CompleteWasteofQuestionFilter: Who's the fortyish, extremely lanky, English or English-accent-assuming male actor who has a prominent nose and long teeth, and wears his dark hair in a ponytail? I think he has worn a lab coat and/or black trenchcoat in an American television show in the past decade, but I cannot remember which Nerdy Scientist Guy he might have portrayed.
posted by Gingersnap
on Jun 7, 2013 -
I'm hoping someone can identify a mid-90s hip-hop track, which for a long time I assumed was by Thirstin Howl III, but now I'm not so sure. The only thing I recall, other than the rapper having what I would characterize as a laconic flow, is a line that rhymed Brooklyn Dodger
with Joe Cocker
. I distinctly remember the second part of this rhyme being delivered in a sing-song, "I la da da da da
like Joe Cocker". (Literally la da da
, not a placeholder for something I don't remember.) So, pretty specific right? Anyone?
posted by Lorin
on Jun 5, 2013 -
What type of tree is this
? I'm sure it's quite common, as they're found all over Chicago. There were no old leaves on the ground nearby, and I'm useless at identifying leafless deciduous trees unless they're white and peeling. Thanks.
posted by heyho
on Apr 24, 2013 -
I'm trying to remember the name of a computer game I used to play in the early- to mid-90s. I think it was a series set in suburbia with two kids (possibly brother and sister?) tasked with solving crimes. It had suspects, a map with possible locations, and it was probably vaguely educational. It was not Carmen Sandiego-related. What was the name of the game?
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Apr 4, 2013 -
My father and I watched a documentary on TV in the 90s (likely TVO in Canada, possibly a National Geographic production?). It was about a boy named Ali who lived in the jungle with his father. It showed their daily life, how they hunted for food, etc. One scene I clearly remember is the father teaching the son how to create poison darts using toads.
I believe the title was "Ali's Jungle", but I can't find any references to it on the internet. My dad and I really enjoyed the theme song, which was hummed by the father as he played a thumb piano. Here is a recording my father made at the time:
Any help identifying this show would be appreciated!
posted by wivy
on Mar 2, 2013 -
I've been wracking my brains trying to remember the identity of this female folk singer from the 1980s-1990s. She made at least a few albums targeted at kids, incorporating many environmental themes. And I can't for the life of me remember even enough to do a proper Google search. Gah! [more inside]
posted by valkyryn
on Jan 28, 2013 -
Okay, so there was this show (maybe on the USA network?) around 1990-ish, maybe. The premise was that a former superspy/secret-agent/hero had retired to the suburbs, and his former archnemesis moves into the house next door. They're still kind of enemies, but in a Simpsons/Flanders "friendly" way, instead of trying to kill each other like they used to. What is this show? [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog
on Dec 7, 2012 -
Identify this song please! I'm making a mixtape of songs with distinctive vocal flourishes and there's a snippet going through my head that I just can't place. This song's building to a crescendo and the singer yells "Whoo!" followed by three piano chords that sound almost like percussion (bum! bum! bum!) before continuing on. [more inside]
posted by psoas
on Oct 2, 2012 -
Tell me a little bit about this recording I made in a taxi in the UAE. I think it's in Urdu. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark
on Sep 28, 2012 -
What words are the chorus singing beginning here
in Knee Play 4 of Philip Glass's “Einstein on the Beach”? Alas much googling has failed me.
posted by nfg
on Sep 10, 2012 -
Identify-this-board/card-game-filter: you play 'answer' cards and the most appropriate one wins. [more inside]
posted by katrielalex
on Aug 23, 2012 -
This morning I had this really nice Israeli spread - and I hesitate to use that word because it's quite liquidy - which I would like to know more about. What's in it? Can I buy it anywhere else? What is it called? The name is comething like "chrinach," it's considered a student food (cheap, easy to make), and it has a salty, maybe malty or yeasty taste. Making it is easy: start with a concentrated paste, add water little by little; add salt, garlic. Has the color and texture of wallpaper paste, but tastes awesome. Goes great with bread, vegetables. What is it!?
