I'm looking for an essay I read in a textbook. This would've been in the late 90s and it was a middle school Literature textbook. The essay was about writing. I remember that it included a bit about how you can't ask writers about writing for the same reason you can't ask the sea about itself (it will just gurgle at you). It also had a bit about breaking the rules when writing, talking about how writing guides tell you never to open a story with dialogue but then gave an example of a classic novel that opened with dialogue in French. [more inside]
Help me identify this rock! [more inside]
Help me identify uniforms worn in an antique pencil watercolor. And maybe a guess as to where it was recorded. [more inside]
Okay, so there was this show (maybe on the USA network?) around 1990-ish, maybe. The premise was that a former superspy/secret-agent/hero had retired to the suburbs, and his former archnemesis moves into the house next door. They're still kind of enemies, but in a Simpsons/Flanders "friendly" way, instead of trying to kill each other like they used to. What is this show? [more inside]
Can anyone identify this bird found in North Carolina? [more inside]
I remember this illustrated children's book from the 1970's, a vaguely Arthurian fantasy with anthropomorphic pigs. I think the main character was named "Hamlet" and there were other pig themed puns. He had an Excaliber-like sword that was all rusty and bent up. Please help me find it again. [more inside]
What's this humorous SF mystery? [more inside]
I'd like to identify this bird. Can you help? It was perched last week in woods southwest of Boston. [more inside]
I saw this tall teapot in the British tv-show Wartime Farm, so it's possibly British and from the 40s. I'd love to know what style it is, or anything that could help me find something similar - I've had no luck searching myself. Screencap of teapot
What is the piano sample in the Jeremih/Sheek Louch track "Party After 2". For some reason I've always thought it was a George Gershwin sample, but I can't track it down. [more inside]
What the heck is this plant bubble thingy? It's sitting in a vase at a restaurant in Bloomington, Indiana next to some little purple flowers (probably a different plant). It's pale green and purple with little hairs on it. It's about the size of a racquetball. [more inside]
Calling fellow MeFi birders! What is this little fellow that hit my window? [more inside]
In the mid-ninties, there was this techno song with a vocal instructing the listeners to raise up their hands, "raise them up." His voice was calm and could've been sampled from a movie (it was not like the more cliched sample of a dj or singer revving up the crowd, it felt almost religious). What was the name of this song? [more inside]
Please identify this tree (3 photo imgur album) growing in my backyard in Sydney, Australia. [more inside]
Name this song: female singer, sounds kinda new, on an indie radio station. Lyrics say something about "the worst" or "what's worse?" and "people say I'm _____ because I have no plans to settle down." [more inside]
One of a number of painting/pictures I acquired recently is of a statue in which a man is holding a tetrahedron (pic 1 | pic 2). I am fascinated by the image, but have no idea about actual information about the statue. Artist, title, location, intended subject matter, etc., etc. Any help in identification and/or additional info would be great! [more inside]
I need help identifying a children's book that may have been illustrated by someone whose style was similar to that of Maurice Sendak, Audrey Wood, and even Tomie dePaola. [more inside]
I am looking for a pair of glasses / companies which produce eyewear which have two metal cylindrical posts as their style. Brands appreciated. I have so far been looking at Oliver People and Salt Optics but would like to broaden my research and options. Any history (who originated it)/name to this style would be appreciated! Cheaper alternatives will also be considered. Examples: 1, 2. Thanks!
Help me remember the title of this genre novel about a military nurse named Honor? [more inside]
What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert? [more inside]
Can anyone identify this plant? It's growing on the edge of a parking lot in Largo, MD.
Horticurious: Please help me identify this plant that was growing among the catnip. [more inside]
What typeface is this?
What are these mystery pellets on my desk? [more inside]
What fruit tree is blooming behind my apartment in Brooklyn? [more inside]
Help me identify some sights I saw on a recent Nevada / Utah road trip (antennas, houses, earthworks). [more inside]
This picture (of what looks like a pile of cargo ships in the water) is doing the email rounds as "a ship that ships ships". What is it?
Can you help me identify this tree? I tried to key it out but ran into the limits of my tree vocabulary. It's in Burnet Woods in Cincinnati and you can view photos of the tree, the leaves (which are alternate and barely serrated), the bark, and the fruit.
Can you please suggest what my mixed breed dog might be a mix of? Bonus points if you don't say "German Shepherd". [more inside]
What kind of bag is this? If I had to ask whether a shop had one in stock, what would I ask for? I first thought "messenger bag", but google pics show another style. Maybe a subspecies of the same thing?
What bug could this be? [more inside]
Please help me identify this book! [more inside]
What garden flowers are these, planted in a garden in the Netherlands? [more inside]
Shrub ID Filter: Can you identify this shrubbery? [more inside]
[Asking for a friend]: There is some sci-fi book I read at some point which I think was famous enough to be known by lots of folks in which the term "to scree" or "to skry" (or something very similar) was used to see the contents of people's minds (?) or the future (?). Help. Whats the actual term? And, what is the book and or series and or author?
What command line tool should I be looking at for this slightly-intelligent batch image processing task? [more inside]
Is this a termite or not? Should I freak out or not? [more inside]
What are these bugs I found while cleaning off a very messy desk? [more inside]
Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)? [more inside]
Spider identification! Warning: not safe for arachnophobes! Please tell me what kind of spiders these are. [more inside]
I just saw a very odd aircraft -- a twin-engine passenger jet with an odd protrusion from the top front, taking off from Phoenix Sky Harbor. Any idea what it might be? [more inside]
Please help me identify a couple of classical songs. [more inside]