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What band is in this poster?

Internet detectives, can you identify the band that is in this poster? A friend found this in an old jazz record, and he's trying to determine both the band and the album that this poster was associated with. My Google skills were not up to the challenge.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Dec 29, 2016 - 8 answers

Unscary Detective/Mystery books in "exotic" or "outdoors" locations.

ISO mystery/detective authors where the protagonist is mostly not in danger. Bonus if it happens in an exotic (to me - from urban US) locale, or in a nature setting. Must be NOT SCARY! (Previous likes/dislikes inside). I've seen the other threads on this, but can't tell from that which ones are scadn which not. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 on Dec 26, 2016 - 17 answers

It's never the butler.

Great murder mystery party/parlor game? [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on Dec 12, 2016 - 7 answers

Scottish atheist solves crimes, has steamy romance, on Mystery!

I can't believe I'm asking this, but here we are. Sometime between 1990 and 1998 I saw a miniseries on Mystery! or Masterpiece Theater or just PBS and all I remember is that it was about a Scottish atheist who was a detective, or a PI, or something mystery-related? And he points out that men wearing just socks are silly, but women wearing just socks are sexy? Setting was contemporary. It was in reruns when I saw it. What the heck did I see and can I watch it again?
posted by blnkfrnk on Dec 1, 2016 - 10 answers

Podcasts: Speech Pathology/English/Psychology/Criminology

Hi. I'm a 27 y/o woman and I'm looking for something interesting to listen to on my way to work, so maybe something that's about an hour long. My interests are speech pathology, english, psychology, mysteries, criminology, history (american, history of language). Audiobooks are great too (mystery, historical fiction, etc) [more inside]
posted by crystal_stair on Nov 28, 2016 - 16 answers

mystery series similar to Bernie Gunther

I would like to know of any series that is similar to the Bernie Gunther series or the series by Hans Helmutt Kirst. Both of these series focus on an individual who served in the Germann Armes Forces during WWii. Both of these individuals were not very happy serving under Hitler and in their own ways tried to undermine the Nazi system.Any help in locating similar series would be highly appreciated.
posted by Thaiexpat on Nov 12, 2016 - 3 answers

Mystery letters, some sort of fraud?

I live in one of three houses provided by my employer. Over the past month, there have been a spate of letters addressed to people who have never lived in any of these houses, all from car insurance companies. Now we are getting parcels delivered. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by sarahdal on Nov 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Did I Imagine This Novel, Irish Convent School Edition

Have you read this novel about teenage girls in an Irish convent school in the mid-twentieth century? Let me jig, er, jog your memory, and maybe you can help jog mine about the title and/or author. So, I read a novel many years ago. Definitely more than thirty. As you'll see, I remember a number of details, but Google is coming up with absolutely no results from them. My hope is that either someone will recognize something they've also read elsewhere, or that one of MeFi’s team of nimja librarians will know some arcane search method previously outside the ken of we mortals. [more inside]
posted by The Underpants Monster on Nov 4, 2016 - 2 answers

YANMD - but what is this mystery? And should I see a doc?

2 weeks ago, I thought I was coming down with a cold - one night, I started sneezing a ton & my nose started running. I went for a really intense sports massage the next morning and came out feeling very emotional & teary & tired. A few hours later I felt so tired and out of it that I went home - for approx 24 hours of vomiting & diarrhea and feeling awful. Complete with red rash on my chest. And then I was okay. Kinda tired & out of it for another day or so, but fine. No cold symptoms, even. I wrote it up to flu, or maybe food poisoning. THEN THE EXACT SAME THING HAPPENED YESTERDAY. What? [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit on Oct 28, 2016 - 15 answers

Who here likes puzzles?

I found this strange artwork at a thrift store today. Can you tell me what it says? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Oct 26, 2016 - 47 answers

Tell me when to quit.

For (drama or crime) television shows that you have watched the entire way through to the end of the series, please tell me which shows are worth watching through to the series end and, for those that aren't, where I should quit watching them. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Oct 24, 2016 - 71 answers

Media About Occult Stores, Books, Organizations, etc.

