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It's a mystery...

Silly question, surely it's easily answerable but I'm on a computer with no sound and have too much work to do to spend much time looking, so I turn to AskMe in hopes of settling an office disagreement before the workday is over. The classic musical phrase which describes "mystery," "detective," etc. I think it's from a TV show. Tip of my tongue, but I'm drawing a complete blank. It goes, "Duuuuum da-dum dum / Duuuuum da-dum dum dummmmmm...." Notes are: 1, flat-2, flat-3, 1 / 1, flat-2, flat-3, 1, X. Boss says X is a perfect fifth. I say it's a flat-5 Who is correct? And what the heck is it from? Thanks AskMe.
posted by Balonious Assault on Dec 5, 2011 - 12 answers

 

Name this print

Help ID an old print or two. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Nov 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Solve this mystery: Vine Blooms in MA

What, oh garden masters, is this mystery plant? [more inside]
posted by onhazier on Nov 24, 2011 - 17 answers

C'est un mystere!

This is a long shot, but my SO is trying to identify a film he saw 15-20 years ago, in France, that he would love to re-watch. Unfortunately, he's forgotten the title. The film may be French, but we're not 100% sure. He doesn't remember any famous actors starring. Can anyone help? Plot inside... [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Small Mystery Critter in Our House...Help!

We have an unknown critter nibbling the fruit and tomatoes on a counter INSIDE our house (in Miami, Fl). It's hungry enough to eat most of the bait on a mouse trap (say, leaving only the skin on a small slice of pear, as it seems to like fruit), strong enough to somehow move what's left of the bait about 1.5 inches away from the trap, but agile/light enough to not be caught by the trap. No vermin poop nearby that I can see. Ideas what it could be and how to get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by wordworking on Nov 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Reference Books to Write a Thriller

I am wanting to write a novel involving detective work and criminal profiling. (Yes, it may turn out horrid.) I am looking for some reference books that might help me be a little bit more informed. So far, I have gotten Criminal Profiling by Brent Turvey, and Body Trauma by David Page. Anybody have some recommendations?
posted by snap_dragon on Nov 12, 2011 - 11 answers

My mother just wants to see her father's face.

My mother never met her birth father; in fact, she's never even seen a picture of him. She really wants to get a photo of him. How can I make this happen? Complications inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me relieve my boredom.

I'm sick and in bed and bored out of my gourd. Recommend guilty pleasure-type movies for me! Bonus points for government conspiracy / mysteries. [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Nov 5, 2011 - 41 answers

What condition was my condition in?

What medical problem did I experience I few years ago? It baffled the doctors at the time - can you diagnose it now? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 3, 2011 - 13 answers

What is this bizarre email about?

I got an email today straight from the X-files. What does it mean? [more inside]
posted by Ian Scuffling on Oct 22, 2011 - 4 answers

The Case of the Toasted Bookfinderfilter

I'm trying to track down a series of mystery novels to surprise my mother with this Christmas. [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Oct 20, 2011 - 6 answers

I need murder-themed props by 9 a.m. tomorrow for a Portland, Ore., photo shoot. Help!

I need some murder-themed props for a photo shoot, and need to obtain them by 9 a.m. tomorrow in the Portland, Ore., metro area. Help! [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Is he Bond, James Bond?

One of my relatives has a secret military and/or intelligence job. Help me deduce what he does? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Oct 7, 2011 - 20 answers

What was this song with clapping hands and happy singing?

waste-of-a-question filter: Contemporary, upbeat song featuring hand claps. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Oct 4, 2011 - 22 answers

What is this weird circle in Burkina Faso?

What is this feature on the Google Map of Burkina Faso? There's more than one. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Sep 27, 2011 - 7 answers

I don't have a butler, though, so that's right out.

How might one go about having a (murder?) mystery-themed dinner party? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Help identifying mystery (asian?) song

Longshot Music Filter: Please help me identify this (asian?) song from this short, poor quality recording. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Sep 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Nyotaimori seems unlikely

What's the story behind this odd photo? It appears to be from about the early 1960s. Men and women are gathered at the end of a table with various interesting expressions on their faces. A bare pair of mans legs lies on the table, but the remainder of the body (if any) is out of frame.
posted by exogenous on Sep 9, 2011 - 12 answers

Mystery Photo: The Prince of Whales?

What is happening in this vintage photograph I found among my grandmother's photos from her early life? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Sep 5, 2011 - 27 answers

Identify this creature.

What is this mystery creature? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Sep 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Alien life?

What are these strange things growing on my bicycle spoke?!
posted by TheCoug on Sep 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Mystery Plant?

A friend sent this picture of a strange plant that he is trying to identify. He found it growing at his campsite almost underneath a tent that he had left up. He has asked a lot of people if they know what it is and no one has identified it yet. The closest anyone has come up with is that it might possibly belong to the same family..Monotropaceae.. as Indian Pipe. He said that it grew in relative darkness under the edge of the tent, probably had next to no water, and sprouted during the heat of August. The location is near Julian, CA about an hour's drive from San Diego, and the tent site is in a tree-shaded canyon high in the Cuyamaca Mountians at 4000 ft. Any ideas?
posted by archaic on Aug 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Mystery diagnosis: What would make my mom allergic to my kids?

For the past two years, every (~8) time my mother and my immediate family (wife, three kids) have visited, my mother is struck with significant gastrointestinal distress somewhere between 12 and 84 hours later, most usually 60 hours (that is, 5 a.m. on the third morning), that lasts about two days. My mom is generally well and never suffers this ailment at any other time. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Aug 18, 2011 - 22 answers

Mystery wooden thing-a-ma-bob.

