While hiking to the Sespe Hot Springs in the Los Padres National Forest over the weekend, I kept hearing this vocalization. (The low moaning one that repeats six times.) What creature is it?
Asking for a friend who recently acquired an unknown houseplant from another friend. Can you identify this plant and offer any advice on care? [more inside]
This is Children's/YA book I read in the early to mid 1980s in the UK. Invaders from across the sea are occupying the young heroes homeland and are looking for something. The protagonist goes in search of a magic jewel/gem/stone to defeat the invaders. One of the few details I remember is that another magic gem had been used to solve a previous crises and the shattered pieces of it could be used to do some kind of magic by the female characters. [more inside]
My wife found this weird insect in our LA/California backyard while gardening. It looks like a slim shiny wasp body got itself into stuck in large shiny copper colored head. Is it a destroyer of pests or a destroyer of crops? A harmless passer-by? Friend or foe? We must know!!!! [more inside]
I was driving home today and there is a house at the far end of our street that is only what I can call "compound-like" - trailer, lots of fencing, etc. In addition, it was flying three flags - the U.S. flag, a "Don't tread on me" flag, and a third I couldn't identify. [more inside]
Sometime in the last month, I read the first few pages of a Kindle ebook on Amazon and loved it, but unfortunately at the time I didn't have the cash to buy it. Now I have the cash but I can't find the book! Can you help me identify it? It's a fantasy novel by a female author. [more inside]
I remember reading a short story some time ago, about a little girl who was (I think?) trapped in an invisible labyrinth, and had a salamander (possibly two?) that were her companions. The salamander(s) always had to be moving or they would die/turn to stone. Eventually one (or both) saves the girl, sacrificing himself in the process. Where can I find this story?
There was a duet in the late 90s sung by r&b artists...one male, one female. Only thing I can remember is that it was a love song, it had a lot of bass and one of the lyrics was about Al Green. The singers went back and forth as if they were in a relationship, I believe. [more inside]
My mother-in-law remembers seeing a movie where William Powell was shaving on a train, singing the Ohio State song ("It's round on the ends/ and high in the middle/ It's O-hi-O.") She thought it was in one of his Thin Man movies (with Myrna Loy) but she recently rewatched them and didn't see it. What movie is she thinking of?
Help me identify this song from a vague memory of a commercial. The timeframe is about mid to late 90s and it was in the USA. I think it was for beer, and the song was foreign (my memory says French but there's no way I would have known that at the time). [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out the name/artist of the painting which appears as a backdrop in this National Theatre Live poster for Les Liaisons Dangeureuses. Anyone?
Can anyone identify the glorious sweater in this photo? I would like to buy it at the sweaterery from which it came
I recall seeing a book about art, dada, and language, but can recall little about it. On one page, the author used several different fonts on several words to express a rhetorical point. It was a paperback, and I am relatively but not completely certain the edition belonged to a classics republishing company like Penguin or Vintage Books.
Hi, mefi! I am looking for a song (ideally a recording that I can listen to) called "Run Run Run". It was in an elementary school music textbook in the mid-eighties, but I have currently found only one mention of it on The Web, on this page. [more inside]
I moved into a great new place yesterday, with a garden. I have hit the Holy Grail of Paris-area apartments. However. Garden has plants from previous tenant. I have cats. Cats will nom the plants. I'm unfamiliar with a few of the plants, and am particularly worried about curious noms of this one. MeFi, can my cats eat these? Or should I remove them? [more inside]
Two or so years ago, I read the beginning of a biography of a writer, probably a poet. I know he was a young man in England during World War I who was not able to serve in the war due to a medical condition. But that is all I am certain about -- I have vague memories of a few further details that I could easily be confusing with stories from other people's lives, or even from novels. [more inside]
Someone left a thing with a free sign at work. Let's play! Top view with accessories. Inside. Bottom . [more inside]
Picture here . Made in france. 70s or 80s. Looks like a G and a Q combined.
We recently moved into a house with an oven that has a couple of symbols on the dial that I can't identify. The oven is a Baumatic BA700SS, but it's old enough that all the links to manuals online seem to be broken. Can anyone tell me what the functions at the bottom of the dial and directly left of that one are? Also the first symbol anticlockwise from the top seems to have rubbed off. Any guesses what that would have been?