One of my favorite tropes in film, TV, and books is when there's a supernatural, occult, and mysterious world hidden just beneath the surface of our own (metaphorically or physically), and that one simply needs to dig a little deeper to find it. I especially love it when an outsider gains knowledge of or access to this supernatural part of our world through a store, book, or, heck, even the words of a mysterious old person. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Oct 23, 2016 - 53 answers

Identifying a Mexican mariachi trumpet/brass sample from an 80s song

The first 40 seconds of the song "Ecstasy" by The Wolfgang Press (1984) features a sample of a Mexican mariachi-style trumpet/brass piece. I cannot identify the source of this sample. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Oct 22, 2016 - 6 answers

What is this rainbow colored plant or fungus?

The object in the linked picture was recently found on a gravel road in Northern Georgia (the US state). The picture is a cross section of something, either plant or fungi, which smelled mushroomy and has a light brown exterior. About 2 inches in diameter. I have deja-vu, I feel like I've seen or even asked this question before. I'm hoping someone who still has a good memory can tell me what it is.
posted by ...tm... on Oct 13, 2016 - 5 answers

"Was there a murder or wasn't there?" "Yes! Killed good weekend."

I'm looking for ensemble horror/mystery comedies set in sprawling mansions. Examples within. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Oct 3, 2016 - 17 answers

Source of unsolicited Ayn Rand?

I received a copy of Atlas Shrugged in the mail today. Where did this come from? [more inside]
posted by kittydelsol on Sep 17, 2016 - 16 answers

What could this compass graph represent?

This compass is on all of the Bucharest Metro maps on the interior walls of the trains. There's no accompanying scale information or other hints as to what it refers to. [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Sep 17, 2016 - 9 answers

Carved mystery antique - ID needed before I go nuts

I found this mystery object in a box at an antique/junk shop in Mississauga, Ontario and I'm wondering if anyone out there has any idea it is. Imgur Album [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Sep 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Sherlocking through the history

I'm looking for interesting pastiches based off Sherlock Holmes. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Sep 11, 2016 - 25 answers

Help me understand my great-grandfather's chart

And maybe give me some historical / religious context here into the mind of a premillennialist man of God. [more inside]
posted by komara on Aug 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Where is this picture of Hillary Clinton from?

Someone I know shared this "article" about a "Hillary Clinton rally" without many people in it. I reverse image searched the picture and the only other places it is used are similar posts on Reddit and goofy anti-Hillary blogs. Does anyone know where it was taken and what was really happening? I'm just curious.
posted by apricot on Aug 14, 2016 - 4 answers

What are these weird symbols?

A friend of mine snapped this picture and was wondering what these symbols were. I have fruitlessly searched Google and TinEye to no avail. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Aug 10, 2016 - 24 answers

Recommend some state-of-the-art mystery novels.

I'm interested in catching up with the latest developments in the evolution of the mystery novel. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight on Jul 21, 2016 - 18 answers

Help me identify this mysterious pendant with unknown inscription

We found this pendant in my grandparents' house when clearing it. But no one can work out what it is / what it means, or what the inscription signifies. [more inside]
posted by Hadrian on Jul 13, 2016 - 32 answers

Where are Series 1 & 2 of Endeavour?

I have a recurring recording for Masterpiece Mystery on my DVR, and a few weeks ago I was suddenly seeing Endeavour in the queue. This is great because I found I like it a great deal. However, it is series 3, and I never saw the first two series. I went to my AppleTV to see if I could find the first two series there but I didn't see them. So, how can I (legally) view the first two series? [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Jul 11, 2016 - 7 answers

What happened... In the Woods?

I've got a question about Tana French's In the Woods, which is an excellent mystery novel. To ask my question, however, I'll have to spoil a significant part of the story's mystery. [more inside]
posted by meese on Jul 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Who is/was/are Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache? What are their quotes?

On goodreads, there is a page dedicated to fifteen looong quotes from a writer ostensibly named “Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache”. This writer exists nowhere else on the Internet. They are a complete mystery. It seems likely that VKMI is a pseudonym for some other writer, a bundle of misattributed content, or a deliberate puzzle. If anyone can help solve this mystery, whether by identifying the authors or sourcing the quotes, I’d be grateful. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jun 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Identify round metal whatsit thingamabobber?

