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Help me identify this bust

We found a miniature bust. Who is this person? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Dec 3, 2016 - 14 answers

Can you identify this theme (maybe from a Haydn string quartet)?

Can you identify the piece of music this theme is from [link to YouTube video of me trying to bang it out on a piano]? I think maybe it's from Haydn? I think I knew it from a simplified piano arrangement but for some reason I think it might come from one of his string quartets? [more inside]
posted by straight on Nov 9, 2016 - 3 answers

YA novel involving immortality via drowning

In the early to mid-90s, I read a YA novel about a girl (?) from the present day who discovers the existence of two immortal characters (one good, one not so good). The most distinct thing I remember about the novel is that to become immortal, there was some kind of magical/mystical process that involved drowning. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Nov 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Identifying a Mexican mariachi trumpet/brass sample from an 80s song

The first 40 seconds of the song "Ecstasy" by The Wolfgang Press (1984) features a sample of a Mexican mariachi-style trumpet/brass piece. I cannot identify the source of this sample. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Oct 22, 2016 - 6 answers

I demand satisfaction

Were these gloves designed for some specific use? Made by Swaine Adeney. Pigskin maybe, unlined, and with mysterious asymmetrical suede pads. Swaine Adeney doesn't even seem to make many gloves, closest cosmetic match by another brand were some lightweight summer shooting gloves ... but no clues on the odd padding. Does it serve some purpose?
posted by Lorin on Oct 13, 2016 - 15 answers

Help me remember this weird poem

I'm trying to recall a poem which was a long (book-length!) list of sentences that were exactly the same except each one contained a slightly different list of names. It was something like "in [name] [name] and [name] was [name]". [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Sep 28, 2016 - 4 answers

Another "Identify This Plant" Question

Can you help me identify this plant that sprouted in a desert garden? [more inside]
posted by BenevolentActor on Sep 26, 2016 - 4 answers

What is the name of this animation/cartoon character?

I'm certain I've seen this character before.
posted by Homer42 on Sep 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Help Identifying/Translating Turkish or Arabic? Writing on Artifact

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]
posted by jenjenc on Jun 22, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me identify this Apple II game.

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]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia on Jun 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Identify round metal whatsit thingamabobber?

It's mostly flat, and short metal sticks come out of the edges when you turn the top knob. [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Jun 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Domingo? no. Rodrigo? no.

Help me remember the name of a children's book about a dog. [more inside]
posted by komara on May 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Who signed this hockey puck?

Who signed this hockey puck? [more inside]
posted by FallowKing on May 9, 2016 - 3 answers

What is this object from the early 20th century?

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]
posted by theefixedstars on Apr 29, 2016 - 10 answers

What is this kitchen (?) implement/tool used for?

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]
posted by gemmy on Apr 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Identify a song: like a cross between Shinedown and alt-J...

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]
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me find a since-deleted YouTube video

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]
posted by coolname on Mar 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Who is this actor?

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!
posted by Trespassers William on Feb 26, 2016 - 4 answers

I said, "Astounding, you?"

Which Ratatat song is sampled in this Lakutis track? [video likely NSFW for language, Lakutis] [more inside]
posted by komara on Feb 18, 2016 - 2 answers

Identify these bird parts?

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]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 3, 2016 - 12 answers

Help me find two songs from the impossible soundtrack

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]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 1, 2016 - 14 answers

How can I find this obscure Disney Channel bumper?

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]
posted by pumpkin_iron on Jan 25, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I open this antique lacquered tea chest?

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]
posted by Lady Li on Jan 16, 2016 - 9 answers

Can anyone help identify this hospital in Mongolia?

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]
posted by aielen on Dec 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Any information on this charm?

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.
posted by shothotbot on Dec 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Identifying a techno song that featured Carl Sagan's "Contact"

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]
posted by wivy on Nov 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Please help me remember this YA fiction book

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]
posted by Mr. Justice on Oct 31, 2015 - 0 answers

I think like half of my AskMe history is identify-this-movie questions.

What movie/TV show am I thinking of? We find out grumpy conservative guy went to Woodstock and hated it. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Film of visual proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem shown by Edward Tufte?

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]
posted by Songdog on Aug 31, 2015 - 3 answers

Please help identifying this thrift store table... thing.

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]
posted by Arandia on Aug 17, 2015 - 12 answers

Clock and Selectors

What is this piece of furniture with a clock, large sector to 150 and a smaller selector? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Jul 11, 2015 - 1 answer

Song in video about pre-colombian music. What is it?

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]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Jun 15, 2015 - 3 answers

What was the book about Israel a stranger was reading on the train?

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?
posted by serathen on Jun 9, 2015 - 5 answers

And then the kangaroo said, "did you bring the vitamins?"

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]
posted by phunniemee on Jun 8, 2015 - 8 answers

What kind of tree is this?

Need help identifying a tree from Utah. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Jun 7, 2015 - 5 answers

What was this yellow flowering plant in the fields outside Paris?

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?
posted by komara on May 27, 2015 - 14 answers

Can you tell me anything about this old song?

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]
posted by katrielalex on May 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Who signed this baseball?

Who signed this baseball? [more inside]
posted by FallowKing on Apr 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Name that Artist ?

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]
posted by kev23f on Apr 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me identify these rock stars

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]
posted by cyphill on Mar 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Identify the actor in this Southwest Airlines commercial

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]
posted by Rock Steady on Mar 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Song/artist used in Apple Watch "Aluminum" video?

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?
posted by archagon on Mar 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for a specific MAD Magazine issue number

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]
posted by komara on Feb 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me remember a fantasy novel from the 90s

Help me remember a fantasy novel from the 90s. Should have been available in paperback form around 1996. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Feb 17, 2015 - 12 answers

What car is this?

Can you identify from screenshots the car that the Mythbusters used in their recent drifting episode? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2015 - 8 answers

What B&W movie ends with the line "Here comes the sun"?

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]
posted by wivy on Feb 12, 2015 - 7 answers

What is this old Sci-Fi Short-Story/Novelette?

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]
posted by Sceadugenga on Feb 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Can you identify this food (?) someone left in my office refrigerator?

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]
posted by LolaGeek on Feb 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me find more information on this bayonet

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.
posted by underflow on Feb 2, 2015 - 2 answers

Name that book: Orphan with a birthmark, evil aunt

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]
posted by yuwtze on Dec 29, 2014 - 2 answers

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