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Help me find this pen!

I received a pen from one of the attorneys in my office. It's awesome and I want more, but I don't know what kind it is! [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Dec 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for those inkless, perforating library stamps.

Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Dec 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Seeking a series of fantasy/war books from the 1980s

You know how you can just remember a few details about some subject from your youth, and it's going to bother you until you can reveal the full scope of that memory? Yeah, I'm right there. I'm looking for a series of books. They were in the SF/F section in the 1980s. They were probably popular because their covers resembled Frazetta prints, and they tended to be really violent (i.e. jumping on the popularity of Conan). [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Nov 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Unwanted Stuff On My Cat

My cat had something on his fur, near his left rear thigh, that looked like a slug. It was about an inch long and 3-5mm wide, black, and shiny. He is a fraidy cat who will not tolerate being touched. He only just tolerates playing chases with a piece of string, so I spent some time with him this morning doing just that and trying to take a picture. I was not able to get a picture that was clear enough. He actually washed around whatever it was, but only once, and he didn't dislodge it in the process. We tried to catch him and failed. He got outside. Since he has so many hangups it is possible that he won't come back and likely that he won't trust us for another six months if he does. He only knows a few words, but "vet" is one of them and he has a very strong reaction to that one, so the effects of stuffing him into a pet carrier can only be imagined, even if we had any hope of accomplishing that now. So: what external feline parasite looks like a slug, is about an inch long and lurks on the fur near the thigh, and what do we do about it in the unlikely event that we get the chance?
posted by tel3path on Nov 19, 2013 - 20 answers

What kind of frog/toad will this tadpole be?

Asking for a friend. This tadpole was shipped to the pet store accidentally with some fish and she's taking it home with her. It's about 2-2.5 inches long.
posted by quiet coyote on Nov 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Arachnid Identification Question #248: What is this little guy/girl?

Looking for ID on a furry arachnid [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Nov 11, 2013 - 3 answers

I've been Stung!

Heard a Sting (The Police?) song at the bar, never heard it before. Funky '80s sound, totally fit my mood that night. My google-fu failing me, I turn to the wisdom of metafilter.... [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Nov 10, 2013 - 19 answers

The naming of chairs is a difficult matter.

I have an old photo that has two chairs in it; I'd like to know what you call this kind of chair. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Oct 25, 2013 - 12 answers

What society is this?

My wife found a pin in an antique store. It looks like it's to indicate membership in some sort of group. What is it from? http://i.imgur.com/iRIRLx0.jpg
posted by ckolderup on Oct 19, 2013 - 10 answers

The answer is not "just a pole"

One of my friends posted this picture on Flickr with the caption, "After several months, there's still no billboard on this thing. So what is it?" I have no idea so I'm turning to you.
posted by komara on Sep 18, 2013 - 5 answers

What's this little yellow flower?

Some neighbor dropped off this flowering plant (picture 1, picture 2), and I'm trying to figure out what it is, and (BONUS QUESTION) whether it's toxic to the cats. Little four-petalled yellow flowers, thick waxy-feeling leaves, roughly a foot tall in its pot. Okay thanks for reading, for your time here's a nice pic of Thunder Perfect Cat on cat tranquilizers
posted by Greg Nog on Sep 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Font ID from Fox FXX promo

Font ID: This is one of the fonts Fox is using on their new "FXX" network. Sans, geometric, no curves, only horizontal, vertical or 45 degree strokes. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Sep 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Belt buckle?

I think this is a belt buckle, and I think the flattened star is a familiar a logo, but I can't put my finger on its ID. Help?
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 6, 2013 - 3 answers

tiny, tiny insect that smells awful?

smelly teeny bugs living in my computer? [more inside]
posted by birdseye on Sep 5, 2013 - 6 answers

What are these bones?

I found these bones (or shells) on the beach, but can't figure out what they are. [more inside]
posted by dizziest on Sep 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me find a replacement pair of vintage aviators

TLDR I need your help to identify a pair of bitchin sunglasses with no maker's mark [more inside]
posted by 70klicks on Sep 2, 2013 - 2 answers

What is this tree/shrub thing?

