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See how Adolf Hitler and the Nazis rise to power.

Rise of the Nazis [Ep. 1, 2, 3] - "In 1930 Germany was a liberal democracy. Just four years later democracy is dead, Germany's leader is a dictator and its government is in the hands of murderers. This series tells the story of how this happened. Leading historians and experts get inside the heads of some of the key players, whose political plotting, miscalculations and personal ambitions helped to destroy democracy and deliver control to Hitler." (via; BBC; previously)
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Nov 27 at 11:27 PM
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♬ vibes ♬

Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70s with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, apparently to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a hit, and resulted in this: THE GREATEST VIDEO I HAVE EVER SEEN.
posted by Ahmad Khani to MetaFilter on Nov 27 at 7:23 PM
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"Scented candles: An unexpected victim of the COVID-19 pandemic"

On Twitter, Terri Nelson noted the proliferation of complaints on Yankee Candle's website about the lack of scent in their scented candles. Kate Petrova responded (Threadreader version) with a tweet thread analyzing Amazon reviews for scented candles before and during the pandemic, and the results are interesting (and very easy to understand).
posted by ardgedee to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 3:56 AM
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god of every humble beauty

From artist Maeve Travis, a lovely fan-made graphic novel adaptation of a collaborative short story posted on tumblr, for the prompt "Temples are built for gods. Knowing this a farmer builds a small temple to see what kind of god turns up."
posted by yasaman to MetaFilter on Nov 29 at 11:45 AM
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A US immigrant on racism and shame

One of the surprises of the 2020 Presidential election was that Trump’s percentage of immigrant votes grew. By this I mean that my white friends were surprised. I was not surprised. Let’s talk about immigrant racism. To look at me, I am white. I have certainly benefited from my skin color throughout my life, but that whiteness was a suit I had to learn to wear. When my family moved to Philadelphia in 1970, they were moving into one of the most racist cities in America at the time, presided over by racist mayor Frank Rizzo. Mike Monteiro on Medium: My People Were In Shipping.
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 4:47 AM
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What are some date-limited natural events worth traveling to?

I'm not going anywhere for a good while, of course, but I'm dreaming of traveling again at sometime in the next few years. I'm interested in natural phenomena worth seeing that happen on a specific schedule or within a relatively limited time span.
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis to Ask MetaFilter on Nov 27 at 12:38 PM
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DeepMind "solves" protein folding


*slaps roof* this bad boy can fit so many fucking polyhedra in it

You looking for Platonic solids? Maybe some versi-regular polyhedra? How about some regular hexagonal toroidal solids? We've even got self-intersecting quasi-quasi-regular duals, though we can't legally insure those.

We got all this and more down at dmccooey's visual polyhedra site, your one-stop shopping destination for HTML5 polyhedral renderings.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 9:48 AM
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When I turn 50 I want to grow up to be....

Looking for great reads about people I can look up to as I grow older. Maybe someone cool or creative or courageous or kind. Maybe someone bigger than life. Maybe a wise sage, or a hopeless romantic. Looking for character studies of people, real or imaginary, who have a few qualities that are both inspirational and aspirational.
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A New Jazz Century

From the Adult Swim Festival 2020, a remarkable performance by saxophone player Colin Stetson, which includes two unreleased tracks, "The love it took to leave you" and "Strike your forge and grin."
posted by yasaman to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 1:59 PM
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How old, ambient Japanese music became a smash hit on YouTube

Seven out of 50 video clusters the researchers identified are deemed "situational" music. This designation doesn't operate under the standard concept of genres but rather the context in which the music takes place. This includes relaxation music like "Ambient/Chillout," "Sounds of Nature," and the ASMR-affiliated "Hair Dryer Sound." The paper concludes that situational music, sometimes deemed trivial by musicologists, is growing in popularity. They also found a cluster of "Ethiopia/South Sudan Music," suggesting the context of a local scene comparable to '80s Japanese ambient music. 2800 words from Catherine Sinow on YouTubecore for Ars Technica.
posted by cgc373 to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 8:18 AM
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Elliot Page Is Trans

Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page announces that he is transgender. Variety also posted an article about his announcement.
posted by Tabitha Someday to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 10:35 AM
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Bro Culture, Fitness, Chivalry, and American Identity


What Is the Sound of Thought?

What Is the Sound of Thought? (The MIT Press Reader): Why do we include the sounds of words in our thoughts when we think without speaking? Are they just an illusion induced by our memory of overt speech? Related: That Little Voice in Your Head, If You Have It, May Be Aligning Your Thoughts (Neuroscience News)
posted by not_the_water to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 8:38 AM
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Potatoes, Potatoes, the Magical...Vegetable

However it's spelled, it's a famously versatile ingredient - or even a dish on its own!
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Regular Americans


Nut Cracker Suite

The Best Ways to Remove a Rusted Nut from a Bolt. It's an aggravating DIY challenge. And it turns out that the most commonly used techniques (WD-40, simple wrench, Vise-grips) aren't the most effective. The simple wrench in fact, makes things worse. (SLYT). The video lists sixteen (!) ways to conquer the rusted nut, from easiest to hardest.
posted by storybored to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 8:52 AM
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No boxes as of yet


It's an alien ship, we took it apart for scrap.

RUSSIAN CYBERPUNK FARM // РУССКАЯ КИБЕРДЕРЕВНЯ They say that Russia is a technically backward country, there are no roads, robotics do not develop, rockets do not fly, and mail goes too long. It’s a bullshit. (SLYT satire from birchpunk)
posted by storybored to MetaFilter on Nov 29 at 7:42 AM
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How do I not be like this?

