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What is an Intervox? Can I use it to take over the world?

What is this crazy sci-fi looking device I bought at a salvage store? It has knobs, a compass, and a bizarre spinning top. [more inside]
posted by agropyron on May 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Where can I find inspiration for a postal adventure project?

Where could I find ideas about creating an adventure/mystery/game for friends over the summer, via postal service? [more inside]
posted by troybob on May 22, 2009 - 4 answers

You've got something on your head there

I've just poured myself a Dark Horse Brewery Tres Blueberry Stout. A slow, steady pour that left a modest head on top. And then a droplet or two skidded around over the foam like a water droplet on a hot frypan for maybe five seconds before disappearing. Darndest thing I've ever seen. Beer geniuses, how did this happen? How can I make it happen again?
posted by ardgedee on May 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Those cranes have to move SOMEtime

When do the cranes in the Port of Oakland actually MOVE? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on May 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Interrogate the Mystery Writers

I need questions to ask a panel of mystery writers, some of them cross-dressing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2009 - 7 answers

The accessory president?

What's on Obama's right wrist?
posted by oxford blue on Apr 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Must-Read Mysteries, Pre-1920!

I'm rediscovering the mystery genre and am looking for a fantastic mystery story to read, specifically something older--I'm getting interested in what happened in the genre during and immediately after World War I, so I'm specifically interested in stories/books published before 1920. Elements of international intrigue are a plus. Please, mystery lovers, help me out! Thank you in advance.
posted by teamparka on Apr 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Texan mystery

What city in Texas could be represented by the number 93711195? Or the string GECAAAABA? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Apr 7, 2009 - 52 answers

It's not a Triffid, because salt water doesn't kill it.

This plant has been trying to take over my side yard. What is it? [more inside]
posted by lleachie on Mar 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Guitarists, can you identify this acoustic guitar music?

Hi guitarists! Help me identify some mystery jazz guitar. [more inside]
posted by ldenneau on Mar 23, 2009 - 4 answers

What does гомули mean?

On the 21st of March I had a large increase of page views on my blog. The keyword was гомули which Babelfish translates from the Russian as gomuli. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Mar 22, 2009 - 10 answers

What mystery needs a mirror to solve?

Need help remembering the title of a line of young adult books from the 80s involving mysteries and requiring a mirror to solve. [more inside]
posted by charlesv on Mar 18, 2009 - 4 answers


Phone mystery: "The number you have reached is temporarily disconnected" -- except it's not! [more inside]
posted by mothershock on Mar 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Please help me identify these songs!

So I recently came to the end of correcting all the ID3 tags on my massive music collection. The last 14 or so took me more time than I'm willing to admit to track down information on. But I knew at the end which two would remain. I've had these two songs in my collection for at least a decade now, and every time I've tried to find any information on the song titles, artist, or even lyrics, I've turned up nothing. I've tried all kinds of tricks I know for finding even the most obscure information on the internet, but still nothing. As a firm believer that anything which exists can be found on the internet, I find myself troubled that these songs, which clearly exist, apparently do not. Help me out, and try to cure my madness? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Mar 5, 2009 - 9 answers

We haven't had a chance to formally meet the new neighbors..

What kind of creature is living in our backyard? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Mar 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Which Wolfe?

Nero Wolfe Filter: Give me your choices for best Nero Wolfe novels. I recently finished my first Wolfe mystery -- Some Buried Caesar -- and of course I need more. Here's the thing: I refuse to let myself get obsessed. There is no way I am going to allow myself to plow through all 30-plus novels and god knows how many short stories. [more inside]
posted by dzot on Feb 24, 2009 - 13 answers

Metafilter and the Case of the Obscured Book Cover

Help me figure out what book this person is reading based on the cover, a mostly obscured title, and guesstimate of letters in the author's last name. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Feb 24, 2009 - 12 answers

What is this grain?

Mystery grain. [more inside]
posted by Bezuhin on Feb 23, 2009 - 10 answers

pan. zoom out. repeat.

gmaps filter: what am i looking at? [more inside]
posted by sponge on Feb 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Mystery dust.

A mysterious gray film/residue is appearing on all of the plastic in my apartment. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Feb 17, 2009 - 21 answers

What was this book series I read as a kid?

Help me remember the book series I loved as a kid. I can't even remember the genre, but I think it had sci-fi elements, and the kids possibly solved mysteries. I don't remember much, but I know one of the main characters was called Watch, because he always wore multiple watches. [more inside]
posted by spockette on Feb 16, 2009 - 3 answers

They're not solar panels.

Does anybody know what the strange derelict objects are in this video? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

What is this strange sea creature?

Can anyone identify this mysterious sea creature? My sister saw four of them swimming at the surface in Boca Raton, FL. They were undulating like squids; when contracted they look like black slugs, when stretched they look like that fellow in the photo. An entire crowd formed to watch, as they were so very weird.
posted by miffed on Jan 22, 2009 - 7 answers

How do PI's dig up dirt on people?

Where can I find out more about the investigation techniques used by private investigators? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Who painted the paintings in Synecdoche, New York?

Who painted the actual paintings (nudes, mostly) credited to the character Adele Lack in the movie Synecdoche, New York?
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Jan 15, 2009 - 3 answers

What book did the Jonathan Creek writers read?

