Scent Back In Time

image via AromaPrimepaduasoy posts an article from Current Archaeology about Aroma Prime, a company creating historical scents, including the smells of dinosaurs, dodos, mummification, candlemakers, ether, vintage sweets and the Wicker Man. | Continue reading | 7 hours ago

Corridor Of Uncertainty?

Eastons CC v Epping Foresters CC at Little Easton, Essex, England 084 (cc by)Mefites describe cricket to each other in tomcooke's post thread about a serious amateur cricketer who found themself unexpectedly drafted in to make up the numbers in a village cricket match | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

"How Do I Unspam Myself?"

A great rundown on all the moving parts of email validation from QuixoticGambit on goatdog's question How do I make my emails not end up in people's spam folders?. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

"Laid Out With Merciless Iron-clad Logic"

The dread was this mix of "No fucking way, it makes no fucking sense, it couldn't be ... it couldn't," and this deeper recognition that, on some level, it had to be. Tom Hanks Cannot Be Trusted takes a deep dive on the "Succession" finale in Fanfare. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

"Researchers Recognized the Language"

cubby posted The Language You Cry In, "an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for —and finds— meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. It bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present-day Georgia back to … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Down With the Clown

shaggy by Lynncam26What happens when you encounter a posse of insane clowns in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night? Sometimes they help you change a tire. outgrown_hobnail shares a story. | Continue reading | 7 days ago

"Murder Most Horrid"

Recommended: Magpie MurdersIn Ask Metafilter, I'm an Agatha Christie adaptation addict, who's run out of Agatha Christie adaptations to watch. Please help. Unicorn chaser is looking for "that Christie vibe." | Continue reading | 9 days ago

The Thirsty Mailbox

Going To Maine posts David Friedman’s small collection of URLs you can use to stop getting (a bunch of) junk mail (in the US) ... and furnace.heart adds an arousing fourth option in the comments. | Continue reading | 10 days ago

"The Titanic is the Marilyn Monroe Of Shipwrecks."

via BBC.comFizz posted Titanic: First ever full-sized scans reveal wreck as never seen before, the first full-sized digital scan of the Titanic, with visualizations pieced together from 700,000 images collected by remote controlled submersibles. (Title via pthomas745 in the comme … | Continue reading | 14 days ago


"If you think you aren't interested in or have no connection to this, you're probably mistaken": hippybear posted the 2020 documentary The Ventures: Stars On Guitars, the story of the most famous instrumental rock and roll band in the world. | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Or As His Real Fans Call Him, "Dave"

Dave Matthews: You may have opinions. You may have *strong* opinions. You may have prejudices or fond memories. But only Floydd has the Dave Matthews Toe. | Continue reading | 16 days ago

The Way It Was

Histories by Aldaron (cc by)paduasoy posted "English Historical Fiction Authors," a group blog that has been going since 2011, where researchers and novelists post about British history. "There are posts about wool and war, Schools of Gardening for Ladies, beds and bugs, aspirin, … | Continue reading | 17 days ago

"He Agrees With Me For All the Right Reasons"

Confessions of a Disco Freak by kumar303 (cc by-sa)Often-Interesting Reviews of 2,600+ singles and album tracks by some guy, a tasty reminder of old-school obsessive bloggy goodness, posted by OneGearIsEnough | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

A very helpful, very detailed useful answer from flabdablet to cnidaria's question Why does my printer keep going into a deep sleep/offline? | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Mystery Spot

image via Miss T.HornMy great-uncle was in a cell in the French Resistance during WWII ... An intriguing question about a 50-year old mystery photo location from Miss T.Horn, and a fabulous answer 37 minutes later by essexjan. | Continue reading | 24 days ago

[Do] Read the Comments

Reading the Fine Print by CaptPiper (cc by-nc)Comments recently flagged as fantastic: warrior queen on anger and the adrenal system Tom Hanks Cannot Be Trusted on cars as an extension of ourselves adept256 with a story about some accidental / incidental artRecently made us laugh: … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Let's Read

via Small Wonders issue 0Small Wonders Magazine [via mefi projects] is a new online speculative fiction and poetry magazine from Metafilter member lriG rorriM and Stephen Granade. Their inaugural issue contains fiction by Saswati Chatterjee, Premee Mohamed, Wendy Nikel, Charles P … | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Strange Women Lying In Ponds ...

Continuation of Charles III coronation discussion happening here. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Local Library Love ❤️

cam university library by arcibald (cc by-nc)SaharaRose's post about ways to support libraries in trying times offers suggestions for individuals and multiple resources to help support US libraries and the freedom to read. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Cool Stuff

IRL, mochapickle and danabanana have organized an online meet for "The Artist's Way" (Julia Cameron's classic creativity program to help with artistic work of all kinds) starting Sunday, May 7, so check in to learn more! And over in Fanfare, DirtyOldTown has posted Trailer Park: … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Best Defense is ...