What's that 90s song with the guy talking? [more inside]
A plant appeared next to my tomato plant in a balcony box and I'd like to know what exactly it is. [more inside]
These leaves have been sitting in water for almost a year after being included as part of a flower arrangement. They have not formed any roots in the water, but recently started growing new leaves out of some buds in the bottom of each leaf. Can you identify them? Photos: 1 2 3 . Thank you,
I picked up this beautiful infuser-pot at a thrift store a few months ago and I can't find any information about who made it online. [more inside]
I recently saw a men's jacket in a photo on the Ebay home page and I am wondering if anybody can help identify it. [more inside]
I need help identifying this bird. A fried took the photo while traveling in Texas a few days ago. The bird was seen in the urban area of Dallas, TX. Thanks!
The main melody goes something like G# A G# F# D# G# (the last G# is lower), which is then repeated several times transposed to different notes. What is this piece?
I'm trying to remember a book I read about BASIC game programming when I was a child. I don't know the exact publication date, but it would have been in the late 1980s or early 1990s that I borrowed it from the library. It was about how to write a text adventure game set under the ocean. Can you help me? [more inside]
I need to know what kind of real-world duck this children's book illustration depicts. [more inside]
What movie did I see in school in the late 80's that featured sheep being punctured with a huge needle-ish poker thing to save the sheep by releasing internal gas resulting from grazing on the wrong kind of grass? And does all that really happen?
A friend of mine came over in a panic this morning because she found two strange little bugs in her bed. She captured one and we have photos. What is this insect?
ASKING FOR A FRIEND: She is trying to remember the name of an old picture book that was about an invisible dog. We think it was originally published in the 30s, then re-released in the 90s at Costco as part of a set of three picture books, one of which was about a lion. [more inside]
Trying to identify a short story in which someone whose job is to identify emerging groups of people with specialized interests and target them as niche markets turns those skills to helping some group hide their purchases and whatnot to evade that kind of targeting. Maybe the group being helped contained some relatives of the marketer? I'm pretty sure I read it within the past 15 years, and it's possible it was in one of those annual collections of SF short stories (like Dozois's series).
Sounds like disposable 80s pop, female vocals, chorus ends with "Five, six, se-ven, eight..." Help! [more inside]
What is this song? Chorus: "iiiiiit's alllll-right" [more inside]
WhatIsThisSongFilter: What song is this?(link goes to my blog where I'm humming it) Recent-ish male singer, R&B/rock, angsty, heard in the US. SoundHound and Midomi fail me.
Can you review the criteria for a song I'm trying to track down, and help me find it? 1980s pop/dance sound, male vocalist, lyrics like "you shine so great". [more inside]
I went on a walk today and saw these great trees flowering. The flowers are about the size of an orchid flower, and kind of look like one, too. On the same street, there were different trees with white flowers and with pale pink striped flowers, maybe light purple ones, too. What are they? [more inside]
A literary Sci-fi novel I read in the mid to late '90s. Sketchily remembered details: A boy has been genetically modified for talent in the visual arts. He is told at one point to "open his gift" and goes on to become a famous artist and perhaps something of a guru. A few more details within. [more inside]
I'd like to know who originally created this flowchart on asking a question after a speaker's presentation.
From this recent MeFi post, a young English child stands rapt in front of his TV watching the opening of Star Wars: Episode IV. That's all well and good, but what's that box behind him on the floor all about? [more inside]
I'm looking for a book of non-cheesy inspirational literature from around 1998...details inside. [more inside]
I have a large piece of amber with a couple of tiny insects embedded in it. Can anyone identify this one? It's tiny--probably less than 2mm long.
I'm looking for shortcuts, mnemonics, hacks or cheats to become an expert at identifying trees. What helped you? Despite having a passion for the woods, owning several great books on tree identification and even carrying an ID chart, the business of saying "Ah! An elm! Hey! A lime!" or indeed "No. 1: The Larch. The Larch" still eludes me. Please note - I'm in the UK.
When I was on vacation in Chicago last year I stopped by the Field Museum and happened to catch a video in the Senegal exhibit of a musician playing and singing a song that I thought was really beautiful. I recall that he was playing the kora and that the lyrics pertained to a shaman or similar person. I have tried looking on the Field Museum website and sending them an email but no dice so far. Does anyone know who is in the video and/or the name of the song?
Can you identify the name and artist of the painting seen in this scene inA Most Wanted Man? I'm thinking I'd enjoy their other works also. Thanks! [more inside]
So, I'm vacationing in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, and my plant identification skills are useless around all this kudzu, apparently. I know poison ivy has a few distinguishing characteristics, but they all seem to overlap with this annoyingly omnipresent vine. [more inside]
I hate bugs, and I have one that is in my space. Can the generous and awesome amateur (or professional) entomologists of MetaFilter help me identify it, and perhaps give me a general sense of how dangerous it might or might not be? [more inside]