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Help me understand my great-grandfather's chart

And maybe give me some historical / religious context here into the mind of a premillennialist man of God. [more inside]
posted by komara on Aug 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Where is this picture of Hillary Clinton from?

Someone I know shared this "article" about a "Hillary Clinton rally" without many people in it. I reverse image searched the picture and the only other places it is used are similar posts on Reddit and goofy anti-Hillary blogs. Does anyone know where it was taken and what was really happening? I'm just curious.
posted by apricot on Aug 14, 2016 - 4 answers

What are these weird symbols?

A friend of mine snapped this picture and was wondering what these symbols were. I have fruitlessly searched Google and TinEye to no avail. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Aug 10, 2016 - 24 answers

Recommend some state-of-the-art mystery novels.

I'm interested in catching up with the latest developments in the evolution of the mystery novel. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight on Jul 21, 2016 - 18 answers

Help me identify this mysterious pendant with unknown inscription

We found this pendant in my grandparents' house when clearing it. But no one can work out what it is / what it means, or what the inscription signifies. [more inside]
posted by Hadrian on Jul 13, 2016 - 32 answers

Where are Series 1 & 2 of Endeavour?

I have a recurring recording for Masterpiece Mystery on my DVR, and a few weeks ago I was suddenly seeing Endeavour in the queue. This is great because I found I like it a great deal. However, it is series 3, and I never saw the first two series. I went to my AppleTV to see if I could find the first two series there but I didn't see them. So, how can I (legally) view the first two series? [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Jul 11, 2016 - 7 answers

What happened... In the Woods?

I've got a question about Tana French's In the Woods, which is an excellent mystery novel. To ask my question, however, I'll have to spoil a significant part of the story's mystery. [more inside]
posted by meese on Jul 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Who is/was/are Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache? What are their quotes?

On goodreads, there is a page dedicated to fifteen looong quotes from a writer ostensibly named “Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache”. This writer exists nowhere else on the Internet. They are a complete mystery. It seems likely that VKMI is a pseudonym for some other writer, a bundle of misattributed content, or a deliberate puzzle. If anyone can help solve this mystery, whether by identifying the authors or sourcing the quotes, I’d be grateful. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jun 7, 2016 - 4 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

Flower ID

What is this flower? It's been identified as a yellow lupine, but my better half doubts it and wants a second opinion. Since I don't know any group of people more opinionated that Mefites, here we are.
posted by pjern on Jun 2, 2016 - 6 answers

The mysterious case of the non-allergic allergies

I have had "allergies" my entire life that seemed to culminate in a gasping cough last year, which sent me to an allergist (among other doctors), which found that I don't have allergies. All of the testing was negative. Except I frequently get bouts of what seems like severe allergies--nonstop sneezing, nonstop headaches, exhaustion, bad post-nasal drop--and nothing helps. Now it's worse than ever and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on May 5, 2016 - 27 answers

Is this a real book?

There's a book used as a prop on the tv show Elementary and I'm wondering if it's real or not. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Apr 21, 2016 - 3 answers

Why are these bikes in a tree?

A friend sent me this photo of bikes locked up in a tree: http://imgur.com/JFvAVoN. Any guesses on what's going on here?
posted by morninj on Apr 14, 2016 - 19 answers

What is this mystery logo?

On occasion, I see large-ish stickers of a red-and-white logo that have been put up on signs, utility boxes, construction hoardings, bus shelters, etc. The best way I can describe it is that it looks like a cross between the New England Patriots logo and a slightly abstract/geometic handgun. [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink on Mar 5, 2016 - 5 answers

How many murders did Jessica Fletcher solve?

In the TV show Murder, She Wrote, how many murder cases total did Jessica Fletcher solve? [more inside]
posted by baf on Mar 1, 2016 - 7 answers

"The oysters were delighted" song lyrics?

