About two years back, I was traveling and picked up a huge book of short stories in a hostel. They were all by the same author, and for the most part, they were Roald Dahl-esque, intricately plotted, fast moving, usually violent or crimeish short stories with an elaborate twist at the end. However, one of the stories was a lovely departure from the others, and I'd like help identifying it. [more inside]
A while back, I encountered the work of a painter whose work included striking vistas of Hell. Now I can't remember who it was. [more inside]
Looking for the title of a Japanese novel that involved a cat murder. [more inside]
Help me identify this creepy crawly in my kitchen cabinets :( [more inside]
Can someone help me identify the manufacturer of this coffee table? [more inside]
What is this mystery nut? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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 and 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]
Anyone know what kind of shoes these are?
Plant Identification Filter: Can you name this plant? The photo was taken on San Juan Island, WA, but I don't think this was unique to the area. [more inside]
Mushroom filter: I have these odd fungi growing in my back yard and am curious what they are. [more inside]
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]
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]
Need help identifying this spider? (Found in Northeast. Link to pictures inside). [more inside]
Help me identify this insect that just scared the living daylights out of us in the South West of the UK.
Can you ID this fuse given the black/red/black/red/blue stripes on it? [more inside]
Hi, can anyone please identify this flower/shrub? It's in Northern Virginia, and I took the picture a few days ago.
INSTRUMENTAL ID: What is the instrumental in this video about the 'Impossible motion' trick? [more inside]
INDIE SONG ID: What is the song in this video? The song starts playing at 3:06 in this video by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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.
Can anyone identify either the specific dome building in the background of first picture on this page or a similar type. [more inside]
Yet another plant identification question! [more inside]
Can you identify these wine (water? sherry? liqueur?) glasses? Pics 1, 2, 3, 4. 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What song does "Long Forgotten Fairytale" by the Magnetic Fields remind me of? [more inside]
Art-sleuthery, part 943: Lithograph, possibly by Nam June Paik, with some Asian (Korean, if Paik) writing on it. Any ideas? [more inside]
Where can I take a summer graduate course in field botany (or something similar)? [more inside]
What's the name of this new rock/pop album, I recently heard about (on NPR?) that used autotune creatively? [more inside]
On behalf of my brother; can you help identify this vaguely alarming rusty thing? Pictures: The whole thing / the mechanism. It's about four feet in length and comprised of two arms connected to a sort of guillotine. [more inside]
Again with the "identify this short story." [more inside]
What is the French song and band posted on the background of this page? I must download now!
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.
What is this tune? [little snip from a french movie]. Thanks in advance.
What style of armchair did I buy? Also, what are some good books/websites for answering this kind of question? [more inside]
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]
What is this strange larvae in the puddle outside my dorm? [more inside]