I volunteer in an archaeological lab and sometimes people bring in things they find in their yards or on the beach. A woman brought in this spoon that she found buried in her yard. None of us here have any idea what it is other than it is a spoon. [more inside]
We all have some vaguely remembered but of childhood that we'd like to revisit. Mine was on an Apple II. Can you help me? [more inside]
It's mostly flat, and short metal sticks come out of the edges when you turn the top knob. [more inside]
Help me remember the name of a children's book about a dog. [more inside]
This object has been in my repository for a very long time, and no one knows what it is. It supposedly came in with the papers of an interesting politician/lawyer who served as governor of Tennessee in the early 20th century. [more inside]
We found this metal scissoring-action type tool (YT video) in my Swedish grandmother's kitchen drawer after she passed away. No one in the family knows what it was for. Is it a kitchen tool or a handicraft thing? Do you know? [more inside]
Bear with me: I haven't heard this song in a while so my memory might be off, but I think this song came out in the last year or so. Genre: alternative rock or electronic, probably indie. The instrumentation is mostly electronic, and the singer is male. What sticks out most is the chorus - the melody descends then ascends and reminds me of the chorus of Shinedown's "Second Chance". More details inside... [more inside]
I noticed that many of my old favorites have been deleted, and there's one in particular that I've been itching to see again. I'm looking for a link/name/LoC listing??? of an old video clip from what seemed to be an anthropology documentary about indigenous music. My google-fu failed me. Description inside. [more inside]
Hoping someone can identify the woman who plays the mom in the music video for Halsey's "Colors." I recognize her from something (I want to say a short film or a commercial?) and I can't figure out what -- it's driving me nuts! She appears at 21 seconds in the video or you can see her face in this screen grab. Thanks!
Which Ratatat song is sampled in this Lakutis track? [video likely NSFW for language, Lakutis] [more inside]
My wife found a bird wing and breastbone in the woods near our house. Can you figure out what they are and what might have happened to them? (photo warnings: BIRD GORE!) [more inside]
Many years ago, back in 2008 or 2009, I watched a movie called The Bilbee Boys on some shady no-name video streaming site. It wasn't a great movie but there were two songs on the soundtrack that I loved. I am looking for those songs. [more inside]
Back when Big Fat Liar aired on Disney Channel (I'd imagine shortly after it came out in 2002), there was a bumper for it with an original song. Help me find it. [more inside]
My grandfather purchased this gold-and-black lacquered box decades ago while doing business in east Asia, and now that he's passed away we realize none of us know how to open it. There's a key in the lock but it doesn't seem to unlock the box. Is this possibly a trick box that we have to open some other way? Is there a way to try and pick the lock if it's broken? [more inside]
This hospital was/is apparently a maternity and pediatric hospital. I've Googled this repeatedly without success. The pictures were taken in 2010, so I'm unsure if the hospital building is still standing or if a newer hospital has been built in its place. [more inside]
Found this charm in Chicago. Can anyone help identify it? Imgur link. The sun is frowning which seems unusual to me. Googling led me to Masonic suns but not sure about that.
In the late 90s to early 2000s, I found on Napster a techno (possibly trance?) song which had a quote from Carl Sagan's "Contact". It was not a sample from the movie. This dialogue does not appear in the movie. [more inside]
I wish I could remember this young adult fiction book, which must date back to the 1970s. I can only remember a few faint details, and I'm not sure I have them right. [more inside]
What movie/TV show am I thinking of? We find out grumpy conservative guy went to Woodstock and hated it. [more inside]
In the late 1990s I attended one of Edward Tufte's day-long seminars. Tufte screened several short films for us, including "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase", "Powers of Ten", and another short presenting a series of visual proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. There are a variety of such films out there on the tubes, but can anyone help identify which one Tufte is likely to have chosen? [more inside]
My Aunt recently picked this thing up at a thrift store for $1, mostly because neither her nor the seller had any idea what it was for. Any ideas what it might be? http://imgur.com/a/R74hQ [more inside]
What is this piece of furniture with a clock, large sector to 150 and a smaller selector? [more inside]
From the soundtrack to a short video about a pre-Colombian Music exhibit at the Museum of the Central Bank of Costa Rica. [more inside]
Trying to remember a book a woman next to me was reading on the subway. It was contemporary nonfiction about Israeli politics and society. The title was something intriguing and maybe a little provocative; I'm pretty sure it contained the word "Israel". It was not specifically focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict. I think she may have described it as being about shifts in political or cultural identities in Israeli society. Sound familiar?
Years ago my college roommate took a statistics course. In the textbook was a small, confounding cartoon that appeared to make no sense but was hilarious in its absurdity. I would like to know about that cartoon. [more inside]
Need help identifying a tree from Utah. [more inside]
I flew into Charles de Gaulle Airport in May. On our descent we passed over many fields of vivid yellow flowering plants. What might those have been?
