Someone help (Please). I remember reading a book at School in about 1979-1980, although it may have been printed way before that, it was similar to Tin Tin, and may have been about A Adventurer in space. It also contained a section where our adventurer meets aliens (I think) and you were provided with a Translation section!! Any ideas, i know it's vague, but it's kinda driving me nuts.
PS I'm from England so it might be a English publication.
posted by maxmix
on Dec 1, 2005 -
Our kitchen has smelled like pleasantly spiced cooked sausage since last Saturday afternoon. But we didn't cook sausage that day. In fact, we haven't cooked sausage since we moved into this new townhouse 2 months ago. [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on Nov 16, 2005 -
I'm trying to track down information about an incident where a murder victim's body was disposed of in an industrial crucible. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo
on Oct 29, 2005 -
How do 'they' do this? Google the word "failure" and click "I'm feeling lucky.
posted by bobduckles
on Oct 26, 2005 -
I want to write my own "How To Host A Murder"-type interactive party game. Any suggestions or resources? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects
on Sep 22, 2005 -
Today The Guardian published the group photograph of delegates to the World Summit at the UN. There is a key to who all these smiling faces are which is useful, except two gentlemen are listed simply as 'unidentified'. Would anybody like to take a guess as to who they are? [images inside] [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless
on Sep 16, 2005 -
What is this
? (Closeup of the business end here
.) It's ostensibly a kitchen utensil, or at least the person I'm asking this for thinks it's a kitchen utensil.
posted by mendel
on Aug 8, 2005 -
Someone (evil) lately introduced me to Sue Grafton... No, no, her books, I mean. But what else? [more inside]
posted by carmina
on Jul 9, 2005 -
I live in Los Angeles, and everyday I see cars on the road with a small paper/placard, usually in the lower-left corner of the rear windshield, that displays the number '6'. They all have (as far as I can tell) a red background with the '6' done in white, and the cards are about 3-4 inches square. What the heck are these things, and why do I see them everywhere?
posted by rooftop secrets
on Jun 12, 2005 -
Was the riff in Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" given to Mark Knopfler by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, or is that just a myth?
posted by mr.marx
on Jun 3, 2005 -
My parents saw a bumper sticker that says Porta O Theos on it, and don't know what it means. [more inside]
posted by apathy0o0
on May 30, 2005 -
Show my boss the power of AskMe by indentifying this half-remembered mystery story/novel for her, please... [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt
on May 19, 2005 -
I need help remembering where I saw a particular comedy sketch. The one portion that I remember was Fred Schneider (of the B-52s) or someone who was supposed to be him following a person around and while the person is going to the bathroom in a public stall, Fred pops his head up over the door and sings "Everybody's taking a poopoo!" I think this was during the early 90s. I thought it might have been the Ben Stiller show, but I just saw the DVD of that show and it was not, in fact, on that show. Help!
posted by stefnet
on Dec 26, 2004 -
Here's a challenge. Anyone happen to recognize the book whose cover is partially revealed/shown here
? I think it looks like Ralph Nader. My friend thinks it's Al Pacino. But neither panned out. Ideas?
posted by beingdaddy
on Dec 8, 2004 -
Canadian song alert: I'm trying to remember a tune that was played incessantly on Canadian (or at least, St. Lawrence Valley-area) commercial radio sometime in the 1990s. [MI] [more inside]
posted by skoosh
on Oct 17, 2004 -
Occassionally found on the sidewalks of Seattle, and probably other cities, steel blue columns stand about three feet tall, bolted down to the concrete. About seven inches in diameter, they are topped with a cap one foot tall with a door in the side. A padlock keeps the door shut. What are these things
? [more inside]
posted by tomharpel
on Sep 18, 2004 -
I have seen numbers on the back of books that puzzle me; they look like this: 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13
. What do these mean?
posted by msacheson
on Aug 16, 2004 -
A couple of friends of mine were recently discussing some old French cartoons and would love any help tracking them down you might be able to provide. Even names, general info, etc. would be appreciated. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by shotsy
on Aug 5, 2004 -
It must have been circa September 1995 - January 1996... I saw this book at the art museum book store. I can't recall the artist's name and I have wished that I wrote it down or bought the book ever since.... it was paintings of people working in a quarry like setting and the walls and rocks and boulders had words on them. I remember red... like some of the paintings were done in shades of red (this might be my memory playing tricks on me). Any idea who the artist is? I've never been able to track he/she/it down.
posted by pissfactory
on Jul 14, 2004 -
Do you recognize this story? Perhaps 15 years ago, I saw a short film or PBS show about a fictional world where it rained for a decade, and then the sun would come out for one day. The show focused on a school full of children, who were preparing for the sun to make one of its rare appearences. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow
on Jul 13, 2004 -
I have a vague, sketchy recollection of a book series I used to read in 2nd and 3rd grade (20 years ago). It was about two young girls, friends, who solved mysteries together. They also had a dog that loved salami. I believe the were normal books, not comic books, but each book had cartoony pictures of "crime scenes" and such, with little arrows pointing out certain clues (kinda like Bernie Mac, except funny). Anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?
posted by emptybowl
on Jul 9, 2004 -
Prompted by the unsolved codes thread in the blue, I'm trying to remember the name of one that I didn't see there. I think I read about it on MeFi at some point. ISTR that it took (takes?) the form of annual ads in a college newspaper (out west somewhere?) on a given day. For some reason May Day is stuck in my head, but googling for it doesn't reveal anything. This went on for several years, and may still be occuring, but no one has ever figured out what it's all about. Does this ring any bells for anyone? My google fu is failing, and I'm going bonkers!
posted by jammer
on May 18, 2004 -
I once spent an evening in Wadi Rhum
listening to (and eventually jamming with) a bunch of Bedouin camel-jockeys / tour-guides. They played different sized sitars and what seemed to be a relative of the violin. The music used similar keys and rhythms to Flamenco, but faster, with 1/4 tone intervals and single-note lines (i.e.: no chords). The sitar players used a long plectrum, held like a pen.
What might be the name of this style of music, and what artists/recordings should I search for? [more inside]
posted by signal
on May 7, 2004 -
Its recently been discovered that i can pick up a 70-or-so channel cable broadcast on my uhf/vhf antenna. While hoping not to jinx myself, i ask, does anyone know how this may be occurring? more inside. [more inside]
posted by c
on Apr 6, 2004 -
A friend found a position to which she wants to apply in the newspaper. The ad lists a fax number, but the number is wrong and calls someone's residence. I tried all the various combinations of area codes and exchanges and went through the yellow pages, seeking similar phone numbers. None of that worked. So, I believe the fault is in the last 4 digits, which are 3652. I tried 3852 and 3682.
Since the paper's ad department will not be open until tomorrow and I believe my friend will score big points with the employer if we can crack this mystery and have her fax sitting there first thing Monday morning, do any of you have some ideas?
posted by mischief
on Apr 4, 2004 -
In an interview, Joseph Heller talks about Catch-22 and a pun based on the character Sheisskopf. He says there's an additional pun in the book, which at the time of the interview, no one had found. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by lasm
on Dec 23, 2003 -