What is happening in this vintage photograph I found among my grandmother's photos from her early life? [more inside]
What are these strange things growing on my bicycle spoke?!
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?
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]
Looking for a movie I saw one. A French murder mystery musical? [more inside]
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]
Where did I read a story that included someone threatening to install DOS 1.0 on a robot/android/uncooperative computer? [more inside]
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)
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]
Your opinion on this American naive/folk painting? [more inside]
Can you identify the incredible conical, chocolate-dipped almond pastry I ate in Cleveland? [more inside]
Has this mystery of the war of 1812 been solved already? Or can it be? [more inside]
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]
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.
there is a mystery plant in our vegetable garden- please help us identify it! [more inside]
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]
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]
I want to learn as much as possible about the song Geechie Joe. [more inside]
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]
I need mystery novel recommendations! Looking for good mysteries with unconventional characters as the lead. [more inside]
A (Scottish?) sword that can't be drawn; help make my cousin King? [more inside]
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?"
If this isn't salt, what the hell is it? (photo inside) [more inside]
Help me identify this mystery song that played on my iPhone so I don't think I'm crazy. [more inside]
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]
Brooklynfilter: What are these red-and-white boxes on the corner of Smith and Union Streets? [more inside]
Music video identification help! Poolside, dancing, joy, and a bare breast or two. Probably from the 80s or early 90s. [more inside]
How can I add more mystery to everyday life? [more inside]
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?