It's like the only one of my stupid schemes that I rolled a 20 on. outgrown_hobnail shares their secret for a surefire thesis defense strategy. | Continue reading | 1 month ago


detail of youtube screen captureA roaring Ask Metafilter "identify this item" success for moonmilk's question "Do you recognize this t-shirt from 1992?" | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Checking the Fahrenheit

Book Burning - Quema de Libros - Suns and Book Burning by derechoaleer (cc by)Posted to the blue from Mefi Projects: Banned Book Book Club "displays information about a book that has been banned in American schools 2021-2022, alongside a readable preview of most books (on desktop … | Continue reading | 1 month ago


Explosion! by Rickydavid (cc by-nc-nd)"I saw Moby naked! And I didn't like it at all!" — loquacious. Hey, mefites are discussing discussing the Rolling Stones "When Rock Stars Screw Up" article!:emoji: | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Slow Fashion

In Ask Metafilter, iamsuper asks, How unfashionable were the medieval poor? "How fast did fashion spread in, say, medieval times, or Tudor times? Would people living in remote areas perhaps be wearing clothes that were 100 years or more out of fashion? Or would fashions evolve at … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

"The Problem Was Romania Had Run Out Of Episodes Of Columbo"

columbo by whatleydude (cc by)That time Peter Falk stopped a revolt in Romania? Kattullus posts about the great Decoder Ring podcasts examining this mystery. Oh, and there's just one more thing... in the comments DirtyOldTown talks about Irina Nistor and the "delightful documenta … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

[MeFi Site Update] April 19th | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Ask Me Later

Demotivational Poster no. 11 - Today is the Day (yellow) by id-iom (cc by-nc)In Ask Metafilter, Desertshore would like to know, "Is it possible to become an ex-procrastinator?" | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Without Me, You Are Alone and Lost

image via Chronoscope WorldIf you missed it, be sure to check out vacapinta's post on the excellent Chronoscope World, "a time machine to explore the history of the world by browsing maps dating back to 14th century B.C.," with more than 4,200 high-resolution maps. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

"A Bitter, Poisonous Read ..."

Come for the "simple listicle designed to elicit clicks and furious argument" (– doctornemo), stay for the explanation of why Lovecraft is an incel (– mittens) in the Esquire 50 Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time thread. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

"An Implausible Profusion Of Original Tabletop Games"

Internet lore tells us the story of Cheapass Games, founded by prolific gamemaker James Ernest in 1996 ... JHarris posts about Ernest's new (2020) Crab Fragment Labs, "offering an array of both pay-what-you-want-to-print and paid-for-physical products: card games, board games, qu … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

"Easy To Get To But Not Worth Arriving At"

Photo by Lucas Hobbs on Unsplashgentlyepigrams posted Parking Lot Map: "This map shows you how much of the downtown land of 50 major US cities is taken up by parking lots," and Parking Reform Network president Tony Jordan (twjordan on Mefi) comments to explain why "In a not insig … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The "organizing-first" Approach

Organize! by david drexler (cc by)In the Wisconsin Supreme Court election thread, rockindata talks about canvassing in Madison and how the Democratic Party of Wisconsin has remade itself in recent years. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Best 1930s Films?

RearWindow asks "What are some of your favourite and best 1930s films? ... I am open to comedy, drama, mystery, and all kinds as long as it is well done." | Continue reading | 1 month ago

" T—S.T.D.—B"

Photo by whitewallAn interesting discussion on the origins of some printed mystery notations in a 1966 Penguin book: "The bottom of page 33—and only page 33 – in my 1966 Penguin edition of Saul Bellow's "Seize the Day" has "T—S.T.D.—B" written on the bottom left, opposite the pag … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Inner Space

In case you missed it, be sure to check out Kattullus' post on "A Space of Her Own by Mary E. Papke," an essay about Pamela Zoline and her 1967 science fiction story "The Heat Death of the Universe." | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Trans People Were Always Here

Image via"Using recent breakthroughs in photo editing techniques, Eli colorizes, restores, and digitizes photos from queer and trans history. The following images are originally from 1897-1973." Great post from creatrixtiara! | Continue reading | 2 months ago

"When the 80s Got All Proggy"

Genesis - Live in London - 25th March 2022 - The Final Domino tour by kitmasterbloke (cc by)Hippybear posted Weighty In The Eighties: When Prog Went Pop by Jim Allen for uDiscover, with all the mentioned songs/videos linked in the post. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

True Colors

Colors by estevan_poll (cc by)Lots of interesting answers to Charity Garfein's question, "Do you know any cool facts about colors?"! | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Celebrating! ♡

Happy Transgender Day of Visibility! | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Make It Sew

Detail of photo by pina messina on UnsplashSunflower88 asks for resources for learning to sew and make clothes from scratch for a complete novice. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

New Mefi Events!

Week 5, Mar 27 - Apr 2 Get tickets here!A Q&A with Ryan North, Webcomic Maker, 29 March 2023 | 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM ESTRyan North is here to A your Qs! If only there were a better way to put that, but sadly, there is not. Ryan's been a webcomic maker since 2003 with Dinosaur Comics … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

What Posts Have Members Been Loving Recently?

hearts by Andrew Huff (cc by-nc)What if climate change meant not doom — but abundance?Finding Britain's Lost GodsFrom One To "40" -- We Have To Talk About The New U2 AlbumThe Post-Socialist Mortality CrisisSelf-testing and toys to help you learn about your music listeningComing t … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

"Spoiled For Choice"

gilded bronze head of Minerva at the temple of Sulis Minerva at Bathmisteraitch has posted Finding Britain's Lost Gods, "the first four of an on-going series of hour-long lectures at Gresham College by cravat-wearing historian Ronald Hutton" | Continue reading | 2 months ago

In Metatalk: MeFi Site Update | Continue reading | 2 months ago

"Ideally, I Would Like To Build Intuition ..."

Photo by Sonny Mauricio on UnsplashMembers offer guiding principles, recipes, and resources for cruel summer's request to please demystify bowls for me. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Picture Me, the Guru Said

Drawing of a Butterfly - Dibujo de una Mariposa by Marcos Telias (cc by-nc-nd)Larva Pupa Imago by Eric Schwitzgebel is a short story about love, personhood, and transformation. It's also about erotica for uplifted butterflies. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

United By Music

PearlRose made a great Eurovision 2023 Preview megapost with info on background, rules changes, 2023 highlights, and links to all the semifinal songs! | Continue reading | 2 months ago