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Identify these grown(?) hollow "stones" I bought in China?

Bought these cream & brown hollow "pebbles" at a Beijing market a few years ago. I think they are grown, because each has a hole, like it was picked from a tree maybe. They are extremely lightweight but have a hard exterior. The lady who sold them to me cautioned they would break if dropped. I'm going back to China soon and would like to buy more, if I know what to ask for. [more inside]
posted by MuckWeh on Nov 9, 2013 - 3 answers

What was this novel I read in high school?

In high school English class, I remember reading a novel but can't recall the name or really much of the plot. I don't even remember liking it, but I still need to know the title! Here are some of the details I remember. A couple gets married, and then they have a child seven or so months later. They weren't together before the wedding, so it's known the husband isn't the father. The wife had other children from a previous marriage/relationship. I believe the grandparents also play a central role. The father works at a furniture store or for a cabinet maker? At one point, he joins some religious group and they have a gathering at his house. Somebody leaves a water ring on a nice oak table and the party fizzles out shortly after, even though they successfully remove the ring with soap. Any guesses?
posted by mmmbacon on Nov 5, 2013 - 2 answers

ID this novel: Group of people wake up at remote snowbound house?

I read this book in the late 80's but it might have been published earlier than that. More scattered details inside. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Oct 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Identify the mysterious ripped song

I found this song kicking about on my computer, and while I'm sure I took it off a record years ago I have no idea what it is. Nothing on Google searches or song identification software; anybody here know?
posted by solarion on Oct 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Can you identify this animal or insect sound?

The sound of this animal or insect was captured a few nights ago. I live in the Northeast, this was at night and the noisemaker in question was clearly high up in a tree. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Help ID a scifi story about aliens and a quarantined Earth

Can you help my friend identify this scifi short story about aliens and a shield around the earth? [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Oct 2, 2013 - 3 answers

What is this maroon capsule-looking thing?

I found a couple of these in a bag of old clothes. The maroon "shell" is thin, rigid, and cracks under pressure (the one in the picture was originally whole). There is a ridge on one side (visible in the second picture) that looks like the result of being sealed in a machine. The inside is lighter, somewhat whitish, and looks a bit like the inside of a bean. When I squeezed one of them a sort of white fluid came out, which was sticky. The outside looks inorganic and the inside looks organic (although I guess the whole thing probably is organic). I haven't touched them with bare skin so I don't know how they feel. Any insight as to what this is? Thanks!
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson on Sep 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for a particular memetic image

Vague identification question: I remember seeing a meme/joke about graphic design that was an image with text on it to the effect of asking the reader to hire the creator or use the creator's design. It included the phrase "I did everything right". Does anyone remember this and know where I can find it?
posted by capricorn on Sep 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Identifying a woodsman song

I'm trying to identify a song about a woodsman that is used in the US Forest Service documentary "An Axe to Grind." Here is a link to part of the song. I've tried googling bits of the lyrics to no avail. Anyone recognize it?
posted by Deflagro on Sep 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Please help me identify this globe cluster chandelier

I'm trying to replace this lighting fixture and need a match. [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me figure out how old this sign is?

Approximately how old is this sign, and what font is it? The stucco facade could date from as early as the 1920s, but the lettering on the signs looks to my untrained eye to be from the 70s or later.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Sep 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me find a '90s PC game.

I'm looking for a PC game that came out in the mid to late 90's (after 1994.) It was a Sci-Fi RTS/first person shooter hybrid game. I want to say it was one of the first of those. It was not the Battlezone remake though I believe it came out around the same time. The main FPS element was you driving around a futuristic tank. [more inside]
posted by sevenless on Sep 13, 2013 - 11 answers

What is this tree/shrub thing?

