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I (probably ill-advisedly) left my computer to be used by a family member for a few months. Upon returning, there are a number of folders missing, and other folders have had their names lowercased. What? The interim user swears up and down that they've no idea how it happened- and they are a mid-to-very competent computer user. It's all backed up and therefore safe, but those files are simply gone for no apparent reason. So what sort of gremlin 1) deleted files and 2) lowercased some folder names? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Nov 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Movie where meat was the gift

I remember one scene from a movie -- but what movie is it? A boy is sitting on the floor watching TV. We know that the kid's dad is a butcher. The boy is thinking about what he wants for Christmas (there's a narrator) -- typical toys. The Dad walks in with a large package wrapped in white paper and throws it on the floor and says "Hey kid, Merry Christmas" in a totally flat tone. We know the package is a side of beef or something like that, but I can't remember how we know that. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Nov 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Start making sense

I’m looking for suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat movies (horror, mystery, thriller, action) that are reasonably realistic and have a conclusive, unambiguous ending. When watching movies, I’m always willing to suspend some disbelief, but only up to a point. I’m turned off by gaping holes in the plot line, implausible twists, and puzzling endings. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Nov 8, 2015 - 26 answers

You Tube suggestions

Why does YouTube always suggest Vietnamese videos to me, even though I don't speak Vietnamese, I've never clicked on a video in Vietnamese or from Vietnam, and no one in my house has either? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 5, 2015 - 14 answers

Can a molecule walk?

What is going on in this animation? Is this real?
posted by Tom-B on Oct 31, 2015 - 8 answers

What is this WAP request that is showing up in my Google Voice app?

I have a weird (what appears to be) link attempting to get my phone to follow a URL that is a WAP request. What the? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Oct 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Half-remembered Caribbean pop hit

There has been a song on the tip of my mental tongue, as it were, for about three weeks now and I am hoping some genius mefite can recognize it from my fragmentary description. It is Caribbean in flavour and I am 90% sure it was recorded in the sixties. Unfortunately about all I have is part of the chorus. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Oct 6, 2015 - 17 answers

What is a collateral holder?

I stayed at a hotel in Washington, DC and there was a minibar in my room. The minibar menu listed overpriced little bottles of liquor and snacks and also a "collateral holder" for $45. But what is it? [more inside]
posted by The Giant Rat of Sumatra on Oct 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Severe GERD or something more?

I may need GERD surgery, but my symptoms are unusual, and I don't know what to do. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Oct 3, 2015 - 7 answers

mystery object filter

Someone left a thing with a free sign at work. Let's play! Top view with accessories. Inside. Bottom . [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me find identify this video game based on my misty recollections!

I saw a game on Steam about a week ago that intrigued me. I want to ask my more video game savvy friend about it, but since I have no idea what it's called and now I can't find it, that's proving difficult. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Sep 17, 2015 - 2 answers

What building was that I flew over?

How could you find a building when all you know about it is what it looks like from above and roughly where it is (with a large margin of error, giving a triangle with an area of about 1,900 square miles)? Is there any tool/database/search that might help with this, or would finding it be a matter of putting the question to people who live in the area (or, for the less social, strictly a brute-force problem)? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Sep 10, 2015 - 21 answers

Identify this water creature

Identify mystery water creature. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Sep 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Did someone just try to Blair Witch my Toyota?

Sometime in the past three months, someone tied a six inch length of twine (with an acorn hot-glued to one end) to the undercarriage of my car. Trying to figure out why -- pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Sep 6, 2015 - 27 answers

What built/made this?

I noticed this on a plant in my garden a while ago but didn't have time to look at it properly. At the time it seemed scaley and white. Now its purple and irridescent with a noticeable honeycomb structure. What is it? Picture here [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Aug 29, 2015 - 1 answer

SPAKE MAG B.M. 507.885

What does B.M. 507.885 with a little metal cap next to it embossed SPAKE MAG mean? I saw this very carefully (and kind of beautifully) added to some concrete edging near the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building in my neighborhood and I'm wondering what it might mean. Construction symbols? Telecom stuff? A secret code or artwork of some sort?
posted by limeonaire on Aug 25, 2015 - 8 answers

A garden mystery: why does this butterfly house swing on its own?

