I found this object in a cigar box: Mystery Object views 1
. It weighs about an ounce according to my kitchen scale. It seems to be broken off of something or a piece of it was broken off (image 3). [more inside]
posted by backwords
on Oct 20, 2013 -
My great aunt recently passed away, and I was given this painting
that she made. I know this is probably a wild goose chase, but I would love to figure out who is the subject. [more inside]
posted by jpdoane
on Oct 20, 2013 -
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 -
I've just been put in charge of the mystery section at my bookstore. I enjoy reading mystery, but I haven't read a lot of contemporary stuff. What authors/books/series would you suggest to give me a good survey of the past 10 years? And what mysteries can you suggest for my tastes (after the break)? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9
on Oct 9, 2013 -
There's a song Mike & the bots half-coherently sing a couple of times in Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode 519 "Outlaw of Gor." What is it? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok
on Oct 4, 2013 -
A few weeks ago, a package was sent to my apartment from someone I didn't know in Chicago ( I live in California) They had my full name and address and I had never heard of their name. The package contained one cheap hairbrush with the tag still on. I assumed it was a mistake and forgot about it. There was no note. [more inside]
posted by tessalations999
on Sep 28, 2013 -
I found an old MP3 with "Fazenda de Inhauma" as the title, some blog track I picked up years ago. I googled it
and as best I can tell, it's a song about a neighborhood in Rio de Jainero that's been covered tons of times.
So, what's the deal? Is it a favela party standard? Who made it big? Why are there so many versions? What does the song mean, lyrically? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston
on Sep 19, 2013 -
While trimming the hedges in my front yard (single family home located in a suburban area within a large midwest city) this afternoon, I came upon a men's size medium denim jacket underneath one of the hedges under my (first floor) bedroom window. While I think the most obviously explanation is it was probably discarded there for a totally banal reason (e.g. teens fooling around), is it possible that something more sinister is afoot? Is there any reason I should be concerned, and if so, what should I do?
posted by anthropophagous
on Sep 11, 2013 -
i just moved to my new apartment. i can't get the shower to work. the bathtub turns on, but nothing makes the water come out of the shower head. [more inside]
posted by millipede
on Aug 31, 2013 -
I used a HTML typography package years ago and can find neither hide nor hair of it any more. It converted HTML to include proper dashes, curly quotes and other typographic elements. It may have been a blogging engine (or included with one). What was it? [more inside]
posted by jquinby
on Aug 19, 2013 -
Need non-violent game recommendations. Have Xbox 360 (never used), a badass PC, and iPad. Like pretty, detailed environments, exploration, puzzles/deduction, mystery, adventure. Dislike all but the most very mild violence, and also not very good with things that are time-sensitive (like having to do things very, very quickly or have a good reaction time to succeed). Many years ago in the mid-late '90s I enjoyed Myst/Riven, The 7th Guest, Zork Nemesis, the X-Files game, the Titanic game, and a couple other exploring worlds/figuring things out things that I can't remember the names of. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit
on Aug 16, 2013 -
We have three vases of the same shape, same material, different sizes. The smallest one blew up last night... I think... maybe... I dunno. It's a mystery. [more inside]
posted by patheral
on Aug 11, 2013 -
I've had this stuffed object
for many years, since a mystified housemate passed it along to me. No clue what it is supposed to represent. Does it look representative of anything in particular to anyone?
posted by jackbishop
on Jul 29, 2013 -
OK, I've got two tunes that have been bugging me for ages, so I finally tried to get them roughly into MIDI so that maybe they can be identified. First: I could have sworn this was a round by Moondog, beginning with the approximate lyrics "Birds are singing in the morning, in Gotham, where I live" [mp3
], but I can't find it. Second: I think this might be a jazz standard or something? Please pardon the terrible timing. [mp3
posted by moonmilk
on Jul 28, 2013 -
I think I'd like to begin following an author who writes mysteries featuring a regular protagonist and cast of recurring characters, but I have some d'ruthers. Can you help match me up? [more inside]
posted by taz
on Jul 20, 2013 -
In the top left of the main photo on this website
there is a large balloon/bag-like thing that seems to be hanging from the ceiling. Any ideas what it could be?
posted by soymilk
on Jul 16, 2013 -
Looking for a TV show, was on some PBS station a few months ago, likely 'Masterpiece', or 'Mystery' or whatever they are calling it nowadays. So, likely British. A mystery, I think set in early 20th century. Main protagonist/mystery solver is a lady in her 30s? 40s?, she is wealthy. She ends up hiring an assistant/maid who is very relgious, even being afraid of a telephone because she was told it was the work of Satan, but ends up overcoming that fear. The episode I saw had a attempted murder by Turkish Bath of the main character, and some (fake?) abortion provider main theme, with perhaps drug smuggling thrown in. There is, of course, an exasperated police inspector and the end of the show has the main character sitting aaround with her confederates INA restaurant drinking champaign deciding to officially start aa detective agency
posted by edgeways
on Jul 11, 2013 -
I need a new book to read for my upcoming trip (including long flights). It must be available on kindle. Details inside, of the kind of book I am looking for. [more inside]
posted by Joh
on Jul 10, 2013 -
I have been dipping in and out trying to track this show down. I had previously been looking for the clip on the Zodiac killer when I posted this
specific question on the Zodiac in 2009. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon
on Jun 27, 2013 -
Years ago, on TV, I remember seeing a standup comic do a hilarious riff on the idea of Tennessee Williams as an NBA announcer. Anybody remember who this guy was? Bonus points for a YouTube link.
