Herman Melville was an obscurity when Carl Van Doren (with Raymond Weaver's help) started promoting his work in the 1920s. Domenico Scarlatti was a completely forgotten Baroque composer until Ralph Kirkpatrick wrote his biography and republished his sonatas, which are now part of the keyboard canon. Petrarch discovered Cicero's letters and supposedly kicked off the entire Renaissance. What are some other examples of famous artists, writers, historical figures, etc. whose reputations were revived by a single person?
A kitty followed us home last night! [more inside]
The band Hot Chip recently posted a new video that uses archived footage from the 80's. I have tried in vain to find the original source for the "video dating" footage and the "Kids of Tomorrow" footage. I'm hoping someone on here has better luck/skill than me.
I just bought a digital camera at a second hand store and found about 20 of what look like prom pictures. Is there a lost and found photo site where I can post them since I have no way of knowing who these people are or how to find them, but don't want to delete their pics?
Exploring some overgrown woods in London, we discovered several of these thingummies. They were found near what looks like the remains of bomb shelters from WW2. Any ideas what they might be?
Family member found a lost kitty at a KOA campground in Colorado. Can Metafilter find her lost humans? Mefites have pulled off wonders before...can we do it again? [more inside]
Should I be concerned about my cat's health and behavior after he was gone for about three days? [more inside]
There's a number of films and books in which an average person finds (i.e., steals) a lot of money, generally in cash, and often next to a dead bad guy. It never goes well for our hero. Two questions: 1) can you think of any additional examples beyond the titles listed inside, and 2) what can we learn from those stories to best ensure we can keep our ill-gotten gains if we find a suitcase full of cash? [more inside]
Yesterday while on a long bike ride I found an iPhone in the street. Help me return it to its owner. [more inside]
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]
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.
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?
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]
Lost kitty found after 7 days missing! But apparently still a bit off-kilter. Potty issues have resulted. [more inside]
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]
I lost my wallet. Someone found it! Is there any reason not to just go get it from them? [more inside]
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]
What would you name a Tumblr blog featuring 'found photos' scanned from old rolls of film that were discovered in used cameras? [more inside]
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.
My cat came home again! Now what? [more inside]
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]
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]
What to do with a found dog? Pet owners please help. [more inside]
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]
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]
Is a declared lost but then found passport still valid as proof of citizenship? [more inside]
What can you tell me about these Scottish landscape prints I found in the trash? [more inside]
Old glasses found in the woods... [more inside]
What was the "I found it" campaign during what I seem to recall was the late 70's. [more inside]
Friend said I lost something of his, asked me to replace it. What should I do now? [more inside]
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]
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]
I went out for a cigarette and came back with a cat. Now what? [more inside]
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]
Other than Craigslist and Kiiji, are there any other places to try to find lost and found items in Toronto. [more inside]
Help, I left some important paperwork in the back of a NYC cab last night! [more inside]
Need help identifying some places (and maybe even people?) in a bunch of old slides I found at a thrift shop. [more inside]
What would you do if you found a memory card? Have you found our memory card in Rome, Italy? [more inside]
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]
OK so my grandfather bought the proverbial 'swamp land in Florida'... [more inside]
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]
I recently found an iPod on the ground. What should I do? [more inside]
I need to stop losing stuff. But how? [more inside]
Lost Camera! How can I search the 'net's for it? [more inside]
If you found a diamond on the street, would you have to pay taxes on it?
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]
How can I get surround sound from my Macbook to this nice five speaker system I found in the trash? [more inside]
"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]
Most interesting poetry which makes use found or appropriated language? [more inside]
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