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]
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]
Saw a framed photo thing yesterday, very curious as to what I'm looking at. Shitty pic of the whole thing here, closeups inside. [more inside]
He writes: "I'm trying to remember the title of a sci-fi story by Ray Bradbury about a future where people are no longer scared of anything."
Can someone identify this fruit? It was brought back from Belize. It's about the size of a large olive. There's a large white pit inside, and the flesh is sour. The flesh is soft and smooth all over (the one pictured is a bit bruised). Googling has suggested some variety of kumquat? But the inside looks different. Thanks all!
This tree has lived for 10+ years in my backyard, and we're getting a dog. Is this tree safe? Pics and details inside. [more inside]
So, approximately 31 and a half years ago, my lovely uncle presented me with an adorable little teddy bear. Picture of said bear. I'm trying to find out where this bear would've come from (probably the UK), and if there are similar bears available anywhere? [more inside]
I'm tagging old photos, and can't find anything about a sculpture from the Orsay of a nude draping her hair over her hands (photo link inside) [more inside]
I've only heard the song twice in my life. The second time I managed to slam a cassette tape into a tape recorder, capturing the 2nd half of the song. That was thirty years ago. Haven't figured it out since. [more inside]
I thought I was buying my usual bird's eye chili plants this spring, but I actually got some kind of "Thai Chili Hot Pepper" that has produced what look like relatively mild jalapenos. I'd just like to be able to estimate the Scoville units to expect before I cook with them. [more inside]
This baby tree is (probably) in its second growing season. Can anyone identify the species? (urban-wild in Vancouver, BC) [more inside]
First a plague of moths, now some kind of flying ...beetle? What is this miserable bug? [more inside]
You know how when you're falling asleep random half-thoughts will pop into your head? Well, I had one of them last night, and I think it's a quote from something, but I don't really know what it is and can't place it and it's kind of driving me bonkers. [more inside]
Cover was white, cover art was a face or mask or both, female author (I think), and my best recollection is that the title story was about falling or hitting bottom or some combination. [more inside]
I live in a wooded suburb of Providence, Rhode Island, so we have a great variety of birds all year long, especially during the warmer months. I keep hearing one bird song outside my window that I can't quite pinpoint. It's a "whee-oooh (high-low-ascending), ooooh (descending)" sound. A recording of my impression is attached, as it's a been a bit hard for me to get a recording of the mysterious bird alone. [more inside]
I haven't had any luck identifying this through the WhatTheFont! automagical service nor the Identifont step-by-step quiz so now I bring it to you. What's the typeface used in this old GATOR$ sign?
I'm pretty sure I have previously heard a song sung in English that has the same tune as this French-Canadian folk song. It may have been an Irish folk song. Does anyone recognize it?
I'm looking for help identifying a song I heard earlier today. I don't have a lot to go on -- I only heard the last 30 seconds or so on the radio at a store. It was jangly and reminiscent of the Susanna Hoffs / Matthew Sweet cover albums. It sounded like a woman and a man harmonizing (but could possibly have been two women) and was upbeat. The last line ended with something like "...to make up for all you left behind", and the song ended abruptly with no fade out.
I saw an interesting folk art painting in a shop window the other day. It's a group portrait of about a dozen renowned black women. I could only name some of them off hand, though, and was trying to figure out who the rest were. Can you help? [more inside]
Help me identify this animated cartoon I remember watching in the mid/late 80s about a village of people who worshiped the sun. They all got up while it was still dark to start their preparations while singing, and once the sun rose they worshiped it and collected the golden sunshine in buckets. [more inside]
The birds are back in town, and I wake up early enough to hear their songs before the traffic drowns them out. I'm no birder--I don't think I can identify any bird by its call, and only the five most "identifiable" birds by sight (and I'm probably wrong). What apps (iOS) and websites do you recommend to learn bird songs? [more inside]
I have been wondering for month about a song I sometimes heard on the radio sometime between 1992 and 1997. The chorus is very close to the instruments, beat, and tempo in D.C. Talk's "Just Between You And Me" opening verses (starting at this spot here) but the singer sounds kind of like Seal. It's sung kind of wistfully, but I don't know any lyrics, just how it sounds. Any idea what it could be? I went through Seal's discography one by one, and it's not him. It sounds closest to "Prayer For The Dying", the same sort of delivery and tempo, but that's not it.
The birdsong in question! This is a bird in southeast Portland, OR. We've never caught a definite glimpse of it, so I cannot give any details on size/color/et cetera. This is its main song (although it was singing kind of short this day); it cycles this for an hour or more. It varies slightly at some point, but then comes back.
Here is a screengrab from season 2, episode 7 (no spoilers) of Hannibal. Not sure if it's actually mid-century modern; it looks like it could be something newer that is merely MCM-inspired. Bonus points for identifying the dining table, if it's anything recognizable. (The chair in the foreground is, of course, a Hans Wegner.)
