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Mystery Implement, kitchen edition

Going through our kitchen gadget drawer, we can across what looks like nothing so much as a wand. It has a label on it that says it's from Scotland. What is this thing?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Apr 16, 2013 - 7 answers

books about bright young things behaving badly

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 - 25 answers

I have the world's largest collection of WEG Pottery, but who was WEG?

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 - 6 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

Finding the lost soldiers of WWI, mystery edition

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 - 39 answers

Every step you take you make the dancefloor shake

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 - 2 answers

What is this thing?

What is this thing? It's chrome, about 9 inches long, and arrived in a care package from a co-worker's grandmother's house.
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu on Mar 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Whose tooth is this?

I found an animal tooth in the couch cushions. Help me narrow down who it might have belonged to. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Mar 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Decode This German Shorthand Mystery Letter From 1939!

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 - 28 answers

Your tracing paper is in another castle

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 - 35 answers

Choose the new face of Mount Rushmore (why?)

Who or what is behind Rushmorevote.com? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Mar 11, 2013 - 8 answers

What is this thing in my friend's bathroom?

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 - 5 answers

What's the deal with programming author Yashavant Kanetkar?

This comment 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 - 2 answers

What is this animal organ/fetus/embryo my cat brought in?

What is this thing my cat brought to my porch? http://i.imgur.com/cejZcGe.jpg It appears to be something between an animal fetus and organ. When I turned it over it looked the same on the other side. There were no visible eyes/mouth/features. It was larger than a quarter and there was no blood present. A possum visits regularly, and the area has many moles, birds, and raccoons.
posted by Locative on Mar 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Another Mystery Book

I loved this book as a kid in the early 90s. Please help me identify it! [more inside]
posted by florencetnoa on Jan 29, 2013 - 2 answers

Can you help identify this Christmas Present?

Can you help identify this Christmas Present? [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Jan 20, 2013 - 20 answers

We've lived together ten years and I don't even know his name.

What kind of plant is this? The coloring is similar to alternanthera dentata, but the leaf shape is wrong.
posted by roger ackroyd on Jan 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me fill in this vague recollection of a story I read?

Help me fill in this vague recollection of a story I read? I read it probably as recently as last year. I don't remember if it's a short story or an incident in a novel. [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Where the hell is my laptop hard drive?

I have lost my laptop's internal HD. Please help me find it. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 16, 2013 - 19 answers

Find the Mystery Halloween House

A few years ago (at least 3 years but probably 5 or more), I was driving with my mom and we saw the extremely decorated house in these pictures: [more inside]
posted by jaimystery on Jan 16, 2013 - 7 answers

What does this bar of soap say?

My mom has a bar of soap that I probably gave her as a gift several years ago. We're trying to figure out what language, if any, the logo/brandname are in and what it means. It could be mirrored or upside down but it still doesn't look like any character set I recognize. The soap was probably purchased at a fair trade store so it could be from anywhere.
posted by ChrisHartley on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Who is the artist of this painting?

My mom wants to figure out the artist of this painting. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jan 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Veet-suhl-zoot-ehn; high-falootin'.

What is this non-English, possibly German word? Sounds like veetsul zooten, means emotional from an impending change. [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Jan 3, 2013 - 9 answers

On a perfume-hunt

Help me find this perfume [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Dec 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Sex on the brain - what are these strange electric pulses?

Sometimes when I have a sexual thought, I can literally feel a buzz, a reaction in my brain just above the ears on both sides of my head, almost an electrical feeling, usually in two short pulses. What is this? Do you experience it? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Mystery Puking

My daughter throws up after she showers. (And a few other times, too.) It's been going on for nine days. What could be causing my kid's mystery vomiting, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Dec 12, 2012 - 43 answers

Which post-Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories are worth reading?

What are the best non-Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, collections, and novels?
posted by jsturgill on Dec 7, 2012 - 20 answers

The guy with the blue t-shirt

What is the graphic on the t-shirt Reg Keeland is wearing in this photo?
posted by Jairus on Dec 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Mystery Book Hunt

BookFilter: The sketchy detail kind. This is about a young adult novel, available by the early 80s, set among a family of artists or writers in, I think, New York City. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Dec 6, 2012 - 5 answers

What's this humorous SF mystery?

What's this humorous SF mystery? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for great crime novels with some depth

Seeking recommendations for (non-American/British) crime novels that also serve as interesting social commentary [more inside]
posted by 1901gunner on Dec 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Electricians/IT experts: Can you solve this mystery?