(Content warning transphobia) I’m worried I’m turning into a TERF. No queer-friendly therapists or community available to me. Who can I talk to or how can I train my feelings to match my values.
posted by Anonymous to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 12:49 PM
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Lotta people without crippling depression in this thread apparently [view]
posted by showbiz_liz to MetaFilter on Nov 27 at 8:38 AM
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1. “Unaccredited” and “fake” are not synonymous. 2. I am racking my brain to try to figure out why you think fucking with absolute strangers’ livelihoods based on a single scrap of information is a good and noble use of your time. [view]
posted by showbiz_liz to Ask MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 8:21 PM
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Can you imagine the existential terror of working at a Yankee Candle store or Bath and Body Works and dealing with customers returning candles and lotions because they have no smell? And only making minimum wage with no health benefits? [view]
posted by photoslob to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 8:21 AM
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On our Thanksgiving zoom call, my niece told me Harry Styles saved her life. She bought a copy of Vogue because Harry was on the cover. Sniffed the included perfume sample. And then rushed to get tested because she couldn’t smell anything. She’s now isolated from the rest of the family. Harry probably did help her to catch it early. And after... [more]
posted by Teegeeack AV Club Secretary to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 6:54 AM
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Under rent reform laws passed by the New York state legislature in 2019, landlords must give advance written notice to tenants, including those renting month-to-month, if they intend to terminate their leases If you’ve been in possession of the apartment for less than a year, you’re entitled to 30 days notice. If you’ve been living there for... [more]
posted by Dashy to Ask MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 4:09 PM
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Your feelings are valid but you are also overestimating the danger of touching things that have been breathed on. This sounds like a combination of moving stress and long-standing frustration with your husband’s lower safety threshold. Those are both things you have the right to be pissed about, but I don’t think you need to feel afraid of opening... [more]
posted by showbiz_liz to Ask MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 2:13 PM
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I have so many terfs and other assorted transphobes blocked that I scrolled through many pages of congratulations without seeing a single negative response. [view]
posted by Tabitha Someday to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 11:09 AM
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When I was seven the headaches my father had been getting were revealed to have been caused by a tumor roughly the size of a chicken egg in his brain. The doctors removed the tumor and a portion of brain with it and despite their predictions that the cancer would return and kill him within a year he lived another twenty-eight years. We had... [more]
posted by Parasite Unseen to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 12:25 PM
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Orgasms are among the most wonderous and pleasurable events we experience as human beings. Maybe. I just ate a plate of bacon alone in my apartment and went to bed early. [view]
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I've been particularly interested in hearing from Germans in the era about how they recognized and dealt with Nazis around them... as opposed to the usual narratives which are mostly about fighting nazi soldiers from the outside. Shortly before Kristallnacht, my great-grandfather was informed by one of the local party heads that as a... [more]
posted by Ryvar to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 5:28 PM
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FFS, can't we just build proper public transit and denser cities? [view]
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Dress them up warmer. Thermal underwear. Ski jackets. Properly warm mittens. Stay outside. Go to a nearby nature preserve/forest trail so there’s less ability to go back inside before they’ve had enough activity. Please don’t add to unnecessary indoor activities. [view]
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This is very straightforward. It does not need to be about changing your Dad's behavior. Don't make it about your Dad's behavior or pressuring him. It's about you behaving appropriately. It's about your sister behaving appropriately. It's not appropriate for people to be gathering with family members this Christmas. No one should be doing... [more]
posted by Winnie the Proust to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 7:35 AM
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I know I've told the story before about having once worked in television, and how right before quitting the company I was part of a two-person research team trying to come up with a detailed proposal for a show about "the history of exorcism." We had pretty much no guidance and were getting bad management, so our research kind of went... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 1:05 PM
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"What’s the matter with this? I call this representative government. You’ve got Salvatori, Feldman, O’Reilly, Nelson–that’s an Italian, a Jew, an Irishman and a regular American there. That’s what I call a balanced ticket." --Archie Bunker I had to call a guy out the other day for saying that the Star Trek captains were... [more]
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...SCP-5977 is a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner retrieved from Hospital General de █████ in ███ █████, Mexico. All attempts to decommission the scanner have been unsuccessful to date.... [more]
posted by saturday_morning to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 12:26 PM
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It's fair for your friend to not want to eat junk food. It's not fair for your friend to say their partner can't eat junk food. They could come to some compromise where partner hides junk food and doesn't eat it around friend: that would be compassionate of partner. But friend has to take responsibility for their own actions. Temptations suck, but... [more]
posted by rikschell to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 6:32 AM
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So, long before covid, I spent my days testing people's sense of smell. It's a fairly sensitive, though non-specific, feature of premotor Parkinson's disease*, so during my fellowship training, I ran through Smell Identification Tests like no one's business. Most of them are scratch-and-sniff; a few are volatile esters in test tubes. Something like... [more]
posted by basalganglia to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 12:40 PM
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Yes, your family IS ganging up on your father, because he's being really selfish and stupid. He needs to understand that while he's able to make choices for himself, he cannot make them for others. And that his own choices have consequences. If he wants to go to the dinner, that's fine, he can then live by himself for two weeks until he clears... [more]
posted by seanmpuckett to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 7:26 AM
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While yes, “cracker” is a way to refer to whites people, the point of this list (at least to me) is all the ways folks say “people” but really only mean “white people.” It also also a way that white people talk that excludes BIPOC from the conversation without being honest about it. [view]
posted by raccoon409 to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 7:02 PM
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