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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

Hmm.. Mysterious!

How can I add more mystery to everyday life? [more inside]
posted by brynna on May 10, 2011 - 42 answers

There's my clicky...

A loud call like castanets clacking in a cattail marsh: who makes that sound? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on May 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Why did my electric motor stop?

What in an overdriven, broken electric motor is "burned out"? [more inside]
posted by telstar on Apr 19, 2011 - 13 answers

"The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances."

Where is the best place to start reading Agatha Christie novels? Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple? [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Mar 31, 2011 - 21 answers

A reason to keep your shoes on in our house

Mysterious bloody mucous blobs found on floor. Probable culprit: kitty? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Mar 30, 2011 - 11 answers

I have a feeling... IN MY FACE.

What is this sensation in my face? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Mar 28, 2011 - 11 answers

Why take the owners manual and leave the gadgets?

Why would someone take the owners manual out of my car while other gadgets behind? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap on Mar 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Very Weird Video

What on Earth is going on with this video of a woman on a pink bed in her jammies making creepy symbols and signs?
posted by ~Sushma~ on Mar 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Know the Song, Don't Know the Artist

Last night on the way home from work I was listening to Cosmic Commander's Sonic Radio on Faction. I heard a song and would really like to find out who did it. [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Feb 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Help identify this murder method from a short story

What is this short story (maybe by Asimov?) ... [spoilers] [more inside]
posted by bleary on Feb 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Why does my friend smell like beef jerky?

Are there any dermatological/gastrointestinal issues associated with a smell similar to beef jerky? [more inside]
posted by Lord Force Crater on Feb 21, 2011 - 7 answers

What on Earth is this?

What is this? I've had it hanging on my wall for a year or two. It was found on the sand below the water line at the Fire Island National Seashore/Wilderness. It's lightweight and friable, like a sea creature. It's 24 cm (9.4 inches) long by 11 cm (4.3 inches) wide. 24 cm is 1.7 monkey skulls, if that helps.
posted by jcrcarter on Feb 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Why did my bank call me about a wire transfer?

Why did my bank call me and ask if I'm expecting a wire transfer? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Feb 10, 2011 - 4 answers

What the duck?

Mysterious duck is mysterious. Help me ID this bird! [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Feb 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Where in the world is this weird traffic circle?

Where is this traffic circle? I saw it in one of those ambient videos of scenes from around the world, but I couldn't figure out where it was from. [more inside]
posted by albrecht on Feb 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Is this connector readily available?

Is this electronic connector (pics: 1, 2, 3, 4) easily available, or is it a custom part? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Mystery illness is none of my business

What is an illness that is non-fatal, but would keep someone out of work for a year, and that they might be embarrassed about? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 31, 2011 - 41 answers

Crime fiction about London?

I'll be spending three months in London this spring, and I'm looking for more novels or stories--mysteries, thrillers, or other variations of crime fiction--that offer a really great sense of London but that aren't historical fiction. Barbara Vine's King Solomon's Carpet, the Sherlock Holmes stories, and Dickens's Bleak House all work, but I don't much care for Anne Perry novels or Bruce Alexander's Blind Justice, for example. Suggestions for crime fiction that gives a great sense of London?
posted by jkinkade on Jan 30, 2011 - 20 answers

Product Mystery Giveing Me Heartburn

What is really going on with Pepcid Complete and similar antacid/H2 inhibitor combos? recall was about packaging a long time ago but shelves are still empty and no explanation from "marketing"
posted by Barrows on Jan 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Sink gritting us down..

What is the mysterious grit in our sink? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Jan 22, 2011 - 6 answers

That poet that wrote that poem about that thing...

Cannot remember who wrote this poem (maybe essay?) or where this line is from. The metaphor is about a hideous child trying to crawl into your lap, you keep pushing it away in dismay, the author points out that this child is your (life? your faults?) and you must accept it, invite it up into your lap, and kiss it. Who wrote this? My Google Fu has failed me.
posted by jeanmari on Jan 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Mystery buttons

What is the logo on these coat buttons? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jan 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Even in the darkest night, you can find a little sunshine.

Can anyone identify this song for a friend of mine? Thanks in advance.
posted by krisjohn on Jan 14, 2011 - 8 answers

He didn't just disappear from his apartment, but from my memory as well

Help me find a vaguely-remembered blog that told a creepy fictional story about a house, which culminated in the main character entering the house and disappearing, possibly into a door to another dimension. (Not House of Leaves but probably inspired by it.) [more inside]
posted by lhall on Jan 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Mystery Meat: Can you identify it?

Mystery Meat. My aunt gave me this meat a month ago. I can't remember what she said it was. I vaguely remember the word "breakfast." What kind of meat is it and how should I prepare it?
posted by sallyseashore on Dec 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Please help Santa to find a way to the X'mas stocking

My daughter came home from her Christmas party with a bag of treats, including a mini book of puzzles. I'd like help solving/identifying one of them. [more inside]
posted by littlegreenlights on Dec 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Who is this on posters in DC?

Who is this pasted on posters on the street in Washington DC? I've seen the posters on utility boxes and they seem to be becoming more common. What's the story?
posted by exogenous on Dec 11, 2010 - 29 answers

Identify these two songs from the late 80's/early 90's.

Help my father identify two songs he recorded off the radio in the late 80's / early 90's. One is bluegrass and the other is alternative rock. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Dec 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Help identify this mystery stone structure in my friend's yard.

Help identify this mystery stone structure in my friend's yard. [Pictures inside.] [more inside]
posted by Mid on Dec 1, 2010 - 16 answers

Mystery object in military photo?

Mystery object in military photo? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Nov 28, 2010 - 19 answers

Che smokes a bowl

On this bong gift set I can tell the top picture is Che but I can't figure out (with tineye's and google's help) if the bottom man is smiling Che or someone else ... any ideas?
posted by saucysault on Nov 27, 2010 - 6 answers

The case of the open door

What's the most plausible explanation for how this car crash happened? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Nov 23, 2010 - 26 answers

What the heck are these patches?

Patch Identification Challenge! [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 20, 2010 - 11 answers

What is it?

What is this household item? Looks like an overengineered magazine rack. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Nov 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Is it the world's stupidest fondue pot?

Help me identify this odd kitchen... thing. [more inside]
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 on Nov 17, 2010 - 25 answers

Lost Song Flyer--"I want to hear a symphony."

This is incredibly vague, but metafilter is equally helpful for stuff like this! I heard a song with a male singer and the chorus was something like "I want to hear a symphony" and then how he wanted more out of life or a relationship. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Nov 10, 2010 - 6 answers

What was this crazy show called?

Okay, I have scoured the "Worldwide Web" for YEARS trying to remember the name of a tv series that used to air on TLC back in the 90s (in the days of actual "learning"....). It was a British show--or, at least, the host was British--and it was called something like The Most Amazing Machine or the Incredible Machine or something like that..... [more inside]
posted by oohisay on Nov 10, 2010 - 11 answers

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