Song detectives, can you crack this crazy-tough one? Way back in the early '90s we had a mixtape with a song that included the phrase (we think) "the oysters were delighted!" I think the mixtape's theme was moon-related. [more inside]
posted by taz on Feb 18, 2016 - 11 answers

Why does my smoke detector beep when I turn on a light?

I have a battery-operated smoke detector that consistently beeps a loud alarm several times whenever I turn on a nearby light. What's setting it off? [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Jan 27, 2016 - 15 answers

Newsmagazine covers Avery?

I'm seeking the dateline,20/20, or the 48 hours which covered the Avery trial. [more inside]
posted by femmme on Jan 11, 2016 - 1 answer

How to identify mystery "click-clock" sound on MacBook Pro (OSX10.11.2)

My 2011 15" MacBook Pro makes occasional "click-clock" sounds when I'm doing things. It sounds like the sound-effect of a radio button being changed or some other innocuous event, but it happens when I'm doing something else in another window (or even on another screen). It's not a sound I ever hear when I'm actually doing something that causes the sound. How can I figure out what it is? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Jan 8, 2016 - 12 answers

What animal is tis desiccated carcass?

A friend snapped this photo and is wondering what it is. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Jan 6, 2016 - 12 answers

Help Me Remember This Movie, It's driving me nuts!

Thre's a movie I remember watching on cable way back when I was a kid. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 answers

What's this song played by a toy?

What is this song? A toy plays it (hence the sound quality), and I'm sure I've heard it before, but can't place it.
posted by keltanen on Jan 3, 2016 - 3 answers

Weird little dots

Can you identify this interesting orange and black lichen? Is it a lichen? Is it two? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Dec 30, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I pinpoint the source of this credit card fraud?

Two times within a little more than a month--once in early November, and now again today, a credit card of mine has been compromised. It's the same card. I'm lucky that Chase seems to be pretty on top of fraud prevention, but this is mystifying and annoying. How do I figure out what's going on and make it stop? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Dec 14, 2015 - 12 answers

My Nissan Versa has...sprung a leak? Maybe?

A mysterious wet spot has appeared in my car and I don't know where it came from. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Dec 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Help identify this set of dishes

We bought this 70s looking stoneware set and are kind of obsessed with it...can you help me find out more about it? [more inside]
posted by kelseyq on Dec 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Data-loss-filter

I (probably ill-advisedly) left my computer to be used by a family member for a few months. Upon returning, there are a number of folders missing, and other folders have had their names lowercased. What? The interim user swears up and down that they've no idea how it happened- and they are a mid-to-very competent computer user. It's all backed up and therefore safe, but those files are simply gone for no apparent reason. So what sort of gremlin 1) deleted files and 2) lowercased some folder names? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Nov 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Movie where meat was the gift

I remember one scene from a movie -- but what movie is it? A boy is sitting on the floor watching TV. We know that the kid's dad is a butcher. The boy is thinking about what he wants for Christmas (there's a narrator) -- typical toys. The Dad walks in with a large package wrapped in white paper and throws it on the floor and says "Hey kid, Merry Christmas" in a totally flat tone. We know the package is a side of beef or something like that, but I can't remember how we know that. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Nov 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Start making sense

I’m looking for suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat movies (horror, mystery, thriller, action) that are reasonably realistic and have a conclusive, unambiguous ending. When watching movies, I’m always willing to suspend some disbelief, but only up to a point. I’m turned off by gaping holes in the plot line, implausible twists, and puzzling endings. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Nov 8, 2015 - 26 answers

You Tube suggestions

Why does YouTube always suggest Vietnamese videos to me, even though I don't speak Vietnamese, I've never clicked on a video in Vietnamese or from Vietnam, and no one in my house has either? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 5, 2015 - 14 answers

Can a molecule walk?

What is going on in this animation? Is this real?
posted by Tom-B on Oct 31, 2015 - 8 answers

What is this WAP request that is showing up in my Google Voice app?

