Please help me identify the plants - flowers, weeds, veggies, herbs - in the garden of the house we just bought. There are several plants that I don't recognize, so I'd really appreciate any clues you might have! [more inside]
posted by misskaz
on Aug 7, 2010 -
I remember seeing a photograph of a young girl, perhaps 3 or 4 years old, walking a lion on a chain leash. I saw this in a book on Surrealism at a book fair in Avignon, France. Can you help me find the picture again and identify its creator? [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal
on Jul 25, 2010 -
When I was a kid, I went to a summer camp in North Georgia for several summers. There was this one tree near the main parking lot that, for some reason, we all used to pull leaves off of and chew on them. They had a really pleasant sour taste. Anyone know what kind of tree it might have been? [more inside]
posted by ivey
on Jul 19, 2010 -
I have two big Muppet Show figures: Kermit in a director's chair (~2 feet tall) and Animal playing the drums (~1.5 feet tall). Photos here
. I would like to find out what the official term is for this kind of thing (e.g. figure, "Pre-Pro Sample", mock-up), so I can figure out whether selling them is more of an eBay/Craigslist/freecycle/trash transaction. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand
on Jul 12, 2010 -
What is this recurring deep, loud
buzzing sound (and vibrations) in my house? It only happens in one spot, and many members of the family have heard/felt it. (No, getting it checked out is not an option currently on the table, I'll explain below). [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Jun 24, 2010 -
NameThisPainting filter: Inside is a link to a photo of a print in my in-laws living room. Can the hive tell me who did it and what it's called, if anything? [more inside]
posted by qurlyjoe
on Jun 23, 2010 -
Help me identify this
insect that just scared the living daylights out of us in the South West of the UK.
posted by Morsey
on Jun 2, 2010 -
Can anyone identify this screw/bolt head and tell me what type of tool I need to remove it? The screw head has 5 radiating flanges/splines, with a raised central hub. It does not appear to be a (security) Torx head.
Photos: bolt closup
and bolt in situ
. The bolt/screw in question is located in a Braun coffee grinder (model KMM30, 3045). The grinder was made in Mexico and sold in the USA.
posted by Susurration
on May 7, 2010 -
Can you identify these wine (water? sherry? liqueur?) glasses? Pics 1
. They are from before 1960 and feature an etched design and, oddly, rose pink bases. Bonus question: what beverages are the different sizes/shapes meant to contain? [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Mar 28, 2010 -
Does anyone know the title of this book? The setting is a metal-poor prison planet where the people have segmented into vaguely feudal societies that trade with their guards in orbit for iron. The protagonist's society has developed really fast regeneration, with the side effect that some of them start growing extraneous body parts which are harvested and sold up to orbit. Another society has learned to experience time at any speed, and yet a third has no particular super-powers but is the wealthiest of them all because they've got fantastic scholars whose theorems and designs are sold for iron. I read this novel in a school library seven years ago, as a hardcover with a picture of a guy lifting himself out of a hole or well in the ground. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang
on Mar 14, 2010 -
Can't find my birth certificate. New social security card will take 2 weeks to arrive. Starting new job...what can I do? [more inside]
posted by ian1977
on Mar 11, 2010 -
I heard a bird outside my window yesterday. I'm in Western New York State. The only way to describe its song is a slow 'yoo-hoo...' performed as a whistle. Didn't see the bird. Heard it at about 10AM local time.
I've been pouring over whatbird.com, but their categories of calls don't seem to fit what I heard.
I'm happy to provide more information if I can. Yesterday's weather was a completely clear sky, with high temps in the mid 50's F. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep
on Mar 10, 2010 -
What kind of bug could be persistently biting my girlfriend but not me? She gets anywhere between 1 and 12 new bites per day. [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Mar 8, 2010 -
Help me ID this story/author: I've been listening to a little more Warren Zevon than usual lately, and this has tickled a vague recollection of a novella or short story (possibly from an anthology) about a white-collar werewolf working as a repo man or debt collector, driving a big ol' (green?) Cadillac. [more inside]
posted by MarchHare
on Mar 8, 2010 -
What's the name of this new rock/pop album, I recently heard about (on NPR?) that used autotune creatively? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza
on Jan 14, 2010 -
What is the French song and band posted on the background of this page?
I must download now!
posted by mtstover
on Nov 18, 2009 -
There is this insect/arachnid I remember from my childhood in Las Vegas. It had a body about the size of a raisin, only it was quite flat. They were red with black spots (larger than ladybugs, but flatter), and the kids in the neighborhood called them "bloodsuckers" for some reason. (I have no idea if they bit or not.) I don't remember them flying, but I could be wrong about that. What insects were they? Scientific name or common name is fine, anything I can use to find out more info.
posted by ErWenn
on Nov 7, 2009 -
Do you know vintage cognac?
My Father-in-law was handed down a bottle of, assumably, nice cognac. It was given to his father as a gift from his company in the 1930s. It's been sitting in the basket it was packaged in for years and years and we'd really like to have more information about it.
It's a bottle of "Cognac Napoleon, Grande Fine Champagne, Reserve". Pictures of the front label
, the mark on the bottle's neck
, and the back label
. [more inside]
posted by qwip
on Oct 8, 2009 -
Can you help me find the origins of a poorly remembered quote? I think it's about research, and it goes something like this: "Half of X is pointless, but you can never know which half".
posted by handee
on Sep 8, 2009 -
Half remembered short story identification filter: A story in which scientists discover grids underground which might be the cities of beings who live at a greater density, and then at the end scientists from the underground city are looking through the documents, having wiped out humanity accidentally just by coming to the surface.
posted by Artw
on Sep 7, 2009 -
Spider identification. Outside my ground floor window a spider has set up shop in a corner. It's an orb weaver, but it does something I've never seen before. [more inside]
posted by sevenless
on Sep 3, 2009 -