What *is* this thing? [more inside]
posted by tau_ceti on Aug 8, 2011 - 11 answers

A French movie with an affair. That should narrow it down.

Looking for a movie I saw one. A French murder mystery musical? [more inside]
posted by Garm on Aug 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Wait, did that guy die at the end?

Give me examples from literature, film, and popular culture of stories that end without actually telling us what really happened, leaving us unable to resolve multiple plausible versions of events. [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Aug 1, 2011 - 65 answers

Who threatened to install DOS 1.0 to torture an android?

Where did I read a story that included someone threatening to install DOS 1.0 on a robot/android/uncooperative computer? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive on Jul 27, 2011 - 3 answers

What is this mystery item from postwar Japan?

This is an item from my Grandparent's house that has been stored since the 1940s. All I know about it is that it was with other items which my Grandfather brought back with him from postwar Japan. An aunt of mine claims it's something that goes on your head, but I can't tell if it's even possible to take off the wooden stand. It is intricately detailed. It also has a small wooden case with a clear front, but the case is not especially detailed. What is this item? Does it have value? (view larger, largest)
posted by artlung on Jul 18, 2011 - 8 answers

What was that crime novel that used carmageddon as a plot point

What-was-that-book-filter: 70's or 80's (?) heist (?) novel that involved shutting down L.A. by closing a couple of freeways and the central telephone switching system. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Hello folks

Your opinion on this American naive/folk painting? [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Jul 12, 2011 - 6 answers

In search of Cleveland's mystery almond cone.

Can you identify the incredible conical, chocolate-dipped almond pastry I ate in Cleveland? [more inside]
posted by Scram on Jul 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me identify a forgotten hero

Has this mystery of the war of 1812 been solved already? Or can it be? [more inside]
posted by circular on Jul 4, 2011 - 5 answers

What is this unusual piece of playground equipment?

What is this unusual piece of playground equipment? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Jun 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Tiny mystery blisters on my upper body!

You are not my doctor, but I'm getting tiny mystery blisters on my skin, and I'm a lot more curious than I am concerned. [more inside]
posted by jedrek on Jun 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Mystery Cell Phone Display Question

I was with a person that had an older style cell phone, I think it was an LG, but not sure. He was showing me pictures, but I was distracted with a series of around 10-12 numbers that were displayed on the screen, to the left and top of the picture area (not inside). They kept changing about once a second, each digit with no regularity. One would think that it may have been GPS coordinates but the numbers were too random and not changing in any particular sequence. What the heck was that? A tracking device? When I asked him what it was he very quickly deflected the question.
posted by ~Sushma~ on Jun 15, 2011 - 7 answers

help identify this mystery plant!

there is a mystery plant in our vegetable garden- please help us identify it! [more inside]
posted by ali.perelman on Jun 13, 2011 - 8 answers

ID this mystery metal block?

Seen at a tag sale: A small steel block, maybe 4x2x2" with a bunch of identical size holes drilled through it in all three directions. Is this a tool or guide of some sort? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jun 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Oh dear god - what is that thing??

OMG - what the hell is that? I appear to have an alien penis (or some sort of very odd plant) growing in my backyard. Please help me identify it. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Jun 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Antiques Road Show, Guitar edition, Metafilter-style.

Please help me identify this old flat top guitar for my brother. [more inside]
posted by fings on Jun 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me dig old Geechie Joe.

I want to learn as much as possible about the song Geechie Joe. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jun 6, 2011 - 5 answers

A mystery mystery

I'm looking for a Dorothy Sayers essay about a real-life murder case, but I can't recall the name of the suspect and my google-fu is failing me. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jun 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Mysteries without conventional detectives

I need mystery novel recommendations! Looking for good mysteries with unconventional characters as the lead. [more inside]
posted by echo target on Jun 3, 2011 - 57 answers

The sword in the... scabbard.

A (Scottish?) sword that can't be drawn; help make my cousin King? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on May 30, 2011 - 10 answers

What is this plant?

What is this plant? See photos: This one and this one [more inside]
posted by SixteenTons on May 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Japanese WWII mystery balls on chains in pocket

My friend, Hilary asks, "Does anyone have any idea what these are? They were found, strung together like this, in the pocket of a Japanese soldier's overcoat during WWII. My Mother's friend worked for the Red Cross during the war, and found them, and they eventually came to me. I'm guessing they are coral....but what was their use?"
posted by nickyskye on May 26, 2011 - 9 answers

If this isn't salt, what the hell is it?

If this isn't salt, what the hell is it? (photo inside) [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on May 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me identify this mystery song that played on my iPhone so I don't think I'm crazy.

Help me identify this mystery song that played on my iPhone so I don't think I'm crazy. [more inside]
posted by xtine on May 19, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm trying to figure out who did it

I'm looking for "manor house" mystery novels, that take place in a single location (including a manor house, but variety would be appreciated), and involve tracking down a killer. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on May 15, 2011 - 36 answers

3 Boxes o' Mystery

Brooklynfilter: What are these red-and-white boxes on the corner of Smith and Union Streets? [more inside]
posted by andromache on May 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Music Video Mystery

Music video identification help! Poolside, dancing, joy, and a bare breast or two. Probably from the 80s or early 90s. [more inside]
posted by gursky on May 10, 2011 - 4 answers

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