Asking for a friend: she has a butterfly house gourd in her back yard, suspended from a wrought iron hook standing in her garden. Each evening, it begins to swing of its own accord. Can you solve this mystery? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Aug 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Mystery itching problem, I think i've tried everything.

It doesn't seem to be candida, mites, fleas, dry skin, or psychosomatic. I've lived in three different states, changing bedding and soaps as I go but it has followed me over the past year. [more inside]
posted by y0ttabyte on Aug 14, 2015 - 30 answers

Phantom laptop access?

Is there a way for a closed laptop to automatically connect to the internet without someone opening it? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Aug 13, 2015 - 4 answers

PO Box Mystery

Can you help me solve the mystery of how my name became associated with my parents' PO Box? [more inside]
posted by Sibrax on Aug 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Why did bleach turn these white pants pink?

My girlfriend recently dunked white pants in bleach water and before our very eyes some previously light yellow stains turned bright pink. What caused that? [more inside]
posted by komara on Aug 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Lush filter: discontinued product ID

Can anyone identify these ancient Lush products? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Jul 27, 2015 - 8 answers

What is this mysterious green Japanese seasoning?

My son wants to make rice balls that he made in his Japanese class and his teacher was kind enough to give him some of the seasoning they used. It looks like this (flickr). [more inside]
posted by antipodes on Jul 17, 2015 - 7 answers

The Will and the Windows

What are these peculiar protuberances in three windows of a Manhattan skyscraper? [more inside]
posted by MimeticHaHa on Jul 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Clock and Selectors

What is this piece of furniture with a clock, large sector to 150 and a smaller selector? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Jul 11, 2015 - 1 answer

Date this Billboard!

Driving through Poughkeepsie, NY this weekend, I spied this amazing billboard lurking at the back of a parking lot off Route 9. I think it was quite recently uncovered and, from a quick look at the wood frame, looks like an actual old ad. What year is it from?
posted by minervous on Jul 6, 2015 - 3 answers

ugh, bug

A very slightly raised roughly 1/4" circle redness/bruise with a teeny scab in the middle: what bit me? [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jul 1, 2015 - 9 answers

LAZURASNAIL: What happened to the British Museum's revenant mollusc?

In the mid-1800s, a snail spent years glued to a specimen card in the British Museum before scientists realized it was still alive. What became of this snail? Help me solve a scientific History Mystery, AskMe! [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Jul 1, 2015 - 17 answers

Can't find switch for home security lights...

A month ago, my family moved into a new (to us) home. It is a one story ranch, with a straightforward layout. The house has three motion-activated security lights along the roofline. The lights are hardwired. I have found the indoor switch that activates light #1- no problem there. I cannot find the switches that activate the other two lights. [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Jun 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Plato quotes has followed me. BUT WHY

I keep getting followed by spammy Twitter accounts that don't link to anything or sell anything, as far as I can tell. What is their purpose? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 17, 2015 - 3 answers

What is this mystery book/movie I'm barely remembering?

Help me remember this book or movie -- possibly from the mystery genre -- from the single plot point I recall? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me ID this pop song.

This weekend, I heard a great song while in a gas station shop. I REALLY enjoyed it, but not being a regular pop listener, I don't know where to even start to look for it. [more inside]
posted by ElectricGoat on Jun 2, 2015 - 21 answers

How to keep some mystery and spark in a LTR ?

I've been dating my boyfriend for five months and we are head over heels for each other. For a myriad of reasons I want to spend less time with him. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Jun 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Occult Mystery

I've recently picked up The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammet. It blends a fairly standard hard boiled mystery novel plot with elements of the occult. I think this is something I'd like to read more of, although the occult aspect is most important, and the mystery can be of any sort (hardboiled or no). What are some other works that have an investigator taking on mysteries with occult elements (either real or imagined)? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on May 8, 2015 - 46 answers

Metal Machine... Mystery?

