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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

Unidentified Coin

While hiking with friends my daughter found a small box lodged in a hole in a cave wall... Inside the box there was a small coin that looks quite old. I took a picture of it with my phone but the quality is pretty bad... I'm hoping that somewhere in the hive collective - there are some Coin Collectors or Numismatics that could identify it. Attached is the link to the picture

Coin

Thanks!
posted by strongdad on Nov 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Calling all pro/amateur fire investigators

What caused this strange candle behavior? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Nov 4, 2010 - 11 answers

You gotta be kidney me!

Lower achy back pain: something actually wrong with the spine or something with the kidneys? I know YANMD and I AM frantically trying to get an appointment, just...anyone else experienced this? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Oct 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Mystery audiobooks and other things to pass the time

My grandmother recently had a shoulder replacement and was never a huge television fan, so I'm looking for audiobooks and podcasts to put on a digital audio player for her. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus on Oct 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Carpegian

What is the etymology and meaning of the word 'carpegian'? [more inside]
posted by nomadicink on Oct 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Sherlock Holmes pastiche recommendations?

I am interested in any recommendations on Sherlock Holmes pastiches. I finished a few Jack the Ripper-related stories (_The Last Sherlock Holmes Story_, and _The Whitechapel Horrors_) and would like your suggestions. I am not a big fan of Laurie King, though. The game is afoot!
posted by snap_dragon on Oct 4, 2010 - 22 answers

Troubled small town cop uncovers a big secret: examples?

Looking for examples of this trope: low key but doggedly determined cop in a small/medium sized town. Personal problems. A close-knit community. A series of murders that ultimately point to a much bigger story than anyone expected. His personal life unravels and ravels as he investigates, treading on eggshells as he goes. Emphasis much less on the procedural aspects than the emotional. Genre thriller as opposed to mystery (ie the cop protagonist is in personal jeopardy). [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 4, 2010 - 50 answers

Just a song in the dark...

Can anyone help me identify this song, given a description of the first 45ish seconds (no lyrics)? [more inside]
posted by mekily on Sep 27, 2010 - 4 answers

What struck down the chipmunk?

There was a chipmunk lying on the bike path today. I assumed someone had hit it with a bike, but it didn't have any visible wounds or injuries. It was moving, but not much. Then a kid picked it up, and brought it to his mom, telling her it was still breathing. The mom said it looked like he had a mouthful of seeds and wondered whether it was choking. She cleared the chipmunk's mouth and then started heading home with it. At this point, the chipmunk was clearly moving, in what I'd call a twitchy kind of way. But it was consenting to be held in a person's hands. Question: what could have been wrong with this chipmunk? E.G. do chipmunks actually choke on their food? Question 2: were kid and mom crazy to pick up a sick animal under these circumstances?
posted by escabeche on Sep 25, 2010 - 26 answers

What is this weathervane depicting?

My mother in Vancouver sent me this photo that she took while out on a stroll today. It's of a decorative weathervane on a building in Vancouver's west end (near Howe and Pacific I think she said), and shows a person reading (?) while seated backwards on a horse. Is there a story here? What is this referring to?
posted by woodblock100 on Sep 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Identify yet another children's book.

Children's book filter: Trying to remember the title/author of a book of mystery short stories I read as a kid. [more inside]
posted by JanetLand on Sep 22, 2010 - 12 answers

What is this thing?

What are these optical devices? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Sep 21, 2010 - 9 answers

help identify tv show or movie

What 70s or 80s television show or televised movie featured a scene with an angled room, a hallway containing a light source, and a man walking through the hallway into the room? Crude pixel drawing of the scene included. [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Sep 19, 2010 - 9 answers

What happened to this skunk?

The great skunk mystery. (Warning: involves roadkill. May not be safe for weak stomachs) [more inside]
posted by yawper on Sep 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Rain and Intrigue

What are some films similar in atmosphere to Polanski's The Ghost Writer (The Ghost) [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Sep 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Need help identifying an artist

Who painted this picture?
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Do you know this movie from these few details?

Okay, I am trying to figure out what this movie is. If you know it please let me know. Sorry for the scant amount of details. The movie would be made in 1987 or earlier. It is a sci fi or horror that has a scene where a man comes into a room and sees a woman being sucked into an orb. He then kills another man who has the orb who bleeds green (I think) blood. That is all I've got.
posted by chuma on Sep 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Riddle Me This

What do you call this kind of riddle? More importantly, can you tell me a few more of them? [more inside]
posted by Zaximus on Sep 7, 2010 - 36 answers

Let's solve a mystery (novel)!

I want to read fun books like what I read when I was young. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 7, 2010 - 39 answers

Can this mystery painting be found?

Looking for the name and artist of a particular painting I have vague recollections of. [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi on Sep 3, 2010 - 18 answers

International Man of Mystery

How does Julian Assange make a living? [more inside]
posted by iviken on Sep 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Where is this Buddhist Temple?

I found an exposed and undeveloped roll of 35mm film dated 1977, and had it developed. The pictures are here, most of them taken at this Buddhist temple, somewhere in Asia. Anyone know where the photos were taken? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Aug 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me indentify this crap behind my fridge and oven.

I pulled out my fridge in my apartment and found all this stuff behind it. It's also behind my oven. What is it? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd on Aug 26, 2010 - 14 answers

What does this awesome 105-year-old Armenian-language Austro-Hungarian postcard say?

