Grumpybearbride and I have been plagued by beasts in our ceiling, scritch-a-scratching and tumbling about in the night, causing a ruckus and keeping us from getting a good night's rest. This morning it sounds like they added a new member to their family. I recorded and enhanced the sound of said wee beastie in hopes that someone with more knowledge than I could potentially identify it. This is the recording. Help!
A friend is trying to give away this thing, but doesn't know what the thing is so she doesn't know if anyone would want it. Any ideas?
I have a very VERY hazy recollection of a children's computer game involving currency that I'd like to know more about. [more inside]
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook recently, and despite my usually-excellent Google-fu, I have been unable to figure out what this utensil was for. [more inside]
Just curious what this machine is that one of the characters in The Night Manager was carrying. My best guess is a portable printer, but I don't see a similar one online and the blocky thing on the back of it doesn't seem like it would be part of a printer.
I found these toys on the ground in my neighborhood months ago and finally photographed them so I could ask you - what are they? [more inside]
What is this song? All I have trapped in my head is a fragment that goes "Never gonna happen, never gonna happen; never gonna happen, never gonna happen." starting out at a high pitch and progressively getting lower; the first syllable of the word never in the first and third repetition of the phrase are stretched out. Googling it is getting me songs that are not this song.
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
Can you help me identify this plant that sprouted in a desert garden? [more inside]
I'm certain I've seen this character before.
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?