My mother learnt a song from her (now deceased) mother, but we don't know anything about it other than the lyrics. I've found a few traces on Google, but can you help me track down any more information? [more inside]
This painting means a great deal to a good friend - he has no idea who painted it - i would like to surprise him with some background information if possible. Any ideas? [more inside]
I have a blurry cut-off screenshot from a website which is no longer accessible and I need to figure out who the people (likely rock stars) in the thumbnails are. [more inside]
Help me impress my 14-year-old daughter (for once). Who is the young actor portraying the college student in this Southwest Airlines commercial? She thinks he might have been in one of the Harry Potter movies. [more inside]
I really like the music in Apple's "Aluminum" video for the Apple Watch. Unfortunately, AppleMusic.info has no information about this video. Any idea who the artist might be?
There's a MAD Magazine bit I remember from my childhood and I'd like to lay eyes on it again. It would possibly have been in the late 70s but more likely early 80s. [more inside]
Help me remember a fantasy novel from the 90s. Should have been available in paperback form around 1996. [more inside]
Can you identify from screenshots the car that the Mythbusters used in their recent drifting episode? [more inside]
I saw a black and white movie on TV when I was younger, and it ended with a family (presumably farmers?), looking out a window or a door (or standing on a porch) as the sun rose, and the father says, "Well, here comes the sun." It stuck with me, but I can't seem to find what movie it was. [more inside]
I'm trying to identify/find this pre-1980 story set in America, about an epidemic (highly contagious, spread skin-to-skin) where everyone's turns grey and the victims have hallucinations. The protagonist is on the run (along with a woman?), trying to escape roaming victims (who have a craving to touch his uninfected skin). In that last aspect, it has a zombie apocalypse feel to it. I believe it was a little-known work by a big-name author. Can anyone tell me what it is? SPOILERS BELOW [more inside]
This uncovered bowl of mystery things has been sitting in the communal refrigerator in my office all day. At first glance, I thought they were shrimp, but... they are not shrimp. Link and more inside. [more inside]
This bayonet has been sitting on the wall of my family's house for at least 40 years. It's one of those invisible family relics that no one ever notices, and I never could get a straight answer from my mom about where it's from. I'm packing up to move again, and I noticed it once more... Before it fades back into the background of my life again, can anyone help me find more information on it? As far as I know, my mom brought it with her from the east coast of the US in the 60's. It's quite hefty, solid metal, about 27 inches long. The blade appears to be pegged all the way through to the bottom of the hilt.
Do you remember the book my mother read a decade or two ago? It was a romance and/or mystery featuring an orphan with a birthmark on her face, raised by her uncle (who turns out to be her father) and her controlling aunt (who turns out to have murdered her parents, and later her boyfriend and others with poisoned tea) as she investigates her own past. My mother probably checked it out from the public library in the mid-to-late nineties, but on the outside edge, could have been between 1990 and 2004. [more inside]
My brother has been looking for this short story for a while -- help me to make his Christmas! Details: A bully is tormenting everyone in school. The main character is a one-armed girl, who is generally disliked. A boy that she likes decides to stand up for everyone one day, and fights the bully. The bully beats him up, but the boy keeps getting up no matter how many times he gets hit. The crowd starts to root for the boy, and the bully starts to feel shaken. The girl, worried about the boy, goes to tell the teacher what's happening, and the teacher breaks it up. The bully is restored to power and the boy calls the girl a mean name. [more inside]
The chorus of Barney's Castle So High, starting around 19 seconds into that video, is giving me a massive dose of "I've heard that tune before!", but I can't put my finger on where. Any ideas? A musical, maybe?
Just wondering if anyone happens to know where Marina Abramović is at about 5:30 in this video. It's near the beginning of the documentary The Artist is Present. She's walking along a ridge at a mountain observation point. [more inside]
Hey all, a particular literary conversation has gotten stuck in my head for days and I can't source it. I've tried every number and combination of Bing/Google searches, but it may be that I'm not getting the exact words right in the phrase. [more inside]
"Climb the walls like Peter Parker, now." what downtempo, Funky Lowlives-esque song from about 10-15 years ago does that line come from? [more inside]
Found a white capsule-shaped (but tablet form) pill on the floor, with M on one side of the score and AO on the other. We have various human and veterinary meds at our house, but this one didn't come up on any "pill finder" internet searches. I threw it out, and this is sheer curiosity: can anyone identify it?
There's a scene/quote, probably in a movie but maybe in a TV show, that I know I've seen a pile of times but can't place it. Guy asks a question then answers it with "the answer to that is 'yes, sometimes.'" Any ideas? [more inside]
Please help me identify this tree. This is what it looks like. This tree smells amazing almost every time I pass it – like some sort of amazing candy. It smells strongest in early Fall or after rain. [more inside]