Help me identify this food plant based on a picture. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember and find a clip online of a cartoon from my childhood. I don't believe it was a series. It featured a community of forest animals and from what I remember, focused on them collecting food for the winter. But there was one animal who refused to help collect food. When winter finally came, all the other animals were inside (a tree?) having a feast, while the lone animal who refused was stuck outside in the cold/snow. He/she trudged over to the door (of the tree) and they let him inside and everyone ate. Any ideas?
My wife's family is trying to remember the full title of an illustrated children's book. They are insisting it's called "There's no Accounting For Taste". It's about a brother and a sister on a walking journey where they observe animals eating various things (like a robin eating a worm, or a panda eating bamboo) and they end up saying "There's no Accounting For Taste!". So far google has been no help.
Hello , can you please help me finding out more about this old guitar. I think it might be a Jazz guitar, my grandpa bought it second hand around 1958. If you read closely on the neck it says "Trademark Clove" and something else unreadable. Here is a couple of images: Guitar 1 Guitar 2 Guitar 3 Guitar 4 It is still playable and sounds good to.
Some time in the mid 1990s I read a sci-fi short story about an augmented individual hired to steal a password - I'm trying to figure out the name of this story and its author. [more inside]
What is the 80s or 90s pop song with a similar melody to the one in Super Freak/Can't Touch This? It sounds like the same intervals, but sung with the "words" da-dee-day-doh. I want to say it could be from the UK, possibly somewhere else in Europe. I think the album cover is black and white and could be a picture of people walking. Sorry for how vague this is! Any ideas?
Need some help identifying the origin of this small, common riff. [more inside]
Every time I see a picture of ECB president Mario Draghi in the newspaper, I feel a small flicker of recognition. It's starting to drive me bananas. Who does he look like? Google image link here.
There is a famous song that starts with a sultry saxophone riff I am trying to identify. Usually they play this song in a movie when they are introducing a sexy lady moving all cat-like about to seduce someone. I was able to reproduce the opening with this virtual keyboard on its saxophone setting. Forgive me I know no music. The keys I pressed were C (1 sec), G (1 sec), C1 (1 sec), D1 (1.5 sec), D#1 (2 sec), C1 (5 sec), a pause, C1 (1 sec), G (1 sec), and then the keyboard doesn't extend far enough down for me to keep going. Does anyone recognize it? Sorry this is so convoluted. Thanks!
Thriller/drama from 2000-2009-ish. Creepy guy puts hidden cameras in married couples house. Befriends wife, helps with small chores, carrying groceries etc. She may or may not be pregnant. He wants her husband to use his IT skills to help him steal a lot of money. One weird detail inside. [more inside]
Trying to help a friend identify a movie he saw a few minutes of when he was a kid. How it starts: A woman drives to an artist's apartment/studio, talks about relationships, takes her shirt off, puts a paper bag on her head. The artist begins to draw. [more inside]
A few days ago, as I drove down I-69, I saw two semi trucks heading in the opposite direction. Each transported a long, narrow metal object. I would estimate each object was the length of three semi truck trailers. It mostly resembled a knife blade in color and shape - something like a chef's slicing blade. It seemed to look serrated toward what would resemble the tip of the knife. What the heck were they transporting?
I am looking for help identifying a Macintosh computer I used in the late 90s (details inside...no pictures). [more inside]
I have this nagging (yet unfounded) feeling that the lyrics in this song are referencing something that I should get, but I don't. Lend me your ears. [more inside]
Back in the early-mid 90s, preteen me read a surreal science fiction book that I checked out from my local library. I remember a few tantalizing details, and I'm curious to find it and find out if it was any good. The basics: Many-worlds, and characters move between them unknowingly whenever they talk on the newfangled quantum telephone. Something bad happened to the US in most/all universes, but nobody in the multiverse knows what. It Gets Weird. [more inside]
I'm trying to find this incredibly bizarre stop motion (?) movie I saw on Netflix DVD around 2008-ish. [more inside]
I bought it from a thrift store sometime in the 90's. Mostly, I recall there being an auction of magical/religiously significant items and a chase scene involving a golem. [more inside]
I love the When Cheese Fails series! And I was wondering what that sound/tune in this video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybP5J4MSgxI at 4:16 - 4:33 I like listening to music, so maybe a music type or perhaps a link to a specific tune. Listening to it makes either want to A) Transcend this world or B) Kill myself Thanks.
This screen appears in the first sound film in the Irish language, Oidhche Sheanchais, filmed in 1935. A colleague of mine would like to identify the typeface used for the titles, and the online typeface-identifying sites have struck out. Can any MeFite identify it?