The world is boring. It needs more buried treasure. What things could I bury as treasure - things with great and lasting value, yet could be obtained cheaply? (Eg, a spirits/wine chest could be inexpensive to buy, but eventually become a treasure worth finding after enough years have passed. Superstar backstage passes are useless as treasure (they expire), but are an example of something of great value that doesn't cost much money to obtain - if you can find a way to obtain them.) How can I assemble epic genuine treasure on a budget? [more inside]
I've been making my way through Henning Mankell's Wallander series and I hoped MeFi could give me some context about a few things. Including sandwiches. [more inside]
Help me remember this book (murder mystery) we read in grade school, with only vaguely remembered details (aka what askme does best) [more inside]
Books that mess with your head [more inside]
I bought this photo at a yard sale today. The woman who sold it to me had no idea who the people in it are. She said she'd had the photo since 1960. It's clearly a lot older than that. What, if anything, can you tell me about it?
Does anyone know the story of this odd building in west Houston, TX? It seems to have been vacant for years, there's not been any signage, and it is up for sale. Was it the headquarters of a sect? A failed commune? No one I know seems to know what the heck it was. Thanks!
Help me identify the mysterious oversized breath mints I purchased somewhere in Europe four years ago. [more inside]
Did Minnie Rae really exist, who was she, and was she the inspiration for Wendy in Peter Pan? [more inside]
Please recommend mystery/thriller novels with incredibly complex plots. [more inside]
I'm looking for the mystery-writer equivalent of Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
Hi, can anyone please identify this flower/shrub? It's in Northern Virginia, and I took the picture a few days ago.
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]
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]
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]
Short story help: Mystery where suspect flushes himself down the toilet? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good anthology of funny mystery stories? [more inside]
Please help me identify the origin/purpose of this mystery scroll. Or just the language its written in. [more inside]
Strong female lead in Mystery Books [more inside]
Why does the tap water in my apartment make me thirstier than I was before I drank it? [more inside]
What kind of truck/bus/car is this? I'm guessing it was pretty old when the picture was taken in 1952.
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?
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]
Book recs, please? Mystery/alternate history/alternate worlds [more inside]
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?