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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

Scooby Doo mystery...written language sleuths needed.

Please help me identify the origin/purpose of this mystery scroll. Or just the language its written in. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Apr 19, 2010 - 17 answers

Strong female in Mystery/Suspense Books

Strong female lead in Mystery Books [more inside]
posted by roxiesmom on Apr 10, 2010 - 50 answers

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop worth drinking

Why does the tap water in my apartment make me thirstier than I was before I drank it? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss on Apr 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Old Missouri Truck (but not mule) Identification

What kind of truck/bus/car is this? I'm guessing it was pretty old when the picture was taken in 1952.
posted by scruss on Mar 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Have you seen this man?

I was given this button with a picture of a bearded fellow on it. He looks familiar but I can't figure out who he is, do you recognize this face?
posted by waxboy on Mar 21, 2010 - 3 answers

What is the emblem on this lapel pin found in my living room?

I found this lapel pin beneath my living room couch yesterday and have no idea what the emblem is. Can you help me identify it? I'm not sure that I am even holding it the correct way in the photo. [more inside]
posted by jk252b on Mar 15, 2010 - 12 answers

Book recs?

Book recs, please? Mystery/alternate history/alternate worlds [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Mar 12, 2010 - 31 answers

Midnight Mystery

Last weekend, an unfriendly man started banging on my door at 4:30 in the morning. With the clues I have from the encounter that followed, I'm looking for your theories about what the hell was going on. [more inside]
posted by spaltavian on Mar 3, 2010 - 50 answers

The woman who re-discovered MDMA

Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin is primarily credited with the popularization of MDMA, also known as Ecstacy. But he was actually introduced to it by a woman named Merrie Kleinman, who was reportedly a graduate student in the medicinal chemistry group Shulgin advised at San Francisco State University. Whatever happened to Merrie (Meredith?) Kleinman? The Interwebs have little information about her.
posted by Asparagirl on Mar 2, 2010 - 10 answers

like Logic Grid Puzzles Only... Better

I'm looking for logic puzzles/games/systems similar to logic grid puzzles that are mostly deductive, pure logic, but that are more "realistic" or at least tell a more tangible story. Do such things exist? Also, how to construct your own and use them in a narrative structure? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Feb 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Looking for an old hacker puzzle site

Looking for a puzzle site from a few years back whose navigation forward was achieved by solving a series of hacker-type problems. Maybe 2002 or so? Not entirely sure. [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Feb 12, 2010 - 10 answers

Strange utensil

Help identify what is presumably an unusual piece of cutlery. Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Feb 2, 2010 - 8 answers

How to ask an embarassing question?

How should I let a potential partner know I have a rash that my doctor says is all in my head, where I'm not so certain it is? [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow on Jan 25, 2010 - 19 answers

What questions to ask first-time authors?

I belong to a mystery writers club and I have been asked to moderate a panel in February. On the panel will be three mystery authors who have just recently published their first books. If you were in the audience what questions or topics would you (as a reader, aspiring writer or published writer) like the panel to cover?
posted by storybored on Jan 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Mystery spam?

Can someone tell me the purpose of this webpage? [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Jan 12, 2010 - 6 answers

What is this device next to my window?

Can you identify this mystery device in my new apartment? [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Jan 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Trying to track down a sole.

I am looking for the brand and style of the boot or shoe that made these prints. [more inside]
posted by 517 on Dec 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Can anyone identify this song?

Can anyone identify this song? [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Dec 21, 2009 - 13 answers

Identify this bug!

What is this bug? [more inside]
posted by event on Dec 19, 2009 - 15 answers

Region Free At Last, Thank the Beeb I'm Free At Last!

Now that we have a region free DVD player, what British shows should we look in to ordering? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Dec 17, 2009 - 58 answers

Cacti experts, help!

I have some questions about cacti. First, can you help me identify the awesome cactus my boss' husband gave me? It looks exactly like this one (though that's someone else's photo). [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Nov 19, 2009 - 3 answers

?

I have a pale pink bottle with a liquid inside. How can I figure out what it is? [more inside]
posted by past on Nov 5, 2009 - 13 answers

1980s book with hidden treasure if you solved the mystery inside?

I'm struggling to remember the title of a book I read in the 1980s, which had a real-world twist: hidden within the narrative was the location of a spot in the USA where some sort of treasure or reward money was located. [more inside]
posted by squid patrol on Oct 26, 2009 - 11 answers

Math Symbol Mystery

I've never seen this mathematical symbol used this way before. Can anyone tell me what it means? [more inside]
posted by mazniak on Oct 25, 2009 - 8 answers

Beef. Noodle.

Can you help me figure out what this delicious beef noodle thing I ate years ago was? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Oct 20, 2009 - 13 answers

Basement water source mystery

How is water getting into my basement? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded".

Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded". [more inside]
posted by Roach on Oct 18, 2009 - 21 answers

Mystery illness??

Never-sick person + sickness = hell. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Oct 17, 2009 - 45 answers

Uh...hang on, just give me a minute.

What is the most important scientific question of our time? [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon on Oct 12, 2009 - 44 answers

Does THAT Belong In Your Mouth?

What is the strange white plastic ring thing that I see baseball players chewing on during the postseason games? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Oct 11, 2009 - 13 answers

What in the world is this?

Does anyone know what this beige, squarish thing is supposed to be? What's it used for? [more inside]
posted by Theloupgarou on Oct 8, 2009 - 15 answers

More importantly, can we garnish a cocktail with it?

Found this mutant-cherry fruit on a tree near Laurelhurst Park in Portland, Oregon today. Can you identify it? Can we eat it?
posted by halogen on Sep 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Lesser-known spooky and/or mysterious legends?

Tell me some scary and/or mysterious things that are local to your area, but not necessarily well-known to the rest of the world. [more inside]
posted by amyms on Sep 30, 2009 - 65 answers

Mentally Challenging Films

What movies have the most difficult plots to understand? Movies that are mentally challenging and require multiple viewings but aren't nonsensical. [more inside]
posted by FuManchu on Sep 29, 2009 - 78 answers

My phone is secretly texting people without my input!

My mobile phone seems to have sent a text message to my girlfriend without my knowledge. I don't understand how. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo on Sep 20, 2009 - 29 answers

My cat's pee is missing.

My cat hasn't used her litter box in over two weeks. The house smells great. She has no way to get outside. Where is the pee going? [more inside]
posted by miagaille on Sep 16, 2009 - 28 answers

Who else is gonna bring you a concrete arrow?

What is this giant concrete arrow for? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Sep 11, 2009 - 9 answers

What movie is this?

Please help me remember what movie I'm thinking of. [more inside]
posted by Kattiara17 on Sep 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Do you know what book this is?

Please help me figure out what book this is. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Sep 2, 2009 - 3 answers

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Redux

Vermont Mystery Filter: Help me prove it was arson. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Sep 1, 2009 - 16 answers

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