I just bought a postcard written in what looks like Armenian sent from what is now Lviv to what is now Chernivtsi (in what is now Ukraine), sometime between 1905 and (I'm guessing from the stamp) the end of the First World War/Austrian rule of Galicia. What does it say? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Aug 25, 2010 - 22 answers

Where can I find great new crime or mystery short fiction?

I want to read new crime fiction and/or mystery short stories. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Aug 18, 2010 - 6 answers

The Case of the Missing Money

Old Tax Mystery: I found some folders of taxes done in 1994,1995, and 1996. i was 16 in 1994. These folders contain statements for some custodial accounts, some of them for very large sums. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Aug 16, 2010 - 32 answers

Help me remember a movie where a woman falls through a table

Movie ID: Help me remember a movie I saw on a plane in the 1980's. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Name that mystery tune!

Can anyone identify the music in this Yardley advertisement? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Jul 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me catch the killer.

What are some great mystery/thriller novels focused on investigation? [more inside]
posted by fryman on Jul 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Name-that-song filter

Name-that-song filter. Male singer, lyrics (I think) contain the line: "as big as Saskatchewan, you're never going to see me again." Any ideas? Not much more inside, I'm afraid. [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas on Jul 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Waiting for CSI Boston to Premiere

The body of a murdered woman was recently found on the roof of my high-rise apartment building. I'd like to know more, but there wasn't much news coverage. If I call the police, am I going to be added to the list of suspects? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2010 - 16 answers

How can I make epic treasure on a budget?

The world is boring. It needs more buried treasure. What things could I bury as treasure - things with great and lasting value, yet could be obtained cheaply? (Eg, a spirits/wine chest could be inexpensive to buy, but eventually become a treasure worth finding after enough years have passed. Superstar backstage passes are useless as treasure (they expire), but are an example of something of great value that doesn't cost much money to obtain - if you can find a way to obtain them.) How can I assemble epic genuine treasure on a budget? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Jul 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Lost in Skane, without any sandwiches

I've been making my way through Henning Mankell's Wallander series and I hoped MeFi could give me some context about a few things. Including sandwiches. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 28, 2010 - 9 answers

What was the name of this murder mystery I read in grade school?

Help me remember this book (murder mystery) we read in grade school, with only vaguely remembered details (aka what askme does best) [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Jun 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Mess with my head!

Books that mess with your head [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jun 24, 2010 - 74 answers

WTF Mystery Photo

I bought this photo at a yard sale today. The woman who sold it to me had no idea who the people in it are. She said she'd had the photo since 1960. It's clearly a lot older than that. What, if anything, can you tell me about it?
posted by grumblebee on Jun 19, 2010 - 61 answers

What the heck is this vacant dome thing?

Does anyone know the story of this odd building in west Houston, TX? It seems to have been vacant for years, there's not been any signage, and it is up for sale. Was it the headquarters of a sect? A failed commune? No one I know seems to know what the heck it was. Thanks!
posted by Burhanistan on Jun 17, 2010 - 5 answers

The Case of the Missing Breath Mint

Help me identify the mysterious oversized breath mints I purchased somewhere in Europe four years ago. [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Jun 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Who was Minnie Rae?

Did Minnie Rae really exist, who was she, and was she the inspiration for Wendy in Peter Pan? [more inside]
posted by daeken on Jun 4, 2010 - 7 answers

help me complicate my life

Please recommend mystery/thriller novels with incredibly complex plots. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 4, 2010 - 39 answers

Name this disco tune!

What is this song? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Who is the mystery-writer equivalent of Terry Pratchett?

I'm looking for the mystery-writer equivalent of Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on May 30, 2010 - 24 answers

Hoping for another Askmefi Mystery Machine Victory

Anyone know what city this is? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on May 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Name that shrub

Hi, can anyone please identify this flower/shrub? It's in Northern Virginia, and I took the picture a few days ago.
posted by bonsai forest on May 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Mystery Box

I am applying for a job, and the online application has a place to separately attach a resume, a cover letter, and a list of references. It also has a space labeled "Message," where one can type directly into the box provided. What should go in this space, and how should I format it? [more inside]
posted by wondershrew with a helping of potato salad on May 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Mystery Disease

What Is WRONG with me, for God's sake? Last Wednesday night I was struck with a stiff neck, and really swollen knee joints. By end of work Thursday (driving 300 miles) I was wholly incapacitated with a low grade fever, upper back pain and lumpy knees. Now, much of this is not new, as I already have blood cancer and fibromyalgia, but this is way beyond the scope of these diseases. (I am immunologically compromised) [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on May 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Who's the big enigmatic private dick who's a puzzle machine to all the chicks?

According to this PDF (previously on the Blue), in 1934, Martin Gardner said in an interview that (prior to himself) the only puzzle collector he'd ever heard of was fictitious, a detective character "in a series of short stories that ran many years ago in one of the popular mystery magazines." Who was the character (and author)? [more inside]
posted by Zed on May 6, 2010 - 8 answers

locked room mystery?

Short story help: Mystery where suspect flushes himself down the toilet? [more inside]
posted by chairmanroflmao on May 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Funny mystery short stories!

Can you recommend a good anthology of funny mystery stories? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Apr 29, 2010 - 13 answers

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