, transportation between European cities, and hotel accommodations in each visited city) that do not involve doing activities with a tour group?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jayder at 8:02 PM on August 28, 2006 (8 comments)

Uncovering the "human side" of historical figures

I'm composing a list of major political and/or spiritual leaders, past and present, who had a positive and lasting influence on society... but who had disruptive idiosyncrasies and/or disorders that drove people close to them absolutely bonkers.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rinkjustice at 7:19 PM on August 26, 2006 (30 comments)

How did massive ships embark from the pier?

Before there were motors, how did Tall Ships leave port?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by yeti at 8:09 PM on August 26, 2006 (6 comments)

Crazy Israeli Highchair

Looking for a crazy Israeli highchair
posted to Ask MetaFilter by SobaFett at 8:13 PM on August 26, 2006 (7 comments)

Boldly going...

The wife and I just got the entire Star Trek: The Next Generation series on DVD. Which ones should we watch?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Optamystic at 5:34 PM on August 25, 2006 (59 comments)

Chicago food specialties

Three Chicago dining specialities
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jonson at 9:26 PM on August 22, 2006 (42 comments)

We need advice about having sex in the woods.

What do we need to know before trying to have sex in the woods?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 2:06 PM on August 22, 2006 (31 comments)

sofa scam or good deal?

If you search for sofas or sofa sets on Seattle's Craigslist, you see a lot of new sofas--many leather--being sold "out of the box," "original packaging," etc. for well below retail. Though the sellers are different, often the pictures are similar, like a scan out of a brochure. Anyone have any experience with this, or know what the deal is?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by _sirmissalot_ at 9:47 AM on August 15, 2006 (4 comments)

Be my Q. Help me crash a party like James Bond.

A secret cabal of family members is having a rather big party this summer on the shores of Lake Huron. My mission: arrive in style a la James Bond. I've checked out their security, and although strong on three sides, they haven't guarded the lake. Fools. I would like to arrive via the lake. However, I'm having a tough time with what to wear. Preferably, I'd like to slip out of my wetsuit into a crisp, wrinkle free tuxedo. Is this possible?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by maxpower at 6:39 AM on March 30, 2006 (91 comments)

KidCrypto

Cryptofilter: My daughter is at summer camp and I can snail mail her or I can send email that will be printed out and delivered. The email is fast but readable by whoever prints/delivers the paper etc. Looking for a cipher that would be easy to learn and use...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kaytrem at 9:42 PM on August 8, 2006 (21 comments)

How can I get a professional camera?

I'm a photographer without a professional camera. I make just enough money at my non-creative job to pay my living expenses. But I really want to be a professional photographer.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 10:43 AM on August 2, 2006 (16 comments)

Looking for contemporary (ish) music that includes the violin as a focal and/or background instrument.

MuzikFilter: Looking for contemporary (ish) music that includes the violin as a focal and/or background instrument.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Lockeownzj00 at 9:34 PM on August 1, 2006 (41 comments)

The Itchy and Scratchy Show!

Every time I get sick (common cold), I get an itch on my back that persists. It's annoying, but as soon as I get better, it goes away. Anyone have any ideas as to what causes it, or am I just a medical anomaly?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by galimatias at 8:25 PM on July 27, 2006 (9 comments)

The Skulls, Pt. III

What secret society does a gold ring with black triangles-- 10 or so of them-- around its circumference represent? Two of my friends in college (Ivy League) wore these identical rings. When asked about it, they would say "A friend gave it to me," and then change the subject. Rumor had it that these were secret society rings. Any ideas?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bethm at 9:02 AM on June 22, 2006 (29 comments)
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