I am trying to identify a tree (or shrub thing pruned into a vaguely tree-like shape) that I walk by every day. It has purplish/magenta-ish blossoms and it smells lovely. No it is not a lilac. It is currently in bloom (in the Pacific Northwest). Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Identification of a wild plant

I am trying to identify a wild plant at the edge of my property. I live in Montreal. The plant is growing under the canopy of a large maple, and it is growing as a thick colony. The plant resembles honewort (AKA wild chervil – Cryptotaenia canadensis), but it does not have a taproot. Instead, it has rather thin, shallow, spreading roots that seem to give rise to new plants. Each plant consists of three or four smooth stems. At the top of each stem is a leaf divided into three leaflets. Cross-sectionally, the stems are triangular. The leaves and stems smell somewhat like parsley or celery when crushed. Although this colony has been on my property for many years, I have never noticed any flowers, which suggests that they are small and inconspicuous. The plants are presently 30 to 35 cm tall. Please see attached photos. Thanks for your help.
posted by kirsti on Aug 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Who is that smooth character?

Between sketchily edited track titles, Google Play music uploads, and Bluetooth stereo sync, somehow a Chinese character (link to picture, with apologies for sun glare) got encoded on the artist title of this song playing on my car stereo. Can any sinologists out there identify this character? I know it's just an artifact, but maybe it's something serendipitous.
posted by planetesimal on Aug 16, 2013 - 1 answer

Where in Ireland is this?

My cousin is trying to track down the exact location shown in this photo. The photo is about 20 years old, and was taken somewhere in Ireland.
posted by Paragon on Aug 12, 2013 - 5 answers

A Cassiopea Plant?

What plant is this? I only have a picture of the flower. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Aug 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Fungus ID!

Found behind some shingles while new insulation was being installed. This is very near the dryer outlet, which had partly fallen back and so wasn't venting quite as well at it should. So the theory is that this is due to heat/moisture from the dryer. Also seems to only be on the surface. Is it anything to worry about? We have Exhibit A and Exhibit B. It's white/white-ish and very fibrous.
posted by curious nu on Jul 11, 2013 - 12 answers

What is this mushroom?

We have a mushroom growing in the ladies' toilets at work. My abilities to identify it have failed. [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Jun 24, 2013 - 4 answers

What kind of plant is this?

I inherited an existing plot in a community garden a few weeks ago, and there was a medium sized plant that seemed pretty established, so I left it alone. It is now an extremely large plant. The vines have fine spiky hairs, and the leaves are about 5 inches long, with 3 or 5 lobes and serrated edges. Does anyone recognize it?
posted by helicomatic on Jun 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Could you pick these fish out of a lineup?

I'm trying to identify these fish. Any tropical fish experts out there? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on May 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Song identification: Rolling Stones circa 1972

See inside for a link that goes to a NSFW Youtube video. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on May 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Two plant growth oddities to ID (mold, fungus?) - Eastern Massachusetts

I'm trying to identify two separate growths I'm unfamiliar with, just for curiosity's sake. The first is a tight, cauliflower-like dome found on the base of a cut tree trunk. The second formed tiny red "spears" on a weed leaf. Pics within. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

My lawn! My perfect lawn! It's... under attack.

So, about a year and a half ago, we bought a house! Awesome. For the first time, I have a back yard and a front yard and a lawn and... stuff, and I don't know, maybe because I'm old and boring now, I've started to give a crap about making my lawn look nice. Something is really starting to piss me off... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 11, 2013 - 25 answers

What is this tree that is lining my new street?

Tree-ID Filter: Portland Edition (Photo inside) [more inside]
posted by karminai on May 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Movie ID: What movie is this screenshot from?

What movie is this screenshot from? Thanks in advance...
posted by lrnarabic on Apr 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Help identifying two short stories

I'm in search of two half-remembered short stories, both probably from European authors in the early-to-mid-twentieth century. One involves a parade and a recurring motif of linden trees. The other was a tale of a young aristocratic man who is seduced by a con woman while on holiday. [more inside]
posted by jeudi on Apr 20, 2013 - 1 answer

Can anyone help to identify this half-remembered fever dream of a movie?

One night in Atlantic City, me and three other drunk, high, exhausted bachelor party gamblers went to our hotel room and ended up watching a program that may have just been some sort of shared fever dream. It was also in Spanish. [more inside]
posted by Potloaf on Apr 13, 2013 - 1 answer

These pests are pests

Please help me identify these flying bugs that have infested a house. [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Apr 5, 2013 - 12 answers

What does this note say? Possibly arabic?

A friend of a friend posted a picture of a note to facebook. Can any of you identify the language and offer a translation of what it says? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Apr 3, 2013 - 8 answers

What kind of tree is this?

A friend wants to ID this tree that is in her yard in Austin, TX. Pictures of the tree in question. Thanks, AskMe!
posted by superlibby on Apr 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Please help with identifying a low budget horror movie?

