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Books about things hidden in plain sight

I recently reread René Daumal's Mount Analogue and am looking for other books about things - buildings, people, phenomena, organizations, parts of the natural world - that are hidden in plain sight. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Recent photos hidden on Samsung Galaxy S4 during file search

I have a Galaxy S4 and I generally transfer pics from it to a Windows 8.1 PC via USB, connecting up the Samsung as an external hard drive, navigating down to the DCIM folder on the camera's external SD card, then dragging & dropping. Recently, all my photos more recent than Feb 2014 are not visible via Windows Explorer even though the camera itself shows that those photos are indeed stored in the same folder on the external SD card that has all the pre-Feb photos. What gives? Are they hidden form view somehow?
posted by mono blanco on Apr 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Dirt cheap secret Verizon prepaid plans?

Are there any Verizon prepaid plans other than the two: $60/mo 2GB data or $70/mo 4GB data [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on Jan 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Unknown knowable things of the mind blowing variety.

Yesterday, while walking to the store with my mom, she absolutely blew my mind when she pointed out to me that the model year of almost every car is embedded somewhere in a semi-standard code in the plastic on the tail light, or headlight, assembly. This raises two questions... [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Sep 6, 2013 - 31 answers

Movies where there is much more than meets the eye.

I'm looking for movies where paying careful attention to every frame and detail yields secrets that are quite different from the "main" surface story. [more inside]
posted by naju on Aug 19, 2013 - 39 answers

Secret Room Literature

We've built a small secret room in our house for our children to discover. One of the features in the room is a bookshelf where we're putting secret room themed books. [more inside]
posted by MarkAnd on Jul 30, 2013 - 109 answers

Hidden Los Angeles - Suggestions for curious visitors

We will be in LA for a long a weekend, next weekend (Jan 16 - 20, 2013) visiting friends and are looking for suggestions for neat, quirky, or hidden (little known) places and experiences in LA/LA Area. Zen Gardens, Boutiques, Galleries/Gallery Openings, LA Cuisine, Street food, Flea Markets, Vintage shops, DJ gigs etc. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Jan 12, 2013 - 18 answers

Real Life Royston Vasey?

Are there any real-life historical examples of the Small Town With A Terrible Secret horror trope? Towns where long-term, ongoing crimes (or unsavory religious practices one supposes) where purposefully covered up and kept hidden from the outside world and any attempt to investigate them resulted in the investigator being detained, thrown out, or killed?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 4, 2013 - 35 answers

Attention, San Diego: Show Us Your Dark Underbelly!

I loved the "show me the hidden side of L.A." question. But I'm gonna be visiting its mild-mannered southern cousin, San Diego. Show me the hidden side of THAT! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Favorite Places as a London Local?

How can I go off the beaten path in London as a tourist? What are your favorite local spots? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on May 25, 2012 - 26 answers

I may be a $5 n00b, but at least my user number is below 20K

I'm curious about the hidden hierarchies and pecking orders that exist in the world around us. Can you give the inside scoop about who outranks whom? Examples within. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 24, 2012 - 72 answers

I love you, so I must bury you alive?

My wife thought Last of the Mohicans had a scene where the heroine was buried alive to protect her from an Indian raid, with only a reed to breathe through. I just watched the movie, and didn't see anything like that. Is she thinking of another movie, or a (very) different cut of the film?
posted by bullitt 5 on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Hidden gems at the market

I discovered Crystal deodorant a few months ago. I had tried literally every other unscented deodorant on the market and could not find one that held up all day. It turns out that the damned rock you rub on your pits is the greatest deodorant ever, and it had been on the shelf the whole time. What other miracle products are sitting on the shelves at the market, unnoticed as I pass them by in favor of products that are more well known or have bigger advertising budgets?
posted by Balonious Assault on Jan 26, 2012 - 68 answers

Secret places to put secret things!

I like secret compartments! My car has one. I just found a vintage handbag with a hidden umbrella compartment. What are some more things - besides the obvious hide-a-key rocks and hollow books - that have unique secret compartments? Please list/link to specific examples!
posted by katillathehun on Jan 9, 2012 - 39 answers

Adding a personal touch to digital photo frame gift

With a digital photo frame is it possible to specify the order photos are displayed? I'd like to have a random set, interspersed with occasional strings of ordered photos. [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude on Nov 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I leave this relationship or is there hope?

Should I stay in this relationship? Over the course of the past year and a half, I have repeatedly (approximately 5-6 times) discovered that the person I hope to spend my life with has kept information from me. I just don't know that it will ever get better, and am so much in need of an objective set of eyes, please. [more inside]
posted by lucy40 on Sep 11, 2011 - 32 answers

Going down to London town!

Where are the interesting places to visit in London this Thursday/Friday? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris on Jan 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Wet feet at the carnival.

Why and how did you stop believing in a story of powerlessness, specifically your own? [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Nov 27, 2010 - 12 answers

What are some good anime series/films?

What are some good anime series/films? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Oct 5, 2010 - 45 answers

What kind of hidden camera should we get, and is our plan even legal?