What is this mystery object? It's a metal spike-thing, about 8" long and 1" in diameter, hollow, with a perforated drillbit-looking tip and a flared, mushroom cap-shaped top. My son found it during a family walk near some (active) railroad tracks near our ancestral home in southern New Jersey. Our retired engineer father said, "It appears to be... a nozzle of some sort?" There was a spider living inside of it; he has since been evicted. Thanks, Hivemind!
posted by julthumbscrew on Apr 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Why are random Chinese people following me on Flickr?

I have an utterly unremarkable Flickr profile. I have no one image that has attracted any large amount of attention. I do, however, have followers in China. I get a new one every week or two. I cannot figure out why. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Apr 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Can you figure out what's going on with this image sharing account?

Over on the image sharing site MLKSHK there's this account - thefabulous52 - that posts strange collages and I'm trying to understand what's going on, or why, or ... anything at all, really. [more inside]
posted by komara on Apr 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Let's play "Identify the Mystery Object!"

My father recently acquired this item at a second-hand store in Maryland. He's trying to identify it. Can anyone shed some light on the situation? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Apr 5, 2015 - 28 answers

Can you recommend any games for Mac similar to Myst?

That's basically the question. I'm not a gamer AT ALL but decades ago I enjoyed two games, Ceremony of Innocence and Myst and haven't played since. I'm now in the possession of a new three day old 13 " MacBook Pro and thought I'd take advantage of the retina graphic aspect of it with a visually stunning game. Games with riddles and puzzles and stories like the above, the first one in particular are the only ones I've enjoyed. Do you know of any others?
posted by Jubey on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

What is it?

What kind of cart is this? It came from a surplus school auction.
posted by MayNicholas on Mar 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Mystery Forest Animal Sound

Can you tell me what animal is making this sound in the forest in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by cda on Mar 6, 2015 - 2 answers

What has bitten me? It was not a sexy vampire.

Last week, I noticed a small bite on my knee. It disappeared and I forgot about it. Yesterday, an identical bite was on my wrist. Googling "insect bites" is a horrible thing, and none of them looked like mine. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Mar 4, 2015 - 11 answers

What's my next binge reading series?

I've powered through three series in a binge, and now I am hungry for more. I need action, maybe some romance, but no horror. Please recommend me some airport fiction that fits my criteria. I'm not looking for anything highbrow here. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Feb 16, 2015 - 45 answers

Håkan Nesser and John Le Carre novels

I love their style and characters. Not wasteful, wordy. Any suggestions for similar books?
posted by ebesan on Feb 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Mystery Tool

What is this mystery tool? It's not really a clamp, since it will not lock into place. I would prefer not to have random guesses, since it's not really helpful, but if you have seen or used this device, you'd solve a great mystery. [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jan 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Top Secret, Super Special, Psychedelic, Pinball Palace

Help me find Berkeley's hidden pinball house... [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jan 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Wisconsin census question - street name

I'm looking at a 1940 census sheet, and it says that my relatives lived on "JB Street" in Superior, Wisconsin, but my Googlefu is broken. Does anyone know how I can find out what JB might stand for?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Name that book: Orphan with a birthmark, evil aunt

Do you remember the book my mother read a decade or two ago? It was a romance and/or mystery featuring an orphan with a birthmark on her face, raised by her uncle (who turns out to be her father) and her controlling aunt (who turns out to have murdered her parents, and later her boyfriend and others with poisoned tea) as she investigates her own past. My mother probably checked it out from the public library in the mid-to-late nineties, but on the outside edge, could have been between 1990 and 2004. [more inside]
posted by yuwtze on Dec 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Identify this mystery gift, please!

My sister recently had a young Japanese student staying with her family. As a parting gift, he left one of these small mat type things for each of her young girls. She didn't ask what they were at the time, we don't read Japanese, and we're both stumped. Can you tell use what they are? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Dec 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Compelling true-life mysteries that end with a definite resolution

The final episode of Serial will be released this Thursday, and I fear that there will not be any sort of satisfying conclusion to the central mystery of what, exactly, happened to Hae Min Lee. So, as an antidote to the frustration that I'm likely to feel soon, I'm looking for real (non-fiction) mysteries that do get resolved in an unambiguous way. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Dec 15, 2014 - 18 answers

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