Tonight I was watching the Jonathan Creek episode titled "Gallows Gate". A man appears to die when he jumps out of a second story window but is later seen murdering his ex-girl friend. I know that I read this story in a book (without the magician elements of Jonathan Creek) but I can't remember the book or the detective. Help me sleep tonight by identifying this book
posted by metahawk on Jan 14, 2009 - 2 answers

What's this folksy 1960s pop tune?

Anyone know this song? Sorry, I only have that excerpt.) Sounds like a 1960s folk-pop tune. In case you don't feel like downloading it, the lyrics are along these lines: I gotta get the world off my back / Pretty soon I'm gonna crack / so I gotta get the world offa my back somehow ... I grew up and looked around me and I saw that the world was in a mess / thousands of hungry people, children starving in wars, injustice, and everybody kept picking on me ... I had no luck searching with the lyrics online. Thanks for any help you can provide!
posted by ktoad on Jan 8, 2009 - 3 answers

Mysterious plastic shark

What is this blue plastic shark meant to do? [more inside]
posted by neroli on Jan 6, 2009 - 12 answers

What ARE these?

Please help us identify these confounding objects! Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Dec 30, 2008 - 14 answers

What was this CD we listened to?

My Husband and I previewed a CD on display at Ear X-tacy in Louisville this weekend, vowed to remember the name of the artist, then promptly forgot it! We're from out of town. Here's what we (possibly inaccurately) remember: "-landia" was in the CD title. The CD cover was grey / B&W with a graphic design on the front, the music was electronica / orchestral / melodic. I remember thinking the artist might be icelandic / scandinavian from a quick glance at the artist's name, etc.
posted by FortyT-wo on Dec 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Mysterious truck in Soho London.

What is this device? And what was this truck doing in Central London (Soho) today? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Dec 25, 2008 - 7 answers

What are these pink eggs?

Hey, what lives inside these weird little pink eggs? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Dec 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Randomly Appearing Mystery Keys

Mystery Mailbox Key: I found a strange key in my mailbox, and another arrived at a friend's house nearby. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead on Dec 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Glycerin tears and Encyclopedia Brown

Which Encyclopedia Brown book had the story about tear ducts? [more inside]
posted by vilthuril on Dec 2, 2008 - 20 answers

Please help a North American find a great new British mystery on DVD.

What is the latest and greatest murder mystery series or procedural series on British TV that I can get on DVD for my Canadian husband? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Dec 2, 2008 - 15 answers

Mystery book mystery

I'm looking for a short mystery stories book I read in a library. One of the stories is where a character comes up a flight of stairs and thinks he sees something (a murder?) in someone's apartment, but it's actually some kind of mirrored reflection of a mirrored reflection of someone through a window across the street. The book/collection was published before 1996 and if I remember correctly, was all short story mysteries of 5 to 20 pages.
posted by cashman on Nov 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Colonization: Lost in Space?

YAWWTPCGQ (yet another "what was that PC game?" question) [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Nov 14, 2008 - 5 answers

What the heck is that?

Can you identify this implement? [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Nov 12, 2008 - 4 answers

Mystery song

Can anyone tell me what this is? if you wouldnt mind having a look see i would be much obliged
posted by chelegonian on Nov 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Mysterious men with a mysterious machine...

A few years ago at a restaurant in a small Southern town, I witnessed a strange event involving a group of serious-looking elderly men, a bunch of coins, and a mysterious contraption… [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on Oct 29, 2008 - 9 answers

Classic Mac game?

Classic Mac game? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Oct 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Do pick-up techniques work ?

Has any member of the hivemind had any success using the many techniques and/or attitudes featured on shows like "The Pick up Artist" or books like Neil Strauss' "the Game" and "Rules of the Game"? [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos on Oct 20, 2008 - 35 answers

Help me identify this series of mystery books.

Name that series of myster books! These books would have been found in Australian primary schools, any clues appreciated! [more inside]
posted by tomble on Oct 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me identify this short film.

Help me identify this short film. A man was having dinner in a big table when he notices the figure of an old lady through the shadows of the room next to where he was eating. Although there were more people with him he was the only one that saw her. When he finished he asks one of the servants if there was an old woman working in the house. He is told that indeed there was a lady with his description but that she had died earlier that day.
posted by alasdefuego on Oct 8, 2008 - 0 answers

Good Toronto bookstores?

I will be traveling through Toronto (from Detroit area) on the way to Muskoka soon and I am looking for some good bookstores in the region. I am interested in everything, but I really have a yen for good mystery and crime fiction. Any ideas?
posted by cows of industry on Oct 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Names of the locations in these old slides?

Need help identifying some places (and maybe even people?) in a bunch of old slides I found at a thrift shop. [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Sep 27, 2008 - 4 answers

What are these weird posts on the sidewalk in Manhattan?

What are these weird posts on the sidewalk in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Sep 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Gift guessing that involves height, weight, birth date, address?

Gift guessing filter: help me think of what this could be. [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Aug 31, 2008 - 11 answers

Help ID this peach

Help me identify a peach! I work for an orchard. We planted what we were sold as doughnut peach trees but they're not bearing doughnut peaches; they're bearing mystery peaches. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Aug 26, 2008 - 10 answers

I can name that tune in less than 90 seconds.

What is this song? Sharon Jones? Alice Russell? Googling lyrics yields nothing, but AskMe has to know...Obviously I need an iPhone with Listen.
posted by deliriouscool on Aug 21, 2008 - 4 answers

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