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Posts from April 2016

Down the hatch

PeenemündePeenemünde by toomuchkatherine (cc by)

special agent conrad uno, former distiller, in defense of bitter digestif spirits like malort ("a fascinating spirit that spans and speaks to the entire history of Europe"), and why absinthe unfairly got such a bad rap.

It's the little things

Dr. StaplerDr. Stapler by rkelland (cc by-sa)

KathrynT asks, "What should I do with all these googly eyes?"

Announcement: our pb is leaving MeFi

After ten-ish years, our beloved pb is leaving MetaFilter. Come over to MetaTalk to celebrate him!

This also means we are hiring a part-time web and DB admin.

Places and languages

inside elevationinside elevation by parramitta (cc by)

Why does Wyoming have such a low population compared to neighboring states? barchan explains, jeb adds: "everything in the West comes back to water".

Ever wonder what a "nor'easter" is? Check out the great answers from Seymour Zamboni, plastic_animals, and weathergal in rules of thumb for weather patterns in the USA.

Lots of different places have unique colloquial weather terms too. (Gullywashers, the foxes' wedding, and lots of wind terms again from barchan.)

Also in language surveys: What are some antiquated place nicknames (like the Borscht Belt)? What do other languages call it when your foot "falls asleep"?

Different cultures also have their own languages of flower-meanings. Plus some cool info from sukeban on how new imported flowers like roses made their way into kimono designs in the late 19th century.

For geography/history detectives: How can I tell, just from clues in the document itself, when a world map was made or figure out when a photograph was taken?

Did you see the new photos from the formerly-hidden-from-visitors North Korean subway system?

Some great answers in travel threads recently: Italy: non-traditional but amazing?, and also Scotland: what not to miss.

Teching the tech tech

Ain Manawir (VII)Ain Manawir (VII) by isawnyu (cc by)

JoeZydeco on how a vending machine knows what coin you've put in (and why the Mars candy company spun off an electronics company)

seasparrow on ancient underground water-distribution systems called "qanats"... including diagrams

codacorolla on their academic research on Minecraft players

The evolution of thimble technology, as seen in artifacts found scattered across England

A nice discussion of the importance of the skills needed to maintain old systems

Seeing and not seeing

BlankBlank by ishaip (cc by-sa)

What do you see in your mind's eye? Come tell us, in the thread on people who have no mental images.

How to Parachute A Truck

JOAX - February 2013JOAX - February 2013 by Fort Bragg (cc by-nd)

How did those Humvees detach from their parachutes? mule98J shares some insight on rigging heavy equipment to be airdropped. "The howitzer hit Yomitan runway tube first..."

Prince wake

Prince NSJPrince NSJ by PeterTea (cc by-nd)

Come share your Prince stories. Mefi member Clinging to the Wreckage lives near Prince's house and delivered a Mefi tribute there.

Mr. Nice

Open the door!Open the door! by Alex Grech (cc by)

JohnnyForeign on his family's brush with an infamous caper: I "never understood the significance of the incident until many years later when my mum explained that we'd entered through the garden to avoid the crowd of journalists..."

Insider looks at starting a print magazine and producing a live TV show

publishingpublishing by sam_churchill (cc by)

garius on starting a print magazine that earns its keep: "We found a small local printer who'd run us up a limited run of 100 copies, which I paid for out of my own pocket, and then we started anonymously leaving copies on the magazine / leaflet table in the Rose and Crown Pub in Walthamstow, London."

yankeefog on attendance policies when producing a live tv show and working for Dennis Miller: "you would be surprised at how much of an art teleprompting is."

Weirdness, secret tunnels, haunted houses, goats, the usual

GoatGoat by (cc by)

In jessamyn's post about the man who lived in a huge secret apartment in the landmark historic theater he rescued, other stories of secret spaces including secret tunnels all over a city.

Gimme some stories of goats misbehaving!

...or some eerie spooky stories that aren't gross or horrible

...or some websites with fun interesting stuff for when the news gets me down.

Dirty secrets

Housekeeping!Housekeeping! by Eat_Crow (cc by-nd)

Prepare to be amazed and maybe disgusted! MsMolly sparks a roundup of AskMe questions about everyday behaviors that you never knew other people are doing wrong - like shoes on vs. off in the house, and sit vs. stand to wipe.

And in the thread on the snowballing repercussions of the Panama Papers, some reporting direct from our Iceland bureau and some other local news coverage.

Other recent threads on corruption around the world: the Unaoil bribery scandal; Brazil's government-wide meltdown.

Leding the way in new text tech

Or spelling, apparentlyOr spelling, apparently by zimpenfish (cc by)

Anouncing Mefi's partnership with startup SpellActualy! Come test out the new auto text inprovement feature.

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