I am trying to identify a tree (or shrub thing pruned into a vaguely tree-like shape) that I walk by every day. It has purplish/magenta-ish blossoms and it smells lovely. No it is not a lilac. It is currently in bloom (in the Pacific Northwest). Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Help Me Find This Woven Cat Blanket

My friend has this woven throw blanket with cats on it that she's had since she was a little kid (ie 1994 or so). It's getting sort of threadbare now and I would really like to find the exact same blanket and give it to her for Christmas this year, but I have no idea what kind of blanket it is nor do I know who might have made hers. I figure it's either super rare, or crazy ubiquitous, but "cat woven throw" yields weird results on Google. Better leads needed, please!
posted by Hello Darling on Aug 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Baseball Card/Dice Game Identification Question

Need Help Identifying a Baseball Dice/Card Game From the 80s/90s. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Help identifying brand of sneakers by pic?

I'm not really up on brands of sneakers, but was wondering if anyone could tell what brand of sneakers she is wearing in this picture? Photo here. and another view here I know it might be a long shot, but I appreciate any help. Thanks!
posted by fille papillon on Aug 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Identify that children's book: about an agoraphobic mom?

I read a book as a kid, some time in the 90s. Not sure when the book was published but it was for a pre-teen/young adolescent audience. It was a chapter book, but a light read; I think it was about a young girl who lives in New York, and has a mother who never leaves their home (possibly the mom is obese, but she is also happy to never leave the apartment). I think she also has a crush on an older boy from her neighbourhood, and at some point, they work together to sort of try to help her mother? Thinking back it seems like kind of a weird book for a kid, so I might be getting it all wrong or remembering it completely wrong.
posted by spicytunaroll on Aug 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Help identify this book of imaginary animals!

I'm trying to find a book I read 20-25 years ago - an illustrated book of animals and ecosystems that never existed. If my memory is accurate (and it was a long time ago), the book was illustrated in a very realistic style, but the animals were all a bit bizarre looking. Things like giant carnivorous beavers, or tree-dwelling armadillos (I don't know if those were actually in it, but that kind of thing). I don't remember much else - I think it was fairly slim, and sort of a coffee table book, but that could be totally wrong. Any ideas very welcome!
posted by allen8219 on Jul 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Find my chair

This is a long shot, but I have a chair at work that is extremely comfortable and I would like to buy the same chair for my desk at home. Does anyone recognize this chair and know the brand/model name? Alternatively, where might I be able to find a logo or identifying mark on a chair? (I haven't been able to find one so far, but I may not be looking in the right places on the chair.) [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Jul 25, 2013 - 6 answers

This is a long shot

There's a particular comedy actor I've seen in a few movies (which I can't remember) and I'm trying to identify him. I don't have much to go on here but maybe you guys can help. [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Jul 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Bears... not those ones.

I would like help identifying a children's picture book about a family of bears who wear clothes and do human things. Basically all I remember about it is that they're NOT the Berenstein bears. [more inside]
posted by Safiya on Jul 12, 2013 - 20 answers

What is this lullaby?

My mom used to sing a beautiful lullaby that I haven't been able to find any trace of online. I picked out the melody here. I think the lyrics partly go "Sleep tight / Till the morning light, sleep tight / All through the night, sleep tight / Sleep tight. Sleep long / Till I wake you with a song / All through the night, sleep long / Sleep long". I think there's a verse about "sleep sound", too. Thanks!
posted by pocams on Jul 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Old TV ad with a boy who'd been camping

What was that old (80s/90s) British TV ad with the boy who comes home from a camping trip and says "Pretty exhausting, really"? I'd like to find it on YouTube if possible, but even knowing the name of the product would help.
posted by the latin mouse on Jul 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Identify pop song used in Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model?

Identify pop song used in Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model? Here's a clip. [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Jul 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me find a movie!

Please help me identify this movie. I've forgotten everything about it except one scene. [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy on Jun 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Have you seen this bag?

Can someone identify the purse in this commercial? [more inside]
posted by gagoumot on Jun 25, 2013 - 9 answers

70s Anime ID

Super Hard TV/Movie ID: I am trying to ID an animated film/tv show I saw in the 70s. I recall it having an anime look, like Speed Racer or Star Blazers, but I am reasonably certain it wasn't either of these. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jun 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Hey, it's that guy?