I have a weird (what appears to be) link attempting to get my phone to follow a URL that is a WAP request. What the? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Oct 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Half-remembered Caribbean pop hit

There has been a song on the tip of my mental tongue, as it were, for about three weeks now and I am hoping some genius mefite can recognize it from my fragmentary description. It is Caribbean in flavour and I am 90% sure it was recorded in the sixties. Unfortunately about all I have is part of the chorus. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Oct 6, 2015 - 17 answers

What is a collateral holder?

I stayed at a hotel in Washington, DC and there was a minibar in my room. The minibar menu listed overpriced little bottles of liquor and snacks and also a "collateral holder" for $45. But what is it? [more inside]
posted by The Giant Rat of Sumatra on Oct 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Severe GERD or something more?

I may need GERD surgery, but my symptoms are unusual, and I don't know what to do. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Oct 3, 2015 - 7 answers

mystery object filter

Someone left a thing with a free sign at work. Let's play! Top view with accessories. Inside. Bottom . [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me find identify this video game based on my misty recollections!

I saw a game on Steam about a week ago that intrigued me. I want to ask my more video game savvy friend about it, but since I have no idea what it's called and now I can't find it, that's proving difficult. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Sep 17, 2015 - 2 answers

What building was that I flew over?

How could you find a building when all you know about it is what it looks like from above and roughly where it is (with a large margin of error, giving a triangle with an area of about 1,900 square miles)? Is there any tool/database/search that might help with this, or would finding it be a matter of putting the question to people who live in the area (or, for the less social, strictly a brute-force problem)? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Sep 10, 2015 - 21 answers

Identify this water creature

Identify mystery water creature. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Sep 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Did someone just try to Blair Witch my Toyota?

Sometime in the past three months, someone tied a six inch length of twine (with an acorn hot-glued to one end) to the undercarriage of my car. Trying to figure out why -- pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Sep 6, 2015 - 27 answers

What built/made this?

I noticed this on a plant in my garden a while ago but didn't have time to look at it properly. At the time it seemed scaley and white. Now its purple and irridescent with a noticeable honeycomb structure. What is it? Picture here [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Aug 29, 2015 - 1 answer

SPAKE MAG B.M. 507.885

What does B.M. 507.885 with a little metal cap next to it embossed SPAKE MAG mean? I saw this very carefully (and kind of beautifully) added to some concrete edging near the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building in my neighborhood and I'm wondering what it might mean. Construction symbols? Telecom stuff? A secret code or artwork of some sort?
posted by limeonaire on Aug 25, 2015 - 8 answers

A garden mystery: why does this butterfly house swing on its own?

Asking for a friend: she has a butterfly house gourd in her back yard, suspended from a wrought iron hook standing in her garden. Each evening, it begins to swing of its own accord. Can you solve this mystery? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Aug 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Mystery itching problem, I think i've tried everything.

It doesn't seem to be candida, mites, fleas, dry skin, or psychosomatic. I've lived in three different states, changing bedding and soaps as I go but it has followed me over the past year. [more inside]
posted by y0ttabyte on Aug 14, 2015 - 31 answers

Phantom laptop access?

Is there a way for a closed laptop to automatically connect to the internet without someone opening it? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Aug 13, 2015 - 4 answers

PO Box Mystery

Can you help me solve the mystery of how my name became associated with my parents' PO Box? [more inside]
posted by Sibrax on Aug 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Why did bleach turn these white pants pink?

My girlfriend recently dunked white pants in bleach water and before our very eyes some previously light yellow stains turned bright pink. What caused that? [more inside]
posted by komara on Aug 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Lush filter: discontinued product ID

Can anyone identify these ancient Lush products? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Jul 27, 2015 - 8 answers

What is this mysterious green Japanese seasoning?

My son wants to make rice balls that he made in his Japanese class and his teacher was kind enough to give him some of the seasoning they used. It looks like this (flickr). [more inside]
posted by antipodes on Jul 17, 2015 - 7 answers

The Will and the Windows

What are these peculiar protuberances in three windows of a Manhattan skyscraper? [more inside]
posted by MimeticHaHa on Jul 14, 2015 - 9 answers

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