A loud call like castanets clacking in a cattail marsh: who makes that sound? [more inside]
What in an overdriven, broken electric motor is "burned out"? [more inside]
"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]
Mysterious bloody mucous blobs found on floor. Probable culprit: kitty? [more inside]
What is this sensation in my face? [more inside]
Why would someone take the owners manual out of my car while other gadgets behind? [more inside]
What on Earth is going on with this video of a woman on a pink bed in her jammies making creepy symbols and signs?
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]
What is this short story (maybe by Asimov?) ... [spoilers] [more inside]
Are there any dermatological/gastrointestinal issues associated with a smell similar to beef jerky? [more inside]
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.
Why did my bank call me and ask if I'm expecting a wire transfer? [more inside]
Mysterious duck is mysterious. Help me ID this bird! [more inside]
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]
Is this electronic connector (pics: 1, 2, 3, 4) easily available, or is it a custom part? [more inside]
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]
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?
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"
What is the mysterious grit in our sink? [more inside]
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.
Can anyone identify this song for a friend of mine? Thanks in advance.
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]
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?
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]
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?
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]
Help identify this mystery stone structure in my friend's yard. [Pictures inside.] [more inside]
Mystery object in military photo? [more inside]
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?
Patch Identification Challenge! [more inside]
What is this household item? Looks like an overengineered magazine rack. [more inside]
Help me identify this odd kitchen... thing. [more inside]
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]
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]
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!
What caused this strange candle behavior? [more inside]
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]
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]
What is the etymology and meaning of the word 'carpegian'? [more inside]
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!
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]
Can anyone help me identify this song, given a description of the first 45ish seconds (no lyrics)? [more inside]
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?
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?
Children's book filter: Trying to remember the title/author of a book of mystery short stories I read as a kid. [more inside]
What are these optical devices? [more inside]
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]
The great skunk mystery. (Warning: involves roadkill. May not be safe for weak stomachs) [more inside]