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Found an iPhone. Now what?

Yesterday while on a long bike ride I found an iPhone in the street. Help me return it to its owner. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Seeking thank you gift for a stranger who did me a great kindness

What's a good thank you gift for a total stranger who did me a great kindness? He returned my lost cell phone, car keys, credit cards, wedding ring and cash - more than $1,000 in misplaced possessions - and asked for nothing in return. All I know about him: His name and mailing address from the envelope, and the fact that he lives somewhere so rural that a Starbucks card will carry no value. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Mar 20, 2014 - 29 answers

What is this card? What does it mean?

This past December, I went to Union Square in Manhattan, where there is a regular farmers' market and a seasonal Christmas market, the latter of which attracted a lot more people than usual, so there was a teaming mass of humanity to contend with as well. On the pavement, one of them left behind what I first thought, from its larger-than-average-playing card size, and diagonal pattern on the back, to have been a tarot card. However, when I turned it over, it was like no other tarot card I had seen. (I wish I could upload a picture, I scanned it and save it as a .jpg.) It did have a color illustration of a torso of a man who looked like a somewhat gaudy version of Shakespeare but carried a lute. It was not a full-card illustration like the average tarot card but a double-ended one like the court cards in regular playing cards. Instead of any of the well-known regular playing card symbols or the specific tarot card symbolism, this card design has a small black eight-pointed star in each corner. I'm curious about what it is and what it means or if it has some kind of specialized usage/significance. It was in a clear plastic sleeve so I thought it was some sort of collectible item or a sample/display item from one of the merchants, but they weren't selling any other similar cards.
posted by bunky on Jan 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Found Film: Is it Valuable?

I recently purchased 15 rolls of black and white 35mm negatives from a thrift store and had them developed. There are over 500 images from late 30s Italy, mostly Naples. The photographs contain images of: Hitler on parade with King Victor Emmanuel, shots of fascist youth, Pompeii, a building with a big 'Heil Hitler' sign on it, farming, boating, lots of images of a Mobile Oil plant, ships coming into Manhattan, people enjoying themselves, etc. My question: Are finds like this valuable? Who might purchase a collection like this?
posted by PHINC on Sep 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Found money? I hope so

I contributed money to several different 401(k)s over the last decade and I have no idea where the accounts are. Help me find my money. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Not the leather sofa!

Lost kitty found after 7 days missing! But apparently still a bit off-kilter. Potty issues have resulted. [more inside]
posted by percor on Jul 21, 2013 - 8 answers

The Books of the Dead! muhuhuhahaha

Why do horror stories often feature mysterious relics that often have information encoded in them, such as accursed old books, runes, etc.? What kinds of anxieties is this trope meant to express? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Apr 4, 2013 - 34 answers

I lost my wallet. Someone found it! Is there any reason not to just go get it from them?

I lost my wallet. Someone found it! Is there any reason not to just go get it from them? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Oct 7, 2012 - 36 answers

Found photos - not mine - find owner or forget about it?

I've accidentally happened upon a cache of someone else's photos on photobucket. Do I reach out to them, forget about it, or delete the account? [more inside]
posted by routergirl on Sep 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Name my blog (please).

What would you name a Tumblr blog featuring 'found photos' scanned from old rolls of film that were discovered in used cameras? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Sep 1, 2012 - 34 answers

please help me identify a netflix movie

Searching for a movie on I saw on Netflix: found footage style where teens are warned to stay off land owned by a religious group. Teens don't heed the warning and are slaughtered by the religious group at the end.
posted by rockhopper on Jul 25, 2012 - 10 answers

The Prodigal Cat

My cat came home again! Now what? [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden on May 30, 2012 - 12 answers

How to show appreciation for a miracle?

Our favorite parakeet (a 5 year old little sweetie who came to us as a rescue) just spent 48 hours as a wild bird, and three people were instrumental in returning her safely to us. Please help us decide on the perfect gifts of appreciation. [more inside]
posted by cakebatter on May 1, 2012 - 5 answers

I want to return a found iphone.

I found an iphone. It's locked. No carrier info on the casing. I want to return it to the user, or turn it into the carrier. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 3, 2012 - 27 answers

Whose lion is this?

Does anyone recognize this lion? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jan 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Whose dog is this?

What to do with a found dog? Pet owners please help. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Apr 10, 2011 - 18 answers

Hope and prayers needed for lost cat:

Ever lost a pet and found it? I'm distraught about my cat's disappearance and could use some positive stories of reunification. [more inside]
posted by loquat on Mar 30, 2011 - 81 answers

What to do about a possibly dead dog?

A family I know of, but do not know personally, has been looking for their lost dog for two months. Today on my way to work, I saw a deceased dog on the side of the expressway that matches the general description of the lost dog. What do I do next? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Feb 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Is a reported lost passport still valid as proof of citizenship?

Is a declared lost but then found passport still valid as proof of citizenship? [more inside]
posted by jng on May 26, 2010 - 9 answers

The Prints of Scotland

What can you tell me about these Scottish landscape prints I found in the trash? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Mar 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Date our glasses please

Old glasses found in the woods... [more inside]
posted by Big_B on Mar 8, 2010 - 7 answers

what was "I found it"?

What was the "I found it" campaign during what I seem to recall was the late 70's. [more inside]
posted by santogold on Feb 23, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I deal with a friend's lost object?

Friend said I lost something of his, asked me to replace it. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by fiasco on Nov 4, 2009 - 34 answers

I used to have a dearth of iPhones. Now I have a glut of iPhones.

