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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

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

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