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]
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.
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]
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]
Help identify what is presumably an unusual piece of cutlery. Photos inside. [more inside]
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]
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?
Can you identify this mystery device in my new apartment? [more inside]
Can anyone identify this song? [more inside]
Now that we have a region free DVD player, what British shows should we look in to ordering? [more inside]
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]
I have a pale pink bottle with a liquid inside. How can I figure out what it is? [more 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]
I've never seen this mathematical symbol used this way before. Can anyone tell me what it means? [more inside]
Can you help me figure out what this delicious beef noodle thing I ate years ago was? [more inside]
How is water getting into my basement? [more inside]
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]
Never-sick person + sickness = hell. [more inside]
What is the most important scientific question of our time? [more inside]
What is the strange white plastic ring thing that I see baseball players chewing on during the postseason games? [more inside]
Does anyone know what this beige, squarish thing is supposed to be? What's it used for? [more inside]
Found this mutant-cherry fruit on a tree near Laurelhurst Park in Portland, Oregon today. Can you identify it? Can we eat it?
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]
What movies have the most difficult plots to understand? Movies that are mentally challenging and require multiple viewings but aren't nonsensical. [more inside]
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]
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]
What is this giant concrete arrow for? [more inside]
Please help me remember what movie I'm thinking of. [more inside]
Please help me figure out what book this is. [more inside]
Anyone know what city this is? I believe it's from the 1940s or '50s.
MysteryVeggieFilter: can any of you vegetable experts identify this bad boy? It tasted somewhat like a tomato, although tarter, and we have no clues as to its identity as a friend dropped it off along with a bunch of other vegetables from a community garden. Thoughts?
7 days poolside... I need books! Tell me what to buy! [more inside]
Need some book recommendations. Just finished reading Bram Stoker's Dracula...and am getting through the Historian. In the past I have enjoyed The List of Seven, Club Dumas, The Alienist, Name of the Rose and so forth. So I guess I like the mystery-within-history sort of suspense/horror/thriller. The things I didn't get into were Dan Brown, Ian Pears, and anything having to do with Templars or Mary Magdalene. Can you recommend me your favorites? -- Thanks so much.
Something strange is going on in the kitchen...What has done this to the label on top of my recycle bin? Went to the recycle bin under the sink. in the picture you can see the lid with the label on it. Is it a mouse, a rat....something else? picture here No human in the house has done this!
What kind of bird is making this annoying noise (mp3 file; alternate link here) behind my Manhattan apartment building? And what can I do about it? [more inside]
BugFilter: Found a bug on my bed. Legs are in the wrong location on the body for it to be a bedbug, so what is it? Photo here. [more inside]
GardenFilter: We just harvested some potatoes and came across these potato-like knot things. We found about five or six in a bed that hosted both potatoes and garlic, though they were found kinda far from the garlic and well under ground—at least four inches. What are they? [more inside]
What is the name of this cold noodle dish? Most likely Korean or Chinese food. [more inside]
Please help me identify this yummy Armenian treat. [more inside]
Identify this odd, seemingly antiquated children's card game? [more inside]
What are these eggs I found in my underwear drawer? [more inside]
A boy buys an earring at an old junk shop, either he can't afford both or the guy sells it to him for a great price because there's no pair for it. Once he start wearing it though, trash becomes attracted to him. He ends up taking refuge (I think) in a phone booth and the trash falls away when he takes out the earring. My question, what show was this? [more inside]
I have a USB VOIP phone in my possession that does not have any brand or identifying markings on it. Here is a picture of the phone. Can anyone help me identify it? [more inside]
Why/How did I get mystery software from China? Also applicable: Who/What/When/Where. [more inside]
Songfilter: I heard a prog-rock song with chanting in it, please help me find it. [more inside]
What is this? My sister in law was in China and received it as a gift at a dinner. [more inside]