Last week I lost my iPhone. Yesterday my new iPhone was delivered. Today we discovered my original iPhone lying face-down in my front yard. Now what? [more inside]
posted by harperpitt on Oct 23, 2009 - 13 answers

If you think about it, if someone helps CF Kane get the sled back earlier, a lot of people lead much better lives. So who is that hero?

Say that Citizen Kane really wanted to find Rosebud - who would he call? Is there a kind of specific person who tracks down these personal lost things? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 14, 2009 - 3 answers

What should I do with this cat I found?

I went out for a cigarette and came back with a cat. Now what? [more inside]
posted by jnaps on Jan 15, 2009 - 24 answers

Cute Hat or Cootie Hat?

Found: 100% acrylic (super cute, made in USA) winter hat on the (mostly abandoned) street in 20ºF weather (on New Year's Day). I washed it. Can I wear it? [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 on Jan 3, 2009 - 24 answers

How can I find my lost ring?

Other than Craigslist and Kiiji, are there any other places to try to find lost and found items in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Jan 1, 2009 - 8 answers

Taxi lost & found

Help, I left some important paperwork in the back of a NYC cab last night! [more inside]
posted by ceribus peribus on Oct 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Names of the locations in these old slides?

Need help identifying some places (and maybe even people?) in a bunch of old slides I found at a thrift shop. [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Sep 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Please help me reach out to the person who found our memory card!

What would you do if you found a memory card? Have you found our memory card in Rome, Italy? [more inside]
posted by lioness on Aug 14, 2008 - 16 answers

Diamond found on ground... now what?

Diamond found on ground... now what? Q1: How long should I wait for someone to claim? Q2: What steps should one go through when selling a gemstone? Any advice? [more inside]
posted by djpyk on Mar 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Show me the money!

OK so my grandfather bought the proverbial 'swamp land in Florida'... [more inside]
posted by Gungho on Feb 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Phound Phone

I found a Blackberry 8830 (I think) the other day -- it was sitting on the back of my car which was parked out in the carport. Now what? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Feb 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Lost and Found

I recently found an iPod on the ground. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Nov 11, 2007 - 35 answers

I need to stop losing stuff. But how?

I need to stop losing stuff. But how? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Oct 18, 2007 - 20 answers

Lost a 30D! But have hope.

Lost Camera! How can I search the 'net's for it? [more inside]
posted by sirliberal on Sep 16, 2007 - 4 answers

If you found a diamond on the street, would you have to pay taxes on it?

If you found a diamond on the street, would you have to pay taxes on it?
posted by paulinsanjuan on Aug 22, 2007 - 17 answers

A Cat's Life Might Just Be Hanging in the Balance

There's a little kitty that's been showing up near my apartment. He's cute as a devil, very affectionate, and appears to be in good health (if undernourished). I'm wondering what, if anything, I should do with him? Picture and more info inside. [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Jul 21, 2007 - 25 answers

Get a dumpster surround sound system to play from my Macbook?

How can I get surround sound from my Macbook to this nice five speaker system I found in the trash? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Jun 4, 2007 - 16 answers

server not found on first request

"server not found" problems in Firefox 2 and IE 7 ... I have recently developed a consistent problem with server not found errors in FF and IE, request will load on a second refresh of the request [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Apr 22, 2007 - 11 answers

Two turntables and a pen and a piece of paper

Most interesting poetry which makes use found or appropriated language? [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Jan 5, 2007 - 15 answers

I left my iPod in the seat pocket!

I left my iPod in the seat pocket on a flight from SFO to IAD (I changed planes and went on to ROC) yesterday. I've made some attempts to locate it, but with the holiday travel and the huge backup due to Denver being closed, I'm having little success. I'm jumping through the hoops with the airport and airline, but having a tough time due to the heavy traveler volume. Has anyone else lost an item by leaving it in the seat pocket and got it returned? Any tips?
posted by mhm on Dec 23, 2006 - 12 answers

I found 20 karmabucks.

I found $20 at work. I have no intention of keeping it, but I don't know how to return it. [more inside]
posted by ninjew on Oct 5, 2006 - 27 answers

What is this mystery object?

What the heck is this mystery object? [more inside]
posted by kcds on Sep 25, 2006 - 23 answers

The cat has one less life.

Help me translate this Indian text, please? [more inside]
posted by jammer on Aug 21, 2006 - 4 answers

Point me to blogs about found objects and such!

I'm looking for websites that informally catalogue found objects of some sort: sites (particularly blogs) that operate around the thesis of "look at this stuff I found".
posted by cortex on Aug 17, 2006 - 16 answers

Why is this such a sinister medium?

Can you identify the material this breakup letter is written on? [more inside]
posted by symphonik on Apr 27, 2006 - 39 answers

Found vacation slides...

I have a large box of found vacation slides from the 1950s-1970s. Apparently the Becketts lived in Los Angeles (slides were found in Texas) and traveled all over the world... Vienna, Bali, Lisbon, Singapore, Barcelona, Hong Kong, etc. There are perhaps 800-1500- all processed at Kodak Labs and packaged pristinely in little yellow boxes. I'm leaving the country (US) for a while and would like to either get rid of them or keep them for something interesting in the future. Any ideas?
posted by maya on Jun 22, 2005 - 24 answers

Help me return a found wallet

A construction person outside my apartment handed me a found wallet, asking if it was mine. It wasn't, but I decided to take it upon myself to find the owner. A white pages search turns up no phone # for the owner. Is there any option other than dropping it off at his home address, which is somewhat inconvenient?
posted by O9scar on Aug 19, 2004 - 11 answers

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