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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

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

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