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What city is this?

Anyone know what city this is? I believe it's from the 1940s or '50s.
posted by xmutex on Aug 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Identify the Mystery Purple Vegetable!

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?
posted by hatta on Aug 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Fill my brain with mindless stories!

7 days poolside... I need books! Tell me what to buy! [more inside]
posted by cgg on Aug 21, 2009 - 37 answers

I liked the Historian and Club Dumas...now what?

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.
posted by snap_dragon on Aug 15, 2009 - 35 answers

Is there a rat in my kitchen?

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!
posted by razzman on Aug 13, 2009 - 13 answers

What bird is making this noise and what can I do about it?

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]
posted by Tin Man on Aug 7, 2009 - 24 answers

What's this bug I found in my bed?

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]
posted by roomwithaview on Aug 5, 2009 - 8 answers

Knot a potato?

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]
posted by Toekneesan on Aug 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Help! I underthought a plate of noodles

What is the name of this cold noodle dish? Most likely Korean or Chinese food. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Jul 21, 2009 - 25 answers

Please identify this Armenian treat

Please help me identify this yummy Armenian treat. [more inside]
posted by contessa on Jul 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Identify this odd, seemingly antiquated children's card game?

Identify this odd, seemingly antiquated children's card game? [more inside]
posted by adamkempa on Jul 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Do I need to call an eggsorcist?

What are these eggs I found in my underwear drawer? [more inside]
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu on Jul 8, 2009 - 10 answers

What TV show was this?

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]
posted by abitha! on Jun 25, 2009 - 5 answers

Need help identifying a mystery USB VOIP phone!

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]
posted by Bard09 on Jun 19, 2009 - 7 answers

Who is sending me secret spy software

Why/How did I get mystery software from China? Also applicable: Who/What/When/Where. [more inside]
posted by wrok on Jun 17, 2009 - 11 answers

What is this song?

Songfilter: I heard a prog-rock song with chanting in it, please help me find it. [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on Jun 10, 2009 - 15 answers

What the heck is this?

What is this? My sister in law was in China and received it as a gift at a dinner. [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Jun 6, 2009 - 16 answers

What is this tool? Seedling waterer? Bonsai?

Looking for a gardening tool & have no idea what it is: seedling waterer? bonsai tool? It's a metal rosette like you'd see attached to a watering can, maybe 3" across, with a pencil-sized metal pipe leading to a squeezy rubber bulb on the end. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Jun 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Mystery Car Part!

What is this mystery car part??? [more inside]
posted by alygator on Jun 4, 2009 - 16 answers

What is an Intervox? Can I use it to take over the world?

What is this crazy sci-fi looking device I bought at a salvage store? It has knobs, a compass, and a bizarre spinning top. [more inside]
posted by agropyron on May 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Where can I find inspiration for a postal adventure project?

Where could I find ideas about creating an adventure/mystery/game for friends over the summer, via postal service? [more inside]
posted by troybob on May 22, 2009 - 4 answers

You've got something on your head there

I've just poured myself a Dark Horse Brewery Tres Blueberry Stout. A slow, steady pour that left a modest head on top. And then a droplet or two skidded around over the foam like a water droplet on a hot frypan for maybe five seconds before disappearing. Darndest thing I've ever seen. Beer geniuses, how did this happen? How can I make it happen again?
posted by ardgedee on May 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Those cranes have to move SOMEtime

When do the cranes in the Port of Oakland actually MOVE? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on May 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Interrogate the Mystery Writers

I need questions to ask a panel of mystery writers, some of them cross-dressing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2009 - 7 answers

The accessory president?

What's on Obama's right wrist?
posted by oxford blue on Apr 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Must-Read Mysteries, Pre-1920!

I'm rediscovering the mystery genre and am looking for a fantastic mystery story to read, specifically something older--I'm getting interested in what happened in the genre during and immediately after World War I, so I'm specifically interested in stories/books published before 1920. Elements of international intrigue are a plus. Please, mystery lovers, help me out! Thank you in advance.
posted by sarabeth on Apr 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Texan mystery

What city in Texas could be represented by the number 93711195? Or the string GECAAAABA? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Apr 7, 2009 - 52 answers

It's not a Triffid, because salt water doesn't kill it.

This plant has been trying to take over my side yard. What is it? [more inside]
posted by lleachie on Mar 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Guitarists, can you identify this acoustic guitar music?

Hi guitarists! Help me identify some mystery jazz guitar. [more inside]
posted by ldenneau on Mar 23, 2009 - 4 answers

What does гомули mean?

On the 21st of March I had a large increase of page views on my blog. The keyword was гомули which Babelfish translates from the Russian as gomuli. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Mar 22, 2009 - 10 answers

What mystery needs a mirror to solve?