It's mostly flat, and short metal sticks come out of the edges when you turn the top knob. [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Jun 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Flower ID

What is this flower? It's been identified as a yellow lupine, but my better half doubts it and wants a second opinion. Since I don't know any group of people more opinionated that Mefites, here we are.
posted by pjern on Jun 2, 2016 - 6 answers

The mysterious case of the non-allergic allergies

I have had "allergies" my entire life that seemed to culminate in a gasping cough last year, which sent me to an allergist (among other doctors), which found that I don't have allergies. All of the testing was negative. Except I frequently get bouts of what seems like severe allergies--nonstop sneezing, nonstop headaches, exhaustion, bad post-nasal drop--and nothing helps. Now it's worse than ever and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on May 5, 2016 - 27 answers

Is this a real book?

There's a book used as a prop on the tv show Elementary and I'm wondering if it's real or not. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Apr 21, 2016 - 3 answers

Why are these bikes in a tree?

A friend sent me this photo of bikes locked up in a tree: http://imgur.com/JFvAVoN. Any guesses on what's going on here?
posted by morninj on Apr 14, 2016 - 19 answers

What is this mystery logo?

On occasion, I see large-ish stickers of a red-and-white logo that have been put up on signs, utility boxes, construction hoardings, bus shelters, etc. The best way I can describe it is that it looks like a cross between the New England Patriots logo and a slightly abstract/geometic handgun. [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink on Mar 5, 2016 - 5 answers

How many murders did Jessica Fletcher solve?

In the TV show Murder, She Wrote, how many murder cases total did Jessica Fletcher solve? [more inside]
posted by baf on Mar 1, 2016 - 7 answers

"The oysters were delighted" song lyrics?

Song detectives, can you crack this crazy-tough one? Way back in the early '90s we had a mixtape with a song that included the phrase (we think) "the oysters were delighted!" I think the mixtape's theme was moon-related. [more inside]
posted by taz on Feb 18, 2016 - 11 answers

Why does my smoke detector beep when I turn on a light?

I have a battery-operated smoke detector that consistently beeps a loud alarm several times whenever I turn on a nearby light. What's setting it off? [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Jan 27, 2016 - 15 answers

Newsmagazine covers Avery?

I'm seeking the dateline,20/20, or the 48 hours which covered the Avery trial. [more inside]
posted by femmme on Jan 11, 2016 - 1 answer

How to identify mystery "click-clock" sound on MacBook Pro (OSX10.11.2)

My 2011 15" MacBook Pro makes occasional "click-clock" sounds when I'm doing things. It sounds like the sound-effect of a radio button being changed or some other innocuous event, but it happens when I'm doing something else in another window (or even on another screen). It's not a sound I ever hear when I'm actually doing something that causes the sound. How can I figure out what it is? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Jan 8, 2016 - 12 answers

What animal is tis desiccated carcass?

A friend snapped this photo and is wondering what it is. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Jan 6, 2016 - 12 answers

Help Me Remember This Movie, It's driving me nuts!

Thre's a movie I remember watching on cable way back when I was a kid. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 answers

What's this song played by a toy?

What is this song? A toy plays it (hence the sound quality), and I'm sure I've heard it before, but can't place it.
posted by keltanen on Jan 3, 2016 - 3 answers

Weird little dots

Can you identify this interesting orange and black lichen? Is it a lichen? Is it two? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Dec 30, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I pinpoint the source of this credit card fraud?

Two times within a little more than a month--once in early November, and now again today, a credit card of mine has been compromised. It's the same card. I'm lucky that Chase seems to be pretty on top of fraud prevention, but this is mystifying and annoying. How do I figure out what's going on and make it stop? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Dec 14, 2015 - 12 answers

My Nissan Versa has...sprung a leak? Maybe?

A mysterious wet spot has appeared in my car and I don't know where it came from. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Dec 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Help identify this set of dishes

We bought this 70s looking stoneware set and are kind of obsessed with it...can you help me find out more about it? [more inside]
posted by kelseyq on Dec 12, 2015 - 11 answers


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

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