My computer cycles off without warning, and it's on a battery pack/surge protector UPS. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Nov 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Eternal Clearance Sale of the Spotless Suburban Strip-Mall

Please satisfy my curiosity re: The Never-Ending Clearance Sale Event. [more inside]
posted by trunk muffins on Nov 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Snowy accident mystery film

I would like to find the name of a film I saw a decade ago. To my recollection, it came out in 1992-1993 and had a male lead whose name I recognized at the time. A couple are driving in a snowstorm and go off the road. The wife disappears and the man makes his way to town (in Colorado, I believe). He tells the sheriff and others that he doesn't know what happened to his wife, but she shows up and it is revealed that he tried to have her killed for financial gain.
posted by Radiophonic Oddity on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

CONTINUUM YEARS

There's a strange poster that's been posted all over my neighborhood in Vancouver. I can't figure out whether it's viral marketing, obscure religious propaganda or somebody's strange idée fixe. Can you help me figure out what it means? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on Oct 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Is it zombie-Thyme?

What is the mystery plant growing in what used to be my (indoor, potted) thyme? (Pics inside) [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Oct 26, 2012 - 10 answers

What's this weird bathroom cabinet-like thing for?

My friend's apartment had a small fixture in the bathroom that I've never seen before. Help me identify it. [more inside]
posted by Fuego on Oct 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Ceiling Cat has nothing on Ceiling Bugs!

With the first real rain of the season. it is now time for BUGS TO DROP OUT OF MY CEILING! What are they? (pix inside) [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Oct 22, 2012 - 10 answers

What is this mystery code token?

Mystery token! What is it's use? What is it made of? When was it made? What do the numbers mean? What do the letters mean? What does the grid mean? What does the dial mean? What is the significance of AM? What does W. & H. CO. mean? [more inside]
posted by clorox on Sep 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Mystery Item filter

What is this tool used for? [more inside]
posted by hector horace on Sep 5, 2012 - 9 answers

The Mystery of the Rusty Broken Thingamajig

What the crazy heck is this rusty antique yard implement a friend found under their house? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Sep 5, 2012 - 8 answers

The Great Meatball Mystery

This weekend, IKEA is offering a food special where the price of your meal is deducted from furniture orders of $100 or more. In the fine print, I noticed an unusual clause: "Swedish meatballs not included in restaurant offer at IKEA Carson." Everyone loves Ikea's Swedish meatballs, but is the meatball market really THAT much more robust in Carson, CA? What's the deal?
posted by bowbeacon on Aug 31, 2012 - 7 answers

What are these tiny white pellets on my desk?

What are these mystery pellets on my desk? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Aug 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Mystery boat filter.

Can you identify my mystery sailboat and sail? [more inside]
posted by slateyness on Aug 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Phantom push notifications from Words With Friends. WTF?

Phantom push notifications from Words With Friends. WTF? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Aug 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Major Mistress Mystery Missed: Madame Makes Masses Manic!

In 2010, the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian died at age 91. An apartment she had kept locked in Paris since 1940 was finally opened and among the items found in the apartment was a gorgeous painting of her grandmother by italian artist Giovanni Boldini. Every article about the discovery focuses on Marthe & Giovanni and the painting. My friends and I are far more interested in the granddaughter... Can you help us find details? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Aug 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me find this book set in Venice!

Book search: looking to find the title/author of a mystery set in Venice. Likely NOT Donna Leon, the mystery features a married British couple in Venice on vacation. Plot elements may include a suitcase of books, a murder that takes place at a film festival or fashion show. The couple become involved in solving the case. Published in the last decade, perhaps. Thanks!
posted by kidelo on Jul 21, 2012 - 5 answers

A Mystery Band of Double PJ Harveys

Help my identify a band I heard earlier this year! Two Scottish girls that sound like two PJ Harveys... [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Jul 13, 2012 - 13 answers

What were these flying 'stars' I saw yesterday evening?

Yesterday evening I was looking at the sky and noticed a star like object flying across the sky. As I watched I noticed there were 5 or so more... and then a moment later even more, perhaps 9 or 10, moving at the same speed across the sky, South to North, at a rather slow pace, yet I got the impression they were very high up so in actual fact moving at some speed. I called out to the wife to see them and she saw them also. So I guess the question is, what objects flying across the sky may look like stars moving? I thought satellites but never thought they flew in clusters like that. [more inside]
posted by razzman on Jul 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Mystery Puzzles for Grownups

I'm looking for mystery puzzles for adults. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Jul 3, 2012 - 9 answers

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