Need help remembering the title of a line of young adult books from the 80s involving mysteries and requiring a mirror to solve. [more inside]
posted by charlesv on Mar 18, 2009 - 4 answers

dee-dee-dee

Phone mystery: "The number you have reached is temporarily disconnected" -- except it's not! [more inside]
posted by mothershock on Mar 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Please help me identify these songs!

So I recently came to the end of correcting all the ID3 tags on my massive music collection. The last 14 or so took me more time than I'm willing to admit to track down information on. But I knew at the end which two would remain. I've had these two songs in my collection for at least a decade now, and every time I've tried to find any information on the song titles, artist, or even lyrics, I've turned up nothing. I've tried all kinds of tricks I know for finding even the most obscure information on the internet, but still nothing. As a firm believer that anything which exists can be found on the internet, I find myself troubled that these songs, which clearly exist, apparently do not. Help me out, and try to cure my madness? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Mar 5, 2009 - 9 answers

We haven't had a chance to formally meet the new neighbors..

What kind of creature is living in our backyard? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Mar 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Which Wolfe?

Nero Wolfe Filter: Give me your choices for best Nero Wolfe novels. I recently finished my first Wolfe mystery -- Some Buried Caesar -- and of course I need more. Here's the thing: I refuse to let myself get obsessed. There is no way I am going to allow myself to plow through all 30-plus novels and god knows how many short stories. [more inside]
posted by dzot on Feb 24, 2009 - 13 answers

Metafilter and the Case of the Obscured Book Cover

Help me figure out what book this person is reading based on the cover, a mostly obscured title, and guesstimate of letters in the author's last name. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Feb 24, 2009 - 12 answers

What is this grain?

Mystery grain. [more inside]
posted by Bezuhin on Feb 23, 2009 - 10 answers

pan. zoom out. repeat.

gmaps filter: what am i looking at? [more inside]
posted by sponge on Feb 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Mystery dust.

A mysterious gray film/residue is appearing on all of the plastic in my apartment. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Feb 17, 2009 - 21 answers

What was this book series I read as a kid?

Help me remember the book series I loved as a kid. I can't even remember the genre, but I think it had sci-fi elements, and the kids possibly solved mysteries. I don't remember much, but I know one of the main characters was called Watch, because he always wore multiple watches. [more inside]
posted by spockette on Feb 16, 2009 - 3 answers

They're not solar panels.

Does anybody know what the strange derelict objects are in this video? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

What is this strange sea creature?

Can anyone identify this mysterious sea creature? My sister saw four of them swimming at the surface in Boca Raton, FL. They were undulating like squids; when contracted they look like black slugs, when stretched they look like that fellow in the photo. An entire crowd formed to watch, as they were so very weird.
posted by miffed on Jan 22, 2009 - 7 answers

How do PI's dig up dirt on people?

Where can I find out more about the investigation techniques used by private investigators? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Who painted the paintings in Synecdoche, New York?

Who painted the actual paintings (nudes, mostly) credited to the character Adele Lack in the movie Synecdoche, New York?
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Jan 15, 2009 - 3 answers

What book did the Jonathan Creek writers read?

Tonight I was watching the Jonathan Creek episode titled "Gallows Gate". A man appears to die when he jumps out of a second story window but is later seen murdering his ex-girl friend. I know that I read this story in a book (without the magician elements of Jonathan Creek) but I can't remember the book or the detective. Help me sleep tonight by identifying this book
posted by metahawk on Jan 14, 2009 - 2 answers

What's this folksy 1960s pop tune?

Anyone know this song? Sorry, I only have that excerpt.) Sounds like a 1960s folk-pop tune. In case you don't feel like downloading it, the lyrics are along these lines: I gotta get the world off my back / Pretty soon I'm gonna crack / so I gotta get the world offa my back somehow ... I grew up and looked around me and I saw that the world was in a mess / thousands of hungry people, children starving in wars, injustice, and everybody kept picking on me ... I had no luck searching with the lyrics online. Thanks for any help you can provide!
posted by ktoad on Jan 8, 2009 - 3 answers

Mysterious plastic shark

What is this blue plastic shark meant to do? [more inside]
posted by neroli on Jan 6, 2009 - 12 answers

What ARE these?

Please help us identify these confounding objects! Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Dec 30, 2008 - 14 answers

What was this CD we listened to?

My Husband and I previewed a CD on display at Ear X-tacy in Louisville this weekend, vowed to remember the name of the artist, then promptly forgot it! We're from out of town. Here's what we (possibly inaccurately) remember: "-landia" was in the CD title. The CD cover was grey / B&W with a graphic design on the front, the music was electronica / orchestral / melodic. I remember thinking the artist might be icelandic / scandinavian from a quick glance at the artist's name, etc.
posted by FortyT-wo on Dec 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Mysterious truck in Soho London.

What is this device? And what was this truck doing in Central London (Soho) today? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Dec 25, 2008 - 7 answers

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