posted by whatzit
on Aug 9, 2012 -
I'm looking for help with a very vague song identification for a song I heard in the early 2000s on FUSE/Much Music USA. Barring that, I'm looking for recommendations of websites that help identify songs. [more inside]
posted by capricorn
on Jul 31, 2012 -
Can you identify this classic/blues rock song from a 4-bar GarageBand remake of a guitar melody? [more inside]
posted by germdisco
on Jul 24, 2012 -
What is the source of this half-remembered myth/folk-tale about an apple which grew when stamped on? [more inside]
posted by unSane
on Jul 3, 2012 -
What bird did I just see harrassing a squirrel in my Toronto backyard? (Sorry, I couldn't get a camera in time so I have just a verbal description, no picture). [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on Jun 25, 2012 -
What strange sci-fi movie or show am I sort-of remembering from ~20-22 years ago featuring a woman giving birth to an egg through her belly button? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot
on Jun 9, 2012 -
For a friend: "Help me identify this survival horror game I remember playing several years ago." [more inside]
posted by estlin
on May 16, 2012 -
Please help me find the names of three vaguely recalled movies from my past: a teen flick from the 80s, a dubbed (possibly Italian) horror film from the 70s, and a scifi adventure from the 60s (maybe)? [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad
on Apr 29, 2012 -
Help me identify a poem? It was about a train ride, I think it described the view through the train window, and I think it was written in dactyls. (It had a rhythm to it that felt like a train ride.)
posted by Bufo_periglenes
on Apr 11, 2012 -
I have a song stuck in my head and can't remember what it is. It's a fairly tranquil, folky song sung by a woman. What I can remember of the lyrics has something about years: "[something something something] nineteen sixty nine [something] seventy eight." Ringing any bells?
posted by Kattullus
on Mar 12, 2012 -
Can someone identify the words spoken at the beginning of Ground Zero's “Revolutionary Pekinese Opera” (“Opening ~ Flying Across The J.P.Yen”)? You can here the phrase spoken on youtube here
. I'm reasonably sure the voice is speaking Chinese.
posted by nfg
on Jan 25, 2012 -
What was this (now slightly squashed) black and red bug? Back
. It appeared mysteriously today in our apartment, in NJ. It was almost 0.5 inch long.
posted by fings
on Jan 21, 2012 -
Calling all indie music geeks... I need help identifying a band. iPhone update nuked all the downloaded music in my Rhapsody app. I was listening to a band that I liked a lot. Singer had sort of baritone, with interesting lyrics. Imagine a post-punk, slightly less-lackadaisical Leonard Cohen. Pretty sure record is relatively recent and band name has the word 'Future' in it. Any ideas?
posted by Heminator
on Oct 14, 2011 -
What movie or TV show was this? This has been nagging at me for years!
Around 1978 or 1979, when I was 7 or 8 years old, I remember seeing a creepy teaser on TV for an upcoming movie, or episode of something, in which a man wearing dark glasses is speaking to someone off-screen. He says something like, "Don't go in there, kid, unless you want to end up ... like this!
" And then he removes the dark glasses, and instead of eyes he has two things that look like raised, white ridges with horizontal slits cut into them. Something like Inuit snow goggles
, but set into the eyes instead of connected in the middle.
I never saw the show and this is literally all I remember about it. A friend of mine thinks it might be The Omega Man
, but I'm pretty sure it isn't.
posted by Ratio
on Oct 10, 2011 -
Help me find an only partially remembered short film I saw in the internet back in 2000 or 2001. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf
on Aug 10, 2011 -
Can you read the (possibly Hebrew) word on the bottom of this salt shaker? [more inside]
posted by soelo
on Aug 8, 2011 -
something something me muero de sed
: What is the name of this Spanish language song about being at a bar on the beach and trying to get the waiter's attention for a drink? I last heard it in 1995 and expect it was made only a few years earlier. I thought
the name was just Camarero
, but I am not getting the right song by Google. The singer is male, the music generically Latin, and I am pretty sure you hear the drink being opened.
posted by whatzit
on Aug 4, 2011 -