A question in two parts: What kind of hidden camera setup should I purchase? Also, would taking said hidden camera into a job interview be illegal? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Sep 2, 2010 - 26 answers

What are your top five favorite hidden gem books?

What are your top five favorite hidden gem books? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 3, 2010 - 47 answers

*you need to step back 3 steps to see this title*

How can I create hidden visual elements that can only be viewed under specific conditions? [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Jul 7, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I make epic treasure on a budget?

The world is boring. It needs more buried treasure. What things could I bury as treasure - things with great and lasting value, yet could be obtained cheaply? (Eg, a spirits/wine chest could be inexpensive to buy, but eventually become a treasure worth finding after enough years have passed. Superstar backstage passes are useless as treasure (they expire), but are an example of something of great value that doesn't cost much money to obtain - if you can find a way to obtain them.) How can I assemble epic genuine treasure on a budget? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Jul 3, 2010 - 19 answers

1980s book with hidden treasure if you solved the mystery inside?

I'm struggling to remember the title of a book I read in the 1980s, which had a real-world twist: hidden within the narrative was the location of a spot in the USA where some sort of treasure or reward money was located. [more inside]
posted by squid patrol on Oct 26, 2009 - 11 answers

72 hours for Venice's secrets, aiutiamo noi per favore

I'm going with my family down to Italy from around Oct 18-30th, including a week at a farm house in Ancona (looking forward to that, for sure!). We'll also be in Venice for around three whole days in the beginning and end of the trip (we fly in/out from Venice). [more inside]
posted by avocade on Oct 11, 2009 - 5 answers

Can I auto-expand a bunch of Javascript message toggles

I'm trying to archive, in PDF form, a series of Web pages where the content won't expand unless I click "more" dozens and dozens of times to reveal each hidden item. Is there some time-saving Firefox add on--or other tool--that could do this for me automatically? It's a Javascript thing... [more inside]
posted by Kirklander on Mar 7, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me detect hidden cameras/microphones

Help me to detect hidden cams/microphones in a room. I have reason to believe that my friend's house has been bugged by her ex-husband and im looking for easy ways to find and remove these bugs. [more inside]
posted by kampken on Mar 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Hey, the grafitti on the rooftop of 111 S. Anderson, is the most creative in town!

What are some places "off the beaten path", I can explore in urban environments? For photography, and my own amusement. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Dec 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Commented Out Text Bad?

/* Is a lot of commented out text bad for a home page? */ [more inside]
posted by pixelnark on Dec 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Find and delete hidden files on Mac

Help me find and delete hidden files on my Mac! [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Oct 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Do burglars read AskMeFi?

What is your most ingenious hiding place for valuables? [more inside]
posted by DB Cooper on Jul 21, 2008 - 49 answers

Ooh, what's inside there?

So what's inside areas that are closed off to the public, in buildings? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Jul 17, 2008 - 40 answers

how can I write with windows default system font ?

how can I write with "Marlett" windows XP default system font ? [more inside]
posted by Baud on Feb 15, 2008 - 5 answers

Where is the list of hidden folders kept?

Mac OS X filter: In terminal, if I go to / and ls, I see a bunch of folders that are hidden in Finder, for example /etc, /private, /sbin, and so on. How do I add a folder to that list? [more inside]
posted by jon4009 on Oct 24, 2007 - 8 answers

Alright, I'm saving tons on rent but now what am I going to do?

I just moved to Verdun, (Montreal), Quebec. Any current or former inhabitants have any hidden gems they can share? [more inside]
posted by hector horace on Oct 18, 2007 - 9 answers

The Case of the Missing Paragraph

I was trying to click and highlight a couple of lines of text in Firefox and the whole paragraph disappeared. What just happened? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on Oct 13, 2007 - 8 answers

bra strap

How to keep bra straps from showing without safety pins? [more inside]
posted by transona5 on Sep 1, 2007 - 25 answers

Poetry about Secrets, Hidden Places?

Poetry about secrets, hidden things, hiding places? [more inside]
posted by Staggering Jack on May 11, 2007 - 19 answers

Where's that flavor hiding?

What's the original of the phrase "that's where the flavor is hiding"? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Apr 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Where did my Picasa hidden photo information go?

I restored my Picasa data from a backup after a crash. Now none of the previously hidden photos are still hidden. Can I recover this automatically somehow? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Mar 27, 2007 - 5 answers

Stop OSX from creating .DS_Store

How can I set Mac OS X so that it doesn't create .DS_Store, .Trashes, and ._* files on USB drives I work with? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 23, 2006 - 9 answers

Is it legal to eavesdrop on someone with a hidden camera placed in their home?

For reasons that don't particularly make sense I believe that someone is spying on me with a camera hidden somewhere in my room. Ignoring for a moment the fact that I'm clearly nuts, what exactly would the law be on this (I live in the US)? [more inside]
posted by Astragalus on Dec 14, 2005 - 49 answers

Hidden Speaker Wires

I just got a new TV and a six speaker home theater audio system. The front and satellite speakers are small and sort of designed to be wall mounted. I want mount them (at about chest level) without obvious speaker wires. [more inside]
posted by aspenbaloo on Apr 2, 2005 - 9 answers

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