Hazy recollections: A group of young adults move into a snowbound cabin as part of an experimental reality television show. They come to realize that sicko voyeurs are betting on who will die next or who the last survivor will be. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Mar 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Post-rock song identification

Please help me find a song I heard on a long-since deleted post-rock Pandora channel based on fragments of memories. [more inside]
posted by Jpfed on Mar 22, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me identify a piece of writing about cow's milk, urine, and hell

I have a hazy memory of a piece of writing that I would like to identify. It might have been poetry or prose. It might have been modern or not. It might have been in Italian, French, or English. It's an exchange between the protagonist, a man, and an antagonist - possibly a devil? The antagonist is comparing cow's milk to urine, saying that they are both liquids that come out of cows and are essentially the same. The protagonist says that they are essentially difference and if the antagonist can't articulate why, that simply means the lack is in his understanding. Then he is whisked away somehow. It's been a long, long, time since I read this, but it made a big impression on me, and I'd like to find up where it is from. If anyone recognizes this exchange please let me know. Obviously google searches are problematic given the subject matter.
posted by bq on Mar 20, 2013 - 1 answer

Can you help us identify this obscure record?

We're trying to re-discover an album, but only have a vague description of the the album cover. Does anyone recognize this? "it was mostly instrumental music, band had an abstract name. The cover art was a faded pink and grey background with a stag disipatiung into flowers or butterflies ...I'm guess it is not a popular band"
posted by missed on Mar 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Can you identify this artillery piece I found in the woods?

So, walking with the dog in a local land preserve today, we came across an artillery piece. Placed there sometime, I'm sure, in the last 50 years by the former property owner (who has since donated the land). Can anyone identify this? (No, there hasn't been a major battle anywhere near here, that little skirmish we had with Ohio over Toledo took place 60 miles south of here, and that was in 1836)
posted by HuronBob on Mar 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Who is this picture of? (Yes, I know, "Of whom is this picture...")

A friend found this picture in the basement of his apartment building, and it's killing us to try to figure out who it is. A roomful (OK, a barful) of people were convinced that it is "someone", but we can't quite place who. If it weren't for the teeth, I'd almost say it's Andy Griffith, but, you know, perfect teeth. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Mar 14, 2013 - 25 answers

Seed/Pit ID

What are these? The starlings that nest in our eaves drop them all over our deck. The one on the left is fresh - it fell on my head just before I took the photo - and the other is at least several days old. We are in San Francisco. Nothing in our backyard produces things with seeds/pits except our Meyer lemon tree. Any ideas?
posted by rtha on Mar 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Zappa sampled in Futterman's Rule?

I've only recently started listening the the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication (after picking it up damn near two decades ago), and in the track Futterman's Rule, I'm hearing what I swear is a Zappa theme, but I'm darned if I can figure out which one. I thought it was Apostrophe, but it doesn't seem to be, and Google is offering no evidence that I'm hearing what I think I'm hearing. Anyone able to identify the Zappa theme, if there is one in there? I'm going nuts.
posted by Ickster on Feb 8, 2013 - 2 answers

Bug I.D.

Cleaning apt. of a deceased friend. Their mattresses were on the floor - a boxspring, and a mattress on top. Found these bugs in between the boxspring and the mattress. [more inside]
posted by samoa on Jan 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Help identifying two Southern CA trees?

These two trees are in my friend's new Los Angeles backyard. Any idea what they are? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the purpose and name of this object?

My friends have a house-sit. The house's owners possess two of these objects. We don't recognize them. The blades are sharpened, and they were stored beneath the sink. We have some strong theories, but no real answers. The owners are Bangladeshi Americans, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by eyesontheroad on Jan 20, 2013 - 5 answers

help me identify this song

I think it's a recent song - The chorus has has a woman singing in a simple voice. She sounds young and has a neutral accent - the non-chorus parts of the song I think is a reggae hip hop deal, but not sure. [more inside]
posted by spacediver on Jan 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Please help me identify this noisy bird

Woke up to this bird squawking in my backyard in north central Texas. Obviously the video quality is not great, but can anybody help me identify it based on its call? Mississippi Kite? Hawk? And do they eat kitties? For perspective, its on top of a 30ft bald cypress tree. It appears to be at least 18-24 inches from head to tail.
posted by punkfloyd on Jan 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Looking for a mini flash game

I'm looking for a mini flash game that I used to play back in the day (I would say, 2006?) that if I remember correctly had graphics similar to critter crunch Their were a bunch of mini games and it looked Japanese. I have been dying to find it again, but this is all I can remember about it. I'm hoping one of you knows what I'm talking about. Anyone?
posted by nathanm on Jan 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Birders: Do you think this is a common mynah? Kabul, Afghanistan.

Birders: I can't decide if this is a common mynah. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 10, 2013 - 8 answers

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