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 - 7 answers

Identify this mid-90s hip-hop song?

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 - 6 answers

One of those mystery plant questions

Asking for a friend. Her aunt has had this plant for 25 years at her house in La Jolla, CA. This is the first time the plant has bloomed. Any ideas what it is?
posted by ephemerista on May 29, 2013 - 4 answers

What is this nipple doing in this bowl?

A friend in Montreal is organizing a rummage sale at her church, and this bowl was donated. I have no other information from her other than this picture. I've done my best to research and ask around, but I'm stumped and so are a few of my antique and vintage tchotchke dealer friends. It's not the value of it that we're wondering about - everyone was curious as to what is the intended purpose for a nipple-shaped protrusion in the centre of the bowl -- do you know?
posted by peagood on May 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Can you identify this tree/shrub?

Can you identify this tree/shrub? Here are 3 pictures.
posted by cranberrymonger on May 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Is this plant the Brazilian Pepper tree, or something else entirely?

My friend in LA is wondering if she can eat this plant. [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on May 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Dialect in "The Singing Detective"?

What is the regional dialect/accent in the childhood scenes in the British miniseries "The Singing Detective"? Does it have a name? Does it still exist today? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Apr 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Tree ID

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 - 10 answers

Please help identify this ceramic bowl

Hi, I picked up this ceramic bowl at a thrift shop and would love some help identifying the marks (hallmarks?) on the bottom. [more inside]
posted by Fun Bobbie on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Earworm

This has been bugging me all weekend - what's the song played during the interview with Sparrow and the Workshop here (at about 1.42 in)? The context - an anecdote about playing with Brian Jonestown Massacre in Paris - suggests it's BJM, but it doesn't seem to be. Help!
posted by mippy on Apr 15, 2013 - 3 answers

An early- to mid-90s computer game about mystery-solving kids?

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 - 2 answers

Help me identify this Merrell bag.

At one time I had the budget and energy for a modest bag collection, and now I've had this bag sitting in a closet for far too long and can't remember the model name of it. It's made by Merrell, early 2000's. [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle on Mar 8, 2013 - 2 answers

Identify a TV documentary (1990s) about life in the jungle (audio clip)

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: Theme Song Any help identifying this show would be appreciated!
posted by wivy on Mar 2, 2013 - 1 answer

How can I find information about a building?

I have been obsessed with this building in Alexandria, Virginia for years. I want to know more about it - who designed it, when it was built, past tenants, and so forth. Should there be public records available somewhere and if so, where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Feb 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Can anyone tell me what this is?

I ordered a few USB cables and adapters online, in an envelope marked free gift was this.... thing. It's padded, plastic, baffling.
posted by Cosine on Jan 31, 2013 - 4 answers

Can anyone identify this indie, children's folk singer?

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 - 7 answers

Japanese fruit identification

What is this Japanese fruit: four brown seeds inside tennis ball size fruit? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Dec 22, 2012 - 11 answers

My frying pan is holey...

What is this frying pan with holes in the raised center? I'd like to replace it but I can't find one on the Tubes. [more inside]
posted by katrielalex on Dec 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Sitcom about a former hero and former villain living in suburbia together

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 - 2 answers

Can you help me identify this building?

Can you help me identify this building? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Identify this children's book

Asking for a friend: "I read a book when I was very young, a fantasy story for kids, that featured a character called Airy Bear, who would inflate himself and thus leap and bounce about. I cannot remember the name of this book and I really, *REALLY* want to know what it is. Help? The internet (or at least my search-term-crafting-fu) is failing me."
posted by kilo hertz on Oct 29, 2012 - 4 answers

The House of Possums

Please identify this tree (3 photo imgur album) growing in my backyard in Sydney, Australia. [more inside]
posted by vidur on Oct 24, 2012 - 21 answers

Identify This Children's Book

I need help identifying a children's book that may have been illustrated by someone whose style was similar to that of Maurice Sendak, Audrey Wood, and even Tomie dePaola. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 answers

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