posted by jonmc
on Jun 18, 2013 -
We recently found this piece of art, a bronze plaque, at a table sale. It looks like something created by a known artist, their name is on the tip of my brain, but I'm drawing a blank. Does it ring any bells with any of you? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless
on Jun 17, 2013 -
Cleaning my balcony yesterday, I overturned a bench to find these small eggs attached by a fine, stiff filament • • • •
(or if not egg sacs, what, fungus maybe?). I'd like to know what will be issuing from them. I'm in Sydney, Australia.
posted by unliteral
on Jun 10, 2013 -
We noticed this strange device
on our roof at work. It's not connected to any power source and we're at a loss for what it is. Any ideas?
posted by Cogito
on May 30, 2013 -
I found this rock
by some train tracks today. The rock could be from anywhere since the rock beds for the tracks are often laid with rocks shipped in from everywhere. A Google search hasn't been much help yet. Anyone?
posted by SarahBellum
on May 27, 2013 -
I'd like to get some good mystery movie recommendations from the 80s on.
It's OK if they veer toward the thriller, like Michael Clayton
, ridiculous like Ford Fairlaine
, noirish like Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
, or are a more standard outing with a strong, interesting, well developed detective lead like Zero Effect
. Drawing room mysteries totally A-OK too. Super bonus points if I can stream them now on Hulu plus or Netflix.
posted by jsturgill
on May 16, 2013 -
Does anyone know what happened with the 10 dollar art mystery
? It’s been a while and I can’t find a resolution. There’s the Wiki
, but if it has any more information I didn’t see it.
posted by bongo_x
on May 16, 2013 -
Hello darlings. I'd like your help, specifically in the form of looking at a painting and telling me if you recognize any parts of it from the city you live in, especially if that city is Boston. There's a fair amount of background in terms of what to look for, so please do bear with me. It's all relevant, I promise. [more inside]
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER
on May 14, 2013 -
What in the world could be causing itchy scalp and neck for three members of the same family... but isn't lice? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia
on May 11, 2013 -
So, about a year and a half ago, we bought a house! Awesome. For the first time, I have a back yard and a front yard and a lawn and... stuff
, and I don't know, maybe because I'm old and boring now, I've started to give a crap about making my lawn look nice. Something is really starting to piss me off... [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on May 11, 2013 -
It's actually a series. The protagonist is a female detective, who seems to be in love with her ex-husband, and at some point has to live with him and his new wife because she is injured. I think she has lived with her elderly mother, too. Sorry, not much to go on!
posted by cherrybounce
on May 8, 2013 -
I saw this
swimming around in my outdoor goldfish pond. It's maybe a little over 1/8" in diameter, seems to paddle around carelessly with feet/paddles on its underside. It's kind of flat, roundish and transparent, except for some spidery markings/innards. Seems to have a hint of a tail, and a couple eye-like spots. A search for baby crawfish turns up nothing quite like this. Mysterious how he got in the pond in the first place.
posted by 2N2222
on Apr 18, 2013 -
How do police departments use/search partial license plate information in their investigations? Or incomplete information about cars generally? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Apr 18, 2013 -
The Secret History. The Talented Mr. Ripley. Can you suggest any more books about evil prep-school types? Mystery or psychological thriller elements a plus, but not necessary. Nonfiction is okay too.
posted by Ralston McTodd
on Apr 10, 2013 -
I have a pretty big collection of mod pottery that is all marked WEG. Cake plates, espresso cups, martini pitchers, vases, beatniks smoking on little dishes, horses running around mugs, it's all there. I have been to antiques roadshow, asked a million ebay sellers
about the different stories they use to sell it, grilled antique dealers, and more and have not been able to track down the mysterious WEG. See flickr set here. [more inside]
posted by katinka-katinka
on Apr 6, 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 -
Posting for a friend, who says: "While cleaning up their old barn in Esnom-au-Val, France, my relatives discovered some writings left on the wall by American GIs in the First World War...."
She has their signatures, but does not know what happened next. Please help her track down their fates. Did they make it home? How can she find their survivors (if any) and reconnect them with these signatures? Can you suggest any resources or search strategies? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Asking for a friend:
Sometime within the last four years, I heard a dancehall/calypso song that samples/references "Every Breath You Take" in the chorus, except the line is "every breath you take, you make the dancefloor shake". Does anyone know what this song could be?
posted by sea change
on Mar 30, 2013 -
This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album.
Hivemind: What the hell is this?
posted by The Whelk
on Mar 14, 2013 -
I work in an art supply store. People ask for rolls of tracing paper very frequently, and I'm curious as to what they need them for. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk
on Mar 11, 2013 -
My friend has this thing in her bathroom beside the sink and she doesn't know what it is. It was there when she moved in and the former owners are long gone. Does anyone know what it does and does it have an official name? Like, would I be able to find a new one in a store? Here
is a small gallery of 3 photos I took of it. Thank you!
posted by Sully
on Mar 4, 2013 -
in a Hacker News thread introduced me to Yashavant Kanetkar. Apparently his C programming books are the worst of the worst. Yet somehow, the Indian education system uses his books pervasively. I tried to find out more about this guy and the controversy around him, but web searches turned up a flat nothing. Anyone read his books or know about the story?
posted by scose
on Mar 3, 2013 -